Labelling Systems

Labelling Systems

Here at Sovereign we manufacture a range of labelling systems for applying all kinds of self-adhesive labels to just about any product face, in any orientation and configuration conceivable. We have systems to suit all budgets and the technical expertise to take on the seemingly impossible!

Of particular note is our ‘Flag Ship’ all stainless steel Monarch labelling head used extensively in harsh production environments such as dairy and food. Monarch in-line labelling systems typically perform at speeds up to 400 label applications per minute, 20 hours per day 6.5 days per week making them the preferred choice over rotary systems in many situations … less space required and minimal to zero change parts.

We provide a wide variety of different labelling machinery, including but not limited to:

  • Round Bottle Labeller
  • Taper Neck Labeller
  • Paint Can Labeller
  • Milk Bottle Labeller
  • Tamper Labeller
  • Outsert Labeller

 

Already know what labelling system you require? Get in touch with Sovereign now!

ROUND BOTTLE LABELLER

This range of machines is offered in standard build and Monarch (extreme environment) versions. A single long label is applied and wrapped around the entire circumference of the predominantly circular product. The result is 360° product decoration.

To this basic machine we can supply multiple modular add-ons. For instance, an additional label applicator and special wipe-down to attach and position a tamper-evident label to the cap and body… or a form of product spacing device, such as a scroll or spacing wheel.

  • Combines highly accurate label placement with a very high-speed performance.
  • Powerful A/C servo driven label head.
  • Built on a substantial stainless-steel frame with overhead control panel mountings.
  • Modular options including spacing wheels, product infeed scrolls, infeed and outfeed rotary tables.
  • Wide range of overprinting options.
  • Four plane label head adjustments with scaling.
  • Programmable operator touch screen interface
  • Stored product set up recipes.
  • Watch our video!

WATCH STRAP LABELLER

An extremely popular range of machines fulfilling all the needs of a vibrant industry. The quality of packaging is so important in the ready meals, salads, prepared products and confectionery sectors. Fact !… a perfectly good product will remain rejected on a supermarket shelf because of a creased or poorly applied label.

Sovereign excel in this particularly demanding arena. We supply many ‘Blue chip’ organizations with our machinery, but our expertise is not limited to just machinery supply. We regularly advise on product packaging design to enhance and improve overall finish. Our advice is sought on label shape and adhesive coverage to achieve the best application, finish, security, and ease of opening. We often act as representatives of our customers to best guide packaging and tool design.

Being the ONLY manufacturer of Stainless Steel labelling machines is an added bonus in the clean manufacturing environments of food production.

  • Custom built systems.
  • Open frame stainless steel construction.
  • Powerful AC servo driven labelling heads.
  • Web width up to 350mm.
  • High speed up to 200 units per minute.
  • Designed for pharmaceutical and food environments.
  • Unique high-speed wipe down devices.
  • Suitable for C or D type label applications.
  • Full wrap and overlap labels can be accommodated.
  • Suitable for watchstrap and lollipop style labels.
  • Single or twin wipe down.
  • Verification systems if required.
  • Range of coders can be fitted.
  • Proven low maintenance design.
  • Watch our video!

TAMPER LABELLER

This machine model serves to apply a narrow label attached to the lid and body of a product. Clearly, to open the product the label must be broken and so tamper-evidence is achieved. The outstanding feature of the system is the utter speed and simplicity with which we apply and position the tamper-evident label.

As an active and progressive Design/manufacturing company we have accrued several machine models that achieve Tamper-evidence for the benefit of customer and end user. Many prepared foods packages rely on the decorative/informative label to also hold the container shut and provide tamper-evidence. Shrink sleeves and shrink band seals also provide tamper-evidence. All these machines are available and can be viewed on this site.

  • Powerful AC servo driven labelling heads.
  • Web width up to 200mm.
  • Suitable for watchstrap and lollipop style labels.
  • Throughput speeds up to 300 units per minute achievable.
  • Designed for pharmaceutical and food environments.
  • Unique high-speed wipe down devices.
  • Full wrap labels in register with tamper evident labels.
  • Single or twin wipe down.
  • Verification systems if required.
  • Range of coders can be fitted.
  • Proven low maintenance design.

CORNER LABELLER

A specialised system for over-labelling pre-printed flat pack cartons.

A pivotal tool in operation of large volume ‘special offer’ campaigns.

Used to be that reduced cost offers were simply to encourage the sale of near dated fresh produce.

Nowadays ‘buy one get one free’ offers are often huge volume pre-planned and managed campaigns.

Also used for adding additional or corrective information labels such as alternative languages, barcode, vignette (pharmaceutical), tactile safety information (triangle), or money off voucher labels.

The inclusion of a printer allows this labelling system to add information to a pre-printed label, or generate entire unique printed labels at the point of application. This facility is most often used to print barcodes, batch codes, time or date stamps and tracking information. The photograph shows a typical flat carton configuration but the print and apply principle is also used widely to add unique labels to shrink wrapped traded units and complete loaded pallets of products. Tracking labels can also be applied at the beginning of a manufacturing cycle, say for instance the tracking of a complex engineered component as it progresses through a fully automated machining and inspection system.

  • Designed and built to a common Sovereign standard, proven to withstand heavy industrial environments.
  • We can supply equipment to apply labels to any face or combination of faces.
  • Custom design and manufacture facility available to ensure exact requirements can be met.
  • All printer types can be configured to operate in our systems.

TOP & BASE LABELLER

To name just a few… punnets, meat products, pizzas, flans, bakery, cosmetics, cheese blocks and film sealed salad pots. As can be seen, a large percentage of the products that are labelled on both top and base are food!

Sovereign are the only UK manufacturer of Stainless Steel Labelling machinery, Pick and place feeders and Shrink Sleeve application machinery.

This fact is pivotal in the choice of machinery that is ‘fit for purpose’.

  • Combines highly accurate label placement with very high-speed performance.
  • Powerful AC servo driven label head.
  • Built on a substantial stainless-steel frame.
  • Wide range of overprinting options.
  • Modular options including spacing wheels, product in-feed scrolls, in-feed and out-feed rotary tables.
  • Two plane label head adjustments with scale indication.
  • Programmable operator-touch screen interface.
  • Stored product set up recipes.
  • Watch our video!

OUTSERT LABELLER

Outserts are folded paper leaflets usually associated with pharmaceutical drug information. They are attached direct to a container using an adhesive which is applied during the delivery cycle. The resultant container/leaflet assembly alleviates the need for any further packaging and is therefore environmentally beneficial.

The requirement for large amounts of pharmaceutical information has resulted in the size of outserts steadily increasing and this trend will continue. Sovereign Labelling have addressed and resolved all the short comings currently associated with the processing of the folded paper outserts size, adhesive application and accurate placement onto products.

Unlike comparable systems the outserts are mechanically retained by our application equipment throughout their delivery cycle. The benefits are that the ever-increasing size and weight of outserts has no effect on the durability of the adhesive carrier tape and so adhesive tape breakage is very rare, the result is excellent production continuity.

The Sovereign machine features a retractable cassette which guides the adhesive tape past each retained outsert. Immediately the adhesive tape is applied to the outsert the backing web is drawn away and collected for disposal. The outserts (now adhesive loaded) continue to be mechanically retained until their release at the point of application to a passing product. The tape guide cassette is retractable to facilitate the simplest threading path. The adhesive face of the tape does not pass over any rollers.

An additional advantage of the Sovereign outserter is that it can be easily converted to use hot glue application direct to the outsert (or the product) in place of the specialised adhesive carrier tape.

Our standard equipment accepts 10 full boxes of outserts into the rotary magazine turret. The magazine turret can be replenished without stopping the machine.

As is typical with Sovereign Pharmaceutical equipment, all machine parameters can be monitored with the results being manipulated in accordance with our customers requirement, to ensure total integration into production line control.

All our systems are controlled by state of the art readily available control gear including Programmable Logic Controllers, Inverters, AC Brushless Servo Drives, AC Motors and Touch Screen Interfaces. We design and programme all our own software. We use no ‘black box’ technology. All our Systems are user maintainable by competent personnel. We have the skills, experience and ability to produce unique machines to your exact requirements and Validation documentation can be supplied for our pharmaceutical equipment.

  • Positive scroll infeed.
  • Adhesive tape or hot glue outsert fixing method.
  • 10 station outsert magazine turret for continual running.
  • Positive outsert control through entire application cycle.
  • Label and Outsert inspection and verification.
  • Reject ejection with verification.
  • Range of label coders available.
  • Validation documentation (optional).
  • Custom design and manufacture facility available to ensure exact requirements can be met.
  • All stainless-steel construction.
  • Powerful high-speed AC servo driven labelling heads.
  • High speed throughput up to 250 applications per minute.
  • Touch screen interface.
  • Patent number GB2449621.
  • Watch our video!

FLAT CARTON LABELLER TOP & BASE

This system typically applies promotional labels to ready meals, meat packs, fruit and vegetable trays and even direct application to fruit and veg. Where this machine differs to all others is the fact that it can apply labels to undulating, sloped, curved, spherical surfaces. And to top it all… the labels can be applied to the top of the pack at any angle/orientation regardless of their orientation on the backing web.

  • Supersedes conventional ‘air blow’ applicators
  • Sovereign standard heavy duty stainless steel construction
  • Powerful AC servo driven labelling heads.
  • Unique ‘soft touch’ label application (patent GB 2355973).
  • Suitable for differing height product.
  • Range of labelling heads widths available.
  • The entire machine rotates about a vertical axis allowing for labels to be applied to products at any angle regardless of their orientation on the backing web.

FRONT & BACK WITH WRAP LABELLER

This range of machines is offered in standard build and Monarch (extreme environment) versions. The title of Front and Back denotes the machines operation in its simplest supply form… applying a label to the front and back of a given product. To this base system we more than often supply multiple modular add-ons. For instance, an additional label applicator and special wipe-down to attach and position a tamper-evident label to the cap and body… or a form of product orientation prior to label placement such as scrolls or chain aligners.

  • Employs state of the art drive technology, the result being the most accurate label dispense possible.
  • Product throughput rates up to 300 per minute.
  • Solutions for every labelling application from a catalogue of standard proven accessories… and more!
  • In daily operation all around the world.
  • Designed and built to a common Sovereign standard proven to withstand heavy industrial environments.

TAPER NECK LABELLER

This range of machines is offered in standard build and Monarch (extreme environment) versions. A single  label is applied and wrapped around the tapered neck of a bottle or container.

To this basic machine we can supply multiple modular add-ons. For instance, an additional label applicator and special wipe-down to attach and position a tamper-evident label to the cap and body… or a form of product spacing device, such as a scroll or spacing wheel.

  • Combines highly accurate label placement with a very high-speed performance.
  • Powerful A/C servo driven label head.
  • Built on a substantial stainless-steel frame with overhead control panel mountings.
  • Modular options including spacing wheels, product infeed scrolls, infeed and outfeed rotary tables.
  • Wide range of overprinting options.
  • Four plane label head adjustments with scaling.
  • Programmable operator touch screen interface
  • Stored product set up recipes.
  • Watch our video!

COSMETIC TUBE LABELLER

This range of machines is offered to apply multiple labels to small cosmetic products such as lipstick, mascara and foundation. Our sleeving machine can also be added to these systems as primary decoration or product security

  • Combines highly accurate label placement with a very high-speed performance.
  • Powerful A/C servo driven label head.
  • Built on a substantial stainless-steel frame with overhead control panel mountings.
  • Modular options including spacing wheels, product infeed scrolls, infeed and outfeed rotary tables.
  • Wide range of overprinting options.
  • Four plane label head adjustments with scaling.
  • Programmable operator touch screen interface
  • Stored product set up recipes.
  • Watch our video!

'C' WRAP LABELLER

An extremely popular range of machines fulfilling all the needs of a vibrant industry. The quality of packaging is so important in the ready meals, salads, prepared products and confectionery sectors. Fact !… a perfectly good product will remain rejected on a supermarket shelf because of a creased or poorly
applied label.

Sovereign excel in this particularly demanding arena. We supply many ‘Blue chip’ organizations with our machinery, but our expertise is not limited to just machinery supply. We regularly advise on product packaging design to enhance and improve overall finish. Our advice is sought on label shape and adhesive coverage to achieve the best application, finish, security, and ease of opening. We often act as representatives of our customers to best guide packaging and tool design.

Being the ONLY manufacturer of Stainless Steel labelling machines is a bonus in the clean manufacturing environments of food production.

  • Custom built systems.
  • Open frame stainless steel construction.
  • Powerful AC servo driven labelling heads.
  • Web width up to 350mm.
  • High speed up to 200 units per minute.
  • Designed for pharmaceutical and food environments.
  • Unique high-speed wipe down devices.
  • Suitable for C or D type label applications.
  • Full wrap and overlap labels can be accommodated.
  • Suitable for watchstrap and lollipop style labels.
  • Single or twin wipe down.
  • Verification systems if required.
  • Range of coders can be fitted.
  • Proven low maintenance design.
  • Watch our video!

TRI ROLLER FULL WRAP & PATCH SYSTEM

This system alleviates the need to hold large stocks or pre-printed containers. Undecorated cans receive a full wrap printed label in register with the seam (if required). Also ideal for multi-language over-labelling.

  • Throughput speed, 30 products per minute if label is in register with the seam. Over 60 products per minute with no registration.
  • All can sizes catered for.
  • Label height up to 300mm as standard.
  • Watch our video!

PAINT CAN LABELLER

Sovereign paint can labeller with  integrated  Toshiba  Robots. Each Robot is used to pick the cans, present them to the sensors, move them to the labelling head and then place them back on the conveyor. With the addition of the Servo driven geared tooling unit, the cans are rotated in registration with the can’s art work or feature (handle) to apply the labels in the correct placement.  The tooling head utilises a quick-change holder, so the tooling can be changed to suit the selected products. All round cans use the gripper tool which expands to grip cans by the rim. The gripper tool is self-adjusting for sizes 250ml-6ltr. For buckets, the tooling uses vacuum cups to pick the product from the inside base. As these tools are designed to correctly fit the base of the buckets, a tool is supplied for each bucket size. These tools vary in design depending on the bucket shape and, if handle lifting is required, as part of the label application cycle.

MILK BOTTLE LABELLER

FEATURES:

All stainless steel construction.

* No bug traps (open design to suit wash down).

* Designed specifically for the dairy industry.

* 0-90 metres per minute web speed (tested to 240 metres per minute web speed, 600 PPM delivery speed).

* Consistent and constant product pitching device.

* Designed and manufactured for minimal service requirements.

* Software compatible with coders and scanners, and configurable to suit customers’ specific requirements.

* Totally new (patent applied for) waste removal device.

* Extremely simple to operate.

The Sovereign ‘Monarch’, as the ‘features’ highlight, is designed and manufactured to best suit the rigours of a busy dairy environment. The machine is not just a hybrid of a similar Sovereign system, but represents a top to bottom re-evaluation of the dairy needs.

The machine frame is of the most suitable space frame design and construction to prevent the possibility of ‘bug traps’. The applicators multi plane adjustment features complete wash down access, and in keeping with the overall concept of the machine is of all stainless steel construction, as is the top hold stabilising belt and its associated adjustment.

At the heart of the system is the Sovereign servo* drive assembly, a proven drive used throughout the Sovereign range. The motor driven full spool unwind ensures that the applicator feed never ‘snatches’ the web whilst the waste rewind system also benefits from the innovative design. Again, balanced constant tension ensures the continuation of the ‘smooth’ feed system, an outstanding feature of the machine.

The applicator components run so well in balance with one another that the system is capable of dispensing labels, at speeds way in  excess of those required in the industry.

The Sovereign philosophy is that of complete control, we therefore advocate the use of our specially designed product spacing device, which feeds the machine in a far superior manor to that of the conventional haphazard ‘dead plate’ method.

 

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