KHS moves into can labelling systems

German packaging system supplier KHS has launched its first can labelling system.

The Innoket Neo machine is aimed at manufacturers of small batches of cans or canned products.

“We’ve expanded our existing portfolio to include can labelling to give the customer more design options and enable these designs to be implemented faster with smaller warehouse capacities,” says Cornelius Adolf, labelling product manager at KHS. 

The Innoket Neo applies self-adhesive film or paper labels to cans either fully or partially using optical alignment. KHS believes that this technology will enable beverage producers to respond more quickly to the growing variety of products and labels on the market. 

The system allows the can design or logo to be changed within a few hours. “Customers can even print their own labels. This considerably shortens the time to market. An attractive product is a clear distinguishing criterion at the point of sale,” adds Adolf. 

The labelling machine has 14 turrets driven by servomotors. Up to 35,000 full or empty cans in all standard sizes can be labelled per hour and the machine can be positioned upstream or downstream of the can filler. Format changeovers are said to be quick and do not require any additional tools. The labeller is also said to be energy efficient, with a power consumption of just five kilowatts per hour.

More information from KHS GmbH, Juchostrasse 20, 44143 Dortmund, Germany. Tel: 49 231 569 0. Website:www.khs.com