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Multi-Color, United Silicone combine label technologies



Published July 25, 2006
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Multi-Color Corporation and United Silicone have joined forces to provide high speed application of flameless heat transfer decoration to blow molded PET and HDPE containers. The combined technologies apply heat transfer labels to containers at rates of up to 300 per minute, and eliminate the need for flame treating containers before or after decorating.

Multi-Color’s patented technology, including ink-only and flameless, has expanded the market for heat transfer by offering molders and end users more decorating possibilities than ever before, according to Don Kneir, president of Multi-Color Decorating Solutions. Ink-only is replacing conventional applied ceramic labeling by offering expanded capabilities such as process color (for photographic reproduction) and brighter, sharper graphics, he adds. It can also produce acid etch effects without the high cost and environmental impact of the acid etch process. Flameless chemistry eliminates pre- and post-flaming for adhesion to the containers. Eliminating open flames in a manufacturing environment saves money and eliminates a safety hazard.

United Silicone’s new Impulse-HT is the automated, servo driven application system that delivers the desired line speed application of Multi-Color’s flameless heat transfer graphics, up to 300 containers per minute. The system’s dual head, multiple servo technology provides a fast, accurate heat transfer labeling application to a wide variety of two-sided blow molded containers. Digital controls include transfer length adjustment to suit different container sizes. The electronically-controlled Impulse-HT features laser-guided teach-mode programming that provides for rapid changeover of jobs.

Multi-Color (NASDAQ:LABL) produces in-mold, heat transfer, cut-and-stack, pressure sensitive, and shrink labels. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, USA, it has nine manufacturing locations in the US. United Silicone, based in Lancaster, NY, USA, is an ITW Decorating Company that specializes in the design and production of hot stamp/heat transfer equipment, tooling and supplies.


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