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1. (WO2018100385) LABELLING MACHINE FOR PROTRUDING SKIN PACKAGING

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/100385    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/053620
Publication Date: Fri Jun 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Dec 01 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B65C 1/04
B65C 9/18
B65C 9/34
Applicants: NOBAC LIMITED
Inventors: CUMBERLAND, Michael
Title: LABELLING MACHINE FOR PROTRUDING SKIN PACKAGING
Abstract:
The labelling machine (10) generally comprises a conveyor system for conveying packaging (20) through the labelling machine (10). The conveying system is arranged to move a line of packagings (20) through the labelling machine (10) in a continuous manner. The labelling machine (10) also provides a label feed system for feeding labels (11) through the labelling machine (10) in order to be adhered to the packaging (20). The label (11) is driven through the labelling machine (10) in at least three stages in which in the first stage the label (11) is driven by a central feed device (30), a first lateral feed device (32) and a second lateral feed device (34); in the second stage the drive from the central feed device (30) is removed and the label (11) is driven by the first lateral feed device (32) and the second lateral feed device (34); and in the third stage the drive from the first lateral feed device (32) and the second lateral feed device (34) is removed and the label (11) is driven by a first lateral edge applicator (60) and a second lateral edge applicator (61). The labels (11) are guided by the edge applicators (14, 16) and these both positively drive both lateral side portions of the labels (11) forwards and also on to the surface of the packaging (20) rather than simply guiding the labels (11) with a static guide surface. The edge applicators (14, 16) are arranged to move from an upper position to a lower position as the label (11) emerges from underneath the central applicator (12). Accordingly, the label (11) is initially at least partially adhered to the upper surface of the packaging (20) and then the two edge applicators (14, 16) are moved downwardly whilst applicator belts (61, 61) are being driven such that the side portions of the label (11) are driven forwardly by the applicator belts(60, 61) of the edge applicators (14,16) whilst also being moved downwardly by the edge applicators (14, 16).