ELUM Unveils Revolutionary PROTOS Roll-Fed Labeler at Expo Pack–Mexico 2018

ELUM releases new, wrap-around, roll-fed labeler to global consumer product packaging market.


ELUM Unveils Revolutionary PROTOS Roll-Fed Labeler at Expo Pack–Mexico 2018
ELUM releases new, wrap-around, roll-fed labeler to global consumer product packaging market.

MODESTO, Cal. (April 15, 2018) – ELUM Inc. unveils the PROTOS roll-fed labeling machine with patented technology providing for quicker set-up and changeover, reduced maintenance time with fewer wear parts, machine speeds of up to 42,000 containers per hour, and delivered at lower cost and smaller footprint than similar machines on the market today, at Expo Pack in Mexico City from June 5-8 (ELUM Expo Pack Booth #3612),

PROTOS is a new series of linear roll-fed labelers that provides rotary machine speeds—up to 42,000 containers per hour (CPH)—at a lower cost and 50 percent smaller footprint. Its patented design concepts and 100 percent servo-driven, multi-axis, motion control system increase uptime, reduce maintenance cost, and produce less waste than previous linear and rotary wrap-around labelers. PROTOS incorporates revolutionary features, including a patented adhesive extrusion system that applies glue in tightly controlled quantity and position tolerances, without waste. There is no excess glue to re-circulate, nor any messy accumulation of glue on the machine. The adhesive extrusion system also prevents the emission of noxious hot melt glue fumes, thereby improving the work environment and avoiding the hidden cost of ventilation.

Maintenance costs and downtime are reduced because PROTOS has eliminated many of the wear parts found on other labelers, including the analog mechanical linkages, sprockets and chains found on other labelers. PROTOS’ uses digitally synchronized servo-drives that have a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 100,000 hours. Another unique feature is a solid metal, one-piece vacuum drum that requires no rubber padding. No more stopping to replace worn drum pads.

Pre-programmed recipes automatically adjust the machine, which accelerates the set-up and changeover processes. PROTOS’ cutter mechanism, applicator drum and adhesive extrusion system can be designed to work with multiple container formats, further reducing downtime. The servo-controlled label tensioning, cutting and transfer systems are accurate to 0.000086 degrees, which ensures precise, repeatable label placement and reduction of scrap. Other change parts are designed for rapid, tool-less replacement.

“PROTOS is a game-changer for wrap-around labeling,” states Lyn Bright, President of ELUM Inc. “From ease-of-use to total cost of ownership and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the PROTOS delivers value on all fronts. We are excited to see the market’s response.” Be sure to stop by ELUM Expo Pack-Mexico City Booth #3612 to see the new PROTOS roll-fed labeling system. Learn about PROTOS’ many innovative features and how they can eliminate bottlenecks, increase productivity and save money.

About ELUM Inc.

ELUM Inc. is a mechatronic research and development company specializing in label applicator technology for the global consumer products packaging industry. ELUM was formed in 2013 by packaging machinery executives and engineers seeking to systematically eliminate the persistent problems associated with traditional labeling technology. ELUM manufactures the PROTOS at its main facility in Modesto, California and maintains an office and technical support in Querétaro, Mexico. For more information visit: www.ELUMinc.com

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