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November 13, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Leading British Retailer Automates Sushi Production with Linerless Labeling

A major British retailer and its convenience food producer have transformed sushi production lines with linerless. Both organizations reached out to Ravenwood Packaging, the "leaders in Linerless," and leading European packaging manufacturer, Coveris, for significantly improving labeling processes. The partnership would also deliver major sustainable benefits for the retailer’s sushi category.

Since fully automating the sushi labeling with linerless, a broad range of benefits have become apparent. These include faster label application speeds coupled with a reduction in manpower, plastic and CO2.

The range includes Korean Style Chicken Dragon Roll, Classic Vegetable Selection, Tuna Snack Pack and Salmon & Prawn Nigiri.

The food producer supplies the UK retailer with convenience foods and ‘food to go’ products, and the sushi category is just one of the ranges they supply. The packaging development team wanted to address the number of labels being applied and tackle plastic reduction across the labeling process. After discussions with both Ravenwood and Coveris, the decision was made to opt for Ravenwood’s linerless technology, after seeing positive results from both current and previous linerless labeling projects. The move would provide a holistic approach and bring about further benefits whilst addressing key objectives.

Before linerless, multiple self-adhesive labels were applied to each sushi pack. These labels included automatically applied top and base labels and manually applied clear plastic tamper proof labels. Since making the switch to the one D wrap linerless label, all information featured to the top and base self-adhesive labels are now featured to the one linerless label. And opting for the D wrap format, has resulted in the sushi packaging now becoming fully tamper proof as the D wrap completely wraps itself around the product. The separate plastic tamper proof tab is no longer required, and the pack aesthetics have also greatly improved.

To complete the transition to linerless, the food producer needed four Ravenwood Nobac 5000 linerless applicators for the project. Two applicators in the factory were repurposed, resulting in two further sleevers being purchased from Ravenwood.

Paul Beamish, Managing Director of Ravenwood said: “Ravenwood and Coveris enjoy a great business partnership and we have worked together on many successful linerless labeling projects. Food retailers and producers regard linerless as a winning formula with a holistic approach for cost effective, consistent, fault free and climate conscious labeling.”

Since fully automating with linerless, labeling speeds have increased to a steady and consistent 100 packs per minute. CO2 emissions have also been greatly reduced resulting in 8,507 kg of CO2 now being saved on an annual basis, equating to 30% overall.

Craig Bevan who is the Food Fresh Category Director at Coveris said: “This collaboration highlights the exciting possibilities for linerless labels. We are thrilled to have been part of this project to enhance the packaging and reduce the number of packaging components required. In addition, supporting the commitment to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint.”

Ravenwood’s linerless technology is supplied across a world-wide network of machinery distributors and label converters. Unlike self-adhesive labels, linerless does not feature backing paper. Eliminating the liner carries many benefits and alleviates the need to recycle, incinerate or landfill this by-product. All of these processes come at a financial and environmental cost. Linerless offers a more environmentally friendly and sustainable labeling solution resulting in a much-reduced carbon footprint.

Coveris is a Ravenwood Approved linerless printer and is a leading European packaging company that manufactures flexible and sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most respected brands.

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October 12, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

From Ravenwood Packaging: Why Do We Specify Approved Linerless Materials?

To put it briefly, Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Founder and Managing Director states: “It all comes down to control. If we have control, we have consistency, efficiency, reliability and quality.”

Let us explain further.

Ravenwood’s founder has always believed that to sell a linerless Nobac applicator, retailers and brand owners have to be able to guarantee a label’s performance.

Since Ravenwood started making linerless labels and supplying linerless applicators back in 2004, we quickly realized that to supply the best machines, we must be able to supply the best materials. Over the years, Ravenwood has built up an impressive materials portfolio, made possible by collaborating with the industry’s leading raw material suppliers. Our diverse selection ensures that whatever the product or environment, Ravenwood has you covered. The range of materials is extensive with various grades of paper, card, film, adhesives and silicones. We are continually working on new products, trialling them for months, sometimes years, before they are added to our range of approved products. All are tested and approved for sole use with Ravenwood machinery.

But it doesn’t stop at our approved materials. We partner with a global network of printers who also meet the highest of standards required to manufacture the best linerless labels for satisfying the needs of their customers. All of our printers have invested in a Com 500 Coater, and it is the coater that makes these labels ‘linerless’. These labels are finished to the required specifications to run efficiently on our range of Nobac applicators. Linerless is constantly evolving and is no longer just for meat and fish, with variations to suit ready meals, food-to-go, bakery and fresh produce. The flexibility of our labels ensures that we are fully equipped to meet the needs of our global network of machinery distributors and their customers.

So, as we said, it all comes down to ‘control’. Over the years, Ravenwood has been accused of being overly controlling. This is a fair comment but without standards in place, quality and consistency will eventually slip. We build and manufacture our own coater to make the labels and we have developed our own range of Nobac linerless applicators to apply them. The entire process ends with our VXR Vision Pack Inspection System for analysing poor quality print and variable data on the labels, and screening of contaminants in the food itself. This is why we specify the materials, because Ravenwood supply the complete linerless solution – The Ravenwood Circle of Linerless.

 

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October 4, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

What are the Primary Drivers for Choosing Linerless Labels?

We have seen interest in our linerless technology escalate dramatically in recent years. An increasing number of brand owners and retailers are opting for linerless over traditional self-adhesive labels. These businesses are "turning the tide" rather than simply "surfing the wave." This shift can be attributed to several factors that cater to both economic and environmental concerns.

In this article, we explain the main reasons:


1. Sustainability Takes Center Stage

One of the primary drivers is its eco-friendliness. In an era where sustainability is paramount, linerless labels have a clear edge over self-adhesive ones. Businesses are actively seeking ways to reduce their environmental footprint, and linerless offers a solution. These labels do not require backing paper or liner, resulting in less waste generated during production and reduced carbon emissions associated with transportation.

2. Cost-Efficiency Matters

Cost savings are another compelling reason for the surge in popularity of linerless labels. These labels are cost-effective due to their reduced material usage, eliminating the need for liners and backing papers. Additionally, linerless label rolls are more compact, allowing for more labels on a single roll, which can reduce storage and transportation costs. This affordability resonates well with businesses looking to optimize their expenses.

3. Enhanced Productivity

Linerless labels also boost productivity in manufacturing and labeling processes. Traditional self-adhesive labels require frequent roll changes, leading to downtime and increased labour costs. In contrast, linerless labels can contain more labels per roll, reducing the frequency of roll changes and downtime, thus enhancing overall efficiency.

4. Versatility and Adaptability

Linerless labels offer flexibility that self-adhesive labels often can’t match. They can be used in various industries and applications, from food and beverages to retail and logistics. Their adaptability to different surfaces and labeling methods makes them a versatile choice for businesses of all sizes.

5. Improved Aesthetics and Branding

With their sleek and modern appearance, linerless labels contribute to enhanced product aesthetics and branding. These labels provide a seamless, wrap-around look that is visually appealing to consumers. In a competitive market, where first impressions matter, linerless labels can help products stand out on the shelf.

6. Compliance and Regulation

Linerless labels are becoming more attractive due to regulatory requirements. They can easily accommodate necessary information and barcode data while maintaining compliance with labeling regulations.

7. Increased Surface Print Area

Linerless labels do not have a liner or backing paper, making it possible to print on both sides and utilize more of the label’s surface.

8. Faster Labeling Application Speeds

Ravenwood’s range of Nobac 5000 linerless applicators are probably the fastest in the world, capable of applying labels at over 150 packs per minute.

In conclusion, the shift toward Ravenwood’s linerless labels over self-adhesive labels is driven by a combination of factors, including sustainability, cost-efficiency, productivity gains, versatility, aesthetics, and regulatory compliance. As businesses and consumers increasingly prioritize these aspects, the popularity of linerless labels is expected to continue its upward trajectory. To meet the evolving demands of the market, it’s crucial for companies to stay informed about packaging trends and consider the benefits that linerless labels offer in their labelling and packaging strategies.

By embracing linerless, businesses can not only reduce their environmental impact but also enjoy economic advantages, improved efficiency, and enhanced brand presence in a rapidly changing packaging landscape. As the demand for sustainable and efficient solutions grows, linerless labels are undoubtedly positioned to continue to play a pivotal role in the future of packaging.

 

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October 3, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Revolutionizing the Food Industry: End-of-Line Automation

End-of-line automation machinery has emerged as a game-changer, streamlining production processes, enhancing efficiency, and ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety in food manufacturing. In an era of rapid technological advancement, the food industry is experiencing a paradigm shift. This article explores the impact of end-of-line automation machinery on the food industry and its relevance in today’s market.

End-of-Line Automation in Food Production

End-of-line automation refers to the integration of advanced machinery and robotics at the final stages of food production and packaging. This innovation has revolutionized the way food manufacturers operate, offering several key benefits:

• Increased Efficiency: Automation significantly reduces manual labor, leading to faster production cycles and higher output rates. This boost in efficiency allows companies to meet growing consumer demands while maintaining product consistency.

• Improved Accuracy: Automation machinery ensures precise measurements, reducing the margin of error in food packaging and labeling. This, in turn, minimizes product recalls and waste.

• Enhanced Quality Control: Automated systems incorporate sophisticated quality control measures, such as vision systems and sensors, to detect defects or contaminants in real-time. This proactive approach ensures that only safe and high-quality products reach consumers.

• Cost Savings: While the initial investment in automation can be substantial, long-term cost savings are realized through reduced labor costs, decreased waste, and increased production capacity.

• Adaptability: Modern automation systems are designed to be highly adaptable, allowing food manufacturers to quickly adjust to changing consumer preferences and market trends.


Ravenwood’s VXR Vision Pack Inspection System

Supermarkets are demanding improved quality, 100% error-free labeling and a marked reduction in recalls – placing increased pressure on suppliers. But the good news is, Ravenwood’s VXR® Vision Pack Inspection System will not only meet these demands but will outperform manual operations for a fully streamlined process. The VXR is the "end of line solution provider."

When combining its three technologies, the VXR system will safeguard in the following areas:

• Vision – check label accuracy as well as bar-codes, use-by dates and traceability codes.

• X-ray – detect foreign bodies such as glass, metal, ceramics and bone.

• Product Check – identify contaminants, product position and number of products (burgers and meatballs as an example).

Ravenwood’s high speed VXR Vision Pack Inspection System can also be integrated with the Nobac range of linerless applicators including various checkweighers for harnessing dynamic end-of-line product inspection and quality control.


Challenges and Considerations

While end-of-line automation has many advantages, there are challenges and considerations for food manufacturers:

• Initial Investment: Implementing automation machinery can be costly, and smaller businesses may face financial constraints.

• Workforce Transition: Automation may require upskilling or retraining of the workforce, potentially leading to job displacement.

• Maintenance and Technical Expertise: Automated systems require regular maintenance and technical expertise, which may not be readily available in all regions.

• Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring that automation systems meet food safety and quality standards is essential to avoid compliance issues.

• Scalability: Companies need to assess their growth potential and choose automation solutions that can adapt to changing production needs.


The Future of Food Production

End-of-line automation machinery is poised to play an increasingly vital role in the food industry’s future. As consumer demand for convenience, quality, and safety continues to rise, automation will become a necessity for staying competitive in the market. This technology offers not only improved efficiency and cost savings but also the assurance that the food we consume is of the highest quality and safety standards.

Food manufacturers must carefully evaluate their specific needs, industry regulations, and growth strategies when considering the adoption of end-of-line automation. By doing so, they can harness the power of automation to drive innovation and success in the ever-evolving food industry landscape.

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September 22, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Labelexpo 2023: Ravenwood’s Most Successful Show To Date

Labelexpo 2023 has chartered new levels of success for Ravenwood with increased visitor attendance and more sales leads than ever before. The "world-class leaders in linerless" unveiled two new machines on their totally bespoke built stand at this year’s show; the all new Nobac 40 Vac, the world’s first linerless promo flash labeler, along with the Nobac 1500, their new linerless top and base labeller. The new machinery innovations joined Ravenwood’s established range of machinery including the Com500, Nobac 5000A and Nobac Stacker. Visitors to the stand found the new machines to be very impressive. The Nobac 40 Vac flash labeler featured to a Nobac 5000A linerless applicator and demonstrated line speeds of 40 meters per minute. When comparing to its self-adhesive counterparts, the 40 Vac is considered to be a sustainable and cost-effective alternative. Various mountings are available for this machine and there is the option for a conventional beak apply system.

The Nobac 1500 also generated a great deal of interest. The linerless top and base labeler has been launched to replace similar self-adhesive labelers in the same class. The 1500 applies linerless labels in paper and plastic weights ranging from 100 – 200 gsm, across conventional MAP trays with no protrusion. The flexible 1500 can be linked to weigh-price labellers with the option of being supplied as a standalone top labeller or top and (or) base with an integral conveyor.

The star of the show, has to be the Com500 Coater which was on ‘demo’ on the life-sized video wall. Designed and manufactured in the UK, this machine "makes" linerless labels. Linerless is a specialist process that applies silicone and strips of hot melt adhesive to pre-printed labels, in key areas, resulting in label reels that are pressure sensitive and have no need for backing paper. Subsequently, these reels have 40% more labels per roll and require 40% less storage space. The absence of the liner means that the technology is highly sustainable with no requirement for landfill, incineration or recycling programmes.

Ravenwood also showcased the following:

• Nobac 5000A – automatic flagship linerless applicator.
• Nobac Stacker – Ravenwood’s entry-level linerless cutting and stacking machine which is perfect for short label runs and manual label application.

Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Managing Director had this to report: “The show proved to be a great platform to show off our new technologies which seemed to draw in the crowds. Our new innovations have filled in certain ‘gaps’ in the linerless market. He added: “When reflecting back to the 2019 show, many of our visitors were largely unaware of linerless but this year, they already knew about our technologies and wanted to find out more. Captured leads have soared by 172% when comparing to 2019 and feedback from the printers suggests that this is as a direct result of customer demand.

The shift toward linerless labels over self-adhesive is driven by a combination of factors, including sustainability, cost-efficiency, productivity gains, versatility, aesthetics, and regulatory compliance. As businesses and consumers increasingly prioritize these aspects, the popularity of linerless labels is expected to continue its upward trajectory.

Ravenwood’s stand at Labelexpo 2023 attracted printers and label converters from across the globe, but most were from Europe, Asia, South Africa and South America. Ravenwood is supported by its extensive machinery and printer network which allows Ravenwood to offer a truly world-class linerless global service to all of its customers.

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August 21, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

Linerless Better For The Environment

 

The brand owners and retailers who opted for Ravenwood's linerless technology in 2022, saved 8,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is how much would have entered our skies if they'd have chosen self-adhesive. How much CO2 could you save? Try out our CO2 savings calculator for yourself and see how much CO2 you could potentially save by switching from self-adhesive to linerless.

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Over 2 billion Ravenwood linerless labels were produced around the globe in 2022. If they were all joined together, they would circle the world over 4 times!

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July 24, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood to Unveil New Linerless Machines at Labelexpo Europe

Ravenwood has expanded its machinery portfolio and is proud to announce the unveiling of two new linerless machines at this year’s Labelexpo Europe.

The two new innovations will feature alongside a Nobac 5000, Nobac Stacker and Com 500.

New Innovations: Nobac 1500 and Nobac 40 Vac

The Nobac 1500 is a cost effective linerless label applicator aimed at replacing standard self-adhesive top and (or) base labelers. The new machine applies labels across conventional MAP trays with no protrusion. Label weights range from 100 – 200gsm in both paper and plastic. There is also the option to link weigh price labelers with no need for compressed air. Choose as a standalone top labeler for integrating into existing conveyors or top and (or) base with an integral conveyor.

Prior to the release of the 1500, a full Nobac 5000 applicator would need to be purchased, capable of a diverse range of linerless label formats, to cover top and base label application. Subsequently, the tailored 1500 is a welcome addition to the 5000 family.

The Nobac 40 Vac is a small linerless promo labeler and is the first of its kind, marking the beginning of a new era in linerless promo flash labeling. The new labeler is extremely cost efficient and outperforms other self-adhesive labelers in its class, providing retailers and packers with a more sustainable labeling solution. The Nobac 40 Vac works alongside Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000 range. Expect line speeds to reach a maximum of 40 metres per minute. Various mountings are available on request including a conventional beak apply system.

Established Machinery: Nobac 5000, Stacker and Com 500 Coater

Since 2004, Ravenwood has steadily built up an impressive and diverse portfolio of Nobac 5000 applicators. Machine variants are designed for maximum flexibility and are dependent on product type and specification. These machines can sleeve fixed weight products as well as link to weigh-scales for variable weights.

The Stacker is a linerless label cutting and stacking machine that offers the perfect solution for hand applying low volume linerless labels. The machine cuts and stacks labels in a ‘post-it note’ style format – up to 100 labels per minute. Labels are hand applied as and when required. The Stacker has been further enhanced since its launch in 2019 and now has the added benefit of coding –  opt for thermal transfer or ink jet. For those with low label runs looking for a cost-effective, entry level, manual linerless labeling machine, the Stacker is the perfect option.

Ravenwood’s Com 500 Coater will also be ‘on demo’, on the life-sized video wall. It is the only coating system dedicated to running and delivering high quality Ravenwood linerless labels. Designed exclusively to the required specification for label application with Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000 machine range. The Coater produces linerless labels by adding glue and silicone lines to label reels. Labels are supplied in a range of weights and materials, including paper and polypropylene.

Environmentally Friendly Technologies

All Ravenwood machinery is built in the UK. This means that carbon emissions are kept to a minimum and is especially apparent where the Nobac 5000 linerless applicator is concerned. Over 90% of the machine’s weight is produced in the UK and all parts are machined on site at Ravenwood’s factory in Norwich or sourced within a 4-mile radius.

More and more brand owners are now switching to linerless. The main USP is that there is no release liner and subsequently, no waste. Unlike self-adhesive labels which feature backing paper, linerless avoids the need for liner disposal. Current methods include burying into landfill, costly recycling programs and incineration. All come at a financial and environmental cost.

Labelexpo Europe and Labeling Landscape

Labelexpo Europe is the largest packaging and label event in the world, attracting around 40,000 visitors from 140 countries. The very first show launched in London, in 1980 where it was staged for five years before moving to Brussels in 1985. Europe accounts for over a third of the world’s label consumption and has some of the highest per capita usage (up to 17m2 per person) of any of the developed markets. Much of the focus is on Eastern Europe, which is achieving growth rates of almost three times that of Western Europe.

Find Ravenwood on stand 6D05. For further information, contact marketing at Ravenwood on +44(0)1284 749144.

 

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March 29, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Gressingham Slashes Carbon Footprint With Linerless

Renowned duck brand, Gressingham Foods, has teamed up with Ravenwood Packaging and linerless printer, Coveris, for driving its sustainability initiatives by adopting linerless labels across its range of duck portion products. The packaging revamp has allowed the UK’s main supplier of duck to save on manpower and slash its carbon footprint, saving over 24 tonnes of waste material per year. Carbon emissions have also been dramatically reduced with a saving of 3,400 kg of CO2 per annum.

The new linerless labels are produced by Coveris and replace Gressingham’s labour-intensive and time-consuming three-tier packaging process. Previously thermoformers would apply film to portions of duck and then cardboard sleeves were then hand applied to each pack. A third stage was sometimes used to apply a promotional label which meant up to six people could be involved.

For the label application, Gressingham opted for a Ravenwood Nobac 5000V linerless sleever for automating the entire process. Dave Gooding, Ravenwood’s Commercial Director said: “The 5000V is perfectly suited to Gressingham’s products and by switching to linerless means the sleeves are now automatically applied, with less waste, coupled with a reduced sleeve material weight. Linerless is highly sustainable and has resulted in Gressingham’s emissions being massively reduced.”

In addition to C-wrap labels, Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000V is the ultimate solution for labeling whole birds including a variety of MAP and VSP trays as well as shrink wrap. The applicator is also equipped to apply shaped labels and products that feature extended back panels on C-wrap and trayed whole birds. A maximum pack height of 125mm applies, making this machine ideal for protruding products. “Working with Coveris and Ravenwood has been hugely successful, with both companies understanding our two-part vision to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst retaining our premium look and feel,” explains Rebecca Alderton, Brand Manager at Gressingham Foods.

“As one of the only independent brands in the meat, fish and poultry aisle, we needed the linerless labels to mimic the appearance of the sleeve packaging as much as possible in order to retain our brand recognition and shelf appeal, whilst proving that more eco-friendly packaging changes can be achieved in the sector,” adds Rebecca.

The new packaging is set to roll out across all Gressingham retail outlets in March 2023.

 

Based in Suffolk, Gressingham foods was founded in 1989 and produces a range of products including fresh duck and poultry, Aromatic Crispy Duck Kits and a Bistro range featuring a wide selection of delicious duck classics. Gressingham Duck® products are available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Ocado.

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March 9, 2023 - Ravenwood

 

Ravenwood to Showcase Automated Optical Inspection and Linerless at Interpack

It’s all systems go! The leaders in linerless and pack inspection will be exhibiting at Interpack in Düsseldorf. Ravenwood will be demonstrating the Nobac 5000V vertical linerless applicator, Nobac 5000A automatic linerless applicator and VR Vision System, for automated optical inspection on food products.

All three machines are standalone but the 5000A and VR can be linked for label application and automated optical inspection. Ravenwood will also be demonstrating a revolutionary quality management system. A representative from QUOR will be joining Ravenwood on their stand for showing how this software communicates with the VR Vision system.

Let’s take a look at the systems Ravenwood will be demonstrating at this year’s show.

Nobac 5000V Vertical Linerless Applicator

Ravenwood is excited to showcase the all new Nobac 5000V. Unlike other machines that fall under the Nobac 5000 range, this particular applicator features the mandrel to the side of the product conveyor, changing it to a vertical labeler. Essentially, products are driven ‘through’ the label, so allowing for difficult applications and increased protrusions. Subsequently, this particular model is ideal for the labeling of whole birds.

Although, the 5000V is restricted to applying C Wrap linerless labels, it can label a variety of MAP and VSP trays, as well as shrink wrap. A maximum pack height of 125mm applies with excellent application speeds at over 80ppm.

There is also the option to link to weigh scales, as well as printing catch weight and fixed weight products.


Nobac 5000A Automatic Linerless Applicator

Ravenwood will also introduce and showcase its automatic linerless applicator, the Nobac 5000A. Building its core foundation on the Nobac 5000 range, the new automatic sleever is a customer optional addition that automates switching between products, pack sizes and label size. This is thanks to its motorized adjustment of top lay belts, infeed guides and height adjustment.

Operators, factory management software and weigh-price labelers can select pre-programmed tray sizes to allow the machine to move automatically, to new positions, freeing up time for the operator to load labels. The Nobac 5000A will be linked to the VR Vision system.

VR Vision System – Automated Optical Inspection

Joining the 5000A is Ravenwood’s VR System. Both machines will be linked for demo purposes to show label application on the 5000A and then pack inspection on the VR. Once the food pack has been labelled and travelled through the 5000A, it will be analysed by the Vision system. With unrivalled inspection and quality assurance software, the VR utilizes the latest image processing technologies to analyse each finished pack when leaving the production line.

As mentioned, the VR has been built as a standalone technology but can also be integrated into a line system. Each pack is individually inspected against a pre-set standard, programmed into the user-friendly interface. Any packs that fail to meet the set criteria are automatically rejected into a secure bin with the reject confirmed and recorded for tracking.

Bar codes, use-by dates and traceability codes are analysed and confirmed without the need to interrupt the packs whilst in flight. In addition to these checks, 2D codes for encoded stock rotation or label ID can be read on-line.

Pack speeds up to 130 per minute are achievable to perfectly match any existing line processing equipment. The VR also has the ability to integrate an upstream checkweigher. This allows for all rejected packs to be collected in one area, but in separate bins.


QUOR Quality Management System

QUOR’s revolutionary quality management software will be working in synergy with the VR system. The software makes compliance straightforward, paperless and easy to operate.

The QUOR management system integrates seamlessly for all manual inspections and processes including on-line quality checks that would otherwise be entered manually. QUOR can talk to the VR Vision system for criteria such as in-line recording, verification and product checks, for complying with the VR’s existing software.

QUOR allows for product selection and storage of quality data. Products are selected for checking on the QUOR interface resulting in the VR being automatically set up without further intervention. All line quality data is uploaded, captured, stored and reported for analysis, and traceability. Images of all packs produced including rejected packs are recorded and retrieved to further enhance quality assurance and for satisfying audit processes. Retailer compliant KPI reports generated and submitted are available at the click of a button. Data is retrieved securely both on and offsite, via PC based software or the QUOR quality management app.

Imagine having your KPI report available in real time – anytime and anywhere? Well, the QUOR system does just that.


Interpack 2023

Interpack is reported to be the world’s largest trade fair and a global trendsetter for the packaging sector. From sustainability to digitalization, the focus is on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology. Market sectors include food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial. Interpack 2017 experienced record breaking numbers with 2,865 companies exhibiting.

Find team Ravenwood in Hall 08B | Stand 8BD35.

 

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February 24, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000V – the Ultimate Linerless Solution for Whole Birds

You’d be forgiven for doing a double take on the aesthetics of the new Nobac 5000V. Whilst Ravenwood’s latest linerless applicator has taken on a totally different look visually, mechanically, it still operates and performs in the same way, when compared to its Nobac 5000 counterparts.

Why has the Nobac 5000V been engineered in this styling and what does the ‘V’ stand for?

Unlike other machines that fall under the Nobac 5000 range, this particular applicator features the mandrel to the side of the product conveyor as opposed to it being positioned above. By placing the mandrel to the side, allows the labels to be applied vertically and this is where the ‘V’ comes from. The 5000V is a vertical labeler. Essentially, products are driven ‘through’ the label, so allowing for difficult applications and increased protrusions, making it ideal for the labeling of whole birds.

How does the Nobac 5000V compare to other machines in the Nobac 5000 range?

As explained, visually the 5000V looks completely different, with the label mandrel being positioned to the side. It is also more compact, with a smaller footprint at just over 1 meter square.

In terms of the overall mechanical workings, the labeler features the same flexibility as other models in the range. Although, the 5000V is restricted to applying C Wrap linerless labels, it can label a variety of MAP and VSP trays, including shrink wrap and trayed whole birds. It is also equipped to apply shaped labels. Due to this unique label presentation, the 5000V can carry out applications that are not possible with other machines which includes extended back panels on C Wrap and whole birds. A maximum pack height of 125mm applies, making this machine ideal for protruding products.

The applicator also boasts excellent application speeds at over 80ppm. And as with all other machines in the 5000 range, there is the option to link to weigh scales, as well as printing catch weight and fixed weight products.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/S1zzbynlgBI

 

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February 21, 2023 - RAVENWOOD

 

Retailers and Packers Replace Plastic with Linerless for Fruit Packaging

Ravenwood’s linerless Fruit Lid is fast becoming the label of choice for brand owners, retailers and packers for their fresh produce packaging.

The Fruit Lid when applied to a carton board tray, forms a complete pack for the supply of fresh fruit and vegetable products. The food grade packaging concept replaces the need for plastic flow wrap and single use plastic bags. Subsequently, the entire pack is highly sustainable and 100% kerbside recyclable. The new fruit pack concept is generating much interest with packaging technologists around the world.

During the last year, Ravenwood has supplied its Fruit Lid to many high profile retailers including Iceland, Waitrose and Ocado as well as tomato packer, Tomeco. The Fruit Lid has been applied to kiwis, apples, pears and tomatoes. Further Fruit Lid projects are in the pipeline.

Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Managing Director said: “Our linerless Fruit Lid can help brand owners tackle the problems associated with single use plastic. Across a global scale, we use a horrendous amount of this material in our daily lives. Plastic has got itself a really bad name but the problem stems from how we discard it. Fortunately, efforts are now in place to tackle this problem in creating a circular economy for this material.”

The Fruit Lid is applied by Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000L linerless applicator which is designed to run and apply labels to a wide range of carton board tray sizes. Date and batch coding requirements can also be added by purchasing and integrating a Viper TIJ. Average pack speeds are around 60-65 per minute, with a maximum speed of 70 ppm, depending on the size of the Fruit Lid, tray and products. All linerless projects, from label design concepts and tray style, right the way through to label application and launch, is handled collectively by Ravenwood and its network of printers and machinery distributors. Depending on where in the world you are located.

Ravenwood operates and supplies its linerless technology across 25 countries around the world with 21 printers and 38 machinery distributors. The packaging and labelling specialist supplies the complete linerless solution, known as the "Circle of Linerless." Brand owners, retailers and packers can benefit from faultless linerless labels, a performance guarantee, fully approved sustainable materials, 24/7 support and disaster recovery.

The launch of the linerless Fruit Lid is well timed as France bans plastic packaging for all fruit and vegetables from January 2022. Following on from France, Spain is also preparing its new legislation to come into effect from 2023. As we are all too aware, plastic pollution is a global issue and despite efforts to suitably dispose of waste, every year thousands of tons of bottles, wraps and other plastics make their way into the environment and the oceans.

 

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December 16, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Dynamic End of Line Product Inspection for Unrivaled Inline Quality Control

 

Thanks to the integration of Ravenwood’s high speed VXR Vision Pack Inspection System and a Starflex Flexi C – RW Checkweigher, you can harness the power for dynamic end-of-line product inspection and quality control.When combined, the high-precision mechanical technology of these two machines, boast a pioneering and innovative approach to end-of-line product inspection. The seamless integration of these technologies also significantly increase production speeds for exceptional accuracy and flexibility.

Food packs initially pass over the Starflex Flexi C – RW Checkweigher, which monitors pack weights, rejecting any products that are over or under the set weight, within the required legislation. The Vision element of the machine detects faulty labels including printing errors and poor-quality print, as well as label position, quantity, and orientation. Bar codes, use-by dates and traceability codes are also checked. The core functionality of the VXR’s x-ray inspection remains the same, boasting maximum safety and guarantees for detecting dangerous foreign bodies such as metals, glass, stones, bones, and high-density plastics. Packs that are deemed to feature dangerous foreign bodies, faulty print and incorrect in weight, are rejected into two lockable reject bins. One bin is dedicated to X-ray rejects and the other is used for weight and Vision rejects.

Ravenwood’s high speed VXR has been developed further with the addition of two side by side reject bins. Subsequently, the new set up allows for greater reject capacity and faster inspection pack speeds.

 

When combined the VXR and Checkweigher provide:

• Dynamic Checkweighing and monitoring.

• Inline Vision inspection of labelled packs using images captured from a top, bottom, or top and bottom camera.

• X-ray inspection for detecting dangerous foreign bodies such as metals, glass, stones, bones and high-density plastics.

• Increased speeds from 120 packs to (up to) 140 packs per minute.

• Greater reject capacity thanks to the side-by-side reject bins.

• Higher running speeds for reduced operator intervention.

• The option to integrate QUOR quality management software.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-olzolp3f0

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November 17, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

JCS Fish Fully Automate Production with Linerless

JCS Fish has fully automated its packaging and labeling lines, and has also replaced its manually applied cardboard sleeves with linerless. Ravenwood’s linerless technology has been rolled out across its award winning Big Fish range.

THE CHALLENGE

The seafood specialist was manually thermoforming packs of salmon and trout and then hand applying cardboard sleeves to each pack. A third stage would then involve manual application of a self-adhesive secondary date label. The process was both labor intensive and time consuming. Four people were working on the thermoformer packaging line and then a further three additional people were responsible for the sleeving and labeling. JCS recognized that this was impractical and decided to upgrade its lines to fully automate the process. Ultimately, the decision would speed up production, streamline operations and allow for workers to be redeployed throughout the business.

Furthermore, adopting a more sustainable method of labeling was also preferable as JCS was sending its label liner to landfill, contributing to its carbon footprint.

THE SOLUTION

JCS decided to fully automate both its skin pack and labeling lines by opting for a Multivac R105 Thermoform skin pack machine and a Nobac 5000 linerless applicator for the labeling. Both machines came highly recommended as stand-alone technologies as well as working in synergy together for fault-free operation on packaging and labeling lines.

Linerless is highly sustainable. Due to the absence of the backing paper, there is no need to dispose of, incinerate or pay for expensive liner recycling programs. Subsequently, JCS no longer needs to send label liner to landfill which has resulted in a marked reduction to its CO2 emissions.

The Linerless Label and Tray

JCS decided to opt for two different sized trays. A smaller tray for a single salmon fillet and a slightly larger tray for two fillets. Ravenwood’s keyline designer got to work on the label design templates. Two D-wrap linerless labels were then created.

Label Design

Once keylines were drawn up, the template and label design were outsourced to a JCS preferred design agency.

UK Linerless Printer

Coveris UK: www.coveris.com

Nobac 5000 Linerless Applicator

JCS opted for a standard Nobac 5000 applicator for applying linerless to its salmon and trout packs. A Falcon TTO Coder was also integrated for printing use-by dates to the linerless label. This alleviated the need for manually adding this information by way of a secondary self-adhesive label.

The Nobac 5000 is configured to work in standalone mode, but should JCS decide to move to catchweight labeling, there is the option to connect to a weigh-price labeler. This will future-proof the business.

Key Features:

• Inline machine designed for maximum flexibility.
• Eliminates the need to turn the packs.
• Capable of applying 50mm – 120mm wide labels.
• Pack speeds of up to 150ppm* are achievable (*dependent on label specification).
• Linerless labels allow for more labels per roll, resulting in longer runs and increased production time.
• With automated sleeving, customers can benefit from reduced costs and labor requirements.
• Wasted printed labels on changeovers minimized by printing at point of application.
• Eliminate wasteful and non-recyclable backing paper.
• Reduce landfill disposal costs.
• Linerless reels weigh up to 40% less and take up 40% less space than those with carrier backing paper plus the space required to house the pre-formed cardboard sleeves.

THE SUCCESS STORY

Previously, the Big Fish production line was labor intensive and time consuming but since implementing the new Multivac R105 Thermoform skin pack machine and the Nobac linerless applicator, processes are now fully automated. Subsequently, this has resulted in less downtime, and increased production efficiency with packaging and labeling application speeds increasing significantly. Previously, with the manual cardboard sleeve application, speeds of just 12 packs per minute were being achieved. However, since switching to Ravenwood’s linerless technology, JCS is seeing speeds of 50 to 60 ppm. The new R105 Thermoform skin pack machine has also increased skin pack production to 25 ppm and the Falcon Coder adds use-by dates automatically.

JCS Commercial Manager, Jack Coulbeck reports that the Nobac 5000 is user friendly, low maintenance and extremely efficient. With increased packaging and labeling speeds, JCS is now better equipped to meet production deadlines and delivery timescales for satisfying the needs of its retailers. The award winning Big Fish range is available to purchase from Ocado and small independent farm shops.

Being a climate conscious organization, Ravenwood’s linerless technology is a good fit for their product offerings. The JCS factory is BRC AA-Grade rated and they hold a top Green rating under the Investors in the Environment (IiE) scheme.

 

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November 4, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000 Just Got Smarter

The Nobac 5000A is the 9th addition to join the diverse and world-leading range of Ravenwood linerless applicators.

Building its core foundation on the Nobac 5000 linerless label applicator range the new automatic sleever is a customer optional addition that automates switching between products, pack sizes and label size, thanks to its motorised adjustment of top lay belts, infeed guides and height adjustment. Operators, factory management software and weigh-price labellers can select pre-programmed tray sizes to allow the machine to move automatically, to new positions, freeing up time for the operator to load labels.

Ravenwood has a diverse range of Nobac applicators, designed for maximum flexibility, for applying Ravenwood linerless labels. In addition to sleeving fixed-weight packs, these machines can link to weigh-scales from a range of manufacturers for variable-weight products, in addition to check-weighing. Labels are supplied in a range of weights and materials, including paper and polypropylene. All adhesives are optimised for individual products. Machine variants are dependent on product type and specification.

 

Watch the Nobac 5000A Auto in action on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=IcXVXQETwfk&feature=emb_logo

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October 21, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Retailers and Packers Replace Plastic with Linerless for Fruit Packaging

Ravenwood’s linerless Fruit Lid is fast becoming the label of choice for brand owners, retailers and packers for their fresh produce packaging. The Fruit Lid when applied to a carton board tray, forms a complete pack for the supply of fresh fruit and vegetable products. The food grade packaging concept replaces the need for plastic flow wrap and single use plastic bags. Subsequently, the entire pack is highly sustainable and 100% kerbside recyclable. The new fruit pack concept is generating much interest with packaging technologists around the world.

During the last year, Ravenwood has supplied its Fruit Lid to many high profile retailers including Iceland, Waitrose and Ocado as well as tomato packer, Tomeco. The Fruit Lid has been applied to kiwis, apples, pears and tomatoes. Further Fruit Lid projects are in the pipeline. Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Managing Director said: “Our linerless Fruit Lid can help brand owners tackle the problems associated with single use plastic. Across a global scale, we use a horrendous amount of this material in our daily lives. Plastic has got itself a really bad name but the problem stems from how we discard it. Fortunately, efforts are now in place to tackle this problem in creating a circular economy for this material.”

The Fruit Lid is applied by Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000L linerless applicator which is designed to run and apply labels to a wide range of carton board tray sizes. Date and batch coding requirements can also be added by purchasing and integrating a Viper TIJ. Average pack speeds are around 60-65 per minute, with a maximum speed of 70 ppm, depending on the size of the Fruit Lid, tray and products. All linerless projects, from label design concepts and tray style, right the way through to label application and launch, is handled collectively by Ravenwood and its network of printers and machinery distributors. Depending on where in the world you are located.

Ravenwood operates and supplies its linerless technology across 25 countries around the world with 21 printers and 38 machinery distributors. The packaging and labelling specialist supplies the complete linerless solution, known as the ‘Circle of Linerless’. Brand owners, retailers and packers can benefit from faultless linerless labels, a performance guarantee, fully approved sustainable materials, 24/7 support and disaster recovery.

The launch of the linerless Fruit Lid is well timed as France bans plastic packaging for all fruit and vegetables from January 2022. Following on from France, Spain is also preparing its new legislation to come into effect from 2023. As we are all too aware, plastic pollution is a global issue and despite efforts to suitably dispose of waste, every year thousands of tons of bottles, wraps and other plastics make their way into the environment and the oceans.

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October 21, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Reflex Group Adds Linerless to Ireland Facility

Ravenwood is pleased to announce its latest Com500 coater install with Reflex Group, one of its long established UK linerless printers. The linerless converting equipment has been installed at the Reflex site in County Wicklow and will allow Ravenwood to provide its approved linerless labels to the growing number of customers in this region. Ravenwood’s Com500 is the only coating system dedicated to running and delivering high quality Ravenwood linerless labels. These labels are pressure sensitive with no need for backing paper or release liner. Subsequently, the technology is highly sustainable as there is no requirement for landfill, incineration or recycling programs. Labels produced by the Com500 are designed to work to the correct specification required for label application by Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000 linerless applicator range.

Ian Kendall, Reflex Group CEO Said: “Our customers are looking to reduce waste and packaging costs in addition to increasing line productivity. The Nobac 5000 range of linerless applicators, and associated equipment such as the Vision system, offer the most efficient way to put information on, and decorate a pack. The system has been proven time and time again to be by far, the best option. We are delighted to be able to be that bit closer to our Irish customers with the installation of the Com500.”

The demand for linerless is increasing exponentially, across a global scale with many brand owners, retailers and supermarkets now switching to this method of labelling. Linerless labels suit a wide range of market sectors including meat and fish, fresh produce, salad pots, oven and ready meals, food to go, as well as bakery and desserts. Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Founder and Managing Director said: “This is an exciting time for Ravenwood and Reflex. We have both enjoyed a long and successful business partnership and with the new coater install, this can only strengthen our relationship further for increasing sales in Ireland.”

Formed in 2002, Reflex Group joined Ravenwood as an approved linerless printer in November 2008. The packaging and labelling solution specialist is made up of 26 sites with the new County Wicklow facility being the latest location to join the Reflex family. In addition to linerless, Reflex serves a broad range of customer sectors for producing self-adhesive, shrink sleeve, flexible packaging, in-mould labels, artwork and design.

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​September 2, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

Ravenwood’s Linerless Technology for Food To Go Packaging

A great linerless success story for all parties involved. Ravenwood was approached by the UK’s fastest growing food retailer and its convenience food producer, for tackling a unique food to go packaging concept. This project champions sustainable packaging and 100% kerbside recyclability across its nutritionist approved range of ready meals. A climate conscious combination.

The new fresh ready meal range which boasts five different options, is prepared in two steps and ready to eat in just three minutes. Options include vegan and non-vegan meals for lively lunches and speedy suppers.

THE CHALLENGE

The retailer and its producer approached Ravenwood to tackle a double tray ready meal linerless labelling project. This unique packaging concept is the first of its kind in the ready meal sector. Heatable food features to the top tray and salad to the base.

Labelling two trays is a challenge in itself but these trays are also different sizes. Ravenwood needed to ensure that the trays, when positioned together, would be rigid and without movement, for accurate label application on the Nobac 5000 applicator. Sloppy label application can result in labels having to be adjusted by hand and this can result in significant downtime. Ravenwood also needed to ensure that the products, once labelled, would remain intact, withstanding travelling to supermarket for clean presentation on shelf.

The final hurdle was the recess located to the larger base tray. Normally food trays are flush with the edge, but this wasn’t the case. Subsequently, Ravenwood’s keyline designer had to make further allowances when drawing up the label template.

THE SOLUTION

The Trays

The packaging consists of two trays and features heatable food to the top and a fresh salad to the base.

• Both trays of different sizes made from FSC sustainably sourced materials.

• Trays are made from natural kraft and rPET anti-mist lids.

• The trays ‘slot’ together on top of each other with the larger tray to the base.

• Base tray is manufactured with a recess.

• Both base and lid are 100% kerbside recyclable.

Modification to the Tray

The lid of the base tray (see image below) had to be modified so that the smaller tray could sit on top without moving. As you can see, the lid was altered and now features a raised section that fits neatly into the base of the smaller top tray. This slight adjustment now allows the trays to slot together for improved sturdiness for secure labelling and display on supermarket shelves.

The linerless label alone, cannot hold these two trays together.

The Label

The food retailer decided to appoint one of Ravenwood’s UK linerless printers, Reflex Labels, for the design and production of the label.

After a series of trials, an oversized d-wrap linerless label was given the go ahead. Ravenwood’s keyline designer then designed the label for application across both trays. Five vibrant designs were then produced by Reflex Labels.

Linerless is unique and features no backing paper, unlike its self-adhesive counterparts. Subsequently, there is no need to dispose of the label liner. Current disposal methods include burying the liner in landfill, liner recycling programmes and liner incineration. All of these options are costly – both to the pocket and the planet.

The Label Adhesive

Pressen 4301 was recommended as this is a tackier adhesive, generally suited to applications where there is less surface print area. With the double tray concept, it was felt that this adhesive would be perfectly suited for increased adhesion and improved application across both trays.

The Linerless Applicator Machine

Ravenwood supplied two Nobac 5000 linerless applicators with speeds of 50ppm achievable.

The build process has a low environmental impact with over 90% of the sleever’s weight produced in the UK. All components are machined on site at Ravenwood’s Norwich factory or sourced within a 4 mile radius. Once built, the 5000 boasts a very modest footprint at just 1.5 metres in width.  The applicator is extremely versatile and user friendly:

• Modular construction allows bolt-on or off, twin-head option for non-stop operation.

• Independent driven belt transfer system for easier set up, for different glue line positions.

• Label reel braking system provides advanced reel control especially on different substrates, such as PP or thicker boards.
   
• Optional motor adjustment.
   
• Capable of labelling fixed weight products or linking to weigh-scales for variable-weight or check-weight products.
   
• Optional thermal inkjet coding for the edge of cardboard trays.
   
• Utilises thin board sleeves with various adhesives optimised for specific products.
   
• Application speeds can reach 150ppm (dependent on tray and product).
   
• Labels can be supplied in a range of weights and materials.
   
• Many label formats including top labelling, die cut and shaped.

Ravenwood has also now launched the Nobac 5000 Auto. The 5000 Auto is a customer optional addition that automates switching between products, pack sizes and label size, thanks to its motorised adjustment of top lay belts, infeed guides and height adjustment.

SUCCESS STORY

The entire project, from initial enquiry to products landing on shelf, took just 6 months to complete. Ravenwood and its printer, Reflex Group, worked in synergy for meeting this timescale.

The new ready meal range and innovative double tray concept has ticked just about every box possible for a food retailer. With the combination of nutritionist approved foods, sustainably sourced packaging materials, 100% kerbside recyclability, the project has all the ingredients for a great climate conscious success story. Most importantly, the range has also been very well received by the retailer’s customers.

The value of the UK food to go sector is expected to reach £23 billion by 2025, driven by expansion, new product development and growth in channels such as delivery, according to Lumina Intelligence. Ravenwood is seeing a surge in linerless enquiries from this sector.

 

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April 27, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood to Launch Automatic Linerless Label Applicator at IFFA

Ravenwood Packaging is set to unveil its latest linerless innovation at this year’s IFFA. The Nobac 5000 Auto (linerless label applicator) will feature alongside the VR Inspection System. Both machines will be on demo throughout the show.

The Nobac 5000 Auto and VR system can be stand-alone technologies or seamlessly integrated for the faultless application and inspection of linerless labels across a diverse range of foods including meat, fish, plant based proteins, ready meals, salad pots, desserts and fresh produce.

Let’s take a look at Ravenwood’s latest linerless adaption – the Nobac 5000 Auto. The 5000 Auto is now the 9th addition to join the diverse and world-leading range of Ravenwood linerless applicators. Building its core foundation on the Nobac 5000 linerless label applicator range released in 2020, the new Nobac 5000 Auto is a customer optional addition that automates switching between products, pack sizes and label size, thanks to its motorised adjustment of top lay belts, infeed guides and height adjustment. Operators, factory management software and or weigh-price labellers can select pre-programmed tray sizes to allow the machine to move automatically, to new positions freeing up time for the operator to load labels.

Joining the 5000 Auto will be Ravenwood’s VR Inspection System which offers unrivalled brand and consumer protection. Directly after the packs have been labelled, the VR will then inspect to identify errors and reject any packs where faulty labels are detected. The VR does this by optical vision inspection. Faults are largely due to poor quality print and inaccuracies, but the VR analyses even further and will check for label position, quantity and orientation for guaranteed consistency across all packs. Furthermore, even small print such as barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes are also inspected. In fact, all printed information. The process offers complete peace of mind, alleviating the need for manual analysis which can lead to faults going unchecked.

David Gooding, Ravenwood’s Commercial Director said: “It’s great to finally be getting back to normal in attending events in person. I know that the team is really looking forward to both the show itself and the launch of the 5000 Auto. ”

Gooding added: “It will also be the first time we have exhibited at IFFA so we are hoping it will prove to be a great success and the first of many for Ravenwood.”

IFFA takes place every 4 years and is the world’s leading trade fair for the meat industry with the 2022 show opening up to the alternative proteins markets. The show is very well established with this year marking IFFA’s 71st anniversary. The show covers the entire supply chain for processing, packaging, selling and distribution and offers a great platform for networking opportunities across a global scale. Around 900 exhibitors will be in attendance from over 40 countries. IFFA will run from the 14 – 19 May 2022.

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April 6, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood Proudly Presents It's Latest Linerless Mission:                              THE LINERLESS CO2 SAVINGS CALCULATOR!

We have created a CO2 Savings Calculator to prove how much CO2 can be saved when comparing linerless to self-adhesive labels. Three values are entered into the calculator:

• Measurement A (the longest length of the label)
• Measurement B (the shortest)
• Label Quantity

Ravenwood researched how much CO2 is emitted when manufacturing a tonne of backing liner for self-adhesive labels. A total of 2,200kgs of CO2 per tonne is emitted to produce 1,000kgs of liner paper (source: AWA and Avery Dennison).

• The calculations are based on 3, 4 and 5 adhesive / silicone lines.
• Our calculator displays the CO2 savings in kgs and a percentage value.

Check out our calculator at the link below and see the savings for yourself!

https://www.ravenwood.co.uk/co2-calculator/

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March 4, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood to Showcase Linerless Fruit Packaging at Fruit Logistica

Ravenwood Packaging will exhibit its linerless and vision inspection technologies at Fruit Logistica in April. The ‘leaders in linerless’ will have two machines on demo – the Nobac 5000L ‘fresh produce’ linerless applicator and the VR Inspection System. The perfect combination for the packaging of fruits and vegetables.

The Nobac 5000L and VR system both work in synergy for the labelling and inspection of all foods including fresh fruits and vegetables. Both machines can be stand alone or seamlessly integrated for the labelling and inspection of packs.

The fresh produce linerless applicator is the latest 5000 machine variant to join Ravenwood’s linerless ranks. The 5000L applies ‘Fruit Lid’ linerless labels to carton board trays. When combined, the food grade Fruit Lid and tray, forms a complete pack for labelling and packaging of fresh fruit and vegetable products. The pack concept replaces the need for plastic flow wrap and single use plastic bags. As a result, the entire pack is highly sustainable and 100% kerbside recyclable. With various tray sizes available to suit a wide range of requirements coupled with the option of bespoke Fruit Lid label designs to fit, the pack concept offers a high degree of flexibility. Furthermore, if retailers are looking for high application speeds, then the 5000L will not disappoint with speeds up to 70ppm. When considering the benefits overall and most importantly, the elimination of plastic packaging, it’s no surprise that the new pack concept is generating much interest with packaging technologists around the world for the packaging of fruits of vegetables.

Joining the Nobac 5000L on stand will be Ravenwood’s VR Inspection System which offers the ultimate in safeguarding for brand and consumer protection. Directly after the packs have been labelled, the VR will then identify errors and reject any packs where faulty labels are detected. The VR does this by optical vision inspection. These faults are largely due to poor quality print and inaccuracies, but the VR analyses even further and will check for label position, quantity and orientation for guaranteed consistency across all packs. Moreover, even small print such as barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes are also inspected. In fact, all printed information. Collectively, the process offers complete peace of mind, alleviating the need for manual analysis which can lead to faults going unchecked.

David Gooding, Ravenwood’s Commercial Director said: “Fruit Logistica is a new show for us. The new fruit lid and carton board pack concept has now opened up a completely new market for Ravenwood and its distributor, and printer network.”

Gooding added: “This will also be the first time we have exhibited the VR Inspection System.”

Find Ravenwood on stand: 6.1/B06.

Fruit Logistica is the world’s leading trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry and will take place in Berlin from the 5 – 7th April 2022. At the 2020 show, more than 3,300 exhibitors from 91 countries presented their products, services and technical solutions with around 73,000 trade visitors from 135 countries in attendance. Fruit Logistica represents the entire value-added chain for the fresh produce industry, from producer to point of sale.

 

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February 18, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Bella and Duke Reduce Packaging Shipping Costs by 98% with Linerless

ABOUT BELLA AND DUKE

Bella and Duke was founded in 2017 by Tony Ottley and Mark Scott. Both Tony and Scott had lost their dogs to cancer and were convinced that the processed foods their dogs had eaten their entire lives could have potentially caused the disease. After carrying out extensive research on raw and natural dog food and finding there was a gap in the market, they decided to take action and create their own.

Their foods have been developed with animal nutritionists and vets to ensure the utmost quality and all ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. During the last four years, business operations have gone from strength to strength, and Bella and Duke now deliver frozen raw dog and cat food all over the UK and are the UK’s largest D2C pet wellness brand.

THE CHALLENGE

Tony and Mark were not happy with their current packaging which comprised a self-adhesive top label and ‘ice cream’ style tub. Both of these packaging elements needed addressing.

Self-Adhesive Top Label

The self-adhesive top label would only allow for print on the face of the label. Tony and Mark wanted the option for an increased surface print area but with the underside of the label stuck to the pack, space was limited.

‘Ice Cream’ Food Tub

Bella and Duke’s recipes were prepared and packaged by a third party. The packer packed the raw food into ‘ice cream’ style tubs with a lid. This form of packaging was very dense in plastic and the lack of overall control meant that the process was clocking up food miles, time, and cost. And subsequently, the company’s carbon footprint.

THE SOLUTION

Switching from Self-Adhesive to Linerless

Bella and Duke switched from a self-adhesive top label to a c-wrap linerless label.

Linerless labels feature double the surface print area with both the face and underside free for print. Bella & Duke’s linerless labels are currently utilising the face of the label for print but there are plans to make use of the reverse. This will be used for adding additional product information, including nutritional facts, healthcare advice, marketing mechanics and promotions.

Linerless labels do not feature label liner which means the need to landfill, incinerate or recycle the backing paper is completely eradicated.

Bella and Duke’s labels are printed by a Ravenwood approved linerless printer:

The Printing Company: Reflex

reflexlabels.co.uk

Tony states that Reflex has been extremely accommodating, providing support and advice both on label design and ensuring the seamless transition from the previous method of label application to the Nobac 5000.

Nobac 5000 Linerless Applicator with ‘Plug & Play’ Second Head

Bella and Duke purchased a single head Ravenwood Nobac 5000 label applicator for applying its c-wrap linerless labels. The ‘Plug and Play’ element is a 2nd head unit added to the original head which when combined, transforms the applicator into a twin head machine.

The Nobac 5000 ‘Plug and Play’ twin head unit has been developed to meet the needs of those customers whose labelling requirements have increased and a single head Nobac 5000 doesn’t meet production requirements. The twin head extension unit can resolve this problem by alleviating the need to purchase an additional full Nobac 5000T Twin Head machine.

Planning investments based on production requirements reduces the risk of buying machinery that could potentially be underused. The Nobac 5000 ‘Plug and Play’ extension has enabled Bella and Duke to increase production and benefit from zero downtime.

Both the Nobac 5000 ‘Plug and Play’ with a second head unit and the full Nobac 5000T Twin Head meets the demands of retailers and packers for higher speeds, less downtime and quicker product changes.

Both machines benefit from:
1) Continuous operation with two labeling heads in line;
2) The ability to swap between heads to allow label reels or thermal printer ribbon to be changed on the unused head;
3) Allowing preparation in readiness for labeling the next product;
4) The option of continuous application of promotional labels, which can be achieved using a Trojan Flash labeler.

The Nobac 5000 is capable of applying linerless labels at a rate of 150 ppm and is the only fully automated sleever approved for applying Ravenwood’s linerless labels.

New Thermoform Tray

Tony and Mark decided to take full control of the food preparation and packaging process and in doing so opted for a thermoform tray sealed with MAP to replace the ‘ice cream’ style tubs. The decision to switch was largely made from an environmental perspective. The pre-formed ‘ice cream’ style tub weighed 21g whereas the thermoformed tray weighs 13g resulting in a significant saving on plastic packaging.

SUCCESS STORY

Bella and Duke has enjoyed a multitude of benefits by switching to linerless and changing the tray format.

Changing the tray format alone, has resulted in a 38% reduction in plastic packaging. The raw pet food supplier has also witnessed a massive 98% reduction in their packaging shipping costs, which has also reduced their carbon footprint.

The retailer is also reaping the rewards by taking full control of the food preparation and packaging process which as a result has eliminated the food miles associated with the transportation to and from the packer.

The c-wrap linerless label compared to the previous self-adhesive top label has improved the aesthetics of the packaging and increased the available print space. Bella and Duke’s products are of a premium standard and the packaging now reflects this.

With supply and demand constantly increasing, there was a need to drive more uptime and increase throughput. Opting for linerless along with the purchase of a Nobac 5000 linerless applicator has streamlined production and as a result, the weekly labelling capacity has increased by over 80%. Labelling speeds now run at 120 packs per minute.

Bella and Duke’s online store is now fully optimised for meeting the needs of its customers.

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January 10, 2022 - RAVENWOOD

 

Ravenwood's Linerless Fruit Lid Fast Becoming Label of Choice for Brand Owners, Retailers and Packers for Fresh Produce Packaging

Ravenwood’s linerless Fruit Lid is fast becoming the label of choice for brand owners, retailers and packers for their fresh produce packaging.

The Fruit Lid when applied to a carton board tray, forms a complete pack for the supply of fresh fruit and vegetable products. The food grade packaging concept replaces the need for plastic flow wrap and single use plastic bags. Subsequently, the entire pack is highly sustainable and 100% kerbside recyclable. The new fruit pack concept is generating much interest with packaging technologists around the world.

During the last year, Ravenwood has supplied its Fruit Lid to many high profile retailers including Iceland, Waitrose and Ocado as well as tomato packer, Tomeco. The Fruit Lid has been applied to kiwis, apples, pears and tomatoes. Further Fruit Lid projects are in the pipeline.

Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Managing Director said: “Our linerless Fruit Lid can help brand owners tackle the problems associated with single use plastic. Across a global scale, we use a horrendous amount of this material in our daily lives. Plastic has got itself a really bad name but the problem stems from how we discard it. Fortunately, efforts are now in place to tackle this problem in creating a circular economy for this material.”

The Fruit Lid is applied by Ravenwood’s Nobac 5000L linerless applicator which is designed to run and apply labels to a wide range of carton board tray sizes. Date and batch coding requirements can also be added by purchasing and integrating a Viper TIJ. Average pack speeds are around 60-65 per minute, depending on the size of the Fruit Lid, tray and products. All linerless projects, from label design concepts and tray style, right the way through to label application and launch, is handled collectively by Ravenwood and its network of printers and machinery distributors. Depending on where in the world you are located.

Ravenwood operates and supplies its linerless technology across 25 countries around the world with 21 printers and 38 machinery distributors. The packaging and labelling specialist supplies the complete linerless solution, known as the ‘Circle of Linerless’. Brand owners, retailers and packers can benefit from faultless linerless labels, a performance guarantee, fully approved sustainable materials, 24/7 support and disaster recovery.

The launch of the linerless Fruit Lid is well timed as France bans plastic packaging for all fruit and vegetables from January 2022. Following on from France, Spain is also preparing its new legislation to come into effect from 2023. As we are all too aware, plastic pollution is a global issue and despite efforts to suitably dispose of waste, every year thousands of tons of bottles, wraps and other plastics make their way into the environment and the oceans.

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