ILS rolls out labelling solution to leading meat netting company

TruNet (UK) Ltd, part of leading global food netting company The TruNet Group, has invested in state-of-the-art labelling equipment from Industrial Labelling Systems (ILS) to improve productivity in the packing operation at its factory in Leicestershire.

The long-standing customer of ILS, the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor of Evolabel’s Print & Apply Labelling Systems, chose the T43 Blow Vac Applicator with integrated conveyor for labelling shrink-wrapped rolls of elastic meat netting at TruNet (UK)’s Ashby-de-la-Zouch facility, where it also manufactures trussing loops, elastic and non-elastic twines used in food service and butchers.

Meat netting is a popular and effective alternative to tying up joints of beef, pork, chicken, ham and turkey, providing better eye appeal following cooking, however, as it can be stored for long periods of time the packaging requires labels with exceptional print qualities to ensure information is still clearly visible.

The T43 Blow Vac is a contact free, safe, easy to operate and highly accurate system that produces labels with excellent readability of barcodes, even after long storage periods, while the innovative applicator plate with integrated vacuum injectors and blow nozzle, allows high-precision labelling with no mechanical moving parts at distances of up to 200mm.

ILS managed a seamless installation of the T43 Blow Vac at TruNet (UK), which is currently labelling 30 rolls of meat netting per minute and has helped reduce power consumption, while increasing productivity and efficiency at the plant, which was recently awarded an ‘AA’ rating by BRC Global Standards.

TruNet (UK)’s Factory Manager, Darren Pritchard, is delighted with the T43’s performance and the customer support received from ILS, which augers well for future collaborations between the two businesses.

He said: “The exceptional print quality of the labels and reliability of the equipment are two of the stand-out features of the T43. We have a good relationship with ILS and I would certainly be open to tapping into their labelling expertise again. Would I recommend equipment from ILS to others? Yes, I would.”

Food suppliers require highly accurate printers to ensure labels carry information and traceability which is still clear and easy to understand after rough handling, as well as applicators that can function fully in challenging environments, such as frozen and chilled areas.

ILS’s print and apply solutions come with a range of applicator modules to suit all conditions and applications, such as Blow-on, Wipe-on, Tamp, Vacuum Belt, Twin-face apply and Tray & Pallet labellers with auto-tandem systems offering full redundancy so OEE can be maintained on the packing line.

Cutting-edge labelling technology also offers the food sector greater speed and accuracy compared with manual labelling and automation does help free up staff for more productive tasks – limiting human intervention in mundane processes minimises the risk of errors and waste, as well as reduces labour costs.

In addition to the food and beverage industry, ILS is a leading supplier to companies involved in automotive, construction, telecoms, nuclear, logistics, warehousing and household goods. Products offered include automatic print and apply labellers, automated pallet labelling systems, outer case & tray labellers, labels, ink and ribbon, large character inkjet marking and inline barcode inspection/validation systems.