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Axon Patents High-Speed System for Shrink Sleeving Odd-Shaped Packaging

Axon, a division of Pro Mach and a leading manufacturer of fully automated, heat-shrink labeling, tamper evident banding, and stretch sleeving equipment, has developed patented technology that triples the average throughput of shrink-sleeve labeling of cans, boxes, and other odd-shaped packaging from an industry average of 100 units per minute to 300 per minute, depending on the system.

"For a number of years, applicator manufacturers have been able to supply machines that shrink sleeve odd-shaped packaging at relatively low speeds," said Adam Duncan, engineering supervisor, Axon. "This new patented technology means that many more packaged goods will be able to incorporate the advantages of shrink sleeve labeling because of the breakthrough in increased speed and throughput."

The new patented technology is available on Axon EZ-200SL and EZ-400SL full-body sleeving applicators. In addition to the new patented capability on select models, all EZ-Series applicators now feature upgraded operator interface and control technology. The new operator interface stores recipes for faster changeover, greater throughput, and less waste. The EZ-Series also now features:

* Customizable operator interface screens, programmable function keys, and true touch-screen technology to boost operator productivity
* I/O monitoring to shorten troubleshooting time and labor
* Multi-level security/password protection to ensure the integrity of programs
* Ethernet communications to enable data acquisition and greater integration with plant management systems and processes

For more information on the new patented technology for high speed sleeving of cans, boxes, and other odd-shaped packaging and general information on the latest features of EZ series applicators, call 1-800-598-8601 or visit A recently completed white paper on specifying equipment for heat shrink labels is available on the Axon website.

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Axon is a leading designer and manufacturer of heat shrinkable sleeve labeling systems, as well as other integrated packaging products and solutions for both Fortune 500 companies and smaller, privately-held businesses that specialize in the production of food, beverage, health & beauty aids, household goods and pharmaceuticals. Axon technical support includes guidance from initial product concept to product launch. The support continues through the life cycle of the product and beyond. The company is based in Raleigh, NC, and has thousands of installations worldwide. Axon is a division of Pro Mach, a Cincinnati, Ohio based provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse consumer and industrial companies. Through three business units and related divisions, Pro Mach provides equipment, training, installation, and parts in primary packaging, end-of-line packaging, and identification and tracking.