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

Feb 23, 2009

Raleigh, NC - Axon, a division of ProMach 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.

About Axon

Axon provides our customers the means to produce attractive sleeve labeled products and tamper evident protected packages with dependable performance and unmatched flexibility that translate into dollars and cents on the bottom line. Engineered for reliability and value, Axon solutions includes shrink sleeve applicators, stretch sleeve applicators, tamper evident band applicators, and heat shrink tunnels for pharmaceuticals, beverages, processed foods, dairy, health and beauty, household, and chemical products. Axon is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of P.E. Labellers and the ProMach Labeling & Coding business line, Axon helps our packaging customers protect their reputation and grow the trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Axon at

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