Over the past decade ETI Converting Equipment has been developing and providing label printers and narrow web converters with innovative technologies to manufacture linerless labels. In 2011, ETI’s MiniLiner™ and linerless technologies were on display at LabelExpo Europe. In 2013, ETI’s pattern hot melt adhesive coating technology was presented to the industry. Today, ETI is happy to announce the successful installation and start up of a new Cohesio dedicated to the manufacturing of linerless labels that utilizes its pattern adhesive coater.
Hub Labels has purchased this new machine to improve and expand its current linerless label manufacturing capabilities. This machine combines in-line silicone release coating with pattern hot melt adhesive coating to enable Hub Labels to produce several different linerless label products. The coatings can be applied full coverage, in stripes, or in any pattern to a preprinted paper or film face stock. As one example, this single machine is capable of producing wrap around labels for a variety of different end uses; from prepackaged food skin pack trays that include full or stripe coverage to beverage labels that require a repeat pattern.
After ETI met with Hub to assess their current operations, one principal goal was to improve coating uniformity and achieve much better control over the applied coating weight so that the finished rolls would perform well with the label applicators. After recent product trials at one of Hub Labels’ customers, ETI is happy to report these goals have been met and exceeded.