Makro’s technical office and R&D department are constantly working to develop innovative solutions capable of interpreting sector requirements and giving our labelling machines that added value customers need. Over the years, this constant and continuous work has led to the company filing several patents capable of giving our labellers maximum functionality and simplicity of use.
To date, at Makro Labelling we have created optical centring and quality control systems which means we are able to manage any type of request based on our customers’ real production needs, all at reasonable prices compared to the rest of the market, thanks to our in-house R&D department which allows us to eliminate external costs.
Launched on the market in 2014, Follower (patented by Makro Labelling) is a module that can be installed on the labelling machine so bottles can be oriented to ensure precision positioning of labels in relation to a specific reference point on the bottle. This is achieved using a considerably lower number of sensors compared to traditional solutions (1 to 10): this also means that customers can significantly reduce format changeover times.
The new version, already available on the market, incorporates two important innovations in the system: the use of carbon fibre (which reduces bending and the weight of the structure, increasing achievable production speeds) and the line-scan camera (which sends the complete image free of distortions to the vision software which then analyses it to detect the reference mark). This eliminates most of the complexity of traditional systems which consists in the “straightening” and stitching up of various images.