Eliminating static in plastic handling

Compressed Air Australia has implemented a solution at a bottling plant to eliminate problems with static which were hindering handling tasks.

The bottling plant experienced problems when applying labels to plastic bottles because of a high static charge being created by the roll of labels. The static charge affected the automated process, resulting in labels being applied on crooked, while operators experienced painful static electric shocks.

The plant installed a Model 111106 Super Ion Air Knife to blow ionised air down onto the label stock, eliminating the static build-up.

While handling plastics or foams, especially where thin materials such as webs, labels, or films, the rubbing action and speed can cause problems with static.

By introducing ionised airflow, the charges can be neutralised, preventing problems with the machinery, inconsistent handling and painful shocks.

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