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Gary Tantimonico Named as President of PDC International

Norwalk, CT - PDC International, manufacturer of shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident banding machinery, announces that Gary Tantimonico has been promoted from Vice President to President. Tantimonico who has been in the machine tool industry for over 30 years, will replace Neal Konstantin, who will retain the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Tantimonico has been with PDC since 1991, originally hired as sales manager. He was instrumental in developing a professional sales department for the organization, hiring regional staff and organizing a sales team apparatus. Before coming to PDC, Tantimonico was a product manager at Milford Fastening Systems (formerly known as Milford Rivet and Machine Company). He began his career in the machinery industry at Bridgeport Connecticut’s Bullard Company as an inside sales application engineer.
Tantimonico received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Bridgeport and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven. He has been on the Board of Directors of PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and currently sits on their Tradeshow Committee. Tantimonico resides in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife, Diane.
PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Michael Johnston at PDC International at 203-853-1516, sales@pdc-corp.com. Or visit www.pdc-corp.com.

Aerosol Foam Cans Are Can-Do for PDC International

Norwalk, CT - PDC International, manufacturer of shrink sleeving and tamper evident banding machinery, recently provided solutions for a major chemical company for their aerosol spray foam insulation cans. The company was looking to shrink sleeve both the spray nozzle hose in place and affix a tamper evident band to secure the overcap.
PDC provided its patented, heavy-duty, single-headed, in-line tamper evident shrink bander, the R-250 to perform the shrink sleeving application. Cans run at 200 cans per minute in free-floating fixtures, with the hose captured and oriented. A Walking Beam Band Positioner after application ensures that the sleeve is correctly located prior to shrinking.

A Model KRC 24-72-54 Dual Zone Shrink Tunnel shrinks the sleeve in a controlled manner, holding a very precise temperature range. The shrink tunnel is mounted on a Power Auto Lift Stand, which lifts the tunnel clear of the aerosol product in case of conveyor stoppage. To ensure that the finished product is compliant with required parameters, an Inspection Ejection system diverts irregular cans and fixtures off the conveyor, onto a reject conveyor.

Tunnel Jam Sensors count the cans entering and leaving the shrink tunnel, detecting any discrepancies. If detected, the tunnel stand is activated, lifting the tunnel clear of aerosol cans to reduce the possibility of explosion.
PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Gary Tantimonico at PDC International at 203-853-1516, sales@pdc-corp.com. Or visit www.pdc-corp.com.

PDC International Welcomes New West Coast Sales Engineer Carlos Morales

PDC, the international leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident banding technology, announces it has hired Carlos Morales as its new West Coast Sales Engineer responsible for California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

Morales has 30 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. He began his career as a national sales manager for Applied Industrial Technologies, moving on to become an Account Manager for Delta Rubber Company and FMC Food Tech, both makers of industrial products and equipment and both located in California. Most recently, he was the Western Regional Sales Manager for Statco Engineering in Huntington Beach, California. Statco is a national manufacturer of casing and process equipment integrators for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.

“We are excited to bring such a knowledgeable salesman as Carlos onto the PDC sales team,” says President Neal Konstantin. “Carlos’ long experience in the consumer products sector makes him a well-versed professional that is a welcome addition to our family.”

PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Gary Tantimonico at PDC International at 203-853-1516, sales@pdc-corp.com. Or visit www.pdc-corp.com.

PDC’s R-300 Shrink Labeler and New KST Steam Shrink Tunnel - Just the Coverup for Tricky Sunscreen Bottles 

Contact:  Michael Johnston (203) 853-1516, ext. 226

Norwalk, CT (March 10, 2020) - When a leading manufacturer of personal care products needed reliable equipment to apply shrink sleeve labels to its sunscreen brands, it turned to PDC International, a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and shrink tunnel technology. PDC’s R-300 shrink labeler and new version of the KST 140-712 steam tunnel delivered, overcoming two difficult issues of packaging shape and varying weight. PDC also delivered huge cost savings versus the previous In-Mold and PS labeling methods.

The project offered a number of challenges to shrink sleeving. For one, the oval plastic bottles included contoured finger grips on both sides, into which the label had to consistently shrink. In addition, the manufacturer required that they be able to run the line with both full and empty bottles, wanting to pre-decorate some products prior to filling and capping.

PDC’s R-300 TS-CB shrink labeler proved ideal for the shrink sleeve application. This R-300 model includes timing screws and proprietary cleated belt system for extremely precise product handling. This provided very tight side to side and vertical graphic placement tolerances. PDC built the systems with capabilities to label both empty and full bottles. Empty bottles are run in pucks, which transport and stabilize the bottles on the line during the labeling and shrinking process, while full bottles run directly on the conveyor. Line speeds are 250 bpm. 

PDC’s agile new KST-140-712 Steam Shrink Tunnel was chosen to complete the labeling process. This is a five-zone system tunnel, with thermostatically controlled zones, plus pre- and post-shrink zones. Each run is externally accessible in order to adjust steam flow and rotary position, allowing adjustments to be made without waiting for the tunnel to cool.

Key to this project was the addition of a motorized steam tunnel lift system enabling the tunnel to be easily lifted above the conveyor for clearing and maintenance. PDC also developed a custom de-pucking and sorting system for the empty bottles that removes the labeled bottles from the puck with inclined gripper belts, and counts and sorts bottles into designated boxes.

The end results are perfectly fitting shrink sleeves on either full or empty containers, which offered dramatic savings versus prior labeling methods.

PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Gary Tantimonico at PDC International at 203-853-1516, sales@pdc-corp.com. Or visit www.pdc-corp.com.

PDC’s 90C-E Shrink Sleeving System 
Lights Up Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle and PDC International Corporation, a leader in shrink sleeve labeling and shrink tunnel technology, have partnered to provide high-speed sleeving systems for their votive candles. The 90C-E Shrink Sleever was chosen because of its robust design and high reliability. PDC’s 90C-E shrink sleever applies full-body, clear sleeves that protect the candles in multiple ways. The sleeve underlaps and overlaps the candle and is the primary package. It keeps the candle protected, clean and unmarred throughout distribution and the point of purchase. Candles that are not in glass or another container are somewhat irregular in shape and are prone to deformation and shedding wax fragments.

PDC’s Proprietary Product Handling for Wax Candles

PDC developed a proprietary handling system to address a few unique challenges, including manipulation of the wicks, and the candles’ unusual shape and malleability. There was also the requirement to place them on pedestals in order to achieve sleeve underlap. First, the 90C-E lays down the candle wicks with a top roller. The candles are then positioned horizontally, and a single top timing screw transfers them into O-ring belts that time them onto magnetic fixtures mounted on a servo-controlled conveyor. Candles are held in position by elevated magnetic fixtures, which grasp the metal base of the wick, allowing the sleeve to underlap the candles. Clear shrink sleeves are applied at 225 pm without stopping the product or the sleeving process. The wick is then pressed down a second time by a moving tamping device before the candle passes through PDC’s KRC 24-72-54 electric dual-zone hot air shrink tunnel. The shrink tunnel directs heat in a focused manner to securely conform the sleeves to the candle shape, resulting in both underlap and overlap of the sleeves.

Features of the PDC 90C-E Shrink Sleever

The 90C-E shrink sleever can operate at line speeds from 200 to 400 cpm depending on the product and sleeve dimensions. It includes an Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLC, NEMA-4 Electrical Enclosures and a Servo Feed Drive.

Automatic Material Reel Changeover Feature

A special feature of the 90-Series is our exclusive Automatic Reel Changeover feature for true zero-downtime operation. This system detects when the initial reel is finished, and automatically engages the new reel while the machine is running at full speed - with no operator intervention.

Features of PDC’s KRC 24-72-54 Shrink Tunnel

PDC manufactures shrink tunnels, including convection hot air and radiant infrared systems, single and multiple-zone tunnels, as well as pre and post shrink systems. The tunnels are fully recirculating, minimizing the amount of power needed to maintain proper chamber temperatures. They are constructed of stainless steel, and optional features include Power Auto Lift Tunnel Stands as well as a product monitoring system to detect fallen items within the tunnel.

About PDC

PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding machinery, as well as shrink tunnels, for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information contact Gary Tantimonico at PDC International, Norwalk, CT at 203-853-1516sales@pdc-corp.com, or visit www.pdc-corp.com.

New PDC Steam Shrink Tunnel Features Integrated Compact Steam Boiler

PDC International Corporation, a leader in shrink sleeve labeling and shrink tunnel technology, has introduced a new steam shrink tunnel, the KST 55-712 with integrated compact steam boiler. The KST 55’s boiler provides a plumbed and complete steam tunnel system, eliminating the need to install a costly, separate, remote boiler.  PDC International Corporation, a leader in shrink sleeve labeling and shrink tunnel technology, has introduced a new steam shrink tunnel, the KST 55-712 with integrated compact steam boiler. The KST 55’s boiler provides a plumbed and complete steam tunnel system, eliminating the need to install a costly, separate, remote boiler.

KST 55-712 Features

The KST 55-712 is a single-zone system with five rows of steam distribution tubes on both sides of each zone for a total of 10 steam runs. There is a pre-shrink zone at the entry to the tunnel to anchor sleeves at the base of containers. Each run is externally adjustable for steam flow and rotary position so adjustments can be made without waiting for the tunnel to cool. Steam regulation is key to consistency, so PDC precisely regulates steam flow in five distinct ways:  step-down regulators, condensate traps, steam filtering, a proprietary steam valve and optional electronic regulation. Each tunnel includes a stainless-steel vent manifold with adjustable dampers to closely regulate the steam exhaust drawn from the tunnel. The electronic regulator developed by PDC monitors tunnel temperatures in real time and makes continuous adjustments in steam release to compensate for the “thermal loads” of incoming product. This is particularly useful when the system is running full or cold containers. PVC, PETG, OPS and PLA films, in gauges as thin as 30 microns, all shrink uniformly in the KST 55 steam tunnel.

Built for a Variety of Containers

The KST 55-712 has stainless dual wall construction and opening dimensions of 7” in width x 12” in height. It is compatible with a wide range of containers for speeds up to 100 containers per minute. Containers can be filled or empty, and virtually any shape, including oval or square. The system mounts over existing conveyors, or PDC can provide conveyors specifically constructed for use in steam. Options include a heated shroud that shields the top of the empty containers inside the tunnel, a condensate diverter package, a culinary grade steam filter that purifies incoming steam, and a vent blower stand with a variable frequency drive. Like all PDC steam tunnels, the KST 55 is manufactured in the USA using high quality stainless steel and standard components that are readily available. PDC manufactures shrink tunnels for every shrink sleeving application, including convection hot air and radiant infrared systems, single and multiple-zone tunnels, and pre and post shrink systems. Tunnels can be fully integrated with application machinery, or operate independently. PDC International Corp. provides shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Gary Tantimonico at PDC International, Norwalk, CT at 203-853-1516, sales@pdc-corp.com. Or visit www.pdc-corp.com.

PDC International Employee Becomes U.S. Citizen

As a new citizen of the United States, Charles Wilmot Ackom feels that he has truly won the lottery. And in his case, he really did. Ackom, a native of Ghana in West Africa, became a U.S. citizen this July. He credits his journey to the U.S. with the Diversity Visa lottery system. “In Ghana, if you want a chance to go to the U.S., you can apply for a visa via a lottery system,” says Ackom. “I applied for five continuous years before I got the email telling me I was accepted.” Ackom studied mechanical engineering in college, and after an internship with Guinness Ghana Breweries, a subsidiary of Diageo, he was hired as contract staff, then full-time in the maintenance department. Over seven years, he rose through the ranks from operator technician to project engineer. Despite having a career and fiancee in Ghana, Charles had long wanted an opportunity to emigrate to the U.S. “I wanted to come to the United States because while I had a good job in Ghana, I knew my opportunities here would be much bigger, and I also wanted to explore and see the outside world.” After an 8-month application process, including interviews with him and his fiancee separately (he credits date-stamped photos with corroborating their dating history and engagement timing), he arrived in the U.S. in April 2013 with a green card. He and his wife first lived with her parents in the Bronx, later settling in New Rochelle. Since his arrival, he moved on to a second job at Norwalk-based PDC International as a service technician, and has had two children. On finding his job at PDC, Charles says, “PDC was my employer of choice because of the family-oriented atmosphere it creates for its employees. Employees are appreciated, rewarded, and celebrated when necessary, and this means a lot to me. I was celebrated in a grand style when I got my citizenship and this made me realize I work with not colleagues but with family.” As a new citizen, Ackom says he feels elated, but sober at the same time. “I really feel above the sky, but also realize what a big step citizenship is. As an American, you have privileges, as well as opportunities - all over the world. I always felt that if you work hard, you will be able to get the most out of your life. This is a country where I believe that has proven the most true.” PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, please visit www.pdc-corp.com, or contact Gary Tantimonico at (203) 853-1516 or sales@pdc-corp.com.

PDC/Marburg Alliance Provides Cost-Effective Shrink Sleeving Machinery for Beer and Beverage Industry

A unique bi-coastal partnership between two family-owned machinery companies, Connecticut-based PDC International and Marburg Industries in California, has produced an economical shrink sleeve labeling system combining the best of both company’s innovative technologies. The system is a great value for an entry-level investment or when moderate speeds are needed. With the ability to add eye-catching shrink sleeve labels, the PDC/Marburg system is ideal for labeling food and beverage bottles as well as cans for beer and other beverages. The shrink sleeving system is a combination of a Marburg 625 FB Shrink Sleeve Applicator and a PDC KSA-70 Steam Shrink Tunnel. The Marburg applicator includes a 16-foot stainless steel conveyor that can handle speeds of 100 bottles per minute. The PDC KSA-70 is a three-zone steam tunnel. The first zone enables the anchoring of the label under the bottle’s bottom radius; the subsequent two zones cover the body and neck, focusing steam with pinpoint accuracy. Overall, the two machines offer simplicity of operation and ease of changeover. They occupy a small footprint on the plant floor and can easily fit on any production line.

About Marburg Industries

Marburg Industries, Inc. is a woman-owned, small business that has provided companies with a variety of shrink labeling, twin packing and tamper-evident packaging equipment for nearly 50 years. From sauces to mayonnaise, and cosmetics to cough syrup, Marburg services the needs of many industries.

About PDC

PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. Visit their state-of-the-art, fully vertically integrated, manufacturing plant in Norwalk, CT. For more information, please visit www.pdc-corp.com, or contact Gary Tantimonico at (203) 853-1516 or sales@pdc-corp.com.

PDC’s 140F Steam Shrink Tunnel with Motorized Lift Tackles Challenging Shrink Sleeve Application

Norwalk, CT- PDC International Corporation, a leader in shrink sleeve labeling and shrink tunnel technology, introduces its 140F Conform Series Steam Tunnel with Motorized Tunnel Lift. This tunnel is designed to meet the challenges of shrink sleeve applications such as highly shaped containers, including tall or hourglass shapes, long neck wine or beer bottles, or twin packs. The 140F provides solid brand-building advantages providing a clean, crisp appearance with exceptional graphics. The 140F Conform Series Steam Tunnel with its unique five-zones and Power Auto Lift is an amalgam of two proven PDC technologies. The 140F performs in one tunnel what would otherwise require two full tunnels to accomplish. The highly adjustable pre-shrink zone anchors the sleeve at the base of the container prior to entering the main zones of the tunnel. Most of the shrink occurs in the second and third thermostatically controlled standard tunnel zones that are electronically regulated with thermocouple and an electronic regulator. These central zones include a precise manual main regulator, gauges, condensate trap, and steam filter. The two final “finishing zones” allow targeted steam at specific locations on the neck or wherever steam is most needed. The unit also includes a venting manifold with stack dampers to precisely control steam outflow from the tunnel. The newest feature of the 140F is the optional Power Auto Lift Motorized Tunnel Stand, which allows the raising of the tunnel away from the conveyor if conditions require, or in the case of an emergency stop on the line. The 140F has an overall length of 140 inches and can run at line speeds of up to 300 cpm. It is made of complete stainless-steel construction. Coupled with PDC’s reliable shrink sleeve labeling machinery, the 140F allows for consistent packaging even for the most challenging shapes, bringing brands to life. PDC manufactures shrink tunnels for every shrink sleeving task, including convection hot air and radiant infrared systems, single and multiple-zone tunnels, and pre and post shrink systems. Tunnels can be fully integrated with application machinery, or operate independently. PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Gary Tantimonico at PDC International, Norwalk, CT at 203-853-1516, sales@pdc-corp.com. Or visit www.pdc-corp.com

PDC’s 50 Series, The Best Choice When Brands Need Tamper Evidence

Norwalk, CT (March 8, 2019) - For companies looking to apply both shrink sleeves and tamper evident neckbands on their products, PDC’s 50 Series is a sleeving machine that does both. The 50 Series is especially ideal for tamper evident banding on foods, sauces, dressings, vitamins and pharmaceutical products. Extremely robust and highly efficient, the 50 is a rugged, reliable yet economical unit that provides high value at a low total cost of ownership. Tamper evident neck bands provide consumer confidence at the point of purchase, where critical buying decisions are made. Neck bands also cover the fill lines in clear bottles of sauces and dressings, and add marketing real estate to the neck area to help reinforce brand messaging. For brands requiring tamper evident bands, the Model 50 provides a wide range of flexibility. The 50 applies shrink bands around the upper portion of containers and closures, or full height safety seals over the entire body of the container and closure. In addition, the Model 50 can perforate both vertically and horizontally. When a sleeve is perforated horizontally and extends up over the cap, tamper evidence can be built into a full shrink sleeve label, combining two functions in one. PDC manufactures the 50 Series in a range of models to match a company’s application requirements. This series runs at a maximum speed of 130 per minute and sleeve sizes range from .375” to 3” in sleeve diameter and .625” to 7” in height. The 50 Series’ heavy-duty mechanical construction with stainless steel frame ensures super high efficiency and uptime. For ease of use, an Allen-Bradley PLC is standard on the unit, along with AB VFD drives and a touch screen. Also standard on the Model 50 are PDC’s patented cutting blades, which can be re-sharpened repeatedly. These blades are not the fragile spinning knives found on many sleeving machines, which dull quickly. PDC blades last for months, not days. Options on the Model 50 include various sensors, including those for fallen bottles or downstream jams. Conveyors, inspection systems and a wide range of shrink tunnels, including hot air and steam, are also available. PDC International Corp. is a world leader in shrink sleeve labeling and tamper evident neck banding technology for packaging in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, please visit our website, or contact Gary Tantimonico at (203) 853-1516 or sales@pdc-corp.com.