“We have two PDC sleeve labelers for our ready-to-drink teas. PDC is the Cadillac of sleeve labelers. As an independent bottling plant with more than 90 customers, it’s important that we can switch over quickly. We run 8 oz. to 46 oz. bottles, PDC is the Cadillac of sleeve labelers. As an independent bottling plant with more than 90 customers, it’s important that we can switch over quickly. We run 8 oz. to 46 oz. bottles, plastic and glass, and the bottles all have different shapes. The PDC systems self-adjust with just new change parts – one hour is all it takes. This quick-change capability is huge. We’re buying a third (PDC) labeler, and it’s very beneficial that all our tooling will work with it – virtually everything matches up, except the feed screws. We had another brand sleeve labeler – it would skip and shoot and was not very reliable. Rather than boost their servos, this thing had 5 heads. The PDC has one head and fires fast and sure thanks to a powerful servo. Our systems are rated for 300 cpm, but I think they’re under-rated. We really push them – and get 350 to 400 containers per minute, with no issues."
“I’ve been a PDC customer for more than 25 years. Most recently, we bought a system for our west coast operation. We use their neckbanders and heat tunnels for all of our salad dressings – both T. Marzetti and Teresa’s. The systems are rated at 150 per minute. I can’t comment on tech support – the 25-year old machine has never needed help, and the new system – the one we've had for just 8 years – hasn’t either. We also use one of their fancy tunnels – an 8-foot – with two styles of heat: radiant up front and a secondary heat for the shrink; that does a great job, too. Even though PDC equipment has never had an issue, our band people did once, and even though it wasn’t their problem, PDC came out and helped with that.”
“We manufacture generic prescription liquids for a broad range of purposes at this facility. All of the bottles are neck banded with PDC model 75s and 50s. We also have a pre-shrinker for whole bottle bands that shoots bottles with a jet of hot air. During our upcoming fourth of July shutdown, we’ll run R&D batches of a new product – an 8 oz. mouthwash – and install add-ons to some machines. PDC will also update our PLC programming. They’ve always provided excellent tech support. Qualitest is all in the US. now, but will soon market internationally. We see PDC as an excellent partner for this expansion of our business.”
“We have 12 PDC systems here in Ft. Worth, one in Brazil, one in Mexico City, and we’ll soon have one in Singapore. We were one of their first customers and have an excellent relationship. The most recent system we purchased applies tamper bands on prescription drug bottles one ounce and smaller. We like that they have excellent documentation for change parts; if we need a replacement, they can provide it in just 1-2 weeks.”
“We’ve used a PDC Model 65M for tamper evident neck banding for more than 20 years. It is one of our older pieces of equipment, and the one that has the least amount of problems. The feature that sold us in the beginning what how straightforward and direct-to-the-point it was. We originally had a single-screw, which was adapted to a twin-screw type to accommodate plastic bottles, which are packed hot. We use a heat gun following band application, also from PDC, for bottles that have straight shoulders. Engineering has always been very helpful.”
“We were looking at labelers at a facility in Toronto and saw an older PDC system running at high speed for a contact lens solution line. PDC has an excellent reputation as a top supplier of tamper evident banding systems. Sleevers and banders – everyone wants to get in on these applications, but PDC’s are the best tamper evident banding machines. Their machines are solid – our technicians like their heavy-duty, rugged nature. We have bought 4 over a 2-year period: one machine has a pre-shrink gun after the application to prevent slippage; the others are supported by the shoulder of the bottle, so the gun is not needed. We added a few key features to help during change-overs, specifically an accumulator so that material stays in the storage area, with a ‘dancer bar’ holding the material for a couple of minutes of run time while rolls are changed. We also customized detection-side features, by modifying the photo detection device with 6 sensors – they cover 360° at four points – to detect band presence. Their install technician, Carl, helped with set-up on the first machine, and every one since. He has incredible knowledge – working with him on projects made everything go smoothly.”
“We met PDC through a film supplier about 6 years ago and were impressed by the machines – they are consistent and mechanical, and ran smoothly – none of that banging and clattering we saw with other equipment. We use 3 (PDC) machines for tamper proof neckband sealing of our spice bottles. One of the lines has a pre-shrink, which they also supplied. I also introduced them to our Hunt Valley plant, which now uses PDC machines. Some products, including our Clubhouse glass bottles, require precise registration, and we get excellent results with these, too. Tech support issues are very few, and we always get a great response – the machines and the transactions are always very smooth.”
“I bought PDC systems for 3 facilities – full body sleeve equipment for our Jeffersonville and Morristown plants, and a neckbanding system for our facility here in Dallas. The Dallas neckband line includes a post-shrink tunnel, also supplied by PDC. It works on our mouthwash line, and has been in operation for about 8 years with no problems. Recently, we contacted PDC regarding new tooling for a different-sized neckband. As always, customer service was excellent.”
“We purchased our first PDC system in 1993. It was installed by the man who invented it, which was very impressive to us. We’ve bought 5 other systems since then and we still get that kind of attention. We use the (PDC) equipment on every line we run to apply full body sleeves for fabric paint and window etching products, and to tamper-proof the flip cups for paint, stains and glue. The systems run 24 hours, 5 days a week & we’ve had no issues at all.”
"We produce over 380 million plastic bottles annually for consumer products. There are about 20 different bottles, from 6 oz. to 60 oz. We have two PDC machines used for sleeving, purchased a year apart. We get very good tech support: whatever we need, we get immediately. I would like to convey my sincere thanks for working hard to make the delivery of the tooling and feed screws. This was an impossible task which PDC made happen. Samples were approved by the customer yesterday, and we are in production today."