Dave Gietz

“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.”

Jim Tapscott

“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.”

Dan Epley

“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.”

Frank Maranino

“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.”

Dave Gilliard

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.”

Frederick Kessie

“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.”

Raj Desai

"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."

Pete Gossman

“Two years ago, we replaced another tamper evident banding system with PDC equipment.   We run 800-900 jars a minute, of baby foods and juices. With the former system, tooling changeovers took an entire shift –a  whole day. Now, changeovers take just 20 minutes.  Also, the former system took 6-8 times the space to do the same work- and it was costly to keep running, because it had so many moving parts. The PDC system has very few moving parts –and it’s very user friendly. PDC did the training and set-up at the time of installation, and it performs very well. All Heinz tamper evident baby food products are done on PDC equipment.”

Jay Boudreaux

“We use (PDC) Model 75s to apply neckbands to our 2, 5 and 12. oz. pepper sauces. We recently bought a system – our fifth - for miniatures. The original four systems have operated since 1990. We bought them for performance, and speed; systems run 300 bottles per minute. We also wanted to keep the parts inventory interchangeable. Todd Smith, in parts, has always worked with us to get the best service life. Recently, he recommended hardened blades to cut the PETG films we need for shipments to certain countries. PETG is abrasive, and we wanted a longer service life from these movable blades, without sacrificing the stationary blades.”

Pete Gosselin

“We have 4 PDC tamper-evident banding systems for ice creams. We became acquainted with PDC through the referral of a banding material supplier in 2001. We benchmarked their systems in 2001 and found they were very robust. The machines are fully mechanical –and build like tanks. And they were the only machines that could give us high speed (250/cups per minute, with an actual rating of 300 cups/minute) in what was then very limited space. On our ‘swing’ line, we run little cups to 24 ounce cups to quarts on one bander and the fact that tooling is straightforward and easy to changeover is a real benefit.”