The ISLa (Integrated Shrink Labeler) rotary machines apply and shrink the sleeves in a single structure that includes the tunnel, taking up very little space (less than about 2×2 meters):
the container (either full or empty) is labelled and immediately treated individually in a series of closed chambers, where a jet of steam of variable-duration causes the label to shrink on the container. See
This innovative technique allows reducing steam consumption up to 10 times compared to the traditional shrink tunnels, and in addition the steam stops – and is not consumed uselessly – when the machine is in standby.
There are two different types of ISLa that share the integrated shrinking system, but the methods for applying the sleeve are very different:
The first system, called INDIRECT, shoots the sleeve first on a so called expander when it is closed making the label feeding on it very simple; then the expanders open up to keep the sleeve in the needed shape to allow the bottle to easily enter into the sleeve without difficulty in a progressive movement.(See)
In the second DIRECT system, the label is directly shot on the bottle and there are no expanders.
We have made this second version available to reduce some costs for low-speed applications. (See)