One labeller does the work of two

Mountain Valley Spring Company

Since 1871, US premium spring water bottler Mountain Valley Spring Company has had to keep pace with changing demands while protecting its brand and bottom line. So when it needed to upgrade its labelling capabilities earlier this year, they knew that the Sidel Rollquattro Evolution labeller was the perfect solution.

Fast four-day machine changeover

By replacing two existing labelling machines in its Hot Springs, Arkansas plant with the Sidel Rollquattro Evolution roll-fed labeller, the bottler has increased labelling capacity and reduced waste. In just four days, the two existing labellers were dismantled and the Sidel Rollquattro Evolution labeller was up and running.

Mountain Valley Spring Company was previously using two labellers from another supplier that were limiting its production abilities. "Our former system caused all sorts of inefficiencies on the line, which created excess scrap and added costs to the production of our packages," says Dennis Adams, Director of Operations for Mountain Valley Spring Company.

Mountain Valley Spring Company was already familiar with Sidel's reliable blow moulding solutions, making Sidel a simple choice as a labelling solutions provider.


Labelling flexibility

The Rollquattro Evolution is unique in its design, enabling secure labelling with a specially patented label transfer drum, automated vacuum and glue and cutting modules. It can label different bottle formats using labels of varying sizes and materials with high precision.

  • Ergonomically designed, robust and precise labelling station
  • Labels different formats in all sizes
  • Manages different label materials and thicknesses
  • Can be used on different container materials - lightweight PET, plastics and metal

The four-day implementation was quick and seamless. Sidel's factory testing prior to shipment ensured simple installation and minimal downtime. "We shut down on a Saturday morning, rotated the machine and connected to services on Sunday afternoon. By Tuesday, we were ready to go," says Dennis Adams.

Mountain Valley Spring, USA

Streamlined labelling supports sustainability

Since installing the labeller last May, Mountain Valley Spring Company has experienced improved labelling speed and performance.

"Having one total solution has enabled us to streamline our labelling process and will ultimately increase the number of bottles we can label by 16%, reaching 700 bottles per minute now versus the initial 600 bottles running previously. Within one week of deploying the Rollquattro Evolution labeller, we quickly realised it alone could tackle the work of two of our previous labellers," says Dennis Adams. 

The water bottler is primarily utilising the Rollquattro Evolution to apply full-wrap film labels to recycled PET (rPET) bottles, and is particularly impressed with its ability to precisely label lightweight bottles and reduce waste and glue consumption.

"Our team makes sustainability a priority. For decades, we've concentrated on practicing low-impact water withdrawal, reducing the packaging and energy used in manufacturing and choosing renewable energy sources whenever possible. Working with a company like Sidel that matches our dedication to preservation has been incredibly valuable toward our efforts," he concludes.

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