The January/February 2022 issue of Label & Narrow Web features the static control industry’s leading suppliers, including TAKK’s Terrance Clark, who discuss the latest industry trends and their effect on static, as well as products that address static control challenges.

An excerpt from the article:
Terrance Clark, sales manager for TAKK Industries, notes several problems that static electricity can cause in label converting, chief among them are print quality related defects. He says, “Static electricity is prone to result in repulsion or attraction of ink to a substrate’s surface. In the case of repulsion of ink droplets or dots, a printer likely would see ink smears, fuzzy characters or print hickies that negatively impact production of high-quality printed labels.”

When it comes to the label industry’s major trend – digital printing – Clark points out, “Conversely, static electricity attraction effects in digital printing can cause ink to expand out in what should be white space of a label or cause dropout of incorrect colors during printing from the digital printhead. These static issues create unacceptable prints, causing wasted production time, ink and substrates, and considerable labor and re-work costs.”

Clark emphasizes that label converters continue to be laser focused on producing the best products with improved profit margins. “In pursuit of this goal, many savvy printers are looking for next generation static control technologies,” he says. “These automatically adjusting ionizers (static eliminators) have very high capabilities and versatility to match the unique, ever-evolving parameters that today’s leading label converters must have to deliver and meet their customers’ expectations.”

To meet these evolving converter needs, TAKK Industries brought to market its “Reactive Intelligence” static elimination technology in its NEOS series static eliminators.

“The NEOS, in addition to its exceptional static elimination capabilities, also continuously adjusts both its static elimination power and ion output to match the exact needs of the application,” Clark explains. “It can be installed at short or exceptionally long distances of up to 60-plus inches to accommodate changing diameter rolls or challenging space situations. The NEOS’ technology easily dovetails with today’s leading-edge PLC/HMI interfaces for instant status information about the unit’s operation, in addition to local status indicators on the NEOS bar.”

According to Clark, TAKK Industries’ NEOS Series Static Control Technology is fast becoming the comprehensive, fool-proof static control solution that meets the demands of label converters. “The NEOS Series is a new evolution in smart static controls, providing exceptional capabilities such as using ‘Reactive Intelligence’ that detects and delivers the exact amount of ionization required, thus maintaining consistent control of static.”

Models from the NEOS series eliminate static charges at distances up to 60″ and speeds up to 4,500 fpm without air.

TAKK recently introduced its 3024 Compact and 3024 Ultra DC Static Eliminators. These units are specially designed and suited for both OEM machinery and end users where there are tight constraints for mounting on digital or conventional label presses, tabletop winders, and related production machinery requiring high performance static elimination performance in a compact size. The 3024 has a built-in power supply and LED indicators that provide local and remote status for the ionizer bar. The 3024 Ultra and Compact are highly suited for narrow web labels, sleeves and tapes.