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Rotech Shortlisted for Most Innovative Packaging Machinery

2nd September 2019

We’re thrilled to announced that Rotech Machines have been shortlisted for a PPMA Total Show Award 2019 for Most Innovative Packaging Machinery.

Our award entry celebrates the success of our RF Lite sleeve coder which was conceived as an entry-level date coding system for food sleeves that would be reliable, easy-to-use and cost-efficient.

Designed and built here in our UK factory, the innovative RF Lite is so compact that it can fit in the boot of a car and sit comfortably on the end of a bench or desk.

The concept of the RF Lite was to focus on the core application of the date coding of food sleeves and to design a machine specifically for this, although it is ideal for cartons also. Coupled with the iJet thermal inkjet printer, operators can select “auto codes” that automatically generate the Use By date or simply input the required data.

The complete RF Lite was launched at Foodex in 2016, and cost less than half the entry level system cost of around £15,000. The response was overwhelming, with the first system sold the day after the show ended and many other systems being sold “on the spot” at the time of demonstration.

Since the launch, we are now close to building our 200th RF Lite. We have shipped the systems to customers all over the UK and in Europe and internationally.

We will keep our fingers crossed that the RF Lite will get the recognition that it and our team deserve at the award ceremony on October 1st.  Wish us luck!

The PPMA Group Industry Awards recognises the finest examples of innovation, smart manufacturing, entrepreneurship and collaboration in the processing and packaging machinery industry’s prestigious annual awards ceremony.

The winners will be announced at the awards gala on 1 October.  For more information visit