Report: New Innovative Marking, Coding and Digital Machines at PACK EXPO Las Vegas
Designed to label cases and trays with GS1 compliant barcodes and alphanumeric text at very high speed, the 258 applicator (1) from ID Technology, a ProMach brand, improves the print quality and readability of barcodes while making it significantly easier to use with its unique one-button operation, according to the company.
“A lot of our customers are kind of forced to compromise. Everyone wants lines to run faster and have more throughput. And at the same time they also have to maintain quality, especially if you’re printing codes -bars,” said David Holliday, director of product marketing, ID Technology. packaging world editors on the stand. “And you want to get rid of downtime and maintain efficiency and all that good stuff. The 258 solves a lot of those trade-offs.
Mark Bowden, Vice President of Sales and Service at ID Technology adds, “Our patent-pending CrossMerge technology allows us to decouple print speed from line speed and rotate the printhead to change the print orientation. This increases line throughput while decreasing print speed to simultaneously maximize packaging line throughput and improve print quality. Our next-generation Model 258 label maker also simplifies operation. One-button functionality and the ability to easily switch the applicator from its operating position to its service position and back again make the 258 ideal for less trained operators in high-turnover environments.
Unlike traditional print and apply pad or feed-on-demand labelers that must produce linear barcodes in the non-preferred “ladder” direction to apply GS1 compliant labels in landscape orientation, CrossMerge prints the codes -bars in the preferred “palisade” direction and apply labels in landscape orientation. CrossMerge technology enables the 258 Label Applicator to produce more readable barcodes with sharper edges to ensure top scores during verification.
By rotating the printhead, the applicator 258 can print a 4×2 label to apply a 2×4 label, which optimizes barcode printing and label application conditions. This facilitates 50% more labels on the roll, up to 50% faster line speeds and/or 50% longer printhead and print engine life. The 258 applicator maximizes uptime and minimizes total cost of ownership while improving print quality, according to the company.
Dedicated to case and tray labeling, the 258 applicator prints and applies labels from 3.5 to 6 inches. (90 to 152 mm) in width and 1.75 to 4 in (45 to 100 mm) in length to cases and trays on packaging lines operating at speeds of up to 190 feet (58 m) per minute.
Compared to traditional print-and-apply labelers that require the printer to pause while the pad moves, CrossMerge decouples print speed from line speed. Using a vacuum belt to transfer labels from the print engine to the point of application, the Model 258 applicator allows multiple labels to be on the vacuum belt at the same time and allows the system to begin printing the label for the next product without delay. The all-electric design includes a fan-driven vacuum generator – it does not require factory air.
On the inkjet side of the marking and coding space, Markem-Imaje’s new high-resolution 5940 G Touch Dry inkjet coder made its debut at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. The GS1-128 compliant system meets growing industry demands to maintain high resolution barcodes, marks and text on corrugated packaging without incurring the high cost of labels. It also reduces the need for pre-printed corrugated packaging.
The new system features Markem-Imaje’s exclusive Touch Dry inks which dry instantly on contact, allowing better readability of GS1-128 barcodes for more reliable traceability. In addition, unlike liquid inks, Touch Dry inks do not spread along the crimped fibers and do not lose resolution. A variety of colored inks are available. They are VOC-free, safe to handle and support sustainability.
Applicable to a wide range of materials, the 5940 G prints highly scannable barcodes on corrugated boxes and trays of produce, beverages, meats, confectionery and many other foods, as well as printing precision on polystyrene for frozen foods and shrink wrap for pallet shipments. Additionally, the system prints clean, crisp information and codes on porous surfaces, including fabrics and nonwovens for medical masks, gowns and diapers.
The innovation also includes patent-pending Intelli’Flow printhead technology that prevents nozzle blockages from ink splatter and dust buildup. Plus, a filtering process that effectively degasses ink during printing keeps the jet mechanism clean and clear, resulting in better print quality, better throughput, reduced maintenance, and less downtime. ‘stop.
The system also supports increased throughput by enabling 67% faster heating time. In addition, each unit has one to four printheads to support diverse and complex prints.
The printheads are supported by a specially designed ink tank that is 75% larger than most competitors, reducing operator intervention by 43%. Ink containers can also be replaced without stopping production. And the 5940 G offers easy access to internal components, with parts replaced quickly in an average of 15 minutes from problem identification.
Greg Kasprzak, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Markem-Imaje, says, “The 5940 G system’s revolutionary Intelli’Flow printhead technology, combined with fast-setting Touch Dry inks, delivers consistently high print quality. Exceptional, durable printing of complex, compliant barcodes on corrugated cardboard and other challenging media. substrates, offering a significant return on investment.
Additionally, the 5940 G leverages Markem-Imaje’s packaging intelligence software to help manufacturers centrally manage their entire print job database, streamlining print management. and supporting higher throughput. According to Kasprzak, “It’s about providing insight, beyond the brand.”
Videojet presented on its PACK EXPO stand its Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) 1880 printer (2), designed for availability with a minimum hit. Large 1 liter cartridges and reduced makeup consumption compared to many other printers means the printer runs longer on each cartridge, reducing operator contact. Videojet’s unique ink build-up sensor sends an alert when the printhead is dirty so it can be cleaned before it fails, taking the guesswork out of periodic cleaning. When needed, the auto-rinse function is quick and efficient, using just 2.5ml of liquid in the cleaning cycle and taking just 90 seconds to complete. The printer has a unique service module that is changed every year, regardless of operating hours. The replacement only takes a few minutes, even for a novice user. Designed with compatibility in mind, the 1880 is a plug-in replacement for most Videojet CIJ models for easy upgrading.
With over 30 inks to choose from, the company says Videojet 1880 is suitable for printing on a range of packaging types in the beverage, frozen food, meat and poultry and bakery industries. Users can take advantage of its Videojet MAXIMiZE™ advanced diagnostics suite to continuously monitor and display printer health parameters and help identify if a failure is likely to occur. The printer provides on-screen notifications and embedded videos to guide users through proactive maintenance routines.