Valvejet printer users can now add ink “on-the-fly” without stopping high-speed production while printing two sides of a case simultaneously, or very large characters on one side, thus enhancing code readability and helping to minimize logistics mistakes.
When printing variable information onto cases, manufacturers need to produce legible characters while minimizing coding-related downtime. Today’s line extension lets them reduce logistics errors. Readability is enhanced with the ability to print larger codes and the option of dual-side printing to make content visible from multiple directions. Plus, improved ink capacity and reservoir maximize uptime as there are fewer line stoppages.
Large, highly visible information on many types of materials
The 4700 drop-on-demand valvejet coder can print –in any direction ? text, time, date, shift codes, counters, images, and variable data supplied from an external source via a serial port.
With a choice of 7 or 16 nozzle printheads, users can code up to 56 millimeter (mm) high content with a single printhead or stitch print two printheads together to create even larger messages of up to 114 mm on one side of a case. Large characters are useful as information is more legible from afar helping to simplify logistics and avoid errors.
Another option to improve readability is to mount a second printhead on the opposite side of the cases so that the printed content is visible from various directions.
A wide selection of black or colored inks can be used on porous or non-porous materials such as cardboard, coated cardboard, plastic, glass, metal, PVC and wood. This makes the printer suitable for many applications including food and beverage, consumer products, agriculture and construction.
Greater productivity with less operator intervention
The printer is suitable for lines running up to 90 meters per minute. And, its 5 or 20 liter ink canisters, coupled with a reservoir tank, allow for more product coding without having to stop production lines in order to add more ink. Furthermore, its IP54 rating ensures reliable operation even in a dusty environment and when splashed with water.
While its size depends on the precise configuration chosen, this valvejet coder is so compact it can fit into some of the most inaccessible production lines and environments. Additionally, through a simple I/O connection it liaises seamlessly with other equipment for message select, error output and weight scale integration, for example.
Content creation is similarly simple through the use of a 7-inch color touchscreen with intuitive icons and the ability to design codes in 31 languages.
“In today’s fast-paced production environment, manufacturers need to maximize the amount of product going out their doors and to code their cases in ways that simplify logistics processes and minimize potential for mistakes,” says Greg Kasprzak, Senior Current Product Marketing Manager . “This modernized valvejet printer makes this easier to achieve than ever before.”
Availability of the printer will vary by market and evolve over time. To inquire about a specific country, please contact Markem-Imaje for the most up-to-date information.
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