Thursday, December 21, 2006

Carton Coding with Marsh Unicorn

The customer is in paper converting business.

The customer has to stock up various carton boxes to for all their products which are thermal transfer ribbon, thermal & wood free papers, self-carbonized papers, self-contained papers as well as inkjet & photo papers. The factory is running out of space due to the massive inventory of all type of carton boxes. The goal is to reduce the carton boxes storage space as well as simplify the existing process of production.

To meet both of the requirements of this secondary packaging, a carton printer is needed. Drop on Demand (DOD) technology is the answer for the customer because it provides legible coding as well as easy to integrate to the production line where space is scarce.

Marsh Unicorn is installed on the carton sealer and its prints product SKU codes, batch number, packaging date and serial number of the box while it move pass the sealer. This eliminates the process of manual stamping of variables codes which is practicing in the past.

The spaces that save from the inventory storage is now converted to production area. They are 7 units of Marsh Unicorn installed in this factory and it is still expanding.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

In-Line Marking on LDPE Blow Molding Polyethylene Film

The customer is a major manufacturer of plastic packaging film.

The customer has setup a new line to produce LDPE Blow Molding Polyethylene Film. They needed an integrated code that contained Plastic Packaging Recycling Codes, Batch Number and Manufacturing Date. This customer wanted an industrial marking system that ia able to integrate to the production line easily and this marking system must comply to their industrial safety requirements.

Videojet Excel 170i is the answer to this customer. This compressed air driven CIJ (Continuous Ink Jet) system with the vinyl-covered armored printhead conduit in 20 feet (6.1m) length enable the console to be placed away from the moving film. Competitors machine which is pump driven with short printhead conduit length will not have this ergonomic feature where the operator need to stand very close to the moving film in order to access to the printer console.

Videojet InkSource 16-8530 has excellent adhesive to the LDPE film. The Videojet Excel 170i together with Videojet InkSource 16-8530 has deliver competitive running cost in term of cost per print even it is installed at high temperature (above 35 0C) and humidity at 70-90% RH.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

2 Lines Marking on Food Packaging


This manufacturer and packager potato products is using stamp pad to mark their coated Aluminum covers for food packaging. This is because early tests with competitive ink jet equipment were unsuccessful due to high maintenance.

The requirement of this application is printing of product manufacturing date and expiry date. The customer is expecting minimal investment that would able to meet their requirements which are user friendly, clear print quality, low cost per print and low maintenance system.

Using Videojet 37e, the application engineer saw an opportunity to propose a solution. Ink selection would be critical to proving out this application. 16-8700 stepped up to the challenge, and answered all the customers' needs. It had decent dry time, good adhesion, provided good reliability and very economic. The production operators have master the keyboard functions of Videojet 37e printer after a 2 hours training. The customer states that the difference between our equipment and the competitors is "unbelievable".

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Coding on Steel Sheets

The customer is in the steel shearing manufacturing environment.

Application Requirement
White and Black Color batch number coding on the sheet is required depending on material which are mild steel, 304L, 304, 304/L or 316 Stainless Steel. The operating environment is typically exposed to extensive dust and dirt which is unavoidable in the industry of steel manufacturing.
REA-JET 16 Dots system (DOD Technology) with pigmented ink system and die based ink system were installed on the cut to length machine. During the shearing process, the steel coil is being pulled to the desired length prior to cutting, the REA-JET system which is synchronized with the wheel encoder print the batch number on the steel while it move past the printhead.

Changing the ink color from white to black or vice versa is made so easy by just connecting the respective ink system to the printhead without tedious flushing of ink system and re-calibration of the system.


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