When printing variable information onto cases, manufacturers need to produce legible characters while minimizing coding-related downtime. 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.
The 4700 drop-on-demand valve-jet 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 millimeters 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.
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.
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 or when splashed with water.
While its size depends on the precise configuration chosen, this valve-jet coder 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.
"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 the potential for mistakes," said Greg Kasprzak, senior current product marketing manager for Markem-Imaje. "This modernized valve-jet printer makes this easier to achieve than ever before."
Availability of the printer will vary by market and evolve over time.