Users of Markem-Imaje’s new Valvejet 4700 Printer/Coder 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 minimizing logistics errors. When printing variable-data information onto cases, manufacturers need to produce legible characters while minimizing coding-related downtime. The OEM’s latest improvement reduces logistics errors, and enhances readability is 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 reduce downtime via fewer line stoppages.
The OEM’s drop-on-demand Valvejet 4700 Printer/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-millimetre-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 ideal because 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 coloured 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, said the OEM. The printer/coder is also suitable for lines running up to 90 metres per minute. Its 5-litre or 20-litre ink canisters, coupled with a reservoir tank, allow for more product coding without having to stop production lines in order to add more ink. In addition, its IP54 rating ensures reliable operation even in dusty environments or when splashed with water.
While its size depends on the precise configuration chosen, this Valvejet is compact enough to 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. Content creation is equally simple through the use of a 7-inch colour touchscreen, with intuitive icons and the ability to design codes in 31 languages.
“In today’s fast-paced production environments, 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,” said Greg Kasprzak, Senior 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, said the manufacturer.
Markem-Imaje, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S.-based Dover Corporation, is a worldwide manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, offering a full line of inkjet, thermal transfer, laser and print-and-apply label systems. The company provides global reach to over 50,000 customers with 30 subsidiaries, 6 technology centres, several equipment repair centres and manufacturing plants “with the most comprehensive marking and coding portfolio available in the marketplace.” Markem-Imaje Canada is located in Mississauga, Ontario.