Thermal transfer printer offers easier integration into packaging lines by OEMs
Nov 3, 2020, 08:39 AM
Equipment launched today makes integrating SmartDate® X45 and SmartDate® X65 thermal transfer (TTO) printers into packaging lines easier than ever before for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Suitable for form fill and seal packaging lines, it has an array of features which make it easy to install, even in very tight spaces. The controller also helps optimize their customers’ operations with significant built-in flexibility to future-proof their coding investment. Additionally, it enables high speed coding and helps OEMs provide their customers a better user experience.
Exclusively available for OEMs, today’s launch allows them to meet the needs of a wide range of flexible film packaging line customers, delivering the full capabilities of market leading SmartDate X45 and SmartDate X65 TTO printers. Compact and easy to install, offering an enhanced user experience and considerable flexibility in printing excellent codes faster than most alternatives, the SmartDate OEM Connect provides hassle-free integration and operation, freeing up OEMs for other priorities.
Industries for which this would be particularly useful include food, beverage, dairy, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, pet food and various household products.
The unit is compact enough to be installed in small spaces and can be mounted in any configuration for ease of installation.
Offering Plug and Play set-up with Windows or Internet Explorer, it starts quickly and efficiently. Communication is easy through web user interface or virtual network computing via the host human machine interface. Alternatively, an optional WYSIWYG touch screen remote user interface can be connected and positioned anywhere on the packaging machine.
It offers built in flexibility to future-proof production lines. For example, it handles continuous and intermittent line configurations, and changing from left to right hand printing is simple, requiring no additional components.
Versatile printing is achieved through a choice of three printheads of 32 mm, 53 mm and 128 mm, maximizing the print areas and suiting a wide range of applications.
High speed, high quality printing is assured with a print speed that can be set from 10 mm per second to 1,800 mm per second for continuous printing and up to 700 mm/s for intermittent. This allows up to 455 packs to be printed per minute at 300 dpi.
Enhanced user experience
With embedded videos offering tutorials on set up and daily maintenance, day-to-day operations are easy.
The SmartDate OEM Connect also offers high-performance printing from the SmartDate coders themselves. Quality-enhancing features include dead-dot detection, which spots faded dots and allows the operator to predict when a printhead will need to be changed.
Excellence is also ensured by the unit’s ability to link seamlessly to other systems. Connected to Markem-Imaje’s Detect-Plus and CoLOS® Mark & Read solutions, it enables codes to be checked to varying degrees. Partnering it with CoLOS applications, such as CoLOS OEE, helps users achieve maximum productivity from their printer.
Reliability is kept high by the equipment’s inherent high quality and through Markem-Imaje’s 24/7 help desk support and extensive network of on-site technical support. The Advanced Service Exchange option (region dependent) ensures rapid delivery of spare parts to most locations.
Markem-Imaje, a wholly owned subsidiary of the US-based Dover Corporation is a trusted world manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, offering a full line of reliable and innovative inkjet, thermal transfer, laser, and print and apply label systems.
Markem-Imaje provides global reach to over 50,000 customers with 30 subsidiaries, 6 technology centers, several equipment repair centers and manufacturing plants with the most comprehensive marking and coding portfolio available in the marketplace.