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Laser coding excels at Excelda

Excelda Mfg., a contract packager of lubricants and other products sold in the automotive aftermarket, has turned to laser coding to improve legibility of the single-line date code it uses on the plastic bottles it fills.

The code is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and allows for tracking of the container throughout its life cycle.

“Laser coding requires no ink and has far lower running costs compared to ink-jet printers” says Jeremy Biltz efficiency consultant at Excelda. Since switching from ink-jet coders to laser coding he adds “we save up to 50 percent on overall coding costs.”

In use for about a year now at Excelda’s Brighton MI plant are two SmartLase™ laser coders from Markem Corp. (Keene NH). These machines produce a code by removing a thin layer of ink from the screen-printed plastic bottles. Each SmartLase unit weighs just 22 lb and easily adjusts to accommodate line speeds of 15 to 90’/min.

“They’re very compact” says Biltz “and easy to wheel up to any of our lines.” He also appreciates the quality and legibility of the code he now gets. (PR)

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