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Think small. Everybody increasingly needs to do more with less. Think small. Everybody increasingly needs to do more with less.
For the new D-Series scribing lasers, small means more flexible. The new i-Tech scan head is beautifully compact and fits where larger ones cannot. Altogether a more compact industrial design (and twenty per cent lighter) the new, smaller D-Series is a big improvement all round.
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Quality comes at a lower total cost Quality comes at a lower total cost
Upgrading your traditional hot-stamp or roller coder to a new Domino V120i Thermal Transfer Printer makes two big improvements. You’ll quickly be impressed by the quality of its printed codes, which are a big improvement on traditional technologies.
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The new A320i is unlike any other ink jet printer. The revolutionary Qube eliminates routine service. The built-in, i-Tech ink and solvent management system monitors your usage, resulting in optimal performance and dramatically less waste.
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Coding and marking intelligence that helps you do more, for less. Coding and marking intelligence that helps you do more, for less.
i-Tech features make coding and marking operation easier – with lower maintenance, less servicing and simpler installation.
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APRIL 3, 2012
9 tips for buying coding/marking systems
for primary packaging
The following practices are recommended to those specifying coding and marking equipment for primary packaging:
1. Understand your distribution cycle. Understanding the distribution cycle for your packaging is extremely important. If you're packing and shipping a refrigerated item, it will go through a cold chain consisting of freezers and refrigerators. If the ink and glue on the label isn't designed for your distribution cycle, it is at risk of falling off. By the nature of your process, you may have different environments; the challenges can be made more complex by the packaging materials and containers themselves.

2. Know your legibility requirements up front. Ink-jet doesn't work for logos on a primary package. Some types of ink-jet technologies don't do bar codes well; use thermal transfer for bar code applications. Specify to the vendor the grade, printing substrate, and printing application. Fully understanding the application will reduce costs and increase coding efficiency.

3. Consider more than price. Besides cost, a host of factors need to be considered before buying coding and marking equipment, including the equipment's history of use in applications similar to yours. Buying because a system or machine is on clearance, or is the highest priced so it "must" be the best, is shortsighted, as is thinking that the mid-priced item is most sensible. Exercising due diligence is essential to successful equipment specification.

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Case study
New CIJ printer enables expansion of Belgian water line
Belgian soft drinks producer EVIDEL installs new continuous ink-jet printer for 100% production uptime, maintenance-free pushbutton operation, and increased output.
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Supplier News
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Spartech Packaging Technologies named “Supplier of the Year” by
Becton, Dickinson and Company
MG America named exclusive distributor for Promatic and
Macofar lines of Romaco machinery
Domino Amjet named one of 'Best and Brightest Companies
to Work For'
Markem-Imaje promotes 'SustainAbility' >>
New equipment
SATO MGS America Mettler Toledo
Label printing solution uses high frequency RFID inlays Casepacker addresses serialization issues Large-capacity printer creates innovative labels
Diagraph EFI Thermo Fisher Scientific
Continuous ink jet coder weighs under 30 lbs. Digital label printing/finishing produces labels on an array of substrates System combines checkweighing with coding, verification
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Direct inline printing in high-definition
During WestPack/MD&M West in Anaheim, CA, James Pugh, key account/OEM manager for Bell-Mark, demonstrates the company's InteliJet HD for direct inline printing of static and variable information. Machine fits on all horizontal form/fill/seal and blister-packing machines.
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