In early 2004, the plant installed a Markem Smart Lase™ 110 laser coder for its “specialty” line comprising cartoned packs containing a variety of bagged teas.
It replaced an embossing coder that wasn’t as reliable as they’d hoped says Celestial’s Art Osborne who refers to the laser coder as a maintenance-free unit. David Ziegert says the laser coder helped them increase output by 20% to 25%. Even at that the unit is only operating at half of its capability he adds. It marks the cartons with a clear-to-read ‘best before’ date.