Yellow on black coding stands out on store shelf

Ink-jet coding at 200 containers/min provides needed color plus operational simplicity.

Ampro Industries, Inc., Memphis, TN, specialists in the manufacture of Afro-American hair-care products, needed a reliable, high-performance printing system to date- and batch-code its black plastic packaging. The company chose the PXR Ink Jet printing system from Hitachi (, distributed by Pak-Tec (

Ampro Plant Manager Roger Foster says, "We like to use yellow ink coding because it shows up well on our black containers. And we wanted a system that would minimize ink waste and clean-up requirements. We had looked at many coders that claimed we could use a yellow pigmented ink with the printers to code our black jars. None of them worked without high maintenance requirements."

After Ampro's extensive evaluations, reports Foster, "The Hitachi proved to be a perfect fit for our coding needs. And Hitachi technicians were prompt, professional, and one hundred percent involved in the installation, training, and start-up of the system. The ease of start-up was amazing.

"The coding system is so easy that any of my operators can learn how to do it in five minutes or less. We are achieving high-clarity codes at printing speeds up to 200 jars per minute without missing any jars. And we spend much less time and money on maintenance and clean-up. This is a huge improvement over the previous coding equipment."

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