FoxJet: Inkjet printer controller

FoxJet’s Marksman Matrix controller for inkjet printing systems features a 10-in touch screen that allows on-floor and main office editing of printed codes, 3-D rendering capabilities, and an error-reducing, user-friendly interface – at a price point that is competitive with standard inkjet system controllers.

Marksman Matrix controller
Marksman Matrix controller

The new technology is suitable for use in systems that print alphanumerics, graphics, and barcodes onto porous packaging substrates such as corrugated boxes for a wide variety of food, beverage, personal care, and medical applications.

The color 10-in touch screen featured on the Marksman Matrix allows quick, on-floor administrator editing of printed codes. The system is also compatible with front-office editing via Windows Remote Desktop. Additionally, the Marksman Matrix can control as many as four printheads on two production lines.

The graphics-driven, intuitive user interface on the Marksman Matrix is driven by the Windows environment. Unlike many controllers which feature an omnipresent key board, the Marksman Matrix keyboard only appears when necessary. The keyboard can quickly be reprogrammed to a wide variety of languages, and thanks to the larger screen size the keyboard (and individual keys, font sizes, etc.) is significantly larger than traditional controller keyboards, helping to reduce costly user error by as much as 25%, according to the company. The bigger screen size also allows users to quickly view complete spatial relationships in 3-D renderings of their package for enhanced user ease.

Hard drive storage on the Marksman Matrix is said to be as much as six times greater than on traditional controller technologies, allowing enhanced performance in a number of key areas: the Marksman Matrix offers nearly limitless standard true type and Unicode fonts pre-installed, eliminating the need for time consuming and costly additions to meet evolving needs.

Intelligent, streamlined design enhances the durability of the Marksman Matrix. The new system features as many as 20% fewer components as the 2011 Marksman Elite.

Durability is further enhanced by the systems´ compatibility with Trident printheads. Featuring unique-in-the-industry stainless steel construction, and patented repairable (rather than disposable) design, shock resistance and, automatic maintenance modules, the Trident-based ProSeries 384 and ProSeries 768 jet printheads provide durability. Whereas traditional printheads might need to be replaced as often as every few months, Trident printheads can last as long as 10 years or 300 billion firings, according tot he company. Significant cost savings are also generated by the reduction in system maintenance downtime that these printheads provide.

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