Laser and ink-jet coders print in multiple fonts, sizes, and colors on boxes, blisters, and cartons.
A single- and multiline ink-jet printer is available for printing of cartons, trays, sacks, and various other products. Features include a choice of six print models from one modular unit. Each model allows for a different character height and is easily upgradable from single line to multiline. These units, which print at speeds of up to 35 m/min, offer a sealed membrane keyboard mounted on a stainless-steel housing with pictorial keys that enable instant access to each specific function for simple message entry and editing. They allow for coding of date, date offset for sell-by dates, time, sequential numbering, product counting, automatic shift codes, and multiple languages and can store up to 50 messages. Each Codajet 5000 is shipped complete with internal adjustable air pump, mounting bracket, ink system separate from the electronics, a bottle holder, and a 1-L bottle of ink and cleaner. Griffin-Rutgers Company, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY; 800/237-6713; www.griffin-rutgers.com.
A laser coding system prints letters as small as 0.050 in. or as large as 2 in. from a single printhead. Serialized and date codes may be changed automatically on the fly, and there is no need to change lens assemblies, masks, or jet heads when the package size or code is changed. A clean, precise laser beam is used to write the information on the product, and the entire system is software driven so the user can select the font style and size for each application with no change parts. The Lasetec II can print at any angle or orientation, allowing greater flexibility in package configuration and label design. Industrial Dynamics Co. Ltd., Torrance, CA; 888/434-5832; www.filtec.com.
An entry-level digital case printer is suitable for low-volume, short-run operations. The EC-3200 prints full graphics, in-spec bar codes, and human-readable text within an 11 x 32-in. print field. It is equipped with an attached feed table that facilitates a manual feeding operation. The machine is capable of a 30-case-per-minute throughput. Printers include software for laying out messages, text, graphics, and bar codes; and a thermal imager for producing disposable print film. Iconotech, Clinton, CT; 800/521-0194; www.iconotech.com.
A desktop thermal-transfer bar code printer can be used for shipping and receiving, compliance labeling, asset tracking, inventory control, document management, shelf labeling and product marking, and specimen labeling and patient tracking. The TTP-243 series offers a plug-and-play design with large media/ribbon capacities, fast print speed, and large memory. Standard features include up to 1 Mbyte flash memory and 2 Mbyte DRAM memory, up to 3 in./sec print speed, ribbon capacity up to 984 in., label capacity up to 8.4 in. OD, and a two-year warranty. Options include stand-alone printer controller, rotary cutter, and expandable flash memory cartridges. Taiwan Semiconductor Co. America Inc., Pomona, CA; 909/468-0100; www.tscus.com.