Videojet Technologies Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has expanded its ability to support serialized DataMatrix bar coding on primary packaging with its recent purchase of Wolke Inks & Printers GmbH (Hersbruck, Germany). The Wolke m600 Advanced thermal ink jet (TIJ) printer is designed for printing on primary packages in pharmaceutical applications.
“TIJ offers the best combination of fast speed and high resolution print quality for 2D codes and alphanumeric markings, making it the optimal solution for printing on chipboard boxes, labels, and paperback blister packs,” says Chris Riley, business unit manager, pharmaceuticals, Videojet.
The solution fills out Videojet’s line of digital coding solutions for pharma applications that include continuous ink jet, thermal transfer, and laser marking.
Pharma firms are favoring TIJ as a higher speed technology for in line coding. The m600 Advanced hardware architecture combined with the inherent advantages of TIJ allows applying 2D codes at line speeds of 250 feet per minute (fpm) with high print resolution compared with 100 to 200 fpm for other technologies, Riley says.
“TIJ offers excellent print quality, and with good substrate control, can reliably produce A and B grade codes on porous packaging,” Riley says.
On a total cost of ownership basis, TIJ is competitive with other coding technologies due to its higher throughput and minimized maintenance and consumable requirements. The m600 Advanced also has a track record in hundreds of pharma serialization installations, Riley says.
“One of the key advantages of the m600 Advanced is it range of communications options for integration with third party systems including Laetus, PCE, Seidenader, Siemens, Systech, and our own packaging line controller,” Riley says.