When pharmaceutical and food products company, Bimeda UK, began experiencing difficulties with coding small cartons on its production line, the decision was made to attach a high performance iCON laser coder to an existing 4ACC carton machine from specialist Allen Coding Systems (tel: 01438 347 770; www.allencoding.co.uk)
Tom Jones, Site Manager at Bimeda UK, comments: “We opted for the iCON because it is affordable, accurate, clean and fast. The upgrade was easy to install and its best feature is that it’s simple to operate. Allen Coding gave us a very useful training session and, as yet, we have had no need for any maintenance work. Plus, the laser technology gives the added benefit of not requiring any consumables, which also helps to keep costs down.”
The easy to use 4ACC carton machine fitted with the compact iCON laser coder provides a maximum print area of up to 38mm by 25mm. The Bimeda cartons are passed rapidly across the tabletop surface using an effective pusher plate system, which positions the packaging under the coder where it is printed with batch details and best before dates.
On the Bimeda line where the cartons are hand fed, the system is operating up to 40 units per minute. However, the iCON’s high performance optics, powerful hardware and advanced, user friendly software enable it to accommodate the speeds of most production lines, operating accurately and reliably.
As no inks are required, the laser coder offers significant environmental benefits. No unwanted ink deposits and no solvent emissions results in a cleaner production area and helps minimise overall carbon footprint.
An integral pre-set batch counter can be set to count up or down and will automatically shut off the coder when the required number of cartons has been coded. The products are then passed on to the out feed system where they are collated.
One of Europe’s leading suppliers of thermal transfer, hot foil, ink jet and laser coding and marking equipment, Allen Coding is part of the ITW Coding & Marking Division which also comprises Betaprint, Norwood, Diagraph, Trident and AC Codiergeraete.
Allen Coding Systems
Tel: 01438 347 770