In a move to help increase production speeds and efficiencies, contract and own brand manufacturer of hair styling products, Excel (GS) Ltd, has recently installed a RX-S continuous inkjet printer from Allen Coding. The global marking and coding specialist’s well-proven Hitachi system, chosen primarily for its instant drying feature, is applying batch codes to HDPE, PP and PET plastic bottles, glass jars and aluminium tins.


Excel (GS) Ltd is a private label and contract manufacturing company supplying a wide range of hair care and toiletry products including shampoos, shower gels, hair styling pastes and gels.

Director at Excel (GS) Ltd, John Malone, says: “Excel is a small but expanding business and we are now supplying more companies who specialise in moving product through to retail, either by representation in high street outlets or via the internet. This growth necessitated an investment in more efficient production methods and equipment including printers. We found Allen Coding on the internet and a few industry contacts recommended them as a reputable company with good products.

“The Hitachi RX-S is a great entry level printer for us and it has already dramatically improved production efficiencies. The cost was reasonable and the print quality is excellent. The instant drying is a key feature as it removes the risk of ink smudging so products can be packaged straight from the production line.”

The RX-S is installed on a conveyor belt at Excel’s plant in Daventry and applies batch codes after the filling and lidding processes. It is operating at speeds up to 30 products per minute.

John adds: “The RX-S was easy to install and instantly operational once Allen Coding had provided operator training. I would happily recommend the company and RX-S to businesses that need to improve their manufacturing processes without fuss, hassle or great expense.

“The service provided by Allen Coding has been great and pain free. The whole experience has been a good one for us and we reap the benefits every single day,” John concludes.

Developed for today’s exceptionally fast and challenging production environments, the RX-S provides high speed printing, as well as superior print head technology for stable drop placement and print quality.

Fully RoHS compliant, the RX-S incorporates an economical and ecological ink delivery system that is easily accessed for quick and easy service and maintenance. Daily cleaning is not required with print heads being automatically cleaned at the end of each cycle for reliable start/stop performance.

The RX-S is specially designed to be exceptionally user-friendly, reliable and easy to operate. It features a 10.4 inch touch-screen control panel with full colour display making set up and reprogramming both simple and intuitive. The controls are housed in an ergonomically designed stainless steel cabinet which is sealed to IP55 standards making it ideal for harsh industrial environments and deep cleaning regimes.

Depending on content, data memory can be expanded up to 2000 message types and all print data can be backed up using a standard USB interface. The RX-S is capable of printing up to four lines of text and a maximum of 1,000 print characters. Remote connectivity with external equipment via a network function is also possible.

Allen Coding is part of the ITW Marking & Coding Division, which also comprises Foxjet, Norwood, Diagraph and Trident.

Steve Ryan

Tel: 01438 347 770

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