Thermal transfer printer offers easier integration into packaging lines by OEMs

Equipment launched today has been designed to make integrating SmartDate X45 and SmartDate X65 thermal transfer (TTO) printers into packaging lines easier than ever before for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Suitable for form fill and seal packaging lines, the SmartDate OEM Connect has an array of features that make it easy to install, even in very tight spaces. The controller also helps optimise customers’ operations with significant built-in flexibility to future-proof their coding investment. Additionally, it enables high-speed coding and helps OEMs provide their customers a better user experience.

Today’s launch, which is exclusively available for OEMs, allows them to meet the needs of a wide range of flexible film packaging line customers, delivering the full capabilities of market-leading SmartDate X45 and SmartDate X65 TTO printers.

The SmartDate OEM Connect looks set to be of particular benefit to the food, beverage, dairy, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, pet food and household product industries.

It boasts a plug and play set-up with Windows or Internet Explorer, and communication is easy through web user interface or virtual network computing via the host human machine interface. Alternatively, an optional WYSIWYG touch screen remote user interface can be connected and positioned anywhere on the packaging machine.

The new unit offers built in flexibility to future-proof production lines. For example, it handles continuous and intermittent line configurations, and changing from left to right hand printing is simple, requiring no additional components.

Versatile printing is achieved through a choice of three printheads of 32 mm, 53 mm and 128 mm, maximising the print areas and suiting a wide range of applications.

The SmartDate OEM Connect also offers high-performance printing from the SmartDate coders themselves. Quality-enhancing features include dead-dot detection, which spots faded dots and allows the operator to predict when a printhead will need to be changed.

The unit is also able to link seamlessly to other systems. Connected to Markem-Imaje’s Detect-Plus and CoLOS Mark & Read solutions, it enables codes to be checked to varying degrees. Partnering it with CoLOS applications, such as CoLOS OEE, helps users achieve maximum productivity from their printer.

The unit is supported by through Markem-Imaje’s 24/7 help desk and extensive network of on-site technical support. The Advanced Service Exchange option (region dependent) ensures rapid delivery of spare parts to most locations.

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