Needham coding ‘N’ series CIJ printer proves to be a precious investment for JEWELULTRA

Flexible N16 Plus printer helps meet strict Middle Eastern export requirements and strengthen ISO accreditation by providing added traceability

Leading coding and marking equipment specialist, Needham Coding, part of The Needham Group, has recently supplied an own brand N16 Plus continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer to motor industry chemical manufacturer, Jewelultra Ltd. The high performance system is helping to meet strict Middle Eastern export requirements by applying information such as batch code and expiry dates in Arabic to natural, clear and coloured PET and HDPE bottles.

Established in 1992, Jewelultra Ltd manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of specialist chemicals primarily for the motor, industrial and janitorial industries. This includes the company’s Diamondbrite vehicle paint protection system which is widely used by global motor manufacturers and dealer groups.

Jewelultra needed a multi-language, flexible printer to enable its Middle East business to meet strict Saudi Arabian export requirements, and to further strengthen ISO standards by providing better traceability throughout the manufacturing and production processes.

Peter Harper, General Manager at Jewelultra, comments: “We approached several printer suppliers but liked Needham Coding’s no nonsense, straightforward approach. They listened to our needs, sent a comprehensive quote and followed up professionally.

“The N16 Plus CIJ printer met our functionality requirements without being over complicated. As well as multi-language capability, the model’s flexibility allows us to easily print different size fonts and characters.”

Ideal for global coding and marking applications, Needham Coding’s compact ‘N’ series uses multi-national character sets, featuring multiple languages and Unicode character printing. The printers accurately and reliably reproduce a wide range of fonts such as bar codes, batch numbers and best before, sell-by and expiration dates, as well as other logos and graphics, directly onto uneven or flexible substrates like glass, plastics, paper, metal and rubber.

Needham Coding’s N16 Plus printer is installed at the end of the main conveyor on Jewelultra’s latest automated filling line where it is accurately applying vital information including primarily batch codes and expiry dates. The details are also being printed in Arabic ensuring compliance with the Middle East’s strict export regulations.

The N16 CIJ printer is operating at speeds up to 25 bottles per minute in line with Jewelultra’s filling machine.

Peter continues: “Installation was simply a case of wheeling the N16 printer in to the production facility and we had no problem getting to grips with the easy to follow menu. We received full training from Needham Coding and the service engineer was quick to follow up when we had the typical ‘new user’ issues.”

Needham Coding’s user-friendly, low maintenance ‘N’ series of CIJ inkjet printers offer small and large character printing from 0.6mm up to 19mm. The ‘N’ series boasts a Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) of 40,000 operating hours and is designed for harsh wet and dry applications across a wide range of industries, including food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, DIY and personal care / cosmetics.

The ‘N’ series offers a range of exciting features including Trupoint which provides superior CIJ print quality. Through high speed processing and CIJ specific electronic hardware, millions of drop patterns are dynamically adjusted on the fly to achieve best in class print quality. The printers also incorporate Needham Coding’s proprietary CleanStart™ technology which automatically cleans the system eliminating the need for daily and weekly manual cleaning.

All models in the ‘N’ series provide a true non-contact print operation with the ink thrown from the printhead a minimum ink throw distance of 12mm and up to a maximum distance of 50mm.

Depending on the model, the ‘N’ series can print a single line of text at speeds exceeding 600m/minute, two lines over 200m/minute and three or four lines of print at 100m/minute. The controls are housed in an ergonomically designed stainless steel cabinet which is sealed to IP55 or IP65 standards.

A large 10.4” touch screen is available as standard with full colour display making set up and reprogramming both simple and intuitive. The printers’ CodeConnect™ function boasts integrated USB, RS232, multiple programmable inputs and outputs and optional Ethernet communications enabling network connectivity allowing integration into any applications.

Peter adds: “We are very pleased with our investment. The N16 Plus is both reliable and simple to operate plus the settings can be easily adjusted for increased print accuracy. It is also a major benefit being able to buy inks from sister company, Needham Inks, especially when the service is on par.

“As a result I would be more than happy to recommend Needham Coding to another supplier or contact in the industry,” Peter concludes.