Markem Imaje (Vernier, Switzerland) a leading manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, has released its new 9330 Coder for cost-effective inkjet printing. The coder was specifically designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for high quality, cost-effective and hassle-free product coding. Designed for low-to-medium duty operation up to 4.4 m/s (14.4 ft/s), it’s easy to use and maintain and can adapt quickly as production increases. Intended for a wide range of industries, it offers IP55 protection, making it ideal for many applications, including the food and beverage markets.
“Manufacturers today must code their products with information (such as best-before dates and lot numbers) while ensuring that this data is of sufficient print quality to remain legible throughout a product’s lifecycle – for traceability, stock management and brand reputations,” said the OEM. “For SMEs, finding an easy-to-use coder that delivers this performance at an affordable price, and which can grow with their business, is a challenge. The 9330 meets these goals via proprietary technology that ensures best-in-class performance and quality, regardless of environment, without needing extensive in-house technical support.”
Easy to install, use and maintain, the 9330 coder can be located anywhere, thanks to its IP55-rated stainless-steel cabinet, and automatic printhead cleaning system that makes start-ups simple and quick. All operators need to do is plug it in and start printing, even after weeks of storage. This makes the coder particularly useful for seasonal production, such as in the coding fruits and vegetables. Maintenance is made easy through its Intelli’Swap design which makes changing the M6’ all-in-one ink circuit in less than six minutes, without spillage or waste.
The 9330 can normally print more than 8,000 hours before needing maintenance. Its day-to-day operating costs are also kept low as it uses the latest-generation hydraulic system, “cutting additive consumption by up to 50% versus competitor models in the same category operating at 20 degrees C.” An extra advantage over similar competing CIJ options is its wide Intelli’Ink portfolio, which gives users considerable flexibility when coding different materials, and ensures optimal coding by maximizing ink suitability for the packaging. A standard-priced MEK-free ink is even available, facilitating supply, compliance and safety-related issues. The 9330 also features a smart consumable system that requires no set-up and prevents costly operator mistakes that can result from cartridge-related errors. Quality coding every time is further ensured by proprietary Intelli’Jet technology, which automatically adjusts ink pressure. A jet speed sensor detects environmental temperature and the speed of specially-charged drops between each print, with a control loop adapting the speed to ensure perfect drop placement, quality and code consistency.
Printing on a wide range of media including plastics, cardboard, metal, foil, paper and glass, the 9330 also easily links to the market-leading CoLOS information management system, which allows several coding devices to be managed through a single computer – ideal for maximizing efficiency and accuracy across multiple lines. Continued excellent performance is also ensured by extensive after-sales service that includes spare-part kits, consumables and service plans – including start-up packages, extended warranty contracts, service exchange programs and all-inclusive agreements.