Jet printers get an upgrade
Fox’s Biscuits has replaced old case coders with 14 robust and reliable TJ500 thermal jet printers from marking and coding specialist, Allen Coding. The TJ500 was chosen due to its clean operation, low maintenance, minimal operator involvement and print quality.
The jet printers are being used by Fox’s Biscuits to apply a variety of date formats to both outer cases and primary product cartons. The units, which are primarily fitted to Endoline case sealers in this instance, are operating at speeds up to 20 ppm (packs per minute) on the case code application and 120 ppm on the primary packs.
Stephen Hannan, orint manager at Fox’s Biscuits comments: “Our previous case coders were getting old and costly to run, as well as becoming very messy due to ink spillage. We chose Allen as it is a long established business offering reliable support and service, whilst the TJ500 thermal jet printers provided the high levels of cleanliness and hygiene required by food manufacturers.
Stephen continues: “Every time we replace an ink cartridge a new print head is fitted which helps us maintain optimum print quality. The ability to automatically update date fields with minimal operator input once the format has been designed and loaded was a big plus as it ensures date integrity by eliminating the risk of the wrong information being inputted.”