France-based Imaje said its Imaje 7000 coders - the Imaje 7011, 10 watt laser and the Imaje 7031, 30 watt laser - are designed to code food and beverage products. The two are scribing CO2 laser coders, which means a beam cuts the date, time and other information into the package.
The laser coder series features a head that operates at full potential at temperatures up to 35°C, without the need for external cooling. Neither plant air nor water is needed to cool the laser head.
The coders have a modular design to allow integration into production lines and a user interface designed to help operators change parameters as needed.
The design results in high-quality coding and operating efficiency, said François Barreau, Imaje's group product manager.
"With the Imaje 7000 Series, laser coding will never be the same again," Barreau said. Overheating problems are a thing of the past, (as are) poor printing performances at high speed and limited duty cycles."
The printers can output up to 1,000 characters per second and has the widest selection of lenses on the market today, Imaje claimed.
Characters can be inscribed at a height from 1mm to 100mm. They can print logos, graphics and one- and two-dimensional barcodes. The machines come with a set of vectorised fonts. There are specific fonts for thin materials.
The 7000 series consists of three separate components, a controller, cable and laser head. The controller is contained in a stainless steel cabinet. The machine has an aluminum body.
Imaje is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dover Corp., a US company.