30% increase in printing speed claimed for new printers

By Mike Stones

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The new range of printers, with food industry applications, from global printing and labeling specialist Avery Dennison is claimed to be up to 30 per cent faster that existing models.

Tim Holland, the company’s tabletop product manager, told FoodProductionDaily.com: “The AP series aims to deliver increased efficiency, productivity and improved traceability for goods moving through a retail, logistics or food environment​.”

Greater productivity is achieved by enhanced processing power and best-in-class first-label-out-time, which enables a faster turnaround and reducing cost, he claimed.

Paper to plastic

The New AP 5.4 Gen II and AP 5.6 series has the flexibility to print barcodes, font and serial numbers on a wide variety of material, from paper to plastic.

In addition to faster printing the AP Series is said to be able to print 48% more from its rotating 4-inch (side) by 6-inch long label.

AP series can be used for: Box labelling, pallet labelling, shipping labelling, compliance labelling, multi-part Invoices, product identification and asset tracking.

Said to be straight-forward to operate and maintain, the running print heads can be replaced easily and the print pressure is adjusted by the touch of a button.

With enhanced multi-language capability, the AP Series is said to integrate easily into existing processes and internal networks across distribution sites in multiple countries.

Data streams

The company’s claim of 30% faster printing is based on internal tests printing identical data streams on AP 5.4 Gen I and AP 5.4 Gen II.

The price of the printers depends on their specification.

Meanwhile, Ekro, the world’s largest veal processing company, says its AP 5.4 printers have allowed it to increase traceability and meet its clients’ labeling needs. The label lay-outs are stored centrally, which enables the operator to control all of the printers from a single point.

Scanning the barcode on a package provides the user with all the necessary product information, such as weight, number of units and type of cut etc. “We have now achieved a level of traceability few companies could match​,” said Jos Rouwendaa, Ekro’s meat processing manager at Ekro.

The company exports 92% of its produce to clients with differing requirements and preferences. “Every country has its own specific preferences when it comes to meat products, so we need to know exactly which meat is exported to which country, even when it is already packed into boxes​,” said Rouwendaa.

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