Ink-jet and Laser Coders

Printers and coders mark products with important identifying information.


Codajet 5000
An ink-jet printer includes a choice of six print models from one modular unit. Each model allows for a different character height and is easily upgradeable from single to multiple lines to accommodate changes in product marking requirements. These units, which print at speeds up to 35 m/min, offer a sealed membrane keyboard, mounted on a stainless-steel housing, with pictorial keys that enable instant access to each specific function for simple message entry and editing. They allow for coding of date, date offset for sell-by dates, times, sequential numbering, product counting, automatic shift codes, and multiple languages, and they can store up to 50 messages. Griffin-Rutgers Company, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY; 800/237-6713;

TLP 3842
In response to FDA's proposed rule on bar coding unit-of-use packaging, a company has designed a thermal label printer for the desktop. The TLP 3842 includes Reduced Space Symbology support, 300-dpi high-resolution printing, and the latest connectivity features. The unit is equipped with serial, parallel, and USB communications interfaces for integration flexibility. The optional internal ZebraNet PrintServer II allows easy integration to Ethernet networks and gives users printer-sharing and remote management capabilities not often available on other desktop printers. Zebra Technologies International LLC, Vernon Hills, IL; 800/423-0442;

Gottjet Printers
A manufacturer of code dating and marking machines has introduced a line of printers based on HP ink-jet technology. The line includes carton coders, label printers, sheet printers, and a web printing system. The Gottjet systems are based on the HP industrial ink-jet cartridge and are completely programmable. The Windows-based graphical user interface allows the user complete control for the printing of PDF files, bitmaps, real-time date and time, databases, and bar codes with resolution up to 600 X 600. The HP cartridge system exchanges print nozzles with each change of the cartridge so there is virtually no maintenance. Adolph Gottscho Inc., Union, NJ; 908/688-2400;

A hot-melt ink-jet printer supports both small- and large-character ink-jet applications. When combined with newly developed 5106 Touch Dry ink, formulated to adhere to a range of substrates, the company's 5000 series machines can now print on films, rigid plastics, shrink-wraps, and coated inner cartons, making them suitable for both primary coding and case coding applications. The 5200SC prints high-quality code and is capable of printing real-time and variable information, as well as readable bar codes. Touch Dry hot-melt inks provide users with easier handling and cleaner production when compared with the wet inks used in continuous ink-jet systems. Markem Corp., Keene, NH; 603/352-1130;


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