Videojet Technologies Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and marking products, fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, today introduced the next addition to its proven 1000 Line ink jet printers. Providing the ultimate in print speed, the Videojet 1620 Ultra High Speed and 1650 Ultra High Speed incorporate the Videojet Precision Ink DropTM system and Videojet’s patented CleanFlow™ technology. The 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS printers deliver more code content for high speed packaging operations. Available on the 1650 UHS, Videojet’s Code Assurance and on-board Productivity Tools help reduce costly coding errors and virtually eliminate the major root causes of unplanned downtime.
The Compromise between Speed and Content is Over
The introduction of the 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS now provides customers with the solution to the traditional problem of balancing the need for high content codes and high quality print at ever increasing production line speeds. The ability to print higher content codes on high speed lines has been governed by the constraints of current ink jet printing technology. The 1620 UHS and the 1650 UHS surpass current technology through the use of Videojet’s innovative Precision Ink DropTM system - combining industry leading printhead technology, powerful software capability and specially formulated inks. Effectively, this means producers can now print existing codes faster or print more lines of code at current speeds without sacrificing code legibility. The new Videojet UHS printers surpass even the most demanding requirements in high speed applications like beverage and canning and high code content environments like dairy. The Videojet 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS printers are up to 40% faster than the prior industry benchmark, the Videojet Excel UHS.
Packaging Real Estate Optimization
Code quality is important not only for code legibility but also for printing your required codes in the smallest possible space. With millions of dollars spent on packaging design, it’s important to maximize this limited and very valuable space to promote your product and brand. To help achieve this, Videojet’s DYNAMIC CALIBRATION™ applies the industry’s most sophisticated measurements and controls to adjust jetting parameters automatically, ensuring high quality print. As ambient conditions change, the 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS optimize the print delivery to ensure superior print quality time after time. In combination with the innovative Precision Ink DropTM system, this higher quality coding allows for greater print density – ensuring that print windows can remain small and unobtrusive to the package design, yet clear and readable to consumers.
Every Minute Counts - Uptime Built-In
In demanding high speed, high throughput environments, reaching your production targets mean working your line to the very limit of its capacity. Videojet understands that any unplanned line stoppage directly impacts productivity and consequently profits. The Videojet 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS reduce unplanned downtime with advanced features like the patented CleanFlow™ printhead. Designed to resist ink build-up that can lead to a shutdown, the CleanFlowTM technology provides a positive flow of filtered air for more reliable, clear and consistent codes, even at the end of long production runs. The unique printhead design and long-lasting core minimizes planned downtime due to long intervals – up to 14,000 hours – between planned routine maintenance cycles.
Productivity Tools for Process Improvement
The Videojet 1650 UHS takes productivity improvement to the next level. Beyond accessing OEE Availability metrics, users need to be able to identify and eliminate the major root causes of unplanned downtime. The Videojet 1650 UHS presents downtime information in a logical way to support efficient and effective problem solving. Understanding root cause is critical to implementing and achieving sustainable process improvements. This printer enables drilling into Availability data to help discover technical and operator causes of downtime.
Code Assurance to Keep Brands Strong
Coding errors are common – codes that are one digit off, dates that don’t exist, codes on wrong products, typing errors. These mistakes can mean waste, rework, regulatory fines and potential harm to consumers and damage to a manufacturer’s brand and profits. Operator error is the most prevalent cause of coding mistakes. The Videojet 1650 UHS possesses on-board Code Assurance features to foolproof and help prevent mistakes, keeping production lines productive and helping ensure brand integrity.
Ease Worries with Simple Usability
Both the Videojet 1620 UHS and Videojet 1650 UHS printers are designed for limited and simple interaction so users can focus on production. The standard Smart CartridgeTM fluid delivery system eliminates spills and confirms that the right fluid is being used. Available on the 1650 UHS, a large, bright touchscreen interface enables operators to access all common operations in five touches or less. The UHS printers help provide improved control of job parameters and efficient, productive line management.
“We are dedicated to continuously work toward reducing the frequency and length of both planned and unplanned downtime so our printers are performing at maximum ability and readiness. This is especially critical for high speed applications as the consequences of downtime are magnified,” said Jose Gomez, Business Unit Manager for Videojet. “By designing our equipment to be more reliable, simplifying and minimizing equipment interaction and making information more actionable, we have created a coding and marking solution that delivers the maximum level of uptime available on the market today.”