Tech Update October 2015

New Ultra Grade Ribbon for Thermal Transfer Overprinters
Videojet Technologies

Videojet Technologies Inc, a world-leader in manufacturer of coding, printing and marking products, as well as fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, has introduced a new ‘Ultra Grade’ black ribbon for the Videojet DataFlex® and 6X00 series of thermal transfer overprinter (TTO) products. These industry-proven printers are ideal for marking variable information such as date, time, batch code, ingredients, logos and marketing information onto flexible film packaging, labels or glossy cards.

The new Ultra Grade black ribbon comes in lengths up to 1200 metre for extended run times with fewer ribbon changes, helping increase throughput of coded products per roll of ribbon. This new supply offering from Videojet also delivers improved print quality at high speeds and in both high and low temperature environments, compared to the standard Videojet black ribbon. The Ultra Grade black ribbon is available in a variety of widths and provides excellent contrast, rub and scratch resistance, and heat resistance for optimal performance in a wide range of application settings.

“The new Ultra Grade ribbon for Videojet TTO products offers excellent sensitivity and compatibility with various substrates such as coated papers, metallic foils and poly films,” said Heidi Wright, Business Unit Manager, Supplies, Videojet. “This ribbon performs superbly in a number of flexible packaging applications, and is another example of how Videojet continuously focuses on delivering products that meet and often exceed manufacturers’ printing requirements.”

The Ultra Grade black ribbon is the latest product offering in the Videojet line of thermal transfer ribbons. Featuring advanced backcoat technology, all Videojet ribbons help ensure outstanding print quality and extended printhead life. These ribbons are engineered for optimal use in Videojet TTO printers, which are widely utilised throughout the snack food, bakery and confectionery markets, and demonstrate excellent performance for a variety of applications, including bagged snacks, fresh and frozen vegetables, meat and poultry, dried fruit and candy.

New Technology enhances Consumer Interaction for Brands
Printpack

Printpack will debut with a new technology – utilising a proprietary process invented by the company – that allows for photochromic ink to be hidden within standard graphics and remain invisible until exposed to sunlight.

The process represents the first time photochromic ink has been applied to a flexible film, giving brand owners in any market capable of utilising flexible packaging new options for interacting with their customer base. Interactive packaging is proven to capture consumer attention and encourages engagement with the brand in a meaningful way.

“This type of packaging application can truly set a brand apart by adding depth to the consumer experience,” says Mark Brogan, Director of Technology and Innovation, Printpack. “It can make all the difference when it comes to purchasing decisions.”

Applying photochromic ink has been a challenge for the flexible packaging industry for years, particularly in high speed production environments, in turn limiting options for brand owners looking to differentiate their product. Printpack’s R&D team designed the innovative process to apply the ink while still upholding the integrity of the packaging design and graphics to the highest standards.

New pH Tester HI 98100
Hanna Equipments

The HI98100 Checker Plus is the next generation of the original Hanna Checker pH tester, from Hanna Equipments. The Checker is the most popular pH meter in the world with over one million meters used since its introduction in 1991. From students to researchers, the Checker has been helping people with their pH measurement as a meter that is simple to use and operate.

The HI98100 Checker Plus pH tester has been designed with many advanced features while maintaining the look and feel of the original Checker. The Checker Plus now offers automatic calibration to one or two points, automatic buffer recognition, calibrated buffer tags, stability indicator, low battery indicator, and selectable automatic shut off.

The Checker plus still maintains the iconic pentagon design with a probe that measures 103 mm in length and tapered to a 8 mm diameter making it ideal for test tubes and vials.

Leak Detection to Minimise Food Waste
Ishida

Designed for use with a wide variety of foods including fresh, cooked and cured meat, poultry, seafood, fruit, salads, vegetables, cheese and ready meals, the Ishida AirScan uses advanced laser technology to identify leaks of CO2 from holes as small as 0.5 mm in sealed modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) packs at  speeds of up to 180 packs per minute.  It has been designed to be easily integrated into existing production lines.

“With retailers and suppliers under pressure to minimise food waste, packaging leaks have been associated with almost 500,000 ton of food wasted in production each year,” explains Alan Mutch, Quality Control Manager, Ishida Europe.

“Compromised packaging can lead to bacterial spoilage, reduced shelf-life and a damaging rise in complaints and returns. This can result in increased cost of production, loss of brand image and reputation, and the heightened risk of retailer fines.”

The new Ishida AirScan offers fast, 100 percent reliable and completely non-destructive identification of leaks of C02 and has been designed to be highly effective in fast moving production environments so that maximum quality can be achieved without compromising on high throughput speeds and minimum packing time.

By maintaining the optimum gas fill for each pack, the leak detector provides consistent product quality, and allows production problems to be identified and rectified quickly.  It also reduces the amount of packaging that has to be scrapped, while the non-destructive testing process ensures that product can be re-packed.

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