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What to pay attention to when purchasing a thermal transfer printer
In recent years, the application of thermal transfer Leadtech Coding machine in the baking industry has become more and more mature, especially installed on the pillow packaging machine and vertical packaging machine (filling) of moon cakes, biscuits, bread and other snack foods, directly on the packaging film. Print the nutritional ingredient list, ingredient list, barcode (including QR code), product name and production date. Instead of the traditional ink roller coding machine and hot ironing machine. This equipment is the first choice for manufacturers in the baking industry.
Thermal transfer Leadtech Coding machine, using TTO thermal transfer coding technology, is used for coding directly on flexible packaging. In pillow packaging, the packaging material is coded as the film moves. Its high resolution enables the printhead to print text, graphics, batch numbers, real-time dates and barcodes.
Codes produced by thermal transfer coders should generally be read in the direction of the end seal (lateral direction) to get the most out of the ribbon. Since the print head is perpendicular to the direction of movement of the package, printing in other directions will only use a portion of the ribbon unless the code is a long code or the printer has a radial ribbon saving feature. The Radial Ribbon Saver feature allows companies to utilize the entire ribbon width, and the cue code location is within the ribbon width, but will vary for each product.
One of the main advantages of thermal transfer printers is that they provide high-resolution content, as the most advanced thermal transfer printers can print at a resolution of 300 dots per inch (DPI) or 12 dots per millimeter.
Thermal transfer coders must be integrated directly with packaging equipment. Therefore, when purchasing a thermal transfer coder, the integration of a new thermal transfer coder with a new or existing pillow packer should be carefully considered. While the functionality may be the same, pillow packers from different manufacturers are constructed differently and may require specialized stands and other accessories. Therefore, it is very important to find a company with the right experience and accessories for a seamless integration.
Achieving daily production goals is critical, regardless of the profitability of the product, and any unplanned downtime that stalls production must be reduced or eliminated. Therefore, baked goods companies should look for thermal transfer coders designed for maximum uptime and lower total cost of ownership. Thermal transfer printers are extremely reliable and require minimal maintenance compared to other coding technologies, and some thermal transfer printers can fully utilize the ribbon in the printer, saving ribbon and reducing Downtime required to change ribbons on the production line. Additionally, ribbon replacement cycles can be extended by using longer ribbons, and since any thermal transfer coder will require replenishing ribbon, choose a coder that is easy to change ribbons.
Pillow-packed bakery products are generally not suitable for excessive production speeds. However, some products still exceed the speed that thermal transfer coders can achieve. Linear speeds in excess of 1,000mm per second and packaging speeds in excess of 350 packs per minute are the limits of most thermal transfer coders. Thermal transfer printers are limited in speed primarily due to the cycle time required for the way their printing works. Various processes must be carried out in the thermal transfer coder to ensure consistent and precise control of the entire printing process, which allows small packages of products on the pillow packer to be quickly ready for thermal transfer coder. .
Thermal transfer coders are the ideal coding solution for pillow packs and are suitable for most products. Thermal transfer coders print high-resolution codes on flexible films without solvent or residue. For applications that exceed the speed limits of thermal transfer coders, small character and laser coders can meet most coding requirements. Small character printers are the most versatile printers and can print almost any package type in any production environment, but require the use of inks and solvents, and code quality is inferior to thermal transfer and laser coding machine. Laser coders can print clear, consistent and permanent codes with limited consumables, but cannot be used for all packaging types.
Every packaging application is different and requires the use of specific technologies to meet specific requirements. Before determining the best printer, it is important to understand the unique needs of the application and the advantages of various technologies.
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