The ultra-portable Anser U2 Mobile hand-held printer, available from Pyrotec PackMark, is the world’s lightest and most compact printer. It weighs in at just 1kg and is easy to handle and use on even the trickiest print surfaces. It can be carried anywhere and prints at any angle on a variety of substrates and products. It boasts a long battery life of seven hours and continuous printing of more than 200 000 characters.

Since its launch in South Africa, it’s not only proving to be a popular choice but has also impressed customers with its ease of use, versatility and competitive pricing.

Easily integrated into existing lines, the Anser U2 Mobile prints alphanumeric logos and codes onto a variety of products and substrates to facilitate scanning and improve traceability throughout the supply chain.

The top 10 unbeatable features of the Anser U2 Mobile include:

  1. Ultra-lightweight – the world’s lightest mobile printer, weighing just 1kg.
  2. All in one box – one tiny box with all the accessories you need: U2 mobile, remote keypad, two high-capacity rechargeable batteries, battery charger, SD card and SD card reader.
  3. Ultra-portable – capable of printing anywhere, at any angle, without ink leakage.
  4. Long-lasting battery – seven hours of continuous printing for more than 200 000 characters.
  5. Remote keypad – a pocket-sized remote keypad with user-friendly operation.
  6. Large colour display – a 2.8-inch colour LCD with LED backlit screen.
  7. SD card slot design – easy software upgrade and data backup.
  8. Plug-n-Print – ink cartridge design with no maintenance and downtime costs.
  9. High resolution – allows you to print high-resolution barcodes at 600dpi while delivering the highest readable rate.
  10. More ink selections – print on a variety of substrates using Anser’s new Inkfinity ink series.

To find out more about the Anser U2 Mobile, contact Pyrotec PackMark today or watch a demonstration of its capabilities at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7D5Wqhcznw

Thermal transfer overprinting (TTO) is a digital printing process that offers an alternative to hot stampers and other traditional analogue printing techniques.

Thermal transfer overprinting works by creating high-quality and high-definition marks, codes and images by transferring ink onto a flexible substrate from a coated ribbon. This ribbon is covered with a wax-resin compound, or just resin, depending on the coding requirements.

TTO printheads have small resistors that swiftly and accurately heat the print area, transferring the relevant colour to the surface of the substrate. The fast on/off action is precise, ensuring that the heat causes no damage to the substrate.

Thermal transfer printers can be used for continuous or intermittent printing, making this technology suitable for an array of challenging applications including prices, date and time codes, barcodes, QR codes, logos, and ingredient or other mandatory information.

TTO technology is ideal for flexible substrates, including:

  • Plastics
  • Foils
  • Films (plastic or foil)
  • Paper label stock
  • Flat packaging
  • Low-density polyethylene shrink-wrap and other delicate materials

The difference between TTO and direct thermal printing is that in direct thermal printing there is no ribbon used in the printing process. However, leading thermal transfer overprinting machinery is engineered to use only a minimal amount of ribbon, which reduces wastage and means that this technology provides your packaging and labelling line with an economical and modern coding solution.

The benefits of choosing this technology for your business include:

  • Extremely high-resolution print quality
  • The ability to code fast moving products in real time
  • Optimum water-fastness, which is ideal for industrial label printing and coding
  • Wax-resin compounds and full resins can be used on materials such as polypropylene to increase durability.
  • Solvent-free printing
  • Low cost of ownership due to the optimal use of ribbon

We have the experience and knowledge to assist you in selecting the perfect machine for your requirements. Contact Pyrotec PackMark today.

Coding, marking and labelling is essential to the supply chain of any FMCG product – from raw material to the end user.  At every stage of its life, coding, marking and labelling equipment and materials are used to identify, trace, ship and market the product.

It’s therefore essential that the equipment you install is fit for purpose and can withstand the production environment in which it needs to operate. The right equipment and after-sales service will ensure that downtime is minimised, product changeovers are fast and efficient, and that ease of use for operators is simple and straightforward.

Packaging is generally categorised by its function – primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.

Primary packaging

Primary packaging is the material that contains the product or comes into direct contact with the product. For this category, labels and codes are most often for marketing or regulatory purposes. They include traceability information, use by, best before date codes, barcodes, lot codes and serialisation numbers.

These codes or labels are typically applied using one of the following, depending on the packaging material, design, and speed of end-of-line requirements:

  • Label applicator
  • Continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer
  • Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ)
  • Thermal Transfer Overprint (TTO)
  • Thermal Transfer label printer

Secondary packaging

Holding a number or group of primary packages together is the secondary packaging.

This case requires labels and codes to be printed or applied directly onto the case. These usually showcase the manufacturer’s logo in graphic format, and may also need to include regulatory and distribution information.

Equipment for this coding and labelling step in the packaging process includes:

  • Print and apply label applicators
  • Piezo Ink Jet (PIJ) printers
  • Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ) printers
  • Thermal Transfer label printers

Tertiary packaging

Tertiary packaging is the outermost carton and is used for bulk handling, warehousing, transport and shipping. The most common form is a palletised load for shipping.

Labels on these cartons primarily relate to storage, shipping and delivery information and are important for supply chain managers.

To code or mark these cartons, manufacturers will need:

  • Pallet label print and apply equipment
  • Thermal transfer label printers

Considering what you need

When deciding on new coding, marking or labelling equipment, consider where on your production line the labelling process will occur. There are many factors that affect the quality of the code or label application including temperatures variances, dusty or wet production areas, and the line’s speed, to name but a few. Pyrotec PackMark, a division of Pyrotec, provides a comprehensive portfolio of world-class coding equipment for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging requirements.

For assistance selecting the perfect machine for your requirements, contact Pyrotec PackMark today.

In today’s competitive business environment, staying ahead of the game is essential. To do this, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times.

The overall performance of machinery and equipment depends on its Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which refers to a number of factors – the availability of the equipment, its performance rate, and the quality versus reject rate. In other words, each of these OEE factors relates to downtime costs. As we know, downtime is a major hindrance to attaining manufacturing efficiency. It leads to hold-ups in manufacturing processes and creates a cascading effect that disrupts workflow.

All equipment has a limited lifespan, so it is important that when considering purchasing new production machinery that your return on investment (ROI) is based on sound planning.

Terminology

  • ROI: a benchmark used to evaluate the gain on an investment in comparison to the initial amount invested.
  • Pay Back Period (PBP): an estimate of the number of years needed for the equipment to pay for itself.
  • Useful Life: the number of years a piece of equipment can operate.
  • Residual Value: the value of the equipment at the end of its useful life.

Purchasing equipment typically needs a large up-front capital investment, and some financial factors will help you to make the decision.

Your ROI is probably the most helpful because it will allow you to compare how one capital investment compares to others. The PBP is also useful because it pinpoints when the equipment will have paid for itself.

The residential value tells you the cash you’ll be able to get back for the equipment when you resell it.

What your ROI means

ROI is the gain from each rand invested. While higher percentages are more desirable, the ideal range is dependent on the equipment.

To calculate ROI: ROI = Net Income/Cost of Investment

PBP is calculated by dividing the cost of the investment by your annual cash flow. This gives you the amount of cash the equipment is expected to generate for the business each year.

Pyrotec Finance helps customers to purchase or replace their coding and labelling equipment. In addition to purchasing new equipment, this includes a rental service, where customers can rent a unit and return the machine at the end of the contract.

Another possibility is financing in the form of a rent-to-own agreement. Customers pay a set monthly fee, depending on the rental period, which includes a maintenance contract. At the end of the rental period, customers have the choice of paying an additional fee to own the printer or trading it in for a new unit.

Straightforward trade-in agreements, where customers simply trade in old printers for new units, are also available.

Contact Pyrotec PackMark now for state-of-the-art equipment that offers excellent returns on investment.

Why Barcodes Matter

Many of us take barcodes, also referred to as UPC and EAN codes, for granted because they’re so commonplace. However, with only some basic printing equipment and a readily-available barcode scanner, this technology offers significant benefits to manufacturers and brand owners as products move through the supply chain.

Each barcode has a unique number that is 12 or 13 digits in length, which cost-effectively, quickly and efficiently tracks and monitors product inventories.

At retail, barcodes are scanned at the till and brand owners’ accounts are credited with the sale. Each barcode is specific to a product variant, including size, flavour and colour for example. During transportation or at the warehouse, these codes provide locational information to track and trace products and assist with stock control.

Benefits of barcodes

Barcodes eliminate the possibility of human error
Because codes are scanned and not manually entered, the risk of error is significantly reduced.

Reliable and time saving
Scanning barcodes is far quicker than entering data by hand.

Reduced training
Training staff to use a hand-held scanner is quick and easy and doesn’t require personnel to know full stock inventories.

Cost effective
Barcodes are inexpensive to design and print and can be customised to suit the product’s packaging.

Versatile
Barcodes provide data from products at retail as well as from shipping to track inventory throughout the supply chain.

Inventory control
Managing and reducing inventory, and therefore overheads, is possible thanks to precise data capture. Barcodes also save money by tracking the location of shipments that may be considered lost.

Better data
Because data, which can be customised, is scanned directly into a central computer, it’s available immediately. This ensures better decision making and saves time and money.

The proliferation of barcodes and availability of inexpensive equipment has made them affordable for businesses of all sizes, particularly because the encoded data is scalable – as you need more data from your database, you just add more barcodes or codes greater complexity.

Barcode verification
However, a word of caution. Retailers are intolerant of problematic barcodes that cause scanning errors. Faulty codes have costly implications for retailers if they cannot be scanned or decoded properly on the first scan. To avoid poor quality codes, barcode verification equipment evaluates codes during printing to ensure approved reading rates by ISO standards.

Whether an SME or leading brand owner, Markem-Imaje’s coding, marking and verification equipment, available from Pyrotec PackMark, offers extensive on-pack product identification solutions, including self-adhesive label systems, and coding and labelling equipment for primary secondary and tertiary packaging.

To find discover a full range of cutting-edge coding technology, contact Pyrotec PackMark today.

Across industries, manufacturers need to identify products, cartons, pallets, and shipments. To do this, coding and marking equipment must be able to mark an array of substrates in varying packaging environments, without sacrificing line speeds.

CimJet Label printer applicators from Markem-Imaje, locally available from Pyrotec PackMark, are recognised for their high-quality printing, outstanding reliability and rugged durability in the toughest manufacturing environments. The proven design delivers accurate, clear, crisp codes and 100% readable barcodes meeting GS1 (UCC-EAN) standards to enable superior visibility in the supply chain.

Single-side case coding

Ideal for single-side case coding in most packaging environments, the Crayon Plus drop on demand (DOD) printer from Markem-Imaje makes seamless integration into production lines and exceptionally high-quality coding possible with its distinctive design and innovative valvejet technology.

What can manufacturers expect from the Crayon Plus DOD coder?

Unsurpassed flexibility, increased uptime, superior performance, and simplicity.

We understand that manufacturers need industrial printing solutions that easily integrate into their existing environment without a lot of hassle and time.

Your benefits

Outstanding flexibility, whether you need one or two lines of text. A variety of colours designed for use on porous surfaces include blue, black, red, and green. Additionally, more than 22 000 Unicode characters make it possible to personalise messages and comply with both export and local markets. No downtime to replace ink cartridges, and a low ink level alert that allows replacement in mere seconds with no interruption in the production process.

With print speeds up to 60m/minute and consistent printing up to 15mm marking distance while maintaining superior quality, the Crayon Plus gives you full control with direction sensors and automatic print speed.

The Crayon Plus is simple to integrate and use. With a WYSIWYG print preview and an intuitive, international interface for easy, glitch-free operation, it offers four-line graphic display and one click plug-in ink cartridges. Your production line is ready to go in an instant and integration into packaging lines, databases and ERP systems is flexible via CoLOS® Enterprise Software.

Ready to find out more?

Contact Pyrotec PackMark now to find out how to effortlessly integrate superior results in coding and marking, even for the most difficult substrates.

Around-the-clock service

In today’s competitive business environment, staying ahead of the game is the game. To do this, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times.

The overall performance of machinery and equipment depends on its Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which refers to a number of factors – the availability of the equipment, its performance rate, and the quality versus reject rate. In other words, each of these OEE factors relates to downtime costs. As we well know, downtime is a major hindrance to attaining manufacturing efficiency. It leads to hold-ups in manufacturing processes and creates a cascading effect that disrupts workflow.

At Pyrotec PackMark we provide a comprehensive portfolio of world-class coding equipment for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging requirements, which we support with a 24-hour call centre that’s manned by our technicians. In the event of a breakdown, customers speak directly to a technician who, in most cases, is able to resolve the problem over the phone.

However, for customers with more than eight of Pyrotec PackMark’s machines installed on your lines, our dedicated On-Site Service (OSS) is ideal for ensuring maximum uptime from equipment. It’s also good if you do not want to take ownership of the equipment’s operation and daily routine maintenance, or if you have a high staff turnover that creates an ongoing requirement for training.

A 12-month customised OSS contract ensures minimum downtime, rapid response should a breakdown occur, increased productivity, and efficient management of consumables. Services include general maintenance, start-up procedures, consumables management, and recording logs where possible.

Keeping costs down and ensuring a return on investment is paramount in any production facility. Pyrotec PackMark’s OSS provides the peace of mind that effective and efficient support is on hand when needed.

To find out about Pyrotec PackMark’s commitment to after sales support and rapid response to breakdowns or technical challenges, visit www.packmark.co.za.

 

Self-adhesive label applicators, often an essential aspect of a production line, can range in size and speed depending on your requirements. A production line is built on hundreds of moving parts all working in harmony, so you don’t want the label applicator to be the weak link.

At retail, a label is essential for selling your product. It’s what attracts consumers’ attention. And, for your label to be perfectly applied to your product, you need the appropriate label applicator for the type, size and shape of the packaged product being labelled.

The different types of labelling machines:

Pyrotec PackMark offers an end-to-end service that covers every step in the process of procuring or renting labelling equipment, from project management to after-sales technical support.

To ensure our customers have the correct equipment for their applications, technicians will consider the type of container the label is being applied to, whether the application is manual, semi-automatic or automatic, the line speed required, the environmental conditions where labelling takes place, as well as transport and storage conditions and other specific needs.

Pyrotec PackMark supplies a range of self-adhesive, print and apply and linear labelling equipment, automatic, semi-automatic, and entry-level self-adhesive labels, as well as hand-held labellers and labellers for cylindrical objects.

Causes four common problems:

Four common label application issues include:

Wrinkling – Folds or ridges in your labels indicate wrinkling, the most common cause of which is using the wrong material for the container. Your label supplier or printer needs to know if you’re labelling onto a board, glass, or squeezable flexible or rigid plastic. Incorrect application or container irregularities may also cause wrinkling.

Tearing – To avoid tearing, label material should be durable. Films such as vinyl or polyester offer good tear resistance.

Flagging – A bulge along the edge of a label is called flagging and occurs if the label is too big or isn’t the right shape for the container.

Peeling or curling – Peeling may occur if labels are applied in cold or damp environments or if bottles are damp, dirty or greasy. It’s also important to ensure that labels have enough time to correctly set up and adhere to the bottle before being refrigerated to help prevent this problem.

Do you need professional help for your label application needs? Visit www.packmark.co.za for an end-to-end service that covers every step in the process of procuring or renting labelling equipment.

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