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Horticultural co-packer Focus Pack installs two Allen coders

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Horticultural co-packer Focus Pack installs two Allen coders

November 02
11:32 2013

Horticultural contract packer Focus Pack has installed coders from Allen Coding to print dates and codes onto its products.

The Lincolnshire-based business, which packs Crowne Green premium lawn seed and lawn care products, required the 53XL80 thermal transfer coders to reproduce manufactured/sealed dates, batch codes and product ingredients onto PE material

Focus Pack’s Bobby Stark said:  “Allen Coding is a name that has been associated with high quality marking and coding for a long time so it was a natural decision for us to contact the company when we needed online thermal transfer printers.”

According to Allen Coding, an important requirement of the new printers was the ability to print an extensive amount of information, so the 53XL80 thermal transfer coder, which can print up to 80mm, was selected as the best model available.

Two 53XL80 thermal transfer coders replaced the previously used ink jet printers and were attached to Focus Pack’s vertical form fill sealing machines using bespoke frames that were specially designed for the purpose by Allen Coding engineers.

Stark said: “Installation went smoothly with no hassle.  The printer itself is very straight-forward to use and, with the software supplied, creating new print formats is a breeze.

“We make sure the print area and print head is clean but apart from that we do very little with regard to maintenance on the printers.”

Operating at speeds ranging from 15 bags to 45 bags of grass care product per minute, on an average print area of 53mm x 40mm, the thermal coders have enabled Focus Pack to speed up job set-up and to increase its product output.

Stark said:  “We find the variable data field very useful when running the same type of job and using different batches of product.

“The operator can easily enter a new batch number when prompted and selecting an existing format takes just seconds to carry out, which helps speed up production enormously.  Also the internal clock means we never have to change the date field.”

 

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