Markem-Imaje’s new Marking Trigger Device is intended to enable portable, flexible, and direct coding and marking for difficult-to-reach or unusually shaped objects on a production line.

Some products and objects can receive print directly on a conveyor, Markem-Imaje explains, but others are the wrong size, shape, or nature for this to be possible with conventional technologies. The Marking Trigger Device is designed to unlock direct coding for products in difficult positions, irrespective of the environmental conditions they are being printed in.

Described as ‘intuitive’ and ‘cost-effective’, the solution is set to offer stability to ensure high-quality coding, even for longer messages, and adjust to flat and rounded objects. It can be used by hand, with handheld code-triggering properties intended for hard-to-reach applications or production lines without conveyor belts, and each code is automatically triggered onto the object.

Alternatively, the device is said to be ‘easy and quick to install’ onto a printhead; it captive screws can apparently be set up in a few minutes, and it does not require a power supply with its plug-and-play connection to the printer. As well as being geared towards ‘large and unwieldly objects’, it is expected to rework existing production materials without requiring manufacturers to dismantle, move, and reassemble them.

Its fixed head/distance brackets and an embedded encoder are thought to ensure that the print is precise. A support hook is also included to streamline product maintenance, and it is available for the 9330, 9450, and 97XX printhead series.

Markem-Imaje has engineered the device in line with its Intelli’Design principle and aims to offer flexibility in the event of production rework.

“The Marking Trigger device empowers customers to code what they need, where they need it, and bolsters the flexibility of the Markem-Imaje marking and coding solutions,” says Guillaume Montagnat, product marketing manager at Markem-Imaje. “With this device, customers in a broad range of industries can now easily and cost-effectively print on objects that were previously difficult to reach.”

In related news, Domino Printing Sciences seeks to automate traceability coding for improved supply chain visibility with its new Mx-Series print and apply labelling machines.

Markem-Imaje has also underlined the ways in which coding could overcome the threats of counterfeiting, especially when it spikes during the holiday season.

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