Allen Coding has launched the MLi-TE, a new multi-head thermal transfer printer providing cost-effective and high-speed multi-lane, multi-line printing of graphics, alphanumerics and barcodes on thermoformed packages.
Featuring up to 12 print heads integrated on one common platform, the MLi-TE prints multiple lanes simultaneously and quickly, the company said. The system was designed to combine industry-leading speed with reduced maintenance and enhanced flexibility when compared to alternative technologies at a similar price point.
High-resolution printing of static and dynamic information such as product identification information; date, lot and batch codes; and company logos can be quickly added to packages such as sachets and stick packs for a wide variety of applications across the food and beverage industry.
The MLi-TE provides bold, indelible print on a variety of substrates. Each print head can print at speeds up to 70mm per second, with multiple print heads handling multiple lanes simultaneously at this speed.
As a single solution with multiple print heads, the traverse width covered by each individual print head is greatly reduced against alternative technologies, reducing wear and tear on a printer’s most sensitive component. With a small footprint and protected assembly movement, the MLi-TE decreases the possibility of damage and increases operator safety. Regular maintenance is simplified with the ability to service the system from the front side and does not require advanced expertise or training.
The thermal transfer ribbon used by the MLi-TE produces quality print on porous and non-porous substrates alike with a simplified and cleaner single consumable than inkjet-based alternatives.
The machine also facilitates ease of integration and ease of use, Allen Coding said.
The MLi-TE is available with 2-12 individual print heads. To accommodate various web widths, 620mm, 820mm and 1020mm frame options are available. Print areas are up to 56mm wide and 40mm or 90mm in length.
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