A major battery manufacturer required knock down case labeling for both alpha numeric and barcoding.
- Past practice included a labor intensive hand labeling process.
- Since multiple labels were required on each carton, the cost of labels represented a significant expense for operations.
- Past attempts at outer case ink coding resulted in excessive maintenance costs for print head repairs and a safety issue with ink spills.
- A variety of knock down cases required variable placement of code on the case.
- Variable knock down specifications required a carton conveyance system that could accommodate a variance of up to 25% for knockdown case thickness.
- INOPAK presented a variety of options which included:
- Automated labeling
- High resolution thermal inkjet printing
- Knockdown case conveyance system with variable thickness capabilities
- The customer decided to move forward with a thermal inkjet printing system over the automated labeling system due to ease of use and lower operating costs.
- In order to minimize ink costs a bulk ink system was incorporated into the print station.
- Print station has capability of variable code placement for both alpha/numeric text and barcoding
- A knockdown conveyance system was incorporated into the print station with process speeds of up to 60 cartons per minute.