News | May 13, 2020

Production Interface Minimizes Case And Pallet Labeling Downtime And Rework

The Production Interface minimizes scope for such mistakes and accelerates changeovers. It also makes case and pallet labeling less resource-intensive to manage, freeing up operators to do other, higher priority activities.

The improved storage capacity means labels can now more effectively be stored en masse at printer level with limited image editing capabilities, protecting layout and data integrity, while increasing speed. Enhanced connectivity also makes it easier for label formats and data to be retrieved, on demand, from a remote location directly to the printer via the CoLOS information management system, for even greater accuracy and efficiency.

Incorrect label selection by operators can also be eliminated by enabling keyboard-free label selection and variable data updating through a connection to a hand-held barcode reader which could, in turn, be linked to a production manifest.

The Production Interface’s large touchscreen also shows exactly how variable content will appear on the eventually printed label. If needed, operators can easily make six types of minor adjustments, such as label position and print contrast, digitally via the interface. In other labelers such setting changes can be so difficult to access that operators commonly resort to manually moving the printer product sensor which can result in equipment damage and personal injury.

The highly streamlined and intuitive, full-color interface also makes it quicker and easier to switch between jobs and deal with other printer issues. Operators are no longer distracted by extraneous detail of limited use in day-to-day printing. Available in 10.1 inch (261 mm) or 15.6 in (396 mm) touchscreens, color-coded printer statuses are more visible at a distance so problems can be spotted and addressed without delay.

Warnings and alerts can easily be viewed in the user’s chosen language which also speeds up problem resolution, without needing to look up complex error codes.

The entry-level Production Interface can control one 2200 Series P&A system while the advanced version can handle two on the same or different lines. The CoLOS Line Terminal variant can manage up to four printers of any type (not just P&A) while also deploying other applications, such as COLOS Mark & Read and CoLOS Printer Performance, for the ultimate solution in accuracy, traceability and efficiency.

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Source: Markem-Imaje