Matthews Australasia will demonstrate a range of coding, labelling, inspection and integration solutions at foodpro, all designed to allow manufacturers to understand what is happening on the production line.
“Having this information is vital to driving continuous improvement and enhancing a business’s profits,” said Mark Dingley, Matthews’ GM of operations.
“Attendees will see new models on our stand, where we’ll showcase the latest technologies, but we’ll also be showing how humble, end-of-line equipment — such as ‘ordinary’ coding, labelling, marking and inspection devices — can be integrated with a business’s existing systems to deliver real-time intelligent insights. This is where the real power lies to improve business performance: information, delivered immediately, thus allowing perceptive decisions to quickly be made.”
Five solutions Matthews will showcase:
- Inkjet: Continuous inkjet coders (CIJ) are suitable for marking irregularly shaped products and high-speed lines in food, beverage and grocery with graphics (such as logos) and text. They code variable information, including date codes, batch numbers, promotional codes, serialisation codes and product-identification codes.
- TTO: Matthews will also demonstrate its Linx thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs), coding on to flexible packaging films and self-adhesive labels. TTOs are suitable for date/batch codes, logos, product descriptions, ingredients lists, nutritional panels and fully compliant high-density barcodes. TTOs print easily onto generic film packaging, so are a cost-effective printing solution, especially for snack foods, confectionary and fresh produce.
- Serialisation: Matthews’ serialisation solution makes it more difficult for counterfeiters to sell fake product, because it is difficult to duplicate valid encrypted codes. Serialisation codes are applied during manufacturing using specialised marking technologies.
- Lasers: Matthews’ laser coding solutions can apply permanent barcodes and human-readable text on primary and secondary packaging, including glass, plastics (such as PET, polystyrene and polypropylene), metal and cardboard. With no consumables and easy implementation, the laser coders are fast and cost-effective, with high quality results.
- Labelling: Matthews will have a wide range of labelling technologies on display, including Label Printer Applicators (LPA), Label Applicators (LA) and label printers.