World Première for DIGILINE Booklet

Audit-proof coding of thick booklet labels

  • Atlantic Zeiser presents first integrated system for audit-proof coding of booklet labels up to 4 mm thick.
  • Pharmaceutical industry especially eager to source an efficient solution also for short-run printing, in particular for clinical trials.
  • System offers maximum process safety at every stage and rules out errors arising from operator intervention.

Atlantic Zeiser has introduced the world’s first integrated system for coding up to 4 mm thick booklet labels in an audit-proof process verified by an inspection camera. Simple and fast job changes ensure economic efficiency even with the shortest print runs and radically different booklet formats. DIGILINE Booklet is dedicated for coding labels that are to be used in clinical drug trials. Regulations and safety requirements increase information contents and hence thickness of booklet label that has reached considerable dimensions already and is likely to grow.

Thermal transfer printers are no longer able to process the “peaks” and “troughs” associated with booklet labels, which is a serious problem because printing defects can jeopardize not only market authorization and substantial investments, but also human lives. Based on contactless drop-on-demand inkjet technology, DIGILINE Booklet achieves supreme print quality and consistency, even with small font sizes, while incurring low operating costs in the absence of ink ribbons and print bars.

Minimal waste

DIGILINE Booklet offers maximum process safety at every stage and rules out errors arising from operator intervention. Thanks to a patented, sensor-controlled transport system, the first incoming label of the roll is printed – without any additional splicing of blank ribbon. As a consequence, no blank labels can enter circulation, auxiliary tapes and working time are avoided, and expensive label waste is ruled out.

DIGILINE Booklet maintains excellent print quality in case of machine stops as well – without any impairment or waste. The built-in camera takes care of seamlessly inspecting all of the processed labels. It reliably identifies misprinted, unprinted and missing labels. Both before and after a manual splice, the camera also examines the labels around the spliced area. Furthermore, a side register camera compensates the sidewise print position of each individual label and thus contributes to precise sidewise pint accuracy independent from the inaccurate label position on the ribbon. Telescoped mother rolls are processed as well – a telling advantage, given that the thick labels, once wound, often form very unstable “slippery” layers. Gentle feed over large guide rollers tailored to the label format prevents accidental detachment of the booklet labels during the production process.

Thanks to a special ultrasound sensor, DIGILINE Booklet can easily process fully or semi-transparent labels as well – unlike most thermal transfer printers. The integral OMEGA inkjet printer with UV-A LED dryer covers a range of print widths from 36 to 210 mm. Suitable label stock includes PE, PET and PVC films, as well as paper.

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Lisa Romahn