Fachpack: Focus on UV inkjet expertise

Brilliant print, efficient individualization

  • The OMEGA Pro 4C four-color printer showcases how blisters can be individualized efficiently in batch sizes of one.
  • The new monochrome version OMEGA Pro MC also produces brilliant print quality, even with font sizes as small as 3 pt.
  • Applying codes to folding cartons centrally: the DIGILINE Versa reduces both effort and costs.
  • Complete printing of highly durable, abrasion-resistant pharmaceutical vial labels and/or applying variable data to them: the DIGILINE Label shows how it is done.

Atlantic Zeiser will showcase its comprehensive printing and coding expertise at this year’s Fachpack exhibition (Hall 3A, Booth 435). Blisters, labels, folding cartons, paper, cardboard, and film – the coding expert shows what is possible today, even with very small batch sizes. The new OMEGA Pro printer generation will play an important role. It sets standards in the field of UV inkjet printing with drop-on-demand technology regarding speed, print width variety, and compactness. The four-color model from the OMEGA Pro range will be exhibited in a very demanding environment – in a blister system from Koch-Pac, a leading supplier in this field (Hall 3A, Booth 221). There, the OMEGA Pro 4C ensures that blisters can be individualized efficiently and packaged, even in batch sizes of one. Thanks to the single pass method, the four-color system combines the flexibility of digital printing with the productivity of offset printing. Thanks to a 600 dpi resolution, even the finest details and contours can be optimally displayed – even with font sizes as small as 3 pt. The OMEGA Pro uses innovative embedded RIP technology to facilitate inline ripping of the variable data components. The time saving is enormous because the transfer of unnecessarily large data volumes produced by pre-ripping entire documents is avoided. Fully automatic cleaning of the inkjet nozzles ensures consistently flawless print quality and the highest possible availability.

Industry 4.0 ready

All these characteristics are shared by its monochrome “brother”, the OMEGA Pro 54 MC. Suitable for all colors including white, it provides outstanding print quality at a maximum speed of 60 m/min. At Fachpack, it will be exhibited alongside Atlantic Zeiser’s DIGILINE Versa, a complete system for serialization and late stage customization of folding cartons. Future-proof connection of machine and software fulfills all current serialization and coding requirements worldwide and protects customer investment. Monochrome printing is applied centrally, with a small footprint, to flat or glued cartons in a single pass before the packaging process. Users no longer need to invest in and maintain multiple track & trace modules for each individual line. Based on the requirements associated with the emergence of Industry 4.0 and its digitized and interconnected production units, the new DIGILINE Versa produces an audit trail that logs all relevant changes.

Great time savings thanks to full digitalization

Atlantic Zeiser also offers a solution for the challenge of implementing cost-efficient late stage printing of complete pharmaceutical vial labels and applying variable or even serialized data. Using the innovative, high-speed printing system DIGILINE Label, pharmaceutical companies and contract packers can replace older technologies such as the comparatively slow thermal transfer printing and time-consuming flexographic printing method. At the trade show, Atlantic Zeiser will display the offline version for printing on a roll. Thanks to the system’s fully digital printing technology, print jobs can be loaded and started quickly without requiring mechanical changeovers. That can save up to 60 minutes per print job. And the running expenses are (on average) more than 30 percent lower compared with thermal transfer printing. An OMEGA DoD UV inkjet printer is the DIGILINE Label’s centerpiece. Even at high speeds of up to 60 meters per minute, it ensures brilliant print quality on various label materials such as paper, PP, PE, and PVC. Another benefit: the print features supreme resistance to abrasion, light, and alcohol-based solvents. The high-resolution inspection camera can be set up easily by means of an intuitive user interface. Even at high production speeds, it reliably checks contents, quality of text and code elements. The downstream work station allows users to manually remove misprinted labels, and replace them with blank labels which are about to be reprinted subsequently. This way, there are no gaps on the finished printed roll. Thanks to the re-check function, during which the camera re-checks reworked sections, operator errors are virtually eliminated.

Ute Heiler

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