With beverage code sizes increasing and line speeds getting faster, new technology may hold the key to unlock the next level of performance. Taking this into consideration, fibre laser technology represents an alternative option to CIJ, with key benefits for customers that have to code large volumes of product, but also wish to avoid fluid usage.
Fibre laser – the alternative coding solution for beverage canning
Fibre laser technology represents an alternative option to CIJ, with key benefits for customers that have to code large volumes of product, but also wish to avoid fluid usage.
Laser coding technology has a long heritage in the beverage industry, as it is flexible enough to be applied to most types of packaging, while reproducing high-resolution fonts and graphics. However, a fibre laser can also achieve a successful balance between high-resolution marking and high speed coding.
At Domino we have invested in researching and developing the most advanced coding solutions to exceed our customer’s expectations and equip production lines not only for today but with future requirements in mind.
As a leading global supplier of coding and marking systems, Domino delivers the best of two worlds when it comes to canning: innovative CIJ printing and fibre laser technology.
The F720i fibre laser
The F720i is capable of delivering high quality codes at line speeds of 600 m/min. A high resolution mark even on the most challenging of surfaces, such as the concave surface of the bottom of a can is made easy. Thanks to the high ingress protection (IP) rating it can maintain the same non-stop high speed production even in the harsh, humid, sugar-laden environments of beverage canning, which pose a challenge for most coding and marking systems.
Increased demand for late stage customisation and the ability to generate personalised codes on the canning line means it is not solely about the quality of the code, but also the quantity. The F720i fibre laser systems can mark more than 60 characters per can at a line speed of 42,000 cans p/h, and mark over 90,000 cans with the regular number of characters usually applied, which ranges between 10 and 26.
Arguably the most compelling benefit of fibre laser is environmental performance. Laser does not require any fluid, so waste is not an issue. Deploying a coding and marking system that requires no consumables and reduces waste improves a company’s green credentials, while also making a visible commitment to improving the sustainability of beverage canning.