Macsa ID fiber laser system codes up to 172,000 beverage cans per hour

Macsa ID has launched a range of next generation fiber lasers specially designed to offer low cost of ownership and maximum marking resolution and definition for high speed beverage can production lines.

The company’s latest SPA F-100 series is also capable of coding up to 172,000 cans per hour, reportedly with guaranteed legibility, traceability and security, even in hot and humid environments.

Today’s fast moving beverage manufacturers typically operate at speeds of approximately 80,000 aluminium cans per hour and require several lines of text to be applied to each pack. As a result, coding equipment should be quick, reliable and deliver high quality printing. Until now, the only available option was continuous inkjet (CIJ) printing.

According to Macsa ID, the hot and humid beverage plant environment often affects the readability and adhesion of information applied by CIJ printers.

For this reason, manufacturers install two CIJ printers on each line so if one machine fails the other will still mark a code on the can.  As well as increasing operating costs, when both CIJ printers are working the information can be unreadable because the two codes overlap.

Macsa ID’s SPA F-100 fiber lasers generate a reaction in the aluminium which produces excellent visibility as well as ensuring a reliable and sustainable coding method without the use of inks.

In addition, Macsa ID offers the option of integrating its Class 4 SPA F-100 fiber lasers into a station or enclosure produced from food-grade stainless steel with water ingress protection. There is also an option to add a code verification system with complete peace of mind. This total coding and verification solution is scalable to suit individual requirements.

Each of the four models in Macsa ID’s SPA F-100 range achieve a clear and concise code, even on curved surfaces, and provide permanent marking with guaranteed legibility, traceability and security.

Macsa ID’s laser units do not require consumables and are virtually maintenance free. The long lifetime laser source provides 100,000 hours mean time between failures (MTBF) to ensure uninterrupted production.

Macsa ID’s fiber laser systems are supported by Marca software which has been created to improve usability and allow easy integration with other production equipment.

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