• Need some help with an Allen coder? Rotech can help!

    For some years now, we have been servicing Allen Coding's machines -both the hot foil coders and the automatic carton coders -the 3/4ACCs. We often turn a repair on a coder round the same day and, if necessary, can perform component-level repairs to a pcb.

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  • Like a Wolke, but Apsolutely not identical

    If you use a Wolke m600 coding system, you will be familiar with the advantages of a thermal inkjet system that uses HP catridges. The ink is contained in a sealed cartridge; the print is of high quality and the system requires no maintenance.

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  • Prolonging the life of a Themal Printhead

    We recently carried out a service on a Bell-Mark Thermal Printer and noticed that the printhead had clocked-up 500km of use since it was installed and it made us think about how this was achieved. Firstly, the Bell-Mark clearly drives the head in a sympathetic way, making sure that it is not subject to electrical or thermal stresses and so reducing pixel failure.

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  • What to do if you need some type - urgently!

    We have posted before about how Friday's can be surprisingly busy and last Friday started with a urgent request from a customer for some embossing type. A batch of product was waiting to be packed when it was discovered that packaging specification called for the use of some lower case characters: something that had not been required before and, more to the point, something that the customer did not have. Furthermore, with the line all ready to run, it would be standing idle until the code could be correctly printed.

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  • A guide to Data Matrix barcoding

    In an earlier blog, we mentioned that French CIP-13 legislation on data matrix barcoding will come into force on 1st Janunary 2011. If this has relevance to your business, you may find this Introduction and Technical Overview, produced by GS1, the standard body behind the symbology useful to you.

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  • An inkjet where you decide the consumable costs

    The other day we installed an Apsolute Thermal Inkjet printer on a horizontal sachet machine at a major producer of food powders for products such as desserts and hot drinks.

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  • Are you ready for new Data Matrix legislation?

    If you are a pharmaceutical manufacturer that produces products for the French market, you will be aware of the requirement for all packs to carry a 2-dimensional Data Matrix barcode with product code, lot and expiry details as from 1st January 2011.

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  • How much heat can Thermal Ribbon take?

    In a previous blog we discussed the temperature needed to apply a hot foil code. Recently two customers asked us them to advise on ways to make their Thermal Transfer print withstand heat AFTER it has been applied.

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  • Engraved type requirements

    In the past couple of weeks we've visited two companies to look at their Allen hot foil coders in light of coding issues they were having.

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  • How hot should a hot foil coder be?

    In the past couple of weeks we've visited two companies to look at their Allen hot foil coders in light of coding issues they were having.

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