Canadian Packaging

First Glance – May 2010


June 30, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Building Character

The new Videojet Unicorn II large-character inkjet printer from Videojet Technologies Inc. is designed as a complete, all-inclusive printing system for reliable and cost-effective single- or dual-line coding on secondary packaging—such as corrugated shipping boxes and cases—in standard print heights of up to one inch, at print speeds of up to 200 feet per minute. Simple to set up and operate, according to the company, the highly flexible system comes with pre-loaded, selectable languages and printable characters to make it easy for operators to change the language required for coding on the interface, with all the key product names, identification numbers, automatic production counts and accurate, to-the-minute time-code capabilities available literally at the touch of a button. Making effective use of intuitive icons to allow operators to adjust and edit product codes—including time and date codes, expiration dates, and rollover hours—with a few simple keystrokes, the Videojet Unicorn II also features menu-driven programs to enable electronically accurate automatic date changes, clock functions and consecutive counts. Videojet Technologies Inc.

Quality First

Bobst Group’s new iQ300 quality control system is a high-performance, high-precision quality assurance tool designed and engineered to ensure 100-percent compliance to customer-specified quality standards in flexographic package printing and converting applications, optimizing its innovative ‘100-percent firewall’ technology to significantly cut setting times and reduce waste. Capable of detecting even the tiniest defects (3-mm, 2-side) in corrugated board—ranging from microflute to doublewalled—on presses running up to 12,000 sheets per hour, the system’s advanced technology can precisely pinpoint the full range of possible  repetitive defects in real time, including: sheet surface damage; ink trails; water stains and marks; poor ‘on-the-run’ adjustment; variations in color tonality; variations in the ‘washboard’ effect; and any sort of other repetitive defects. Once detected, all defective sheets are automatically ejected, signaled, or ignored by the press according to the settings defined for the detection zone, precisely at the quality levels chosen by press operators.