Canadian Packaging

On the mark with Markem-Imaje's SmartLase

With the launch of its new SmartLase range, Markem-Imaje improves its laser coding capacities by 30 per cent.


August 13, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Markem-Imaje launches a new generation of SmartLase CO2 laser coders with performances 30 per cent higher than market standards thanks to SCT (SmartLase Code Technology), an innovative patented technology.

The new SmartLase range meets the needs for higher speeds of the beverage industry. It is capable of coding up to 108,000 bottles per hour with a print quality and a code legibility unsurpassed to date. To improve traceability and fight diversion in the food industry, the print capacity of each code has increased from 30 to 120 characters.

The SmartLase range also offers an excellent availability ratio of the coding equipment. It can be up to 99.9 per cent with a specific service contract. The laser source benefits from an extended life time of nearly 30 cent due to reduced laser duty cycles.

Finally, the modular design of the SmartLase coders makes maintenance easy; the laser head can be changed in 10 minutes without alignments and a built-in sensor facilitates diagnostics by assessing the laser power.

Several versions are available; the new SmartLase range can print all types of products regardless of the production rate. Paper and cardboard are perfectly coded with the standard models C150 (10 W) and C350 (30 W). The C350 L (30 W) version is ideal for flexible packaging (BOPP) and laminated cardboards (PE). The C150 S (10 W) and C350 S (30 W) versions have been designed to code PET bottles, reducing the risk of piercing even if very thin. Other versions will complement the range in 2013-2014.

Other benefits:

  • Easy selection on the user interface to adjust contrast and code position even when printing (no line stoppage).
  • Versatility with customer configurable features: head configuration changing between 0° and 90° in 10 minutes, lens changing in five seconds without tools, wide range of accessories…
  • IP55 dust/humidity protection rating of the laser head as standard.
  • Operating temperature up to 45 °C (113 °F) with no plant air and optimized cooling system.
  • Intuitive user interface with touch screen to reduce operator training and human errors.
  • Web user interface capability with quick access through PC.
  • Compatible with Markem-Imaje CoLOS network software: centralizing of traceability data, interfacing with customer ERP, coder active supervising for immediate code change and thus eliminating operator errors.
  • Two-year warranty on equipment, up to five years with a service contract.

Markem-Imaje, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York-based Dover Group, is a trusted world manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, offering a full line of reliable and innovative inkjet, thermal transfer, laser, and print and apply label systems. Markem-Imaje delivers fully integrated solutions that enable product quality and safety, regulatory and retailer compliance, better product recalls and improved manufacturing processes. Headquartered in Bourg-lès-Valence, France, Markem-Imaje provides more than 40,000 customers with optimal product marking and coding solutions. Additionally, Markem-Imaje customers are supported by 30 subsidiaries, six R&D centers, several equipment repair centers and manufacturing plants strategically located around the globe.

More information can be found at www.markem-imaje.ca.