Latest iQ thermal printer to demonstrate added features as standard
10 July 2012
Centrepiece of the Open Date Equipment stand (A45) at this year’s PPMA Show will be the latest version of its ‘top of the range’ Thermocode iQ thermal transfer printer, which now includes several added features as standard.
Launched in 2010, the iQ has been under continuous development and the company believes no other thermal transfer printer includes so many functions on a basic model. Gary Cowlard, CEO of Open Date comments, “There has been a great deal of interest in the iQ and now our own Editor software package has been added to provide even more features for the customer without extra cost.”
Each machine comes with a 7” touch screen display with the versatile Editor print image creation or design software pre-loaded. Print images can be created or edited using the simple, intuitive drag and drop function and the operator can zoom in and out when creating or editing. It can create print images, edit or delete them, as well as using “save as” to create new images from existing data.
Individual fields can be rotated in 90 degree steps. Images can include text, dates, counters, variables, barcodes (18 different styles are available), graphics, lines and boxes. The iQ will print text, graphics, dates, barcodes and 2D codes on to a wide range of flexible materials.
Sustainability was also at the forefront of the iQ’s development as it uses no compressed air to operate the print head, which is electronically driven by 3 stepper motors. These motors can be very accurately controlled, allowing more print cycles per minute as well as better quality and consistency, says the company. A print speed of 400mm per second and a maximum print area of 53 x 100mm can be achieved.
In addition the gentler handling of the motor means the life expectancy of a print head is typically twice that of air operated printers. Running costs are also significantly reduced and maintenance intervals are longer than for traditional machines.”
Also featured will be the company’s established Thermocode series of continuous and intermittent thermal printers, as well as the AutoPilot® high resolution ink jet printing system, from Squid Ink Manufacturing of Minnesota.
Full details of Open Date’s extensive range of hot foil coding equipment will be available, in particular the E-Coder, suited to overprint batch and lot numbers, expiry dates, use by dates and prices onto flexible materials - including films, labels and cartons.
Accessories offered for all makes of machines include ribbons, inks, type, dies and clichés. Also available are standard or bespoke frames for all machines in the range.
For further information, please contact David White:
Open Date Equipment Ltd
T: +44(0) 208655 4999 E: email@example.com Web: www.opendate.co.uk