High Resolution Inkjet Printer to Mark Timber Length and Grade marking

timbermachineManufacturers of planed and moulded timber sections are using ATD IP9000 high resolution inkjet printer systems to add value to their products, reduce costs and make them more marketable to their customers.

Planed or moulded timber sections may be produced in random lengths, or small batches.

Reduce Labelling Costs with a High Resolution Inkjet Printer

In many cases the sections have had no way of identifying their length, or have relied on labels stapled to the ends. These are vulnerable to damage or loss during packing and transport, and unmarked sections are easily misplaced or mixed.

By permanently ink-jet marking the end of each section with its length using a high resolution inkjet printer, the problems and costs of labelling have been overcome.

At the retailer the sections are often presented ‘end on’, and the ink-jet marking enables customers to easily select the required length from the rack.
The high-quality, high-resolution characters printed by an ATD IP9000 high resolution ink-jet printer system have the flexibility to produce character heights ranging from 3 to 50mm. The characters size can be changed instantly (under computer control if required) giving maximum flexibility in the production environment, enabling a single system to cater for the entire range of products.

In addition to length details the printed information can also include text, product and shift codes, date and time, quality marks or company logos. ATD works in partnership with suppliers of length measuring systems (such as Systek in the UK) and can integrate into existing installations, or provide a full installation and engineering service for new equipment.

ATD IP9000 High Resolution Inkjet printer systems are easily integrated with computer controlled saws, molders and planers. A simple RS232 or RS422 protocol allows details of the section length to be transmitted to the printer.

In some installations there may be a number of sections between the printer and the measuring system or planer/molder. The printer will buffer the data to enable each section to be printed with the correct information as it passes the printhead.

Enquire About ATD High Resolution Inkjet Printer Systems Today!

If you are interested in saving on coding and labelling costs thanks to a high resolution inkjet printer system by ATD or you would like to find out about any of our marking and coding solutions, get in touch today. Either contact us by phone on +44(0)1858 461014 or fill out the contact form featured on our website and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements.

Branding Wooden Potato Crates Using Industrial Inkjet Printers

Size Really Does Matter!

A major manufacturer of wooden potato crates contacted ATD. “We need to print our customer’s brand information anywhere on both sides of our potato crates with characters up to 400 mm high. The site is cold and damp and the crates have rough and dusty surfaces. Can you do it with your inkjet printers?”

potato crates inkjet printed

Well, the answer was “yes” and a fully working system is now installed at the customer’s plant, automatically inkjet printing two sides of 3 x 2-metre timber crates on a purpose-built conveying system.

Close liaison with the customers’ engineers ensured that the system integration and mechanical handling elements were achieved in a timely and precise manner.

High-Resolution Industrial Inkjet Printers from ATD

The customer previously used manual stencilling, which was messy, labour intensive and was the limiting factor on production throughput. The brand information was limited to simple text. Now, with the high-resolution industrial inkjet printers, our customer can offer any font and logo, and the designs can be amended for their customers at any time.
potato crate inkjet printed brand logo
The new ATD industrial printing system provides:

  • High-quality consistent print.
  • Reduced manual labour.
  • Ability to print any font and graphics at will.
  • Elimination of faulty prints.
  • Faster throughput.
  • Lower cost per print
  • Elimination of overspray, resulting in cleaner, safer operation.

The customer has used the high-quality print to increase sales and provide added value to their product.

Features of the finished system include:

  • 8 x IP8000 100mm print heads precision aligned to print on opposite sides of the crate to achieve full print coverage up to 400mm print height in one pass.
  • Two self-adjusting pantograph printhead mounting modules for self-alignment of heads relative to box surface.
  • Integrated computer linked control system in an environmental enclosure.
  • Bespoke software suite for handling production data and for software “stitching” of the multiple print head arrays.
  • Remote auto-sensing bulk ink modules for non-stop printing and easy fill facility.
  • Fully interlocked conveyor movements to achieve safe operation and to guard against print head damage from wooden debris, nails etc on sides of the crate.

Yes, sometimes size does matter!

Contacting ATD UK for High-Quality Industrial Marking and Coding Solutions

If you are looking for clarity and high-quality printing or other high quality and reliable industrial marking and coding solutions then look no further. You can contact the team at ATD UK by calling +44 (0) 1858 461014. Alternatively, enter your details into the contact form featured on our website and a member of the team will contact you.