Date and Lot Coding printer is a type of printer that is used for printing expiration or manufacturing date along with other codes on the objects for user information. Nowadays the most commonly used printer to serve this purpose is Zanasi Z402 printer which has been incorporated with the advanced technology of Drop On Demand (DOD) product line. This includes the industry-leading Orkestra software platform, which is a revolutionarsy management software that provides a customizable user interface for each operator/technician.
The three types of printers that are widely used are: Continuous (CIJ), Drop on Demand (DOD), and High Resolution. The CIJ is capable of very high speed but character height is limited to ½”. This type of printer is used for printing on a box of cereal or carton of milk. On the other hand, DOD is capable of printing large characters but not as fast as CIJ. The DOD printer is basically used for printing on PVC pipe. Lastly, the High Resolution Printers are capable of printing both text and graphics on objects.
Just like when purchasing any other hardware, there are a few things that you should put into consideration when buying date and lot coding printers. Below are enlisted important tips that you should consider before you venture into your shopping date.
YOUR PRINTING WORKLOAD – One of the most important questions that you should be able to answer before purchasing the date and lot coding printers is: what is the volume of your printing work? There are available different types and sizes of such printers in the market for different sizes of business.
UNDERSTANDING THE USE OF YOUR PRINTS – There exists differences in printers that are used in office settings and the types used in industrial plants. On the basis of your organizational needs, you need to buy printers that fulfill your printing requirements. If your industry specialize in manufacturing of cartons used for storing cereals or milk, it is highly recommended that you use CIJ printers as they have high speed capability. On the other hand, if your industry manufactures PVC pipe or any other plastic equipment, it is better to use DOD printers. And if you require both text and graphics printing, use high resolution printers.
YOUR REQUIRED PRINT METHOD – Depending on your required quality, you can choose from either of the three methods used widely. There is the inkjet, high resolution and DOD product. The inkjet uses ink as the name suggests, and works by creating dots at very thin intervals. It has the disadvantage that it can cause ink ‘bleeding’ on some printing media and therefore not considered suitable for coding and lot printing.
High Resolution limitations are speed and the substrate that is printed on needs to be porous, like corrugated boxes. Z402 plastic, metal, and box marking printers incorporate the advanced technology of Drop On Demand (DOD) product line. They provide excellent print quality at a throw distance of up to 35mm (1.37″), providing flexibility for any application.
DATE AND LOT CODING PRINTERS PRICE – This is a factor which you should always consider before making any purchases. There are many dealers specializing in date and lot coding printers and you might get confused which one to go for, especially because different dealers have different price tags. The Zanasi Z402 Printers are available with Fab-Ron at a very competitive price. According to entrepreneurs, these are the best printers to purchase.
Harsh environments have always posed a challenge for industrial inkjet systems. The Z402 DOD plastic, box, and date and lot coding printer continues in the footsteps of the robust design of the Z303 controller print system. It uses a ventless heatsink style of cooling and keep the internal components secure from the challenging conditions of manufacturing environments, ensuring more uptime and production output.