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Xact Printing Systems…..Continuing to Cement Relations Within The Construction Sector

A leading manufacturer supplying a range of products to the building industry contacted Xact needing a coding solution for its fibre cement roof slates.  The company, with its own fibre cement processing and metal forming operation, required large high-quality print formats (to aid visibility of the codes when the slates are cured).  The harsh operating environments and the requirement to print from underneath the product added to the complexity of the printing needs.

Xact proposed the MPERIA™ V-Series system operating four print heads.  The multi-lane printing solution is capable of applying product specification and traceability codes to the underside of the roof slates.

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Key to choosing Xact was the flexibility our MPERIA™ system offered the business, such as the ability to operate multiple print heads from a single controller and ink delivery system.

Other factors influencing their decision-making process were;

  • Our competitors were offering CIJ (continuous ink jet) printing technology. This was also an option available within our own range but not recommended for this application or environment. Instead, we proposed our MPERIA™ V-series printing system which, in comparison to CIJ technology, not only increased the legibility of the codes but also significantly reduced initial investment and operating costs moving forward.
  • The customer stipulated it was essential the proposed system could provide large high-quality print formats (to aid visibility of the codes when the slates are cured) as well as meeting the tough operating environments of the plant (dust, vibration and variable operating temperatures). Our V-series heads offer both small and large character print formats and are proven to be the most industrial printing technology on the market. Therefore, the tough operating conditions and the requirement to print from underneath the line were no issue to long-term performance or reliability
  • Our years of expertise within the industrial sector, in-particular our knowledge of coding & marking construction products, provided added confidence to move forward with Xact. In addition, our systems are also the preferred choice within the customers Metal Framing and Cladding divisions.

About the MPERIA™ V Series Printing System

The MPERIA™ V Series marking system is our robust and reliable large character drop-on-demand (DOD) valve technology specifically designed for challenging industrial environments.  The V-Series marks on porous and non-porous substrates including metal, paper and pulp, wood, concrete and plastic. Powered by MPERIA™, the Matthews VIAjet DOD valve print heads are considered the fastest in the industry, marking products at speeds in excess of 400 meters/min, with the longest life expectancy of any comparable technology.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA™ and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Stamp of approval for MPERIA™

A global stationery manufacturer streamlined their operation with MPERIA’s™ world renowned L-Series marking system.  Following on from our installation of a customised print & apply labelling machine to meet the primary packaging requirements, Xact provided the customer with a turnkey end-of-line solution for their secondary packaging comprising of printing, scanning, conveying and case sealing systems for their inner and outer cases.

Xact proposed the latest MPERIA™ L-Series TIJ high resolution inkjet printer which, in comparison to CIJ technology not only provides a higher print quality but also significantly reduces initial investment costs as well as operating costs moving forward.

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Our MPERIA™ L Series printing system offered unrivalled flexibility in comparison to other printers reviewed during the tender process. As well as meeting the general requirements of the application (high-resolution printing of variable product information, logos & barcodes), other features & benefits key to the customer moving forward with Xact included;

  • The power and flexibility to manage both the inner and outer case coding processes at separate areas of the production line using one controller, not only enhanced the operation but also reduced the amount of hardware at the line and initial investment costs.
  • Effortless integration with the customers’ existing product database simplifies the control and management of print files away from the production line.
  • Scanner compatibility at the line provides simultaneous selection of print files for the inner and outer case coding systems, eliminating operator error.
  • Another key factor in the decision-making process was the scalable design and ease in which our MPERIA™ printing system can be expanded as their business grows, as the customer plans to implement a new packing line next year. MPERIA™ provides them with a future-proof system, ensuring their investment is secure.

About the MPERIA™ L Series Printing System

The system provides exceptional print resolution and versatility along with unparalleled levels of readability.  Ideal for printing on porous and non-porous materials, the L-Series printheads perform in a range of challenging packaging and industrial environments, such as the coding of outer cases, cartons and uncoated media, bags, timber, plastics, films and construction products.

Watch our showreel of L-Series applications.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA™ and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

MPERIA™…the complete marking solution for OSB/Engineered Wood

A market leading manufacturer of sustainable timber construction panels needed a coding solution for marking various types of engineered wood at three different areas within the plant.  This included coated OSB boards, uncoated OSB boards and unitised stacks of OSB boards

The marking processes required small and large character printing capabilities for the application of variable product information, specifications and traceability codes, as well as industry and company logos & graphics.

Following a consultation with our experts we proposed the MPERIA TM V-Series printing system.

Key to the decision-making process was the unrivalled flexibility our MPERIA TM system provided the business including the facility to standardise on printing equipment and ink across the plant irrespective of the product or marking process.

Amongst other factors influencing the decision-making process were;

  • The MPERIA TM V-series is proven to be the most industrial printing technology on the market so the challenging production conditions (dust, vibration and variable operating temperatures) were no issue to long-term performance and reliability. Our years of expertise within the industrial sector, in-particular our knowledge of coding & marking construction products also provided added confidence to the customer.
  • The flexibility to integrate with their existing database and control systems simplifies the management and selection of product files, helping to eliminate operator error.
  • The scalable design and ease in which the MPERIA TM system can be expanded to facilitate additional print heads (including a mix of technologies) to meet future marking requirements meant their investment was secure.

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Our robust and flexible MPERIA TM V-Series met all our clients requirements and more.

Watch a video of the application here:

About the MPERIA™ V Series Printing System

The MPERIA™ V Series marking system is our robust and reliable large character drop-on-demand (DOD) valve technology specifically designed for challenging industrial environments.  The V-Series marks on porous and non-porous substrates including metal, paper and pulp, wood, concrete and plastic. Powered by MPERIA™, the Matthews VIAjet DOD valve print heads are considered the fastest in the industry, marking products at speeds in excess of 400 meters/min, with the longest life expectancy of any comparable technology.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA™ and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Award Winning Farm Shop Increases Sales With Xact Net Packing Machine

Blackerhall Farm is an award winning farm shop producing and selling locally produced fruit, vegetables and meat.  Covering five generations, the family business, now owned by the Garthwaite family, were awarded UK Farm Retailer of The Year in 2014.  Established in 1999, the farm has a farm shop with butchery, bakery, delicatessen, wine loft, gift houses and café.  More than 80% of everything they sell in the shop is produced by themselves.

The locally grown produce on the farm is available to buy from the greengrocers in their Farm Shop.  The produce includes broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, sweetheart and savoy cabbage, kale and swede.

As part of the high quality shop merchandising, the owners were looking for a professional way to display and sell their produce.

“Our FT14 manual netting machine enables us to do what the big supermarkets do!  The end product has a practical and professional look and feel to it and the machine is so easy to use.” Edward Garthwaite, Managing Director, Blackerhall Farm

The machine needed to be able to produce a certain number of packs a day, switching between sprouts, potatoes or other products depending on what needed to be packaged at the time.  As well as having a certain budget for the packaging machine, the end produce needed to look professional as well as being practical.

After visiting the site, Xact Prepack Sales Manager, Paul Bennion decided that an FT14 manual netting machine would fit the bill.

The FT14 manual  machine cutsseals and prepares for the next net pack in one easy operation.  The end product is a high quality presentation at an affordable price.  It is ideal for all types of fruit and veg.

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Sales of the produce packaged using the FT14 at Blackerhall Farm have increased.  This is due to being able to display produce more effectively and therefore sell more.  The management are really impressed with the machine, the results it gives, its ease of use and reliability.

WATCH OUR SHORT DEMONSTRATION VIDEO HERE

For further information please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Visit Xact at UK Produce Industry Fair 2017

Peterborough Arena in the East of England Showground on the 13th– 14th of September.  Come visit Xact in booth 73-74

The first UK Produce Industry Fair is fast approaching, a one stop shop for the fresh produce industry showcasing products and services, with the ultimate goal of introducing efficiencies.  Over 7000 visitors are expected to attend over the two days and with free car parking and free entry this is an event not to be missed.

The show is a focus for Xact to launch ‘Xact Control’, an innovative new software solution developed over the last 3 years and designed to create smarter factories by eliminating mistakes and driving efficiencies in the packhouse.  There will be experts on hand to discuss Xact Control with live demonstrations showing how you can integrate coding, labelling and packaging equipment over multiple production lines to ensure a smoother running operation.

Xact will also be on hand to discuss Compac’s award-winning Spectrim grading technology.  In partnership with Compac, Xact aim to provide industry leading fruit grading and packaging solutions that deliver unrivalled quality and consistent fresh produce to the increasingly demanding retail market in the UK.

The show is a great opportunity to talk to key people from Xact about your packhouse and business needs.

For further information about the show and to register for free, please visit https://uk-pif.com/

MPERIA™ – Ticking all the boxes, and more!

Xact provide coding solutions for use in the world’s harshest offshore environments.

A world-class provider of subsea technologies and services for the global offshore energy industry approached Xact looking for a cutting edge coding solution.  The company, who designs, engineers and manufacturer subsea power cables and umbilical systems needed clear codes applying to extruded plastic cables and umbilical’s for product identification comprising of product specification, depth mark and traceability codes.  Our robust and flexible MPERIA TM V-Series met all their requirements and more.

Key to the decision-making process and placing their business with Xact was the unrivalled flexibility and robust design our MPERIA TM V-series system offered the business.

Our competitors were offering CIJ (continuous ink jet) printing technology, which had proven to be problematic on their other production lines. CIJ technology was also an option within our own range but based on the requirements stipulated by the customer and our experience of industrial applications our MPERIA TM V-series system was proposed as the ideal solution incorporating 2 x 16v 8000+ print heads.  The technology met all requirements and more, including;

  • Small and large character printing anywhere between 2.5mm to 64mm high from a single head – key to meeting the individual print requirements and changing demands of their customers across the Oil and Gas industry.
  • The facility to operate two heads from a single system for the application of product information and depth marks to opposite sides of the umbilical enhances ease of use and lowers investment costs
  • The durable and high quality mark from of our standard range of inks, including options for different colours to suit the range products manufactured at the plant.
  • The robust design of the MPERIA TM V-series system ensures high levels of performance and reliability giving added flexibility to adjust the position of the heads to suit the mark position on each product and moving the system between production lines, without incurring downtime
  • The opportunity to standardise on the operating system across the plant irrespective of the marking process was also an advantage, as this reduced costs as well as eliminating the requirement for additional operator training.
  • The added flexibility of operating our other printing technologies within the range to suit other substrates or marking processes was also key to choosing MPERIA – a future-proof solution, making their investment secure.

WATCH VIDEO HERE:

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About the MPERIA™ V Series Printing System

The MPERIA™ V Series marking system is our robust and reliable large character drop-on-demand (DOD) valve technology specifically designed for challenging industrial environments.  The V-Series marks on porous and non-porous substrates including metal, paper and pulp, wood, concrete and plastic. Powered by MPERIA™, the Matthews VIAjet DOD valve print heads are considered the fastest in the industry, marking products at speeds in excess of 400 meters/min, with the longest life expectancy of any comparable technology.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Top Marks for MPERIA™!

UK manufacturer of glass wool insulation products required a marking system as part of the quality and reject process on the production line. Scanning systems, operating 24/7 on the line check for imperfections in the glass wool and upon detection automatically initiate the reject marking process relative to the location of the defect across the web. Xact proposed our MPERIA™ V-Series printing system including 6 x 8000+ V series print heads.  The 8000+ V series heads positioned across the line are activated to apply the reject mark relative the position of the defect.

Key to the decision-making process and placing their business with Xact was the unrivalled flexibility and mark quality the system provided the business, including;

  • Complete control over the size and repetition of the reject mark in conjunction with our range of high contrast inks provides clear identification of the rejected product which can easily be identified further down the line as part of the final rejection process (i.e. ejection of the product from the line)
  • Our unrivalled throw distance (head-to-product) ensures the marking process is unaffected by significant variances in product thickness, which in turn means no adjustment to the operating height of the heads is required between production runs or changeovers
  • The V-Series heads offer the most industrial printing technology on the market and are already proven within the insulation sector, so the tough operating conditions of the plant are no issue to the long-term performance and reliability of the marking system
  • Our years of expertise within the industrial sector, in-particular our knowledge of coding & marking construction products also provided added confidence to move forward with Xact

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About the MPERIA™ V Series Printing System

The MPERIA™ V Series marking system is our robust and reliable large character drop-on-demand (DOD) valve technology specifically designed for challenging industrial environments.  The V-Series marks on porous and non-porous substrates including metal, paper and pulp, wood, concrete and plastic. Powered by MPERIA™, the Matthews VIAjet DOD valve print heads are considered the fastest in the industry, marking products at speeds in excess of 400 meters/min, with the longest life expectancy of any comparable technology.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Competition ‘floored’ again by MPERIA™

A leading global player in commercial floor coverings required a printing system for applying variable product information, traceability codes, company branding and barcodes to outer cases containing carpet tiles.

Xact proposed the latest MPERIA™ L-Series TIJ high resolution inkjet printer which, in comparison to CIJ technology not only provides a higher print quality but also significantly reduces initial investment costs as well as operating costs moving forward.

Expanding on the 10 head MPERIA TM V-series printing system installed by Xact last year for back marking their flooring products, the new MPERIA TM L-series printer meets the end-of-line packing and case coding requirements at the plant.

The MPERIA 12” touchscreen controller with L50 print head offers unrivalled flexibility in comparison to other printers reviewed during the tender process, as well as superior ease of use and management of the marking process.  Other advantages of the system include:

  • The opportunity to standardise on the operating system across the plant irrespective of the marking process was also an advantage, as this reduced costs as well as eliminating the requirement for additional operator training.
  • A key factor in the decision-making process was the scalable design and ease in which MPERIA TM can be expanded as their business grows, as the customer plans to implement a new packing line next year. MPERIA TM provides them with a future-proof system, ensuring their investment is secure.

WATCH VIDEO HERE:

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About the MPERIA™ L Series Printing System

The system provides exceptional print resolution and versatility along with unparalleled levels of readability.  Ideal for printing on porous and non-porous materials, the L-Series printheads perform in a range of challenging packaging and industrial environments, such as the coding of outer cases, cartons and uncoated media, bags, timber, plastics, films and construction products.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Compac Strengthens UK Position With Xact Partnership

Delivering world leading integrated sorting & packaging solutions to meet demanding retail market and satisfy consumer needs for convenient food that has consistent quality, safety and availability.

Today Compac announces an exciting new partnership with Xact, one of the United Kingdom’s leading integrated solution providers and a specialist in packaging and marking equipment.

The partnership combines Compac’s award-winning Spectrim grading technology with Xact’s best-in-class solutions and offerings, which include Giró’s fresh produce packaging equipment.

Together, the organisations can provide industry leading fruit sorting and packaging solutions that deliver unrivalled quality and consistent fresh produce to the demanding retail market in the United Kingdom.

Compac CEO Mike Riley says that he’s thrilled to form a strategic partnership with Xact.

“Compac and Xact recognise the emerging automation opportunities in the United Kingdom repack sector. In combination with Xact, our solutions are tried, tested and proven in some of the most advanced packaging lines in the world and we can’t wait to initiate these solutions with Xact in the United Kingdom.”

Xact managing director David Hughes says this partnership marks the start of an exciting relationship.

“We feel this generates tremendous value for both parties. We have developed strong relationships with the major players in the United Kingdom fresh produce industry and we feel the market is ready for the range of technologies provided by Compac.

“Xact has a solid reputation for providing integrated solutions to the UK and we share a common vision with Compac, both in terms of the markets requirement for Compac’s high-value products and services but also the need to provide our customers with more sophisticated experienced as they look to meet increasing consumer demands.”

Compac’s 2017 plans emphasise expansion in Europe and the Xact relationship gives Compac a complementary partner that is locally integrated in the United Kingdom market. The partnership enables customers to create safe, quality products which have high consumer demand.

Riley continues: “We share similar views on the responsibility of our role in the food production industry and both organisations have a customer centric focus to deliver world-class integrated solutions and services.”

About Compac:

Compac provides integrated post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry using the world’s most advanced grading technology. Combining industry leading solutions with award-winning grading platforms like Spectrim, the company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, useable technologies. To achieve this, Compac operates centers of excellence, regional offices and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Compac is member of the TOMRA Group who design and manufacture sensor-based sorting technology with more than 6,000 systems operating worldwide. Since its founding in 1972, today TOMRA employs more than 2,600 people and has progressed from being a pioneer in automated recycling technology to a company today offering the widest range of sensor-based solutions that are helping to lead a cross-industry revolution toward resource sustainability to ensure optimal quality and yield, resulting in increased productivity, throughput and an effective use of resources.

About Xact:

Xact is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist packaging and marking equipment for the fresh produce industry, providing complete solutions including net packaging, checkweighers and metal detectors, inkjet marking and labelling systems. The company has established market leadership in the UK fruit and vegetable packaging market over the last 30 years with its range of Giro netting machines and consumables. Whilst these packs have been an established feature on the shelves of the UK’s major supermarket chains for some years, the company has recently introduced a number of new ranges which have developed its position still further within the UK fresh produce industry.

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For more information on the Compac range please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk.