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Increased flexibility of ‘Display Until’ and ‘Use By’ date printing.

“Display until” or “Best Before” dates on labels have always been a problem if production planning dictates that you should pack several days ahead of the batch being shipped to the distribution depot, as is the case with many fruit and vegetable pack houses.
 
This usually causes problems as the old programmes were fairly inflexible with lots of manual modifications to the label design being required to adjust the dates shown on the label. This can often lead to mistakes being made and labels left with the modified dates rather than the original date.
 
When a label sent to the packing machine asks the operator for the “Depot Day”(the day the product will leave to move to the distribution depot), the offset days are now calculated from the depot date. An added safe guard is that the range of dates can be restricted to stop “Display until”, “Best Before” dates a year in advance, for example.
 
The modification, which can also allow fruit caliber to be chosen at the time of packing is supplied as a “plugin” (a small additional "add on program” to the current version of Girprint). The label delivery screen shows what will be printed so the operator can check the dates before committing to printing.

The new PDG-4, the most accurate citrus weigher on the market

 The PDG-4 is a machine based on its predecessor, the PDG-3, keeping most chassis, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical parts. Visually identical to the PDG3, the difference is in the technology of the machine.
 
The accuracy of this type of weigher is based on three parameters: precise weighing of the buckets, having a large volume of buckets (to obtain a large number of combinations) and having an advanced algorithm to produce the best accuracy.
 
The PDG-4 improves 2 of these 3 parameters significantly.  The Giro Research and Development team looked to see how they could improve on the already accurate PDG3 machine as part of ongoing development.  
 
The load cells have been replaced (a key element for weighing) with more accurate and faster units. Secondly, the modifications have been made the moving buckets stabilised. To make an analogy, we can have very expensive bathroom scales but if we weigh ourselves when jumping or moving the weight won’t be precise.
 
New calculation algorithm
 
Last but not least this is another key element. Once each bucket has been weighted as precisely as possible the ‘brain’ of the machine must decide which combination of buckets is the optimal for achieving the target weight, or find a weight very close if the target weight can’t be achieved.
 
This machine brain uses much more accurate calculation, a faster processor and a new algorithm that optimises many factors to consider in order to improve speed and precision weighing.
 
Xact are currently installing several  PDG4 machines across the UK and they are already delivering results.

The New W-Pack – Keeping Up With Citrus Packing Trends

Delivering on our promise to extend the life of machines and deliver flexible options to the market place, we have designed the ‘W-Pack’ which can simply be produced with a low cost addition kit to the ‘UB Girbagger’ range of machines.

The ‘W Pack’ can be used for a whole variety of fresh produce up to 1kg such as citrus, apples, onions, potatoes and sprouts. The format allows your product to stand up or lay flat and gloss, matt or transparent films can be designed for maximum effect.  Although there is a large printable area, the W Pack still provides good airflow around the products.  The size and shape of the window may vary depending on the graphics of the film and the designer’s creativity.  Handle options make this one of the most innovative fresh produce packs currently on the market.

Xact launches new website

The website brings together information on both packing and coding ranges and is divided into 6 sections reflecting the main areas of the business: Checkweighers, Labelling, Thermal Transfer, Inkjet Coding & Marking, Strapping and Prepack.  Each area follows a ‘step-by-step’ format.

Large coloured tabs, clearer headings, shorter routes to product pages and industry specific information all contribute to a more user-friendly experience.

Further enhancements include easy access to video footage, downloadable files and quick links to solutions which are most relevant to the browser’s industries.

This development coincides with Xact’s growth of their coding and marking range into new markets, such as FMCG and food.  Xact equipment, consumables and services has always been of premium quality and the new site reflects this.

New, easy to use thermal transfer printer for flexible packaging

Its modern, compact design includes 7" touch screen which allows fields to be easily added or removed from each message.

Messages are simply created on a PC and loaded via USB.

Some key benefits:

  • Very little maintenance – patented long life mechanical design and free ribbon feeding system ensure ribbon flows smoothly even in high volume operations
  • Extremely clear impression every time – 300dpi print head for barcodes, logos and text
  • Flexible ribbon economy mode – for intermittent or continuous use

New checkweigher now available!

The highly customisable modular design allows the checkweigher to be integrated with a metal detection system, 2 ejectors or 2 labellers. Adjustments can also be made to types of guides, length of tapes and width of transport.

The key benefits of the system are the speed and simplicity, with the ability to process 270 units/minute combined with its touch screen equipped with wireless and bluetooth connections.

It also comes with an integrated printer which allows easy analysis of statistics at the end of each run (e.g. number of rejects).

It is most suitable for food (fresh produce, ready meals, dairy) and pharmaceutical production lines, as it can handle huge volumes and it extremely easy to clean.

This product is not yet viewable on our website so please call Xact on 0151 479 3070 for more information.

New Micron Printer

  • Place an ink cartridge in the head
  • Connect to power
  • Print instantly by pushing a button

 Ideal for repeating print jobs

Use the Micron for printing graphics, counters, date & time (real-time & adjustment), text, barcodes (fixed) and three variable lines.

 Reliable HP TIJ 2.5 technology

The Micron runs with 1 HP print cartridge allowing a print height of 12.7mm. Print in 300 dpi at 76m/min or 150 dpi at 152m/min. The horizontal dpi resolution is variable from 75 to 600 dpi.

 Print with any HP approved ink

The software allows full access to adjust voltage settings for inks, so there are no limitations in using special inks if needed.

 Unique small controller & printer in one

The Micron printer takes up very little space, which makes it very easy to integrate. Print horizontally or simply change the position of the printer 90° for printing vertically/down.

 Windows based design software

Build your own print job on a PC, transfer to USB-Key, connect to the Micron and you are now ready to print. The layout can be saved to the internal memory and the USB-Key may be removed.

 Built-in sensor

  • Micron controller
  • Inocon bracket for easy mounting
  • AC adapter with plugs for various countries
  • CDw. PC software & manuals
  • USB-Stick
  • Start guide