Concrete Info! Xact’s MPERIA® VIAjet V-Series Printing System…..The Most Trusted and Reliable Solution Across the Construction Industry

A leading UK manufacturer of concrete blocks required a robust and reliable in-line printing solution to meet their product identification, traceability and QA processes. The installation of our MPERIA® VIAjet V-Series printing system delivered on all key requirements…….and more!

Key to the decision-making process and placing their business with Xact was the unrivalled flexibility our MPERIA® system provided the business, such as the ability to manage the marking process across both block lines from a single interface with the facility to expand the system in the future.

Other factors influencing the decision-making process were;

  • The customer stipulated it was essential the proposed system could provide a large high quality print format to ensure clear visibility of the codes when blocks are stored in the yard
  • Our V-series systems are proven as the most industrial printing technology on the market, so the tough operating conditions of the plant (dust, vibration, variable operating temperatures etc) 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, provided added confidence for the customer to move forward with Xact.

About the MPERIA® VIAjet V-Series Printing System

The MPERIA ViaJet V series printing system represents the latest and most robust industrial ink-jet marking technology available, ensuring dependable long-term performance and reliability in the most demanding operating environments.  The system provides exceptional versatility and print quality for the application of variable product information and traceability codes, as well as barcodes, logos and graphics onto both porous and non-porous materials.   

Typical applications include the coding & marking of Construction Products, Chemicals & Fertiliser, Industrial Packaging, Automotive Products, Foams, Plastics & Films, Paper & Pulp. The capability to operate in these sectors means that more basic applications are also suited to the V-series printer.

Click here for more on the VIAjet V-Series System

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 emailinfo@xactpack.co.uk

Automatic Handling Solutions

The demand for automating handling processes and being more efficient is becoming more prevalent. Using our automated packing systems and robotic automation will not only save you money by reducing operator costs, you will increase the quality, efficiency and consistency of your set up.

We provide everything from stand-alone robots to full automated systems embedded in existing production lines. Our solutions comprise ‘Robot Palletising’, ”Stacking’ and ‘High Speed Pick and Place’.

All our solutions have an integrated process control built with the latest robotic software, product and pallet handling conveyors. Covering all industries and providing full service and support, there has never been a better time to discover how our systems could work for you.

For more information click here:
https://xactpack.co.uk/automated-robotic-solutions/

Call today on 0151 479 3020 for more information.

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

COVID-19 Update

UPDATED 31/03/20

As the situation regarding COVID-19 unfolds and health and global travel restrictions are issued, we want to inform you we have taken steps to ensure continued support of your operation.  For now, we want to reassure you that our equipment supply chain and our sites remain operational.

As a supplier of products for fruit and vegetable packaging, we are an integral part of the supply chain of the food sector.  Some of our main clients are producers and packers of fruit and vegetables, who supply their packaged products, a basic necessity, to the main supermarkets and food stores throughout the United Kingdom.  These producers / packers need our products to be able to continue the packaging of products such as citrus, potatoes, onions and all kinds of fruit and vegetable products.  Therefore our products are included in the category of basic necessity, fundamental and essential to ensure the UK food supply chain does not suffer from shortages.

At company level we have taken the following steps:

  • Ensuring the safety of our employees by increasing the capacity to work from home
  • Increased sanitary-hygiene measures and stricter rules for company access
  • Rearranging our office structure so the skeleton staff are distanced
  • Reducing access to sites except in cases of emergency
  • Observing all travel bans and guidance provided by our government
  • Strongly encouraging virtual meetings via video conferencing to answer your requests for quotes, service calls and customer queries

Product Supply

Our ability to supply equipment, repair parts and ink is minimally impacted. We are actively monitoring our supply chain and have been working to ensure that our stock levels are reinforced to minimize potential interruptions. We have measures in place to reduce risk of illness and continue manufacturing as a supplier to life-sustaining businesses.

Service and Support

We have taken steps to protect our communities’ and employees’ health at all our facilities while ensuring that our customer service and technical support teams remain fully staffed and available to assist via our regular channels.

To prevent any costly downtime and anticipated increased lead times, we strongly recommend you review your stock and supply of critical spares. If you have any concerns, please contact us immediately at xact.orders@xactpack.co.uk

We will continue to monitor the situation very carefully and we will share more updates as the situation develops. In the meantime, you can address specific questions or concerns by contacting our Customer Service Team on 0151 479 3020 or by contacting your Sales Manager.

While the next few months will undoubtedly challenge our industry and the economy overall, we want to reassure you we will give you our continued support and we hope to be in position as much as is possible, to maintain business as usual.

We most of all wish you, your family and your employees well. 

The Xact Team

Go Bananas for our new Automatic Taping Machine!

We are delighted to introduce our new automatic taping machine – the Rev Condor! This machine will automatically place a durable and fully recyclable paper, PP or compostable adhesive tape around bunches of bananas! The new packaging is 100% recyclable and is a more sustainable alternative to plastic bags used in the sector. The Condor is suitable for taping leeks, celery, coconuts, pineapples and small watermelons.
Packaging with a minimal tape is a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of packaging this type of produce and not only that, the minimalist packaging but it also maintains the product quality as they can ripen in their natural state. The tape packaging can be used for branding.

For more information click here:
https://xactpack.co.uk/product/prepack/automatic-packing-machinery/automatic-taping-machine-bananas/

Call Xact today on 0151 479 3020 for more information.

Dual Handle Pack, Ultra Lightweight, 100% Recyclable, No Metal Clip!


The new ‘Dual Handle’ net bag is our lightest ever package weighing only 3g!  Not only that, but this attractive looking packaging is 100% recyclable, has a useful easy to carry handle (on one or both sides).  Produced with the GirBagger or the GirBagger Speed Line

The Dual Handle Pack is suitable for a wide variety of produce including citrus, avocados, apples and onions.   

Click here to read more: https://xactpack.co.uk/product/prepack/net-pack-styles/dual-handle-pack/

Call Xact today on 0151 479 3020 for more information.

 

Seasonal Opening Times


Xact will shutdown over the Christmas period on 24th December 2019 and re open at 8.45 am on 2nd January 2020.

Please be aware that our Sales Managers are on holiday and we cannot guarantee that calls will be answered immediately, so please leave a voicemail message or send a text with your name, contact number, and product details needed.  You will receive a response as soon as the person you have contacted is available.

Xact Sales Contacts: PREPACK: Paul Bennion (07989 578 821): Ian Merchant (07500 843 318) CODING & MARKING : Chris Jolly (07710 962 290)

For any engineering issues please contact your local engineer via his/her mobile phone. The engineers are also on holiday, so we cannot guarantee they will be able to respond immediately, but if you leave your name, contact details and they will respond as soon as they are available.

Xact Engineers: Richard Reeve: Lee Scott: Gerald Pearce: Brian Harrison: Freddy East: Paul Byrne

Any stock items will be available from the warehouse, please contact your local area sales contact to arrange collection.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the entire Xact team!

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

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

GirBagger Speed Line – The Best Net Packing Machine Ever Made

The Worlds most versatile machine makes up to 10 different net bag styles.

The new GirBagger-S is an improved version that has been developed after 15 years of experience and 3.000 units sold worldwide, and sets a benchmark in the horticultural sector.

Giró presents a bagger that overcomes the GirBagger reputation range as a key element in the packaging lines.  The new GirBagger Speed Line achieves outputs up to 36 bags per
minute, in 1kg Ultrabag packs.  The increase in speed compared to the previous generation of GirBagger packaging machines reaches up to 30%. The use of consumables (net, film and labels) in high capacity reels, allows autonomy of up to 2 hours of uninterrupted operation.

Versatility
It is not necessary to invest in a machine for each type of package that you want to make. The GirBagger-S can make up to 10 different types of packaging. Thanks to the scalability of the design, optional kits can be added to adapt the bagging machine to the need of the customer. A moderate initial investment in a basic model can be complemented in the future to obtain a more versatile packaging machine.

GirBagger bagging machines are suitable for the packaging of multiple fruits and vegetables of different nature and quality such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, avocados, apples, potatoes, onions, mangoes, etc. It can be equipped with up to three different labelling systems: by thermal transfer, printing of thermal adhesive labels or by the donation of pre-printed adhesive labels.

Reliable and Easy to Operate
An industrial machine must be a reliable element in the production chain. It should not cause problems to those who must operate it. The new GirBagger-S has been designed with the mentality of being a machine of great reliability, robust and easy to operate and maintain. All the critical elements and devices have been carefully studied, designed and manufactured to avoid productive failures and stoppages. The large 10” full colour touch panel incorporates step by step operator guidance system to enhance the user interface by make it easy and intuitive.

Everything Under Control
Knowing the behaviour of the machine at all times is key to planning packaging properly. The new GirBagger-S is equipped as standard with a GirControl integrated in the machine itself. The GirControl is an application that allows real time monitoring to know all the production statistics. It also offers detailed information of all the stoppages and breakdowns. By connecting the machine to the local network or the Internet, it is possible to manage the GirControl information from any other computer, without the need for any other device or intermediate element. Only if you have several machines is it advisable to us an external GirControl unit that allows the integration of all the data to know the performance of the entire production line.


A Solution for Every Need

There is a GirBagger-S model for every need depending on the type of packaging that you want to produce. In addition, the modularity of the GirBagger-S range allows adding kits after the acquisition of the machine to be able to make other types of containers. Shortly, soft versions for delicate fruit will be released.


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