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

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

Xact launch the VIAjet L1: Compact Thermal Ink Jet Printhead

Xact launch the Matthews VIAjet L1 compact printhead; designed for applications where space is restricted or high speeds are required, the L1 is ideal for primary coding, web applications, and OEM machinery integration.

A single VIAjet L1 prints a high-resolution, 0.5 in. mark, and multiple L1s can be stitched together for larger messages and produce marks up to four times as fast as competitors.

The VIAjet L1 connects to an L-Link module, a low profile and fully networkable control board that is separate from the printhead. The L-Link enables communication between MPERIA™, Matthews’ universal print controller, and L1 printheads. The L-Link connects up to four L1 printheads, each by a single cable, and mounts up to 6.5 feet (2 m) from the printheads.

The print controller manages messages and settings for multiple printers across one or several production lines or packaging locations. MPERIA™ seamlessly integrates with ERP/MRP/WMS systems and processes large databases of dynamic data, which simplifies marking and coding information throughout primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging lines.


For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email

Seasonal Opening Times

We hope you have a relaxing Christmas and we are looking forward to a productive 2017! Xact will shutdown over the Christmas period on 23rd December 2016 and re open at 8.45 am on 3rd January 2017.

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 Managers: Chris Jolly (07710 962 290): Alastair Chambers (07500 843 318): Paul Bennion (07989 578 821)

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

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

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

MPERIA™ System Rolls Out Across The Business

A key player in the cold rolled steel sections and profiles industry were looking for a new printing system for marking their range of steel products. The system they were looking for needed to apply product traceability codes consisting of date, time and shift codes, product specifications, as well as company and industry logos.

Xact supplied and installed the MPERIA™ VIAjet V-Series printing system which is ideal for such harsh operating environments, using the latest technology and high quality inks.

Key to the decision making process was the flexibility Xact’s MPERIA™ system offered the business. This included:

  • The facility to operate print heads across multiple rolling mills from a single controller not only enhanced the management of the marking process but also reduced investment costs
  • The scalable design and ease in which MPERIA can be expanded as new rolling mills are installed ensured their investment was secure
  • Wireless Ethernet connectivity, provides additional control of the marking process via PC’s in the production office as well as portable tablets used by their engineering team on the factory floor
  • The latest 8000+ MIDI head provides high print quality despite the tough operating environments of the factory

For further information about MPERIA™ VIAjet V-Series and other printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email

Global Pallet Manufacturer Chooses MPERIA™ VIAjet V-Series Printing System

A large UK provider of painted wooden pallets to the Aerospace, Automotive, fresh food and other Manufacturing industries were looking for a new printing system to apply company logos and product traceability codes to their pallets.

Xact provided the MPERIA™ VIAjet V-Series printing system incorporating twin 32v 8000+ print heads with FlowJet large capacity ink delivery system with non-VOC pigmented ink. Key to their decision making process was the flexibility the MPERIA™ system offered the business. This included:

  • Consistent and high quality print quality despite the harsh production environment (e.g. variable operating temperatures, dust, vibration)
  • The flexibility to successfully mark freshly painted/wet pallets using high contrast and user-friendly non-VOC inks.
  • Mess free operation in comparison to other marking processes ensures cleaner and more user-friendly operation at the line
  • Compact design ensures easy integration as well as freeing up valuable space at the line
    Lower operating costs than other marking and stenciling systems, as well as increased productivity, as there is no longer a requirement to stop the pallet to complete the identification process.
  • MPERIA™ software offers seamless management of the marking process, helping to eliminate downtime and operator error during product changeovers
  • The scalable design and ease in which MPERIA™ can be expanded as the business grows ensured their investment was secure

For further information about MPERIA™ and the VIAjet V-Series and other printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email

Standardise On The Marking Solution With MPERIA™ ….Whatever The Application!

A leading global player in commercial floor coverings were looking for a marking solution to apply industry logos and codes for product traceability. The industry logos needed to be applied directly to a variety of flooring products as part of the back-marking process and end-of-line packaging.

The company approached Xact to discuss system options available for coding and marking carpets, carpet tiles, and vinyl’s. The codes to be applied to their floor products included industry logos and product codes for complete traceability.  Xact’s solution was the installation of the MPERIA™  VIAjet V-Series printing system using the very latest 8000+ heads.  The supply covers printing equipment across 5 production lines.


Key to the decision making process was the flexibility MPERIA™ offered the customer to standardise all printing equipment across all marking processes, irrespective of the application or product type. Other key areas of the decision making process centered around:

  • The flexibility to operate single or multiple print heads across one or more production lines from one operating system reduced investment costs.
  • The scalable design and ease in which MPERIA™ can be expanded as their business grows and print requirements change ensured their investment was secure
  • Easy integration with other production line systems and controls
  • High quality print formats, as well as the flexibility to operate different ink types & colours to suit all product types manufactured
  • MPERIA™ software offered seamless management of the marking process which eliminates downtime and operator error during product changeovers

For further information about MPERIA™ and the VIAjet V-Series and other printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email

Xact to Relocate to Larger Premises

Xact will be relocating its Liverpool headquarters at the end of August 2016. The new premises will be exactly 0.5 miles from our current location in Vauxhall Road, Liverpool.

The new premises will mean improved client service, new amenities for employees and room for growth. We will have an expansive demo suite with live demonstrations, real production lines, workshops and meeting rooms with video conferencing facilities. Staff amenities include a gym, showers and relaxation area.

Xact will occupy the entire 33,000 sq ft. office building located next to the River Mersey and close to the new multi million pound cruise ship terminal. “The new office space will provide greater efficiency in how we serve clients. As we started to outgrow our current office, which was suitable for our needs in the 70’s and 80’s, our departments became dispersed throughout different floors of the building. We expect our new space to improve internal and external communication and our new state of the art demo suites to offer our clients and prospective clients a great opportunity to see our kit in action,” said Director Barry Baldock.

“We wanted to limit the impact that relocation could have on our employees and our clients and we were fortunate to find such a nice space within Liverpool City Centre and so close to our current office. The move to new premises is an exciting development for us, our new location and enhanced operation will support our continued growth and expansion plans, allowing us to provide exceptional service and value along the way. ” said Managing Director, David Hughes.

Xact’s two warehouses in Liverpool and Cambridge remain unaffected by the HQ move. The final phase of the move is due to be completed at the end of August 2016. Our new address will be 20-24 Gibraltar Row, King Edward Industrial Estate, Liverpool, L3 7HT. All emails and phone numbers remain the same.

Premium Spirits Producer Eliminates Costly Government Fines with Matthews’ MPERIA™

A worldwide manufacturer of premium spirits paid costly control agency fines due to incorrectly printed state/government codes on its shipping cartons. These codes were manually programmed on production lines and errors were common. The manufacturer wanted to eliminate these errors and fines by housing all current state codes in a central database and having a marking system that automatically pulled and printed only the most up-to- date and correct information.

After the manufacturer had eliminated other marking systems for being too expensive or incompatible with its SAP database, Matthews Marking Systems proposed its universal print controller, MPERIA™. Matthews’ solution was to have MPERIA™ act as a “print server” for the company’s SAP database and its existing production line printheads. In total, 4 MPERIA™ controllers were required (1 controller for every 2 production lines) and Matthews wrote a custom plug-in that managed the customer’s internal database and existing printheads.

By utilising MPERIA™, the premium spirits manufacturer can accurately code each shipping carton and therefore eliminate coding errors and costly liquor control agency fines. The company also reduces downtime associated with message changeover, as MPERIA™ automatically pulls updated information from SAP. As a result of this successful partnership with Matthews, the company is looking to expand this solution to 3 additional plants and replace its current printheads with Matthews’ VIAjet™ T-Series.

For further information about MPERIA™ and our range of printing technologies, please click here or call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email