Videojet Technologies Inc.

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The Videojet 1310 ink jet printer from Videojet Technologies Inc. is now available in North America with a simpler user interface, similar to Videojet's Excel ink jet printer. Compared to the previous 1310 interface, users will find the new Excel interface reduces the operator’s learning curve and training time, thus speeding up integration.

The integration of the Excel-type user interface delivers ease of use and familiarity, while retaining the simple start-up and shutdown process already found on the 1310 printer. “During product testing, customers noted how easy it was to get started on this printer,” says Chuck Ravetto, director of small character marking for Videojet. “Plus, the new interface makes programming effortless. This enhancement underlines Videojet’s commitment to continuous improvement.”

The 1310 printer is designed to start and stop without the need for cleaning, with an automated backflushing nozzle that minimizes downtime by automatically cleaning itself at start-up and shutdown, even after idle periods. The 1310 has a built-in pump that allows customers to quickly move the printer from line to line. Specially designed no-mess bottles guarantee ink and make-up fluid are fully deposited into the reservoir, eliminating waste.

The 1310 helps customers increase uptime with a heated printhead that maintains proper ink viscosity, crucial for environments with frequent temperature changes. Additionally, electric printhead shutoff valves automatically shut down the printer cleanly, even in the event of a power outage, so it can print immediately when power is restored.

This system prints seven types of bar codes, alphanumerics, expiration dates and serializers for the pharmaceutical, contract packaging, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods industries. A dual CompactFlash memory card makes set up, back up, cloning and upgrading to multiple 1310 units quick and easy.

Ten new inks for the Videojet 1310 have been released in conjunction with the printer. Six of these are formulated for good general-purpose code durability on a wide variety of substrates, including metal and glass containers and chipboard packaging. One is formulated for durability on very challenging to code plastics, such as PE or BOPP flexible films, while another excels in passing mil spec aerospace requirements. Finally, two non-MEK formulations specialize in high durability for either coding across a broad range of substrates or for specialized high-speed production lines that require fast ink dry time.

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