Leading Australian softwood sawmiller, Wespine relies on Matthews Swedot 3400 drop-on-demand inkjet printers from Matthews Intelligent Identification to meet the high-speed printing needs of its busy timber plant.
Key features of Matthews Swedot 3400 drop-on-demand inkjet printers include:
- High-speed capability allows for greater output
- Printer can be integrated with business database
- Low maintenance eliminates downtime
- Large central ink reservoir services multiple printers
- Designed to suit industrial environments
Wespine, which has a processing capacity of 450,000 cubic metres of premium quality plantation-grown sawlogs a year needed a printer that could keep up with its high-speed production line — 90 boards a minute to be exact.
The West Australian timber mill installed four of the Matthews Swedot 3400 units to print alphanumeric and geometric technical specifications on various grades and lengths of timber, which moved along the production line in random order.
The printers are linked to Wespine’s grading system so that they can identify the specifications for each board coming down the line and adjust the printed message.
Wespine’s technical development manager, James Szabadics, says, “We may get a number of different products coming along the line, so that was one of the challenges of the printing job. We had to be able to print down to a 70mm width board and those boards are moving past at a rate of 90 lugs a minute. The time available to print the message was pretty small on a narrow board shooting past at that rate, so that drove us towards the 3400. Other high-resolution solutions seem to want to go a bit slower.”
"The 3400 prints a low-resolution message, which is sufficient to meet Wespine’s requirements," says Szabadics.
Wespine looked at a number of printers from various companies before deciding to install four of the 3400 units from Matthews to upgrade its line just over four years ago. The units are still working reliably and producing good print quality in the timber mill’s rugged environment.