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Food and beverage ID innovations at FoodPro

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LOWER cost of ownership and greater equipment reliability are key aspects of coding innovations Matthews Intelligent Identification will release at FoodPro 2002 in July.

The company will launch several products onto the Australian market at the Sydney expo, including the new Easyprint 'Communicator' thermal transfer printer, the Mini Drop 3200 drop on demand (DOD) ink jet printer and a range of Avery Dennison label applicators.

The domestic launch follows international releases at Interpack earlier this year.

Phil Biggs, Matthews' national sales and marketing manager, said printing performance on all new equipment was at the forefront of current capabilities.

The Mini Drop features Matthews' miniaturised valve technology, delivering significantly smaller-size character printing, with Matthews' "no-clogs" valve design.

It can print up to two lines of text, barcode or graphics, at character heights of just 2mm. Matthews Swedot, the company's Swedish arm, manufactures the Mini Drop.

Matthews will also launch the Easyprint Communicator: a new, continuous-motion thermal-transfer printer for printing bar codes, ingredient lists and use-by dates onto flexible packaging.

The Easyprint Communicator can print any font, barcode symbology or image, up to a maximum print window of 128mm x 2400mm.

The Communicator also features three forms of ribbon saving: fading, ribbon retraction and print-gap reducer, giving a maximum ribbon saving of 80 per cent.

Matthews will also show the new Linx 6800 CIJ printer, which it released at Auspack last August. Matthews is a long-standing agent for Linx in Australia.

Biggs said while the largest application for the Linx 6800 was food packaging, uses by major customers included labelling building timber and coding steel vehicle components.

Matthews Intelligent Identification will also be part of FoodPro 2002's technological first - a fully automated, operational simulation of the food-handling end of a production line: "Food Handling: The Future is Now" display.

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