DataLase Casemark Flexo imaging solution for secondary packaging has been recognized as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of 2007 in the 45th annual R&D 100 Awards. Compared to conventional high resolution inkjet and thermal print and apply technologies, DataLase Casemark Flexo provides precise variable information applications in a number of sectors including pharmaceutical, food and beverage and product security, says the company. Whilst with inkjet technology, the ink may “bleed” on an absorbent corrugated material rendering the bar code unreadable by machines, the flexo imaging system can deliver verifiable bar codes on-line-and-direct-to-carton, enabling them to be machine read every time.The imaging system does not require inks, ribbons, or applicators and eliminates physical induced thermal print head wear due to non contact imaging. This makes the system virtually maintenance free and cost effective. DataLase Casemark allows for late pack customization to take place at any point in the packaging line and within the retail chain as compared to the traditional methods that would require the production line to stop, the packs replaced and the packaging production process restarted. The system uses a low powered laser, is environmentally friendly and produces images that are tamper-proof even on exposure to solvents, says DataLase. “We are very proud that our imaging technology has been recognized by industry experts. We have developed a high speed technique that takes less than two seconds to produce a high resolution image on outer case corrugated packaging. This innovation paves the way for many others to come,” said Kevin Murray, vice president at DataLase. Over the years, the R&D 100 Awards have recognized products such as the fax machine (1975), the printer (1986) and the Kodak Photo CD (1991).
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