USA • Codes printed directly onto eggs contain useful safety and traceability information such as best before dates and farm identification. Such coding fulfills a legal obligation in many countries.
Egg producers use machines with specific communication protocols to process, code and pack their eggs. One of the most commonly used brands for this purpose is from Moba. A specially configured version of Markem-Imaje’s 9450 coder has now been certified for use on Moba’s machines. The coder can be installed on egg production lines on a “plug and play” basis and does not require an external PC to be operational. A series of brackets are also included to facilitate installation and get coding operations running quickly and cost-efficiently. According to the manufacturer, the system offers a coding performance of more than 250,000 eggs per hour.
This inkjet printer offers a range of additional features for example, the ability to operate from a standard 178 mm (7”) colour touch screen and its online guiding system mean operators gain time when starting or stopping print runs, changing cartridges and checking printer status, for example. And, without stopping the line, the embedded software allows producers to monitor consumable consumption and running costs. This enables them to react proactively to protect uptime and keep costs under control.
Additionally, service intervals on the printer’s pressure pump have been extended to 14,000 hours. The 9450 is characterized by a mono-block printhead design for easy cleaning. Additionally, this design optimizes the use of energy as well as ink and additive consumption, enabling users to cut these expenses up to 20%.