How AXR1 saves a meat company?

Meat packaging

A subsidiary of a major food processing plant was looking for a ribbon that could print legible and durable food safety information and barcodes at a fast speed.

The challenge

These nutritional, safety, and ingredient labels were smearing while using a competitor’s resin ribbon. After the beef and poultry labels were printed, they couldn’t seem to make it down the conveyor to the packaging area without a smudge. After ARMOR-IIMAK reseller caught wind of the issue, they knew exactly how to help.

The solution

ARMOR-IIMAK AXR 1 flat head resin ribbon was recommended. This ribbon gave an excellent print quality at a speed of 8 inches per second and a perfect resistance as the fine fonts didn’t smear at all when travelling down the conveyor line.

As this application concerns a food product, there are regulatory requirements from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be taken into account. The AXR1 ARMOR-IIMAK resin ribbon meets the Food Contact requirements of both the European and American’s law.

Furthermore, the AXR 1 ribbon being one of the most competitive ribbon from the market, the end-user saved $25,000/year, another example of how much value customers receive by switching to and staying with ARMOR-IIMAK products.

  • Thawing through condensation
  • High pressure shower at a temperature of +70C°
  • Certified non-toxic
  • Abrasion during transportation

During test phases, the manufacturer was able to validate the non-toxicity of the ink followed by real-life test conditions: freezing, thawing, humidification, ageing, and resistance to the adhesive ribbon, all of which were fully satisfactory.

The excellent application properties combined with the flexibility offered by Thermal Transfer technology in terms of the printing of variable data, not to mention the savings to be made by using white labels rather than pre-printed labels, were the factors behind the approval of the solution.

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