UK-based Open Date Equipment (www.opendate.co.uk) is proud to announce the release of its Thermocode iQ thermal transfer printer.
“The iQ has advantages in both print accuracy and reduced operating costs compared with other machines, while maintaining the speed and precision associated with more expensive models. It is designed to operate with all intermittent labeling and packaging machinery,” said Gary Cowlard, chief executive of Open Date.
“The high specification iQ uses no compressed air to operate the print head, which is electronically driven by three stepper motors. These motors can be very accurately controlled, which in turn allows more print cycles per minute (currently up to 800) as well as better quality and consistency.”
“When developing this state-of-the-art thermal printer we took into consideration both the performance and sustainability criteria demanded by end users. With no need for compressed air the printer is a major step forward for this technology addresses both these key requirements. In addition the gentler handling of the motor means the life expectancy of a print head is twice that of air operated printers. Running costs are also significantly reduced and maintenance intervals are longer than for traditional machines.”
The Thermocode runs at a total speed of 600mm/s with a maximum print area of 53mm x 110mm. It is controlled by a 7″ touchscreen on which stored printed images can be edited and print settings can be adjusted during use. Program updates and print images can be downloaded through a USB port, which can be used as back-up memory. On-board memory stands at 8mb.
With its accurate ribbon drive system, 1,000 meter ribbon capacity and its ability to make fine manual adjustments, the Thermocode provides maximum efficiency of ribbon usage that further reduces operating costs and wastes.