PackExpo 2017: MPERIA® Marking and Coding Automation Platform Centralizes Control of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Print Operations

Matthews Marking System’s MPERIA platform and graphical user interface—displayed in Booth C-3632—offers single point management of marking, coding and tracking equipment, regardless of technology type, manufacturer or location.

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 15, 2017) — To improve the efficiency of packaging line print operations, the MPERIA® marking and coding automation platform from Matthews Marking Systems adapts to virtually any marking and coding environment, centralizing control of primary, secondary and tertiary print operations. It easily integrates with current enterprise systems and existing third-party marking and coding equipment—regardless of technology type, manufacturer, brand or location—reducing downtime and cost while increasing productivity. Throughout PackExpo Las Vegas, MPERIA will interface with multiple Matthews’ print technologies in Booth C-3632 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, September 25-27, 2017.

Capable of managing up to 900 unique codes per second, the MPERIA automation platform centralizes control of all marking and coding equipment, including high-resolution piezo inkjet, high-resolution thermal inkjet and drop-on-demand valve jet with native code, and continuous inkjet and laser marking technologies with the addition of a plug-in. It also controls all related technologies, such as barcode readers, vision systems, scales and actuators from any source.

Coding equipment integrates easily with MPERIA via a library of standard and custom drivers. Further, the system synchronizes with enterprise resource planning (ERP), warehouse management systems (WMS), programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and Big Data systems with minimal information technology (IT) effort, using shared folder systems, standard industrial networking, and/or custom-created plug-ins to manage unique codes and batch-driven data input.

In addition to coordinating and synchronizing marking data to meet serialization and data aggregation requirements, MPERIA automates message creation. This reduces equipment touches and time required to train line operators and maintenance personnel, as well as eliminates the risk of product scrap and non-compliance.

The MPERIA platform integrates with vision systems to validate codes, text and images. Should a coding error or equipment fault occur, MPERIA sends real-time alerts via visual display on its graphical user interface (GUI) or by text to mobile devices. It also dynamically ensures accurate codes with real-time clock synchronization. When the system is equipped with backup print equipment, the platform automatically activates redundant packaging line systems when needed for maximum production uptime.

Scalable, the MPERIA platform can be deployed with a single print head or hundreds spread across multiple lines and facilities as operations grow. Operators monitor and interact with the entire MPERIA connected system through a one-touch graphical user interface (GUI) offered in three different base models to accommodate variable production run sizes, budgets and printing requirements. They include:

  • The compact, 7-inch touchscreen MPERIA Lite manages one Matthews’ VIAjet™ printing technology, and can be upgraded for expanded functionality and multi-device control.
  • The 12-inch touchscreen MPERIA Standard supports an unlimited number of VIAjet printing technologies for simultaneous print control.
  • For harsh environments, the MPERIA Standard H.E. has the same capability as the Standard model, and features a 15-inch touchscreen in an IP65-rated stainless steel enclosure.

The MPERIA marking and coding automation platform and GUIs can be seen in Booth C-3632 throughout PackExpo. For more information, contact Natalie Pizzi at Matthews Marking Systems at 412.477.5019, [email protected], or visit matthewsmarking.com.

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ABOUT MATTHEWS MARKING SYSTEMS

Providing product identification, branding and traceability solutions, Matthews Marking Systems offers a full line of quality high-resolution, continuous ink jet, laser, drop-on-demand, thermal transfer, contact and indenting technologies. We design and develop specific solutions to help our customers increase productivity, reduce waste and improve overall efficiency. The Matthews Marking Systems brand serves international customers through subsidiaries Matthews Swedot AB, Matthews Kodiersysteme GmbH and Kenuohua Matthews Electronic (Beijing) Company Ltd.

ABOUT MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION

Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) is a global provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial automation solutions. The SGK Brand Solutions segment is a leader in the delivery of brand development, activation and deployment services that help build our clients’ brands and consumers’ desire for them. The Memorialization segment is a leading provider of memorialization products, including memorials, caskets and cremation equipment, primarily to cemetery and funeral home customers that help families move from grief to remembrance. The Industrial segment designs, manufactures and distributes marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. We have more than 10,000 employees in more than 25 countries on six continents that are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services.

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