Application Briefs

Craft Brewer Looks to Matthews as Single Source Supplier for Marking and Coding

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A well-known craft brewer experienced an increase in demand due to a growing craft brew interest and expansion into foreign markets. As a result, the brewer wanted to expand its production capacity, which required updated marking and coding systems on their 12oz. bottles, 750ml. bottles and retail cartons.

Food Ingredient Manufacturer Finds Efficiencies and Cost Savings with MPERIA™ and VIAjet™ T-Series

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A well-known food ingredient manufacturer wanted to replace its internal corrugated printing operation. They experienced many problems, including an unused surplus of preprinted boxes, sorting issues, and unnecessary costs on non-productive activities. In addition, the printing cost $40 per thousand boxes and the company used a labeler for smaller production runs, which cost $120 per thousand boxes.

Large Scale Food and Beverage Company Replaces Labels with MPERIA™, Sees ROI Within 6 Months

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A well-known food and beverage manufacturer required an in-line, duel-sided printing solution to print label information on two sides of a shipping case. The label format needed to include alpha numeric code information as well as a GTIN barcode. The manufacturer also needed their existing label creation software (ClearOrbit Label Manager, CLM) to remain the primary message creation tool for line side production consistency.

Matthews’ Laser and Vision System Revolutionizes Thin Foil Coding in the Pharma Industry

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In the pharmaceutical industry, providing a safe product to consumers is the top requirement. Currently, pharmaceutical companies use continuous ink jet for marking and coding, which is prone to chipping and may wipe away or fade, resulting in missing and inconsistent codes, 5-10% downtime per day, and high maintenance costs.

Matthews Provides Traceability Solutions to Aluminum Suppliers in the Automotive Industry

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Manufacturers are requiring that sheet metal and aluminum commonly used in the automotive industry (hoods, doors, fenders, etc.) be traceable while it is processed in stamping and forming plants. When required, manufacturers use coil marking (also known as stenciling) to provide material indentication. The stencil is applied to the sheet and is used to provide traceability as the sheet material is cut and formed into the required parts. Typically the mark includes both human readable and 2D encoding.

Packaging Printer Improves Code Quality & Utilizes Existing Vision System

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An international packaging printer wanted to print its marks more legibly while running at a full production speed of 1640 ft./min (500 m/min). They also wanted illegible marks sorted out before moving forward in the production process, including continuous meter and error marking. The packaging printer had an existing vision system, used to monitor print quality, and wanted to also use it for code verification.

Premium Spirits Producer Eliminates Costly Government Fines with Matthews’ MPERIA™

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A worldwide manufacturer of premium spirits paid costly local and state liquor control agency fines due to incorrectly printed state/government codes on its shipping cartons. These codes were manually programmed on production lines and errors were common. The manufacturer wanted to eliminate these errors and fines by housing all current state codes in a central database and having a marking system that automatically pulled and printed only the most up-to-date and correct information.

Leading Snack Manufacturer Saves Time and Money with MPERIA™ and VIAjet™ T-Series

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A leading snack manufacturer experienced many problems marking on corrugated boxes with its existing Videojet 2300 Series. These issues resulted in costly downtime due to operator errors, frequent repairs, and leaking ink. Matthews Marking Systems’ objective was to provide a solution that not only reduced downtime, but also increased the print field from 3″ to 4″, allowed for complete connectivity of all lines to a central database, and reduced ink waste.

Label Printer Looks to Matthews to Solve Defect Marking Problem

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Tag and label printers must be able to detect defects on printing materials for rejection or replacement. Recently,one of the largest North American label printers came to Matthews to find a new way to identify defects on their film-based labels. Their existing process involved manual label inspection, but often the defect was too small to be detected by the Quality Assurance department. Those undetected errors resulted in numerous customer complaints and costly rejected product.

Tire Producer Improves Coding Visibility on Tread Line

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A well-known global tire producer experienced inconsistencies in equipment performance and traceability on their tread line. Printing production information, including recipe codes, line and production codes, is vital for traceability and regulatory compliance. The company’s current marking system included an outdated contact printer and a competitive ink jet system, which proved unreliable due to clogging jets. Clearing the clogged jets required a specialized, ultra-sonic bath system, which resulted in costly downtime.

Direct Mail Producer Creates Custom "Read & Print" Solution

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A large, well-known direct mail producer was printing variable information (names) on media inserts and wanted to print matching names and mailing addresses on the corresponding standard envelopes. To be more efficient, the direct mail producer wanted to read the variable information on the insert media and then direct print the matching addresses on the corresponding envelopes.

OSB Manufacturer Improves Product Branding

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A large manufacturer of OSB panels and sheathing wanted to increase branding on their products by including their logo, product type, APA regulatory marking, and value-added marking such as nail lines. The company needed a supplier who could meet the harsh demands of an OSB plant while meeting the marking requirements of a variety of products. Lastly, their existing mechanical roll coder printing system was messy, and provided a low quality, nearly illegible mark, which did not position them as a quality, branded product compared to their competitors.

MPERIA® controls multiple printing technologies from a single interface at major soft drink bottling plant

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Matthews Marking Systems’ MPERIA® marking and coding automation platform delivered universal printer control across all print technologies, regardless of brand, to automate message selection and population at a major beverage manufacturer’s Tennessee plant. Implemented across both primary and secondary production lines, the solution enabled the beverage producer to cut message selection errors by 30% and achieve total print production control.

Beverage bottler selects MPERIA® controlled Thermal Ink Jet Printer for ease of maintenance, operation to mark "best before" codes

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To meet a new regulation requiring “best before” date coding on their beverages, a small bottler needed a new, automated marking system. Because of limited staffing, the ideal system required minimal maintenance and operator intervention—yet could keep up with their 4,000 bottles per hour output rates. Matthews Marking Systems installed a low-maintenance thermal ink jet printer with cartridge-based ink supply and managed by the MPERIA marking and coding automation platform for ease of message creation, system control and future expandability.

Cosmetics manufacturer eliminates label costs with MPERIA® -driven printing directly onto case cartons

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Seeking to eliminate the error-prone and labor-intensive process of manually encoding, printing, and applying adhesive-backed paper labels to secondary packaging, a cosmetics manufacturer looked for a direct carton marking solution. Matthews Marking Systems
implemented a thermal ink jet on-demand case coding system, controlled by the MPERIA marking and coding automation platform, to imprint the company’s logo, product information, expiration and lot coding on each case. The company reduced their annual consumables and labor costs by $15,000 to $20,000, and achieved a full return on investment (ROI) in four months.

By replacing continuous ink jet with MPERIA®-driven thermal ink jet printing technology, tortilla chip manufacturer cuts downtime 90%

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Due to excessive downtime caused by multiple difficulties with their previous coding system—including ink clogs and spills that required frequent cleanup, challenging and confusing user interface that caused multiple coding errors, and slow start up times that impeded productivity—a tortilla chip manufacturer needed a new way to mark date and lot codes. Matthews Marking Systems implemented a low-maintenance thermal ink jet printer with cartridge-based ink supply, controlled by the MPERIA platform for ease of message creation, system control and future expandability.

Global plastics manufacturer uses MPERIA® to automate customer-specific coding, reducing errors, labor, and consumables costs

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A global plastics manufacturer needed a more efficient way to provide customer-specific branding on thermoplastic sheets. Their manual process of applying paper labels was costly, inefficient, and error-prone. Matthews Marking Systems provided a laser marking system, managed through the MPERIA platform, to automate brand-specific coding across all their production lines. Production data from their existing PLC now drives the automatic creation of customer specific codes, eliminating manual input errors, and increasing productivity. The company reduced their consumables spend by $65,000 a year, and saved $100,000 in labor costs.

Aluminum Processor Upgrades to MPERIA® to Meet Customer Requirements

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A processor and distributor of aluminum needed to update its existing Matthews Marking System drop-on-demand printheads and controller to meet the changing requirements of a long-standing, cut-to-order customer. The previous system was unable to control the required number of printheads and offered limited messaging flexibility. Matthews installed its newest drop-on-demand printheads, backed by the MPERIA marking and coding automation platform, to allow the company to expand its marking offerings to all its customers while reducing their ink usage.

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