Integrated coding system controller eliminates ‘screen confusion’

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Coding on March 12, 2019

Designed specifically to integrate easily into other packaging machines—such as fillers and labelers—the new MPERIA OEM universal coding controller eliminates “screen confusion” by letting users control the coding operation from within the main packaging machine’s human/machine interface (HMI).

From Matthews Marking, the MPERIA OEM Controller follows the trend toward control simplification by giving packaging machinery manufacturers a small-footprint option to incorporate a coding controller into their machine. It’s able to accommodate multiple coding technologies—and from virtually any coding equipment maker—to satisfy the coding needs of customers in a variety of markets, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and medical.

Because the compact MPERIA universal controller works with any print technology, OEMs can easily change coding systems, per their customers’ needs. Users can specify drop-on-demand (DOD) inkjet, thermal inkjet and even laser.

This OEM system communicates using either XML or Command line protocol over Ethernet or RS232 and can connect with the MPERIA V-Link OEM, which is about half the size of the company’s standard V-Link so it can fit into tight spaces inside packaging machines. The V-Link OEM is a driver module for Matthews DOD 8000+ valve jet printheads—available with 7, 16 or 32 valves to print characters from as small as 2/23-inch to as large as 5 inches high.

The OEM controller also connects with the MPERIA L-Link, a driver module for up to four L-Series L1 thermal inkjet printheads. For applications that require a high-quality print, this high-resolution cartridge-based coder prints 600 dots per inch at speeds of 1,600 feet per minute.

Three versions of the MPERIA OEM Controller—OEM Lite, OEM Standard and OEM Advanced—balance physical size with available features. For example, the OEM Lite is the smallest size but controls a single device on a single production line. The OEM Standard and OEM Advanced units are larger but can control multiple devices (almost unlimited) on multiple lines.

 

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