01 September 2009
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An open and shut case for laser coding

Allen Coding Systems has custom designed an advanced laser coding system to solve an identification problem at The New Zipper, a division of YKK, located in Slough.

Operating at speeds of up to 60 prints per minute, an Allen K-1010 10-watt LASERSystem coder is being used to apply clear and resilient codes to the bottom stops of zips on life jackets, outdoor survival clothing, industrial workwear and service abandonment suits to facilitate fast and accurate traceability. Due to the nature of the application, it is vital that the unit produces a code that is clearly visible and can withstand the harshest conditions without being rubbed off.

Allen Coding was able to customise a laser coding solution to meet YKK's requirements and to integrate the equipment into the production facility, a complex manual jig system was designed. The zip is put into a cassette or jig, which then slides easily under the coder. As well as the design and installation of the machine, Allen provided on-site training for YKK employees to support the project.

Laser coding technology can be used on a wide range of substrates including plastics, varnished and anodised metal, glass, paper, coated and printed cardboard. Day-to-day operation and programming is simple using the full colour touch screen terminal or optional handheld device, which enable quick product, package and code changeovers with minimum operator training and maximum uptime.

In addition, the laser incorporates a high speed marking head, Ethernet interface and integrated air-cooling system. By changing lenses, the marking area can be extended to 250mm x 250mm.


Paul Gay


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