Fachpack 2022: Reliable marking and code verification for a changing packaging world

REA Elektronik shows its solutions at Fachpack 2022

Muehltal, August 5, 2022 - With REA Elektronik, the packaging industry has a globally active specialist at its side for its variety of marking and code verification requirements. Its intelligent solutions support you in handling resources more sustainably, taking market requirements into account, and complying with regulations. REA will be showing what these are - including some innovations - at FACHPACK 2022 from September 27 to 29.

The packaging world is confronted with ever new expectations from manufacturers, retailers and consumers: Sustainability and sorted disposal, digitalization and lean processes, global trade and e-commerce. REA Elektronik has the right solutions for this - and also looks ahead with its experts to anticipate developments in the industry.

Such as the 2D checkout code (for example "GS1 Digital Link" or "GS1 Data Matrix"), which is expected to gradually replace the 1D EAN code from 2027. As a digital product identifier, it should also be able to provide the entire chain from manufacturing to logistics to retail with the necessary information and also enable direct communication with the end consumer. Around the world, manufacturers and retailers are beginning to upgrade their systems to the new marking - REA Elektronik is a GS1 Solution Partner and can support them with its technologies.

And keep in mind: Individual marking regulations from a wide range of industries - such as serialization for safe medicines or UDI (Unique Device Identification) for the traceability of medical devices. For UDI, the transition period for product classes II a (medium risk) and II b (increased risk) expires in May 2023, and these products must then be marked with their individual identification code.

All these tasks require high-quality marking together with reliable code verification. As a full-range supplier, REA Elektronik provides complete solutions for the most diverse requirements of the packaging industry - with ink, laser and label, including code verification, in line with its motto "Print - Apply - Verify". That's what it says above its new booth at FACHPACK 2022, the largest in the company's history to date. On display: The entire range of marking and verification systems for a wide variety of requirements, which can be integrated into existing production lines via interfaces and are thus fully Industry 4.0-capable.

Because FACHPACK 2022 runs parallel to POWTECH 2022, the bulk materials industry also benefits. Especially the REA JET HR Inkjet Printer and the REA JET DOD 2.0 Large Character Inkjet Printer are perfectly suited for bag marking. The uniform REA JET TITAN operating platform for all REA JET coding and marking technologies also simplifies handling, training and personnel deployment for frequently changing marking tasks. Some trade show highlights at a glance:

"Wet-on-wet" foil printing for sorted disposal
The REA JET HR Inkjet Printer prints label content inline and "wet-on-wet" directly onto foils and smooth surfaces. Without any adhesive labels, the new technology prints codes and plain text on transparent and even dark surfaces. To do this, the Inkjet Printer, which is equipped with a double print head, first creates a white ink mirror. This is then immediately printed with black ink - optionally also in color - before both dry together.

Whether 1D, 2D codes or lines of text, the innovative technology marks them with optimum contrast, ensuring excellent quality and first-pass reading rates. It also saves work steps, reduces process costs and, above all, promotes sustainability. This is because the elimination of labels together with their carrier foil reduces the amount of waste in production. And packaging marked in this way can be disposed of by type after use and recycled more effectively.

In addition, the new "hot swap function" of the REA JET HR allows cartridges to be changed on the fly, ensuring the continuous marking of products. Heatable print heads ensure consistently high print quality even in cold production environments.

Marking secondary packaging sustainably, flexibly and cost-effectively
Direct printing with the new generation of high resolution Inkjet Printers REA JET GK 2.0 makes it possible to dispense with labels for secondary packaging. Flexible and at the same time captive, they print on absorbent and porous surfaces such as cardboard, paper or wood. With both static and variable information, they print freely combinable texts, logos and graphics. Piezo technology ensures print results with razor-sharp edges at print heights of up to 100 mm with just one print head. Like all coding and marking technologies in the REA JET product line, these devices are also fully Industry 4.0-capable and can be easily integrated into production thanks to their compact design.

Inline print inspection with REA Inline OCR
REA Inline OCR, with its use of artificial intelligence for demanding image processing tasks, is the perfect addition to all REA Elektronik coding and marking systems. The interaction between marking and camera systems in a continuous flow at high processing speed represents an essential component of quality assurance. Completely integrated into the production and packaging process, it ensures that only completely and correctly marked goods are delivered.

The high-performance camera in the REA Inline OCR recognizes the content of applied information such as texts and codes quickly and precisely - regardless of whether they were applied with ink, laser or label. The system compares them with the target specifications. Detection and complete evaluation are completed in the shortest possible time, at only 70 milliseconds per print element.

Verify codes flexibly with the REA VERIFIER VeriMax Mobile
The new REA VERIFIER VeriMax Mobile is designed for mobile use in production, laboratories, incoming goods and quality assurance. The offline verification system comes with its own tablet PC and verifies the quality of 1D and 2D codes according to international standards, GS1 and other specifications to ensure high first-pass reading rates.

Labels are used especially where contact-free coding and marking technologies are not a sufficient solution. Thus, at FACHPACK 2022, REA Elektronik will show various solutions and materials for industrial labeling from its REA LABEL product line, in particular the REA LABEL pallet labeling unit and the REA LABEL servo labeler. New to the range: the REA LABEL 5-color label printer. This high-performance system is designed to consistently produce high-impact labels. At speeds of up to 9 meters per minute, it prints runs of all sizes - from a single label to several thousand. Like all printing systems in the REA LABEL product line, it obtains its data from the Loftware NiceLabel software. There are no limits to the creative possibilities. And as a basis, REA provides the user with a variety of label materials, from economical to high-quality, from transparent to black, including metallic gold and silver colors.

Experience the world of marking and code verification solutions from REA Elektronik at FACHPACK 2022 from September 27-29 in the exhibition halls in Nuremberg: Hall 1, Booth 228.

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