Fibre laser for high-speed beverage can coding

A high-speed beverage can coding system that uses fibre lasers rather than inkjet technology has been launched by US company Videojet Technologies.

The Lightfoot system combines Videojet’s fibre lasers with high-speed dual Lightfoot marking heads to meet the production requirements of beverage canning manufacturers.

Purpose-built for beverage cans, the Lightfoot system is designed with robust components including IP69 rated dust- and water-ingress protection marking heads and an IP65 rated supply cabinet that can handle humid, sugar-laden, or washdown environments. The system is able to run at coding speeds of up to 100,000 cans per hour.

The equipment’s class 1 sealed enclosure means that operators are safe from any optical radiation while an integrated fume extractor keeps them protected from aluminium dust and fumes. Standard industry protocols enable users to connect the system to common line integration or code management systems.

A remote service package called VideojetConnect provides expert technical support and guidance on demand. The company also provides free support from its sample labs should the application or can’s substrate change.

More information from Videojet Technologies, 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, Illinois 60191, USA. Tel: 1 877 318 0563. Website: