Macsa ID boosts marking speed with lasers

Spanish specialist in marking, coding and traceability, Macsa ID has unveiled a machine with the capability to laser imprint batch number, expiry and QR codes on as many as 120,000 aluminium drinks cans per hour.

Barcelona-based firm’s SPA F-9050 UHS laser machine is claimed to beat the industry’s average canning plant production rates of around 80,000 cans per hour and offers a higher standard of printing finish on each can.

Beverage brands are required to comply with date- and batch-marking regulations to ensure the integrity of their products. For the bigger manufacturers this means stamping codes onto tens of thousands of cans every hour.

Macsa ID said its fibre lasers use radiation to engrave codes on cans and tabs, and they can be clearly read, even on curved surfaces. Ink is more commonly used but, depending on the environment, sometimes has adhesion problems which results in the letters and numbers becoming hard to read. Because of readability issues, many cans using ink printing need to go through two coding systems, increasing operational costs, according to the company. 

As well as aluminium drinks cans, Macsa ID said its laser technology can be used on glass bottles, corks and wooden boxes and barrels.

Macsa, founded as a rubber-stamp company in 1908, offers a range of lasers to code and mark in the beverage sector and claims to be the first company to develop a dynamic coding laser for production lines.

More information from Macsa ID, Polígon Industrial Pla de Santa Anna, Carrer Oms i de Prat s/n, 08272 Sant Fruitós de Bages, Barcelona, Spain. Tel: 34 9 3873 8798. Website: www.macsa.com