Craft Brewing Article – Great Story!!

Posted by in Mitech News | August 28, 2018
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Craft Brewing Article – Great Story!!
Whilst looking across the worldwide web for interesting developments and (cat) stories we have found a great piece on the packaging Europe website. It`s an interview with Mark Rapposelli, VP of marketing at Markem-Imaje on the Craft Brewing industry which is something close to our hearts here at MITech.
Click below to have a read and if you have any questions or you would like any information on how MITech can help you drop us a line or give us a call. 
 #packagingeurope #markemimaje #craftbrewing

Bottle & Can Labelling

Posted by in Mitech News | June 19, 2018
Bottle & Can Labelling

Regional Craft Brewers are one of the fastest growing markets for packaging machinery today.

Quadrel’s bottle labelling system was specifically designed for Craft and Microbreweries. This labeling system has the ability to apply a front/back, wrap and/or neck label to glass beer bottles at speeds up to 120 bottles per minute. This compact, economically priced labeling system features a conveyor accumulation table which makes it easy to case products.

  • Electronic platform: M3 microprocessor with encoder-based speed compensation
  • 4-1/2″ width X 120″ length conveyor
  • Variable speed wrap station for round containers.  Available in 12″, 18″, or 24″ lengths.
  • “No-tool” product changeover
  • Stainless steel welded frame
  • Production rate:  Up to 120 ppm (dependent upon label/product dimensions)
  • Applied accuracy: Up to +/-1/32″ (1mm) @ sigma 2
  • Maximum product height:  14″ (356mm)

Contact Deane Shaftoe to discuss the possibilities with MITech


2200 flex application – Two side application that requires NO pallet rotation

Posted by in Mitech News | June 02, 2018
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2200 flex application  – Two side application that requires NO pallet rotation

A print and apply system that attaches barcodes to adjacent sides of cases without costly production line turning devices is available globally.

The world’s first print and apply labelling system capable of attaching printed barcodes to adjacent sides of a case, as recommended by GS1-128 and without major disruption to existing production lines, is now globally available from Markem-Imaje.
Having been tested on over 100 production lines, the 2200 Flex SE system features an electrically driven arm that puts labels onto the front and/or side of a case without having to turn the pack. At high speed, labels can be applied at the rate of up to 90 per minute on the front and 140 on the side and with as little as 250 mm (10 inches) between items.  A pivoting, soft application pad ensures labels can be put onto flat or uneven surfaces including cardboard, trays and shrink-wrap. Operable with less than five minutes of training, its long label lengths decrease line stoppages while the auto-change option eliminates downtime.
Traditionally, applying labels to more than one side of a case at high speed would require rotating the cases and a gap of over 400mm (16 inches) between each. Moving the cases requires costly pack-turning devices, product separators, line speed reductions and/or lengthening of existing lines.  Equipment that pushes cases into different positions can lead to case or content damage while line lengthening typically costs US$ 20,000 – 40,000 per line and is often not feasible in space-constrained areas.
A rise in pallet-splitting, greater automation and high-profile recalls is driving demand from grocery, foodservice and healthcare companies for GS1-128 barcodes. These barcodes streamline traceability given the extra information they can encode. GS1-128 advises providing the barcode on more than one side to ensure there is at least one readable label, should one become damaged.
“Customers who have helped validate the system have expressed amazement at our solution. Meeting GS1-128 recommendations had been proving a real challenge for them: it was either too expensive to replicate across many lines, and/or they did not have enough space to undertake the required line modifications,” says Mike Kirk, Print & Apply Current Product Marketing Manager, Markem-Imaje. “It was not an easy development process for us and we have modified the design a few times along the way, even doing some tweaks this past year.”
“Manufacturers using shrink-wrapped items, such as beverage six-packs, have seen another benefit of using the 2200 Flex SE. Here, the items often come out of the packaging machinery with the wide edge leading, with the short edge to the side. This edge has what is known as a ‘bullseye’: an area not sufficiently covered by the wrap,” explains Mr. Kirk. “If you apply a label to the side as it comes down the line, you thus risk putting the label through the bullseye and onto the inner product –something manufacturers need to avoid. With the 2200 Flex SE, this is no longer an issue as the system can put the label on the front without the bullseye and with no need to turn the tray. This helps production maximize throughput.”
Interested? Contact Deane Shaftoe for more information

Advice on laser coding solutions for the food and beverage industry

Posted by in Mitech News | May 01, 2018
Advice on laser coding solutions for the food and beverage industry

Are you interested in Laser coding on PET bottles or other substrates? Global coding and marking specialist, Markem-Imaje, has produced a guide to help manufacturers meet the technical challenges commonly encountered on today’s production lines. The guide focuses on laser coding technology specifically and considers how the use of more complex and longer codes coupled with increasingly demanding regulatory standards for instance, is affecting every-day operations.

Illustrating how new technology including improved cooling systems, reduced maintenance requirements and improved reliability are helping manufacturers cover the most difficult applications, the guide challenges out-dated perceptions and shows how laser coding solutions can offer financial savings as well as improving coding quality.
Stéphane Valette, group laser product manager, said: “Our advanced laser technology has been engineered to operate at very high speed and to print high quality codes while being reliable. After 3 years of experience, our laser coders prove to be more reliable than the other coders on the market. The reliability tests we conducted in extreme conditions confirm a MTBF* of 60,000 hours!”
Why not give Deane Shaftoe a call at MITech to discuss your requirements and get a copy of the MI guide
Laser coding onto PET bottles

New desktop labelling model from Quadrel

Posted by in Mitech News | April 18, 2018
New desktop labelling model from Quadrel

The MOD3 desktop labeller from Quadrel is available to order. Contact Deane to discuss this great unit.

This automatic, tabletop labeller is specifically designed to apply up to 40 pressure-sensitive labels per minute to a wide range of cylindrical products from 8mm to 63mm in diameter. The Mod 3 is ideal for many pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications.The compact, rugged aluminum plate construction accepts various label imprinters and coders for date,lot and bar coding.

Glass Bottle Coding – Markem-Imaje Launches White Ink

Posted by in Mitech News | April 18, 2018
Glass Bottle Coding – Markem-Imaje Launches White Ink

Those who manufacture beverages in dark colored or amber glass bottles will be pleased to learn that Markem-Imaje recently launched its MW470 coding ink, a white ink that is highly compatible with the amber and colored glass bottles frequently used by craft brewers in North America and Europe as well as major brewers across Africa, America, and Europe.  The new ink is designed to be used on both returnable and non-returnable glass bottles.

This is great news for the New Zealand craft brewers. Contact Deane at MITech for more information


Posted by in Mitech News | April 17, 2018
Another great product from WITT. The MAPY VAC is an inline gas analyser for continuous control of modified atmospheres in tray sealers and thermoformers. Give Deane a call at MITech to discuss all of you options for your MAP needs from WITTGAS
• Gas analyser for packaging machines
• Tray Sealers or Thermoformers that work with vacuum
• O2 and CO2 are analysed
• Gas is taken directly from the sealing tool
• Gas concentration immediatly before the sealing
• Cycling analysis
• Optional: gas concentration also from the receiver


Posted by in Mitech News | April 13, 2018

Give MITech a call to discuss the Markem-Imaje 9450S which provides a complete CIJ solution that has been designed for all beverage packaging material :
– Print 100% accurate legible codes 
– Protect your brand with traceability and code integrity solutions
– Reduce your printing cost up to 30% (120 million characters print per liter)
– Print permanent codes on Tetra Pak and PE caps



New Critical Spare Parts Kits

Posted by in Mitech News | April 06, 2018
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New Critical Spare Parts Kits

Need to ensure that production will not be effected by unnecessary down time? With Markem-Imaje critical spare parts kits you can have peace of mind that most common issues can be covered by having a  kit available at your site. In the event of an unforeseen breakdown you can fit these parts yourself or have them available for a MITech technician visit. Critical spare parts kits are now available from MITech.

The best way to avoid breakdowns is to cover all of your maintenance needs with a MIPlan.  These are now available for all technologies. Give us a call to discuss your needs on 0800 MITECH

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March Stocktake Sale

Posted by in Mitech News | February 28, 2018
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March Stocktake Sale

As the distributor of multiple brands covering technologies from industrial inkjet, label print and apply, laser coding to gas analysis carrying out a physical inventory of spare parts can be daunting and I’ll go on record to say a stocktake it is one of the more unpleasant things one can do in life. The stock count is scheduled for 31st March  so for the first time (and possibly the last) we are trying to make this easier by having less inventory which means less to count so less time to complete this arduous task.

The sale is on everything we have in stock!! Unfortunately to be able to continue to support our customers we cant guarantee delivery on all parts but any order placed during the month of March where our promo code “SEE ANDI” is clearly mentioned will still include the discount even if it is invoiced in April 😉

So what is in the sale?

Every part in stock has a minimum 10% discount. Some items are discounted up to 30% .

Why not give us a call on 0800 MITECH with your current spare parts requirements and grab a deal. Ask for Andi