Britvic implements 1620 Ultra High Speed Printer

Britvic UK has implemented Videojet’s new 1620 UHS, CLARiSOFT and CLARiNET software to increase production line speed by 30 metre/minute. A long-time trusted partner of Videojet, Britvic UK looked to the next generation of machines at its Rugby manufacturing facility in order to meet the increasing production demands of the beverage industry.

The advantage of the new Videojet 1620 UHS is that it is over 40% faster than its existing printers, allowing operators greater flexibility to run faster or print more content, increasing the line speed by 25% to 150 metre/minute and increasing the size of the print character from 7×4 to 7×5 – all without compromising print quality.

Paul Ash, Maintenance Technician at Britvic UK, commented: “We now choose to clean the printhead once a week at a convenient time when there is no pressure from the line being down. Due to high print makeup and ink volumes, ink lasts three to four days, maybe more. There is no mess. No problems.”

Once installed, the 1620 UHS printer coded in excess of 23 million codes at the soft drinks site, all produced without the printhead requiring a clean.

The integrated core consolidates the printer’s key ink system components into one part, enabling the 1620 UHS to perform up to 14,000 hours between planned maintenance or approximately 19 months for around the clock operations.

Jose Gomez, CIJ business unit manager at Videojet, commented: “At Videojet we strive to help our customers to improve their operational reliability and productivity so that they can grow their brands and are able to stay ahead of industry trends and regulation. With the Videojet 1620 UHS, our customers can respond to the ever-increasing demands of their industries, by coding more quickly and without compromising on quality.”

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