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Industrial high-speed, non-contact continuous inkjet system - Weber's Next Series 8 CIJ inkjet coders from BestCode

BestCode Industrial Marking and Coding Systems print best-by, lot code, sell-by, expiration codes and other identifying marks and codes on industrial and consumer goods to ensure product traceability. And the Next Series 8 is a complete range of small character printing systems that print high-speed, reliable marks and codes on a wide range of substrates including plastic, glass, paper and more. Now includes the entry-level economically-priced Model 81 system.

The Next Series 8 range of continuous inkjet printing systems come in 6 different models (81, 82, 86, 87, 88, and 88S) and bring many new features and capabilities to the coding and marking industry, offering:

  • Extended operation times
  • Automated end-of-day routine  (eliminating typical manual routines
  • New levels of user simplicity
  • Abilities to print both small and large character information
  • Capability for true non-contact printing extending the ink throw distance
  • Increasing print speeds to ultra high speed specifications.
  • CleanStart™ industrial stainless steel printheads ready to use in one minute
  • Uses a large 10.4” Touch Screen display with intuitive icon buttons for easy use
  • SmartFill™ allows fluid addition on-the-fly without opening enclosure
  • EcoTec™ fluid management system reduces fluid consumption and overall cost of ownership

The Next Series 8 comes in four main models:

 Model 81 ink jet codersDesigned for entry-level applications, targeted at applications printing 1 or 2 lines of text, with 1 shift per day, 5 days per week – 2000 hour annual operation, with slower production line speeds.

c82 ink jet codersDesigned for basic applications, targeted at applications printing 1 or 2 lines of text, with 1-2 shifts per day, 5 days per week – 2000-4000 hour annual operation, with modest production line speeds.

c86 ink jet codersDesigned for high speed applications, targeted at applications printing 1, 2, or 3 lines of text with 1-2 shifts per day, 5 days per week – 2000-4000 hour annual operation, with high speed production line speeds.

c88 ink jet codersDesigned for high speed / high use applications, targeted at applications printing 1, 2, 3, or 4 lines of text, with 2-3 shifts per day, 5-7 days per week 6000-8000 hour annual operation, with high speed production line speeds.

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Features

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Series 8 printheads start clean every time.

Advanced CleanStart™ extends operation times by automatically cleaning printhead - eliminating daily and weekly cleanings typical in coding machinery. You can spend more than 500 operation hours between human interactions. BestCode’s AutoOff™ Go Home Button is used at the end of the workday. Pressing the AutoOff™ Go Home Button automates the time consuming end of day manual routines by automatically cleaning the printhead and powering the system off. Press the button and go home – no wait time or manual cleaning to go through.

These printheads are industrial stainless steel and built-to-last for the harshest printing applications. Designed for a clean, pin-pointed start every time, the BestCode printheads are built around our proprietary micro-disk drop generator.

A single small bore tube delivers ink and solvent eliminating the need for multiple inlets/outlets. An integrated valve provides Direct Solvent Injection for printhead nozzle and gutter cleaning. Jet Startup is ready to print in less than 1 minute.


Series 8 systems print fast, faster and fastest – 3 speed settings.

Multiple machine types and multiple speed settings enable BestCode systems to achieve the fastest print applications. A single line of text can print at speeds exceeding 2000 feet/minute (600M/minute), two lines over 600 feet/minute (200M/minute), three or four lines of print at 300 feet/minute (100M/minute).

A range of quick to immediate dry inks have been developed for use with Series 8 printing systems. Inks available include MEK, Acetone, Ethanol, and Acetone/Ethanol blend based inks. Multiple colors are available as are a number of specialty fluids for unique applications.

Print non-contact, immediate dry, permanent, high-speed, reliable marks and codes on a wide range of substrates, including plastic, glass, paper and more. BestCode’s true non-contact printing allows ink throw distances at a minimum .5” (12mm) and up to 2” (50mm). Print marks and codes as small as .025" (.6 mm) – print on the edge of a toothpick or paperclip, and as large as .75" (19 mm) – print on the side of corrugated cases and other large character applications.


bestCode touchscreenClearer and simpler to operate.

Next Series 8 Systems are simplified for the user, allowing anyone to operate and minimizing operator touches and extending time between human interaction. A large, 10.4” color touch display is always on, offering a vivid display with large intuitive buttons and status indicators. The Series 8 display allows easy visual making full use of the color for status indicators. OneTouch™ single step operator functions are in use throughout the interface to reduce operator steps. A true WYSIWYG environment provides the most realistic view of creating your print message.

BestCode products are designed for the global market. Systems use multi-national character sets, featuring multiple languages and Unicode character printing – over 60,000 characters.


Print everything. Waste nothing! Bottles drain completely so you can print every drop.

External fill fluid addition allows on-the-fly Ink and Solvent filling without opening enclosure. The large, clean, mistake proof intelligent one quart fluid containers are sized differently eliminating the risk of adding Solvent or Ink into the wrong tank, while extending time between fluid additions. The quart ink and solvent bottles know their fluid type, and shelf life.


LargeVolume™ ink and solvent tanks.

High volume, demanding print applications are achieved with minimal user intervention. Tanks hold multiple liters of fluids for extended run time. Ink tank volumes can operate multiple months between additions. Solvent tank volumes can operate 1000+ operational hours between additions.


bestCode ink jet coder wetIndustrial, Designed to the Extremes

The Series 8 systems are designed for industrial extreme applications, engineered to the operating specification edges. Systems operate in wet/dry/dusty and hot/cold applications.


Industrial, all metal, stainless steel enclosure.

The systems are “Built-to-Last” in a compact, lightweight space saving design. Operate in the most extreme wet and dry applications with an IP55, or IP65 rated enclosure for high dust.


TempSense™ ventilation.

Using automatic detection systems, variable fan speed and highly efficient air flow, TempSense™ ensures the system operates in the correct temperature range. High volume air filters operate 12 months between service intervals.



bestCode ink tanksEcoTec™ fluid management system reduces solvent consumption, lowering overall cost of ownership while extending the time between solvent additions and filter replacements.

EcoTec™ is a proprietary ink tank, reduced cycle pump, SmartFilter™ and a twin trap vapor condensing unit purpose designed for CIJ Technology.

The ink tank is designed to last the life of the system. The reduced cycle pump extends pump life and lowers fluid operating temperature resulting in lower evaporation rates. Vapor condensing and reduced solvent evaporation lowers overall ownership cost and reduces interaction time adding solvent to the system.


Smart Filters

Filters know their install date, keeping track of usage and alerting when the ink filter should be replaced. Quick change, extended life filters operate up to 8,000 hours – 12 months.


State-of-the-Art Electronics.

Systems feature high speed, state-of-the-art 208Mhz processor core integrated into a single electronic board. Systems feature large memory storage, allowing multiple thousand messages to be stored for selection.


Stay connected.

Integrated USB, RS232, multiple programmable inputs and outputs and optional Ethernet communications enable network connectivity allowing integration into any application Use USB memory sticks to backup, restore, move, and carry system files wherever you go.


Specifications

BestCode Series 8 Continuous Ink Jet Printing Systems Specifications
Printhead
Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) Technology, Single Printhead Control

User Interface
10.4” (264mm) Color LCD, Touch Screen, Icon based - Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Lines of Print
1 Lines, 16 pixel (Model 81)
1-2 Lines, 16 pixel (Model 82)
1-3 Lines, 25 pixel (Model 86)
1-4 Lines, 32 pixel (Model 88)

Print Fonts
5, 7, 9, 12, 16 (Model 81)
5, 7, 9, 12, 16 (Model 82)
5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 19, 25 (Model 86)
5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 19, 25, 32 (Model 88)

Electronic Hardware
32 Bit ARM 9, 208 Mhz Processor

Storage
4GByte Solid State Drive, 16 MByte Flash, 128 MByte RAM, USB Interface (thumb drive)

Machine Interface
RS232 (Model 82)
RS232 (Model 86)
RS232, Ethernet (Model 88)

Inputs
1 Photocell, 1 Photocell or Programmable Input, 1 Shaft Encoder, 8 Programmable – Field programmable input, remote message selection option – 256 possible selections

Outputs

4 Programmable Alarms (open collector,150mA sink),
1 Programmable Dry Contact RelayExternal Power (+24VDC 500mA)

Enclosure
Stainless Steel Enclosure

Ingress Protection
IP55 (Model 81)
IP55 (Model 82)
IP55 (Model 86)
IP65 (Model 88)

Filter Life
2,000 hours (Model 81)
4,000 hours (Model 82)
4,000 hours (Model 86)
8,000 hours (Model 88)

Operating Environment
Temperature: 32°—122° F (0°—50° C), % Relative Humidity: 10—90% (non condensing)

Electrical Requirements
Auto Ranging: 100—240 VAC (3 Amp), Frequency: 50—60Hz, Power Consumption: 50 watts

Compliance
CE Certified, RoHS Compliant

Message/Code Creation
Dynamic Message Storage (over 1000 Messages), WYSIWYG Message Editing, Drag/Drop Field Based Formatting, Multi-National (Unicode) Character Printing, Download Fonts, Integrated Font Editor, Real and Expiration Time and Date, Shift and Rollover Functions,Product and Batch Counting, Download Graphics and Integrated Editor, Continuous and Repeat Print Capability

Operation Features
Icon Based Operation, Single Button Start, Single Button Stop/Power Off, Password Security, Automatic Diagnostics, Error and Activity Logs, Service Reminders, Backup / Restore Functions, Downloadable Software Updates, Multiple Operator Languages, Download Language Translations

Ink Delivery
SmartFill™ Ink Bottle: 32oz (946ml), SmartFill™ Solvent Bottle: 32oz (946ml)

Fluid Capacity
Ink Capacity: 68oz (2 liter), Solvent Capacity: 102oz (3 liters)

Ink Types
Quick Dry to Immediate - MEK (Model 81)
Quick Dry to Immediate, Full Range — MEK, Ethanol, Acetone (Models 82, 86, 88)

Ink Colors
Black (Model 81)
Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Invisible (UV Readable) (Models 82, 86, 88)

Specialty Systems
C88S micro, C88S pigment, C88S food (Model 88)

Printhead Umbilical
10 Feet (3 Meter) *other options on request

Printing
Printhead Orientation - Omni Directional

Image Height
Adjustable: .025” (.6mm) - .5” (12mm)

Throw Distance
Non-contact printing ¼” (6mm) – 1” (25mm) throw distance

Print Speed Capability
600 ft/minute (196M/min) (Model 81)
600 ft/minute (196M/min) (Model 82)
1500 ft/minute (470M/min) (Model 86)
1500 ft/minute (470M/min) (Model 88)

Weight
45 lbs (20kg)

Optional Accessories
Alarm Beacon, Photocells, Mountings, Shaft Encoder, Positive Air Kit (for high dust), Printhead Wash Station

 

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