Thermal Transfer Printers that work for your business
Industry Uses: Food | Beverages | Bakery | Pharma | Cosmetics | Meat and Poultry | confectionery
ideal For: Flexible packaging | Labels | Stick packs | Sachets | Resealable pouches
Thermal Transfer Overprinting (TTO) is the established technology of choice for a wide range of coding applications. From label overprinting, to high speed digital coding on vertical bagging machines with flexible packaging, the Zodiac thermal transfer printer range is able to deliver fast print speeds, minimising downtime and ensuring the lowest possible cost of ownership.
Why choose the ICE Zodiac range?
Class-leading performance, reliability and speed for a rapid ROI
The Zodiac range has long been considered the best in the industry, delivering high speed, low maintenance performance.
The modularly designed, solid-state coders, feature an airless all-electronic printhead design, Intelligent Motion™, for unrivalled flexibility, accuracy and reliability. Its industry-leading 1,200 metre ribbon capacity with print gaps of just 0.5mm leads to fewer changeovers and more efficient ribbon use.
The Zodiac Hawk and Zodiac Falcon models are the first thermal transfer printers to report on all elements of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) as standard, leading to vast improvements in performance, reliability and quality.
How do thermal transfer printers work?
The thermal transfer coders use a 32mm, 53mm or 107mm width thermal printhead to apply ink onto flexible packaging. This is achieved by contact between the printhead and a platen or roller. Situated between the printhead and the label is a very thin thermal transfer ribbon made of a polyester film which is coated on the label side with a wax, wax-resin or pure resin ink.
The ribbon is spooled onto reels up to 1,200m long and is driven through the printing mechanism in sync with the labels, at speeds of up 1,000mm per second.
Built in sensors create a real time image of the negative on the printed ribbon to confirm it matches the print image.
iAssure™ technology determines the type and magnitude of any mismatch and determines if the code is a pass or fail. Once a pre-set number of consecutive fails is reached, the Zodiac Hawk or Falcon can signal for a product to be rejected or stop the line entirely. This can easily be viewed in real time on the CLARiTY monitor, determining overall printer productivity. Meaning for the first time all elements of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), performance, reliability AND quality can be reported on, driving improvements for the modern, smart factory.
Next generation thermal transfer overprinters
Building on the legacy of the HS, the new generation ICE Zodiac range includes all of the proven functionality and reliability of the industry-leading Zodiac HS range, with many new innovative features and benefits for users. These have been proven to improve uptime and productivity within the packaging industry and the new Zodiac range has been designed and manufactured with compatible dimensions, connectivity and communication protocols, which ensure minimum disruption during transition.
The new generation of Zodiac printers have the modular flexibility to separate the CLARiTY Graphical User Interface (GUI) from the Power Supply Unit (PSU), thus giving a range of install options to suit the requirements of your specific production line. This combined with the small footprint of the Zodiac printers means installation can be seamlessly integrated within the parent machine system, for streamlined production and ease of operator use.
Watch our Zodiac printers in action
Clearmark has created a virtual 360 product demonstration room that you can walk around from the comfort of your own home. This allows you to watch and learn more about our industry-leading Zodiac TTO alongside our full product range to see first-hand how our product’s intelligent, innovative design could benefit you.
Unsure which printer is right for you?
Get in touch with our friendly team for free, expert advice or book an onsite or remote demo of any of our Zodiac printers to see how they can help with your coding challenges.