Increase print apply uptime with 10 simple steps

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Sato, the barcode printing, labelling and EPC/RFID solutions provider, has published a whitepaper, 10 key ways to increasing print apply system uptime, which introduces a number of steps industrial companies can take to maximise print apply system uptime and ensure high quality, readable label information.  Upkeep of automated print and apply labelling systems is important in achieving increased efficiencies, improving productivity and reducing costs associated with downtime.

"By following a few simple steps organisations can minimise print apply downtime to become more efficient," says Ikuo Dobashi, Chairman of Sato Corporation and Sato International Europe. "From straightforward steps such as cleaning the print head and changing the platen roller, to evaluating media change procedures and minimising heat, pressure and print speed settings, users can learn how to maximise print apply system uptime quickly and easily."


Print and apply systems all have normal downtime associated with media (labels / ribbon) changes, preventive maintenance procedures and wear parts replacement.  The whitepaper suggests 10 methods which lay a foundation for minimising this normal downtime while ultilising the time to ensure the printer applicator system will run optimally during production use, i.e. intelligent use of normal downtime to maximise uptime.

The single most beneficial step any company can implement is a routine and thorough print head cleaning procedure.  Not only will system performance improve, but the potential for retailer charge-backs due to unreadable barcodes will be reduced due to better and longer lasting print quality.

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