High speed printing, labelling and 360° vision system ensures full traceability of beverage products exported to Russia


acsa ID, manufacturer of advanced coding and marking equipment for the food and beverage markets –

has developed a high speed, automatic printing, labelling and vision system to help alcoholic drinks producers, processors and packers increase operating efficiencies whilst also meeting the specialist track and trace requirements of Russia’s stringent Automated Unified State Information System (EGAIS) anti-counterfeiting legislation. The EGAIS legislation is designed to track the

production volumes and turnover of every alcoholic product available on the Russian market, including foreign imports. It requires all alcoholic beverage companies to label drinks bottles with a special FSM tax stamp that contains a unique number which must be traceable throughout the entire packaging and distribution process so that they can be properly taxed and avoid counterfeiting. Russia’s EGAIS regulation also applies to

foreign importers and is designed to ensure distributors comply with contracts by not entering other markets to achieve better purchase prices by volume. As part of the EGAIS requirements, it is imperative to be able to trace which drinks bottles go into each box, which boxes go on to each pallet and where each pallet goes. Macsa ID’s high speed printing, labelling and vision inspection model applies labels with a unique datamatrix code and EGAIS

identifier to the cap of each bottle. These are scanned by an advanced 360° vision system and linked to the EGAIS identifier by the Macsa ID’s market-leading Integra packaging software which controls and records the entire process. The 2D barcodes are used to print the

box and pallet grouping labels which when scanned will provide information about the contents of each box loaded onto the pallet. This automatic aggregation of the codes significantly improves operating efficiencies as there is no need to unpack pallets or boxes to scan the official EGAIS label on each bottle individually. Macsa ID’s integrated printing, labelling and 360° vision system comprises an automatic MLA PR label applicator with thermal transfer printer which offers high speed printing and application of datamatrix codes on each bottle cap. It applies the labels with hot melt adhesive and can operate at speeds up to 8,500 bottles per hour. The EGAIS number, which is issued by the Russian Government, includes a unique combination of 150 letters and numbers which the comprise the tax stamp type, tax stamp series, tax stamp number, internal service information, a checksum and an electronic signature.

Rexson installs dispenser at RENOLIT R

exson Systems, a member of the Inkmaker Group, recently completed a ColorPoint 32 ink-dispenser installation at RENOLIT’s UK base in Northumberland. The installation—involving Atex-certified;

tanks, mixers, level sensors, control valves and return-ink control panel—was secured by Martin Black, Area Sales Manager for Rexson Systems, Inkmaker Group. “The Rexson ColorPoint 32—our solvent- based ink dispenser for use in the manufacture of printed coverings for furniture cabinets and surfaces—produces 20-200L batch sizes into pails and drums using a 300kg x 1g resolution floor scale. This installation dispenses 24 ingredients, including 4 x ‘bulked’ press-return ink ingredients, seamlessly and automatically. The bulked return inks are collected into the upper tanks, for colour measurement and QC, before being emptied into the lower

tanks for automated dispensing as a new- blend ingredient,” explains Martin. “Our dispenser’s ColorPoint Manager office PC was located in the supervisor’s office, functioning as an interface to the customers network, spectrophotometer and colour software.” RENOLIT, the leading global specialist of

high-quality plastic films, sheets and other plastic products, who employs close to five thousand employees in thirty production plants worldwide, looked to Rexson Systems to resolve their global challenges: “When it became time to replace our aging ink- dispensing system we considered offers from a number of different suppliers. We decided to install the Rexson/Inkmaker system based on its functionality, simplicity of design and compact form. Their system gives us significant benefits over our old installation, offering improved stock management, cost control and reporting.”

explained Christopher Meek, Project Engineer at RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd. “The system also integrates with our newly acquired colour-prediction software seamlessly, which allows us to make on-the- fly colour corrections with ease as well as enabling us to utilise considerably more of our return inks. The interface is easy to use, very robust and from a user point of view the dispenser is very accessible making it easy to clean and maintain. During the 12 months the system has been in service it has proven to be extremely reliable with zero unscheduled downtime to date.” “RENOLIT is a leader in its field, we are

honoured that our Rexson ColorPoint 32 rose to the occasion to successfully meet their demands. We look forward to future collaborations,” concluded Christophe Rizzo, CEO EMEA/Americas, Inkmaker Group. October 2020 19

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