Crest Foods Co., Inc., Ashton, IL, is a contract private-labelpackager with expertise in turnkey manufacturing, blending,and packaging of a wide range of dry food products. To print its cup, bag, and carton packaging, Crest was using ink-jet equipment that was working satisfactorily. But in-house maintenance of the printers was not easy to accomplish. It often was necessary to call in printer supplier company technicians, resulting in increased line downtime.
Crest shopped around and found the MK-U6000 Series industrialink-jet printer from KEYENCE Corporation of America. This high-speed, clog-resistant system features an easy to-use, touch-screen operator interface and is engineered to offer a combination of automatic maintenance and advanced QC. Print quality is easy to inspect. The printer can be linked to an image sensor with just one cable.
And replacement of consumable parts is simple to accomplish, requiring no tools. Crest conducted a three-week trial and then installed their first easybolt-on KEYENCE system in March 2015. Currently, the contract packer is operating 10 KEYENCE MK printers, printing one to three lines of alphanumeric data, depending on the product application and package size. These printers accommodate Crest’s cups, pouches, and cartons in various sizes. Flexible and rigid plastic structures are customer-specific, as is the fill/seal equipment.