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Transpack Medical looks to eliminate manual labelling with Multilane Thermal Transfer printer from Bell-Mark

Pine Brook, NJ - Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, - Multi-lane thermal transfer printer in no way limits the speed of a thermoforming machine and can print all information directly onto the top web and so save manual label application.

Rotech machines have installed a Bell-Mark multilane Thermal Transfer printer at leading medical device producer, Transpack Medical in Blackburn, who were looking to improve two areas of their overprinting operation. Firstly, they wanted to have a printer that would in no way limit the speed of their Tiromat Thermoforming machine and, secondly, they wanted a device capable of printing all the information they wanted directly onto the top web and so save the hand-application of labels.

The unit supplied by Rotech comfortably met both these requirements, as it was able to print the entire width of a 300mm wide web well before the Tiromat needed to advance the paper. Furthermore, equipped with a 128mm wide printhead, the Bell-Mark printer was able to print everything that had previously been on a label.

First-class print quality was achieved by use of a ribbon grade that Rotech had specifically selected for its superior performance at high speeds on Tyvek® and other medical papers. Pantone® colours can also be matched if a specific corporate shade is required.

Speaking of their new acquisition, Andrew Micklethwaite, the Managing Director at Transpack, comments “We are enjoying significant benefits with the new printer. We have no restriction on the speed at which we can run the Thermoformer and are able to produce a far higher quality of print than previously. Furthermore, by installing the Bell-Mark printer driver, we are able to carry-on using our existing formats and design software with no need for re-training or conversion. We were particularly pleased that Rotech were able to install the unit within two weeks of our placing the order.”.

The unit supplied by Rotech ( can print any number of lanes of print onto almost any width of packaging material. By traversing only those parts of the printer that are needed - namely the printhead and ribbon transverse mechanism - weight is kept to a minimum, so fast print and return speeds can be achieved. Such printers are used throughout the world by the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging industries.

Review Points
• Multilane Thermal Transfer Printer eliminates manual labelling
• 128mm wide printhead is largest available
• Bell-Mark printer driver allows customer to use existing design software
• High quality printing is achieved even at high speeds of the thermoforming equipment

About Bell-Mark
Bell-Mark is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of innovative in-line coding and printing machinery. For over 45 years, Bell-Mark has been designing solutions for package printing applications in the meat, medical device, pharmaceutical, prepared foods, bakery, dairy and poultry packaging industries. Bell-Mark offers many in-line printing technologies including thermal transfer, flexographic, reciprocating ink coders, and inkjet, all of which satisfy requirements to print bar codes, lot/exp codes, date codes, graphics and variable data directly onto packaging substrates.


Press Contact:
Glenn C. Breslauer
Director, Marketing / IT
Bell-Mark Inc.

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