This was put to the test when Rolfe Laboratories, a South African based company that specialises in contract packaging of home and personal care products, needed to purchase six new printers. The goal was to reduce maintenance costs by opting for a printer that did not require an ink module, thereby ensuring an efficient and uninterrupted production line.
"We investigated several alternatives before opting for the Markem-Imaje 9232 small character inkjet printer, due to its enhanced performance characteristics and unmatched 18 month warranty," commented Brad Rolfe, Chief Executive Officer of Rolfe Laboratories.
The Markem-Imaje 9232 CIJ printer requires no ink module and has a 99.6% availability ratio due to its innovative ink circuit design and printhead. Its unique features include a hassle-free start-up and shut-down system and its user-friendly intuitive interface allows operators to quickly understand the menu structure.
Enhanced ink cartridge life, low additive consumption and an 18 month service interval allows the company to save on running costs over an extended period of time, and a full 18 month warranty means that they can be assured of continued uptime and productivity.
Additional tangible benefits to the customer include:
- Operation optimisation: The printer has a real-time display of remaining print capacity, fast, safe consumable changing with no need to stop printing, and a user interface with a 177,8 mm colour touch screen
- High-performance printing: Futuristic technology allows the 9232 to print speeds of up to 6.6m/s with an optional ultra rapid print mode for high-speed printing
- Eco benefits: The 9232 is made from 80% recyclable materials, uses less electricity and includes the option of using ketone-free and MEK-free inks
"Although there may be lower-priced alternatives available and one could save a few Rands initially, the running costs of the 9232 are lower and we ultimately save over a five year period. With an established South African-based company such as Pyrotec, we can be assured of an inherent commitment to quality customer service and support," concluded Rolfe.