The system automates the print production and inline inspection of secure documents, certificates, tax stamps and authentication labels.
The new inkjet printing and inspection machine consist of three key components:
- Modular air vacuum transport conveyor: Ross Manufacturing has built a flexible vacuum conveyor for the transport of sheets, leaflets, labels, cards and packaging from 115 x 60mm up to 540 x 720mm in size. A high capacity feeder utilizes adjustable universal suction pads that can deal with a wide range of paper, card and plastic substrates ranging from 30 - 230 GSM. An automated reject gate and a high capacity stacker placed at the end of the conveyor ensure continuous operation.
- Inkjet printheads from all major printer suppliers can be mounted on the conveyor with either B&W, spot color or fluorescent ink for full variable data printing. Two Inkjet heads can be mounted on rails for easy operation and continuous printing.
- A print inspection system from Lake Image Systems is integrated onto the transport conveyor belt incorporating high resolution linescan cameras and high intensity LED white, color or UV lighting as required. The camera and lighting are enclosed in a metal housing for stable and safe operation. Lake Image’s Discovery Multiscan software is deployed to track, read and verify variable data and inspect every item for print quality defects. If an error is detected, the defective piece is tracked by Multiscan zonal tracking module to the reject gate, which diverts the suspect item for subsequent inspection by the operator.
“We are once again delighted to be a part of this exciting new innovation from Ross Manufacturing,” adds Martin Keats, managing director at Lake Image Systems. “Our reputation as a print inspection technology supplier, within the security and label industry, has seen exceptional growth. Print inspection is now seen as an essential component in reducing production costs and waste, but more importantly, for mitigating the potential risks associated with faulty documents and labels for both the security printer and the end client. We are delighted that De La Rue has chosen us for this critical part of their business.”