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Popcorn manufacturer orders coders

12 July 2010

Allen Coding’s 53LTi thermal transfer coder has proved to be ‘top of the pops’ for specialist independent popcorn manufacturer, Cornpoppers

Compoppers has ordered four of the reliable, low-cost machines for its factory in Wednesbury in the West Midlands.

The privately-owned ‘fun food’ company was established in 1979 and is one of the most recognised UK suppliers of bagged popcorn, both in own label format for some of the largest supermarket chains and also for Cornpoppers branded popcorn bags for wholesalers, shops and leisure venues.

Manufacturing more than five million bags annually, the company is increasing its facility with two new packing lines which will incorporate two of the Allen 53LTi coders for ‘best before’ date stamping, as well as batch code information on laminated and OPP film.

Mick Ryan sales and Technical Manager at Cornpoppers, says: “As part of our machinery upgrades we will be replacing existing systems on two of our lines with the new 53LTi’s to provide a better print and also to speed up the machine operator’s daily set-up time.

He continues: “Having worked successfully with Allen Coding for over 10 years, we had no reason to look elsewhere when it came to ordering new equipment. Cornpoppers has been around for more than 30 years and we have learnt to stick with machinery and companies who give us support and reliability.”

Among the advantages of the 53LTi, which was originally developed with the food industry and users of hot foil coders in mind, is that it provides many of the advanced features of more expensive thermal transfer units. These include 300 dpi print resolution; cassette ribbon loading; 600-metre ribbon capacity; 53mm x 30mm print area with print speeds up to 400mm per second; and a best of breed thermal print head.

The cost-effectiveness and reliability of the Allen coder are other important benefits to users. Robustly engineered, able to print vital fixed and variable text and graphics easily, it also comes with Allen Coding System’s round-the-clock customer service and support scheme.

Other features of the innovative, space-saving coder is its suitability for marking labels and other packaging substrate with RSS barcodes; linear and composite barcodes; realtime; sell-by dates; batch numbers; company logos; prices and source codes.

The 53LTi is supplied as standard with an operator keypad and Windows-based full-featured label design software.

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