SATO was brought on by Spanish weighing and labelling firm Dibal to create a solution to label 50 meat trays per minute with weight and price information.
The challenge Dibal faced was this: its current labelling system could only handle 35 trays per minute – something that would compromise its client’s productivity.
Working alongside SATO and Italy-based Mecatronics, Dibal developed a bespoke labelling system with a SATO industrial print engine at the heart of the solution.
Operating costs cut
Called the S84-ex, the engine can withstand vibration and static making it well-suited to tough operating environments.
The engine SATO delivered has a ribbon saver which reduces the use of thermal transfer ribbon, which the business said helps control operating costs.
“We have a strong working relationship with SATO and their high quality print products combined with a creative, flexible approach to problem-solving is invaluable in delivering value for our customers,” said Luis Porrua, Dibal’s export manager.
“Working together, we have been able to improve our customer’s productivity and deliver a cost-competitive labelling solution.”
Laurent Lassus, general manager of marketing and product management at SATO Europe, said the development has “potential for delivering real production and cost savings in other packaging applications.”