Marked-Image announces strategy to reduce manufacturer downtime


Coding and marking specialist Markem-Imaje has adopted a new strategy that it claims is “helping food and beverage manufacturers to reduce downtime by up to 50 per cent”.

The company’s new strategy is “designed to meet the specific needs of each industrial sector,” and offers service packages “with dedicated options available to match specific coding solutions and applications,” according to a spokesperson.

The company has worked in partnership with its customers to develop “modular, cost effective service plans that protect long-term investment in coding equipment”.

Arnaud Laugier, EMEA marketing director, said, “Coding and marking systems play a critical role on food and beverage production lines and by purchasing a coding solution that includes a service agreement manufacturers can increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and maximise production line efficiency.

“Both food and beverage manufacturing sectors are characterised by extremely high production line speeds and conditions that place high demands on equipment that is in use for prolonged periods.

“Typically, coding equipment will remain in use for up to eight years and it has to be able to deliver high contrast, legible codes at high output rates – 100,000 products per hour is not unusual – so reliability is also paramount. Even a short period of downtime will have a significant impact and no manufacturer can afford to let their coding equipment create a bottleneck on the line.

“Bespoke service plans are designed to provide the most efficient way of protecting profitability and minimizing the total cost of ownership, all while using a single supplier.”

He added, “The emphasis of every service package is upon prevention of downtime and helping businesses to be as self-reliant as possible, providing the right solution whenever it is required.

“These new service contracts are cutting manufacturers’ downtime by as much as 50% and when purchased as part of the Markem-Imaje Smile program – an asset finance scheme – 99.9% equipment availability is guaranteed.”