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TIJ helps pakora producer crack code

A Scottish-based pakora producer has reportedly seen the efficiency of its coding operation “transformed” after investing in Rotech’s RF Lite thermal inkjet.

P K Foods Glasgow has experienced major growth over the past six years thanks to contract wins with major retailers including Scotmid, Costco, Nisa, Co-op and Morrisons. The family firm produces a large volume of Indian snacks by hand from its 5,000 sq ft facility. The date coding operation was being performed manually.

P K Foods Glasgow visited the PPMA show, having decided it wanted a TIJ coder. An encounter with Rotech’s RF Lite sleeve coder provided the answer the business had been looking for. Sales director and partner Jason Stevenson explained, “This machine has been fantastic. It has slipped into our operation and become an invaluable part of our process. It is hard to imagine how we ever managed without it. Coding used to be slow, painful and labour intensive. Now a single operator can run off 5000 sleeves in just two or three hours.

“We were having to employ staff who just hand-stamped all day. When we started to win more and more business with national supermarkets, this became too inefficient and time-consuming.

“We were looking for a desktop coder that was compact and simple to use – and the price had to be right. It is pointless buying a machine that can offer additional functions that are not required in the future; the Rotech machine was just perfect in size, functionality and cost.”

The RF Lite takes flat cardboard sleeves from a hopper, feeds them through an inkjet printer so they can be date-coded and stacks them again ready for use. Rotech added that it can handle a variety of sleeve shapes and sizes.

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