DataLase launches functional masterbatch additive for plastics integration

DATALASE, the photonic printing solutions firm, has launched its masterbatch additive designed for integration into plastic products and packaging.

The additive is integrated directly into the masterbatch in pellet form, with the firm saying it allows for consistent high quality, high contrast permanent black coding.

Working with standard CO2 scribing lasers, the firm added that the additive provides sustainable benefits in production by eliminating labels, consumables and waste from the coding and marking process.

A spokesperson from DataLase said, “With lasers retrofitted to assembly lines, the additive will also deliver a range of efficiency benefits. By having the flexibility to make fast changes to coding and decoration requirements, the coding and marking process can reduce unscheduled downtime, requires minimal preventive maintenance and less frequent fume extraction filter changes.

“Additionally, as the additive is already integrated into the extruded plastic, manufacturers will be able to enhance brand integrity by providing SKU traceability through permanent coding that is tamper proof, anti-counterfeit and impossible to remove. The additive can also assist in improving packaging design by removing unsightly ablation areas; furthermore, it can be printed anywhere on the packaging with high precision.”

Commenting on the launch, DataLase’s CTO, Ally Grant, said, “In light of the ongoing pandemic, the importance of supply chain resilience and risk management are more apparent than ever. Key to implementing refinements will be developments in technology and sustainability.

“Our masterbatch additive initiative ticks all the boxes in providing manufacturing and production environments with clear efficiency and environmental benefits, thereby assisting them to be prepared for future unexpected risk events and situations.”