Markem-Imaje ( is extending its thermal transfer overprinter (TTO) line of coders with a cost-efficient version targeting low- and medium-speed production lines of up to 600 mm per second initially for users in Asia-Pacific.

The SmartDate X30 provides the same high-quality printing and uptime as the other models in the range but makes specialized features, such as unique coding, optional.  Its hardware and setup requirements are also streamlined. At 20 cm x 17 cm x 18cm, it is the smallest coder in the portfolio, making installation into production lines or integration by OEMs easy.

The hand-held device only requires one box per line and a handheld, menu-driven operator terminal which controls one or more coders, unlike typical TTO coders. Unlike other coders, it requires no plant air. It also offers manufacturers the advantage of simply plugging it into their OEM machinery, reducing installation time and expense.

The X30 retains the automatic setup and dead-dot detection capabilities of the SmartDate range, ensuring that uptime and quality are maximized. Intelligence built into the coder automatically identifies and accepts new ribbons without manual intervention. Similarly, advanced printhead monitoring detects and helps eliminate faulty codes. 

End-users can choose from all SmartDate X-Series ribbon types ranging from economy-grade through to complex options with enhanced mechanical, heat and solvent resistance – all of which have been shown to deliver up to 15 percent more codes per roll. 

Options available include having the power supply within the machine. If end-users prefer the more traditional approach of one operator terminal per coder, they can buy as many extra handheld devices as required.