Because every industry faces different challenge, ALE has developed adaptable products to respond to coding and markings needs across the domains. Here are five of the main reasons why ALE printers are trusted by wine makers.
Despite a few exceptions, the wine industry is dominated by small to medium size companies and cooperatives, having very few space to allocate to packaging equipment and especially coding and marking machines. In fact, with the storages of wine, bottles and cases, conveyors are often reduced to a minimum.
Taking no more space than an A4 paper sheet and the average system measuring 16.3 cm high, ALE printers are one of the most compact systems on the market that can be easily integrated to any production line, even the smallest ones.
With its 15 years experience in the high resolution market, ALE has been able to develop the widest range of products to adapt and meet a wide range of needs.
For instance, the most popular machines in the French wine market are the Nano18 (stable and omnidirectional versions) as well as the TC144.
On the one hand, the Nano 18mm allows industrials, with few or no experience in marking, to start printing small variable data such as the colour of the wine, the year and identification codes on the side of pre-printed boxes. They also often print small identification barcodes required by supermarkets.
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On the other hand, some industrials are looking for big print height to meet legal requirements for exporting wine in some countries such as Canada or Sweden, and the TC144 systems ( the highest print height available on the market) are the ideal solution for this kind of application.
High-quality wine maker are also interested in ALE products for personalising their packaging with their logo and because they also offer the possibility to print onto almost any surfaces such as wooden boxes, giving a nice, more classy touch to the products.
Simple and Reliable
All ALE machines are built around the same simple and industrial design, making it very easy to service and maintain them, when necessary. Their stainless steel enclosure make them even more robust and they can support extreme working conditions, without damaging the final quality of the print. These systems have therefore a very long lifetime, over 10 years when used correctly.
The wine industry, just like food or cosmetics industries, is submitted to customer pressure to have better looking and readable codes. This is even truer for premium brands that can damage their whole brand image with poorly printed codes.
ALE systems offer a consistent print quality of 180Dpi, being able to code with the same accuracy texts, barcodes or logos.
Direct inkjet marking is proved to be a more productive and cost-efficient technology as the industrials can print on demand their boxes directly on their site. For example, thanks to ALE printers allowing them to mark the wine type directly onto their boxes instead of manually checking a box on the packaging, some wine producers in France increased their productivity.