Dubai based specialist packaging machines distributor, Printech ME has launched laser marking and coding equipments from Spanish company Macsa id which can replace traditional inkjet systems.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO, Pankaj Patel said: "We are introducing low entry cost laser coding systems for printing and packaging segment. This is a CO2 laser system which does not need any consumable like inkjet. So it does not need any maintenance cleaning and it works with most substrates from labels and cartons through a range of plastics to glass, wood and textiles."

This systems creates the contrast on the substrate by laser engraving. The grayscale production is also possible by adjusting the laser power. "We are targeting two types of customers viz, packaging with wide, narrow web flexo and offset printers along with advertising companies. Laser can create innovative applications like logo, 2 D barcode, picture creation on diaries, leather, glass, etc," he said.

Manufacturer claims average life of laser to be 45,000 working hours and one can replace the laser tube at 5 to 10% the cost of machine.

Printech ME has invested in two types of laser systems and created a demo room to try clients substrates. The starting price is $15k and company expects to sell at least 20 systems in the first year.

Printech ME conducted an open house on 4th April to give demonstrations to industrial and advertising and promotional applications. Sales engineer from Macsa id, Sergi Gonzalez was present at the event. "With this system, one can expect their return on investment by one to one and half years. There is lot of potential for laser systems in ME region as it can do many innovative uses like variable data and anti counterfeit," he said.

Printech will be introducing fiber laser modules as a next step. These systems create a controlled thermal reaction and give change of colour effect. The applications can be on metal, plastics and foil with bar codes, logos and technical drawings for product identification with a very clear message without perforation.