Installed: four 53Lti thermal transfer coding machines for manufacturing of Christmas puddings; installed by Allen Coding Systems, which manufactures thermal transfer, hot foil and laser coding and marking equipment.

Currently installed: Matthew Walker currently has 10 of Allen Coding’s machines fitted on its production lines, divided between 53LT thermal transfer coders and Compact 205 units.

Solution: Part of food giant Northern Foods, the firm makes Matthew Walker-branded puddings, as well as own-label puddings made to individual recipes for the major retailers in the UK; it also produces under licence for prestigious customers such as Duchy Originals and Harrods. As the Compact 205 models it has been using have been wearing out, the company has decided to replace them with the superior 53LT unit. It has done this in four cases to date, most recently during the summer of 2010.

How it fits: The 53LTs are installed in two lanes on the same lines and are being used to label Christmas puddings and sponge puddings. Operating at speeds of up to 50 per minute, they apply dates and lot codes on to Matthew Walker’s product base labels.

Benefits: longer time between reel changes, less compressed air, quicker code changes than the Compact 205 and fewer numerals to control.

Supplied by: Allen Coding Systems