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Timbermark Identification Systems Ltd

Company Overview

Timbermark is a marking systems company dedicated to the timber industry. We supply a range of inkjet printer systems for sawmills and pallet manufacturers.

Established in 2004, Timbermark has over 15 years’ experience of focus on the timber industry, with engineering development activity tailored to the application needs of the industry. Examples of this include a system for high speed planers and pallet marking systems where the print cycles between three designs.

Pallet and box customers often use Timbermark’s inkjet systems for marking the components used in assembly, or on automatic 2-way or 4-way production lines, whilst typical sawmill applications include planer outfeed or transverse sorting systems.

Our handheld printers are versatile and can be used in many different projects. Printing size varies from ½” (12.7mm) with the high resolution Sojet printers, to 2¼”(56mm) for the large character effect EBS Handjet.

Timbermark serves European customers from its base in Oxfordshire, and has sawmill clients in Latvia, France, Slovakia and Hungary.

The company is always on the lookout for new technical applications for inkjet and has a design and development team ready to study your project.

Products / Services Listing

  • Sojet Elfin high resolution range
  • Sojet Handjet ‘Dragon’ D1
  • Sojet Handjet V1H (includes scan-to-print function)
  • Yeacode UV curing range
  • EBS Handjet 250, Handjet 260

Products / Services Summary

Sojet Elfin high resolution range:

These printers use the super-sharp Hewlett Packard technology, giving simple operation along with easy installation and near-zero maintenance costs. Designs are made using logos imported on a USB stick, and created using the touch screen interface. Sojet is based in China, and their products represent real value for money.

Thermal inkjet (a.k.a. HP technology) is state of the art in terms of reliability. The systems are solid state, with no pumps, tanks, or float switches. The print heads accept HP cartridges, so if it is damaged or not printing perfectly, simply changing the cartridge gets production running again.

Most customers can self-install the Sojet machines, reducing the need for external visitors to site. The printer is supplied with an installation kit, so that the printer can be installed straight out of the box. The inkjet controller can be pre-configured and the messages designed in advance, as an inclusive service to customers.

This is a technology which has enormous potential to revolutionise the marking quality on painted pallets. Timbermark has a current development project to develop a system to mark stacks of painted pallets, and seeks expressions of interest from potential partners.

Handheld inkjet printers:

Our handheld inkjet printers are battery powered and portable.

For a large character print the EBS-250 and 260 handjets print with either 16 or 32 dots. With large drop size and flexible programming, these print guns are suitable for rough surfaces. With a software upgrade, they can be paired with Bluetooth scanners to automate data entry.

The Sojet handheld printers D1 and V1H can reproduce high resolution codes, logos, date and batch information. Both models use touch screen interfaces for easy programming.

The Sojet V1H model includes a scan-to-print feature to reproduce scanned barcode information in a variety of formats. This is ideal where the code changes every print, or where there is an external source of the data that can be presented as a bar code. Another advantage of the V1H is that it can print full height across several lines on separate passes.

Yeacode UV curing range

High resolution printers running UV-curing inks, Yeacode can print a variety of colours (black, white, cyan, magenta, green) onto non-porous surfaces, including wet, painted pallet blocks. The controller runs one to four print heads, which are either 32 or 72mm, giving a maximum print height of 288mm.

This is a technology which has enormous potential to revolutionise the marking quality on painted pallets. Timbermark has a current development project to develop a system to mark stacks of painted pallets, and seeks expressions of interest from potential partners.

Applications:

Sawmill applications

The key feature of sawmill systems is the mechanical and controls engineering which form part of the project. The mechanical elements such as floating skids and height adjustment modules enable standard inkjet systems to be adapted to suit the heavy-duty and high-speed environment in modern mills.

  • Planer systems:
    On the planer outfeed the inkjet does a superb job. The print is sharp and works nicely at speeds of up to 300m/minute. Timbermark’s system includes the mechanical arrangement to present the heads close to the timber, whilst protecting the components from impact damage and giving easy height adjustment for the operator.

    A lower-cost mounting arrangement including a mini skid and clamps is also available for slower lines.

  • Transverse systems:
    Printing across the timber gives a small target area, so it makes sense to print in high resolution. Print heads can be arranged to print onto the top surface, or the end of the piece.

    On sorting lines, the system is mounted on a floating ski with servo motor height adjustment. From one controller the inkjet can mark in up to six places.

    Transverse systems can use data inputs from a grader or PLC to produce variable content, such as grade information, piece length or bar codes. Controls can be customised, and additional modules can be included, such as bar code verification scanners.

    For challenging presentations, a laser sensor separates pieces even if there is minimal or inconsistent gap between them.

Pallet applications

Our high-resolution printing systems are ideal for printing the ISPM15 heat treatment mark onto pallet blocks or bearers. The print quality gives good detail on the logos, and the electronics in the inkjet provide easy date coding for traceability.

Additionally, the inkjet presents a minimal fire risk, which is a consideration for running hot branders in a dusty environment.

On 4-way lines we have a PC controlled system, which switches the designs on the inkjet so that the pallet blocks are marked in sequence. The control app allows the user to select the three designs and run a print job.

On 2-way lines the system is adapted to fit under the extending bottom boards close enough to the bearers. A skid with an encoder and air knife tracks and cleans the bearer before logos, dates and HT marks are printed in high resolution.

For components such as blocks for hand assembly, or potato box boards, Timbermark supplies a conveyor with inkjet system arranged according the production requirements.

For stacks of painted pallets, the Yeacode can print in UV-curing ink onto freshly painted surfaces. The film of ink is polymerised by the UV curing LEDs, in effect drying before the paint. Timbermark has designs for a vertical track system where the inkjet marks the stack, synchronising the print onto each block.

Company Contact Details

Unit 1, Hall Farm Workshops
Mill Lane
South Moreton
Oxfordshire
OX11 9FD

Tel: +44 (0)870 803 1877
Email: sales@timbermark.co.uk
Website: www.timbermark.co.uk

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