Laser Marking

Macsa ID UK Launches New SPA 2 Series of Laser Coders

Macsa ID UK has launched its clean and energy efficient SPA  2 series of modular laser coders for the packaging industry.

Featuring several technologies and multiple power options, the newly simplified SPA 2 Series platform delivers maximum marking resolution and definition at higher speeds more consistently over time. A true game-changer, the advanced systems are versatile and reliable, as well as cost effective to own, maintain and operate.

Featuring a modular design, Macsa’s flexible SPA 2 lasers can be easily integrated with any production line or application, and adapted to meet changing needs of the user.  Providing high quality marking on a range of packaging materials, such as wood, thermal labels, board, glass, ceramics, metals, rubber and plastics. The SPA 2 platform is available with CO2, DPSS and Fiber technologies in several wavelength options. In addition, laser power can be from 3w-250w. The enclosures are designed for standard, dusty and wash down environments.

For superior precision, there are two basic SPA 2 printheads for different speed and quality requirements. The new XQS printhead is suitable for most applications whereas the HPD printhead is recommended for high resolution images, difficult substrates, product modification and marking areas above 250mm2. Digital galvos make calibration, trouble shooting and replacement much easier. A UHS printhead is available for very high-speed lines and longer, more complex messages.

Due to the innovative EEP® easy-exchange-printhead feature, operators can switch printer heads on site using just two connectors, allowing the laser system to be adapted to the requirements of the production line at all times.

Macsa’s SPA 2 series is exceptionally easy to install, program and operate. A wizard supports installation and online help videos, technical guides and tips can be accessed via a new 10- inch handheld touchscreen controller designed to make programming quicker and to eliminate operator errors. The lasers can also be controlled direct from a PC via an ethernet link or PLC with Profinet or OPC-UA.

The enclosure has been redesigned with a flat front surface allowing simple integration of vision systems and other devices. With models that meet IP54 and IP65 standards, the SPA 2 lasers are designed to operate in dusty or damp environments and in extremes of temperature.

The novel RAF® (reverse airflow cooling) system means that filters are changed less frequently and not needed at all in some circumstances. A sealed air system transfers heat from the laser to the cooling air itself. This eliminates the risk of dust being deposited directly into the system component. Part of the exhaust air is blown over the focusing lens keeping it dust free so that print quality is maintained without the need for operator intervention.

The SPA 2’s surface recognition feature, which is included within its 3D printing kit, allows printing on multi-level surfaces, ensuring an optimal focal point at all times. An external Z-axis controller enables operators to adapt the SPA 2’s vertical coding axis in order to vary the height between print cycles and adapt it to different products.

The SPA 2 connector box offers a wide range of communication ports, enabling the system to be integrated with all elements of the production line. These new lasers support Macsa’s Optima software for real time control and compatibility with desktop printers, label printer applicators and label applicators.

Macsa’s SPA 2 laser coders are available with a comprehensive range of software, accessories and services.  The environmentally-friendly units are fume, waste and consumable free and use less power and energy.

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