Convertec, a Scandinavian graphic arts technology supplier, has recently introduced the latest version of its digital printing machine, BrailleMaker One. It is designed to print on plain labels, leaflets for cartons, booklets and multi-ply pharmaceutical labels.
Officially launched in 2007, Braillemaker One is a stand-alone unit for the production of digital Braille printing. With flexibility to adapt to different substrates and different profiles (from flat labels to curved booklets) without loss of accuracy, Braillemaker runs at speeds of 35 m/min. The latest Version 4 has a new X-Tend2 software suite and the latest touch screen control. Twelve international Braille languages can be printed with the specially formulated varnish, and to ensure accuracy, the machine can be linked to an Internet based translation facility, which converts text to Braille in minutes. This absolves the operator of all responsibility for “dot error”.
Available in two web widths, 150 and 335 mm, the smaller is for single stream labels, while the wider machine can handle larger layouts. Braillemaker comes as standard with three print heads, each of which is individually controlled, and there is an option for almost unlimited upgrades. It uses the internationally accepted Marburg font for the dots, which Braillemaker can print in three sizes by a simple adjustment.
The X-Tend2 software on Version 4 allows data to be downloaded from the server and up to eight labels across the web to be printed either normal or reverse. There are also options for new Braille print combinations with multiple heads on each bracket or with several brackets. Integrated inspection is provided with the camera linked to the Braille printer. ‘The standard system is provided by HHS, but can also be supplied by Flytec GmbH, part of the AG Graphics Group.