July 14, 2011 - Norwood Marking Systems introduces the new 53XL, an economical, high performance thermal transfer printer, at Pack Expo Las Vegas. This latest addition to Norwood's popular 53 family of printers features the largest print area, allowing users to print more serialized, variable, batch and/or fixed text and graphics to packages and labels. Capable of printing GS1 barcodes for track-and-trace and electronic pedigree serialization, the affordable state-of-the-art 53XL is ideal for pharmaceutical and food manufacturers and packagers and the OEMs that target these customers.

The 53XL can achieve a print area up to 2 x 3.1 inches (53 x 80 mm) in size. It is available in intermittent motion for easy integration with a wide range of host equipment including vertical- and horizontal-form-fill-seal systems, primary labelers, thermoformers and overwrapping equipment. The standard 53XL is available off-the-shelf with a 29-inch bracket for quick 48-hour delivery. Norwood will customize the bracket to meet other requirements.

The printer can mark a variety of substrates with fixed and variable text including clock and calendar functions and serialization. Text and graphics, including expiration dates, product identification information, lot-batch numbers, company logos and a wide array of linear and composite barcodes can be printed both horizontally and vertically.

The system includes Norwood's JDS5 program, the latest generation of full-featured label design software. With all the necessary tools to create complex labels within an intuitive user interface, the JDS5 software is easy to use with WYSIWYG functionality and integrated help assistance. The software is compatible with most current operation systems including Windows 7 (both 32 and 64 bit) and currently supports eight different languages.

With its standard Ethernet connection capability, the 53XL can be accessed via the plant-wide network to remotely changeover, monitor and diagnose the print operation and centralize the control of multiple printers. The standard handset enables operators to recall images from memory and handle simple editing functions at print time. The handset's USB port eases uploading of label designs.

Unlike traditional three-component thermal transfer printers with multiple connection points, the 53XL's two-component design minimizes space requirements and improves reliability with a single connection point.

The new 53XL provides many advanced features found on more expensive thermal transfer printers. It offers 300 dpi (12 dots per mm) resolution, printer-resident barcodes, cassette ribbon loading and a best-in-class thermal print head. A new spent ribbon quick release makes ribbon changes fast and easy.

In addition to offering world-class thermal transfer and hot stamp printing equipment, Norwood provides an assortment of printer ribbons in proprietary formulations that satisfy the widest range of applications.

As a full-service provider, Norwood offers after sales service and support with factory trained field service technicians located nationwide to speed response time and maximize equipment uptime and line productivity.

About Norwood Marking Systems / Allen Coding Systems / Kingsley Machine Company Norwood Marking Systems, a division of Illinois Tool Works, is joined by sister companies, Allen Coding Systems, ac codiergeräte gmbh and Kingsley Machine Company to offer a wide range of marking and coding systems. The companies design and manufacture innovative thermal transfer printers including custom traversing systems, hot stamp imprinters as well as ink and embossing printers that code and mark for a variety of industrial markets worldwide.

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