Digital Braille Printing - On Demand

A coordinated system, comprising a specially designed print head, a sophisticated operating concept and a quality assurance system integrated into the concept, forms a solution that covers all the demands of modern pharmaceutical packaging production: digital Braille printing.
The positive customer response to the Braille printing systems delivered so far prompted Baumer hhs to develop a print head - the Xdot - that is specially designed for the printing of double-line Braille. In doing so, the developers were able to fall back on their wealth of experience from the well-known, reliable and fast-clocked glue application systems on state-of-the-art packaging machines. The result is a sturdy system that, in terms of reliability and reproducibility, exceeds the performance of the digital Braille printing systems that have been available on the market until now.


The ergonomic, sophisticated control software makes child's play of operation. The Braille printing system is easily programmed with just a few pushes of a button. Texts can be entered in plain text via the touch screen and are immediately converted into the Marburg Medium Braille typeface.


Of course, certified data and texts can also be read in via the optional import interface for Sensus or XML data. The system thus prevents incorrect manual entries by the operator.


The optionally available camera system checks the presence and adequate height of the printed Braille dots. The result is a PDF log of each job that provides information about the product quality attained in the spirit of good manufacturing practice. The control system is also available for other production environments and is used, for example, on high-speed printing presses for checking embossed Braille dots.


Products that are otherwise difficult to print with Braille can be printed outstandingly well with the digital Braille printing system. Additionally applied Braille labels can be dispensed with. Even multi-layer booklet labels with all their height differences present no problem for the Xdot Braille printing system. The system can also be integrated into packaging lines. In this case, the printed data can also be supplemented by non-obligatory current facts, such as the production date.


However, financial aspects also favour the Xdot system. Depending on the scope of the Xdot Braille printing system, it compares favourably to Braille printing using a rotary screen printer due to the savings on screen and setup costs alone. After 150-300 different Braille jobs in a year, the system achieves a return on investment within 18 months due to the reduction of consumable and setup costs alone. The great variety of different production conditions does not allow any general answer to be given to the question of profitability, which is why Baumer hhs offers to determine the profitability of the system under your conditions together with you.


In addition, the Xdot system offers maximum flexibility. In particular, the large number of different, country-specific Braille versions requires rapid adaptation to the respective local version. This can be done simply at the push of a button with the Xdot Braille printing system.


The system is ideal for digital label production. The use of different systems – digital label production here, conventional finishing there – is avoided. Everything is digitally controllable and the digital workflow is retained.


The normative requirements are met, and in many respects even exceeded, by the Xdot system. The height of the Braille dots is palpably higher than with conventional screen printing production. Dot heights of 0.20 mm are reliably and reproducibly attainable. This is an aspect that pleases many associations for the blind, because a strong height contrast enables blind people with a less sensitive sense of touch to better recognise the Braille lettering.


Baumer hhs gave a live demonstration of the system at Labelexpo 2011 in Brussels. The presentation was rounded off by solutions for effective, fast-cycled adhesive application, specifically for label printing.