Today was ink jet coder installation day at the oil and chemical plant close to Sheffield. After last months demo going so well a deal was struck the following day for two Codejet E18+ ink jet coders, to be installed first week in July.
If I am honest when the alarm clock started shouting its head off at 5:30am I could quite easily have rolled over and gone back to sleep. I lumbered out of my bed feeling groggy and my stomach felt very unsettled, my girlfriend was convinced that last nights Chinese takeaway was half cooked. Not a good day for driving 150 miles to install two coding & marking systems.
The journey was uneventful for a Monday morning; it always pays to set off that bit earlier to avoid the main rush. I arrived on site at 08:00 and within 30 minutes both inkjet coders were set up and ready to rumble. Training was all done and dusted within 30 minutes, these Codejet E18+ ink jet coders are so easy to operate even a 5 year old could pick this up. I hung around for a further 45 minutes watching everyone buzzing around shifting the coders up and down the conveyor system, whilst arguing about where the optimum coding position would be; good job these little coders are very lightweight. Once they had finally agreed on the position the next debate was the height of the printed characters and if they should take the form of a dot matrix code, or be a solid character like you would expect to find on letter type.
I explained that the dot matrix effect would half the running costs, as less ink is required for this type of font. That seemed to settle this issue with the man who signs the cheques having the final say. Not that these things are expensive to run anyway, most of my customers only use one cassette per year.
With both systems running effortlessly now, the print quality being pin point perfect; one could only compare this to the poor old Willett 3840 which we restored some weeks ago. Unfortunately the Willett 3840 has a 70 micron nozzle, the droplets being quite large and deposited at a high velocity tend to distort the print somewhat. This is not something anyone would consider until both coded products are compared side by side. By the time I had loaded my car up for the return trip the Willett inkjet coder was being wound down.
On my journey home my mind wandered back some 30 years ago, when I somehow found myself with my first Keyboard Input Device in my hand and a Willett 3800 ink jet coder in front of me. Never work with Animals, Children or Continuous type ink jet coders someone had told me, I remember replying that I did not intend to make a career out of this.
Here I am many generations of inkjet coder further on and still the 3800 is a part of my everyday life.
Something tells me that the Willett 3800 will still be around even when my ashes have been scattered.