tna, Coppell, Texas, launched the tna intelli-date 5, a high-speed thermal transfer overprint (TTO) date coder with airless design and integrated print code verification technology for continuously high-quality printing on flexible bags.

The tna intelli-date 5 features an ultra-fast printhead movement that is said to increase throughput by up to 25% compared to previous models.

Equipped with intelligent motion technology and a twin-belt electronic printhead, the tna intelli-date 5 does not require any compressed air and provides precise printhead pressure for consistently high-quality prints. Due to the date coder’s airless design, there is no more intervention needed by the operator to adjust air pressure, while the date coder’s unique printhead can be changed in less than 30 seconds. In combination with a simple, easy-to-load cassette, this also means that the printer requires less wearing parts without the need for additional mechanical devices to control ribbon tension.

The date coder’s integrated iAssure technology features real-time image processing capabilities to automatically detect common print defects, including those caused by ribbon creases, overprints or worn print surfaces. Any mismatch between the intended and the captured image is evaluated on the spot and triggers an alert.

The tna intelli-date 5 was specifically designed to seamlessly integrate into tna’s robag series of high-speed vertical form-fill-seal packaging systems.