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Korthofah BV

P.O. Box 3040, 2220 CA Katwijk ZH
Lageweg 39, 2222 AG Katwijk ZH
Netherlands
Telephone +31 71 4060480
Fax +31 71 4032807
export@kortho.nl

Hall map

interpack hall map (Hall 8b): stand E57

Fairground map

interpack fairground map: Hall 8b

Contact

C den Haas

Phone
+31(0)714060476

Email
c.den.haas@kortho.nl

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Packaging machines and devices
  • 01.04  Labelling and marking
  • 01.04.02  Digital direct printing devices
  • 01  Packaging machines and devices
  • 01.04  Labelling and marking
  • 01.04.03  Coding devices
  • 01  Packaging machines and devices
  • 01.04  Labelling and marking
  • 01.04.05  Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix)

Our products

Product category: Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix), Digital direct printing devices, Coding devices

Kortho TT-series Thermal Transfer

1800 METERS OF RIBBON AND BULLETPROOF RELIABILITY

Ribbon that breaks, wrinkles or is wound too tight and stuck on the take-up spool. Notorious TTO problems that are
caused by accumulating, abrupt or too loose ribbon tension. The longer the ribbon, the worse these issues get. However
with our patented SMARTFORCETM technology all ribbon problems belong to the past. This system keeps the tension
equal and optimal through constant electronic regulation. Even when not printing! The result: no more ribbon issues and by far the longest ribbon on the market. Downtime due to ribbon errors and roll changes has never been lower!

OPTIMAL PRINTQUALITY UNDER ANY CONDITION

The same patented SMARTFORCETM technology is also used to electronically actuate the printhead onto the substrate.
By regulating the pressure in real-time a perfect contact with the product is guaranteed under any condition. Even if the
print surface is uneven, bumpy or sloped! The printhead will compensate any imperfection by flawlessly following the
print surface trajectory at a constant pressure. This makesthe TT-Series’ print quality completely impervious to changing,
non-optimal conditions. And therefor the most forgiving, reliable and user-friendly TTO printer on the market!

SMART, OMNICOMPATIBLE AND 100% INDUSTRY 4.0 READY

Next to offering our own Kortho Control Center LMS software for free, Kortho also specializes in
being omnicompatible with as much third party label and control software as possible. This makes you free to objectively choose the best software and control method for your application! Smart, tailored and error-free coding has never been so
accessible. From standalone use to full Industry 4.0 cloud ERP integration: A Kortho printer makes any custom requirement easy to implement by adjusting itself to your coding need, and not the other way around!

SLIMLINE: SAVE UP TO 50% ON EQUIPMENT COSTS

Like with our software, also the use of our Printerface IoT controller is optional. Just install our free Kortho Control Center app on any PC, server or (mobile)device and control any number of printers from there! This makes the ratio between printers and controllers 100% flexible: From an individual controller for each printer, to full factory control from one single terminal. The more centralized control, the more you save on controllers! We call this SLIMLINE™, which stands for Smart, Less Is More: Save up to 50% on unnecessary equipment by using the infrastructure that your already have!


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Product category: Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix), Digital direct printing devices, Coding devices

Graphicjet Hi-Res Inkjet

Under the name Graphicjet, Kortho offers a broad range of Hi-Res Piezoelectric Inkjet printers. This starts with our budget P-Series models that bring all the advantages of a Piezoelectric printer, but for the price of a disposable cartridge system. Our latest generation Graphicjets, the X-Series, have a Windows operating system, a full color touchscreen and a Windows network driver. This allows the printer to print variable info real-time from an unlimited amount of external (ERP)databases. Because of the internal barcode generator unique barcodes can be also printed at high-speed. Many of our first generation P-Series sold in the year 2000 are still in use, a fact that highlights the durability and quality of Graphicjet printers. This fact combined with the fact that the Graphicjet is available with over 150 different types of ink for printing on any imaginable surface, makes Kortho’s Hi-Res Inkjets renowned for being one of the most complete and definitely the most reliable and care-free Hi-Res Inkjets in the world.

Features of Kortho Graphicjet Hi-Res Inkjet printers
  • 180 DPI resolution prints at a fraction of the price of a print & apply label system
  • Available with various size printheads that can be freely connected and exchanged with the controller
  • No moving parts in the printer guarantee the highest reliability and lowest maintenance in the market
  • Capillary ink-system ensures that changing environmental conditions do not affect printing quality
  • Ink refill can be done during printing without having to stop production
  • Broad range of models, from budget P-Series up to X-Series with full color touchscreen, Windows OS and network driver
  • Unicode truetype fontsupport making the system, autocodes and keyboard available in any language
  • Made from the best materials like stainless steel guaranteeing a long lifespan and reliability
  • All parts can be replaced individually so no complete modules have to be bough when replacing one component
  • All models can code in any direction so that it is possible to print in any inclined angle
  • Free of charge label design and management software for PC and controller included
  • Capable of printing variable data directly from unlimited amount of (ERP) databases
  • Hi-Speed serialization printing of unique barcodes is possible through internal barcode generator
  • Full Nicelabel functionality support

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Product category: Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix), Digital direct printing devices, Coding devices

Kortho T?-Series

To be introduced

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Product category: Coding devices, Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix)

Kortho Hotprinters

Kortho’s Hotfoil printers
The first generation Kortho Hotprinter became available in 1986. With more than 10,000 units sold, Kortho Hotprinters are highly developed and extremely reliable machines. Machines that have been running for more than 15 years can still be found operating all over the world. Finally, the Kortho Hotprinters’ broad range of settings, make it possible to produce clear and smooth printing on even the most difficult of surfaces.

Features van Kortho’s Hotprinters
  • Extremely durable and maintenance free
  • Low purchase price
  • Always produces clear and long lasting printing, even in the most difficult conditions
  • Broad range of Hotprinters for any application
  • Templates can be ordered ‘tailor-made’, including date or numbering stamps
  • Many types of colored inking ribbons available
  • Very suitable for printing on difficult surfaces such as hard plastics, leather and textiles

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Product category: Coding devices, Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix)

Kortho Hot Quickcoder

Kortho’s Hot Quickcoder
The first Kortho Quickcoder was developed in the ’70s and continues to be one of Kortho’s absolute success stories. Its most recent generation, the Hot Quickcoder, is the most reliable budget solution for applications where prints do not vary much, as in printing logos or optical recognition markings for instance. Available with a standard number or letterset, or a template of your own design, This makes the Hot Quickcoder a widely used coding solution in German and American industries.

Features of Kortho’s Hot Quickcoder
  • Codes on porous as well as non-porous surfaces
  • Can be used on intermittent as well as continuous production lines
  • Very low purchase costs
  • Extremely durable and maintenance free
  • Made from the finest materials such as RVS
  • Available with standard template sets such as text characters, numbers, or a logo of your own design
  • Many colors of wax rolls available, including UV readable and fluorescent
  • Compact installation dimensions
  • Very easy to install

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Product category: Coding devices, Printer (Thermo, Inkjet, Matrix)

Kortho Rollcoders

Kortho’s Rollcoders
The Rollcoder was Kortho’s first own product. Despite the fact that it has undergone many improvements over the years, its technique has basically remained the same. Their simple and 100% mechanical operation ensures that Rollcoders are an extremely economical and robust solution. Especially in places where sensitive electronics or print heads are too vulnerable, Rollcoders are still frequently being used.

Features of Kortho Rollcoders
  • Very low purchase price
  • Fully mechanical, no electricity or compressed air is required
  • Extremely durable and maintenance free
  • Very easy to install
  • Available with standard templates sets such as text characters, numbers, or a logo of your own design
  • Many ink colors available
  • In-line models available at 3 different heights
  • Also available as hand coder

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Mar 26, 2020

Our story chapter 3: Coding & Marking and why you need less equipment

Why you need less equipment

Welcome back to Kortho’s Coding & Marking “Blog”. A series of stories in which our new SLIMLINE concept is unveiled. A product design philosophy that stands for Smart Less Is More: Machines built to achieve less coding related costs through smart, non-conventional (and thus new) methods. The first chapter was about how our printers will not just save costs on classic topics like consumables, downtime and maintenance, but will also have unique features that avoid product recalls and (human) errors. The second chapter explained how we can implement any customer specific solution without needing to write expensive tailor made software anymore. So now it’s time for the third story on saving costs. This time on the equipment itself!

Now, don’t worry. This not about yet another OEM claiming to have the lowest manufacturing costs. Firstly, good equipment has a certain manufacturing cost for a reason. There’s only that much you can shave down before the quality of the machines will be effected (for example by using cheaper materials). And even though we naturally also aim for low manufacturing costs we’ll never make concessions on product quality. Ever! Secondly, and more importantly, remember that SLIMLINE is all about bringing additional and different arguments to the table than everybody else does. So what is this smart and unique way of saving on equipment then? Well……….. Simply by needing less of it.

Yes, you read it correctly: Our equipment will be cheaper because we will sell you less! And we will sell you less, because you will also need less. The key: modularity. No longer do you need to buy a complete set consisting of controller + printer if your application doesn’t need it. Due to this costs can be saved, especially in combination with “Internet of Things” centralized control. Something we have been focusing on through software for quite some years now. And so the logical next step was to also build our hardware to fully benefit from everything that centralized control and “IoT” offers. Getting curious yet?

The idea is simple: Why having to sell touchscreens, housings and other expensive parts while they are already widely available in the form of laptops, PC’s, tablets and many other devices? Use that existing infrastructure! Just download our free Kortho Control Center app onto any Windows system and control an unlimited number of coding units from there! Saving money on controllers at each production line! Naturally we will also have a touchscreen controller available, but it will be optional. So what if you still need a touchscreen next to each printer? Or maybe one every two printers? Or ten? Or forty? No problem! The difference is that with SLIMLINE hardware follows function, and not the other way around. 
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Mar 26, 2020

Our story chapter 2: Coding & Marking and why tailor made solutions are a rip-off

Picture this: You’re in the middle of the jungle with thick vegetation and need to find a way out. What would be the quickest and best way to get you there? Option 1, machete your own way out, or option 2, use a path that someone has walked before you? Now, assuming that you picked option 2 (which I hope for the rest of this story to make sense), a paved path will indeed be quicker. Not only that, but also the more people that walked the path, the wider and easier it will be to walk on yourself. Well, in Coding & Marking the same applies when a company has a specific coding need that requires a tailored solution: Either it’s custom made and implemented from scratch or……copy-paste.

Now please don’t get me wrong. Custom solutions are great! After all each company has its own unique Coding & Marking needs and goals. Goals that, as mentioned last time, are primarily about cost reduction. And since late generation printers all have very similar mechanical specs, the best way to become preferred supplier nowadays is through software and automation. Until now however high levels of automation have only been accessible to companies with deep pockets and big patience. Just read between the lines when a printer leaflet says “in-house made software”. Isn’t the leaflet really just telling the customer: If what you’re asking is new to us you are more than welcome to pay us to find out how to do it. O yeah, and after that we’ll keep the meter running just in case you actually want it to work properly too.

So wouldn’t it be an amazing USP to be able to implement any tailored software solution, but for the price, speed and stability as if it were a standard copy-paste feature? And thus bringing a SMART and automated coding process within reach of everyone? How? Simple, just have your equipment work plug & print with the protocols, software and platforms that have the biggest user base! The more users, the bigger the chance that someone has done it before and you can re-use at least a great part of it. Worst case something might have to be configured, but never made from scratch, tested and then fine-tuned and maintained. It really is a simple case of “if you can’t beat them, join them”. And no coding equipment manufacturer has a software department that can compete with all the companies out there who create software as their core-business!

And so, joining them is exactly what we did at Kortho: All our SLIMLINE printers (starting with our T-Series thermal printer) will basically be full Windows industrial computers with a printhead attached to them. This makes every single Windows based software and/or function compatible with our equipment! The idea is that our printers should be able to be integrated directly into any existing production process, no matter what it looks like or how it’s organized. No more lock-you-in, one trick, one brand, custom made software, but an open and standardized system that will play along with anyone and everything. Meaning that (in accordance with our Smart Less Is More philosophy) also on tailored solutions we add More value through Less implementation costs.

But it’s not only because of cost reduction that we chose this product strategy. Just also think of all the Windows based software, functions and tools that we will be able to use! Stuff that for coding equipment is exotic, but are all standard functions for PC’s. Things like having a printer send an email to the operator when the ink/ribbon is running out, or logging into the printer through the internet so a customer can be helped remotely. It’s even theoretically possible to sing Karaoke or watch a movie on our controller! (although for obvious reasons we’re not putting that in there). But you get the point: Everything a PC can do, our printer will too! So whatever tailored solution a customer might need, we’ll have it: Cheap, quickly implemented and working great straight off the shelf!

And so with the end of this second chapter yet another element of our new SLIM printer line is slowly but surely unveiled. So let’s recap on how in Coding & Marking indeed by being Smart, Less Is More

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Mar 26, 2020

Our story chapter 1: Coding & Marking and why no one cares about printers

Why no one cares about printers

Let’s face it. Nobody cares about printers like us manufacturers and distributors. We are the ones that get really sincerely excited when we see some kind of ingenious construction that allows a printhead to be bolted on with only one screw (while everybody else needs two). We can literally go on for an hour about why this is a great USP. How for example it allows for quicker printhead exchange and thus one minute less downtime every time you replace the printhead. Now, exchanging the printhead happens at most once every 5 years, so that’s 12 seconds on average you’re saving there per year! Not to mention the € 0,10 you’re saving on the extra screw! Recognize this? If so, you must be in Coding & Marking. If not, you must be everyone else. Including our customers.

Yes, I said it: Our end-users mostly just see us as a necessary evil that needs to be dealt with in order to keep selling products that require coding. Unfortunately nobody buys printers because they’re cool or desirable. It’s similar to getting insurance or picking an electricity supplier. All you know is that you need it, and as long as it does the trick you don’t care what it looks like or where it’s from. Such products are called low-interest products driven by a generic demand from the market. In other words, if you want to win the project it usually all come down to…Pricing.

So ok, as long as product specs are competitive best pricing will probably win you the project. But what is pricing in Coding & Marking? List price + cost of ownership you might say? Not entirely correct I’m afraid. Pricing is costs! And the potential costs of Coding & Marking go way beyond equipment price, ink/ribbon consumption and maintenance. Think about it. Try needing some repeated custom software work to integrate printers into an ERP system, and having to hire that programmer again every time your coding need changes. And what about product recalls due to a wrong coding? The costs of just one of these will buy a customer many new printers and truckloads of ink and ribbon!

So saving on equipment price and consumables is good and necessary. And although they are bare necessities it won’t set you apart from the rest. But if in addition you can also help improve on a customer’s corporate KPI’s (like factory output or preventing production errors), all of the sudden your Coding & Marking printers aren’t such a low interest topic anymore. Especially if your equipment is designed in a way that it’s easy and affordable to avoid coding errors. And in addition your open platform software allows plug & print integration into any (ERP) system, AND can cover all imaginable coding needs straight off the shelf without needing custom software or programming…

Enter Kortho’s new SLIMLINE concept! Where SLIM stands for:

Smart

Less

Is

More

A concept that I will be unveiling through these publications until reaching full disclosure on the Interpack next year. This will be in the form of our new range of TTO machines built in accordance with our SLIMLINE concept. Curious on how all the above translates into machine design and specs?

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Mar 26, 2020

Industry 4.0: What’s in it for Coding & Marking?

Industry 4.0 and IoT: The latest hot topics on the industrial section of the internet. We all know by now that Industry 4.0 revolves communicating machines and that it’s the fourth industrial revolution after the steam engine(1), assembly line(2) and computers(3). But what does it really mean? And more importantly, what’s in it for Coding & Marking? As true evangelists of the network controlled coding process Kortho is happy to explain its benefits and what functions to look out for in a true Industry 4.0 printer.


What’s so new about an Industry 4.0 printer then? Surprisingly, not that much! You see, the whole IoT and Industry 4.0 hype is about machines and devices that communicate through TCP/IP, where IP stands for Internet Protocol (Hence: Internet of Things). In the case of Coding & Marking this means less stand-alone operation and more centralized control of printers.

So, where before printers would be configured manually on their own touchscreens, now all labels and printjob parameters can also be sent directly to the printers through a network connection. These print parameters could for example originate from a ERP system, a (cloud) server, a production PC or even a mobile device. But also other “smart” industrial machines like checkweighers or quality control equipment can now tell a printer what to do through TCP/IP. Naturally the communication goes both ways so the printers can also report back their status in real-time. That’s basically it.

And since office printers have been controlled like this for decades it’s hardly a technological revolution just because the printers are now industrial. Do you even remember the first time that you sent a printjob from your PC to your desktop printer? Or when the printer sent a notification like “low ink” back? So yes, smart lightbulbs, espresso machines and refrigerators with an IP address are a relatively new phenomenon. But printers, no not really….

Why all the fuzz then? Well, basically two things: First is that industrial environments finally also recognized the benefits of centralized control on a mainstream level. Luckily the times when marketing departments got away sounding savvy with vague jargon about “smart machines” and “integrated processes” have passed. Now everybody sees clearly that readying an entire production line for the next job with a single mouse click really does save time, and that not having to configure machines manually really does avoid errors.

So an increasing general demand for remotely controlled factory equipment was the first step. But what actually really launched Industry 4.0 was IP technology becoming the protocol of choice for it all. All of the sudden implementing custom solutions became standardized!

Where in the past equipment communication and tailored solutions had to be tied together through many different exotic protocols, work-arounds and custom scripting, now a smart and client specific manufacturing process is available plug & print. So industry 4.0 isn’t necessarily about a new technological breakthrough. It’s about the global recognition of the benefits of centralized control in combination with TCP/IP making them available off the shelf and therefore not just only for the patient and wealthy anymore.

IF (and here it comes) you have the right equipment…
And so, stay tuned to find out exactly, feature for feature, if you are dealing with a true Industry 4.0 machine!

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About us

Company details

Kortho, Made in Holland since 1958
Kortho was founded in 1926 and has been developing and manufacturing coding and marking equipment in the Netherlands since 1958.
Because of our long history we were able to witness the evolution of coding from the beginning. Naturally our machines also evolved along the way. From the standalone mechanical stamping machines in the early days, to the network connected Thermal and Inkjet printers of today. Always with quality, innovation and excellent service as our highest priority.
Today we are still a 100% Dutch family owned business with, in addition to our headquarters in Holland, subsidiaries in Germany, France, The Dutch Antilles and Chili.

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Company data

Foundation

1926

Target groups
  • Food
  • Confectionery products
  • Bakery products
  • Cosmetics
  • Industrial goods
  • Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer goods (non-food)