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Publication numberCN101553405 B
Publication typeGrant
Application numberCN 200680031648
PCT numberPCT/US2006/033586
Publication date14 Mar 2012
Filing date28 Aug 2006
Priority date29 Aug 2005
Also published asCA2620900A1, CA2620900C, CN101553405A, CN102556458A, CN102556458B, EP1928751A2, EP1928751A4, EP1928751B1, EP2399833A1, EP2399833B1, WO2007032900A2, WO2007032900A3
Publication number200680031648.9, CN 101553405 B, CN 101553405B, CN 200680031648, CN-B-101553405, CN101553405 B, CN101553405B, CN200680031648, CN200680031648.9, PCT/2006/33586, PCT/US/2006/033586, PCT/US/2006/33586, PCT/US/6/033586, PCT/US/6/33586, PCT/US2006/033586, PCT/US2006/33586, PCT/US2006033586, PCT/US200633586, PCT/US6/033586, PCT/US6/33586, PCT/US6033586, PCT/US633586
InventorsM斯科特豪沃思, 威尔逊R默里, 尼尔格里芬, 理查德卡勒斯迪安, 理查德埃文斯, 理查德赫斯特, 罗杰克拉克, 艾尔温斯卡利, 萨姆海德
Applicant辛克莱系统国际公司
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Multi-layer, light markable media and method and apparatus for using same
CN 101553405 B
Abstract
A multi-layer laminate media is provided on which information may be applied in machine or human readable form on a visible front surface by the output of one or more lasers, or other high intensity light source. In a preferred embodiment, the media has three layers including a substrate, a thermochromic layer and a light absorbent layer located intermediate the media substrate and the thermochromic layer. The light absorbent layer is adapted to absorb light from the light source and convert the absorbed light into heat. The heat is immediately conducted into selected portions of the thermochromic layer which is in thermal contact with the light absorbent layer, causing portions of the thermochromic layer to change visual appearance such as color to create the desired mark. The media optimally includes obscuration materials to reduce the visibility of the light absorbent layer to the naked eye. The light absorbent layer is preferably a low cost absorber such as carbon black. An alternate form of the invention is a two layer laminate media including a substrate and a thermochromic layer. The invention is usable in conjunction with labeling produce items. The invention includes a method and apparatus for using media in conjunction with labeling produce items.
Claims(20)  translated from Chinese
1.在一种用于将标签添加至产品的自动贴标签机中,其中,具有多个承载在旋转添加器头部的波纹管的标签添加器用于将单个标签从标签承载带传送至单个波纹管的末端,之后到达单个产品上,每个标签具有前可见表面和背表面,其改进包括:由所述承载带承载的多个塑料标签,其中,所述塑料标签的每一个包括多个层,包括半透明塑料基板、由所述基板的背或反表面承载的粘合剂的半透明层、邻近所述基板的前表面的吸光层以及邻近一吸热层的前表面并且与所述吸热层热接触的热变色层,用于检测所述单个产品的每一个的至少一个可变特征的检测装置,响应于所述检测装置进行操作的激光编码装置,用于当所述标签承载在波纹管末端上时以及将所述单个标签添加至其可变特征被检测的特定产品之前,在每个单个标签上形成表示所述可变特征的可变人类或机器可读取的编码,其中所述激光编码装置定位成使得其输出指向被传送至单个波纹管的所述末端的标签的背表面,其中随着所述激光输出通过所述粘合剂的半透明层以及通过每个标签的所述塑料基板,并且由所述吸光层部分吸收,其中所述热变色层的各部分响应于将所述激光编码装置的所述输出穿过所述基板施加入所述吸光层以及将由所述吸光层吸收的光转换的热量传导入所述热变色层来改变可视外观。 1. A label for the product is added to the automatic labeling machine, wherein a rotary bearing having a plurality of head add tags Add bellows for individual labels from the label carrier tape is transferred to a single bellows end, after reaching a single product, each label having a visible front surface and a back surface, the improvement comprising: the carrier by a plurality of plastic label tape carrier, wherein each of said plurality of layers comprises a plastic tag, comprises a translucent plastic substrate, a back surface of the carrier or the anti-adhesive translucent substrate layer, the light absorbing layer is adjacent to the front surface of the substrate adjacent the front surface and a heat-absorbing layer and the heat-absorbing thermochromic layer in thermal contact layer, for each of the at least one variable characteristic detection means for detecting the individual products, in response to laser coding means operates in said detection means for, when the label carrying corrugated Before the end of the tube and the individual labels when added to its variable characteristics of a particular product to be detected, indicating that the form variable feature of variable human or machine readable code on every single label, wherein said laser coding means is positioned such that it is transmitted to the output point of the back surface of the end of the bellows single tag, wherein as the laser output through the translucent adhesive layer, and through each of the label said plastic substrate, and partially absorbed by the light absorbing layer, wherein portions of the thermochromic layer in response to the output of said laser coding means is applied through the substrate is added to the light absorption by the light-absorbing layer, and optical conversion layer absorbs the heat transfer into said thermochromic layer to change visual appearance.
2.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述激光编码装置包括可编址固态半导体阵列。 2. The claim automatic labeling machine 1, wherein the laser encoding means includes addressable solid-state semiconductor array.
3.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述吸热层从包括炭黑、石墨和碳微管的组中选出。 According to claim 1, wherein the automatic labeling machine, wherein the heat absorbing layer is selected from the group consisting of carbon black, graphite and carbon microtubules group.
4.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述塑料基板从包括聚乙烯、聚丙烯和聚酯的组中选出。 4. The automatic labeling machine according to claim 1, wherein said plastic substrate is selected from the group consisting of polyethylene, polypropylene and polyester groups.
5.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述热变色层包括具有颜色形成器、显色器和感光器的涂层。 According to one of the automatic labeling machine, wherein the thermochromic layer comprises a claim having a color former, the color and the photoreceptor layer.
6.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述热变色层还包括分散光线并且使所述吸光层模糊的颗粒。 6. The automatic labeling machine of claim 1, wherein said thermochromic layer further comprises a dispersion of the light and the light-absorbing layer is blurred particles.
7.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述吸光层具有小于100%的吸收度, 使得穿过所述吸光层的吸收的分布移向所述热变色层。 7. The automatic labeling machine of claim 1, wherein said light absorbing layer having an absorption of less than 100%, so that absorption through the distribution of the light absorbing layer toward the thermochromic layer.
8.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述热变色层具有作为所述标签的可见表面的前表面,还包括由所述热变色层的所述前表面承载的反射性涂层以使得所述激光编码装置的所述输出反射回所述吸光层。 8. The automatic labeling machine according to claim 1, wherein said thermochromic layer having a visible front surface of the label surface, further comprising the thermochromic layer from said front surface bearing a reflective coating layer so that the output of the laser light reflected back encoding device layer on the suction.
9.根据权利要求1所述的自动贴标签机,其中,所述激光编码装置是单一 CO2激光。 9. The automatic labeling machine of claim 1, wherein said laser coding means is a single CO2 laser.
10. 一种自动地将标签添加至单独产品的方法,其中,每个标签包含采用人类或机器可读取格式的可变编码信息,其中,旋转波纹管添加器用于将单独标签从标签承载器带传送至单一波纹管末端,之后到达单个产品上,其中,检测装置检测所述产品的可变特征,其中, 每个所述标签包括具有前表面和背表面的半透明塑料基板、邻近所述基板的所述前表面的吸光层以及邻近并且与所述吸光层热接触的热变色层,其中,激光编码装置的输出用于采用其输出光束将所述检测到的可变特征添加至所述标签,其特征在于:将所述激光编码装置的输出添加至所述半透明塑料基板的背表面,同时所述标签处于所述波纹管的所述末端,使得所述激光编码装置的输出形成所述经检测的可变特征,在所述吸光层的各部分从所述激光编码装置的输出吸收光能并且将所吸收的光能转换为热,将热量从所述吸光层传导入所述热变色层,以使得所述热变色层的各部分改变颜色从而产生人类或机器可读取格式的可变编码信息。 A label is automatically added to the individual products, wherein each tag comprises the use of human or machine readable encoded information variable format, wherein the rotating bellows adder for individual labels from the label carrier tape transport terminus to a single bellows, after reaching a single product, wherein the characteristic variable detecting means detecting said product, wherein each said tag comprises a translucent plastic substrate having a front surface and a back surface, adjacent to the said light absorbing layer and the front surface of the substrate adjacent to the thermochromic layer and in contact with the light-absorbing layer of the heat, wherein the laser coding means for using the output of the output beam of said variable feature adds to the detected tag, characterized in that: adding the output of said laser coding means to the back surface of the translucent plastic substrate, while the tag is in the end of the bellows, such that the output of the laser light is formed by the coding apparatus said variable feature detected in various parts of the light-absorbing layer from the output of the laser coding apparatus and the absorption of light energy absorbed light energy is converted into heat, the heat from the light absorbing layer is introduced into the heat absorbing biography electrochromic layer, such that portions of the thermochromic layer changes color to produce a human or machine readable encoded information variable format.
11.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述吸光层从包括炭黑、石墨和碳微管的组中选出。 11. The method according to claim 10, wherein said light absorbing layer selected from the group consisting of carbon black, graphite and carbon microtubules group.
12.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述吸光层嵌入所述基板。 12. The method according to claim 10, wherein said light absorbing layer embedded in the substrate.
13.根据权利要求12所述的方法,其中,所述热变色层通过苯胺打印添加至所述基板。 13. The method according to claim 12, wherein said thermochromic layer is formed by adding aniline to the printing substrate.
14.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述激光编码装置包括可编址的固态半导体阵列。 14. The method according to claim 10, wherein said encoding means includes a laser addressable array of solid-state semiconductor.
15.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述热变色层具有涂覆有反射所述激光编码装置的输出的前表面,还包括下述步骤:从所述热变色层的所述前表面将所述激光编码装置的输出反射回所述吸光层。 15. The method of claim 10, wherein said thermochromic layer having a front surface coated with the output of the reflected laser coding means, further comprising the steps of: from the front of the thermochromic layer surface of the output of the laser light reflected back encoding device layer on the suction.
16.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述热变色层具有嵌入其中的反射性颗粒,其将所述激光编码装置的所述输出反射回所述吸光层。 16. The method according to claim 10, wherein said thermochromic layer having reflective particles embedded therein, which the encoding means outputs said laser light reflected back layer of the absorbent.
17.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述热变色层还包括分散光线并且使所述吸光层模糊的颗粒。 17. The method according to claim 10, wherein said thermochromic layer further comprises a dispersion of light and make the blurred light absorbing layer of particles.
18.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述热变色层包括具有颜色形成器、显色器和感光器的涂层。 18. The method according to claim 10, wherein the thermochromic layer comprises a color former, a color coating and a photoreceptor.
19.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述塑料基板从包括聚乙烯、聚丙烯和聚酯的组中选出。 19. The method according to claim 10, wherein said plastic substrate is selected from the group consisting of polyethylene, polypropylene and polyester groups.
20.根据权利要求10所述的方法,其中,所述波纹管在多个指标位置之间旋转,还包括下述步骤:随着所述波纹管在两个指标位置之间旋转,将所述激光编码装置的所述输出添加至所述标签。 20. The method of claim 10, wherein said bellows between a plurality of index positions of rotation, further comprising the steps of: With the bellows between two rotational position indicators, the The output of the laser coding device is added to the label.
Description  translated from Chinese

多层、光学可标记介质以及使用该介质的方法和设备 Multilayered, optically tag medium and a method and apparatus using the media

[0001] 相关申请的交叉引用 Cross [0001] REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0002] 本申请是2005年3月1日提交的美国申请No. 11/069, 330的继续申请。 [0002] The present application is a continuation of U.S. Application No. 2005 年 3 月 1 filed continuation application 11/069, 330. 本申请要求2005年8月四日提交的美国临时申请No. 60/712,640和2006年4月4日提交的No. 60/789, 505的利益和优先权。 This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 2005 年 四日 submitted in August 60 / 712,640 and April 4, 2006 filed No. 60/789, 505 interests and priorities.

技术领域 Technical Field

[0003] 本发明总体涉及激光(或者其他高强度光)可标记介质,用作例如贴标签机和/ 或用于封装或者其他打印应用包括销售点的薄膜打印、传真机和层压卡(例如身份证)打印机的标签。 [0003] The present invention generally relates to a laser (or other high intensity light) markable media used, for example labeling machines and / or for packaging or other printing applications including point of sale of the film print, fax and laminating cards (such as identity Certificate) label printer.

背景技术 Background

[0004] 贴标签和封装市场不断需求更快速、更加成本有效的标记系统,能够为具有较长寿命的非平表面印标记,并且能“飞速地”印上标签或者封装膜。 [0004] labeling and packaging market continues to demand more quickly and more cost-effective marking system to non-flat surfaces can be stamped with a long life, and can "fast to" printed on the label or packaging film.

[0005] 如现有技术所公知的,高容量标签介质的直射激光阵列标记具有许多优势:无油墨或者墨带、无接触(使得头部寿命更长)并且允许非平介质或者打印在非平基板上;参见已出版的PCT专利申请WO 05/049332-2005年2月6日出版。 [0005] As is well known in the prior art, the direct high-capacity laser array marking label medium has many advantages: no ink or ink ribbon, non-contact (such that the head last longer) and allows printing on non-planar or non-planar media on the substrate; see published PCT patent application WO 05 / 049332- 2005 年 2 月 6 issue.

[0006] 现有技术中同样公知的是,二极管激光阵列能够提供低成本、紧凑、告诉、高可靠度的方案,以生产待涂敷的标签标记辊。 [0006] The prior art is also known that the diode laser arrays can provide low-cost, compact, and told, high reliability program to produce roller to be coated label tag.

[0007] 现有技术的直射激光标记系统的主要缺点在于它们需要二极管激光器的NIR(近红外)波长敏感的介质。 [0007] The main disadvantages of the prior art direct laser marking systems is that they require the laser diode NIR (near infrared) wavelength sensitive medium. 传统方法需要具有窄吸收带的NIR(近红外)吸收器,因为在可见波长范围内的任何剩余吸收将导致介质的可见着色。 The conventional method requires having a narrow absorption band NIR (near infrared) absorber, because any remaining absorption in the visible wavelength range will result in visible colored media. 在大多数情况下,白色或无色介质是优选的,因此着色是不需要的。 In most cases, the preferred medium is white or colorless, so that the coloring is not needed. 另外,窄带NIR吸收器成本较高,明显地增加了介质的成本, 当在类似于封装/产品标记的情况下使用时,成本需要非常低。 In addition, the high cost of narrowband NIR absorbers, significantly increase the cost of the medium, when used in the case of similar packaging / labeling of products, costs need to be very low.

发明内容 DISCLOSURE

[0008] 本发明克服现有技术系统中的前述问题。 [0008] The present invention overcomes the prior art system of the aforementioned problems.

[0009] 本发明包括一种生产用于OTR激光器的激光可标记介质,同时避免对窄带NIR吸收器的需要。 [0009] The present invention comprises a laser for producing laser-markable media OTR, while avoiding the need for narrow band NIR absorbers.

[0010] 更具体地说,本发明的一项实施例包括新颖的“非直射”光可标记、多层介质,其中激光输出光(或者其他的高强度光)由一层介质吸收并且转换成热量,立即热传导入邻近热变色层的选定部分,并且形成理想的图像。 [0010] More particularly, an embodiment of the present invention includes a novel "non-direct" light markable, multi-media, wherein the laser output light (or other high intensity light) absorbed by a dielectric layer and is converted into heat, heat transfer import immediately adjacent thermochromic layer selected portions, and form the desired image. “非直射”可标记介质优选地利用三层标记叠层(除了任何粘合层),包括覆盖或者嵌入半透明塑料基板的前表面中的一层光吸收材料(优选为碳黑)。 "Non-direct" medium is preferably utilized markable laminate triple marker (in addition to any bonding layer), or embedded in the front surface of the cover comprises a translucent plastic substrate, a light absorbing layer of material (preferably carbon black). 该介质可以“背面标记”或者“前面标记”。 The medium may be "marked on the back" or "front mark." 在“背面标记”的情况下,在一项实施例中,在激光输出光束已经通过半透明标签基板之后,优选碳黑吸收激光(或者其他高强度光)输出光束的输出光能,并且将所吸收的光能转换为热量;该热量被传导入热变色层前部或可见层,使得所需部分的热变色层改变颜色(或者可视外观)从而形成理想的图像。 In the case of the "back mark", and in one embodiment, the laser output beam after passing through the translucent label has a substrate, preferably carbon black absorbs the laser (or other high intensity light) output the output light beam, and to the absorbed light energy is converted to heat; the heat is transferred to import thermochromic layer front or visible layer so that the desired part of the thermochromic layer changes color (or visual appearance) to form the desired image.

[0011] 在“前部标记”模式中,在一项实施例中,输出光束通过介质的“前部”,即首先经过热变色层,然后进入光吸收层。 [0011] In the "front flag" mode, in one embodiment, the output beam through the "front" medium, i.e., first through the thermochromic layer, and then enters the light-absorbing layer.

[0012] 本发明包括优化该系统的整体效率的其他特征,包括在热变色涂层中或者热变色涂层的前表面上使用反射材料,使用遮蔽技术,以遮蔽碳黑(或者其他)光吸收层,如下文详细说明。 [0012] The present invention includes other features to optimize the overall efficiency of the system, including the use of reflective materials or thermochromic coating on the front surface of the thermochromic coating, use masking techniques to shield carbon black (or other) light absorption layer, described in detail below.

[0013] 激光可标记标签现有技术包括(除了上述的WO 05/049332),使用碳黑作为可剥落层以及作为供体[参见US 6,001,530(见第4栏53-58行);US6,140,008 (见第2栏57-59 行);US 6,207,344(见第2 栏47-50 行);US2005/0115920A1 (见第2 页[0016]段) 以及US 7,021,549 (见第3栏39-43行)]。 [0013] The laser-markable label prior art includes (in addition to the above-mentioned WO 05/049332), carbon black is used as the peel-off layer, and as a donor [see US 6,001,530 (see column 4, lines 53-58) ; US6,140,008 (see column 2, lines 57-59); US 6,207,344 (see column 2, lines 47-50); US2005 / 0115920A1 (see page 2 [0016] above) and US 7 , 021,549 (see column 3, lines 39-43)]. 但是,该现有技术没有教导或暗示使用碳黑作为将所吸收的光转换为热量并且导入邻近热变色层的光吸收材料,该现有技术没有教导或暗示具有光吸收中心层、热变色层和基板的三层标签叠层。 However, this prior art does not teach or suggest the use of carbon black as the absorbed light into heat and introduced into the thermochromic layer adjacent to the light-absorbing material, the prior art does not teach or suggest thermochromic layer having a light-absorbing central layer, and three label substrate laminate.

[0014] 本发明可应用至水果和蔬菜的自动印标签。 [0014] The present invention can be applied to fruit and vegetables automatically print labels. 更具体地说,本发明提供一种改善的层叠标签结构,使用在将可变信息“快速地”添加至单个产品的标签的系统。 More particularly, the present invention is to provide an improved multilayer label structure, in the variable information "quickly" is added to the individual product labeling system. 本发明极大地减少了自动生产标签所需的贴标签机、标签设计和标签库存的数量。 The present invention greatly reduces the number of automated production label required labeling machines, label design and label stock. 本发明简化了封装操作并且通过减少工时和自动生产标签所需的标签库存而减少了成本。 The present invention simplifies the packaging operations and by reducing working hours and automated production label desired label stock and reducing costs.

[0015] 本发明的主要目的是提供一种激光(或者其他高强度光源)可标记、多层介质,用作标签或者结合用于OTR激光的低成本光吸收层的薄膜打印,同时避免昂贵窄带NIR吸收机和移除剩余介质染色的需要。 [0015] The main object of the present invention is to provide a laser (or other high intensity light source) can be labeled, multi-media, or a combination of the film used as a label for printing low-cost OTR laser light absorption layer, while avoiding expensive narrowband NIR absorption machine and remove the remaining media needs staining.

[0016] 本发明的其他目的是提供一种可穿过介质的前或后表面进行标记的“非直射”激光(或者其他高强度光源)可标记、多层介质。 Other objects [0016] of the present invention is to provide a medium through the front surface or "non-direct" laser (or other high intensity light source) can be labeled labeled dielectric multilayer.

[0017] 本发明的其他目的是提供一种激光可标记、多层介质,其中低成本、宽带吸光层, 诸如炭黑,吸收激光输出光并且将所吸收的光转换为热量,所吸收的热量被导入临近热变色层以形成所需的图像。 [0017] Other objects of the present invention is to provide a laser-markable, multi-media, where low-cost, broadband light absorbing layer, such as carbon black, absorbs the laser output light and the absorbed light into heat, the heat absorbed It is introduced near the thermochromic layer to form a desired image.

[0018] 本发明的另一目的是提供一种激光(或者其他高强度光源)可标记、多层介质,包括如上所述的吸光层以及用于防止肉眼看到所述吸光层的模糊装置。 [0018] It is another object of the present invention is to provide a laser (or other high intensity light source) can be labeled, multi-media, including the light absorbing layer as described above, and means for preventing the naked eye blur the light absorbing layer.

[0019] 本发明的另一目的是提供一种用在将标签添加至单件产品上的自动贴标签机的多层介质,其中,在刚要将标签添加至产品之前将可变编码信息添加至每个标签。 [0019] Another object of the invention is to provide a label in addition to the automatic labeling machines on a single piece of multi-media products, which, in just to add to the variable before label Product Code Add to Each tag.

[0020] 本发明的另一目的是提供一种层叠标签设计,能够在标签已经被传送至旋转膜盒添加器中的膜盒末端之后将可变的编码信息添加至标签,仅需要对旋转膜盒标签添加机做出细小的改进。 [0020] It is another object of the present invention is to provide a laminated label design, can have variable after the rotation is transmitted to the film cartridge in a film cartridge is added at the end of the encoded information is added to the tag in the tag, only the rotation of the film Box Tags Add machine to make small improvements.

[0021] 本发明的另一目的是提供一种在不需要减小旋转膜盒添加器的运转速度的情况下将可变编码信息添加至标签以用作旋转膜盒添加器的层叠标签。 [0021] It is another object of the present invention is to provide a film without the need to reduce the rotational speed of operation of the cartridge feeder will be added to the tag variable coding information to be used as the rotation of the film cartridge to add stacking labels.

[0022] 其他目的和优势将从随后的说明书和附图中变得清楚明了,其中: [0022] Other objects and advantages from the ensuing description and drawings become apparent, including:

附图说明 Brief Description

[0023] 图IA和IB是示出本发明的三层层叠介质的“背部标记”的示意图; [0023] FIG. IA and IB is a diagram showing three-layered medium of the present invention, the "back of Mark";

[0024] 图2A和2B是用于标记本发明的三层介质的“前部标记”技术的示意图; [0024] and 2B are three markers of the present invention the media, "the front of the flag" technology to a schematic diagram 2A;

[0025] 图3A和;3B使出图IA和IB的多层介质60,包括可选的模糊装置;[0026] 图4是如图IA和IB所示的介质60的示意图,其中吸光层嵌入基板中,与承载在基板层的表面上相对; [0025] FIG. 3A and; 3B resorted to Figure IA and IB of multilayer dielectric 60, including an optional fuzzy means; [0026] FIG. 4 is a schematic medium 60 as shown in Fig. IA and IB, wherein the light absorbing layer is embedded substrate, and carried on the surface of the substrate layer opposite;

[0027] 图5A是图IA和IB的介质的示意图,还具有添加至介质前表面的可选反射性涂层; [0027] FIG. 5A is a schematic diagram of IA and IB of the media, but also has added to the front surface of the medium optional reflective coating;

[0028] 图5B是图IA和IB的介质的示意图,使出可选的保护性涂层; [0028] FIG. 5B is a schematic diagram IA and IB of the media, resorted to an optional protective coating;

[0029] 图6和7是自动产品贴标签机的各部分的透视图,其中,有利地使用了本发明的标签; [0029] FIG. 6 and 7 is a perspective view of the automatic product affixed label each part of the machine, which is advantageously used a label of the invention;

[0030] 图8是示出使用“背部标记”技术在图6和7总体示出的产品贴标签机中标记本发明的三层叠层的示意图; [0030] FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating the use of "back marker" technical schematic of a label machine mark three-layer laminate of the present invention in Figures 6 and 7 show the overall product fit;

[0031] 图9A和9B是示出光能如何由中部光吸收层吸收、转化为热量并且传入热变色层的选定部分以产生所需标记的示意图; [0031] Figures 9A and 9B are diagrams showing how the energy absorption by the middle of the light absorbing layer, is converted into heat and the incoming part of the thermochromic layer is selected to produce the desired marking schematic;

[0032] 图10A-10F示出在热变色层中使用反射性材料以使得被反射的输出光束再次穿过吸光层从而增加该技术的整体效率; [0032] FIG. 10A-10F illustrates the use of thermochromic reflective material layer so that the reflected output light beam again passes through the light absorbing layer to increase the overall efficiency of the technology;

[0033] 图IlA和IlB示出由本发明生产的典型标记的外观;图IlA示出典型的尺寸,图IlB示出典型标记的实际尺寸;以及 [0033] FIG IlA and IlB shown by the appearance of the present invention is typically produced marked; FIG IlA shows a typical size, the actual size shown in FIG IlB typical marker; and

[0034] 图12是本发明的双层形式的示意图,包括基板层和热变色层。 [0034] FIG. 12 is a double form of the present invention, a schematic view, including the substrate layer and the thermochromic layer. 具体实施方式 DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0035] 三层介质的“背侧丨”标记 [0035] Layer media "backside | 'or mark

[0036] 图IA和IB示出新颖的多层层叠标签60的“背部标记”的整体概念。 [0036] FIG. IA and IB show a novel multilayer laminated label 60 "back mark" the overall concept. 标签60包括具有背表面61a和前表面61b的半透明塑料基板61。 Tag 60 includes a back surface 61a and 61b of the front surface of translucent plastic substrate 61. 吸光材料层62 (优选地炭黑)通过被应用为由基板61的前表面61b承载的薄膜或者通过嵌入基板61中临近前表面61b的位置处而由基板60的前表面61b承载。 Light-absorbing material layer 62 (preferably black) by being applied by the front surface of the substrate 61, 61b supported films or embedded in the substrate 61 at a position near the front surface 61b and the front surface of the substrate 60 bearing 61b. 热变色层63优选地由吸光层62的前表面62b承载并且与之热接触。 Thermochromic layer 63 is preferably made of a light-absorbing layer of the front surface 62b of the carrier 62 and in thermal contact therewith. 热变色层63具有背表面63a和前表面63b。 Thermochromic layer 63 having a front surface and a back surface 63a 63b. 前表面6形成标签60的前部可视表面。 6 front of the front surface of the visible surface formed label 60. 激光编码装置(或者高强度光源)40的输出41由吸光层62局部地吸收并且转换为热量。 Output laser coding means (or high intensity light source) 40, 41 is absorbed by the light-absorbing layer 62 and partially converted to heat. 光源40可以是一个或多个CO2激光、一个或多个二极管激光、可编址激光阵列或者一个或多个LED。 Light source 40 may be one or more CO2 laser, one or more diode lasers, addressable laser array or one or more LED. 如现有技术公知的,通过操纵光源或者通过对激光阵列编程而使光源40的输出41形成所需的图像。 As well it is known in the prior art, by manipulating the output of the light source 41 or by forming the desired image on the laser array light source 40 leaving the programming. 在层62中吸收的热量被立刻传导入热变色层63并且使得层63的选定部分改变颜色或者改变视觉外观从而形成所需的图像。 Heat absorbed in the layer 62 is introduced into transfer layer 63 and the thermochromic layer 63 such that the selected portion changes color, or change the visual appearance of the desired image to form immediately. 词组“改变视觉外观”意味着改变颜色、明暗度或者外观的其他可视觉检测到的改变。 The phrase "change the visual appearance of the" means to change the color, brightness or other visual appearance change detected.

[0037] 图IA和IB示出本发明的“背部标记”实施例,其中的激光(或者其他光源)辐射41穿过介质60的背部或后部(未示出)表面61a。 [0037] FIG. IA and IB show a "back marker" embodiment of the present invention, wherein the laser (or other light source) radiation 41 through the back or rear of medium 60 (not shown) of the surface 61a. 介质60包括三层:前层63、后层61和低成本的中间吸光层62。 Medium 60 includes three layers: a front layer 63, intermediate layer 61 and after the low-cost light absorbing layer 62. 图IB示出观察最终标记68的观察者的眼睛65。 Figure IB shows the observed final mark of the viewer's eyes 68 65. 光由低成本的吸光层62吸收,该吸光层吸收宽频谱的光,包括NIR,该层也吸收可见光。 Light 62 is absorbed by the low-cost light-absorbing layer, the light-absorbing layer absorbs a wide spectrum of light, including NIR, the layer can also absorb visible light. 这种材料更方便地可采用墨水,比窄带NIR吸收器更便宜(大约便宜80%)-—个实例是炭黑。 This material can be used more easily ink cheaper than narrowband NIR absorber (about 80% cheaper) - one example is carbon black. 而且,该层可由更宽波长范围包括可见光的光源激活。 Further, the layer may be wider wavelength range including visible light activation. 临近吸光层62的是执行两项功能的热变色层63 :该层响应于当所施加的光辐射由吸光层62吸收并且传入热变色层63时产生的热量改变颜色或者改变视觉外观,该层优选地使吸光层62模糊使得吸光层62的可见度减小或者当如图IB所示从前表面观看介质时肉眼无法看到。 Near the light-absorbing layer 62 is to perform two functions thermochromic layer 63: This layer in response to when the light radiation applied by the light-absorbing layer 62 absorb and pass the heat generated during the thermochromic layer 63 change color or change the visual appearance of the layer Preferably the light-absorbing layer 62 so vague so that the visibility of the light absorbing layer 62 is reduced or when viewed from the front surface as shown in Figure IB Media naked eye can not see. 颜色(或者可视外观)改变功能可通过任何的热变色化学实现,诸如使用在标准直射热介质中的(例如包括Ieuko染色和颜色催化剂的涂层)。 Color (or visual appearance) function can be changed by any thermochromic chemistry to achieve, such as using the standard direct thermal media (including, for example Ieuko dyeing and color of the catalyst coating). 其他实例是包括颜色催化剂、显色剂和感光剂的涂层。 Other examples include a catalyst coating color, the color agent and a photosensitive agent. 因此,这已经是低成本的大市场产品。 Therefore, this is a big market of low-cost products. 模糊功能可通过将发散材料加入至热变色前层63而得以增强。 Blur by diverging thermochromic material is added to the front layer 63 can be enhanced. 例如, 适当尺寸的T^2颗粒对于在薄层中实现模糊来说是非常有效的。 For example, the appropriate size of T ^ 2 particles in a thin layer to achieve blur is very effective. 颜色改变前层63中的散光材料的其他益处是一次通过吸光层的未被吸收的光通过前层中的散光材料而被反射或者向后分散(如图9A-9B和10A-10F所示以及如下所述),由此再次穿过吸光层62以再次被吸收。 Other benefits before the color change in astigmatism material layer 63 is a light-absorbing layer by unabsorbed light passes through the front layer of astigmatism or dispersed material is reflected back (Figure 9A-9B 10A-10F illustrated and well as described below), thereby passing through the light absorbing layer 62 again to be reabsorbed.

[0038] 这种设计的一个限制是用作后层61的任何基板必须是半透明的,以允许光到达吸光层62。 [0038] One limitation of this design is that after the substrate 61 is used as any layer must be translucent to allow light to reach the light absorbing layer 62. 术语“半透明的”,如这里所使用的以及在权利要求中所使用的,意味着透明地或者足以传送输出光束以形成所需的图像。 The term "translucent", as used herein and in the claims is used, the output means or transparent enough to transmit the light beam to form a desired image. 这可以是聚合物,例如但是并不局限于,聚乙烯、 聚丙烯和聚酯。 This may be a polymer, such as, but not limited to, polyethylene, polypropylene and polyester.

[0039] 为了实现最佳的感光性,应该最大化相应于给定激光能量的变色层63的峰值温度。 [0039] In order to achieve optimum sensitivity, it should be maximized for a given laser power corresponding to the peak temperature of the electrochromic layer 63. 这可通过下述步骤实现: This can be realized by the following steps:

[0040]-使用薄的高度传热和吸光层62 (炭黑的备选方案是具有改善传热性的石墨或者碳微管)。 [0040] - Use a thin highly heat and light absorbing layer 62 (alternative carbon black having improved thermal conductivity of the graphite or carbon microtubules).

[0041]-再次使用薄变色(热变色)层63,其也具有良好的传热性以确保热量到达该层的上部或该层的前部可见表面,以及标记可见度是最大的。 [0041] - again a thin color (thermochromic) layer 63, which also has good thermal conductivity to ensure that heat reaches the upper part of the layer or layers of the front portion of the visible surface, and the mark visibility is the greatest.

[0042]-使用具有小于100%吸收度的吸光层62,使得穿过吸光层的吸收分布朝向临近变色(热变色)层63的表面移位。 [0042] - Use a light absorbing layer 62 is less than 100% of the absorbance of such absorption through the light-absorbing layer distribution toward approaching color (thermochromic) of the surface layer 63 of the shift.

[0043]-如果外敷层(未示出)用在变色层63的上部(例如实现抗溶解),该层应该尽可能地薄。 [0043] - If the overcoat layer (not shown) is used in the upper color layer 63 (for example, to achieve the anti-dissolution), the layers should be as thin as possible.

[0044] 需要指出的是,图IA和IB所示的介质60的“背侧”激光标记可用在各种打印、贴标签和封装应用中。 [0044] It should be noted that the medium 60 as shown in Fig. IA and IB "backside" Laser tag is used in a variety of printing, labeling and packaging applications.

[0045] 三层介质的“前侧”标记 [0045] Layer media "front side" tag

[0046] 图2A和2B示出根据本发明的穿过三层层叠介质160的前侧的直射激光标记。 [0046] FIGS. 2A and 2B show a three-layered medium 160 of direct laser marking according to the present invention through the front side. 该实施例可用在诸如贴标签、封装或者其他打印应用的应用中。 This embodiment can be used in applications such as labeling, packaging, or in other printing applications. 如图2A和2B所述,激光束(或者其他高强度光束诸如激光二极管阵列)341从光源140射出并且应用到具有前表面163b、后表面161a以及具有三个分离层即前层163、后层161和低成本中间或中部吸热层162的介质160。 2A and the 2B, a laser beam (or other high intensity light beam such as a laser diode array) 341 is emitted from the light source 140 and applied to 163b, 161a and a rear surface having a separation layer i.e. three front layer 163 having a front surface, a rear layer 161 middle or middle and low-cost medium heat absorbing layer 162 160. 此时,使用前部标记对前层163进行标记,但是保留宽带吸收剂162(例如炭黑)的低成本优势。 At this time, the front portion of the front layer 163 mark to mark, but retain the broadband absorber 162 (such as carbon black) low-cost advantage. 此时,为了避免吸光层162被观看前表面16上的最终标记168的观察者165(如图2B所示)看到,覆盖的热变色前层163在可视的范围内形成为不透明的, 但是仍然允许处于激活波长一般为700nm-1600nm的光穿过。 In this case, in order to avoid light-absorbing layer 162 is viewed final mark 168 on the front surface of 16 observer 165 (shown in Figure 2B) saw the thermochromic front layer cover 163 formed in the visible range of opaque, but still allow active wavelength is generally 700nm-1600nm light through. 这可通过结合折射率与热变色前层163不匹配且在激活波长中较小但在可见波长范围中较大的绝缘材料的颗粒来实现。 This mismatch in the active and smaller wavelengths in the visible wavelength range, but the larger particles of insulating material is achieved by combining the refractive index of the front layer 163 and the heat discoloration.

[0047] 为了最大化这种情况下的感光度,需要吸收层162中的高吸收系数以最大化所产生的热量与热变色层163的邻近度。 [0047] In order to maximize the sensitivity in this case, the degree of the heat required and the absorbent layer adjacent to the thermochromic layer 163 in the 162 high absorption coefficient to maximize generated. 最小化热变色层163和任何覆盖层(未示出)的厚度也可通过最小化散热来最大化感光度。 The minimum thickness of the thermochromic layer 163 and any covering layer (not shown) may also be used to maximize sensitivity by minimizing heat dissipation.

[0048] 图1A、1B、2A和2B所示的标记系统是“非直射”光标记系统或者技术,其输出光首先由吸光层(62、162)吸收、通过吸光层(62、162)转化为热量然后热传导至热变色层(63、163)以产生所需的标记。 [0048] FIG. 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B marking systems are "non-direct" optical marking system or technology, the output light from the first light-absorbing layer (62, 162) absorbed by the light absorbing layer (62, 162) was converted Then heat to heat conduction to the thermochromic layer (63,163) to produce the desired mark.

[0049] 图3A和;3B示出包括可选模糊装置80的多层介质60,如图IA和IB所示。 [0049] FIG. 3A and; 3B shows a fuzzy multi-media 60 includes an optional device 80, as shown in Figure IA and IB. 如图3A所示,基板61具有如上所述的背表面61a。 As shown in Figure 3A, the substrate 61 has a back surface 61a as described above. 吸光层62示出在图3A中,承载在基板61的表面上。 Light-absorbing layer 62 shown in FIG. 3A, carried on the surface of the substrate 61. 如图3A所示,模糊装置180是位于吸光层62和热变色层63之间的材料层181。 3A, device 180 is a fuzzy material layer 181 located on the light absorbing layer 62 and the thermochromic layer 63 between. 模糊装置80的目的是减小吸光层62暴露至肉眼的可见度。 Fuzzy Objective device 80 to reduce the light absorbing layer 62 is exposed to the naked eye visibility. 层181可由下述材料中选出: TiO2颗粒、碳酸钙颗粒、蜡粉和其中形成气泡的聚合物矩阵。 Layer 181 may be selected from the following materials: TiO2 particles, calcium carbonate particles, wax and polymer matrix in which the formation of bubbles. 模糊层181是至少一种半透明材料与上述材料组其中之一的微观混合物,其中的半透明材料的折射率不同于所述组中的材料。 Fuzzy layer 181 is a mixture of at least one micro translucent material with one of the above-mentioned material group, wherein the refractive index of the translucent material different from the material group. 模糊层181应该优选较薄并且具有高导热率以实现吸光层62与热变色层63之间的最佳热接触。 Fuzzy layer 181 should preferably be thin and have high thermal conductivity in order to achieve optimal thermal contact with the light absorbing layer 62 of thermochromic layer 63 between.

[0050] 可选择地,模糊装置80可包括可变的模糊层181,其中的热变色作用通过改变模糊程度来实现(即,不使用白色燃料)。 [0050] Alternatively, device 80 may include a variable fuzzy blur layer 181, wherein the thermochromic effect is achieved by changing the degree of blurring (i.e., without the use of white fuel). 例如,层181在没有受热时可以是半透明的,从吸光层62传过来的热使其变为不透明的,例如,通过聚合物基体中的气泡的形成,由此使吸收层模糊化。 For example, the layer 181 in the absence of heat may be translucent, light-absorbing layer 62 from the heat passed over so that it becomes opaque, for example, by the formation of gas bubbles in the polymer matrix, thereby absorbing layer blur. 可选择地,模糊层181在没有受热时可具有不透明的状态,从吸光层62传导过来的热量使得模糊层181半透明,例如通过将蜡粉熔化在气体/蜡混合物中,由此允许黑色的吸收层62在暴露区域中是可以被看见的。 Alternatively, in the absence of blur layer 181 may have an opaque state is heated, the heat from the light absorbing layer 62 over the conductive layer 181 such that the fuzzy translucent, e.g., by melting the wax in the gas / wax mixture, thereby allowing the black absorbing layer 62 in exposed areas can be seen.

[0051 ] 图:3B示出本发明的备选实施例,其中,模糊装置185并非形成分离的层,而是嵌入热变色层163中。 [0051] FIG: 3B shows an alternative embodiment of the present invention, in which the apparatus 185 is not a blurred separation layer is formed, but the thermochromic layer 163 is embedded. 该备选模糊装置185执行基本上与图3A所示的模糊装置180相同的功能。 The alternative device 185 executing fuzzy blur apparatus substantially the same functionality as 180 shown in FIG 3A. 模糊装置185优选地尽可能接近吸光层62定位,但是在任何情况下位于吸光层62与热变色层63的前部可见表面6之间。 Fuzzy apparatus 185 is preferably as close to the light absorbing layer 62 is positioned, but in any case is located between the suction surface 6 front portion 62 and the light absorbing layer 63 visible thermochromic layer.

[0052] 模糊装置80和/或85也可采用与图3A和所示添加至介质60相同的方式添加至图2A和2B所示的介质160。 [0052] fuzzy means 80 and / or 85 may be used as shown in Fig. 3A and added to the media 60 media the same way to add 2A and 2B, to 160 in FIG. 如在图2A、2B的“前部标记”技术中所使用的,模糊装置80和/或85对于光源输出光束的波长来说是半透明的。 As shown in Figure 2A, 2B "front portion labeled" techniques used in the fuzzy means 80 and / or 85 for the light source of the wavelength of the output beam is translucent.

[0053] 图4是图IA和IB所示的介质60的示意图,其中,吸光层62m嵌入基板层61。 [0053] FIG. 4 is a schematic view of the medium 60 shown in FIG. IA and IB, wherein the light absorbing layer is embedded in the substrate layer 61 62m. 吸光层6!优选为压入塑料基板61的炭黑。 A light absorbing layer 6! Preferably pressed into black plastic substrate 61. 该优选炭黑层必须尽可能地薄并且尽可能地稠以确保足够的输出光能转换为热并且高效地传导到热变色层63中。 The carbon black layer is preferably as thin as possible and must be condensed as much as possible to ensure a sufficient output light is converted to heat and efficiently conducted to the thermochromic layer 63. 热变色层优选地通过苯胺印刷添加至基板61。 Thermochromic layer is preferably added to the substrate by flexographic printing 61.

[0054] 作为将吸光层嵌入基板61的备选方案,如图4所示,吸光层62或162 (图ΙΑ、1B、 2A和2B)可通过苯胺印刷添加至所述基板,然后通过苯胺印刷将热变色层63或163添加至所述吸光层62或162以得到如图1A、1B、2A和2B所示的三层独立的层。 [0054] As the light-absorbing layer options embedded in the substrate 61, shown in Figure 4, the light absorption layer 62 or 162 (FIG. ΙΑ, 1B, 2A and 2B) can be added to the substrate by flexographic printing, flexographic printing and then The thermochromic layer 63 or 163 is added to the light absorbing layer 62 or 162 to afford FIG. 1A, three-1B, 2A and 2B in separate layers.

[0055] 图5A是图IA和IB所示的介质60的示意图,其中,已经将可选的反射涂层64添加至热变色层63的前表面63b。 [0055] FIG. 5A is a diagram of the medium 60 as shown in Fig. IA and IB, the front surface of which has an optional reflective coating 64 is added to the thermochromic layer 63 63b. 涂层64或者由层63承载或者邻近层63的前表面63b。 Coating layer 64 or 63 by the carrier or the adjacent layers of the front surface 63b 63. 反射层64的目的是将没有被吸光层62吸收的光反射回吸光层62作为首次穿过吸光层62的输出光束。 The purpose of the reflective layer 64 is not being absorbed by the light absorbing layer 62 is reflected back the light absorption layer 62 is used as the first output beam passes through the light-absorbing layer 62.

[0056] 图5B是示出可选保护涂层65的图IA和IB的介质60的示意图,该涂层优选为例如保护热变色层63的涂漆的纯保护性涂层。 [0056] FIG 5B is a schematic diagram illustrating an optional protective medium 60 IA and IB of the coating 65, the coating is preferably, for example, the protective paint layer 63 of thermochromic purely protective coating.

[0057] 使用多层叠层对产品贴标签 [0057] The multilayer laminated product labeling

[0058] 现有技术一般需要分离的贴标签机和标签设计用于每个寻价(price lookup)或者“PLU”数字。 [0058] The prior art generally require separate labeling machines and label design for each hunt price (price lookup) or "PLU" numbers. 零售商需要PLU数以促进付款时的快速处理和精确的计价。 Retailers need to PLU number to facilitate rapid processing and accurate valuation payment. 例如,为了将表示气“小”或“中”或“大”尺寸符号的标签添加至苹果,现有技术一般需三种分离的贴标签机、三种分离的标签设计和三种标签存货。 For example, in order to indicate gas "small" or "medium" or "large" size symbol tag was added to Apple, the prior art generally takes three kinds of separate labeling machine three separate label design and three kinds of label stock. 如果包装厂包装超过一种商标,那么设备结构将变得复杂。 If the packaging plant package of more than one trademark, the device structure becomes complicated. 该标签添加设备是昂贵的并且需要维护,并且需要分选机具有大量的物理空间,由此限制包装操作将其产品放置的位置从而进一步包装产品。 The label add devices are expensive and require maintenance, and require sorting machine having a large number of physical space, thereby limiting their product packaging operation position is placed so as to further packaging products. 本发明有助于仅采用一种贴标签机和一种标签设计以在上述实例中进行相同的贴标签操作。 The present invention facilitates using only a labeling machine and a label designed to perform the same labeling operations in the above example.

[0059] 广泛使用类型的产品贴标签机使用旋转波纹管添加器。 [0059] widely used type of product labeling machine using a rotary bellows dispenser. 有利地,在创造“飞速地” 添加可变编码的系统时,需要最小化对现有产品贴标签机作出的任何改进。 Advantageously, in the creation of "rapid manner" When you add a variable coding system, the need to minimize the existing product label affixed to the machine to make any improvements. 类似地,必须保持现有贴标签机的运转速度。 Similarly, we must maintain the existing operating speed labeling machines.

[0060] 本发明解决“飞速地”添加可变编码信息的问题。 [0060] The present invention solves the "fast to" add variable coding information problems. 不需要对现有旋转波纹管添加器进行明显的改进。 Do not need to add to the existing rotary bellows is obvious modifications. 不需要减小贴标签的速度。 Labeling is not required to reduce speed. 在优选实施例中,本发明使用一个或多个激光输出光束穿过该标签的背表面或反面(其上承载有粘合剂层),穿过标签基板,使图像形成在标签的前部或可见表面。 In a preferred embodiment, the present invention uses one or more laser output beam passes through the label on the back surface or back (which has an adhesive layer on the carrier), through the label substrate to form an image of the front of the label or visible surface.

[0061] 现有技术采用各种尝试以满足对更多种标签和可变信息的不断增加的需求。 [0061] prior art using a variety of attempts to meet more of the label and the growing demand for variable information. 现有技术的一种方案(美国专利6,179,030)是将产品贴标签机定位在具有一定尺寸的设备的下游,使得所有标签都表示相同尺寸的产品。 A scheme of the prior art (US Patent No. 6,179,030) is the product labeling machine positioned downstream of a certain size of the device, such that all labels indicate the same size of the product. 当然,该方案需要改进传送设备的代价并且受限于具有一定尺寸信息的应用。 Of course, the program needs to be improved and the cost of the transmission equipment is limited to a certain size application information.

[0062] 现有技术的另一种尝试方案为在将标签传送至波纹管末端之前(参见美国专利6,257,294)将可变的编码信息添加至前或可见标签表面。 [0062] Another attempt in the prior art solutions is transferred to the tag before the end of the bellows (see U.S. Patent 6,257,294) variable coded information is added to the front or visible label surface. 采用该尝试方案的难度在于随着标签从标签承载带传送至波纹管的末端而将标签扭转和弯折的同时进行标签打印。 The difficulty of using this program is to try to tag along with the label from the carrier tape is transferred to the end of the bellows and the label while twisting and bending label printing. 提供空气流的复杂阵列以尝试控制该标签并且使墨水干化。 Provide complex array of air flow in an attempt to control the label and the ink drying. 这里,申请人已经研究过该设备,申请人认为该方案在商业上还没有被接受。 Here, the applicant has studied the device, Applicants believe that the program has not been commercially accepted.

[0063] 另一种可能的方案是在将标签传送至旋转波纹管的点的上游处将可变信息添加至标签。 [0063] Another possible solution is to transmit upstream label to the rotary bellows variable information points will be added to the label. 这种方案的难度在于需要使用传感器和定时装置,由此会明显增加成本。 The difficulty of this approach is that requires the use of sensors and timing devices, thereby significantly increasing costs. 例如,为了检测M项产品的可变信息,并且能够将新打印的标签添加至一件以M个“槽”远离已经贴标签的产品,需要使用更多的内存和复杂的定时和同步线路已确保将正确的信息添加至正确的产品;这些的成本可受到控制。 For example, to detect variable message M items of products, and the ability to print a new label to be added to a M a "slot" away already labeling products, the need to use more memory and sophisticated timing and synchronization lines has ensured The correct information is added to the right product; these costs can be controlled.

[0064] 本发明克服现有技术的尝试中的上述难点。 [0064] The present invention overcomes the prior art described above attempts difficult. 本发明避免了重新构造由美国专利6,179,030所需的定尺寸和传送设备。 The present invention avoids the re-constructed by the United States Patent 6,179,030 desired sizing and conveying equipment. 本发明与美国专利6,257,294直接比较可知,在将该标签传送至旋转波纹管的末端之后将可变编码信息添加至该标签,并且避免在现有技术方案中存在的问题。 The present invention relates to U.S. Patent 6,257,294 direct comparison, is transmitted to the variable rotation after the end of the bellows encoded information is added to the label, and to avoid the presence of problems in the prior art solutions in the label. 此外,本发明进一步与美国专利6,179,030直接比较,通过使用立刻与本发明的新颖标签叠层反应的一个或多个激光束避免了使用喷墨和所需的干燥时间。 Furthermore, the present invention further direct comparison with the United States Patent 6,179,030, by using a novel label immediately with laminate reaction of the present invention or more laser beams to avoid the use of the ink jet and the required drying time. 本发明也通过在将标签添加至适当产品之前立刻添加可变编码信息来避免使用高成本的检测和定时线路。 The present invention also passed before the label is added to the appropriate product add variable coding information immediately to avoid the use of costly monitoring and time lines.

[0065] 本标签层叠发明尤其与美国专利申请No. 11/069,330 (2005年3月1日提交,名称为“Method Apparatus for Applying Variable Coded Labels to Items ofProduce")所公开的系统一起使用,该申请(' 330申请)的完整内容引用结合于此。 [0065] The present invention is particularly laminated tag with the United States Patent Application No. 11 / 069,330 (2005 年 3 月 1 filed, entitled "Method Apparatus for Applying Variable Coded Labels to Items ofProduce") for use with the disclosed system, the complete contents of the application ('330 application) is incorporated herein by reference. ' 330申请的相关方面内容包括在下文中以便于说明本发明。 '330 application related aspects are included in the following in order to illustrate the present invention. 对于贴标签机的更完整的说明包含在' 330申请中并且引用结合于此。 For labeling machine more complete description contained in the '330 application and hereby incorporated by reference. 如' 330申请所示,使用旋转波纹管添加器已经成为产品贴标签行业的标准。 Such as the '330 application, the use of rotary bellows dispenser product labeling has become the industry standard. 如果不使用旋转波纹管添加器头将会需要对新型贴标签设备进行大量的投资。 If you do not use the rotary bellows head you will need to add the new labeling equipment for large investments.

[0066] 本发明仅需要对标准旋转波纹管添加器进行微小的改进。 [0066] The present invention requires only a standard rotary bellows dispenser minor improvements. 本发明没有使用需要较长干燥时间的墨水。 The present invention does not need to use a longer drying time of the ink. 本发明在每个标签正在移动的同时添加信息,但是在相对稳定的位置, 在标签已经被传送至波纹管末端之后,最大化图像清晰度。 The present invention is to add information for each tag is moving at the same time, but in a relatively stable position, after the label has been transferred to the end of the bellows, maximizing image clarity. 本发明能够以与现有旋转波纹管标签添加器的最大速度相匹配的速度形成图像。 The present invention is capable of existing rotary bellows label and add the maximum speed to match the speed to form an image.

[0067] 这里的图6和7是从' 330申请的复制。 [0067] FIG. 6 and 7 here are copied from the '330 application. 如图6和7所示,标签盒10 —次将一个标签供给至旋转波纹管添加器20的波纹管21-M的末端上,如现有技术所公知的。 As shown in Figure 6 and 7, the cassette 10 - a time label supplied to the rotary bellows added on the end 20 of the bellows 21-M, as is well known in the prior art. 在将标签添加至产品之前,使用激光编码装置40 (可以是激光、激光阵列、LED或者其他高强度源头)在压感薄膜产品标签160上形成可变的人或机器可读取编码(如图6所示)。 In addition to the product label before using a laser coding means 40 (which may be a laser, a laser array, LED or other high-intensity source) who form a variable pressure sensitive film on the product label 160 or machine-readable coding (Figure FIG. 6). 相应于检测诸如尺寸或颜色的变量的检测装置90而得到这些编码,如' 330申请更加完全所述的那样。 Corresponding to the detected detection device 90, such as size or color variables give these codes as' 330 application more fully described above. 该编码优选地通过从背侧经由粘合剂和薄膜层来标记标签60而形成,如图IA和IB 整体所示和如下文详细所述的那样。 The coding is preferably performed by film from the back side via an adhesive layer, and the tag label 60 is formed integrally as shown in Figure IA and IB, and as described in detail below.

[0068] 图8示意性地示出标记本发明的多层层叠标签160的实际环境。 [0068] Figure 8 schematically illustrates label marking multilayer laminate of the present invention, the actual environment 160. 图8、9A和9B的标签160与图IA和IB的标签60相同,除了标签160包括第四层半透明粘合剂169并且从图IA和IB的取向旋转180。 Figure 8,9A and 9B label 160 of FIG. IA and IB tag 60 except that the label 160 includes a fourth layer of translucent adhesive 169 and rotates from the orientation of FIG. IA and IB 180 . 前部和可见表面16处于图9A和9B中的介质160的右手侧,而前部或可见表面6处于图IA和IB的介质60的左手侧。 The front and visible surface 16 in Figure 9A and 9B right hand side of the medium 160, and the front or visible surface 6 in the left-hand side of Figure IA and IB media 60. 多层标签160如图8所示承载在波纹管123的末端123a。 160 multi-tag 8 carried on the end of the bellows 123 123a. 标签160如图所示形成有弯曲表面,因为波纹管末端123a 的表面具有弯曲或拱形形状。 Label 160 is formed with a curved surface as shown, since the surface of the end 123a of the bellows has a curved or arcuate shape. 波纹管123沿箭头128的方向围绕旋转轴1旋转。 128 bellows 123 in the direction of the arrow around the rotational axis 1 rotation. 如图6-8所示但是最佳如图8所示,标签160包括半透明塑料基板161、低成本吸光层(优选为炭黑)162和热变色层163。 However, best shown in Figure 6-8 shown in Figure 8, the label 160 comprises a translucent plastic substrate 161, a low-cost light-absorbing layer (preferably carbon black) and 162 thermochromic layer 163. 粘合剂169由塑料基板161的背表面161a承载并且用于将标签160粘合至应该添加标签的产品。 Adhesive 169 from the rear surface of the plastic substrate 161 and 161a of the carrier 160 bond for the label should be added to the label of the product. 激光编码装置(或者其他高强度光源)140示意性地如图所示发出输出光束141。 Laser coding means (or other high intensity light source) 140 is schematically shown in Fig issued 141 output beam. 应该理解,激光编码装置140可以优选为可编码固态半导体二极管激光阵列或者可以是单一的CO2激光,其输出光束可由电流计或本领域公知的其他装置移动。 It should be understood, the laser coding apparatus 140 may preferably be coded or solid-state semiconductor diode laser array can be a single CO2 laser, the output beam may be a galvanometer or other known in the art mobile devices. 如图6-8所示,波纹管123在波纹以低标签添加速度瞬时停止的两个指示站之间移动;在更高的标签添加速度下,波纹不会停止。 Shown in Figure 6-8, the bellows 123 between the corrugation at low speed instantaneous stop Tags add two instructions station moves; at higher Tags Add speed, ripple does not stop. 根据本发明以及如下所述,有利地随着波纹管123以相对稳定的速率在两个指示位置之间移动来标记标签160。 According to the present invention and as described below, with the bellows 123 is advantageously a relatively constant rate in both directions between the position 160 to the tag label.

[0069] 图9A和9B是图8所示的标签标记中使用的方法的示意图。 [0069] FIG. 9A and 9B is a schematic view of the label shown in Figure 8 markers used in the method. 如图9A所示,输出激光束141已经穿过半透明粘合剂层169和半透明基板161并且将要进入吸光炭黑层162。 9A, the output of the laser beam 141 which has passed through the translucent adhesive layer 169 and a translucent substrate 161, and will enter the light absorbing layer 162 carbon black. 表示激光输出光束141的箭头厚度表示随着输出光束开始进入吸光层162而在输出光束中包含的能量。 It represents the laser output beam 141 with the thickness of the arrows indicate the beginning of the output beam into the energy absorbing layer 162 included in the output beam.

[0070] 如图9B所示,激光束141已经通过吸光层162,并且将其能量的大部分传送入吸光层162,剩余光束141已经断裂为反射片段141a,通过基板161和粘合剂层169向后反射。 [0070] 9B, the laser beam 141 has passed the light absorbing layer 162, and most of its energy is transmitted into the light absorbing layer 162, 141 has been broken for the remaining light beam reflected fragments 141a, through the substrate 161 and the adhesive layer 169 retro-reflective. 第二片段141b单纯地通过热变色层163并且损失。 The second segment 141b simply by thermochromic layer 163 and loss. 表示光束片段的箭头141a和141b的减小宽度示出光束141的大概70%的能量被吸光层162吸收并且立即传送入热变色层163, 如热变色层163的部分16!所示,其已经改变颜色(或者改变其视觉外观)以根据本发明形成一部分标记。 Arrows indicating the beam segments 141a and 141b of the light beam 141 is shown to reduce the width of about 70% of the energy is absorbed by the light absorbing layer 162 and immediately transferred into the thermochromic layer 163, as part of thermochromic layer 163 16! Shown that it has change color (or change its visual appearance) to form part of the tag according to the present invention.

[0071] 图IOA至IOF示出本发明的另一方面,其中激光输出光束241如图所示进入多层层叠标签沈0。 [0071] FIG IOA to IOF illustrates another aspect of the present invention, wherein the laser output beam 241 into the multilayer laminated labels as shown in Fig Shen 0. 如图IOB所示,输出光束已经通过半透明粘合剂层269和半透明塑料基板261并且将要进入吸光层沈2。 As shown IOB, the output beam has passed the translucent adhesive layer 269 and a translucent plastic substrate 261 and the light-absorbing layer to enter the sink 2.

[0072] 如图IOC所示,激光束241如图所示通过吸光层沈2,在吸光层中损失其能量的大部分并且在其进入热变色层沈3时保持其能量的大概30%。 [0072] As shown IOC, the laser beam 241 as shown in Figure 2 by the light absorbing layer heavy loss of most of its energy in the light-absorbing layer and held about 30% of its energy at 3:00 sink it into the thermochromic layer. [0073] 图IOD示出激光束Ml由嵌入热变色层沈3的反射性颗粒沈7向后反射。 [0073] FIG IOD shows a laser beam Ml by the embedded sink reflective thermochromic layer 7 of retro-reflective particles 3 sink. 所反射的激光束如图IOD所示开始第二次穿过吸光层沈2。 As shown in Fig IOD reflected laser beam start the second sink 2 through the light absorbing layer.

[0074] 图IOE示出激光束Ml已经第二次通过吸光层262并且已经损失其剩余能量的大部分,但是已经将额外的光能贡献给吸光层沈2。 [0074] FIG IOE Ml has been shown a second laser beam through the light absorbing layer 262 and has lost most of its residual energy, but has the additional energy to contribute to the light absorbing layer 2 sink. 激光束Ml 二次通过吸光层的光能被立即转化为热能并且传入热变色层263,其与吸光层262热接触,并且使得热变色层沈3的一部分改变颜色(或者改变其视觉外观)。 Ml secondary laser beam through the light absorbing layer can be immediately converted to heat and pass the thermochromic layer 263, the 262 is in thermal contact with the light-absorbing layer, and that the heat sink portion 3 of the electrochromic layer changes color (or change its visual appearance) .

[0075] 作为将分散材料嵌入热变色层263的备选实施例,如图10A-10F所示,可将反射性涂层添加至热变色层沈3的前表面沈北,这将使得激光束的剩余部分通过吸光层沈2向后反射,其中,输出激光束的剩余能量的大部分被传送入吸光层262。 [0075] As the dispersion material is embedded in an alternative embodiment the thermochromic layer 263, as shown in FIG. 10A-10F can add reflective coating to the front surface of the thermochromic layer Shen Shen North 3, which will make the laser beam The remaining portion of the light absorbing layer through backward reflection sink 2, wherein the output laser beam is transmitted into the majority of the remaining energy of the light absorbing layer 262.

[0076] 图IlA和IlB是由本发明形成的典型标记68的外观的图示;图IlA示出典型尺寸,图IlB示出典型标记68的实际尺寸。 [0076] FIG IlA and IlB is a typical illustration of the appearance mark 68 formed by the present invention; FIG IlA shows a typical size, FIG IlB shows the actual size of a typical marker 68.

[0077] 两层介质的直射激光标记 Direct laser marking [0077] two medium

[0078] 除了上述实施例,本发明也包括使用具有塑料基板层和热变色层的双层介质的直射激光标记。 [0078] In addition to the above-described embodiment, the present invention also includes the use of a double dielectric layer and a plastic substrate having a thermochromic layer direct laser marking.

[0079] 如图12示意性地示出,两层介质260包括基板361和热变色层363。 [0079] Figure 12 schematically illustrates, two-layer dielectric 260 comprises a substrate 361 and a thermochromic layer 363. 介质360的背面或反面是基板361的背侧或反侧361a。 Media 360 is a substrate 361 opposite the back or backside or opposite side 361a. 图12所示的介质360的前可见表面是作为热变色层363的前表面36。 Front visible surface of the medium 360 as shown in FIG. 12 is a thermochromic layer of the front surface 363 of 36.

[0080]才目应干双Hl介才料要求 [0080] only entry should only feed dry double Hl referral requirements

[0081] 下文是对用于实现可接受质量的水果和蔬菜标签的双层标签的层叠标签要求的总体说明。 [0081] The following is a general description of the laminated label fruit and vegetable labels double labels for achieving acceptable quality requirements.

[0082] 层叠基板361优选为大概40 μ m厚的低密度聚乙烯(LDPE)薄膜。 [0082] laminated substrate 361 is preferably approximately 40 μ m thick low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film.

[0083] 该介质和其部件必须符合政府的关于管理类似产品的使用的食物、健康和安全方面的规定。 [0083] The media and its members must comply with government regulations on food, health and safety aspects of the management and use of similar products.

[0084] 基板361必须不能具有任何的滑动试剂或者其他添加剂,除了最小量的天然硅抗堵塞试剂和聚合物处理辅助(在已完成薄膜的表面层中不存在),同样在白色薄膜产品的情况下进行白色母炼胶。 [0084] substrate 361 must not have any slip agent or other additives, in addition to silicon a minimal amount of natural anti-fouling agent and a polymer processing aid (in the finished film surface layer is not present), also in the case of a white film products carried out under a white masterbatch.

[0085] 标签薄膜或基板361是具有白色母炼胶的挤压薄膜。 [0085] label film or substrate 361 is an extruded film of white masterbatch. 白色母炼胶一般包括Ti02、 立德粉(Lithopone)、瓷土(Kaolin Clay)或者其他适当的白化剂。 White masterbatch generally include Ti02, lithopone (Lithopone), clay (Kaolin Clay), or other suitable albino agent.

[0086] 实例方法 [0086] Examples of methods

[0087] 无法使用一种方法在PE标签上实现合格的标记。 [0087] A method can not be used to achieve acceptable marks on PE label. 但是,必须协调或处理若干主要部件从而得到所需要的结果。 However, we must coordinate or deal with a number of key components to obtain the desired result. 表1示出五种实例方法和在PE标签上实现合格标记的相对主要部件。 Table 1 shows five examples of methods and achieve the pass mark relative to the main part of the PE label. 跟随下表,将说明相应于每个实例的各种部件的详细描述。 Follow the table below, corresponding to the various components are described in detail for each instance will be described.

[0088] 表1.下述表给出已研制若干方法,用于采用给定的激光源获得可读取的标记。 [0088] Table 1. The following table shows several methods have been developed for the use of a given laser source to obtain readable mark. 下表示出一些获得标记所需的比较重要的特征。 The following table shows some of the more important features to obtain the desired mark.

[0089] [0089]

Figure CN101553405BD00111
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[0090] 1.实现激光标记的主要部件 [0090] 1. The main components to achieve laser marking

[0091] 1. 1激光能密度:能量密度(ε )是在特定时间量中在给定区域上形成标记所需的 [0091] 1.1 laser energy density: Energy density (ε) is a specific amount of time on a given area, mark the desired form

能量的测量值并且根据下述方程进行推算 Measurements of energy and be calculated according to the following equation

Figure CN101553405BD00122

[0093] 其中P-形成标记所需的激光能(W), [0093] wherein the mark is formed P- desired laser energy (W),

[0094] t-形成标记所需的时间(S), [0094] t- formation time (S) mark required

[0095] A-被标记的面积(cm2), [0095] A- marked area (cm2),

[0096] ν-样本移动通过固定激光的速度或者激光在样本上移动的速度(cm/s),和 [0096] ν- velocity (cm / s) sample moves through the fixed speed laser or laser moves on the sample, and

[0097] dr激光点尺寸的直径(cm)。 [0097] dr laser spot size diameter (cm).

[0098] 例如,采用(X)2激光和电流计将黑色可读取标记形成至LDPE标签上所需的能量密度,LDPE标签通过背侧涂覆有热着色材料,如下所述: [0098] For example, the use of (X) 2 laser and galvanometer black marks may be formed to read the label on the required energy density LDPE, LDPE label by thermal coloring material coated with the back side, as follows:

Figure CN101553405BD00123

[0100] 1. 2激光波长:波长取决于所选择的激光源。 [0100] 1.2 Laser wavelength: the wavelength of the laser depends on the selected source. 所选择的两个源是(X)2和二极管激jfe。 Two sources are selected (X) 2 and the diode laser jfe. 111^^! Synrad, Inc. , Universal Laser Systems, Inc. , JDS Uniphase Corp.,Coherent, Inc.,Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH 等。 111 ^^! Synrad, Inc., Universal Laser Systems, Inc., JDS Uniphase Corp., Coherent, Inc., Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH and the like.

[0101] CO2激光的波长为大概9,200与10,900nm之间(激光一般特定为10,600nm)。 Wavelength [0101] CO2 laser is between about 9,200 and 10,900nm (laser generally specific to 10,600nm). 二极管激光具有多种波长(300至2300nm);但是,为了这一应用,最适合的波长范围处于800 与ieOOnm之间。 Laser diode having a plurality of wavelengths (300 to 2300nm); however, for this application, the most suitable in the wavelength range between 800 and ieOOnm. 该范围正好经过可见范围并且处于通常供应的低成本二极管激光的范围内。 Within this range just after the visible range and in the normal supply of low-cost diode laser range.

[0102] 1. 3标签基板填充材料:将用于基板361的填充材料选择为实现两个基本功能:具有适当背景以实现与激光标记的高对比度并且允许选定激光波长的高透射度(或者低吸收度)。 [0102] 1.3 Label substrate filler: a filler material to be used for the substrate 361 is selected to achieve two basic functions: a suitable background to achieve high contrast laser marking selected laser wavelength and allows a high transmittance (or low absorbance). 换句话说,叠层必须对于激光是不可见的并且对于人眼的是白色(如果标记是黑色的)。 In other words, the laminate must be invisible to the laser and the white to the human eye (if the mark is black).

[0103] 用于方法1和2的填充材料(参见表格1)是包含大概7. 5%的TW2的白色母炼胶。 [0103] a method for filling material 1 and 2 (see Table 1) containing about 7.5% of TW2 white masterbatch. 1102具有大概200至220nm的颗粒尺寸。 About 200 to 1102 with a particle size of 220nm.

[0104] 对于方法3至4,不将母炼胶吹入标签基板材料361 ( 一般是聚乙烯)。 [0104] For the method 3-4, not the masterbatch blown label substrate material 361 (typically polyethylene). 因此,该材料对人眼是清楚的,并且对于由二极管激光产生的波长是半透明的。 Therefore, the material is clear to the human eye, and the wavelength generated by the diode laser is translucent.

[0105] 对于方法5,采用炭黑的OTR吸收器被吹入标签基板表面上的薄层。 [0105] For Tier 5, using carbon black OTR absorber is blown into a thin layer on the label surface of the substrate.

[0106] 1. 4涂层:用在该实施例中的涂层363是一般用在纸上的涂层和/或用于直射热打印的薄膜。 [0106] 1.4 Coating: used in this embodiment, the coating 363 is generally used in the paper coating and / or film for direct thermal printing. 这些涂层一般包含过滤器,类似白瓷土,以提供打印头所放置的表面;但是, 对于这一应用是不需要的。 These coatings typically contain filters, similar to the white clay, in order to provide the surface of the print head is placed; however, is not required for this application. 一般地,热层必需包含三个主要部件-颜色形成器、显色器和感光器。 In general, thermal layer must contain three main components - color former, the color and the light sensor. 激光或激光与吸收器相交互的热能使得感光器熔化,允许颜色形成器和显色器共同标记图像。 Lasers or laser interacts with the absorber heat melting the photosensitive device that allows the color former and the color is a common marker image. 供给这种类型的产品的公司是Appleton (www. appletonideas. com)、Ciba SpecialtyChemicals (www. cibasc. com)、Smith and McLaurin LTD (www. smcl. co. uk)等。 The supply of this type of product is the Appleton (www. Appletonideas. Com), Ciba SpecialtyChemicals (www. Cibasc. Com), Smith and McLaurin LTD (www. Smcl. Co. Uk) and so on.

[0107] 1. 5激光感应吸收器吸收器主要与二极管激光源共同使用从而作为吸收激光能的储存器。 [0107] 1.5 absorption by laser induced mainly used in conjunction with the diode laser source so as to absorb the laser energy storage. 这允许介质加热至产生颜色变化所需的温度。 This allows the medium is heated to a temperature to produce the desired color change. 可从下述源中获得典型的吸收器=Exciton (IRA 980B)、HW Sands (SDA 9811)等。 Typical of absorber can be obtained from the following sources = Exciton (IRA 980B), HW Sands (SDA 9811) and so on.

[0108] 2.其他标签材料规格 [0108] 2. Other label material specifications

[0109] 存在两种不同的规格的系统用于将激光感应剂集成入或集成至基部标签材料上并且包括: [0109] There are two different specifications of the system for the laser sensor integrated into the agent or integrated into the base of the label material and include:

[0110] A.在其上将试剂结合入聚合物中的掺杂膜,以及 [0110] A. Reagents in which will be incorporated into the polymer doped film, and

[0111] B.包含可作为液体添加至薄膜表面的试剂的表面涂层。 [0111] B. contain added as a liquid to the surface of the coating film surface agent.

[0112] 研制这种材料的关键问题如下所述: [0112] The key issue of this material developed as follows:

[0113] 2. 1安全:该材料作为液体必须不能造成小刺激。 [0113] 2.1 Security: This material is used as the liquid must not cause little irritation. 涂覆和激光打印的薄膜包括激光激活的区域必须满足直接食物接触的要求并且当消化非常少的量时必须是无毒害的。 Thin film coating and laser printing includes a laser active region must meet the requirements of direct food contact and when digested very small amount must be non-toxic.

[0114] 2. 2环境考虑:该材料和最终得到的标记必须是稳定的和防溅型的并且持久从而经受典型的包装仓库环境(即,环境温度O至45C,相对湿度至98%非浓缩。)其也必须经受腐蚀性环境7-11. 5pH。 [0114] 2.2 Environmental considerations: the material and the resulting mark must be stable and durable splash-proof and thus subjected to typical packaging warehouse environment (ie, ambient temperature O to 45 C, relative humidity to 98% Non-concentrated.) It must also withstand the corrosive environment 7-11. 5pH.

[0115] 2. 3可操作性:涂层或填充的材料不能以任何方式影响已完成的标签粘附、贴合或者符合正常贴标签的水果表面的能力。 [0115] 2.3 Operability: coating or filling materials can not in any way affect the finished label adhesion, bonding or ability to meet normal label affixed to the surface of the fruit.

[0116] 2. 4激光激活材料:反应性材料有必要不发出有害烟雾或者其他残留物,也不在基板上剩下任何有害剩余物。 [0116] 2.4 laser activatable material: reactive material need not to emit harmful fumes or other residues, nor any harmful residue remaining on the substrate. 因此,优选地,将激光感应试剂放入薄膜中作为填料(掺杂的)而不是作为涂层进行添加。 Thus, preferably, the laser induced into the film as a filler agent (doped) were added instead of as a coating.

[0117] 2. 4. 1填料特性-有必要使感应填料混合入基部薄膜材料。 [0117] 2. 4.1 filler feature - the need to make induction filler mixed into the base film material. 最终的构造必须包含所有的核心特征,当前标签材料的属性反应于以特定能量密度施加至其表面的激光能。 The final structure must contain all of the core features of the current property label material response to a specific energy density of the laser energy is applied to its surface.

[0118] 2. 4. 2涂层特性-下述是关于激光激活涂层的形成和施加的主要问题: [01] 2. 4.2 coating characteristics - The following is the formation and the applied laser activated coating on the main issues:

[0119] 2. 4. 2. 1形成-线内苯胺印刷是优选的涂布过程。 [0119] 2. The form 2.1 - inline flexographic printing is preferable coating process. 如果无法采用苯胺印刷,可考虑其他过程,诸如Rotary Screen、Gravure等。 If you can not use flexographic printing, may consider other processes, such as Rotary Screen, Gravure like. 优选的涂层应该是基于水的。 Preferred coating should be water-based. 其寿命应该为6个月。 Its life should be six months.

[0120] 2. 4. 2. 2离线涂层-如果线内涂层不可行,那么应该考虑在转换之前的离线涂层作为备选。 [0120] 2. The 2.2 offline coating - if in-line coating is not feasible, then you should consider in the offline coating prior to conversion as an alternative.

[0121] 2.4.2.3白、标记黑-白,标记黑,产生足够的对比度以在打印编码时给出良好的扫描能力。 [0121] 2.4.2.3 White, marked black - white, black mark, to generate sufficient contrast to give good scanning capability when printing code.

[0122] 2. 4. 2. 4柔性-涂层必须在固化之后保持柔性。 [0122] 2.4.1 2.4 flex - coating must remain flexible after curing.

[0123] 2. 4. 2. 5可在上方打印-涂层必须可采用标准的Flexo墨水在其上打印,同时不损失光泽。 [0123] 2. The 2.5 can be printed at the top - coating must be used in a standard Flexo ink printed thereon, without losing luster.

[0124] 2. 4. 2. 6稳固-涂层应该是稳固的,非常牢固地保持在基板上&能够合理地抗摩擦/刮擦。 [0124] 2. The 2.6 stable - coating should be stable, very firmly held on the substrate & reasonably anti-friction / scratch. [0125] 2. 4. 2. 7存放稳定性_当存放在通常适于压感粘合剂滚动产品的情况下,涂层作为滚动产品的部件必须是稳定的。 [0125] 2. 4. 2.7 _ shelf stability when stored in a normal pressure-sensitive adhesive suitable for rolling products, coatings products as rolling elements must be stable.

[0126] 2. 4. 2. 8打印稳定性-当打印纸标签表面上并且暴露至UV光&潮湿时,涂层必须是稳定的。 [0126] 2. The 2.8 print stability - When printed paper label surface and exposed to UV light & when wet, the coating must be stable.

[0127] 2. 4. 2. 9残余-涂层中的烟气或者残余必须非常少甚至没有,所有这些残余必须是无害的。 [0127] 2. The residual 2.9 - flue gas, or residual coating must be very little or no, all of which must be harmless residue.

[0128] 2. 5标记系统特征 [0128] Labeling System 2.5 features

[0129] 标记系统必须能够以12标签/秒(720标签/分)进行打印,这在标签添加器相当于1. 27m/sec的线速度。 [0129] marking system must be capable of 12 tags / sec (720 labels / min) for printing, which is equivalent to 1. 27m / sec line speed label dispenser. 该标签承载在波纹管上,粘合剂侧面对着激光系统(即,激光必须穿过标签的粘合剂侧进行标记。)随着在贴标签站之间标记,波纹以接近不变的速度进行移动。 The label carried on the bellows, the adhesive side facing the laser system (i.e., the laser must pass through the adhesive side of the label is marked.) As in the labeling station tags, corrugations close to constant speed Mobile.

[0130] 因此,该材料必须反应于激光能量并且以小于规定的时间标记该实例。 [0130] Thus, the material must respond to the laser energy and is less than a predetermined time mark that instance.

[0131] 用于(X)2和二极管激光系统的典型激光系统规格在下述部分中列出。 [0131] Typical laser system specifications for (X) 2 and the diode laser systems are listed in the following section.

[0132] 2. 5. 1具有双轴线扫描头的(X)2激光系统-下述表是激光系统规格的列表: [0132] 2. 5. 1 (X) 2 laser system with dual axis scanning head - The following table is a list of the laser system specifications:

[0133] [0133]

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[0134] 最重要的特性是能够在聚焦激光的同时标记图IlA和IlB所示的实例。 [0134] The most important feature is the ability to focus the laser tag instance while IlA and IlB shown in FIG. 典型(X)2 激光的场的深度是大概2mm。 Typical (X) 2 laser is the depth of field of about 2mm. 场参数的深度可以是有限的。 The depth of field parameters may be limited. 这主要是因为使用激光在波纹管围绕轴线旋转时在波纹管上标记目标。 This is mainly because the use of laser in the corrugated tube about the axis of rotation mark on the bellows target. 通过改善场的深度,可使扫描镜跟踪该标签,由此允许激光在更多的时间内集中在目标上。 By improving the depth of field will enable the scanning mirror tracks the label, thereby allowing the laser in more time to focus on the target.

[0135] 2. 5. 2 二极管激光系统-下述表是激光系统规格的典型列表: [0135] 2. 5.2 diode laser system - The following table is a typical list of laser system specifications:

[0136] [0136]

Figure CN101553405BD00142
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[0137] 最重要的特性是能够在贴标签系统以720水果/每分钟运转时标记图IlA和IlB 所示的实例。 [0137] The most important feature is the ability to labeling system for 720 fruits / per minute during the operation tag instance IlA and IlB shown in FIG. 对于该激光系统的另一重要考虑是相应于上述系统参数的能量密度是大概0. 20J/cm2。 Another important consideration for the energy density of the laser system is corresponding to the above system parameters is about 0. 20J / cm2.

[0138] 使用具有盲射热涂层的反射件元件 [0138] using a thermal coating blindfire reflector element

[0139] 下述方法说明如何使用反射性涂层、表面或颗粒来优化可用激光能量,相应于可变编码层叠标签,使用本发明“飞速地”应用至新鲜产品。 [0139] The following method describes how to use a reflective coating, surface or particles to optimize the available laser energy, corresponding to the variable coding laminated labels, using the present invention, "fast to" apply to fresh products. 与图5A和10A-10F相结合地部分说明反应性材料。 Fig. 5A and 10A-10F illustrate the combination of partially reactive material. 这可采用各种类型的激光实现,具体地说(X)2和基于二极管的激光。 It can be used to achieve various types of laser diode laser specifically (X) 2-based.

[0140] 通过优化地选择材料和承载层叠标签的材料的涂层,激光能可向后导引入标签以有效地增加曝光时间。 [0140] By optimizing the selection of materials and laminated label bearing coating material, the laser can be directed into the back label to effectively increase the exposure time. 因此,标签所暴露的整体能量密度得以改善并且通过激光产生的最终标记较暗或者可以更大的速度实现类似的标记。 Therefore, the overall energy density of the label is exposed is improved and eventually generated by the laser marker may be darker or more speed to achieve similar marking.

[0141] 随着光与给定材料交互,其将被反射、传送或被吸收。 [0141] As the light interacts with a given material, which will be reflected, transmitted or absorbed. 添加至该标签表面的热变色材料已经选择为吸收激光的能量。 Added to the label surface of thermochromic materials have been selected to absorb the laser energy. 即使如此,50%或更多的激光能量会损失(S卩,传送或反射)。 Even so, 50% or more of the laser energy is lost (S Jie, transmitted or reflected). 因此,优选地设计标签承载器的表面以将尽可能多的激光能量返回至标签的表面。 Therefore, the design label bearing the surface is preferably as many as possible to return to the surface of the laser energy to the label. 由于可选择激光的不同补偿,所以该材料必须仔细地被选择以相应于所需的激光。 Since the choice of different compensation laser, so that the material must be carefully selected to correspond to the desired laser.

[0142] 实例1:[0143] 设置1[0144] 激光:10瓦特(X)2具有2D扫描头[0145] 涂层:直射热量(典型地出现在用于直射热打印机的纸标签上)[0146] 叠层:白色LDPE[0147] 写入速度:5000mm/s[0148] 能量:55%[0149] 标签承载材料:黑色橡胶[0150] 能量以5%的增量增加,直到最终的标记被完全标记。 [0142] Example 1: [0143] setting 1 [0144] Laser: 10 watts (X) 2 with a 2D scan head [0145] Coating: direct heat (typically appears on the paper used for direct thermal label printer) [ 0146] laminate: white LDPE [0147] write speed: 5000mm / s [0148] Energy: 55% [0149] tag support material: black rubber [0150] 5% of energy increased in increments until the final mark is fully marked. [0151] 对于该设置,能量级为阳%。 [0151] For this setting, the energy level is positive%. [0152] 设置2[0153] 激光:10瓦特C02具有2D扫描头[0154] 涂层:直射热量(典型地出现在用于直射热打印机的纸标签上)[0155] 叠层:白色LDPE[0156] 写入速度:5000mm/s[0157] 能量:45%[0158] 标签承载材料:刷上的铝[0159] 再次,能量以5%的增量增加,直到最终的标记被完全标记。 [0152] Set 2 [0153] Laser: 10 watts C02 with a 2D scan head [0154] Coating: direct heat (typically appears on the paper used for direct thermal label printer) [0155] laminate: white LDPE [0156 ] write speed: 5000mm / s [0157] Energy: 45% [0158] tag support material: brushed aluminum on the [0159] again, energy 5% increments until the final mark is completely marked. 对于该设置,能量级为45%。 For this setting, the energy level of 45%. 这在能量中为18%的降低或者相反地整体性能增加。 This 18% reduction in the overall performance, or conversely to increase the energy. [0160] 实例2 :[0161]设置 1 [0160] Example 2: [0161] setting 1

[0162] 激光:0. 20瓦特980nm单一激光束 [0162] Laser: 0.20 watts single laser beam 980nm

[0163] 涂层:直射热量(典型地出现在用于直射热打印机的纸标签上),具有混合入直射热层的NIR吸收器 [0163] Coating: direct heat (typically appears on the paper used for direct thermal label printer), has mixed into the direct heat of the NIR absorber layer

[0164] 叠层:透明LDPE [0164] stack: transparent LDPE

[0165]写入速度:40cm/s [0165] write speed: 40cm / s

[0166] 能量:瓦特 [0166] energy: w

[0167] 标签承载材料:黑色橡胶 [0167] tag support material: black rubber

[0168] 写入速度以5%的增量增加,直到最终的标记被完全标记上(即,线的宽度等于完整宽度半最大激光参数-80um)。 [0168] write speeds of 5% increments until the final mark is completely marked with (ie, the width of the line is equal to the full-width half maximum laser parameters -80um). 相应于该设置的写入速度是40cm/s。 Corresponding to the setting of the write speed is 40cm / s.

[0169]设置 2 [0169] Set 2

[0170] 激光:0. 20瓦特980nm单一激光束 [0170] Laser: 0.20 watts single laser beam 980nm

[0171] 涂层:直射热量(典型地出现在用于直射热打印机的纸标签上) [0171] Coating: direct heat (typically appears on the paper used for direct thermal label printer)

[0172] 叠层:透明LDPE [0172] stack: transparent LDPE

[0173]写入速度:40cm/s [0173] write speed: 40cm / s

[0174] 能量:瓦特 [0174] energy: w

[0175] 标签承载材料:刷上的铝 [0175] tag support material: brushed aluminum on

[0176] 写入速度以5%的增量增加,直到最终的标记被完全标记上(即,线的宽度等于完整宽度半最大激光参数-80um)。 [0176] write speeds of 5% increments until the final mark is completely marked with (ie, the width of the line is equal to the full-width half maximum laser parameters -80um). 相应于该设置的写入速度是50cm/s。 Corresponding to the setting of the write speed is 50cm / s. 这是写入速度的18% 增加,即性能的整体增加。 This is a 18 percent increase in write speed, the overall increase in performance.

[0177] 本发明的前述说明已经说明的目的示出,但是并非是穷尽的或者将本发明限制为精确的公开形式。 [0177] The foregoing description of the purpose of the present invention has been described is shown, but not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed. 可在上述教导的情况下进行各种改进和变化。 Various modifications and changes may be in the case of the above teachings. 选择和说明各实施例以最优地说明本发明的原理以及其实际应用,由此使得本领域技术人员在各种实施例中以及适于特定应用的各种改进方案中最优地使用。 Embodiments were chosen and described in order to best illustrate the principles of the invention and its practical application to thereby enable those skilled in the art and examples of various modifications suited to the particular application programs optimally used in various embodiments. 本发明的范围由下述权利要求限定。 The scope of the invention is defined by the following claims.

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