Production Output Proven to Increase by Over 25% with DataLase® PACKMARK(TM)


(April 10, 2007) - DataLase customers, including the life science giant, QIAGEN, have reported significant benefits by replacing their thermal transfer and laser printing systems with the groundbreaking DataLase® PACKMARK(TM) coding and marking solution. This unique, patent-pending process achieves a remarkable production output increase of over 25%, as well as reducing waste product by an unmatched 90% while requiring almost no maintenance. The end result enables faster products-to-market at the minimum cost possible when compared to conventional methods of printing.

Traditional printing systems such as thermal transfer and laser printing are very expensive to use and maintain, as they are extremely labor intensive, requiring maintenance at frequent intervals and using expensive consumables. In addition, they produce low quality, incomplete images resulting in excessive waste of finished product.

DataLase® PACKMARK(TM) is an award-winning solution for applying on-demand variable information to primary packaging materials. Packaging is coated with the DataLase® ink, which is then activated by a very low power CO2 laser causing a positive image to be formed that is totally stable and tamperproof. In contrast to conventional printing systems, DataLase® PACKMARK(TM) prints very high quality, reproducible images and removes the need for costly consumables on the production line. Users of DataLase® PACKMARK(TM) are reporting significant cost reductions and productivity compared to their old printing methods.

QIAGEN, the leading provider of sample and assay technologies and products for the life science and diagnostic market, has replaced its old thermal transfer and laser printing systems with the innovative DataLase® PACKMARK(TM). The DataLase® process was chosen as a viable solution for applying variable information such as lot codes, date of manufacture, expiry dates and storage details directly onto the packaging of QIAGEN's cleanroom-produced blister packs.

"QIAGEN has been using DataLase® PACKMARK(TM) with three lasers for over six months with no operational, production or maintenance issues. All these benefits translate into a production output increase of over 25%," comments Rene© Hess, Director of QIAGEN Assembly Plant. "The DataLase® PACKMARK(TM) process is specifically adapted to our requirements to ensure optimal image quality at the lowest possible cost. The high efficiency of the chemistry enables fast production run times and ensures that our packaging can now feature high grade data. The resulting savings can be invested into research and development of new products and can be used to further increase our production capabilities."

More information about the award-winning DataLase® process is available at www.datalase.com or by e-mail at usainfo@datalase.com (for USA) and info@datalase.com (for all other enquiries).

Background to DataLase:
DataLase, the originator of the award-winning DataLase® process, is a fast growing technology company, providing patented, innovative laser marking solutions across a diverse range of sectors. With its headquarters in Widnes, UK, DataLase also has a significant US operation based in Atlanta, Georgia. The patented DataLase® process is suitable for applications including product identification and anti-counterfeiting. The company's product range incorporates specialist solutions for primary and secondary packaging, as well as alternatives to print-and-apply labels. DataLase is also developing applications such as direct tablet and food marking as well as full color printing for the future.

Head Office: DataLase, Unit 3, Wheldon Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 8FW
US Office: DataLase Inc., 30 Technology Parkway South, Suite 300, Norcross, GA 30092

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