LINX BRINGS LOW COST OWNERSHIP CODING TO EMBALLAGE
Emballage 2010 will provide the opportunity to see the latest coding and marking solutions from Linx Printing Technologies in Large Character Marking (LCM), Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ), laser and Thermal Transfer (TT) technologies.
Linx’s breadth of expertise and innovation will be on display with the emphasis on the manufacturer’s commitment to low-maintenance, cost-efficiency, speed and high-quality coding.
Linx will be unveiling the latest version of its Linx IJ350 and Linx IJ370 LCM printers for companies with high LCM throughputs. Key innovations including a self-cleaning printhead with a patented recirculating system that avoids waste ink and saves time ordinarily wasted on ink purging procedures. Both machines have been upgraded with new features to further improve functionality, including automatic cleaning even when the printer is in the idle state, for added convenience and reliability. Customers with multiple production lines will also benefit from cloning, backup and restore functions for a seamless transition of data from line to line.
Linx’s most advanced Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printer, the Linx 7300, is also on display. The Linx 7300 is designed to avoid the hidden costs of coding through the lowest possible running costs, minimised production downtime, error-free coding and future-proofing.
Amongst its features are dynamically adjusted service intervals to ensure customers maintenance requirements are based on the demands of their specific usage and factory environment, the FullFlush™ automatic printhead cleaning system, mistake-proof refills with the new SureFill™ system and error-free code changes with QuickSwitch™ software.
Alongside these will be the Linx 4900, designed to deliver a product coding solution that is clean, simple and reliable to use in a wide range of situations.
For applications requiring laser technology, Linx is exhibiting an enhanced version of its SL301 Scribing Laser coder, which the company believes is the fastest, most cost-effective and versatile coder available. Central to the Linx SL301’s effectiveness is its innovative Visicode™ technology, developed to deliver a much clearer code onto cold glass without compromising on speed, while keeping running costs low. This makes the Linx SL301 ideal for coding many different types of packaging, particularly bottles used for drinks.
The coder can be customised to suit individual applications for optimum compatibility and is also suitable for coding a wide range of substrates in addition to glass, such as PET and other plastics.
The Linx SL301 is the fastest laser coder on the market, increasing productivity over competition by more than 15% while maintaining a high quality code. With the widest number of marking head and lens options available, the laser has more time to code, enabling customers to code more information onto each bottle, or save laser energy for more economic operation.
In thermal transfer, Linx has launched an IP65-rated version of its best-selling thermal transfer overprinter. The new Linx TT5 Washdown Printer uses a specially designed Washdown cassette during washdown routines, to ensure that the equipment is protected against water and dust ingress.
The new coder is a response to market demand to reduce down time and the inconvenience associated with washing down thermal transfer printers. Since unprotected printers are liable to expensive damage if splashed, additional covers or enclosures are usually required for washdown – which is inconvenient and wastes time that operators could use for other tasks.