Linx provides twin coding solution for specialist brewery
Linx Printing Technologies has announced that it will be providing a solution for the coding of primary and secondary packaging at Fourpure Brewing Co.
A Linx 8900 Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printer is printing three lines of code onto the base of aluminium cans. These are subsequently packed into boxes, onto which two Linx TJ725 Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) printers apply product information text and a barcode.
According to the company, the Linx 8900 is currently running at 12,000 cans per hour, with the Linx TJ725 coding 20 boxes per minute.
The arrival of the Linx TJ725 has enabled the coding of boxes to be carried out in-line for greater efficiency, said to deliver important cost and time savings compared to the previous method of hand applying labels to boxes on pallets off-line.
The Linx 8900 meanwhile delivers high quality codes, printing vertically against gravity, the company says. The conveyor sits higher than the printer and a 2m conduit has been supplied to enable the printhead to be positioned directly underneath.
Linx Black fast-drying ink 1240 has been selected for the Linx 8900 as it is said to be able to deal effectively with typical filling conditions such as dampness, humidity and water vapour while ensuring excellent adhesion and high clarity codes.
Both printers are said to incorporate intuitive touch screens for easy set-up and product changeovers. The cartridge system on the Linx 8900 is intended to make changing fluids a fast and simple process, while the Linx TJ725 features a replaceable ink cartridge with integral printhead that can be removed and replaced in a matter of seconds.