Linx Printing Technologies is breaking new ground in the coding and marking industry with the launch of a compact and totally portable entry-level CIJ (Continuous Ink Jet) printer which is capable of delivering quality two line codes.
Linx says that its new Linx 10 will particularly appeal to smaller businesses that need to code products for the first time or whose potential for business growth is hampered by the use of less flexible, non-digital coding methods such as print and apply labelling, stamping or hand applied labels. Manual coding methods can restrict a business’s ability to increase production rates to meet demand, while many retail customers may require higher quality codes or more detailed information, which must be contained within a small space.
In addition, the portability of the printer means it can be used as a back-up machine for experienced CIJ users, which can quickly be moved and set up wherever required. Its compact dimensions will also benefit packing lines where space is an issue.
The Linx 10 is around half the weight and footprint of other CIJ printers and features a carry handle and printhead dock that make it totally portable. As well as its small size, the printer can be mounted directly onto a conveyor or production line to save even more space. At just 53cm wide and 19cm deep, it can be placed exactly where needed on the line, while its sturdy construction ensures that print performance and quality are unaffected by line vibrations.
Although competitively-priced as an entry-level printer, the Linx 10 has adopted several proven features from other models in the Linx range. In particular, it offers fast and easy message set-up via a colour touch screen that includes image-based code selection to reduce coding errors and speed up changeovers.
A unique feature is the Linx 10’s integrated automatic line speed sensor, which eliminates the need for a separate sensor attached to the line or a product detector, making set-up on the line easier. This is a significant benefit where the coder is frequently moved between lines. The line speed sensor assesses the speed of a line or conveyor and ensures that codes are printed in the right place at the right time, regardless of the line speed, even if it fluctuates. This delivers consistent code quality.
Another significant benefit is that the printer has been designed so that customers have the option to service the printer themselves without the need for an engineer to attend, minimising both costs and downtime. In addition, the robust stainless steel IP55-rated construction ensures reliable and consistent operation, and the market-leading Linx printhead requires minimal cleaning once a month, while consumables are easy to replace via a mess-free clean cartridge system.
“We believe the Linx 10 truly offers something new to the market,” comments Linx Printing Technologies’ Marketing Director, John Tierney.
“We have incorporated some advanced technology into a very small and light coder that is easy to install, set up, operate and maintain, while delivering a good quality of code.”
Linx anticipates that typical applications for the new coder will include specialist and artisan producers in markets such as food and drink, toiletries and herbal remedies who are seeking their first coder, as well as contract packers who need the portability and flexibility of an easy to move and set up printer.