Bambach Wires & Cables

Bambach Wires & Cables

Three Linx 7900 continuous ink jet printers have been installed by Australian manufacturer Bambach Wires & Cables after the company was impressed with the printers’ speed, print quality and ease of use.

Bambach manufactures specialist and industrial cables for industries, including marine, defence, rail and road, sound and lighting, solar, power and transmission.

Cables are printed at varying intervals, from simple number codes just a few centimetres apart to greater distances with long alphanumeric messages.

Carroll Company

American Flexpack

The Carroll Company benefits from Linx CJ400

Leading US cleaning and maintenance products supplier, Carroll Company, cites exceptional reliability, low maintenance and ease of operation as the main reasons for selecting a Linx CJ400 small character inkjet printer for date coding onto both product packs and shipping cartons.

The printer was supplied to Carroll Company by Linx’s US distributor Diagraph.
It replaced an older coder from a different manufacturer and since installation has led to greatly reduced downtime and improved throughput on the line.

“The Linx CJ400 is very easy to set up, changeovers take literally a couple of minutes to execute and we have had absolutely no issues with the printer since it was installed, all of which make an important contribution to ensuring that our line operates at maximum efficiency,” comments Joseph L. Ondriezek, COO of Carroll Company.

“In addition, we like the printer’s sleek design, which is very easy to clean and helps to ensure fast changeovers.”

The Linx CJ400 was launched in response to a major global consultation to research the needs of end users.  Offering unique portability, fast set-up and ease of use, it features an Easi-Change® Service Module, which is changed in minutes, meaning scheduled maintenance can be carried out without the need for a trained technician or costly service calls.  Other innovations deliver a significant reduction on cleaning costs, and ink and solvent consumption.

The Linx CJ400’s unique compact design means it weighs under 30lbs complete with fluids, making it the lightest inkjet printer on the market and well within health and safety limits for one person to pick up. Its easy to use colour touch screen means users do not need complicated manuals or training.

At Carroll Company, the coder is operating at around 40 units per minute, well within its capabilities. “The quality of code is consistently excellent,” confirms Mr Ondriezek.

“This is the second Linx inkjet printer that we have installed, following the purchase of a Linx 4900 in May last year,” he continues. “We remain thoroughly satisfied with the performance of both machines.  They are easy to install and operate and there is little or no maintenance required.  Just as important we have received consistently great service from initial setup through training to on-going advice and support.”

Carroll Company was founded on and remains dedicated to the fundamental business practices of outstanding Quality, Value, and Integrity, and the company looks for the same approach from its equipment and its suppliers.

Cedesa

Cedesa

Linx CJ400 onto painted metal

Industry: Chemicals – glue
Product: Linx CJ400
Substrate: Painted metal

Leading UK glue contract packer Cedesa has bought two Linx CJ400 continuous ink jet (CIJ) printers after successfully trialling the machines for over a year.

Now Cedesa has installed the printers onto a horizontal, semi-automated glue filler line, which operates for up to eight hours a day, five days a week, coding 10 items per minute.

Linx T551 Black high speed ink is being used to print one line of alphanumeric batch code onto painted metal tubes of glue. This fast-drying Linx ink also offers good chemical resistance, which is crucial in this application.

Chris Mckenna, Engineering Manager at Cedesa says: “We needed a printer that was easy to use and offered unparalleled reliability, in an environment where the production line may be run intermittently. “The Linx CJ400 has easily met these requirements during trials, and starts up first time every time.“

Chocolaterie Jacquot

Chocolaterie JacquotFrench chocolatier Chocolaterie Jacquot has emphasised its trust in coding and marking equipment from Linx Printing Technologies as it upgrades production lines.

Jacquot, part of the Cémoi chocolate manufacturer group, has been a Linx customer for several years, and is in the process of replacing all its continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers. The company is continuing its upgrade with the installation of two award-winning Linx CJ400 printers.

“This model was a natural choice for us as it combines simplicity of use and maintenance”, explains David Charlet, Maintenance Team Manager.

As French leader in seasonal chocolate, Jacquot cannot afford any interruption in production when the production campaign is in full swing. The requirements are relatively simple, with chocolate in different bag formats coded with best-before and manufacturing dates. But because of the seasonal nature of the business, production stoppages for adjustment, troubleshooting or maintenance of the lines has to be minimised.  So printers that are easy to use and update with little downtime are essential.

Weighing just 13.5kg for ultimate portability between lines, the Linx CJ400 boasts low cost of ownership thanks to its Easi-Change® Service Module, which is designed so that all relevant serviceable parts are housed in an easily removable box, with no wires or pipes to disconnect and reconnect, and no need to expose other critical printer components during servicing.   Furthermore, there are no electronic components to replace when the module is changed, reducing cost and waste.
“We particularly appreciate the Easi-Change Service Module for efficient maintenance of the printer: every 6,000 hours of operation or just once a year,” adds Mr Charlet.  “The efficiency and simplicity of its graphics interface with the operator also played a part in our choice. There is no need for training as it is so intuitive.”

Jacquot has more than 500 employees at sites in Troyes (Aube) and Molsheim (Haut-Rhin). The special characteristic of its business is its seasonal production cycle, especially holidays and festivals, which means producing substantial stocks to meet a demand concentrated over several days a year. The focus of its production is on the Easter and Christmas holiday periods, with a third going to export worldwide.

Clipper Teas

Clipper Teas

Linx 7300 onto cardboard

Industry: Beverage

Product: Linx 7300

Substrate: Cardboard

Fairtrade tea manufacturer Clipper Tea has installed four Linx 7300 CIJ printers onto its production line, coding onto the company’s range of Fairtrade and organic tea bags. Clipper says it chose the Linx 7300 Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers due to their low cost, ease of use, minimised downtime and extensive features including a USB backup facility.

Clipper used Linx Printing Technologies’ CompleteCode leasing method, which covers all costs within one easy monthly payment. It brings to eight the total number of Linx printers operated by Clipper.

The Linx printers are being used to print ‘Best Before End’ dates and traceability codes, for internal use, onto cardboard boxes containing Clipper’s range of tea bags. Linx Black fast-drying 1240 ink is being used and the production line operates eight hours a day, five days a week for 50 weeks of the year.

Cocio

CocioOne of the world’s best-known producers of drinking chocolate, Cocio, has been enhancing its production capabilities using Linx Printing Technologies coding and marking machines supplied by distributor partner ACT Logimark AS Denmark.

Previously, Cocio was using a range of equipment from several different suppliers, which resulted in high maintenance costs and large stockpiles of ink, solvent and spare parts. The equipment was also old and needed updating to streamline the company’s production facility.
Cocio required a system that was easy for operators to use and easy to maintain while keeping costs down, along with reducing the amount of ink and solvent consumption.

Cocio’s technical team researched to find a system that could offer a solution to the company’s production problems while providing an economic resolution too. Cocio’s Technical Director Bo Boesen explains: “We saw an advertisement in which the ACT Group offered a trial of a Linx machine free of charge.”

The subsequent trial period was a complete success with Cocio then making the decision to buy a range of Linx CIJ printers.
Additional printers were later purchased to integrate with new equipment for labelling of boxes on a production line. ACT Group again installed an inline solution using the Linx printers, which print two codes, without separating or twisting the boxes.

“This has given us a solution with high safety of operation and high print quality on our box line,” explains Bo Boesen.

More recently, Cocio wanted to integrate all the printers, so all could be controlled through one network and database to monitor goods numbers and order codes. This was implemented by ACT Group and included touch screens as the finishing touch to an effective production facility.

Boesen concludes: “The Linx systems have satisfied our expectations with regard to safety of operation and are easy to maintain for our operators. I can completely recommend these machines to other companies looking for new printer equipment.”

Duc d’O

Duc d'O

Linx 4900 onto card

Industry: Confectionery
Product: Linx 4900
Substrate: Card

A leading Belgian chocolate manufacturer is benefiting from a Linx CIJ printer on each of its 18 production lines in Kruibeke, Belgium.

Duc d’O produces 30 tones of chocolates each day from its manufacturing site, and their premium products are exported to over 80 countries. Linx’s Belgian distributor – PRESA – installed 8 Linx 4900s, which are used to print traceability codes onto boxes of chocolates, at the rate of 160 boxes per minute.

Each of their production lines is now equipped with a Linx CIJ printer. Quality of code and reliability were an important consideration for Duc d’O . The automatic and thorough cleaning of the Linx 4900’s printhead at shutdown ensures clean startups every time and high quality codes.

Duc d’O’s choice of printer also had to meet the most stringent hygiene requirements. The IP55-rated Linx 4900 printer with its curved stainless steel enclosure means that the printer can be washed down on the production line.

Elite Snacks and Salades

Elite Snacks and Salades

Linx 4900 onto plastic

Industry: Food
Product: Linx 4900
Substrate: Plastic

Linx’s Dutch distributor, de Koningh, supplies Elite Snacks & Salades in Neede, Netherlands, with all of their coding equipment. The supplier of snacks, salads and sauces now has 10 Linx 4900 small character ink jet printers for coding onto their products.

Elite is the only Dutch company in the industry that produces 3 very different product ranges: sauces, snacks and salads. The company has consistently grown every year, initially delivering to cafeterias but later expanding to include caterers, cheese and vegetable farmers, gas stations, butcher shops, and more recently the industrial and retail sector.

With such a wide range of products and customer types, Elite needs a flexible coding solution that is reliable, and supplied from a reputable company. Elite recently moved over to continuous ink jet (CIJ) printing for their product coding and were so impressed with their first Linx 4900 printer that they transferred all of their coding to Linx.

The Linx 4900’s ability to store message settings gives Elite the flexibility they need with their coding, allowing them to quickly change messages as and when required. With the Linx 4900 printers, Elite is confident that they can continue to supply high quality products, backed by a reliable and supportive supplier.

Espersen Lietuva UAB

Espersen Lietuva UAB

Linx printers meet all demands for leading fish processor

Two Linx printers are meeting the exacting demands of Espersen Lietuva UAB, one of the most modern fish processing companies in Europe.

The Danish-owned company is the largest producer of Baltic cod products in Lithuania. The products are made of fresh sea-caught and frozen cod and the plant’s production capacity is 25 tonnes per day.

A reliable continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer, ensuring good ink adhesion to plastic film under adverse working conditions of low temperatures, was required for the production plant, where large amounts of fish products are packed in plastic packaging and later labelled.

Having previously tested a Linx 7300 printer, the company already had a good impression of Linx products and distributor partner UAB Pralo, who provide support and maintenance services for Linx printers in Lithuania. Driven by the confidence in both the supplier and the manufacturer, the company once again turned to Pralo with a request to offer a new innovative solution.

After explaining its requirements and expectations, the company was offered a Linx 7900 CIJ printer. Its robust stainless steel casing and deep-drawn enclosure, plus an IP55 rating making it suitable for washdown, mean the Linx 7900 is a reliable solution for coding in challenging environments.

The Linx 7900 represents a new landmark in the evolution of CIJ printers. Its Linx Insight software allows remote monitoring and control of printer operation via computers or smartphones – with a few simple keystrokes on a PC or smartphone, operators can start, pause or stop the Linx 7900, change messages from pre-stored selections or download new ones. Only an internet connection is required.

The Linx 7900 is able to print up to five lines, thus allowing it to meet a wide variety of coding needs. In addition, the new ink system technology lets the printer run for up to 9,000 hours or 18 months between servicing.

The company also selected a Linx CJ400 CIJ printer – an unequalled solution which can easily be adapted to various production line requirements.

The printer is ergonomically designed, weighs just 13.5kg with fluids and can easily be carried between production lines. The Linx CJ400 prints up to 3 lines of information using 2-20mm high symbols and letters onto almost any porous or non-porous surface.

Thanks to its Easi-Change® service module, printer maintenance can easily be performed without great effort or investment – the owner of the printer can take care of it without the need for technical maintenance specialists.

Linx printers have met the most exacting demands of Espersen Lietuva – to label boxes with 20mm letters (Linx CJ400) and fish packages using text of up to five lines (Linx 7900). The Linx Insight software, enabling remote printer status view via mobile phone or PC, has also made the work significantly easier.

“Linx printers are able to operate under the difficult conditions that are typical of our work. Currently, the printers fully meet our needs – we do not have any complaints,” affirms Karolis Tamošauskas, Chief Energy Specialist at Espersen Lietuva UAB.

Fabprene

Fabprene

Linx 4900 onto rubber

Industry: Construction
Product: Linx 4900
Substrate: Rubber

Fabprene, based in Bolton, has been producing vulcanising rubber extrusions for over 30 years. The company designs, develops and manufactures elastometric extrusions and fabricated components for the automotive, glazing, building and construction industries.

The production line is made up of a continuous length of rubber extrusion operating at a speed of 40 metres per minute. Fabprene was looking for reliable and easy to use printers, so they purchased two Linx 4900s.

The Linx 4900 printers are used to code single lines of alpha numeric text onto rubber extrusions using Linx yellow pigmented ink 1039 to ensure clarity and contrast with the rubber.

Fabprene have found the self cleaning printhead and automatic refill function to be a real bonus, as they do not require continuous assistance from the production line operators.