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Article | September 14, 2015
Linx Printing Technologies: Ink-jet printer
Linx 8900 is a next-generation, easy-to-use CIJ printer that maximizes efficiencies.
Linx Printing Technologies introduces Linx 8900, a continuous ink-jet printer capable of printing both human and machine-readable codes. The Linx 8900 incorporates features that speed up day-to-day operation and maintenance, while ensuring continual performance and minimal downtime. In addition, the printer offers greater versatility, thanks to the introduction of a range of special reporting functions that improve productivity.
The new printer’s large, high-resolution touchscreen ensures simple and error-free operation. It can store multiple line settings for fast and easy setup in different coding locations, and the top screen is customizable to provide quick access to regularly used functions. Individual operator passwords give access to certain functions as required, and customizable on-screen message-editing prompts ensure accurate inputting.
For easy production monitoring, the touchscreen also includes a screen saver mode that provides a simple visual status check, with current output statistics shown in green or red to indicate whether throughput is on target or not.
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This is part of a range of reporting features that provide at-a-glance, real-time data, which also includes downtime information and batch counts. This can be easily transferred to a USB for the compilation of reports. This means operators can identify patterns or reasons for any line stoppages, allowing them to quickly implement changes, solutions, or countermeasures to improve efficiency and productivity.
The Linx 8900’s Self-Service Wizard guides operators through the process for an engineer-free service that minimizes downtime. Only filters and used fluids are changed regularly, reducing cost and waste.
Linx’s sealed printhead can function in even the harshest factory conditions and typically only needs to be cleaned every three months. The proven autoflush system thoroughly cleans the printhead every time the printer is shut down, and this ensures a fast and clean startup when required. For extended shutdowns, an automated cleaning feature, which is activated by the press of a button, cleans the Linx 8900 so that it is ready for immediate use, even after three months of inactivity.
A temperature auto-adjust function maintains code quality at different temperature ranges on the production line. The IP55-rated stainless-steel enclosure is suitable for washdown environments.
An eight-hour fluid refill warning system allows refills to be more easily planned into production schedules, and the automatic fluid checking system ensures that the correct ink and solvent are in place. To avoid mistakes and minimize the number of refills, the size and shape of the ink and solvent cartridges are different, with the one-liter solvent cartridge being twice the size of the ink cartridge to allow longer running between refills. A one-touch door operation provides fast and simple fluid replacements, with cartridges that simply click into place with no other adjustment required.
The new printer features a smaller footprint that allows it to be installed into smaller factory spaces as well as wall-mount options. It also offers the flexibility to be used for both primary and secondary coding, including a 20-mm-high carton printing option.
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