Huhtamaki has installed a Linx SL1 laser coder for
applying permanent codes onto paper cups.
Huhtamaki is a global leader in packaging technology,
and New Zealand’s leading manufacturer of food service
packaging. When Huhtamaki decided to upgrade their
product traceability solution they turned to Linx distributor
Previously Huhtamaki used inkjet technology to code their
hot fill paper cups for identification and quality purposes,
but with the need to ensure a completely indelible code and
with a focus on cleanliness and lowering operating costs the
decision was made to move to laser coding.
The application was not an entirely easy one, says
Engineering Manager Greg White. "We have multiple
production lines based on differing converting machines,
meaning each installation had its own engineering challenges.
Speeds are high, space is tight, health & safety is critical,
and production downtime is something we just cannot afford."
After evaluating different vendors, Huhtamaki selected
Reynolds and the Linx SL1 laser coder. "We compared a
number of potential vendors, and selected Reynolds based
on their strong engineering capability and history of
excellent post-sales service." Says Greg.
Reynolds fitted five Linx SL1 laser coders, integrated
to the different packaging machines, complete with
comprehensive safety interlocking and guarding. The SL1
units are ideal due to their highly compact size, flexible
configuration and excellent price to performance ratio.
Says Greg, "Some of the installs were very tricky, and
it's great to know we have a really capable partner
like Reynolds. In fact, Reynolds has now implemented
automated verification systems to ensure the correct
packaging variants are being run on the lines. It’s a real
advantage having one partner who can deal with all the
traceability and verification systems."
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