Moving From Manual to Automated Product Coding

Looking To Move From Manual to Automated Product Coding?

Here are 3 critical things you need to know. 

Linx Printing Technologies understands that taking the step from a manual product coding and labelling system to an automated solution can be a daunting one. You need a quality product, simple to use, with the flexibility to meet your immediate production requirements as well as supporting your business growth needs in the future.   

Recent developments in printing technology and usability have been introduced that directly meet the needs of a business like yours. If you are looking to introduce more automation into your product coding and marking - possibly for the first time - then here are 3 things you should know beforehand.

1. Good things come in small packages 

Your production environment could be a very fluid one, always changing and adapting. For a business like yours, a compact and portable code printer which provides flexibility within the production environment would suit. You may want to be able to move the printer between lines as required, fit the printer in exactly where you need it or simply move it out of the way when more space is needed, supporting changes in demand.

We recommend looking at a lightweight design, typically less than 12kgs in weight, which can be mounted directly onto your line and ideally has a printhead dock which makes it easy to move the printer to where you need to apply your code. 
 

2. Simplicity is key

Do you code many different products and need to make frequent code changes or are you producing seasonal products using a workforce where English is often a second language? If yes then a quick and easy set-up is important to minimise any coding errors. A built-in colour touchscreen with clear guides (ideally using product images) will make code creation and selection as easy as possible for your team. This means there are fewer errors, less rework and no costly recalls.
The ideal solution for your business allows for ease and speed of setup, with no prior knowledge or training on Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printing needed, giving you and your team more time, space and flexibility to focus on other tasks.
 

3. Keeping the costs down

When investing in a printer don’t just think about the initial payment but the ongoing costs and downtime it might entail. If you just want to code and mark simply, then consider a coder you can service yourself; this avoids regular maintenance fees that more sophisticated coders (more suited to a larger production line) may require. Look to a supplier who can offer flexible payment terms with products which can be installed and set up quickly. This allows you to be up and coding onto your product at very short notice – meeting your customers’ needs.
 

Linx Printing Technologies has spent a lot of time developing a remarkable printer which delivers everything a business like yours needs to automate their coding. The result of our customer research and development is the Linx 10 CIJ printer. Small enough to be portable but advanced enough to cope easily with all the demands you will place on it, the Linx 10 will print perfect code on virtually any dry material. It’s uniquely portable, easy to set up and built to last, making the move to automated coding easier and more affordable than you thought.

Linx Printing Technologies has been innovating since 1987 and our printers and printheads are recognised as class leaders. Thousands of businesses like yours depend on us to deliver the best possible printing solutions.
 

To view the full specification and see how it can help your growing business. Please visit the webpage here: www.linx10.co.uk  or come and visit us at Interpack, Hall 11, Stand C58.