• Date Coder for Cans

  • Can Date Coder

  • Can Coding

Coding & Printing on Cans

Our date-can coders are suitable for production line coding of expiration dates and batch numbers, using non-contact printing designed to code directly onto metal in almost any orientation. Our intelligent can-date coders can save time with pre-programmed codes and keep you safe with remote control and monitoring via PrinterNet. Linx can coders also print barcodes, data matrices and QR codes avoiding unnecessary waste or environmental impact.

Linx is a specialist in creating coding and marking industrial printers, we understand that printing on cans presents several unique challenges, from difficult-to-adhere surfaces and wet or harsh environments to small circumference marking areas. Our laser can coders and CIJ print heads have been designed to cope with any production line printing requirement.

Coding on cans along with specialised inks and permanent codes ensures safety and traceability in the food and beverage industries. Additionally, coding on cosmetics and chemical containers ensure quality assurance. Our expertise in product and packaging marking & identification can help you to reduce costs and improve productivity.

Production Line Aluminium Can Printer

Can production lines are designed to increase production volume and reduce labour costs. At Linx we realise that reliable and consistent product marking is critical as rework adds significant cost to product manufacture.

Linx date coders for cans are designed to integrate with production line systems, able to cope with a variety of line speeds and feature automated date & batch number functions to reduce manual interventions and therefore avoid line downtime.

Linx also offers coders for specialist date coding such as with UV and food-grade inks. Our laser can-date coders are ideal for high-volume or permanent marking with no need for consumables.

Printing on Tin CansBeverage Can PrintingCoding on Cosmetics

For tinned products Linx pigmented inks enable long-lasting printing of expiry dates or batch numbers on the top or side of tins and even on bottle & jar lids providing clarity for years even if stored in daylight.

Linx non-contact, production line marking is ideal for printing on beer cans and soft drink cans. Linx has a product marking solution for all steel & aluminium cans and any coding requirement.

Some industries require coding of batch or lot numbers, time, and date onto small circumference cans to enable faster production line operation and remove the need for manual work.

Our laser coders can also code onto coated metals or external paper and card packaging, providing rapid, permanent marking with no need for consumables or ribbon/ink changeovers.Depending on your needs, Linx has high adhesion, retort, and even washable inks for use on metal surfaces in a range of harsh environments and inks to enable straightforward recycling after use.Our date can coders are also capable of printing onto metal lids and caps in a variety of orientations with small character printing that is long-lasting, legible, and consistent.

Printer Types for Can Coding

Continuous Inkjet

Linx Continuous Inkjet offer many benefits for can coding. This machine allows fast and easy to do an edit of messaging with the touchscreen interface making it easy for line changes. Our machines also come with a robust print head to withstand harsh production environments, eliminating the worry of expensive damage. 

  • High-speed printing at 2.5 metres a second
  • Robust print head for harsh environments
  • Fast message and line changes
  • IP55 IP65 all stainless steel to withstand wet environments
  • Range of inks which are oil and grease penetrating 

Fibre Laser

Our Linx Fibre Laser Coders mark on bear metal is suitable for can coding. These lasers can keep up with incredibly fast lines able to code 90,000 cans an hour. A fibre laser creates very fine spots creating excellent quality codes making them ideal for marking on small components or large amounts of information onto small areas. 

  • Remote access, control, and support with Linx PrinterNet
  • Permanent marking on a wide range of materials
  • Over 20,000 configurations to meet code requirements
  • Compact marking head for easy integration into moving and static lines

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Production line can coder

Can production lines are designed to increase production volume and reduce labour costs. At Linx we realise that reliable and consistent product marking is critical as rework adds significant cost to product manufacture.

Linx date coder for cans are designed to integrate with production line systems, able to cope with a variety of line speeds and feature automated date & batch number functions to reduce manual interventions and therefore avoid line downtime.

Linx also offers coders for specialist date coding such as with UV and food grade inks. Our laser can date coders are ideal for high volume or permanent marking with no need for consumables.

Can coding production line

Key benefits of our printers

  • Robust traceability | Up to IP65 rated printers | Easy to use and accurate coding
  • Reliable operation in hot, dusty, wet, or non-temperature-controlled environments
  • Range of solutions for durable coding onto most metals

Are the laser safety guards bespoke?

Yes. We have an in-house designer to bespoke design the laser guarding to fit your production line.

Will a CIJ’s code wash off a can?

No. We have developed several inks for various industries and purposes. For can coding specifically we know oils and grease may be present. Linx have developed an ink formular that can penetrate those stubborn substances for the coder to mark clear.

Will the machine have start up issues if it has been shut down for a while?

No. Specifically with our CIJ printers, they have been designed with an auto-cleaning system of the print head minimising the need to clean the print head of any mess and to reduce time. They have also been designed for many different industries and can be shut down for 3 months without any need for flushing or draining. These machines are effortlessly integrable, and can be introduced and removed from a production line easily.

Working with Linx

Want to know what is the best coding and marking solution for the automotive industry?

Call us, chat to us or simply fill in the form with your details and we will get back to you. Tell us what the main priorities in your production process are and we will help you choose the best solution tailored to your needs. And we will tell you how much you will save too!

Metal and Can Coding Applications

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Coated Metal

Can coders and printers for coated metal applications including metal bottle tops

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