The reliability, flexibility and efficiency of two Linx 8900 CIJ (Continuous Ink Jet) printers installed at leading aerosol manufacturer and filler LMA Services has been a key factor in allowing the company to increase the number of hours it operates its production lines – from eight to 16 hours per day – giving it the opportunity to take on more business.
LMA was looking to replace its previous coding equipment with a reliable, high-quality and easy-to-operate coder. Two key requirements were the ability to print onto the bottom of aluminium and steel aerosol cans, and to produce up to three lines of code.
“We are delighted at the performance of our Linx printers,” comments Craig Hodgson, General Manager of LMA Services. “They are cleaner and more intuitive, there is no more mess on the line, and downtime has been reduced, as we don’t have to constantly refill the coder and mop up the mess afterwards. Above all, the excellent quality and consistency of the code makes a better impression on our customers.
“Throughout the installation process, the service from Linx was first rate, even delivering ink out of hours at one point.”
LMA Services manufactures and fills aerosols for a wide range of markets and applications, including automotive, veterinary, janitorial, industrial and paints. Aerosols are filled and capped before being coded on their base by the Linx 8900s.
The three-line capability of the coders provides the flexibility to match codes to individual customer requirements. The machines are coding up to 4,000 cans per hour, well within their capabilities as speeds are governed by other equipment on the line.