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Laser technology is losing its ‘expensive’ reputation and its versatility is making it an ideal solution for many coding applications, says Matt Eastham, Laser Business Manager of Linx Printing Technologies
As a manufacturer, you may find your margins are being affected by day to day pressures such as competition, retailer requirements and consumer demands. Becoming more efficient in your production and packing processes can help to alleviate these pressures.
Change is afoot in the beer brewing industry. Canned beer is traditionally synonymous with a lacklustre and inferior product when compared to bottled beer. However, it’s clear that particularly amongst craft breweries, attitudes are changing.
In 2002 when Oskar Blues Brewery in the USA were the first craft brewery to adopt the canned format, with their flagship Dale’s Pale Ale brew. Today more craft brewers are moving from glass bottles to cans. But what is the reason behind this move?

Coding onto alcoholic beverages – whether they are beers, wines, spirits or pre-mixed cocktails – brings a variety of challenges which can be placed into 3 broad areas. Carefully consider these before investing in new coding equipment, and ensure you are well placed for continued growth in the industry.

As the farmgate price of milk continues to decline, how can dairy manufacturers squeeze more into their profits? Dairy UK has recently published an export strategy that looks to help UK dairy manufacturers improve their export performance. This could lead to increased production opportunities - but as production increases does it make sense for the amount of waste to increase proportionally?

Choosing the most appropriate ink for your application is a critical decision to ensure that the very best message quality and durability is achieved. Often the type of ink you need will determine which ink jet printer you buy. Therefore understanding the properties of the inks available is important.

Large scale manufacturers with high volume output often require high speed production lines to meet their targets. It’s therefore essential that all components on a line are able to perform at the same high standard, avoiding any bottlenecks. Consider the other components of your line and the speed at which your coder can operate. Can your coder keep up?

Choosing a future-proofed coding solution is essential for high-end coding applications, for example in the production of high value products or 24/7, high volume output, it's essential to consider how your investment will be future proofed, for example by recuperating costs thanks to reduced downtime through increased reliability with no ongoing consumable costs.

The dairy industry has been subject to a number of different trends affecting production, processing and packaging in recent years. The dairy packaging industry is under increasing pressures from consumers and others in the market to conform to many of these trends, something that could have an effect on other parts of the sector.

A key element of your line is your coding and marking equipment. Traceability in the UK cosmetics industry is covered by the Regulation 1223/2009 with came into effect in 2013. All products must bear indelible, easily legible and visible written information on the container/outer packaging or sometimes both. In addition there are over 40 natural and organic standards for cosmetics across Europe, so your coding solution needs to be able to meet all of these.

With the innovative new Linx 8900 CIJ coder you can benefit from maximised line efficiency, and minimised errors wastage. Read on to find out more about how this printer can help you improve your operation.

Get in touch to discuss how Linx can support your coding and marking needs