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Lean manufacturing aims for continuous improvement by identifying opportunities to reduce waste and add value. Companies may use a range of proven methods when applying lean principles, including Just-In-Time deliveries which offer such benefits as eliminating the need for high stock levels, and freeing up factory floor space.

Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are the most important members of a group of polymers called polyolefins.
These polymers are used in applications spanning a multitude of industry sectors such as food packaging, automotive, pharmaceuticals, cable, wire & pipes, etc. They are used widely in industries where CIJ printers are used for coding and marking.
Their characteristics are such that effective coding and marking onto these plastics can be a challenge for manufacturers.

Successful contract packing companies act as extensions of their clients’ operations. To hold their own in such a competitive market, contract packers must position themselves not just for their own growth, but for the growth of the companies they work with. 

Due to the often-harsh nature of the bottling environment, beverage manufacturers and bottle packers must choose their equipment wisely: fragile or temperamental coders will not survive wet, dusty or sugary environments, and will need replacing frequently. This means more downtime, regular expenses, and a decrease in productivity. Naturally, this is something that professional bottlers wish to avoid at all costs. The new Linx 8940 CIJ printer can help.

When choosing an ink for coding purposes, there are five key areas to consider:

But do you know what they are and why they are so important?

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.