Production Line Printers
History of Production Lines
Manufacturers have always been looking for ways to improve efficiency and profit by using production lines, without sacrificing quality. In 1913, the modern production line was introduced by Henry Ford. His concept of a continuous assembly line brought consistency, speed, and efficiency to production lines. The widespread use of conveyors brought about a new era of manufacturing that was marked by productivity, speed, and quality.
Since then, advancements in technology have increased manufacturing output while decreasing wasteful manual labor. Technology such as production line printers enabled manufacturers to focus their manpower on other areas of development, rather than manually coding onto products. This also enabled the automated process for packaging and traceability of products.
The Standardization of Manufacturing
Over time, consumer demand and manufacturing advancements led to the need for greater regulation in manufacturing. One such example is traceability coding to protect consumers and ensure compliant goods are provided to the public. Date codes, batch or lot numbers, and manufacturing marks became essential to track potentially faulty products and have visibility of expired food, beverages, or pharmaceuticals.
Federal regulations did not eliminate the need for efficiency and consistency. Coding and marking printers such as those offered by Linx Printing Technologies, brought a simple solution to standardizing these codes on products and packaging. Industrial printers allowed manufacturers to place readable numbers and texts in a consistent position on every product.
Towards the end of the 20th century, barcodes became a widespread way to track essential information in a variety of industries, including in production spaces. Production line printers enabled manufacturers to print these complex, space-saving codes onto their goods. Since then, printers have advanced to accommodate printing of QR codes and data matrix codes. As production lines have increased in speed since their humble start in Ford automotive factories, production line printers have become an essential tool to maintain productivity.
Production Printers from Linx
Linx offers a range of production line printers including dynamic Continuous Inkjets, robust laser coders, speciality Large Character Marking (LCM) printers, and flexible thermal transfer printers. Linx industrial coding printers are designed to increase quality and efficiency on your production line.
Linx Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) printers are designed to eliminate lengthy set ups and servicing, while providing a reliable, versatile coding solution for production lines. The intuitive touch screen interface and user-serviceable part ensure that our latest models are easy to use and cost-effective.
Linx has a range of inkjet production printers for businesses establishing their first production line through to those with multiple, complex, or high-speed coding requirements.
Automation is not exclusive to a specific industry. Linx has coding solutions for manufacturers of food, beverages, automobiles, personal care items, pharmaceuticals, extrusion, and more.
Manufacturers rely on Linx marking technologies to generate a competitive advantage on their production lines. With reliable operation even in environmental factors such as chemicals, moisture, temperature or handling, Linx printers are regularly supplied for the following industries:
Automated printers for consistent expiry & tracking codes
Print on cans, bottles, and more with IP-rated printer protections
Inkjet & laser printers to mark durable codes on automotive parts
Cost-effective and hygienic coding products for personal care products
Robust printers with specialist inks for capsules, bottles, & pouches
Rapid coding solutions for traceability in other industries