R Twining and Company

Premium Tea Cartons benefit from Linx Laser precision

R Twining and Company Limited, one of the country’s leading producers of fine quality teas, uses a Linx 30W Scribing Laser Coder to provide legible code onto black cardboard cartons.

The Twinings Premier Range has recently been relaunched in distinctive dark packaging and Twinings realised that the existing method of using a Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printer to code onto the packaging was unsuitable.

Laser coding provided the ideal solution because it etches the black surface of the carton to create a clear, high quality scribed but discreet code.

At Twinings, the coder applies a two-line code comprising Best Before date along with a traceability code that gives details of the time and batch of manufacture. At its maximum capacity, the line produces 90 boxes-per-minute.

“We had a mask laser on-site but it lacked efficiency, with the need to change masks regularly affecting productivity. In contrast, the scribing laser system of the Linx 300SL delivers a precise code simply and conveniently,” explains Dave Sibbald of Twinings.

At Twinings, the coder applies a two-line code comprising Best Before date and a traceability code giving details of the time and batch of a manufacture. At its maximum capacity, the line produces 90 boxes-per-minute.

The Linx 300SL joins 22 Linx Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers and four Xymark dot matrix lasers from Linx already in use at Twinings’ blending and packaging facility in Andover.

Ease of use is key to Twinings’ preference for the Linx 300SL. “The intuitive user interface makes job set-up and operation quick and easy, and the laser produces a superior, clear finish without creating any mess.” Linx’s reliability is also an advantage.

“Twinings has used Linx coding equipment for the past eighteen years and we’ve found them to have first class service and engineering,” concludes Dave Sibbald. “The addition of the Linx 300SL confirms the high standard of Linx’s coders.”