Leading UK glue contract packer Cedesa has bought two Linx CJ400 Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers after successfully trialling the machines for over a year. Now Cedesa has installed the printers onto a horizontal, semi-automated glue filler line, which operates for up to eight hours a day, five days a week, coding 10 items per minute.
Ease of use and reliability were key factors for Cedesa, which is based in Hertfordshire and offers adhesive packing solutions and products for industrial retail markets.
Linx T551 Black high speed ink is being used to print one line of alphanumeric batch code onto painted metal tubes of glue. This fast-drying Linx ink also offers good chemical resistance, which is crucial in this application.
The Linx CJ400 is versatile, simple to own and easy to use. It offers customers three-month intervals between printhead cleaning and is the most portable CIJ printer available, weighing only 13.5kg.
The Linx Easi-Change® Service Module can be changed in minutes using on-screen prompts. This means scheduled maintenance is easily completed without the need for a trained technician or costly service calls. On-screen trouble shooting can solve the majority of operating issues without the need to consult manuals or engineers.
The module contains all relevant serviceable parts in an easily removable box, with no wires or pipes to disconnect and reconnect, and no need to expose other critical printer components during servicing. There are no electronic components to replace when the module is changed, reducing cost and waste.
The three-month printhead cleaning intervals offer a huge reduction on cleaning costs and downtime. The Linx CJ400’s 62 micron printhead nozzle saves up to 40 per cent ink usage compared to other CIJ printers. Solvent consumption is also reduced by up to 33 per cent.
The light weight makes the Linx CJ400 easy to move between lines. For added versatility, it can store settings for up to four production lines and 1000 typical messages, which can be selected in seconds.
One-step set-up is assured thanks to an easy to use colour touch screen, whose simple prompts enable users to start coding straight away. The same system offers step-by-step message creation and editing without requiring any complicated manuals or training. Mistake proof refills with SureFill® fluid identification prevents expensive damage caused by the use of incorrect inks and solvents.
Chris Mckenna, Engineering Manager at Cedesa says: “We needed a printer that was easy to use and offered unparalleled reliability, in an environment where the production line may be run intermittently. The Linx CJ400 has easily met these requirements during trials, and starts up first time”.