The reliability and code quality of the Linx 8900 Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printer are proving key benefits for the coding of essential information onto marine distress signals at a leading UK supplier.
Dorset-based Powerhaul International is a long-established logistics and shipping company that provides specialised services to the commercial and military explosive industries. The company supplies a variety of German-manufactured marine distress flares for the leisure yachting sector.
The Linx 8900 is being used to print an expiry date onto each flare immediately before it is distributed in the UK. This ensures the flares carry the strict industry-standard guarantee of four years, after which time the distress signal’s light and colour – of paramount importance to its effective performance – may degrade.
Key requirements for the code are that it is tamper-proof and permanent, and able to remain intact in harsh saline environments.
“We were looking for a coder with a simple user interface that would enable us to print a single line, with the option of QR and barcodes,” explains Peter Jenkins, the owner of Powerhaul International.
“In our discussions with Linx, it was clear that not only was the Linx 8900 ideal for the job, but the company could also offer us a much higher level of service and support than our existing supplier.”