Linx Printing Technologies has launched a CIJ (Continuous Ink Jet) printer with a number of first-in-class features for fast and reliable three-line coding which also has the adaptability to be further upgraded as and when required.
The new Linx 5900 has been designed to provide maximum flexibility and consistently reliable coding, and offers the lowest maintenance costs for this type of printer along with extended service intervals of up to 6,000 hours. Equally important, recognising that many companies’ coding needs can change as their businesses continue to grow, a variety of additional enhancements are available that can be incorporated at any time, avoiding the need to purchase a whole new printer and making the initial investment future-proof.
Among its many new features, the Linx 5900 offers a large 1000 message memory store and built-in USB for faster code changes For reduced coding errors, the large and easy-to-use colour user interface provides prompted coding fields for quick and easy message creation, and the SureFill system ensures mistake-proof fluid refills.
The Linx 5900 also provides a cost-effective and predictable maintenance programme. Service intervals are up to 6,000 hours and each service requires fewer parts to be changed than with other printers. Together with minimal printhead maintenance, this means that the Linx 5900 delivers lowest-in-class annual maintenance costs.
Additional features can be easily added to the Linx 5900 at any time to cope with new production line requirements. Faster print speeds can be incorporated to meet increased throughput. Message creation and control can be further enhanced with Linx Insight software for remote monitoring and message input from a smart phone or PC, and Linx QuickSwitch for code changes using a barcode scanner. Full line integration can be achieved using Ethernet connectivity to control several Linx 5900s from a PC or by adding parallel I/O connectivity to link the printer directly with other production line equipment.
As with all Linx printers, the Linx 5900 delivers excellent reliability and ease of use. Downtime is minimised thanks to the adjustment-free sealed printhead which has no exposed wires and requires minimal maintenance. The printhead also incorporates Linx’s self-cleaning FullFlush technology that ensures first time start-ups. The dirt trap-free IP55 rated enclosure, with no doors to open for refills, prevents contaminants getting into the printer to further reduce the risk of unscheduled stoppages and helps to ensure a cleaner working environment, particularly important for food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
“As usual, the development of our new printer started with listening to our customers,” explains Charles Randon, Senior Product Manager, Linx Printing Technologies.
“We know reliable and consistent operation is a must for any new CIJ printer, as are low running and maintenance costs. What is now becoming apparent is the need for an added layer of flexibility – many companies are reluctant to pay for features they do not immediately need, but before long they may have to consider investing in a newer, higher-specification model.
“The Linx 5900 solves this problem by delivering an immediate, first-class coding solution which is also future-proof because it can be easily further enhanced when and if needed.”
The Linx 5900 is available in four variants – the standard model, BC and DC versions for bottle and dairy applications respectively, and the Linx 5900 Solver, for reduced solvent consumption of up to 40 per cent.