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FEATURE CODING, MARKING & LABELLING


FLEXIBILITY PROVES A WINNER FOR CONTRACT MANUFACTURER


The latest Linx 10 coder has earned high praise from a cosmetics contract manufacturer for greatly improving the efficiency of the company’s operation. Creative Cosmetics, based in Ipswich, UK, has been particularly impressed with the coder’s flexibility, manoeuvrability and ease of use


printing in all orientations on different product types and surfaces, including acrylic, PET, metallised glass and untreated glass. Typical code requirements are one or two lines. Besides its portability, the Linx 10


provides a number of additional benefits. These include its fast and easy message set-up via a touch screen featuring image-based code-selection; its integrated, automatic line speed sensor, which eliminates the need for a separate sensor attached to the line; and its ability to be serviced by customers, without the need for an engineer. The market-leading Linx printhead also


he company says its two Linx 10s are better able to meet its needs in a short-run production environment in which frequent changeovers are required. Creative Cosmetics already used two


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continuous ink jet (CIJ) coders to service up to five different production lines, but these could be difficult for operators to move easily between lines. As a result, when the printers were not available, operators had to hand-apply labels, a labour-intensive activity that added unnecessary costs to the operation. By comparison, the Linx 10 printer is


totally portable and can be easily moved to where it is required. For Creative Cosmetics the printer and printhead bracket are fixed to a movable cabinet, which can be wheeled between lines or repositioned on a line. “For me, the major advantages of the


Linx 10 are its flexibility and mobility,” explains factory manager, Gregory Webb. “It is half the size of our other printers, meaning I can position it exactly where I want.”


At Creative Cosmetics, the Linx 10 is 42 JUNE 2017 | AUTOMATION /AUTOMATION


requires minimal cleaning once a month, while consumables are easy to replace via a mess-free cartridge system. “Setup is very easy and intuitive with the graphical user interface,” confirms Webb. “The line speed sensor is a great feature, meaning that if the speed of the


line changes, the code is still good. Equally important, the process of refilling the fluids in the printer is very simple.” Creative Cosmetics is one of the UK’s


leading contract manufacturers incorporating design, production, filling and assembly of cosmetic and skin care products for many large high street stores, specialist retailers, mail order companies, and party plan organisations. The purchase of the two Linx 10 coders followed a trial of the new machine at the company’s factory.


“By the end of the trial period, our operators were reluctant to hand back the printer to Linx as they loved it so much,” concludes Creative Cosmetics’ managing director, Alan Major. “We immediately knew that we wanted one.”


Linx Printing Technologies T: 01480 302100 www.linxglobal.com


P&A PALLET LABELLING SYSTEM USES RFID TRACKING


SATO, a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations, has worked in partnership with automatic warehouse systems specialist, Orbital, to develop a Print & Apply (P&A) pallet labelling system which offers improved options for anyone needing to track palletised goods using RFID technology. The new Orbital printing station is the only standard automated P&A solution that prints to a 6-inch RFID label width, offering a greater print area for batch details and other unique identification information. At its heart lies SATO’s advanced NX Series intelligent print technology. The NX Series represents SATO’s next generation of thermal printers with advanced support for barcode symbologies, character sets and RFID encoding. Its compact size and multiple interface options made the CL6NX printer particularly suitable for Orbital’s needs, making the device easy to integrate within an X-Y labelling robot. Its robust specification includes a die-cast aluminium frame, print and ribbon mechanism to provide


stability, durability and ensure print quality in the toughest industrial environment. Offering high- speed processing performance, the CL6NX enables the Orbital printing station to process up to 1300 pallets per day. The Orbital print station is based on ‘open’


software (GESTRAL) and features a 17-inch interactive display, which makes it highly adaptable, intuitive and easy to use. It also has an application tamp made from a flexible, spongy material that facilitates good adhesion of the label to the pallet wrapping, especially on uneven surfaces. A short video showing the Orbital printing


station in action can be viewed online here: https://youtu.be/8JoPKKpv1F8


SATO www.satoeurope.com


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