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Austech Wire & Cable boosts throughput

Supplier: Matthews Australasia
26 May, 2010

Throughput has increased and production has become more flexible at world-class manufacturer Austech Wire & Cable since the company installed a Linx 7300 Spectrum continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer, using blue pigmented ink, from Matthews Intelligent Identification.

Key facts:

  • Austech can print accurate metre marks and cable identification at high speed.
  • Linx 7300 Spectrum chosen because of reliability of Linx 6800 Spectrum already in use on production line.
  • Printer is low maintenance and user-friendly.
  • Ability to print traceability marking required.
  • Ease of use and reliability key to meeting production demands.

Established in 1997, Austech Wire & Cable was the first Australian manufacturer of oxygen-free, high-conductivity copper rod and wire. The Australian owned company offers a wide range of the highest quality performance copper products including copper feed wire, single or multi-strand wire, plain or tinned bunched conductor, plain or tinned electroplating wire, building, automotive and irrigation cables and other flexible cables up to 150 millimetres square.

Austech Wire & Cable's production engineering manager Ugo Marchesani says, "The Linx 7300 Spectrum is user-friendly and our operator found it familiar because we were already using a Linx 6800 on our production line. That’s one of the reasons we opted for it, because we like the 6800 and the 7300 works like a charm."

Ugo says the Linx 7300 Spectrum uses a blue pigmented ink to print accurate, high-contrast metre marks and cable identification along lengths of cable for many different applications, as they are wound onto spools. Contrast, print quality and adhesion trials were conducted on cable samples before the company decided on the Linx 7300 from Matthews. A strong benefit of the new blue pigmented ink is its high visibility on any colour surface – so dark, light or even blue surfaces are not a problem.

Austech has used a number of inkjet printers from various manufacturers and was already using the Linx 6800 Spectrum to print white pigmented ink onto cables. The ease of use and reliability of the Linx printer, along with the superior back-up service Matthews provides, made it easy to choose the Linx 7300 Ugo says. The new printer has been installed to upgrade technology and has replaced a printer from another manufacturer.

Ugo says using both Linx printers has increased production at the busy round-the-clock Braeside manufacturing facility in Victoria.

The Linx 7300 Spectrum CIJ printer is perfect for reliable, high-contrast coding and marking with pigmented inks. It is well suited to coding onto dark or coloured surfaces. Rubber and plastic extrusions, such as cable and pipes, are a breeze for this small-character printer. For example, it legibly prints inverse text and quickly scannable barcodes in white ink on black substrates.

Programmable, pre-set ink-mix times produce consistent code quality and contrast with substrates and the resulting clear, durable codes last for years.

With 3 lines as standard, the Linx 7300 Spectrum can print up to 5 lines of text, graphics, logos and bar codes, including Data Matrix 2D codes. Print heights vary from 2.1mm to 13.8mm and the coder has dynamic reverse or invert printing for traversing lines.

Originally published on the Matthews blog