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Matthews launches maintenance-free, training-free thermal inkjet coder

Supplier: Matthews Australasia
08 May, 2013

Ready to print straight away every time, and with no ongoing servicing the new Linx TJ725 cuts waste, saves money and increases production-line efficiency.

Matthews Australasia has launched the new Linx TJ725 Thermal Inkjet Coder (TIJ) in Australia, at Auspack PLUS.

The TJ725 is a high-resolution, digital solution for coding text and graphics onto outer cases, boxes, shelf ready trays and packaging.

Matthews' product manager for coding technologies, Trent Munro, says the TJ725, which incorporates Linx's Simply Smart TechnologyTM, is supplied ready to install out of the box.

"It is simple to fit, and doesn't need a service engineer or any specialist installation tools. With minimal setup, the coder can be up and running within minutes, which will be helpful for manufacturers."

Munro says the innovative slower nozzle-drying process — not common in other thermal inkjet technologies — saves money and cuts waste because it is ready to print straight away every time.

"The nozzles are covered and protected when not in use and uncovered automatically when the first product is sensed, so the coder is ready to produce high quality prints as soon as they're needed.

"That means operators don't have to remove cartridges overnight or at weekends as is the case with other thermal inkjet systems on the market today."

The TJ725 can also sense how much ink is left and forecast the number of prints remaining, so operators can plan to keep lines running without interruption, which Trent says is a very handy feature for optimising uptime.

"Operators can easily reposition the print-head, without using any tools. So the printer can be set up quickly and easily in the correct printing position during product changeovers, or when it's moved between lines, which saves production time."
He says installing a new cartridge is a clear, simple process that takes just seconds. The machine then automatically detects the type of cartridge fitted, and adjusts for optimum printing performance.

The built-in speed sensor automatically detects both the line speed and direction, which means no separate encoder is needed.

"Again, this makes set-up on the line absolutely simple.

"The touch-screen interface offers ease of use and simple, intuitive configuration for easy message changeover. For operators, the colour screen clearly shows the message selected as it will be printed, reducing the risk of coding errors."

The Linx TJ725 can print messages up to 12.5mm high, with a range of fonts and resolutions up to 300dpi, on line speeds of up to 60m/min. It can code onto porous, semi-porous and non-porous substrates.

"The Linx TJ725 was developed after extensive market research with a strong emphasis on increasing existing thermal inkjet technology robustness to increase production-line efficiency."

Originally published on the Matthews blog