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Dusty sawmill a breeze for self-cleaning inkjet printer

Supplier: Matthews Australasia
26 May, 2010

Matthews Intelligent Identification recommended a Linx Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) coder to streamline marking timber products with legally required identification marks.

The printer has reduced operating costs and removed many of the hazards associated with stamping and stapling by hand. 

Key facts: 

  • Sturdy and reliable in the dusty environment.
  • Meets Australian Standard 2858 for timber marking.
  • Change codes with push of a button to suit production requirements.
  • More efficient and less costly than labour-intensive hand stamping and stapling.
  • Self cleaning print-head adds to user friendliness and reduces cost of ownership.

SA Sawmilling Pty Ltd (SASpine) is a privately owned company with a sawmill at Kuitpo Forest and a manufacturing centre based at Wingfield, South Australia. SASpine specialises in radiata pine products, all of which are made from plantation pine sourced exclusively from South Australia's Adelaide Hills region.

Around 12 months ago, SASpine installed a Linx 6900 inkjet coder from Matthews Intelligent Identification to print the identification required onto structural pine products such as flooring, decking and framing.

Used on the high-grade F7 production line, the Linx replaced the particularly labour-intensive and somewhat hazardous process of hand stamping every item and stapling labels onto the end of the boards.

Chris Esplin, Production Manager at SASpine, estimates that the Linx's efficiency has saved the equivalent of one person's wage since it was installed.

"That's the major saving," he says, "and then we're also saving at least a third to half the cost of the tags as well. It all adds up.

"And, of course, the process is so much more efficient. To meet Australian Standard 2858, we have to code every item with our mill number and specify the grade quality of the timber. F7, for instance, is our highest grade, and before we installed the printer we were hand stamping off the first production line, and then again off the moulder.

"Unlike other areas of production though, F7 products are all graded to standard sizes on the moulder, so the production line is consistent. This means that we’re able to use the Linx printer to code the same product for however many hours, and then change over to the next product at the push of a button."

Chris says the operators have had no problems at all using the Linx. "They find the keyboard really simple to use and the colour screen makes entering and editing codes pretty much foolproof," he says.

"The machine's light and easy to move around, and it's been extremely reliable - even though it's in a fairly dusty location."

Chris says the auto-flush feature is extremely useful.

"It's a bonus that this printer is self cleaning, so we don't even have to clean it!"

Linx has now improved the features present in the 6900 to launch the new 7300 CIJ printer. The Linx 7300 remains easy to use and maintain with its intuitive colour user interface and standard IP55 rating (with IP65 optional). 

With added features such as the SureFillTM system that ensures the correct ink and solvent is being used at all times, the new Linx 7300 is able to run at optimum levels for longer periods without servicing (up to 6000 hours). This makes the Linx 7300 able to pay for itself in 24 months.

For more information on the new Linx 7300, visit www.matthews.com.au or contact Matthews on 1300 CODING (263 464).

Originally published on the Matthews blog