MATTHEWS Intelligent Identification has launched the Linx IJ600 impulse jet printer, a high-resolution ink jet printer designed for end-of-line secondary packaging such as carton and tray coding.
It can print barcodes, combinations of large and small characters for product information and addresses, graphics, and company logos (print height is 1.4mm-70mm, with line speeds up to 0.6m/sec).
It is also suitable for generic carton coding.
The technology used is superior to thermal transfer labelling, valve jet printing, and hot-melt ink jet printing.
The Linx IJ600, with one-touch start and stop operation, has an IP65 rating. Constructed from stainless steel, it is designed to withstand washdowns and is protected against dust and water ingress.
The ink system contains a single tank and filler for ink; while the printer has a single, 500-nozzle print-head which can print in any orientation, located up to 2m above or below the enclosure.
The IJ600 uses ink only; no need for solvents, thereby reducing consumable costs. The black pigmented oil-based ink is suitable only for printing onto porous substrates.
There is an option of 2m, 4m or 8m conduit lengths, and a maximum throw distance of 6mm. The print head enclosure is tough, ensuring adequate protection for the print engine, and the automatic self-cleaning procedure keeps the print-head clear of blockages.
The sophisticated management system keeps the jets constantly primed, minimising downtime.
Among the features on the user interface, which operates in seven languages, are function control keys, choice of password levels for user-specific functionality, set-up and diagnostics menus, message/logo editor and date-format editor.
The printer can be bench mounted, having an angled keyboard and display for comfortable use, without needing large or heavy stands.