Matthews Intelligent Identification recommend their Linx continuous inkjet printers to streamline the marking of timber products with legally required identification marks as these printers reduce operating costs and remove many of the hazards associated with stamping and stapling by hand.
SA Sawmilling (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 the Adelaide Hills region.
About one year ago, SASpine installed a Linx 6900 inkjet printer from Matthews Intelligent Identification to print the identification required onto structural pine products such as decking, flooring, and framing.
Used on the high-grade F7 production line, the Linx inkjet printer replaced labour-intensive and hazardous the hand stamping and stapling of labels onto the end of the boards.
Chris Esplin, Production Manager at SASpine, estimates that the efficiency of the Linx inkjet printer has saved the equivalent of one person’s wage since it's installation, as well as at least a third to half the cost of the tags used.
“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," says Esplin.
“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,” he adds.
Operators at SASpine have had no problems using the Linx inkjet printer, they find the keyboard simple to use and the colour screen makes entering and editing codes virtually foolproof. Futhermore, the machine is light and easy to move around, and it is extremely reliable, even when situated in a dusty location.
The Linx inkjet printer also has an auto-flush feature which Esplin says is a real bonus: "We don't even have to clean it!"
Key facts about Linx inkjet printers and coders from Matthews Intelligent Identification include:
- 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.
With added features such as the SureFill system that ensures the correct ink and solvent is being used at all times, the new Linx 7300 continuous inkjet printer is able to run at optimum levels for longer periods without servicing, making the Linx 7300 continuous inkjet able to pay for itself in 24 months.