WITH new Australian labelling laws due to come into effect in December, the release of the new Linx 6800 Spectrum high-performance pigmented inkjet printer is well timed.
Phil Biggs, national sales and marketing manager for Matthews Intelligent Identification , said the Linx 6800 Spectrum - available initially with two white-pigmented inks - offered reliability, print consistency and improved opacity.
"By harnessing a string of new technical advances, while retaining the features of the recently launched Linx 6800 continuous inkjet [CIJ] printer, the Linx 6800 Spectrum fills a market need."
The white pigments are Linx White pigmented ink 1059, which offers opacity and light-fastness, adherence to a wide range of substrates and fast drying times; and Linx Brilliant White ink 1305, which features opacity and adherence to substrates such as rubber and polyethylene.
Biggs said the combination of machine and inks was ideal for a comprehensive range of applications, including dark closures on food and beverage products, cabling and extrusions and dark-coloured industrial or electrical components where a strong ink-substrate contrast was essential.
The Linx 6800 Spectrum can be shut down for up to four weeks and will still start up again without the need for costly and time-consuming maintenance or constant power usage - unlike competitors.
Intelligent software automatically adjusts ink circulation routines at start up, as the printer's software accurately calculates the duration of shutdown. The printer then initiates only the required re-mixing routine, cutting unnecessary downtime.
The user can also opt to take dynamic control of the process and preset start-up routines. The 6800 Spectrum auto power-off function enables the user to leave the machine primed for an efficient start-up at a button touch.
In-built hardware providing connectivity with other systems, such as PCs, ensures a seamless fit into the production line process.
The Linx 6800 Spectrum does not require flushing before or after extended shutdowns, thereby minimising downtime and wastage of valuable consumables.
An innovative ink circulation system and ink tank provide consistent pigment dispersal, thus preventing clogging and making the machine easier to operate.
The Linx 6800 Spectrum does not rely on mechanical stirrers or constant power usage to minimise the build up of ink, significantly reducing the risk of mechanical failure.
A purpose-built pump has been fitted to deliver the same standards of consistency over a longer working life, resulting in further savings.
With a robust IP65-rated enclosure, the 6800 Spectrum has been designed to protect the printer from dust and washdowns.