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Matthews to launch new Linx thermal overprinters at AUSPACK

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The new Linx TT series is said to be ideal for coding onto flexible film packaging, labels or gloss card —efficiently, easily and with low ownership costs.

Matthews Intelligent Identification will launch the new Linx thermal transfer overprinter range, featuring the TT5 and TT10, at AUSPACK.

With a range of applications, these new printers are ideal for the snack food, confectionery and pharmaceutical sectors, Matthews’ Damian Marcantonio says.

“The Linx TT series of thermal transfer coders delivers the ultimate combination of benefits to enhance productivity and increase the manufacturer’s profits, being easy to use, exceptionally flexible and offering increased production line uptime and lower cost of ownership.”

Marcantonio says the TT5 has a standard ribbon width of up to 55mm, and thus is particularly suitable for printing best-before dates and batch codes. The Linx TT10, with its wider ribbon of up to 110mm, is perfect for printing larger messages, such as ingredients, logos and promotional information.

“The TT series enables increased production line uptime in several ways. One is through using motors, rather than clutches, to control ribbon tension, which minimises the risk of ribbon breaks. Also the ribbon-cassette design provides a simple ribbon path which ensures changing ribbons is quick and simple — no time spent mucking around. Less maintenance and faster ribbon changeover means increased uptime.

“The Linx TT5 has a 1,000m ribbon, which is one of the longest standard ribbons on the market. This means less-frequent changes, which also increases production-line efficiency.”

Marcantonio says importantly, the TT series ensures lower cost of ownership.

“Bi-directional motors drive both ribbon unwind and re-wind reels, creating more prints per ribbon and leaving only a 1mm gap between messages. Consumables use is very efficient, and no overprinting occurs.

“The Linx TT is also easy to use: colour touch-screens result in fewer errors and hassle-free operation, while an intuitive graphic user interface allows message preview before coding. Also, three levels of password protection mean added security. And an extensive on-board diagnostics package optimises productivity.”

The Linx TT5 and TT10 also offer exceptional flexibility.

“The printers’ design allows manufacturers to switch easily between intermittent and continuous printing modes, as well as left or right-hand operation. Both models fit into many existing coder brackets, enabling straightforward retro fitting to production lines. All this flexibility removes the need for additional coder investment when production requirements change.”

Key facts:

· efficient consumables use results from more prints per ribbon (only 1mm gap left between messages)

· motors (not clutches) control ribbon tension, minimising ribbon-break risks

· on-board diagnostics optimise productivity

· larger diameter ribbons reduce changes

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