MATTHEWS Intelligent Identification will launch the new Linx thermal transfer overprinter range, featuring the TT5 and TT10, at AUSPACK, stand 445. The new Linx TT series is suitable for coding onto flexible film packaging, labels or gloss card. Key features of the printers include efficiency, ease of use and low ownership costs, according to Matthews.
These new printers cover a range of applications and are suitable for the snack food, confectionery and pharmaceutical sectors.
"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," said Matthews’ Damian Marcantonio.
The TT5 has a standard ribbon width of up to 55mm and is 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,” said Mr Marcantonio. “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 stated that 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,” he said.
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,” said Mr Marcantonio.
“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."
Other features of the Linx TT series include:
* Motors (not clutches) control ribbon tension, minimising ribbon-break risks
* On-board diagnostics optimise productivity
* Larger diameter ribbons reduce changes.