Linx Printing Technologies has launched two simple case coders using Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ) technology, promising reliability, minimal maintenance and a low total cost of ownership thanks to their integrated printhead/ink cartridge system.

The new models – the Linx TJ125 and Linx TJ225 – will be available exclusively to UK buyers

via Linx’s online shop (www.buylinx.co.uk/TJ125). Successfully launched in early 2010, the shop is the first of its kind for the UK coding industry, enabling customers to purchase a range of high-quality printers to meet their coding needs, at discounted prices.

Designed for coding onto porous or uncoated surfaces such as cardboard, the Linx TJ125 and TJ225 are particularly suitable for secondary packaging such as outer cases, cartons or trays. Both models offer users of roller coders and low resolution drop-on-demand case coders a high-quality, cost-efficient alternative.

The printer system consists of a handheld controller for programming and set up, connected to a small printhead assembly, into which the TIJ ink cartridge is inserted. Installation on the production line is so simple that customers can do it themselves; the only equipment required is a drill. The disposable, single use cartridge, with integral printhead, is key to the coders’ efficiency, as there is no risk of expensive printhead repairs or replacement. Installing a new cartridge is a clear, simple process that takes seconds.

Intelligence built into the cartridge ensures the printer is always set up correctly for the ink type and monitors the amount of ink that has been used, so a warning is displayed when ink is running low.

The base TJ125 model offers simple one or two-line coding, which can be enhanced with incremental software packs to create a fully featured coder with options including expiry date offset calculations. The TJ225 offers all of these capabilities, plus four line printing and barcode printing as standard. A further software option for the TJ225 adds datamatrix (2D barcode) printing.

Both models can print up to 12.5mm high at 300 dpi, for clean and crisp codes to a maximum print speed of 61m/min.

Linx believes that the ability of customers to purchase its TIJ coders online echoes the ease and efficiency of the machines themselves. “With their low-maintenance, easy-to-replace cartridge system, the Linx TJ125 and TJ225 printers offer hassle-free reliability and low cost of ownership,” explains Duncan Potter, General Manager of Linx UK.

“Making them available to buy at the click of a mouse, from Linx’s unique online shop, is a logical extension of this convenience and cost-effectiveness. And if you find it does not meet your requirements after all, you can take advantage of our 21-day money-back guarantee,” he adds.

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