Fruitapeel, which manufactures quality juices, smoothies and fruit sauces, has turned to Linx Printing Technologies for a new coding and marking solution on its busy production lines.

The company’s previous printers were unreliable, suffering poor print quality and needing frequent readjustment and expensive maintenance. Fruitapeel was therefore looking for reliable coders that didn’t need regular attention and, having used Linx machines elsewhere before, was impressed by their reliability and ease of use

Fruitapeel chose the new Linx 5900 continuous ink jet printer for coding onto bottles of fruit juices and smoothies ranging in size from 250ml to 2L.

The PE caps are printed with a two-line message comprising a use by date and batch code, using Linx Black 1240 ink, an ideal all round fast-drying ink.

The coding speed is up to 92 bottles/min although on average one bottle is coded every two seconds, eight hours a day, five days a week.

Rob Stillman, Engineering Manager for Fruitapeel, says: “The Linx 5900 has freed up our time to get on with other things – it doesn’t need any intervention other than adding fluids.

“Since installing the Linx 5900 in August we haven’t had any problems. Our operators like the printer because it is easy to use.”