The printer produces a single line code onto the bottom rim of the can using fast-drying ink. The 2–3mm high code comprises best-before date and batch code for traceability.
The company had originally used a Linx CJ400 CIJ printer for its coding needs, but upgraded to the Linx 8900 after its batch sizes increased from 700 litres to 10,000 litres – the equivalent of 77,000 litres of beer a week. This led to much higher speeds on its canning line.
The new printer can handle the line’s current maximum speed of 200 cans a minute as well as higher speeds should throughput increase.
The printer is also said to cope with the line’s variable speed, ensuring code quality and clarity remain consistent, even as the line speeds up or slows down.
Another benefit of the Linx 8900 is its IP55 rating. This ensures the printer can perform reliably during the filling operation, which takes place in temperatures of between -1°C and 0°C leading to some condensation forming on the cans.
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