Linx Printing Technologies is launching an entry-level laser coder that, it says, will enable more companies to use such technology than is currently the case. The Linx SL1 will enable more companies to apply high-quality codes and thereby add value to their packaging, says Linx.
‘The Linx SL1 laser coder has the speed, reliability, ease of use and low cost of ownership synonymous with the Linx scribing laser range, but is tailored particularly to customers who may have thought laser’s benefits were out of reach,’ Linx said in a press note issued yesterday.
‘The Linx SL1 delivers class-leading coding speeds thanks to the use of lightweight and ultra-fast mirrors. It offers 20 per cent more power than other products in its class, but at the same time uses much less laser energy in the coding process…’
A robust design and stainless steel construction are said to provide for reliability and longevity in this compact, one-box, any-orientation unit, which weighs only 12.5 kg and is said to be simple to position on line and to fit into tight spaces.
‘The new laser coder also offers greater coding versatility than comparable models, with the ability to produce multiple lines of text and logos in one message, as well as machine readable codes such as QR, and Data Matrix codes, including DotCode for the tobacco industry,’ the note said. ‘This versatility enables the Linx SL1 to apply decorative codes capable of matching the look and feel of the packaging design.’
Set up and code changes are said to be easy using LinxDraw® software, which provides intuitive operation, secure message creation on- and off-line and tamper-proof coding.
The technology uses no fluids and consumables, which means low running costs, no messy spills, and no stored inks and solvents.
Linx made the point that lasers create a permanent mark on a product that can’t be rubbed off, which is a benefit for an industry involved in traceability and anti-counterfeiting activities.