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Linx Printing Technologies’ Visicode technology, developed to deliver a clearer code onto cold glass, is said to enable bottlers to keep their running costs low without compromising line speed.

The technology is a central component of the company’s SL301 scribing laser coder, which is claimed to be one of the fastest, most cost-effective and versatile coders available to the bottling industry.

A change in the pulse frequency encourages the formation of micro cracks in the top layer of cold glass to increase the visibility of the mark.

Different types of glass used for specific market sectors (such as perfume or wine bottles) require a specific pulse frequency to produce optimal contrast, but in all cases the strength of the glass is not reduced.

To achieve effective contrast, the pulse frequency must also be balanced against the marking speed, to produce the correct amount of micro cracking on the glass.

An added benefit of this is that, due to the nature of how micro cracks evolve on the surface of the glass, Linx can produce the code with less power than is normal for this type of application.

As a result, the use of Visicode can contribute to a longer tube life (up to 45,000 hours), higher throughput, and lower running costs.

This is one of several design features of the Linx SL301 that have been developed to minimise maintenance and downtime.

The Linx SL301 is suitable for coding many different types of packaging, particularly bottles used for drinks, beauty care products and bottled foods such as sauces.

The coder can be customised to suit individual applications for optimum compatibility and is also suitable for coding a range of substrates in addition to glass, such as PET and other plastics.

Investment in digital galvos with near-instantaneous response times has helped ensure that the Linx SL301 is one of the fastest laser coder available, increasing productivity over competition by more than 15 per cent while maintaining a high-quality code.

The laser has a large number of marking head and lens options available.

This gives it more time to code, enabling customers to code more information onto each bottle, or save laser energy for more economic operation.

The efficiency of the cooling system allows the IP54-rated version of the coder not to use expensive factory air for cooling.

A blower unit is required only for the optional IP65-rated laser for environments where washdown is critical.

With two tube wavelength options and the selection of marking heads and lenses, the Linx SL301 can be fine-tuned to better utilise laser power and improve performance.

In addition to Linx Visicode technology, the optional Quickswitch allows fast and easy code changes using a barcode scanner or other external device.

For applications coding on a label station, Label Enable ensures that the laser is triggered at just the right moment.

Linx Printing Technologies

Linx Printing Technologies Ltd is a global manufacturer of coding and marking solutions for date- and batch-coding products and packaging.

Our continuous inkjet printers, impulse jet printers, laser coders and thermal transfer overprinters are used on production lines across a range of manufacturing sectors, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, automotive and electronic industries, where product identification codes, batch numbers, use-by dates and barcodes are required.

Distinguished by reliability, ease of use and low cost of ownership, Linx products code and mark millions of items every day, and through their network of specialist distributors and overseas sales offices, are supported by exceptional customer care.

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