Choosing a CIJ Printer: A 60-Second Analysis

Choosing a continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer can be complicated. Choosing what is right for you is always best done by working with a solutions representative. However, to get you started, it is best to know which manufacturers offer a specific key advantage you need- extended service intervals for more production time, lower maintenance costs, printing speeds, etc.

Here, I will provide you with an overview of key advantage areas of the Linx 8940 vs. four leading competitors’ comparable models.

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Many continuous inkjet printers sport similar advantages, but the Linx 8940 leads the industry in energy consumption and operating temperatures, while matching  many industry-leading advantages as well. Blending these advantages together provides for a high-quality CIJ printer with a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Additionally, printing speeds up to 1,230 feet-per-minute (FPM) allow users to print very quickly, despite other machines being able to print faster. 1,230 FPM is about 4,920 20-ounce soda bottles per minute. Printing that fast and only consuming a fraction of the energy certain competitors consume provides for a significant operating cost advantage.

The very best way to see the benefits the 8940 can bring to your operation is by requesting an on-site demonstration. To do that, fill out this short form here and comment that you’d like us to demonstrate our leading CIJ model!

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Marking Pallets: Branding vs. Printing

Marking your pallets’ lead boards is an essential means of communicating information about the pallet or the timber from which it is constructed. Many manufacturers will mark their pallets with an electric brander or other pallet branding tool (see Figure 1).

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This traditional method of producing pallet markings is used by many pallet manufacturers to stamp their pallets with logos, lot codes, IPPC compliance, and any other information. However, this application is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and potentially dangerous due to the hot iron.

A much better alternative to manual pallet branding is the implementation of a printing application. Such an application provides manufacturers with the ability to avoid many direct labor costs, eliminate potential injuries from the heated brander, and increase speed and throughput in the pallet marking process.

The FoxJet ProSeries 384e is an industry-leading pallet-marking solution (see Figure 2)

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With the ability to print small images and up to 14 lines of text at high resolutions, this powerful printhead produces a clean, crisp marking every time.

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Additionally, the higher the volume, the higher the realized savings after switching to this alternative to expensive pallet branding.

Contact R.V. Evans Company for assistance in implementing your new pallet marking system!

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Orion Vs. Leading Competitor: Pallet Wrapping Competition

Pallet wrapping, stretch wrapping, load wrapping- whichever you prefer to call it- is a big industry with a lot of options available. Whether you are looking for ways to reduce packaging costs, increase throughput, or reduce total cost of ownership, there are options for you. These options come from manufacturers like Orion Packaging, Wulftec, Lantech, Uline, Phoenix Packaging, ARPAC, and several more. Determining which is the best is entirely dependent on your application. However, to serve as a general reference point, we will compare the Orion Sentry with a popular competitor’s leading pallet wrapper.

Consider it a wrap battle. If you want.

Let’s begin with a snapshot visual of the two pallet wrappers.

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For the most part, the comparison between the Orion Sentry pallet wrapper and the leading competitor’s pallet wrapper is self explanatory. However, let’s highlight a few key points.

Turntable Motor and Max Weight: This is particularly important for heavier loads, of course. The Sentry’s more powerful motor provides the ability to wrap bigger and heavier loads.

Film Delivery and Pre-StretchWith a powered pre-stretch capability, the Orion pallet wrapper provides a pre-stretch of your film by 200%, while the competitor’s pallet wrapper’s manual roller produces only a 60% pre-stretch. This extra 140% pre-stretch provides significant savings in your film costs and provides a stronger hold on the pallet.

Height Sensing: This is essential to ensuring a correct pallet-wrapping job on pallets with different heights. With no sensor, the height has to be adjusted manually unless the operator wants the pallet wrapper to expend film unnecessarily.

Typical Starting Price: Price is always a concern in ever-changing markets and operational conditions. In this comparison, the Orion provides numerous advantages over the competitor’s solution- at a lower cost. 20.8% cheaper, actually.

These are just two options in the vast world of stretch wrapping, pallet wrapping, load wrapping, etc. There are many options, and it can be very difficult to scan the market to ensure you’re always getting the best fit for your needs. It will behoove you to consult the people who study the market every day. The R.V. Evans team.

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Listen…. Do You Smell Something?

It’s not uncommon for our customers to package products that have a particularly strong odor such as car fresheners, incense, food, or even animal bait. Sometimes, it is desirable for the smell to permeate through the bag so that the consumer can sample it. In other cases, the odor must be kept securely inside the bag.  The property commonly used to quantify how well a material contains an aroma is called its Oxygen Transfer Rate or OTR. OTR is the steady state rate at which oxygen gas permeates through a material at a specific temperature and humidity.

While oxygen is the gas used for testing purposes, the property relates to any type of gas. Simply, the lower the OTR, the better a material will contain the scent of the product inside. Most people aren’t aware that a standard polyethylene bag doesn’t do a very good job of containing aromas. You may have noticed this when storing particularly potent foods in zipper bags and then opening up the refrigerator. In fact, polyethylene is considered a permeable material that freely allows gases to move through it. If a better odor barrier is needed, R.V. Evans carries several Automated Packaging Systems materials that can be tested for suitability. As a general rule, as the barrier property increases, so does the cost. 

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Good: PTCL Polyester laminated to linear low density polyethylene – The polyester provides the barrier properties of this particular structure. Lamination film also offers ink protection and is perfect for retail applications due to its excellent stiffness and high gloss. This material is commonly used in standup pouches.

Better: NYLN LifeX™ Barrier Film – This is a co-extruded material that incorporates nylon to provide very good gas barrier properties. In addition to containing aromas, it is also suitable for use in modified atmosphere packaging and as a gas, flavor, and solvent barrier.

Best: CBAR High-Barrier Packaging Film – This product is also co-extruded and incorporates EVOH and nylon to provide superior barrier properties.

Because every application is different, we always encourage customers to test the compatibility of any material with their product and unique performance expectations to determine its fitness for use. Technical data information for all APS materials can be requested via this short request form here. These materials can be coupled with the usage of an automatic bagging machine and/or an automatic bag sealer.

You can browse our bagging solutions page by clicking here.

As always, you can reach us at 800-252-5894 or at http://www.rvevans.com

Source: Automated Packaging Systems

The Linx 8920 and 8940 Models

The new Linx 8920 and Linx 8940 combine the proven benefits of the Linx 8900 with a series of additional enhancements that deliver even faster line speeds and easier set-up along with a further extension to service intervals, enabling the coders to deal with the most demanding of applications.

A unique feature of the new models is the first-in-class Advanced System Monitoring feature.  The Linx 8920 and 8940 have extended the original 8900’s already impressive service interval of 13,000 hours or 18 months, to 18,000 hours or 24 months.  At the same time, in recognition that all printers are used differently, Advanced System Monitoring provides a continual check of the printer’s operation in terms of ink system running parameters and environmental conditions.  This enables it to identify simple actions that users can take to prevent unscheduled stoppages, helping to ensure the continuous reliable operation of the printer and avoiding unplanned downtime.

The two new models also offer a ‘50 named lines’ feature that further increases flexibility and ease of set-up, ideal for operations that have frequent changeovers.  The coding requirements for each different production line can be given a specific name, which can be called up and selected from a pre-loaded list.  This both saves time and minimizes the danger of set-up errors.

In addition, the Linx 8920 and Linx 8940 are able to print up to five lines of code.  Both offer a top speed of 6.25m/s for single line coding, with the 8940 being able to print up to 16% faster than the Linx 8920 for other print formats.

The Linx 8940 meanwhile improves on the IP55-rated construction of the 8900 and 8920 with an IP65 rating that prevents dust ingress as well as providing wash down protection, offering a higher level of protection for a coder that has to operate in more challenging environments.

Linx says the new models are part of its continuing Voice of Customer program that ensures its ranges of coders remain in line with current and future market requirements.

“Feedback on the Linx 8900 has been hugely positive with customers particularly highlighting its ease of use, simple servicing and reliability,” explains Charles Randon, Linx’s Senior Product Manager.

“Nevertheless, many companies now have to ask even more of their coders in response to the changing requirements of their customer base.  While retaining all of the proven features of our original model, the new Linx 8920 and Linx 8940 models have therefore been developed to meet ever-more demanding applications.”

Launched in 2015, the Linx 8900 has proved an instant success with strong sales.  Popular user features include its large high resolution touch screen, which is able to be customized for quick access to regularly used functions and features on-screen message editing prompts for accurate inputting, and the simple Self-Service Wizard, which guides operators through the process for an engineer-free service module change that minimizes downtime.

One of the range’s most innovative features is the ability to provide at-a-glance real-time data on the overall production line performance.  This enables operators to identify patterns or reasons for any stoppages, allowing them to quickly implement changes, solutions or countermeasures to improve efficiency and productivity.

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Source: Linx, 2016

The QuickSwitch Plus: Make it Easy!

Production should be as seamless as possible. Changeovers can inhibit seamless production. If you are a manufacturer that runs multiple products down the same line, we’ve got a solution to help you switch to different batch/date/lot codes more simply, accurately, and timely.

By combining the Linx 7900 CIJ printer with the QuickSwitch barcode scanner, operators can scan codes to automatically call up a pre-defined message from the 7900’s memory. This message contains the message, date, and other parameters pre-determined by the operators. Data can also be sourced from a PC or PLC, providing more automated code set up options. With this capability, there is no need to manually search for and select a message during each change over. Simply scan, confirm, and resume printing!

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Why Thickness and Price are not Indicators of Tape Quality

When many manufacturers go to market in search of tape to use for case sealing applications, the primary concern often seems to be the tape’s thickness (in mils) and the price. Purchasers often think to themselves, “Okay, which tape has the best mil rating/price ratio?”. However, this can cause many problems.

Let us take a look at a comparison between Shurtape’s AP 180 emulsion acrylic carton sealing tape vs. a competitor’s version.

Shurtape Competitor
Mil 1.9 1.9
Tensile (lbs./in. width) 27 30
Adhesion to Steel (oz/in. width) 44 4
Elongation % at breaking point 150 130
Holding Time (in hours) 15,000 6,000
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Figure 1 indicates that the Shurtape brand shares the same mil rating as the competitive tape, and even has a lower tensile strength. However, 27 lbs./inch width is still relatively strong! Additionally, Shurtape’s version maintains 11x the adhesion to steel than the competition, a longer elongation-to-break, and a much longer holding time! This longer holding time and better elongation rate both translate to more economical tape usage and a much longer-lasting seal on your packages. If you are in need of a strong seal that will last long enough for your needs, Shurtape is the way to go.

Of course, it always comes down to the application and its needs. No tape is the single best tape. However, in search of your next tape source, it is very important not to default to the very common, yet flawed analysis of mil thickness/price.

If you need help determining the best tape for your specific needs, contact R.V. Evans Company by clicking here or calling 800-252-5894!

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