High-Performance CIJ Printers: A Closer Look at the Linx 8900 Series

The lineup of FoxJet Linx 8900 Series small character continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers offers manufacturers one of the smartest yet easiest to operate inkjet coding system on the market today.  Designed for minimal interventions and maximum reliability, Linx 8900 Series users enjoy up to 18,000 hours between self-service preventative maintenance intervals, up to 100 starts and stops between printhead cleanings and eight-hour advance fluid refill warnings.

In a previous post, we analyzed four different printing technologies to help you determine which works best with certain applications and which is the right one for you.  Ideal for printing on small individual products, each of the four Linx 8900 Series CIJ Printers offers something different depending on your application requirements.

Linx 8900: 3 lines of code, output measurement reporting

Linx 8910: 3 lines of code, output measurement reporting, and higher print speeds up to 1,230 fpm

Linx 8920: 5 lines of code, output measurement reporting, higher print speeds up to 1,230 fpm, advanced system monitoring, and multi-range sequential coding

Linx 8940: 5 lines of code, output measurement reporting, high-speed applications in demanding environments, advanced system monitoring, and multi-range sequential coding

Features and Benefits:

  • 10″full-color user interface
  • Automatic printhead flushing
  • Easi-Change® Service Module
  • Simple one-touch fluid cartridge refills
  • Extended shutdown of up to 3 months

Are you curious to know more?  So, was one of our current clients.  Tired of costly monthly service contract fee and unreliability from their current CIJ Printer, they invited one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists in for an on-site demo.  Read how that client, an aerosol manufacturer, switched to the Linx 8900 CIJ Printer to avoid the cost and obligation of a monthly service contract and decreased their production downtime.


Act fast.  These savings are significant, but time is limited.  Contact us today to set up your on-site demo.

If you’re interested in learning more about the FoxJet Linx 8900 Series CIJ Printers or our other Marking, Coding, and Labeling Solutions, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about all of our Packaging and Fastening Solutions, visit us online at www.rvevans.com.

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The Linx 8900 Continuous InkJet Printer Provides Consistent Print with Minimal Effort to Aerosol Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, an aerosol and liquid filling manufacturer, had several other models of continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers that were consistently unreliable.  These CIJ units caused significant downtime resulting in lost production time.  Along with the costs of repairs to units that were down, they were also required to pay a monthly service contract fee for an outside service tech to perform preventative maintenance on each unit.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solution Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The FoxJet Linx 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printer.


Key Benefits of the Link 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printer

  • Automatic printhead flushing allows up to 100 starts and stops before recommended cleanings
  • Easi-Change® Service Module provides up to 13,000-18,000 hours of operation between service interventions
  • Simple one-touch fluid cartridge refills during printing allows for no mess, no tools and no mistakes
  • Extended shutdown – up to 3 months without printer flushing or draining between uses
  • 10″full-color user interface saves time while creating and editing messages with prompted fields for fast editing and easy message creation
  • Four models available to meet your unique high-speed continuous inkjet needs


Measurable Savings Realized

By implementing the Linx 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printers onto their production lines, our client has eliminated the cost and obligation of a monthly service contract by being able to perform their own Preventative Maintenance with the Easi-Change® Service Module.  Production downtime has also been decreased due to the reliability of many of the superior features of the Linx 8900.  Such as the automatic flushing, automatic fluid checking and sealed, industrial printhead.

To see the Linx 8900 CIJ Printer in action check out this video.  If you’re not certain if the Linx 8900 CIJ Printer is the correct printer for you, learn what printing technology is right for you by reading this past blog post by our Marking & Coding Product Manager, Craig Fox.

If you are interested in learning more about the Linx 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printer or other packaging solutions, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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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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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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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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High-Speed, Low Maintenance CIJ Printing: The Linx 8940

The Linx 8940 is part of the Linx 8900 range of CIJ printers designed to make your coding life easier.  With its IP65 rating (dust and washdown tight) and highest printing speeds (up to 16% faster than the Linx 8920), the Linx 8940 is designed for the most challenging coding applications.  The Linx 8940 makes code creation easy with the large touch screen interface, and downtime is reduced with the self-servicing module, unique system monitoring and click-into-place fluid cartridges.

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The Linx 8940 offers crucial advantages: 

  • Printing speeds up to 1,230 feet-per-minute (one line of text)- up to 30% faster than most high-speed CIJ printers
  • Extended service intervals- up to 18,000 hours!
  • Simple printhead cleaning- cleans in just a few minutes and can go up to three months without cleaning!
  • Prevent avoidable downtime via the system monitoring capability 
  • Flexible capabilities: 5-line coding, Data Matrix and QR code printing 
  • Self-servicing with the Easi-Change® Service Module which can be changed in minutes with no Service Engineer visit required
  • No pump change requirements during periodic services- guaranteed for life!

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These advantages allow the user easily produce clear prints at high speeds in challenging environments- with very little maintenance! To complement this, the Linx 8940 also sports a number of usability features, such as:

  • 10” color touch screen with icons, drag-and-drop field positioning, and zoom function for longer messages
  • Ability to store 1,000 messages
  • On-screen, real-time output measurements
  • USB port for copy and back-up of message and printer settings
  • Much more, just ask!

The Linx 8900 series is highlighted in this video here

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Which Printing Technology is Right For You?

Direct printing onto your product can potentially save costs up to 10x per year over printing onto a label.  But which technology should you be using to print your barcodes and text?  We analyzed four different printing technologies from FoxJet to find out which works best with certain applications.

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CIJ – Continuous Inkjet Printers

Small printers that are easy to maintain, use, and move.  Any printer from the FoxJet Linx Series are fast, no contact, and can print on a lot of different surfaces.


  1. Built to run. These printers are great in high production environments.  As technology has evolved, they have become more necessary to applications where a printer is not required daily.
  2. Most have a wide variety of ink colors and formulations (MEK, alcohol, acetone, etc.) that can be used to print on almost any surface.
  3. Can print very small characters at a very high rate of speed.
  4. Great throw distance.  Normally 1/8” to a 1/4”, this printer can work at almost an inch.

Keep in mind:

  • Initial cost can be higher than other solutions
  • Requires the use of ink and solvent.

Ideal for use in: Printing onto small individual products like bottles, and when portability is important to your printing needs.


TIJ – Thermal Inkjet

The three printers from FoxJet’s SoloSeries have a wide range of abilities, including up to 10 lines of alphanumeric text as well as logos and symbols.


  1. Can print up to 600x 600 dpi
  2. Since it is a cartridge-based system, it performs well in applications where the system will sit dormant for days at a time.
  3. Inks that can print on porous and non-porous surfaces
  4. Produces readable bar codes

Keep in mind:

  • To print larger than ½”, printheads are “stitched” together.  They rarely line up perfectly, so large characters or graphics may be slightly skewed at the ½” intervals.
  • Requires the head(s) to be very close to the substrate to be printed.

Ideal for use in: Lower volume applications and applications where the system will be idle for lengthy periods of time.


DOD – Drop On Demand

The 9x and 18x printheads from the Valve InkJet systems can print ½”-2” text. It also allows you to quickly develop messages with built in printing codes.


  1. Inexpensive way to get a code on a product
  2. Simple technology makes it easy to maintain and service
  3. Inks that can print on porous and non-porous surfaces
  4. Good throw distance (1/4” to ½”)

Keep in mind:

  • Prints dot matrix characters, which are less aesthetically appealing
  • Low resolution – not capable of printing quality graphics or logos

Ideal for use: When you just need to get a code on a box or product, and aren’t concerned about aesthetics.


Large Character – typically Trident or Xaar print engines

Reliable, flexible printing for bigger jobs and saving money in the long run.


  1. High resolution printing – graphics and logos look great
  2. Most offer a print window of 2”-4” high
  3. Produces readable bar codes

Keep in mind:

  • Most systems are for porous applications
  • Printhead must be less than a quarter-inch from substrate

Ideal for use in: Porous-only applications, when high resolution is a requirement.

If you have further questions about the best printer for your marking and coding application, visit our website, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis today.

View a variety of FoxJet Marking & Coding videos to see these various printing technologies in action.

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