The Linx CJ400: The Lightest InkJet Printer on the Market.

FoxJet’s Linx CJ400 models are the lightest printers on the market, weighing just under 30 pounds. This lightweight model is equipped with several useful features to compliment its portability:CJ400

  • Easi-Change service module allows up to 6,000 hours between scheduled maintenance
  • Color touch screen
  • 4 line settings to allow for speedy changeover between production lines
  • USB message and printer back up for sharing messages and settings between printers
  • Auto-Flush printheads that provide a flush cleaning upon start-up and power-down (reducing manual maintenance requirements)
  • SureFill fluid replenishment ensures fast, mistake-proof refills while printing to reduce downtime
  • 62 micron printhead nozzle saves up to 40% on ink usage (compared to other CIJ printers)
  • Can store up to 1,000 messages on internal hard drive

Check out this video for another look at the CJ400!

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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.

Strengths:

  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.


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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.

Strengths:

  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.


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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.

Strengths:

  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.


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Large Character – typically Trident or Xaar print engines

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

Strengths:

  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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Sustainability in Packaging

The word sustainability in packaging can often times be a scary one. Most manufacturers see it as an overwhelming endeavor and choose to not approach it for fear of failing. The important thing to remember, however, is that attaining sustainability in packaging is not a one-time feat. It is an on-going process and takes time. Although it is an on-going process, studies show that it is important to consumers and can increase your business sales. 29% of Americans now buy Green Products, 74% of people think that a manufacturer that reduces the environmental impact of its production process or product is making a smart business decision, and 75% of people say that they feel good when they take steps to help the environment. These are numbers that shouldn’t be ignored.

One of the first steps that manufacturers can take is using common sense to identify things around the warehouse or production process that require power or produce waste. Odds are there are steps that can be taken to reduce these things to help the environment. One factor that has a large impact on not only the environment, but also a company’s bottom line is compressed air. Compressed air is measured by Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). The average cost of compressed air is about $0.02 per CFM per hour. Let’s consider an automated label printer/applicator, which is a common piece of equipment in any consumer products manufacturing facility.  A traditional pneumatic powered tamp unit uses about 3 CFM, which equates to about $552.00 per year. There are new technologies available that require no air. These eco-friendly labeling machines require just $48.00 per year to operate. You can easily tell the difference that this solution will make on your expenses, and that is just for one unit! Most manufacturing plants have more.

Another factor that plays into sustainability is wasted material, such as pre-printed boxes. It is a common trend among manufacturing plants to order and stock thousands of pre-printed boxes. Unfortunately, many of these end up in the trash as their pre-printed information becomes out dated or the quality of the box is ruined. An online case printing system eliminates this issue by printing the correct information on the box when you need it, preventing unnecessary waste.

In conclusion, sustainability in packaging is no easy task, but it can be very beneficial, saving your company thousands of dollars a year by taking small, simple steps.

For more information on how you can make your packaging process more eco-friendly, contact the R.V. Evans Company at 1-800-252-5894 or visit our website at www.rvevans.com

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