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.

Linx 8940 CIJ







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!

Linx 8940 CIJ Linx 8940 CIJ

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

For more information, please call 800-252-5894 or click here


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

You can also email us at sales@rvevans.com or through our social sites.

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source: http://www.rvevans.com/Packaging-Solutions/PDF/FoxJet%20WhitePaper%20Crawl%20Before%20You%20Walk%20-%20Small%20Steps%20Towards%20Sustainability.pdf

Bar Code Printing

One of the most commonly applied bar code in packaging is the GTIN-14 Interleaved 2 of 5 (also known as I 2 of 5). A few features about GTIN-14 I 2 of 5:

  • 14-Digit I2OF5
  • ITF-14 is the GS1 implementation of an I2OF5 format to encode a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)
  • Minimum height 1.25”
  • The target bar width ratio is 2.5:1, meaning that the wide bars are 2.5 times the width of the narrow bars.
  • While the preferred bar width ratio is 2.5:1, the acceptable range is 2.25:1 to 3:1.

This ends up looking like this:

thick outside borders

The thick bars that you see around the outside are known as Bearer Bars. The purpose of Bearer Bars is to equalize printing plate pressure. Bearer Bars also prevent short scans. They end up costing companies a lot of money to print as outlined below:

  • 100% with full bars, 300 DPI, using the FoxJet ProSeries 768
  • How Much?
  • .014 mL = 35,507 prints/bottle

Obviously, this begs the question, Can Bearer Bars be removed? The answer is mostly. You are allowed to remove the sides and reduce the top and bottom (2X width of small bar). What is known as the Quiet Zone is also removed saving more ink.

The end result is this.

thick outside bordersarrowthin bar

How much did we save?

By minimizing the Bearer Bars while maintaining 300 DPI and scanability…

  • .009 mL = 54,444 prints/bottle)
  • Versus the original…
  • .014 mL = 35,507 prints/bottle)

This is a savings to our customers of 35%!

An important thing to remember with bar codes is their decodability. Decodable means that a scanner can read the barcode. The R.V. Evans Company guarantees decodability provided the system is installed and maintained to standards outlined by our vendor FoxJet.

Find out more on how you can reduce your printing costs at www.rvevans.com or by calling us at 1-800-252-5894.

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Foxjet Success Story: Food & Beverage Industry

Pre-Solution Application

This Food & Beverage industry customer was using print and apply label applicators prior to installing the Foxjet System. They were experiencing maintenance issues with the applicators that caused production delays along with high label and ribbon costs.

Application Specs:

  • 2 shifts, 5 days per week
  • 3 production lines printing alpha numeric/barcode, conveyor up to 200 FPM

Message Content:

  • 2 lines of print and a GTIN-15 barcode

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ team of sales and service specialists determined the appropriate value added solution. The recommendation: Replace the existing print and apply label applicator with a Foxjet high resolution inkjet printing system with the ProSeries 768 Printhead and Marksman Elite Controller.

Key Benefits of the Foxjet ProSeries High Resolution Inkjet System Solution

ProSeries 768 Printhead:

  • Prints barcodes, logos, graphics, and text
  • Stainless Steel ink path
  • Automatic Priming System

Marksman Elite Controller:

  • Industry Leading 17″ touchscreen with built in on-screen keyboard
  • Solid State Industrial Hard Drive
  • Controls up to 4 printheads on 2 production lines

Measurable Savings Realized

Foxjet’s ProSeries 768 printheads allows the flexibility needed for this customer’s production line that has conveyor speeds up to 200 FPM and requires a 4″ print area. The Foxjet system had a payback for the customer in 8.3 months!

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