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LINX 8940

continuous inkjet printers

Key Benefits

• Up to 5 lines of code – dual language coding, ideal for export markets where codes are required in local languages; contract packing
• Data Matrix and QR code printing Carton coding option up to 20mm high print
• Real-time output on screen – meet your OEE targets with the printer screensaver ‘On/Off target’; identify patterns in overall line downtime with the output/downtime reporting feature, and improve your efficiencies
• IP65 rating for dust and water-jet washdown protection – reliable running in harsh production environment.
• Extended service intervals up to 18,000hrs/24 months – code for longer

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We offer a full range of beverage coders designed to meet the challenges faced by the beverage industry every day such as coding onto wet bottles without sacrificing high line speeds and robust traceability.

Whether you’re coding best before or manufacturing dates, traceability codes, or anti-counterfeit/brand protection marks onto bottle caps, cartons, cans or plastics – we can meet your specific needs.

Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) – non-contact, high speed coding with clean, reliable operation in challenging environments

• Environment challenges e.g. coding on wet surfaces or wash down environments
• Stricter industry standards and laws to protect consumers
• Major supermarkets and distributors insisting trading partners/ manufacturers follow their specific labelling, coding and quality rules

The confectionery industry is changing. The trend towards recloseable bags or tubs of bite-sized chocolate has brought demand for different types of plastic pack, in addition to the traditional paper or card outer wrapper of the chocolate bar or box.
Manufacturers and packers now need to be increasingly nimble as they switch production, machinery and staff between lines, in this environment mistakes are expensive, both in terms of downtime and wasted product. Coding and marking equipment plays a small but vital role in this process – reliability and versatility are crucial.

Code requirements may be simple and driven by legislation – usually a best-before or use by date, batch code or other identifier. But stringent food regulations and the importance consumers place on accurate labeling information mean this is something no manufacturer can afford to get wrong.

Manufacturers in the personal care industry often produce a wide range of products in an equally wide range of packaging formats. This diversity of packaging is influenced by factors such as size polarisation from small travel size or tester pots through to larger, economical packs, niche branding to achieve standout in an increasingly crowded market, or catering for ageing populations needing adapted packaging such as easy-grip containers.

We provide flexible, cost-effective solutions that deliver quality code and full traceability across a variety of different pack formats and material types to help you meet your customers’ needs, comply with legislation and reduce overall production costs.

Our CIJLaser and Large Character Printing solutions can help maximise uptime between multiple SKUs with quick, error-free code changeovers while line setups can be stored and retrieved for repeat work. 

Whether you are involved in secondary or primary packaging coding and marking, our coders make it possible for you to print virtually anywhere on your package, in any orientation, and onto a wide range of substrates.

Our packaging printers offer easy integration onto your existing lines, setup of codes is intuitive, and a selection of our coders have been designed to be quickly moved to where you need them. Support for a full range of code formats including text, variable dates, and quality graphics and logos, maximises the coding options for contract packers who need to meet their customers’ stringent packaging printing requirements.

A rise in health-conscious yet time-poor consumers are influencing current trends in the dairy industry, as such batch printing of dairy products needs to be flexible to cope with the expanding range of product packaging types. In addition, reliable operation in wet production environments is key, especially on fast-moving lines producing products with a short shelf life, where time to market is short and profit margins can be low.

Whether coding onto flexible film, carton bricks or PET bottles, Linx printers are designed to be reliable, robust and to deliver accurate, durable codes on the widest range of packaging materials, ensuring you meet coding regulations and maximise your production efficiencies.

The electronics industry requires coding and marking solutions suitable for the complex, and often delicate, manufacture of circuit boards, electronic components, and wires.

Our CIJ printers deliver robust traceability solutions to ensure manufacturers can keep track of inventory during every step of the manufacturing process, including water-soluble and pigmented Linx inks for either temporary or permanent electronic marking on circuit boards and components of every size. Even wiring can be coded effectively.

Coding and marking solutions for extrusions need to deliver flexibility to meet the variety of materials manufacturers might produce. Linx digital coders provide quick and simple code changes – less downtime compared to contact printing systems, while clear coding meets industry and international code standards.

Whether you are looking for simple product name or logo, part number, or international standards marking, Linx systems offer versatile coding to include the printing of logos, text, and large codes for extrusions. Our products can deliver accurate code placement anywhere you need it, onto a range of substrates including plastics and rubber.

We can help to lower costs through quick and accurate code change overs, reducing scrappage, and ease-of-use ensuring less manual errors and therefore downtime.

Our coding and marking solutions for printing directly onto food include dedicated printers using Linx food grade inks for coding onto ingestible food packages and products. Linx food printing systems are complete solutions which quickly and cost effectively resolve food product markings needs.

Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) – perhaps the most cost-effective choice for food marking and coding, a wide range of food-grade inks available from Linx contain only edible raw materials, meaning that you can safely print onto food products with solutions that conform to US and EU regulations. Renowned for their reliability and clean operation, and are flexible enough to cope with long hours of product identification onto food and packaging.

The UAE meat sector is a hugely significant and important part of the food industry and also meat processing and manufacturing plants.  At a time when the meat processing industry is getting itself into shape for the future, selecting the right coding and marking equipment can play a significant part in ensuring that processors are ready for the opportunities lying ahead.

With changing regulations on the traceability of meat; evolving packaging materials to meet increasing environmental concerns, and opportunities for differentiation in packaging to reflect premium products – it essential that your coding meets legal requirements, as well as supporting your production targets.

The modern pharmaceuticals industry uses high-speed production lines requiring fast printers and coders that must keep up. Our CIJ and laser coders can be installed in any high-speed production line without compromising quality. The ability to code in any orientation makes installation simple with minimal impact on your existing workflows. Long flexible CIJ conduits allow printhead positioning into most production line setups, whilst articulated arms and compact marking heads on our lasers make integration into your pharmaceutical line quicker than most, reducing your downtime and the need for retro-engineering of your production line to accommodate new coders.

Ensure that your pharmaceutical coding solutions are within the requirements of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) – consider the best technologies for your production environment, product, and complexity of code.

Coding and marking in the ready meals and frozen foods sector places multiple demands on your equipment. Cold, dry and washdown environments bring with them the risk of water ingress to your production equipment, affecting their reliability and risking downtime. With margins already tight, you can help protect your line against downtime with the right choice of coder.

Increasing diversification of packaging shapes and materials, from plastic tubs and bags to card sleeves and cartons, are helping manufacturers achieve shelf stand-out in a growing industry. 

Ready-meals and frozen food manufacturers across the world choose Linx printers for their ease of use, versatility, and reliability. We support our customers’ Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by reducing downtime and maximising their production line efficiencies.

The snack food industry is changing as on-the-move snacks grow in popularity, and recent legislation developments mean there is an increased need for messaging and branding on Retail Ready Packing (RRP) such as boxes and shelf packaging. Coded information on RRP should include expiry date details and batch codes for traceability.
Snack foods manufacturers need to be increasingly flexible in order to avoid costly downtime. Our Linx TJ725 coder saves time by being easy to install straight out of the box. 

 Our range of Linx 8900 CIJ printers are self-service, and the Linx TJ725 coder combines ink and printhead in one cartridge, which makes it cleaner and easier to replace, further lowering your costs. Low maintenance coders can save your business a lot of downtime, whilst their ability to print both primary and secondary codes saves time and money.

Linx provides high speed cable marking and wire printing solutions that code accurately using small characters for reliable traceability and product identification, even onto fibre optic cables.

Built-in reliability also means less downtime on your line, as Linx’s non contact cable and wire coders function quickly and effectively – enabling you to keep up with high speed cabling production.

If you’re looking for faster changeover times then our digital wire coders provide the capability to deliver quick and simple changes to code with even less downtime. And codes will be clear and precise on a range of materials, in order to meet internationally set wire and cable coding standards.

Our range of high-speed, micro-character, Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printing and laser marking solutions offer a broad range of options for the reliable marking of tobacco products, be it discreet, anti-counterfeiting marking measures or the high-speed coding of complex messaging.

Marking product packaging allows tobacco manufacturers to protect their reputation and guard against counterfeit products. Our UV-readable CIJ inks are durable but discreet, making it easy to add subtle anti-counterfeit marking to tobacco packaging.

The tobacco industry is highly competitive, with tobacco brands often requiring complex coding and fast output in order to stay ahead. Keep up with demand by choosing one of our high-speed CIJ coders, like the Linx 8940.

Equip your bottling and packaging line with coding and labelling solutions that are reliable, easy to operate and highly versatile – even in high-speed, wet environments. Our solutions have the power to change the way you work.  

With our advanced range of coding, labelling and inspection technologies, and our deep expertise in the water bottling industry, you have everything you need to streamline your processes and increase your bottom line. 
From high-speed lines to wet environments, we can help you implement the right labelling and coding technology for your unique business needs. And because our technologies are easy to use and highly adaptable, you have everything you need to improve efficiency and drive your bottom line. 

We offer expert product identification solutions for plastic marking including inks for enhanced adhesion, specifically designed to adhere to printing on a wide variety of plastics such as PVC, nylon , OPP, PP and PE.

Our pigmented inks are ideal for high contrast coding and marking of light or dark materials such as plastic cables or extrusions. Pigmented inks retain their clarity for years, even if the printed plastic products are stored outside.

The range of Linx metal marking inks covers most product identification applications. Linx Thermochromic inks penetrate oily surfaces, remain indelible and undergo a permanent colour change making them suitable for containers undergoing sterilisation process after coding and Automotive coding for components that require codes for internal traceability. Linx removable inks for coding returnable containers or internal traceability for example, beer barrels.

All Linx Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers and Linx printing inks are suitable for printing onto paper and cardboard printing. Our range of inks include fast drying Linx printing inks for high speed lines, coloured inks to enhance product packaging, and Ethanol inks for low odour requirements.

Linx laser coder solutions for coding onto paper and card include scribing laser coders for quality coding – from 10W to powerful 60W systems for high speed lines and high speed label coding systems designed specifically for the brewing and bottling industry.

We have a range of printing technologies and solutions for coding and marking on to both wet and dry glass. Whether you require an indelible identification code, or one that can be removed before re-use, Linx has the product identification glass marking solution for you.

Whether you are looking to print onto glass using adhesive inks, or etch directly into the surface of the glass, Linx has the printing solutions capable to complete any such work.

The Linx 7900 Spectrum provides a reliable and expert printer for coding with high opacity inks onto rubber. Our range of pigmented inks for Linx ink jet printers are outstanding with expert adhesion printing precise code for long lasting product identification when rubber printing.

Our printers are designed to be efficient and reliable in the most difficult of production environments. 

Our coding and marking solutions for printing directly onto food include dedicated printers using Linx food grade inks for coding onto ingestible food packages and products. 
Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) – perhaps the most cost-effective choice for food marking and coding, a wide range of food-grade inks available from Linx contain only edible raw materials, meaning that you can safely print onto food products with solutions that conform to US and EU regulations. 

Our coders are designed to help you overcome the challenges of ice and water in your processing environment, providing codes that are legible, indelible and fully compliant. Batch codes, barcodes, date codes or any other kind of code; we have the most efficient, cost-effective coding solution for your business. 
Labelling frozen foods is made easy with our broad range of labelling technologies. Whether you want to apply pre-printed labels or print and apply labels onto your frozen food products, our solutions will ensure your labels adhere to the product in the wet processing conditions. 

Maximum efficiency, minumal effort

The Linx 8940 inkjet coder is the top of the line coder in the 8900 series which will make your coding life easier.  With its IP65 rating and highest printing speeds, the Linx 8940 is designed for the most challenging coding applications. This datecoder makes date and batch coding 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.

Code faster, in more demanding applications, with the Linx 8940.
The Linx 8940 provides flexible coding with up to 5 lines of print, on high speed production lines, and in challenging environments. With an IP65 rating, simple touch screen interface, and fewer maintenance interventions, the Linx 8940 is designed to provide high speed, low maintenance coding.

Easy to setup and operate 

• Store up to 50 named line settings – for quick retrieval at product changeovers; settings can be transferred between printers with a USB flash drive
• Large, icon-driven high-resolution touch screen, with at-a-glance production-rate visibility
• Customisable top screen, one touch operation for common tasks, on-screen message prompts for faster, accurate code setup
• Simple, one-touch, fluid cartridge refills during printing – no mess, no tools, no mistakes
• Self-service with an on-screen Wizard which guides operators through the service module change process – for a quick, engineer-free service. 

Proven Linx reliability for maximum uptime

• Advanced System Monitoring – internal monitoring helps to avoid unscheduled stoppages between service module changes – reliable coding for longer
• Quick, clean startups every time – robust, completely sealed printhead, and Autoflush feature ensure continual reliable operation
• Seasonal shutdown mode – printer is ready to print first time, even after extended shutdown, with no need for expensive printer flushing.


Printing Capability

• 5 lines of text, symbols, numbers, barcodes
• Data Matrix and QR codes
• Character height from 1.8mm to 12.0mm
• Maximum print speed 6.25m/s as standard (single line of code), and speeds up to 16% faster than the Linx 8920 for different print formats
• Carton coding option with character height up to 20mm
• Rotated character (‘tower’) printing

Message printing facilities

Text, symbols and numbers
Prompted fields for one-step message editing with customisable on-screen prompts
Height, width and delay functions for easy code sizing and positioning
Automatic formats for printing dates and times (using the printer’s internal clock)
Custom date and time editor to create different date formats as required
Automatic date forward function. Add number of seconds, minutes, hours to the current time, or number of days, weeks or months to the current date
Automatic time adjustment option for daylight savings time 
Sequential numbering, forward and backward counting, variable intervals, multiple number ranges, alphanumeric sequencing
One touch sequential number reset option from the printer screen, and reset using external trigger 
Sequential text fields, increment and reset sequences using external triggers, optional one touch sequence reset from the printer screen
‘Production Schedule’ function, to print a sequence of messages automatically, with different triggering and repeat print options
Number of messages stored:up to 1000 using internal printer memory (depending on message content), more can be stored using a USB storage device
Bold character printing (up to 9 times) Variable character spacing for improved vision system recognition
Rotated character (tower) printing
Shift coding (message content changes automatically at defined times)

Hardware featuresSoftware features
Easi-Change® Service Module, change interval:Single-press start print, pause print and jet shutdown
up to 24 months (18,000 hours) – dye-based inks,Auto power-off after jet shutdown
up to 12 months (6,000 hours) – soft pigmented inks*Simple message creation and editing with
Unique automatic printhead flushing:typical cleaningdrag-and-drop field positioning and zoom function
interval 3 months (100 starts and stops) – dye-basedfor long messages
inks, up to 1 month – soft pigmented inksTotal print count, message count and batch count
Printhead jet-speed control and temperatureMessage store display and message style selection
sensing for consistent printing in changing ambientPassword-protected functions, with customisable
temperaturesuser profiles
Mistake-proof, mess-free ink and solvent refilling whileMessage creation/editing while printing
printing (0.5 litre ink cartridge, 1 litre solvent cartridge)On-screen system monitoring, to measure key ink
10-inch full colour touch screen with tough,system and environmental parameters, to help avoid
solvent-resistant polymer coverunscheduled stoppages
Durable ink pump with no scheduled changes requiredOn-screen output rate measurement and production
Extended shutdowns (up to 3 months) without printerstoppage log. Downloadable onto USB
flushing or drainingOn-screen fluid level indicators, 12 hour running from
Robust, flexible dual-tube conduit for static andfluid refill warning to printer stop in most applications
moving printhead applicationsOn-screen help and diagnostics information

Programming Features

• Screen with icons, drag-and-drop field positioning, and zoom function for longer messages
• Custom date and time editor to create different date formats as required
• ‘Production Schedule’ function, to print a sequence of message automatically, with different triggering and repeat print options
• USB port for copy and back-up of message and printer settings, and for easy transfer of messages between printers, and downloading of output and line stoppage logs
• Message store of up to 1000
• Real-time output measurement on screen
• Output and line stoppage logs
• Screen saver shows real-time on/off target indication
• Customisable top screen for most frequently used features
• Sequential text and sequential numbering, with optional one touch sequence resets from the printer screen, and sequence resetting and incrementing using external triggers

Physical Characterisitics

• 10” colour touch screen
• Stainless steel enclosure
• IP65 (dustproof and washdown proof) as standard
• 2m conduit as standard, with 4m and 6m options
• Weight 24kg
• No factory air required
• Ethernet port, with optional RS232 and Parallel I/O ports for easier integration with line equipment
• Single stage alarm output, with optional Multi-stage alarm outputs

Print speeds and sizes

Printhead:Mk11 Midi Mk11 Midi plus
Nozzle size:62 µm 75 µm
Lines of print:Up to 5 Up to 5
Character height 1.8 to 20 mm 2.1 to 20 mm
Maximum speed 6.25 m/s 9.10 m/s
for single line print (0.47 mm (0.57 mm
(5 dot high drop pitch) drop pitch)
Maximum speed 2.65 m/s 2.56 m/s
for two line print (0.43 mm (0.52 mm
(7 dot high drop pitch) drop pitch)
Recommended 12mm 20mm
distance from (35mm for (45mm for
printhead to carton coding carton coding
substrate:message style) message style)

Ink rangeLinx 8900
Linx MEK base (dye-based/soft pigmented)*
Linx mixed base*
Linx ethanol base*
Linx MEK base High Opacity pigmented inks 
Linx Food Grade inks 
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