Twinings opted for a Linx 30W Scribing Laser Coder after analysis found its existing method of using a Continuous Ink Jet printer to code onto the packaging was unsuitable.
Laser coding was selected because it etches the black surface of the carton to create a clear, high-quality scribed, yet discreet, code.
“Reliability and precision were paramount, and Twinings recognised that the Linx Laser could provide the necessary quality,” said Dave Sibbald, planning engineer at Twinings. “We had a mask laser on-site but it lacked efficiency, and the need to change masks regularly affected our productivity. In contrast, the Linx scribing laser system delivers a precise code simply and conveniently.”
At Twinings, the coder applies a two-line code comprising Best Before date along with a traceability code that gives details of the time and batch of manufacture. At its maximum capacity, the line produces 90 boxes a minute.
The Linx Laser joins 22 Linx CIJ printers and four Linx laser coders already in use at Twinings’ blending and packaging facility in Andover.
Ease of use was said to have been key to Twinings’ preference for the Linx Laser, which features intuitive user interfaces designed to make job set-up and operation quick and easy.
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