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Flash the Light and Ring the Bell

Flash the Light and Ring the Bell

By Chris Pangallo, Product Manager – Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) and Laser

There are a wide variety of manufacturers using Linx Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) printers to print variable information - date codes, batch codes, logos, and weights - onto their products. All different kinds of information on all different kinds of products. The one thing our wide variety of customers do have in common is that no one wants to code their product. They code their product because they are required to do so.

The addition of variable information is a critical component of quality control. Products can be rejected in the supply chain if they lack the coded variable information. Some suppliers receive fines if their product does not meet their customer’s packaging specifications. For example in the case of food safety, unmarked products can have disastrous consequences such as in the event of a recall all unmarked product becomes suspect and will be a loss whether it is part of the recall or not.

Linx CIJ printers come equipped with an alarm output that indicates warnings, faults, and failures. The alarm output signals can go to two different connectors on the printer — a Default 24 V connector commonly used with a red light alarm beacon OR an optional Volt Free Contact (VFC) connector typically tied to a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).  You can use the alarm output signal to control one or two external alarm beacons to signal warnings such as Fluid Low or Preventative Maintenance is due. 

Customers can also take advantage of the alarm signals to help assure products in their production line have been coded. They can have a red light alarm beacon on the printer providing printer status for the line operator, and they can also have the VFC signal tied to a PLC that is programmed to stop the production line should the printer have a fault resulting in no print. The Dual Alarm (24 volt signal and VFC) has been a very popular solution for many customers. It provides peace of mind that their products are coded and ready for market.

At Diagraph, we are dedicated in solving your coding and labeling challenges. Diagraph has been assisting customers for over 120 years improving production line efficiencies with simple, reliable, cost-effective coding and labeling solutions. Contact us to learn more about the Linx product line. Visit us at www.diagraph.com or contact us at 800.722.1125.


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