The latest Continuous Inkjet Printer from Linx Printing Technologies, the 8900 Series, reflects the fundamental Linx design philosophies of Ease of Use and Reliability and is supported by the MK11 hermetically sealed printhead that protects all critical components during operation and cleaning.
The most notable of the 8900 Series' features is the auto flush multi-stage process – the industry’s most thorough automatic self-cleaning process – which allows Linx printheads to run cleaner for longer. Bonus benefit – less solvent waste! Few competitors flush both nozzle and gutter, leading to longer start-ups and more frequent printhead cleaning. Comparatively, older competitor printheads require a scab of ink to form on the nozzle to keep their ink line sealed or a mechanical screw to join the nozzle to the gutter to keep air from fluid lines during shutdown.
In the unique Linx printhead auto flush process, both nozzle and gutter are solvent cleaned then left to dry with a vacuum purge. The head feed valve closes and stops nozzle weeping, leaving the printhead clean and dry for a period of storage or an overnight stop. This entire process is initiated with a simple press of a button, cutting out time needed for operator shut-down procedures and increasing productivity.
Linx Printhead Autoflush Diagram
(Simplified for demonstration)
As a result of the easy-to-use, push-of-a-button auto flush system, operators can pick up where they left off, with full confidence that the Linx 8900 will start-up quickly and easily without additional cleaning. The process improvements have been tested and reveal with typical inks and in typical application environments, customers can expect 100 starts and stops without the need to clean the printhead. Testing actually found 3 months as typical, and in some cases can go up to 6 months.
Diagraph has been assisting customers for over 120 years improving production line efficiencies with simple, reliable, cost-effective coding and labeling solutions. Contact us at 800.722.1125 to learn more about the Linx product line.
Not all inkjet printheads are created equal. Some printheads are designed to offer superior uptime performance, making them easier to operate and use when coding product. Look for the following features when choosing an inkjet coder, whether it is a small character inkjet coder for printing on primary product packaging or ahigh resolution large character inkjet coder for printing on cases:
Inkjet printheads featuring stainless steel construction and sealed designs withstand wear and tear better than those constructed with plastic. When examining the printhead materials, also look for whether or not wires are exposed during the cleaning process and whether or not printheads allow for adjustments. Exposed wires and printhead adjustments put the printhead at risk of damage, making them less durable and reliable. Opt for an inkjet coder that features a printhead that is durable enough to require no printhead adjustments for long-term ease of use.
Inkjet printheads that offer automatic cleaning capabilities allow for less human handling of the equipment, minimizing the opportunity to damage the equipment. Hands free cleaning capabilities also allow for printheads to run cleaner for longer, giving manufacturers as much run-time before interventions are required. The best cleaning systems allow printheads to code onto product without encountering printer faults or degrading code quality, with manufacturers able to run the inkjet coders for weeks and months before manual cleaning of the printheads are required.
Although inkjet coders are considered non-contact coders, it never fails that a product is sent down the packaging line skewed, causing it to come into direct contact with the printhead. When this happens, poorly designed and constructed printheads encounter major issues with internal components falling out of alignment and air pockets being introduced into the ink lines. Well-constructed printheads have potted components that are strong enough to withstand these types of impacts. Some inkjet coders also feature material handling mechanisms that gently guide the printhead away from the product to minimize the impact on the printhead.
Interested in upgrading your inkjet coding technology, but not sure where to start? Speak with a Diagraph product identification expert today by calling 1.800.722.1125 or contacting us through the website.
The all new Linx 8900 was a hit during its debut at Pack Expo Las Vegas! Visitors loved the simple one-touch fluid refill design, the enhanced user interface paired with the large touch screen, the engineer-free self service module, and, of course, the industry leading reliability that comes with the Linx printhead. The Linx 8900 leads the way into the next generation of small character continuous inkjet printers.
One-touch Fluid Refill
The Linx 8900's new one-touch fluid refill design allows operators to change ink and solvent in one easy step. The solvent capacity in the inkjet printer has been doubled to better match the ink-to-solvent use ratio and the printer features an 8 hour low-to-empty warning, allowing manufacturers to run an entire shift without having to refill fluids.
10" Capacitive Touchscreen with Easy User Interface
The customizable user interface allows plant managers to put the functions most important to the line's operations right at the fingertips of the operator. The Linx 8900 also features real time output reporting and gives you the option of tracking the cause of line stoppages. All of this made easier by a large capacitive touchscreen that doesn't require you to remove your gloves to operate.
Engineer-Free Self Service Module
The Linx 8900's new self service module assembles all critical service parts in one place, allowing machine operators or on-site maintenance professionals to conduct routine maintenance without the need to call in a Diagraph field service engineer. All you have to do is follow 7 easy steps prompted by on-screen instructions to install the new self service module to accomplish routine maintenance in 30 minutes or less. What's even better is the extended machine maintenance interval of 18 months and the ability to schedule maintenance around your own production schedule.
Industry Leading Printhead
No other printhead allows up to 100 starts/stops between printhead cleanings. The secret to our typical 3 month cleaning interval is in our sealed design. When cleaning is required, it can be done more quickly without the risk of damaging exposed parts or the need for readjustments. Many of our customers struggled through poorly designed printheads before arriving at our Linx CIJ printers as the ultimate solution. If you are delaying production time to keep your printheads clean, we need to talk.
Contact us to learn more about the Linx 8900. We will put you in touch with a Diagraph marking and coding expert located in your area.
IJ/768 High-Resolution 4" Printhead 1/1/04 DIAGRAPH® INTRODUCES 4-INCH PRINTHEAD FOR IJ 3000™ IMPULSE JET HIGH-RESOLUTION INK JET PRINTER
St. Louis, MO. . .Diagraph introduces a new printhead for its new generation IJ/3000™ Impulse Jet large character ink jet printers. With the addition of the IJ/768 (4”) printhead, customers have four IJ/3000 Impulse Jet printhead choices to satisfy virtually any marking or coding application: IJ/96 (3/4”), IJ/192 (1”), IJ/352 (2”) and IJ/768 (4”).
The new IJ/768 printhead delivers sharp, clear, high-resolution printing of alphanumeric information, graphics, bar codes and logos at production line speeds up to 200 fpm. For true-type fonts and logos, it provides 192 vertical dpi. For bar codes, such as UPC/EAN and SCC-14, it provides 200 horizontal dpi.
Like other IJ/3000 Impulse Jet printheads, the new IJ/768 offers an automatic cleaning feature which allows operators to program the unit to self-clean at any selected times over
a 24-hour period. At the programmed times, the pump and vacuum device in the central ink delivery system (CIDS) are automatically activated to remove accumulated contaminants from the faceplate of the printhead and transport them to a reservoir for future disposal. The automatic cleaning system enhances preventive maintenance, improves print quality consistency, and prolongs printhead life.
The IJ/3000 allows users the flexibility of multi-technology performance. It is engineered to drive either high-resolution Impulse Jet printheads, such as the IJ/768, Diagraph’s patented Integrated Valve printheads, or the PA/5000LT Label Printer/Applicator.
The IJ/3000 Impulse Jet offers unsurpassed “smart” features: touch screen controls, worldwide networking connectivity, around-the-clock monitoring and diagnostic functions, high-resolution printing, and convenience features such as automatic cleaning.
The touch screen allows operators to control the system with the touch of a finger and enjoy previously unimagined levels of convenience and productivity. The graphical user interface visually displays menus and commands so operators can enter messages and codes in minutes. And batch codes can be changed during a run, without interrupting production.
The IJ/3000 Impulse Jet has a built-in high-speed Ethernet connection that permits networking with another printer on the other side of the factory, or on the other side of the world. For multi-location manufacturing customers with constantly changing batch codes, this smart feature is invaluable for making changes and checking status. The system is designed to work with Web browsers (including Netscape and Internet Explorer), existing local area networks (device net, arc net, etc.), or wireless (radio frequency) using off-the-shelf converters.
Another smart feature is 24/7 monitoring and diagnostics. Operating on PCs, PLCs, and LANs, it can be used to obtain up-to-the-minute system status. The IJ/3000 Impulse Jet can even be programmed to monitor ink levels and provide an alert when the supply needs to be replenished.
Like all Diagraph ink jet printing systems, the IJ/3000 Impulse Jet is built to last, with minimal maintenance, even in hostile industrial environments. It provides reliable performance in all kinds of conditions—hot, cold, wet and dry.
For more information, call Marketing Services for Diagraph Large Character Ink Jet Systems at 800-722-1125 or send e-mails to email@example.com.
Diagraph, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc., manufactures and distributes automated industrial marking systems and supplies. Primary product lines include: small character ink jet systems, large character ink jet systems, and automated labeling systems. With sales and service offices located across the United States and throughout the world, Diagraph is a leading international supplier of product identification marking systems.
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Diagraph is pleased to introduce the IV9-Dot Printhead for the Ij3000 Integrated Valve Large Character Ink Jet System.
Diagraph Marking and Coding is very pleased to announce the release of the latest generation Integrated Valve printhead, the IV9 Dot. This product will be a direct replacement for several of Diagraph’s current Integrated Valve printheads. The following table lists the direct replacements:
5770002P500 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,1/2",POR
5700406 - PH,IV 1/2",POR
5701201 - PH,IV,1/2" POR,ENVIRONMENTAL
5770002N500 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,1/2",NP
5700407 - PH,IV 1/2",NP
5701202 - PH,IV,1/2" NP,ENVIRONMENTAL
5770002P875 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,7/8",POR
5700404 - PH,IV,7/8" POR
5700475 - PH ASSY,7/8" 9-DOT POR SP
5770002N875 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,7/8",NP
5700405 - PH,IV,7/8" NP
5700476 - PH,7/8" 9-DOT,NP,SP
The improved printhead assembly now has an industrial design that has a one piece, die-cast aluminum housing. It is now environmentally sealed for harsh environments, has automatic dot correction, overdrive protection, and photocell bracket mounting holes. The new design also includes a built-in LED display and membrane switch that allows for channel purging, adjusting the pulse and width, and changing the pressure directly from the printhead.
Certain configurations of bracketry, which are older than five years and round in shape, used with older style Diagraph Integrated Valve products may require an adaptor plate (part # 5770-219) to install the new printheads. Documentation and information regarding the installation of these new print heads is available on the Diagraph website, www.diagraph.com. If you have additional questions, please contact our technical support group at 1-800-526-2531.
We appreciate your past business and look forward to being your Marking & Coding supplier in the future. We expect that you will find this new generation of printhead to exceed your expectations for industrial ink jet and be a cost effective tool for your marking & coding needs.
Key standard features of the IV9-Dot Printhead include:
For more information, call 800-722-1125 or send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diagraph, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc., manufactures and distributes automated marking, coding, labeling and RFID systems and supplies. Primary product lines include: small character ink jet systems, large character ink jet systems, and automated labeling systems. With sales and service offices located across the United States and throughout the world, Diagraph is a leading supplier of industrial product identification systems.
Linx Printing Technologies has announced a change in its distribution network for the Linx range of small character continuous ink jet (CIJ) printers in the United States.
Diagraph, An ITW Company, who has been a distributor of Linx printers, parts and consumables for over 12 years, takes responsibility for Linx distribution previously conducted by Matthews Marking Products© with immediate effect. Diagraph will be responsible for all new Linx CIJ product sales, customer service and on-site servicing and technical support of Linx coding equipment. The Company also holds inventory of Linx equipment, including printers, spare parts, accessories, inks and solvents.
We already have an excellent relationship with Linx, an expert knowledge of its products, and we welcome the opportunity to provide the highest levels of service for Linx customers that have yet to experience Diagraph,” comments Bruce Castro, Director of Service, at Diagraph, An ITW Company.
Diagraph is a leading manufacturer and distributor of marking, coding, labeling & RFID systems and supplies. The Company has been engineering and building automated product identification systems for over 30 years, and has been in business for over 100 years. With the resources and backing of ITW (a Fortune 200, multi-billion dollar organization), Diagraph can provide the highest levels of best-in-class products, cost-saving services and customer-friendly business practices all delivered by a nation-wide network of experienced direct sales & service representatives.
If Linx printer owners have an immediate servicing or printer requirement and would like to speak with someone from Diagraph, please call 800-722-1125.
“We already have an excellent relationship with Linx, an expert knowledge of its products, and we welcome the opportunity to provide the highest levels of service for Linx customers that have yet to experience Diagraph,” comments Bruce Castro, Director of Service, at Diagraph, An ITW Company.