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Printing solution overcomes a condensation conundrum

18 February 2018

A Linx 8900 Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printer is enabling erlenbacher backwaren, a German manufacturer of frozen cakes, to effectively and reliably mark its plastic film packaging even through condensation. 

Cakes from erlenbacher backwaren are subject to temperature differences during the production process, which can lead to condensation forming on the packaging film. The company found that the The Linx 8900 printer is able to print through a layer of moisture to deliver a clear, readable and durable code, which remains in place on the substrate in temperatures of minus 35 degrees in deep-freeze storage.

As part of erlenbacher backwaren’s quality assurance programme, the cakes are printed with a batch ID number as well as the compulsory use-by date. Walter Thellmann, responsible for maintenance at the company, says that the Linx 8900 is more than capable of keeping up with the company’s production line.

“Frozen products pass the printer at a speed of 35m/min, so than 1,000 units can be marked every hour,” he explains.

The touchscreen on the printer makes adding and altering text a simple task easy, and allows operators to quickly select files for printing. Various production parameters can also be entered and stored, enabling the printer to be configured for up to four different production scenarios at the touch of a button. Password protection prevents unintentional entries.

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