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French dairy producers 'plump for Linx'

07 June 2012

Two leading French dairy producers have turned to Linx Printing Technologies for major upgrades to their production facilities

Laiterie Saint Malo has bought 10 Linx 7300 continuous ink jet printers to apply use-by dates, times and names onto its Malo brand of fresh fromage frais.

And L’Œuf Gascon has installed three Linx 7300 Solvers and three Linx IJ370 large character coders to print onto egg cartons and trays with EN codes, batch numbers, dates and egg sizes.

Laiterie Saint Malo has been using Linx printers and products for about 10 years.

“We wanted to back up our traceability policy, and having put it out to competition, we put our faith in Linx products again when we updated our printers for fresh products” says Loïc Le Ludec, head of fresh product maintenance for Laiterie Saint Malo.

Laiterie Saint Malo needed a printer which could operate in a humid environment, coding onto embossed aluminium.

Ten Linx 7300 printers were installed on two circulating lines – 8,000 pots of fromage frais per line are now marked every hour for 12 hours a day.

The ink adheres perfectly to the embossed aluminium caps despite the humid conditions and possible handling by consumers.

“Once again, Linx has responded perfectly to our expectations,” confirms Mr Le Ludec.

The ultra modern production facility of L’Œuf Gascon packs more than 600,000 eggs a day. High production rates and the large number of different materials to be marked meant the customer needed machines which are reliable, easy to use and economical, with no ink drying problems.

The eggs are placed in cartons of 6 or 12 eggs, or loose on film-wrapped trays. The easy operation and programming, fast drying ink and automatic printhead cleaning offered by three Linx 7300 Solvers were ideal for the customer’s coding requirement. Traceability information - batch number, best before date and egg size - are coded onto paper labels at a rate of 80 cartons a minute, six days a week.

The Linx IJ370 large character coder was chosen for its ability to mark porous materials like cardboard and secondary packaging with text, logos and barcodes up to 70mm high, with a high resolution of 180 dpi. It is used to print an EN128 code onto cardboard trays of egg cartons, at a rate of 30 trays per minute.

"We especially appreciate the fast drying time and the integrated recycling of the ink of the Linx IJ370," says Pascal Varescon, head of the packing centre.

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