New fibre lasers deliver flexible coding solutions

Published: 16-Jul-2015

They produce high quality permanent codes suitable for traceability or anti-counterfeiting purposes

Linx Printing Technologies has extended its range of laser coders with the introduction of two fibre lasers that provide a flexible coding solution across a number of materials for both static applications and moving production lines.

Linx says fibre laser technology offers highly energy-efficient coding across many different substrates including metals and plastics, paper and glass. It delivers a very fine spot size which creates high quality permanent codes. This makes fibre lasers ideal for producing small discreet codes for traceability or anti-counterfeiting purposes, bigger codes for high profile branding or promotions, and large amounts of information in a small area. The coders are suitable for many different industry sectors including pharmaceutical, medical devices and tooling, as well as FMCG packaging.

The new Linx FSL20 and Linx FSL50 have one of the smallest supply units and marking heads on the market, enabling easy integration into even the smallest of factory spaces.

Fibre lasers are ideal for producing small discreet codes for traceability or anti-counterfeiting purposes

Four different lenses are available which means the coders can be tailored to the precise needs of each product – whether for static or moving environments. Both models feature a wide range of fonts, codes and graphics over multiple lines and unlimited areas, and this versatility also offers effective future proofing, allowing companies to change coding specifications to suit their changing requirements.

The Linx fibre lasers feature IP54 rated marking heads, and this robust construction enables them to operate in more challenging environments than many other lasers, with the laser source lasting more than 100,000 hours. An internal air cooler offers greater energy efficiency and is maintenance-free, as well as producing cost savings over the installation of a separate cooling system or compressed air supply, the company says.

The well-refined beam quality is said to ensure consistent smooth coding. In addition to the small marking head, there is an optional Beam Turning Unit (BTU), which allows the fibre lasers to code at right angles, further enhancing their flexibility to be installed in small, tight spaces, or integrated into filling machines and OEM machines.

The products are offered with a choice of 20W (Linx FSL20) and 50W (Linx FSL50) beam sources.

LinxDraw software allows quick and easy code creation and changes through an optional colour touch screen or from a separate PC.

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