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Linx laps up the cream at Rodda. (News).

Established in 1890, A E Rodda & Son is one of Cornwall's oldest and best known commercial creameries. Based in Redruth, West Cornwall, the family-owned business has gained an enviable reputation for the quality and consistency of its traditional Cornish Clotted Cream, a product that has been manufactured at the creamery for welt over 100 years.

However, with several million portion pots of clotted cream produced every year, the company recognises the importance of combining its traditional manufacturing expertise with the latest advances in packaging technology.

With this in mind, Rodda's has recently installed and commissioned two 'best in class' 6200 continuous ink jet (CIJ) printers from Linx Printing Technologies for the coding and marking of its entire clotted cream portion pot production output.

The creamery previously developed two systems for the coding of portion pot lids - a Codent Syphergraph gravity feed inkjet unit and a contact print cap coder. These units were replaced following the successful commissioning of the Linx 6200 units - both of which operate with traversing heads. Due to the reliable running of the units, Rodda's have subsequently purchased a further five 6200s from Linx.

A wide variety of pots are filled at Rodda's, ranging from 51mm diameter units for airline customers through to 101mm retail packs which are supplied to many of the UK's leading grocery retailers as own label' brands. Fresh and frozen varieties are sold to customers throughout the UK. Rodda's also export to many overseas markets including Holland, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.

At Rodda's two CIJ units are used 'in parallel' with traversing print heads. This configuration enables two rows of pots, typically comprising six pots to be coded by the print heads as they move from left to right across the filling line. On their return journey, the print heads code a further two rows of pots from right to left.

Available in a stainless steel casing or robust industrial PU plastic enclosure, the Linx 6200 is designed for more sophisticated coding applications requiring multiple lines of text, graphics and/or barcodes. The Linx 6200 can produce up to four lines of 7x5 print and code at speeds of up to 5 metres per second in single line applications. Messages can consist of text, numbers, logos and bar codes, and there is an optional facility to generate and print two-dimensional dot codes such as Data Matrix. A choice of printheads supports character heights from 0.8mm to 25mm high.

The Linx 6200 can provide menus and prompts in nine different European languages in addition to Japanese, Arabic and Chinese. It supports a wide range of date formats and coding options, including Julian dates, serial numbering and 'tower' printing.

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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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