UBS Aplink LCX

Self-contained high-resolution inkjet printer for printing onto porous surfaces including cardboard, paper, textiles and timber. The Aplink LCX is ideally suited to applications where a single 72mm high printhead is required. The printhead, ink system and 5.7" touch screen controller are housed in a single, compact unit.

Text, detailed graphics, barcodes and 2D codes can be printed at 180dpi vertical resolution x up to 360dpi horizontal resolution using 100% mineral-free, oil-based ink that dries instantly on porous surfaces. The high-capacity 1-litre ink bottle can be changed on the fly without interrupting production and, for a typical outer case carton, will print about 200,000 cartons per bottle.

Using the Aplink LCX as an alternative to applying labels offers significant cost savings and environmental benefits. Typically a single one-litre bottle of UBS ink replaces 350Kg of labels and costs 4-5 times less than the equivalent labels and printing ribbons. The environmental benefits include significant haulage carbon savings by shipping just 1Kg of ink for each 350Kg of labels and avoiding the need to dispose of 145Kg of backing paper waste for each litre of ink used which is virtually impossible to have recycled.

UBS Aplink systems come with UBS Designer PC-based software to design and upload virtually unlimited numbers of print images into the printer memory. Printers can then run in stand-alone mode without a PC connected using the touch screen controller to select the required print image and enter variable data such as batch code and expiry date. It is also possible to connect to host systems to automatically select print images and populate variable data fields without operator intervention. Martek offers integration services to connect printers to a wide range of host systems.

Specification

Printhead: 72mm Seiko 4th generation piezo-electric printhead
Print direction: Forwards onto product side or down onto top of product
Ink type: Mineral-free, oil-based ink in 1-litre containers
Ink colour: Black, red, blue, yellow - others on request
Print resolution: 180dpi vertical x up to 360dpi horizontal
Text printing: Any font in any point size and rotation including date, time, offset date, counters and external inputs
Graphics printing: Detailed graphics up to 72mm high
Barcode printing: All common barcode formats supported including UCC/EAN-128
2D code printing: QR and Datamatrix codes
Print frequency: Up to 2 prints per second
Print speed: Up to 50m/min
Printhead to product distance: Up to 5mm for optimum print results
Controller: Built-in 5.7" colour touch screen (640 x 480px)
Standard interfaces: USB2.0, Ethernet LAN
Optional interfaces: RS232 serial
Software: UBS Designer included as standard - UBS Designer Pro and Codesoft optional
Options: Shaft encoder, cold environment kit, status beacon, RS232 serial interface, stand, barcode validation, integration services
Power supply: 110-240Vac @ 50-60Hz; 15W
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Sustainable Coding

A single 1-litre bottle of UBS ink typically replaces 350Kg of labels.

That's 350Kg of label material transported from the paper mill to the label manufacturer then 350Kg of labels transported to the end user... compared to 1Kg of ink.

Of that 350Kg of labels, typically 145Kg is backing paper which has to be disposed with extremely limited opportunities to recycle. UBS oil-based ink is free from mineral oil and meets the requirements of FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, for the recycling of corrugated board.

In addition, direct product coding typically costs 4 to 5 times less than labelling.

Sustainable case coding