Coding and marking specialist Linx Printing Technologies has added remote control functionality as standard to the award-winning CJ400 continuous ink jet printer, making it even more simple and cost-effective to use. New software enables users to control and monitor one, or several, printers from a single computer, and this means that users can look forward to further reductions in costly errors and downtime. The machine’s built-in remote communications protocol allows PCs and other equipment on the production line, such as PLCs, to “talk” to the printer when connected over a network via RS232 or Ethernet. The upgraded software can reduce the risk of costly coding errors, by allowing users to develop applications to control code content from one central location. Downtime is reduced, as printer warning and alarm messages can be seen across a network of printers simultaneously. Applications can also be created to give fast and mistake-free adjustment of printer settings during product changeovers. Printers which may be located in hard-to-access areas on the production line become easier to monitor and control.