Inkjet Marking

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Inkjet marking has revolutionized and economized the industrial coding and marking field. Developed for computer printers in the late 1960s, inkjet technology has become the basis for imprints on various surfaces throughout industry, regardless of the type of business. Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, athletic equipment, housing materials, grocery packages--all these and many more carry various markings designed to identify the product and the exact batch or group the item belongs to.

Previously, necessary markings were handprinted, then labels were used (and still are today), and pre-printed boxes were ordered. With the advent of economical inkjet printing systems for industry, businesses can now afford to acquire their own in-house equipment and imprint their own cases, lumber, and other material. Not only that, but with the modular designs of these printers, their employees can quickly replace a part within five minutes.

Versatile Inkjet Marking Systems

These inkjet marking systems come in many configurations to suit the needs of a variety of business operations. One of the most versatile is an inkjet marking system that is loaded with features. It is a high-definition, large character printer that is meant for those who want great resolution, but do not need to print barcodes.

Another model is also a high-resolution system, but it is meant for printing small character codes, logos, and barcodes. Like many of the inkjet systems, this model offers the flexibility of an oil-based system for porous surfaces, or a solvent-based system for non-porous surfaces. Other systems provide flexibility by having single or dual, seven-dot printheads in three different character sizes.

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Thermal Inkjet Printer advances

What is interesting is that tij (thermal inkjet) inkjet marking machines such as are encroaching on the domain of what were previously high-end and expensive solutions.

Now even smaller manufacturers are able to purchase a non-contact inkjet printer that is less than a quarter of the cost of "traditional" industrial inkjet machines - although they cannot cope with ALL applications.

Still, with the ability to print on wood, print barcodes, print plastics as well as papers and board and having virtually no maintenance - a system like the Evolution inkjet is certainally worth some attention!