Rigid Plastic Industrial Inkjet Printing & Coding Applications

You don’t have to look hard to find something made of rigid plastic. From lemonade pitchers and chip dip containers to pet food bowls, vitamin jars, shampoo bottles, and more, this hardy material has played a constant supporting role in our everyday lives for decades.
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For a plastic that puts up with so much use and abuse, you need a printing and coding solution that can withstand just as much. That's where InkJet, Inc. technologies come in for industrial inkjet printing on plastic. Our printers are as reliable as they are robust, and our nontransferable inks won't melt or smudge, even under the harshest printing and use conditions.

Ideal Printers for Industrial Inkjet Printing on Plastic Surfaces

Rigid plastic comes in many shapes, sizes, and substrates. Your specific printing needs may differ for a lightweight PET plastic versus a heavy-duty HDPE plastic—and the surface area you plan to cover also makes a difference. Our recommendations below for industrial inkjet printing on plastic can help you determine which solution may be right for your applications.

DuraCode CIJ Printers

Duracode Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) Printer

Designed to reliably and speedily deliver the highest-quality code even in a harsh factory environment. Ideal for high-volume, high-speed continuous printing.

Anser U2 Pro-S Thermal Inkjet Printer

Anser U2 Pro-S Thermal Inkjet Printer

Small but powerful, this versatile cartridge-based printer is a cost-effective option for small businesses with lower volume and speed requirements but high expectations for quality. A handheld version is also available.

EvoLabel Print and Apply Labeler Wipe 90 G2

EvoLabel Print and Apply Labelers

An easy-to-use print-and-apply labeling option for automated production lines. These all-in-one labelers are ideal for situations when a stickered label is preferable to direct printing, such as with sales barcodes or shipping information on boxes.

What may get in the way of your clean and clear printing goals? Dust from granular substances and humidity built up by specialized processes—such as steam sterilization or hot filling products—can increase the difficulty of printing on rigid plastic.

The right industrial printer for the job will help you work through these challenges. It will optimize your labeling workflow and minimize the cost and frustration of unexpected downtime—while also ensuring the right code is always applied to the right product in exactly the right place.

Ink Options for Industrial Coding on Rigid Plastic

Once you've identified the perfect printer for your applications, it's time to choose an ink to match. Finding the right ink for industrial coding and printing on plastic requires just as much careful consideration.

Take into account:

  • The specific materials you will be printing on

  • The contents of your containers

  • The environmental factors involved during and after printing

  • The conditions of use

Food-Grade Inks

For packaging that may come into contact with food, our food-grade inks are manufactured in accordance with the U.S. FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure the health and safety of your consumers. In fact, this type of ink is so safe that it can be used to print directly on food, too.

Industrial CIJ Ink

Our industrial CIJ ink is suitable for a wide range of printing needs and is compatible with OEM printers, other makers’ printers, and our own industrial InkJet, Inc. printers. We offer low-VOC options that are able to resist environmental challenges such as moisture, abrasion, and chemical exposure. And our UV/invisible inks provide a simple and easy answer to counterfeiting challenges, including those that beauty product manufacturers often encounter.

Custom Ink Solutions

We are also able to create a custom ink for your application, should you require a more specialized solution for the plastic printing and coding challenges your business may face.

Optimizing Your Rigid Plastic Marking and Coding System

Whether you need to satisfy tracking and traceability requirements or are simply looking to create captivating marketing graphics, the first step is to pair the best industrial inkjet printer with the best ink for plastic marking and coding. From sole proprietors to massive manufacturing operations, there's a perfect solution out there for everyone—and our experts here at InkJet, Inc. are happy to help you find yours.

InkJet, Inc. has been a leading provider of high-quality printers and inks for years, with CIJ options for high-volume production lines as well as TIJ and other more economical options for lower-volume manufacturers. Call us at 1-(800) 280-3245 or contact us online today to find your ideal options for industrial inkjet printing on plastic surfaces.

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