Product coding is essential to companies involved in industrial manufacturing or packaging. To comply with government regulations and distribution network policies, products must be outfitted with required markings such as date codes, lot codes, product batch numbers, QR codes, and barcodes. Once applied, these markings must also remain clear and legible for the entire product life cycle. Meeting these requirements requires a well-developed marking solution. For industrial applications, inkjet systems are the go-to option.
In this guide, we cover all of the major characteristics to consider in an inkjet coding and marking solution. From max printing speed to ongoing maintenance needs, we examine the strengths and weaknesses of today’s three most popular production line printing options:
- Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) Printers
- Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) Printers
- Laser Marking Solutions (CO2 Laser, Fiber Laser, UV Laser, LDR)
Although laser systems do not use inkjet technology, they complete many of the same applications and are becoming increasingly accessible to new customers. As such, it is important to include laser systems in any discussion on production line coding technologies.
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- Laser, Continuous Inkjet, and Thermal Inkjet Coding and Marking Speed
- Ink Throw Distance and Focal Length
- Print Height
- Ingress Protection Ratings
- Material Compatibilities
- Ease of Installation
- Maintenance Requirements
- Integration Possibilities
If you have any questions that are not answered in this comparison guide, contact InkJet, Inc.’s sales team to discuss your available options.