Digital Ink-Jet printing: Market applications
Ink-Jet marking is used for printing messages, barcodes, numbers, logos and high resolution images. The incredible array of possible applications include printing (on many types of supports, also on the cellophane wrapping of magazines) of changing data of any type, like addresses, barcodes, account numbers, alphanumeric codes, coupons, labels, promotional games, inserts, variable texts, postal sorting and postmarks and the personalization of plastic cards. The most recent uses include the printing of two dimensional QR codes.
Printshops, bookbinders, paper processors, mailing companies can all therefore improve their production control, increase the added value of their products, carry out operations in-house that otherwise would have been delegated to external suppliers. In short, Ink-Jet printing allows companies to cut costs, improve their competitiveness and increase their profit margins.
The printers can be installed onto any graphic industry machine; the application is always modular, according to the production needs, up to including systems for the viewing and control of the correctness and the quality of the printing.
It is clear that this marking system plays a fundamental role when it comes to product security, tracing and tracking.
On the occasion of Cibus2012 the conference called: "Supplying the large scale distribution industry: market-driven standards as an entry and development requirement of the business" highlighted the special features required for becoming a qualified supplier, carefully analyzing the necessary requirements for both, the Italian and international markets, the importance of traceability and trackability and the alert and recall procedures.
This meeting underlined how the importance of traceability in a correct marking system goes well beyond the regulations set by legislation, but that it is a fundamental element for inter-company protocol.
Each of the above mentioned Ink-Jet systems have their own areas of applicative excellence.
The continuous Ink-Jet system is best for those applications requiring a single small character, like brands, data codes, batch and lot codes and it is one of the fastest marking systems available for one single line of print.
This marking system is used for the following sectors: paper processing, printing and graphics, mineral water, non-alcoholic beverages, meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, chemicals, cosmetics, confectionary, labels, pharmaceuticals, electric wires and cables, packing and packaging, milk, plastic materials/pipes, eggs, wine and distilled products.
The high resolution system is the best choice for high quality printing, it tends to cost more in terms of consumption, however no other technology can achieve the same level of printing resolution.
This marking method is adopted mainly for the following sectors: paper processing, labels, automatic machine manufacturers, printing and graphics, packing and packaging.
The "drop on demand" system is suitable for applications that call for reliability and flexibility. It is a system that resists very well to dust, vibrations and wear.
This marking system is used mainly in the following sectors: mineral water, non-alcoholic beverages, meat and poultry, chemicals, cosmetics, confectionary, labels, pharmaceuticals, fruit and vegetables, packing and packaging, milk, plastic materials/pipes, pasta, bread and bread derivatives, iron and steel/metallurgy, printing and graphics, wine and distilled products, paper processing, automatic machines producers.