Choosing a CIJ Printer: A 60-Second Analysis

Choosing a continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer can be complicated. Choosing what is right for you is always best done by working with a solutions representative. However, to get you started, it is best to know which manufacturers offer a specific key advantage you need- extended service intervals for more production time, lower maintenance costs, printing speeds, etc.

Here, I will provide you with an overview of key advantage areas of the Linx 8940 vs. four leading competitors’ comparable models.

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Many continuous inkjet printers sport similar advantages, but the Linx 8940 leads the industry in energy consumption and operating temperatures, while matching  many industry-leading advantages as well. Blending these advantages together provides for a high-quality CIJ printer with a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Additionally, printing speeds up to 1,230 feet-per-minute (FPM) allow users to print very quickly, despite other machines being able to print faster. 1,230 FPM is about 4,920 20-ounce soda bottles per minute. Printing that fast and only consuming a fraction of the energy certain competitors consume provides for a significant operating cost advantage.

The very best way to see the benefits the 8940 can bring to your operation is by requesting an on-site demonstration. To do that, fill out this short form here and comment that you’d like us to demonstrate our leading CIJ model!

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The QuickSwitch Plus: Make it Easy!

Production should be as seamless as possible. Changeovers can inhibit seamless production. If you are a manufacturer that runs multiple products down the same line, we’ve got a solution to help you switch to different batch/date/lot codes more simply, accurately, and timely.

By combining the Linx 7900 CIJ printer with the QuickSwitch barcode scanner, operators can scan codes to automatically call up a pre-defined message from the 7900’s memory. This message contains the message, date, and other parameters pre-determined by the operators. Data can also be sourced from a PC or PLC, providing more automated code set up options. With this capability, there is no need to manually search for and select a message during each change over. Simply scan, confirm, and resume printing!

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High-Speed, Low Maintenance CIJ Printing: The Linx 8940

The Linx 8940 is part of the Linx 8900 range of CIJ printers designed to make your coding life easier.  With its IP65 rating (dust and washdown tight) and highest printing speeds (up to 16% faster than the Linx 8920), the Linx 8940 is designed for the most challenging coding applications.  The Linx 8940 makes code creation easy with the large touch screen interface, and downtime is reduced with the self-servicing module, unique system monitoring and click-into-place fluid cartridges.

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The Linx 8940 offers crucial advantages: 

  • Printing speeds up to 1,230 feet-per-minute (one line of text)- up to 30% faster than most high-speed CIJ printers
  • Extended service intervals- up to 18,000 hours!
  • Simple printhead cleaning- cleans in just a few minutes and can go up to three months without cleaning!
  • Prevent avoidable downtime via the system monitoring capability 
  • Flexible capabilities: 5-line coding, Data Matrix and QR code printing 
  • Self-servicing with the Easi-Change® Service Module which can be changed in minutes with no Service Engineer visit required
  • No pump change requirements during periodic services- guaranteed for life!

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These advantages allow the user easily produce clear prints at high speeds in challenging environments- with very little maintenance! To complement this, the Linx 8940 also sports a number of usability features, such as:

  • 10” color touch screen with icons, drag-and-drop field positioning, and zoom function for longer messages
  • Ability to store 1,000 messages
  • On-screen, real-time output measurements
  • USB port for copy and back-up of message and printer settings
  • Much more, just ask!

The Linx 8900 series is highlighted in this video here

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Which Printing Technology is Right For You?

Direct printing onto your product can potentially save costs up to 10x per year over printing onto a label.  But which technology should you be using to print your barcodes and text?  We analyzed four different printing technologies from FoxJet to find out which works best with certain applications.


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CIJ – Continuous Inkjet Printers

Small printers that are easy to maintain, use, and move.  Any printer from the FoxJet Linx Series are fast, no contact, and can print on a lot of different surfaces.

Strengths:

  1. Built to run. These printers are great in high production environments.  As technology has evolved, they have become more necessary to applications where a printer is not required daily.
  2. Most have a wide variety of ink colors and formulations (MEK, alcohol, acetone, etc.) that can be used to print on almost any surface.
  3. Can print very small characters at a very high rate of speed.
  4. Great throw distance.  Normally 1/8” to a 1/4”, this printer can work at almost an inch.

Keep in mind:

  • Initial cost can be higher than other solutions
  • Requires the use of ink and solvent.

Ideal for use in: Printing onto small individual products like bottles, and when portability is important to your printing needs.


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TIJ – Thermal Inkjet

The three printers from FoxJet’s SoloSeries have a wide range of abilities, including up to 10 lines of alphanumeric text as well as logos and symbols.

Strengths:

  1. Can print up to 600x 600 dpi
  2. Since it is a cartridge-based system, it performs well in applications where the system will sit dormant for days at a time.
  3. Inks that can print on porous and non-porous surfaces
  4. Produces readable bar codes

Keep in mind:

  • To print larger than ½”, printheads are “stitched” together.  They rarely line up perfectly, so large characters or graphics may be slightly skewed at the ½” intervals.
  • Requires the head(s) to be very close to the substrate to be printed.

Ideal for use in: Lower volume applications and applications where the system will be idle for lengthy periods of time.


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DOD – Drop On Demand

The 9x and 18x printheads from the Valve InkJet systems can print ½”-2” text. It also allows you to quickly develop messages with built in printing codes.

Strengths:

  1. Inexpensive way to get a code on a product
  2. Simple technology makes it easy to maintain and service
  3. Inks that can print on porous and non-porous surfaces
  4. Good throw distance (1/4” to ½”)

Keep in mind:

  • Prints dot matrix characters, which are less aesthetically appealing
  • Low resolution – not capable of printing quality graphics or logos

Ideal for use: When you just need to get a code on a box or product, and aren’t concerned about aesthetics.


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Large Character – typically Trident or Xaar print engines

Reliable, flexible printing for bigger jobs and saving money in the long run.

Strengths:

  1. High resolution printing – graphics and logos look great
  2. Most offer a print window of 2”-4” high
  3. Produces readable bar codes

Keep in mind:

  • Most systems are for porous applications
  • Printhead must be less than a quarter-inch from substrate

Ideal for use in: Porous-only applications, when high resolution is a requirement.

If you have further questions about the best printer for your marking and coding application, visit our website, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis today.

View a variety of FoxJet Marking & Coding videos to see these various printing technologies in action.

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