CIJ Vs TIJ – Choosing the right printer and coding hardware
The coding regulations and requirements have become burdensome, challenging, and more complex across most industries, such as food and beverage and life sciences. It is imperative to ensure consistently high-quality coding on labelling and packaging. Not only that, but there is pressure to produce such consistency faster and more efficiently.
Improved automation and system integration across production lines are what help to simplify coding and produce it as fast as possible to the appropriate industries. How is that achieved?
The new standard is to go through the IIoT (the industrial internet of Things), which is the concept of connecting the Internet to systems, machines, and processes in factories. That’s technology. Therefore, just like at home or at the office, manufacturing companies are connecting to the Cloud and networking for streamlining their processes.
Today, we are looking at Industry 4.0 to achieve and maintain that level of connectivity responsible for transforming the production and manufacturing industries. Just like in every other industry, connectivity to other machines, the cloud, and to other locations of the same company will help further automate and improve performance and production across the globe.
Is CIJ the key?
Continuous inkjet technology is one of the world’s oldest, and is still considered one of the most reliable, forms of printing used in FMCG industries.
Thermal inkjet has stepped up by offering non-porous options in coding applications. The only issue with TIJ is that it is limited due to the operating costs when it comes to high-volume processes that require more ink. The ink cartridges drive up costs in TIJ. Therefore, it’s not efficient for uneven surfaces or printing from the underside.
CIJ technology allows for non-contact printing that is capable of utilizing a wide range of CIJ inks (click here to buy). The printheads are also more versatile and can be installed in tighter spots than TIJ printheads.
CIJ printers provide faster drying inks that are ideal for printing on almost any substrate, including plastic, metal, wood, paper, and glass, with any orientation, and with various traits such as texture, size, and shape. One example is in food grade inks used for printing on eggs.
The accuracy and reliability of CIJ printers are suitable for applications like lot codes, date codes, barcodes, and logos on most kinds of packaging materials, including those with curved surfaces.
Overall, the non-stop (continuous) product capabilities of CIJ industrial coding ink printing offer efficiency, speed, and fast drying times across industries for coding and marking.
CIJ printers use a vast array of sensors used for automation, automate system monitoring, and predictive and proactive diagnostics that can often be managed remotely, which improves performance and productivity with less downtime and more production.
With new technology in CIJ printers, very little user interaction is needed. The new gen CIJ printers are environmentally friendly and boast enhanced uptime, less maintenance, and are more reliable than ever.
What about laser coding technology?
Laser coding is considered clean, hygienic, and space-saving. Power settings help produce a variety of speed rates for printing on substrates.
This technology can produce quickly and efficiently without compromising on the quality of the coding.
Laser machines simplify the process of integration with other systems and packing equipment.
Laser systems sometimes require an external cooling system to prevent overheating.
Lasers are also wildly tech-friendly, which allows these systems to connect to production lines, program the processes without even being in the same room as the machine, and monitoring and sending performance reports.
Lasers could outrun CIJ in the future, however, there are some substrates where laser technology lacks the proper solutions for coding. For hygienic printing where dirt affects the code, certain laser technology takes the prize due to stainless steel enclosures that prevent dirt and debris from getting into the coder.
Every industrial inkjet printing company must choose their technology, hardware, and software that suits the needs of their clients. CIJ technology seems to continuously outperform other printing technologies across industries where coding is regulated and must be virtually perfect.
Laser, Drop-on Demand, and Thermal inkjet technologies have their place in printing processes, but unlike CIJ, they lack the versatility, speed, efficiency, and low-maintenance that CIJ provides across most industries.