5 Things to Consider When Choosing Inks for Ink Jet Printers

May 22nd, 2017 Posted by blog No Comment yet

Ink Jet printing enables variable information to be printed on multiple substrates including uncoated and coated corrugated cartons, gypsum, PVC piping, lumber and other materials. Many manufacturers require various information such as lot or batch codes, expiration dates, or barcodes on their product. To achieve these required codes, manufacturers need to buy Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) Printers from material handling equipment distributors.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Inks for Ink Jet Printers

The new Z4700 continuous inkjet printer system conforms to the ergonomic and design tradition of Zanasi. The hydraulic system maintains high-quality standards even after prolonged stoppages to meet the demand for reliability both during standard as well as more intensive uses. Usually, printing on steel is a difficult task as it produces a lot of heat. Z4700 continuous inkjet printer is ideal for printing on metal and steel parts as the printer has stainless steel and aluminum structure, which is hermetically sealed so as to withstand higher temperatures. Normal printers cannot withstand that much heat during printing on steel. Additionally, Z4700 continuous inkjet printer is also equipped with Micro Print Nozzle for high quality resolution print on steel.

For high-speed clear coding, you require a proper ink that gives long lasting results. Hence, when choosing the ink to fill your ink jet five criteria should be considered:

  • SUBSTRATE TYPE – The ink ultimately needs to contact the substrate (substance), spread, dry and adhere with acceptable adhesion and durability. The substrate ink can be categorized as “porous” – absorbing the ink, or “non-porous” – ink spreading, but ink sits on the surface of the substrate. Inks printed onto porous substrates dry through absorption into the substrate fibers. Inks printed onto non-porous substrates dry through evaporation. But do not end up choosing non-porous for all applications. This is because the evaporative inks tend to require more maintenance than the less evaporative porous inks.
  • DRY TIME AND ADHESION – The inks can also be chosen on the basis of the time period between printing and contacting conveyor rails and rollers or with contacting other cartons or products. Do some investigation taking into consideration conveyor speed and location of objects that may contact the print. To avoid the chance of smudging the dry time with acceptable adhesion must be less than 3 seconds.
  • LIGHTFASTNESS – If your manufactured substrate will directly be exposed to outdoor light or to indoor light, then lightfastness is highly recommended. If it will be exposed to outdoor light for days or weeks at a time then “pigmented” inks are recommended. Pigments are particles of colorant in solution. Dyes are liquids state. Particles tend to maintain lightfastness much better than dye colorants.
  • IMAGE – Are you planning on printing texts or barcodes? Since barcodes will be scanned and measured with a barcode scanner they require finer control over the dot spread than text. Dyes tend to spread more than pigment particles by wicking along the corrugated carton fibers. Therefore, pigmented inks may be your best choice for barcode printing.
  • COLOR – To readily identify and differentiate your products amongst others, go ahead with the usage of spot colors. With this, your employees and customers, be it wholesalers, retailers or end customers, will be able to identify the carton without facing any hiccups.

To avoid mistake-proof and mess-free refilling, the cartridge based system should be used as it prevents accidental component damage due to leaks or spills. So in future, when you buy inks for inkjet printer from material handling equipment distributors, do consider the above criteria.

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