What is a continuous ink printer and how does it work?

Code Cube Continuous Inkjet Printer

Continuous inkjet technology is one of the most mature ink jet technologies available and also one of the most versatile.  Perfect for a variety of uses across most substrates and industries, a CIJ printer is both more affordable for many than more complicated technologies and very useful!

Using a high pressure pump, CIJ printers push liquid inks through a gunbody and a microscopic nozzle to create a continuous stream of ink.  This continuous ink system is non-contact, which eliminates any potential printing damage to the product or packaging. It also allows for high-speed printing, which is essential for many industries.

Depending on the specific needs of each industry, most continuous ink printers can be fitted with a variety of inks, including solvent-based inks with ketones or alcohols for faster dry times.  These printers can accommodate nearly any printing environment, whether you are printing 24-hours per day or just occasionally.  However, if you plan to print only occasionally or to start and stop, consider an ink that will not coagulate.

Small character CIJ printers, in particular, are perfect for everything from printing bar codes or expiration dates to graphics printing.  These precision printers will work across nearly any substrate, including flat, curved and textured surfaces.

If you’re interested in learning more about Continuous Ink System technology, contact our experts at Independent Ink to learn more about the technology or our products!

About Independent Ink

Independent Ink Inc. was established in 1939 as a custom formulator of government and military specification inks and solvents. In 1980 a major U.S. bottler asked us to develop jet printing and make-up inks specifically formulated to work with continuous ink jet (CIJ) and drop on demand (DOD) printing equipment. With over 2 million gallons sold to date, Independent Ink is the nation's leading after-market manufacturer of jet printing inks and make-up inks.
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