What should you keep in mind when designing a project for inkjet printing? Take a look at these tips that can improve results on your next project.
High-speed digital inkjet printing technology opens new doors for designers – from building more personal connections with audiences to printing unique projects more cost-effectively. However, inkjet printing technology is not the same as offset printing or toner-based digital printing and requires some different design approaches.
If you’re new to using Inkjet Printer, follow these best practices to ensure your finished project looks as amazing as you envision it.
Keep an Open Mind — The guidelines for designing and printing an inkjet project are not the same as those recommended for offset printing, and the learning curve can be steeper than you might expect. The ink formulation is different, the machines might be unfamiliar, and you may need to use paper that has been treated to accept inkjet inks. Approach your first inkjet project with an open mind and a willingness to adjust your expectations.
A great resource to consider is “The Designer’s Guide to Inkjet” by Elizabeth Gooding and Mary Schilling, providing valuable insight to understanding the potential of inkjet printing technology.
The Thermal Transfer Overprinter can display and print Arabic characters, with font support from Windows TrueType. And it supports 19 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish. The bidirectional ribbon drive recaptures unused ribbon after each print, maintaining a 1-mm gap between prints for the length of the ribbon. The 8.4-in SVGA and color touchscreen have icon-based controls. The job display features preview zoom to reduce operator error. The device can change between intermittent and continuous modes, in right or left-hand operation. Serial, Ethernet, and USB communications are standard. The controller can manage up to four printers.
Date Coding Machines are machines that apply date information on products, packaging, and labels. Date coding of products – especially food, beverage, and pharmaceutical products–is required by local regulations around the globe. Manufacturers also need date codes for internal tracking and to ensure that products are shipped promptly to market. The date that a product is manufactured often determines a product’s expiration date, which is required to be prominently displayed on certain food, beverage, and pharmaceutical product packaging and labeling.
Date coding technology and machines
Most date coders today are automatic, incorporating software programmed to automatically generate and apply date codes on large volumes of products. Many date coders are used on high-speed production lines and are able to maintain a high print quality while printing on moving products and packages. On some of these production line coders, line operators manually generate codes at the beginning of each day’s shift.
The quality of the components you choose will play an important part in the life of your packaging equipment.
Your Packaging Machine parts might rely on everything from cable ties and PCB mounting hardware to clamping levers and screw-on rubber bumper feet. Choose your components wisely and you can deliver a semi-automated or automated packaging machine that performs for years.
This guide is designed to help you make those choices. We’ll focus on three types of packaging machines, but most of the components shown for each can be used on all machines, such as can packing machines, cardboard box packing machines, carton wrapping machines, and sheet packing machines.