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Article | April 10, 2014
Videojet: High-resolution thermal ink jet printer
Designed for food packaging, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics operations, the Videojet 8610 thermal ink jet printer features three main components – a controller with user interface, an industrial printhead featuring the Cartridge Readiness System, and a disposable ink jet cartridge – and uses fast-drying inks, including MEK-based fluids, to provide high-resolution print on non-porous packaging materials including films, foils, plastics, and coated stocks.
Incorporating a patented cartridge for industrial inks including MEK-based printing fluids, the 8610 offers packaging professionals the ability to in-line print multi-line codes and other high resolution marks, including DataMatrix and QR codes, without modifying their packaging designs. The 8610’s automated Cartridge Readiness System allows the 8610 to be ready at a moment’s notice, regardless of the frequency or length of common line interruptions. The result is the ability to use fast-drying solvent inks such as MEK and still achieve clean, repeatable codes.
With print resolutions said to be up to four times greater than continuous ink jet technology, the 8610 offers near-letter quality printing with edge acuity.
For manufacturers with flat, controlled substrates, the 8610 is a simplet MEK printing system. Maintenance is minimal and only requires an occasional wipe of the print array and the shutter. Ink replenishment is accomplished with a simple cartridge change, a task that can be performed in 15 seconds or less by a novice operator. There are no wear parts to replace and no calibration or tuning required – freeing up production personnel to focus on other line demands.
Each cartridge change on the 8610 provides a new print array, helping to ensure peak performance. The On-board Code controller simplifies job selection and data entry, helping to ensure code accuracy by enabling operators to get the right code, on the right product.
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