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New Videojet Continuous Inkjet Printers Meet Micro Printing Needs


April 1, 2015
By Business Wire News

CHICAGO

Manufacturers in the electronics, components and cable sectors, as well as other industries requiring ultra-small printing capabilities, can now benefit from high quality micro printing with the new 1650 High Resolution (HR) and 1620 HR Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) printers from Videojet Technologies. The enhanced micro printing capabilities of this new printer offering provide high-resolution characters as small as 0.6 mm in height at speeds up to 348 meters per minute. The 40 micron nozzle enables the 1650 HR and 1620 HR printing systems to print 2D bar codes and highly-legible alphanumeric multi-line codes on products such as integrated circuits, small-diameter cables and other items with limited printing space, helping to optimize traceability without compromising line productivity.

The new HR printers are built on the highly successful Videojet 1000 Line platform and the application-tested ‘Ultra-High-Speed’ nozzle innovations that Videojet released in 2013. With tens of thousands of successful installations, the 1000 Line platform continues to be the standard for CIJ uptime performance. The new HR printer nozzle leverages the proprietary Precision Ink DropTM technology that allows the nozzle to operate at over 100,000 drops per second via the advanced high frequency printhead design, which together with sophisticated software algorithms, modifies the flight path of individual ink drops for optimal code quality. Anthony Blencowe, Business Unit Director for CIJ at Videojet Technologies, explained: “Manufacturers requiring micro print also place a premium on print quality. The 1650 HR and 1620 HR incorporate advanced micro print capabilities with specialized rasters to overcome the print quality challenges inherent in shortened character heights and fast line speeds. Manufacturers can now print more data with better legibility, at faster line speeds, often in the same limited print area.”

The new HR printers also feature patented Videojet CleanFlow™ technology, which reduces ink build-up on nozzle ends, enabling the printers to run longer than traditional micro printing systems between nozzle cleaning intervals and thereby significantly cutting maintenance requirements. The printhead also offers automated cleaning, supporting faster system start-ups even after extended line shutdowns, helping to increase production uptime. Additionally, an internal pump eliminates the need for external air, lowering the risk of contaminants in the ink stream and further boosting print consistency.

Complementing the advanced nozzle technology, the HR printers use a range of specialized halogen-free inks, which offer abrasion-, temperature- and chemical-resistance. All inks can be used on RoHS compliant products (EC 2011/65/EU Annex II) to meet the specific needs of the electronics industry. This allows the printing of durable, wear-resistant codes that are suitable for a host of applications including printing on heat sinks, capacitors, connectors and high insulation tapes.

Like other 1000 Line Videojet CIJ printers, the 1650 HR and 1620 HR solutions feature the Smart Cartridge™ fluid system that helps ensure only the correct ink is used, simplifying ink selection for electronics and wire and cabling manufacturers who may be using multiple ink types. Moreover, the printers use a needle and septum to draw ink from each cartridge, eliminating the risk of spillage, maximizing ink usage and reducing waste. This offers a real advantage in clean environments commonly found with micro-print applications.

To meet manufacturers’ specific operational needs, both HR printing systems offer unique features to aid functionality for line personnel. The 1650 HR features the Videojet exclusive CLARiTY™ touchscreen which offers built-in productivity tools to help boost Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and enhance line efficiency. The 1620 HR comes with a keypad interface that is robust and easy-to-use with minimal training, facilitating simple and speedy product changeovers.

Blencowe added, “The 1650 HR and 1620 HR are uniquely designed to deliver what is most critical to manufacturers requiring micro print capabilities – providing the highest print quality down to the smallest size code, even at high speeds. Serious investment in R&D has helped us to really understand the demanding operating conditions of our customers in electronics and wire and cable plants, to which these printers can deliver.”

For more information about Videojet 1620 and 1650 High Resolution printers, call 800-843-3610 or visit http://www.videojet.com.

About Videojet Technologies:

Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands, and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations. With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous inkjet (CIJ), thermal inkjet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide. Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service, and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team members in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, the Videojet distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.

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