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In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, every inch of space and every second of downtime matters. Choosing the right coding and marking solution can significantly impact your bottom-line production.

Here’s how thermal inkjet printer can offer savings in so many ways compared to Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) or Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO) printers.

1. Space Saving

 TIJ printers, by their very nature, boast a compact design compared to their bulkier counterparts. This frees up significant production floor space, allowing for:

  • Better Line Optimization: With more space available, companies can rearrange equipment for a smoother production flow, ultimately increasing efficiency.
  • Improved Layout Potential: The freed-up space opens doors for potential layout improvements, potentially leading to a more organized and efficient overall production environment.

MapleJet Hx: Taking Up Even Lesser Space

TIJ printers, in general, are space-savers, but MapleJet Hx printers take it a step further:

  • No Attached Bulky Human Machine Interface (HMI): Unlike some printers that require a separate control panel or HMI attached to the unit, MapleJet Hx printers leverage Wi-Fi connectivity. This eliminates the need for a bulky HMI box, freeing up even more valuable space around the printer itself.
  • Device Control: Thanks to Wi-Fi, these printers can be controlled from any smart device with a web browser. Operators can design messages, monitor printer status, and make adjustments from a tablet, laptop, or even a smartphone. This flexibility is particularly advantageous in narrow places where squeezing in an extra control panel would be a big challenged.

2. Cost Savings

When it comes to the initial investment, TIJ printers like the Hx Nitro are considerably more affordable than their counterparts such as continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers. The lower acquisition cost makes TIJ technology an attractive option for businesses looking to reduce capital expenditures while still acquiring robust printing capabilities. This affordability does not compromise on performance, making TIJ printers a cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications.

Thermal inkjet printers are now also offering bulk ink systems. The bulk ink system allows for reduced changeovers and is ideal for high-volume production environments. The MapleJet Hx Ultro Bulk TIJ printer is one of the most advanced bulk ink TIJ printers. It is equipped with an active bulk ink system with an automated pump system to generate ink from the reservoir to the cartridge continuously.

3. Maintenance Savings

Another area where the MapleJet Hx Nitro TIJ is outstanding is its maintenance requirements. TIJ printers are renowned for their low to zero maintenance needs, which is a stark contrast to the often costly and frequent maintenance schedules required by other printer technologies, especially CIJ printers. The absence of annual maintenance fees can result in substantial long-term savings for businesses.

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4. Solvent Savings

Despite using solvent-based inks, the MapleJet Hx Nitro utilizes these materials with exceptional efficiency compared to CIJ printers. The reduced solvent use not only lowers the cost of consumables but also supports environmental sustainability efforts. By minimizing solvent waste, businesses can reduce their environmental impact while also benefiting from the reduced operational costs.

5. Time Savings

MapleJet Hx thermal inkjet printer’s operational efficiency is further enhanced with the Hx Console software. This advanced system allows for seamless management of multiple printers across a production line via a wireless network. Operators can monitor and design printing tasks from a tablet or computer, significantly reducing the time spent on manual adjustments and supervision. This capability greatly enhances productivity, allowing staff to focus on other critical tasks.

The Bottom Line: TIJ printers offer a compelling value proposition for manufacturers seeking a cost-effective and space-saving coding and marking solution. With their small footprint, ease of use, field upgradeability, reduced solvent consumption, and minimal maintenance requirements, TIJ printers can significantly improve your production efficiency and boost your bottom line.