Why Your Business Needs Drop-On-Demand Inkjet Systems

What it Does First, let’s focus on how this type of technology works. The basic premise behind drop-on-demand inkjet systems is that they move ink from some type of source container – like a tank, bottle, or cartridge – through special areas of the equipment where the characters of the code are constructed through a dot matrix type of pattern. Influencing the complexity of the image that can be produced is the equipment’s on board printhead technology and its accompanying resolution.

What it Offers Here’s an at-a-glance list of what a drop-on-demand inkjet printer can do:

  • It is capable of printing different types of codes on a wide range of substrates.
  • It has the flexibility to work with numerous types of inks, including UV curable inks.
  • Depending on what you need, you can opt for systems that are considered to be very low resolution valve jet printers that have 8 to 32 large drops, or you can select another system that has higher resolution piezo crystal printheads, offering from 180 to 600 dots per inch (DPI). Of course, the complexity and cost changes as you seek out a system that delivers higher resolution capability.
  • There is a wide variation in character height that can be produced, ranging from the basic systems that offer standard character height from 0.1215” up to 5” while other more sophisticated systems can produce larger images due, in part, to the use of stacked printheads.

What it Costs Like other packaging printing systems that offer varied models and levels of sophistication, the DOD coding equipment also has a wide range of prices. As a point of reference, most basic coding units with the smallest print heights start out around $2,500.

In Summary In providing a summary of the main points in this blog, here are the ideas to remember:

  • DOD is a set of technologies that covers an overall idea that can be included in a very simple machine to something that is highly complex.
  • This is a very flexible package coding process that works best for distribution packaging businesses because it can adapt to different substrates, inks, and resolutions.
  • Just like the type of equipment available, the price has a large range that runs the gamut from the cheaper basic coding units to the substantially sophisticated machines.


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