Businesses everywhere are growing and developing. With growth and development comes changes in many areas of the business. For many businesses, this includes the decision to stop outsourcing their company’s packaging and distribution and completing the process in-house instead. While this is a major change, many companies have done their research and have found the right industrial products and processes to make this change successful.
Orthodontist opts for Meenjet M6 Handheld Printer
Perhaps you're familiar with the heavily promoted Invisalign alternative to those old fashioned braces we all hated growing up. But, did you know there's another new, fast growing alternative using 3D printing!? We recently worked with an orthodontist that offers a unique and innovative new dental alignment therapy.
Topics: Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Traceability, Family Business, Handheld printer, Meenjet M6 Printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink, Portable coder, Portable printer, Thermal inkjet, TIJ
American vapor company received a continuous inkjet printer with their packaging equipment
Darrell Suriff, owner of American Vapor Company in Austin, was one of Bryan's first customers when he started the business in early 2018 and he's been one of our most valued partners ever since. He initially reached out to us when the continuous inkjet printer that came with his new package filling equipment failed on delivery. They were unable to get the printer set up to print consistently without constant down time for reconfiguration. In fact, one day it started randomly spraying ink all over their production floor.
Expanded distribution comes with traceability requirements for Cbd manufacturer
We are working more and more with CBD and cannabis products manufacturers all over the country as this industry continues unparalleled growth. Many of the business we speak to in this industry are starting to face similar traceability requirements and regulations that the food and beverage industry has been tackling for decades.
Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Meenjet, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Bottle Coding, Meenjet M6 Printer, yellow ink, white ink, pigmented inks, white ink printer, yellow ink printer, Portable coder, Portable printer, Thermal inkjet
Costly downtime from CIJ repair opens the door for Meenjet M6 Automatic printer
Son Vo is the operations manager at Tribute Energy / Tribute logistics in Houston, TX and he had a problem that is all too common for our customers. For the last few weeks, his team had been struggling with their continuous inkjet printer. It had been serviced several times, yet every time it came back fixed it would only be a matter of days before it was down again.
Honey company needed a semi-automatic coding solution for their honey bottles
Christopher Keith, also known as Bubba of Bubba's Sweet Nectar, was searching for a date coding solution for his honey jars. However, he had not yet implemented a full scale production line that could utilize a standard, fix position inkjet date coder. As such, he was in search of an easy to use, portable and semi-automatic handheld inkjet coder
Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Traceability, Product Identification, Bottle Coding, Family Business, Handheld printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink, reiner, jetstamp, reiner jetstamp, Portable coder, Portable printer
Video: Meenjet MX1 installed at Masterson's Catering
Adhesion issues resolved with Meenjet JS12 Black
Paul Masterson, owner of Masterson's Catering in Kentucky, reached out to us this summer as he was struggling with his existing inkjet date coding printer's ink not drying on his product. The printer would print just fine, but the ink was smearing or smudging after print as it was not drying fast enough for Paul's production process.
Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Family Business, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink
Meenjet MX1 fits the bill for white ink printer need
We are receiving more and more colored ink printer inquiries, specifically for white or yellow colored inks. Customers have long needed to code on dark surfaces, from amber beer bottles to black PVC pipe. As covered in an earlier blog post, until recently manufacturers didn't have many options other than a pigmented continuous inkjet system.
Topics: Coding & Marking, Domino, Markem, Imaje, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Videojet, Linx, Markem-Imaje, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Date coding, Bottle Coding, opaque printer, white ink, pigmented inks, pigmented printer, white ink printer
Big Mike called us earlier this year looking to upgrade his company's part marking process. Big Mike's Sto N Sho, also known as Mike McKinney, produces a wide variety of custom license plate brackets . His products are sold all over the country through wholesalers and auto parts retailers.
Topics: Coding & Marking, Brand Protection, Meenjet, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Family Business, Handheld printer, Stamp, Part stamp, Meenjet M6 Printer, Park marking, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder
Originally published on LinkedIn on May 10, 2019.
I've been back in the coding and marking industry for a little less than a year now and it's been a thrill to be back. There were a lot of significant developments within thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology during my hiatus from the industry. The solvent based, fast drying inks were improved drastically on three main fronts - darkness, dry time and decap time (the amount of time the print head can be exposed before drying). I was blown away by all of these improvements.
As if those improvements for a general purpose black ink weren't significant enough, there were now bright white and yellow inks available for non porous (glass, plastic, metal, etc) printing. These two inks are easily in the running as the most significant developments for inkjet coding and marking within the past decade.
Prior to the introduction of these colored inks for TIJ printers, the only option most manufacturers had for printing a bright colored code was continuous inkjet printers. Beyond that, a special model of continuous inkjet printer is needed as the white and yellow inks contain heavy pigments which settle in the ink solution over time. These upgraded "pigmented" continuous inkjet printers for colored inks have additional components to agitate or stir the ink periodically to prevent the pigments from settling out.
These special pigmented ink model continuous inkjet printers cost anywhere from $10-20,000 per system. Additionally, there are installation charges and normally a service contract ranging from $200-500 per month depending on the OEM (Videojet®, Domino®, Markem-Imaje®, Linx®, Hitachi®, etc). These printers require routine maintenance and service to ensure optimum performance reducing the operational efficiency and further increasing the total cost of ownership.
All of this excess cost, time and downtime can now be eliminated with the advent of white and yellow inks for TIJ coding printers. Manufacturers can now spend less than $2,000 for a colored ink coding printer that not only prints one color, but can easily switch colors within 30 seconds! Three years ago this was unheard of!
I have witnessed firsthand numerous occasions where craft food manufacturers, co-packers, e-liquids producers, craft breweries and wineries are able to take advantage of the flexibility of this technology when limiting capital expense during a growth period is critical for the business. They now have an option that is affordable, easy to use and reliable. The printer delivers a drastic increase in efficiency with a low total cost of ownership.
Have you tried struggled with your current color inkjet coding printer? Have you been in search of a low cost and zero maintenance colored ink coding solution? Call us today!
Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Traceability, Craft brewing, Micro brewing, Date coding, Bottle Coding, Meenjet M6 Printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Pharmaceutical, yellow ink, opaque printer, white ink, pigmented inks, pigmented printer, white ink printer, yellow ink printer