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Q & A on Ink Jet Printers

We asked our users for their input on Ink Jet Printers. Here are the results of 70 users familiar with Ink Jet Printers.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing ink jet printer design?
10 answers
Answers:
All technologies with a focus on 'green' initiatives influence the design, operation, and materials used by the ink jet printer industry. Less hazardous inks and solvents will be a very desirable facet in the years to come - without, of course, threatening the permanence or lengthening the drying time of the ink.
~Jay M, Process Engineer, Hickory, NC
The manufacturing process of the PCB The application method The ink properties, etc
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel
Electronic devices such as electronic boards and touch screen displays.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
Ink, curing technology, micro electronics
~Engineering, Design, Kilsyth south, Australia
Need for logo printing.
~Other, Livingston, WI
A3 possibility clot.
~Manufacturing, Moutfort, Luxembourg
Automatic process.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Soyapango, El Salvador
Piso-electric
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria
Software
~Technical Support/Services, Nairobi, Kenya
Laser
~Maureen Perez, Technical Support, Bogotá, Colombia

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative ink jet printers?
13 answers
Answers:
Videojet, Imaje.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Soyapango, El Salvador
Hitachi
~Kyriazis M, Technical Support, Thessaloniki, Greece
HP, Epson, Kodak
~Other, Mission, Canada
Km, kyocera, fuji
~Engineering, Design, Kilsyth south, Australia
Canon/Epson/Olivetti?
~Other, 35745 Herborn, Germany
Imaje and jetinks pvt ltd
~Engineering, Consulting, Chennai, India
Markem-Imaje, Videojet, Domino
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
I have been very impressed with the latest KBA Metronic AlphaJet printers.
~Jay M, Process Engineer, Hickory, NC
For PCB printing of solder mask ink, there is no printing equipment in the industry.
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel
For my personal use, I am now using a Canon IP1000 with an adapter of 4 continuous ink cartridges for a cheaper result than in a one cartridge of 3 colors in it wherein when one color is consumed the result would be bad and no other way but you have to buy another cartridge even if the two other colors of that cartridge are still plenty.
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Dumaguete, Philippines
Hp and kodak
~Manufacturing, Moutfort, Luxembourg
Video jet
~Technical Support/Services, Nairobi, Kenya
Videojet
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used an ink jet printer for?
19 answers
Answers:
Coding and Marking, Best Before Dates, Traceability, in diverse applications: Paper, Plastic Film, Card board paper, tin cans, glass bottles etc.
~Marketing/Sales, Santiago, Chile
I used to print on several applications. Cans, boxes, bottles, eggs, pipes, cables, CDs, plastic films, brakes, etc.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
Solder Mask Ink Jet application for PCB (printed circuit boards)
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel
Bar cording, batch and date cording on different substrates.
~Technical Support/Services, Nairobi, Kenya
Food Industries, Pharmaceutical, Dairies, Chemicals etc
~Marketing/Sales, Chennai, India
Graphic designs, architectural drawings and photos.
~Marketing/Sales, Nairobi, Kenya
Printing research materials for my family and neighboring students.
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Dumaguete, Philippines
Coding of products and products identification
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria
Adobe Photoshop 6 Geneology Tree printing
~Other, Mission, Canada
Industrial, commercial print, food, agri
~Engineering, Design, Kilsyth south, Australia
In pouch printing in the conveyor
~Engineering, Consulting, Chennai, India
Printing Forms and use in Office
~Technical Support/Services, NcLeods Siding, Canada
Marking wire and cable products
~Jay M, Process Engineer, Hickory, NC
Mainly food industry and others
~Kyriazis M, Technical Support, Thessaloniki, Greece
Document and photo printing.
~Technical Support/Services, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Identification and printing
~Maureen Perez, Technical Support, Bogotá, Colombia
Photos copying docs
~Manufacturing, Moutfort, Luxembourg
Fax/Scan/Copy/Print
~Other, 35745 Herborn, Germany
Seed bag labeling
~Other, Livingston, WI

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that an ink jet printer has been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
I had a non-standard application to print on eggs expiration date.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
Promotional stuff identification
~Maureen Perez, Technical Support, Bogotá, Colombia
Etch resist printing of PCB
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel
Fingerprints
~Manufacturing, Moutfort, Luxembourg
Wet surface
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria
Scanning could be much better
~Other, 35745 Herborn, Germany

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of an ink jet printer?
3 answers
Answers:
Non grounding of the print head during the printer service can cause fire.
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria
When you do not choose correct ink and correct printer, main problem is that the ink comes out of the product and customers make claims.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
Scrapping a batch after printing.
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
Answers:
High speed capability, low dry time of ink marking on polyolefin materials, easy interface for managing print messages, and less expensive maintenance costs.
~Jay M, Process Engineer, Hickory, NC
Flexibility on material printing and stability of ink
~Maureen Perez, Technical Support, Bogotá, Colombia
A printer that can print documents with very clear images or pictures with an option to set the print output on graphics at lesser or draft quality.
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Dumaguete, Philippines
Nonleaking of ink & able to print in any position.
~Other, Livingston, WI
Better inks to use in more kinds of surfaces.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
Has to confirm to the requirements of the industries applicable specs
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel
Long lasting, reasonably priced.
~Manufacturing, Moutfort, Luxembourg
Good printing results.
~Other, 35745 Herborn, Germany
Dry objects.
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of an ink jet printer?
4 answers
Answers:
Typically, ink jet companies make their profits on the consumables. Therefore, be sure to appropriately weight that factor into a purchasing decision. Building a mutually respectful rapport with the sales & technical reps will be very helpful.
~Jay M, Process Engineer, Hickory, NC
A common mistake is to think that there is one ink that is used for all types of surfaces. There are many kinds of inks for different applications, therefore it is necessary to choose the correct ink and then choose the correct printer model.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
Tell salesperson all applications you will use it for and don't shortchange yourself on a printer not good enough to grow with.
~Other, Livingston, WI
The advice is to follow the manufacturer procedures.
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using an ink jet printer?
6 answers
Answers:
Become very familiar with the operation of the equipment. It has been my experience that most ink jet printers will offer the same features, so the focal points for purchasing a new unit will be reliability and overall cost (purchase price + cost to operate).
~Jay M, Process Engineer, Hickory, NC
Test thoroughly any printer before use, check the printing quality vs the performance that it is claimed to produce.
~Eva I, Process specialist, Haifa, Israel
Before you buy or use an ink jet printer, it is important to make some tests printing your products.
~Carlos P, Engineer, Lima, Peru
To prove ink on any material to have stability of ink.
~Maureen Perez, Technical Support, Bogotá, Colombia
The advice is to use the recommended consumables.
~Ayodele E, Technical Support, Lagos, Nigeria
Cost of ink and solvent.
~Kyriazis M, Technical Support, Thessaloniki, Greece


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