CIJ printers innovate extrusion marking and coding for industrial wire and cable

May 19, 2023
Markem-Image's 9750 E continuous inkjet printer range includes the 9750 E, 9750 E+ and 9750 Ew+ coders, which incorporate the company's advanced technology for industrial wire and cable marking and coding.

Markem-Imaje, part of Dover (NYSE: DOV) and a global provider of end-to-end supply chain technology solutions and industrial marking and coding systems, this week announced the launch of its 9750 E continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer range, which brings to market industry-first innovations for the extrusion sector, the company claims.

Product line notes

The 9750 E CIJ printer range includes the 9750 E, 9750 E+ and 9750 Ew+ coders, which incorporate the company's advanced technology for wire and cable marking and coding.

According to the company, the product range includes "the first-ever" dual dye and pigment ink CIJ printer for the extrusion sector, and a brand new dedicated printhead with a jet speed control function to maintain the width and legibility of wire coding.

As further stated by a May 17 press release:

"The 9750 E is a sustainable and easily customizable coder and integrates into an Industry 4.0 plant. Helping ensure easy integration into the production line, the 9750 E is the only coder with a 24-pin interface customizable to accept any of the 70+ signals manufacturers might choose. It is designed for minimizing service-related downtime, with key parts replaced simultaneously, and offers up to 18,000 hours between major services – one of the market's longest service intervals."

Further, the manufacturer adds that the 9750 E+ includes the above features in addition to the industry's first polyvalent ink circuit, making it the first CIJ for the extrusion sector to be able to use both dye and pigment inks for marking and coding.

As further noted by the company, manufacturers of wire and cable frequently need to use both inks, given the broad range of products and applications involved. The 9750 E+ eliminates the need for two types of coders for manufacturers that use both inks. The company maintains that this dual ink innovation streamlines inventory, maintenance and spare parts requirements, giving extrusion manufacturers increased flexibility and lowering costs.

Also adding to Markem-Imaje's innovations in extrusion marking and coding is the company's model 9570 Ew+ which, in addition to the above features, includes a dedicated printhead designed specifically to address the stretching of printed messages, which is common with the high speed involved in wire coding.

With an enhanced jet speed control system, the new printhead ensures that printed codes maintain a similar width and legibility from start to finish. This reduces the likelihood of scrap and rework at the factory, while supporting safe usage in the field.

Guillaume Montagnat, CIJ product manager, Markem-Imaje, remarked:

"These latest innovations are the direct result of our close partnership with customers in the extrusion sector. With years of experience in this space, we understand the demands and challenges, coupled with the pressure to maintain high output and profitability. These new solutions reflect our robust research and design process and position our customers for maximum efficiency."

Sustainability notes

Markem-Imaje is known as one of the only major CIJ suppliers that offer coders that use MEK-free inks proven to work in extrusion. As such, the company says its range of products cut consumables and volatile organic compound (VOCs) emissions by up to 40%, and up to 60% when using the consumable-saving mode.

Additionally, even with MEK inks, a 35% reduction of VOCs emissions is achieved when using the printers' consumable-saving mode.

Both options are available with all of Markem-Imaje's 9750 E models, making these coders a significant contributor to a more sustainable production line, as noted by the company.

Company notes

Markem-Imaje is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US-based Dover Corporation, a global manufacturer of product identification and traceability technologies, offering a full line of inkjet, thermal transfer, laser, and print and apply label systems. The company provides global reach to over 50,000 customers, with 30 subsidiaries, 6 technology centers, and several equipment repair centers and manufacturing plants producing the company's comprehensive marking and coding technology offering.

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Matt Vincent | Senior Editor

Matt Vincent is a B2B technology journalist, editor and content producer with over 15 years of experience, specializing in the full range of media content production and management, as well as SEO and social media engagement best practices, for both Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine and its website He currently provides trade show, company, executive and field technology trend coverage for the ICT structured cabling, telecommunications networking, data center, IP physical security, and professional AV vertical market segments. Email: [email protected]

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