Four Differences Between UV Inkjet Printer and Small Character Inkjet Printer

Both UV inkjet printers and small character inkjet printers are inkjet printers, but there are differences in their working principles, application industries, printing heights, and market prices. When purchasing an inkjet printer, you only need to understand these four points, you can quickly make a choice that suits you.

  1. Different working principles.

The industrial CIJ inkjet printer adopts the continuous inkjet technology, which uses the charged deflection method of the ink to deflect the ink dots out of the normal flight path, and shoots to the surface of the target printing object to form a dot matrix, thereby forming characters, numbers or graphics.

The UV inkjet printer is a high-resolution inkjet printer. It is a piezoelectric inkjet printer with Drop On Demand technology. The ink is not recycled and the ink concentration is consistent. There is no need to add diluent (solvent), and the operating cost is lower than that of small-character inkjet printers.

  1. Different application industries.

Small character inkjet printers are widely used to spray codes on food, beverages, pipes, pharmaceutical packaging, alcohol, cables, daily cosmetics, electronic components, PCB circuit boards, etc. The content suitable for printing is mainly the production date, validity period, shelf life, LOGO pattern, counter, time information, etc. The resolution of the printed traceability QR code is not high.

Due to their ink characteristics, UV inkjet printers are favored by manufacturers in various application industries. UV inkjet printer inks can be dried and cured immediately after being irradiated by ultraviolet curing lamps. They have good stability and can realize inkjet marking on various materials. It can print various variable data online in real-time, including barcode,

two-dimensional code, date and time, counter, LOGO, graphics, form, database, etc. It is widely used in food, medicine, daily chemical, label printing, card making, packaging printing, medical, electronics, hardware, and other industries.

  1. Different printing heights.

The printing height of the small character inkjet printer is generally between 1.3mm-12mm. Many inkjet printer manufacturers will advertise that their equipment can print at a height of 18mm or 15mm. It is rarely possible to achieve it during normal work. Generally, if the distance between the nozzle and the product is too high, the printed characters will be very scattered. It seems that the quality of the printing effect will be greatly reduced, and the dot matrix may also be irregular, which will affect the product quality.

The printing height of the UV inkjet printer is much higher than that of the small-character inkjet printer. For example, the expansion of multi-nozzle splicing can reach up to 129.6mm at present, which can realize high-definition and large-scale printing, and the recognition rate of the printed QR code is as high as 99%, which is especially suitable for products that require “anti-counterfeiting and traceability, one code per item”.

  1. Different market prices.

Compared with online UV inkjet printers, the price of small character inkjet printers is cheaper, and the price of a UV inkjet printer is 3-4 times that of a small character inkjet printer. The inks used by the two are also different. UV ink is an ink that needs to be irradiated with ultraviolet rays to dry. Ink concentration is consistent, no need to add diluent (solvent); small character ink is ordinary ink, need to add diluent, even if it is not turned on, the ink will volatilize and reduce.

CYCJET is the brand name of Yuchang Industrial Company Limited. As a manufacturer, CYCJET has more than 16 years of experience in R& D in different types of handheld inkjet printing solutions, Laser printing solutions, and portable marking solutions, High-Resolution Printing solutions in Shanghai China.

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