Marking technology is practically as old as industrial production itself. Even in the earliest days of advanced manufacturing, it was clear that mass production also needed methods of tracking and control. Legal regulations and increased consumer expectations then did the rest. This is how the classic forms of signing technology quickly developed, as they are still used around the world today.
One of the earliest methods of signing and marking is, of course, manual stamping. Hand stamps are still often used today, especially for limited and expensive products, and underline the feeling of exclusivity and quality. Embossing as a marking and signing technique has proven to be very forgery-proof, as manipulations on the embossing are very easy to prove.
Machine (automated) embossing was the logical consequence of ever larger production quantities that could no longer be marked manually. Today, machine embossing is still in use, especially in many industries that process metal.
Where high quality and precision are important, laser engraving is now replacing classic embossing. It enables much finer embossing, but the initial acquisition costs are still relatively high. In addition, special requirements for work safety must be observed.
For products that cannot or should not be embossed directly (today, these are mainly the end products that are made up of parts from different manufacturers), the classic type plate is still suitable as the simplest type of marking and identification. Especially in vehicle construction and mechanical engineering, it is still indispensable as a marking technique.
Marking with branding stamps is of course still very popular for organic products. The marking technique gives wood or leather in particular a very special flair.
Hewlett Packard's Thermal Inkjet technology is an inkjet printing technique that meets the special requirements of everyday industrial use. Coding and marking with inkjet technology has long been used for packaging made of cardboard or plastic, but the ever-improving availability of special inks is making the application more and more interesting for other areas as well. Today, metals, plastics, wood or other organic materials can also be marked cleanly and long-term without any problems. Where the marking technology does not necessarily serve to protect against forgery, it is also possible to work very well with modern TIJ processes. In particular, the acquisition costs are often much lower than with classic marking technology. The consumption costs are economical and, above all, easy to calculate, even on a small scale, thanks to the use of standardised inks.
This new economic efficiency also allows more data to be stored on the product itself than would have been the case with the old marking technologies. In addition to legal requirements (serial numbers, shelf life, ....), data for improved logistics (tracking codes, intermediate addresses,...), but of course also improved consumer information should be mentioned here. Rapidly changing data (region of origin, contact person,...) can thus be communicated without risking too much financial lead time.
The NasaJet® hand printer is the right choice if you frequently need to add additional meta information to products or packaging. The more heterogeneous the data and also the objects to be printed, the better a hand printer can show off all its advantages over classic marking technology. Whether in shipping, warehousing, production or in the shop, the mobile hand printer can quickly and economically mark practically any surface with complex and dynamic data or even images. The printer can also be used for advertising purposes or in arts and crafts. The TIJ principle is suitable for almost all solid materials, be it metal, wood, stone or of course just paper, cardboard or plastic. With its comparatively low purchase price, the NasaJet® is ideal for continuous commercial use, even with small production quantities. The range of functions naturally includes multi-line printing, printing of monochrome graphics, barcodes or sequential numbers. The print templates are quickly and conveniently created directly on the machine with the help of the built-in, touch-sensitive screen and stored internally. Graphics and logos can be transferred to the unit via USB stick. Interfaces also allow external sensors to be connected if automation of the printing process is required.
For larger production volumes and existing production facilities, we offer the NasaJet® NJ-2000, an economical marking system for printing on plastic, cardboard, wood or other surfaces. The separate control and printing unit (connection of several printing units possible) of the NasaJet® NJ-2000 allow a quick and easy integration into existing productions. The maximum print speed is 60m per minute. The print units can be positioned freely and thus also enable the printing of different pages at the same time.
The control unit allows the creation of complex print templates directly via a built-in touch screen. The printing of data such as expiry dates, serial numbers or barcodes thus becomes fully automated - and the labelling costs remain economical.
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our NasaJet® systems as a replacement for classic marking technology or to demonstrate the NasaJet® to you personally.