Without pallets or similar transport containers, very little works in modern logistics. The standardised, stable frames made of wood or hard plastic ensure fast packing and unpacking as well as easy transport with "ants" and forklift trucks. Even today, information on the goods contained on the pallets is often attached to the outside of the enclosing PVC film or directly to the stacked goods using printed slips of paper or adhesive labels. The more modern the logistics and the methods used, the more difficult it is to control this "paper economy". And yet, with modern hand printers, there are already much more suitable alternatives.
Due to their size and also usually because of their heavy weight, pallet labelling with stationary systems is not entirely unproblematic. Here, portable systems such as modern hand printers are much more suitable. By means of Hewlett Packard's proven TIJ technology, a steady miniaturisation of portable inkjet printers has been set in motion that is not even completed today. Modern hand-held printers weigh just over 1 kilogram and thus enable fatigue-free work even over longer periods of time. Long-lasting rechargeable batteries, which can also be changed quickly, allow long and almost uninterrupted work with these little helpers. With TIJ technology, the print and control units are separate. This is achieved by combining the print head with the actual ink cartridge. This complete print unit can then be addressed and controlled from the outside as desired via electrical contacts. Since the ink cartridges (and the print head they contain) are therefore also changed regularly, problems of the kind we are familiar with in the home tend to remain exceptions. Clogging of nozzles or drying up of the ink hardly ever occur due to the more regular use in industrial everyday life. Modern hand printers support pallet labelling with a comprehensive range of print formats. In addition to pure text or date information, almost all manufacturers today also support complex formats such as barcodes, QR codes and data matrix codes. Counters for consecutive numbers (serial numbers) can also be created and, of course, formats can be combined with each other to create a single print template. These templates are usually created directly via a touch screen in the machine and are also stored there. Therefore, no additional computer or special software is necessary for the work.
TIJ cartridges are available with print heights of half an inch and a full inch - this equates to approximately 12mm and 25mm print heights when using individual cartridges. To allow for clearly visible pallet labelling and to achieve greater print heights, hand printers must use multiple TIJ cartridges. A staggered arrangement of the print heads and a corresponding synvhronised control by the software then allows print heights of up to 5cm or even greater.
With the NasaJet® hand printers NJ-100/200/500 we offer 3 powerful models for all requirements. The low-priced entry model NJ-100 already offers all necessary functions and impresses with its reliability even in the hard industrial everyday life. The models NJ-200 and NJ-500 are suitable for higher demands and larger print heights.
As already mentioned, marking with stationary systems is of course also possible, provided the given infrastructure for pallet marking is in place. The two NaaJet® models NJ-1000 and NJ-2000 can be easily integrated into existing production lines. Due to the separate printing and control units, hardly any conversions are necessary. The stationary marking solutions work according to the same TIJ principle as our hand printers and offer an identical range of functions.
Contact us with your commercial printing and labelling problems. Whether you're in production, shipping or retail, we'll be happy to show you how NasaJet® coding and marking technology will increase your efficiency and improve your quality. Just give us a call.