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How Traversing CIJ and TTO Technology Solutions are Impacting Your Bottom Line

If you’re a manufacturer integrating traversing CIJ and thermal transfer overprinters in your form, fill and seal machines, consumables contribute to your total cost of ownership in a major way. You may identify with some of the following common pain points related to coding onto flow packs, plastic sleeves and sachets, and it is crucial to your profitability to find a solution for overcoming these issues:

  • Wasted ink or ribbon - Often multiple inkjet heads or TTO machines are used in traversing technology to achieve multiple lanes of print. Without close monitoring of the ink or ribbon marking agent across the multiple machines, you run the risk of product with missing prints when a single head runs out. As a workaround to printheads running out of ink or ribbon at different times, line operators often replace every machine’s ink or ribbon at the same time – wasting a significant amount of ink or ribbon in the process. 
  • Frequent wear and tear on printheads in traversing technology - Printheads are a commonly overlooked expense. In traversing technologies, the back and forth movement wears down the printheads and connecting parts and require high frequencies of replacing – exponentially adding to the total cost of the machine over its lifetime.
  • Mess from inks and solvents - Traversing single CIJ printers require special chemical training due to the use of inks and solvents – creating opportunities for ink and solvent exposure to production environment when it comes time to replace the fluids.


There are alternatives available to you to avoid these common pitfalls in multi-lane coding operations. Look for these two features in your system to minimize parts, fluids and ribbon costs in the long run: 

1) A single consumable – To avoid the mess and additional training, specifically evaluate options using a single roll of ribbon for all of the print heads.

2) Ribbon saving mechanisms – Once you have evaluated a multi-lane coder with ribbon instead of ink, ask about ribbon saving mechanisms. Industry-leading applications ensure minimum gaps between prints and can result in up to a 50% reduction in ribbon waste.

Are you in the process of evaluating multi-lane printing and coding technologies to meet your unique form fill and seal machine requirements? Download our free Hidden Costs of Multi-Lane Printing guide.


  Hidden Costs Of Multi-Line Coding  


The Hidden Costs of Multi-Lane Printing Whitepaper



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