Labeling Innovations from Weber

No-Mess Inkjet Coding Is Here!

Posted by Chris Erbach

May 2, 2024 10:17:52 AM


If you've ever utilized a traditional continuous inkjet system, you're likely aware of its efficiency in handling variable information such as date codes or product identification at rapid speeds. While primarily used for informational purposes, readability and scannability, especially for barcodes, are essential.

However, the downside is often the mess it can create. From potential ink leaks to clogged nozzle plates and resulting production downtime, the maintenance and upkeep can sometimes outweigh the benefits of high-speed printing and cost-effectiveness. It's crucial to consider the bigger picture.

HP CartridgeCould there be a better alternative to the constant downtime and maintenance? Enter Weber's Markoprint thermal inkjet systems, a revolutionary type of inkjet coder that utilizes HP ink cartridges instead of bulky ink tanks found in CIJ systems. These Markoprint coders come in various configurations, from single-head, stand-alone coders for simple date code applications to multi-head systems for coding both sides of a carton and larger prints.


So, what sets these Markoprint coders apart as "no-mess" solutions?

The difference is the HP cartridge.

Conventional CIJ systems depend on a large ink reservoir to provide the ink for printing, along with a separate make-up tank to dilute the ink and clean the printhead after printing. Any surplus ink and make-up are stored within the coder, necessitating shutdowns for refills when levels drop or the storage reaches its limit. Proper management of these potentially hazardous materials is vital, and the task of replenishing and restarting the system can be time intensive.

Prior to shutdown, a CIJ printhead must be meticulously cleaned to prevent clogs. If a blockage does occur, significant time and effort are needed to restore functionality. Depending on the type of ink used, this maintenance task can quickly turn into a messy and labor-intensive chore.


The Markoprint TIJ system stands out in its approach when utilizing the HP cartridge.  The cartridge has the flexibility to be filled with a diverse range of inks, proving its flexibility for various substrates.  The cartridge seamlessly integrates with the Markoprint printhead, requiring no flushing or cleaning. When ink levels run low, simply swap in a new cartridge to resume production instantly. With this system, there are no concerns about clogged heads, ink spills, or wasted time.  Each time you insert a new cartridge, it’s like having a fresh printhead. 

At the end of the day, simply remove the cartridge out of the Markoprint printer and place the cartridge clip on to the cartridge to avoid clogged nozzles with dried up ink.  By morning, your system will be good to go again. If you're switching to a different product the next day, just insert the cartridge with the appropriate ink to match your materials.

Markoprint coders offer a unique solution to avoid messy applications. Instead of only printing directly on products, we have discovered that printing on a label before application yields cleaner and more consistent text and barcodes. This approach eliminates issues with coding on wet surfaces in breweries or dusty cartons in bustling factories.

X1Jet-on-HSM-Dog-LabelsWeber Packaging offers optional mounting hardware to connect a Markoprint coder to one of their label applicators upstream before application. They also provide mounting hardware for popular Pack Leader label applicators. As a label passes through the Markoprint coder, the information is printed, instantly dries, and is then applied to the product or carton. The text or barcodes remain legible, and you have the ability to position the printed code wherever desired on your label.

Cost of ownership.

Concerns often arise regarding the higher cost of TIJ printers compared to traditional CIJ systems. However, when looking at the long-term usage of your new inkjet coder, it's crucial to consider the overall costs involved.

In a CIJ system, the major expenses come from purchasing ink and solvents, which can be quite costly depending on the ink formulation. Handling hazardous MEK solvents with care is essential, and the risk of spills leading to permanent damage is a real concern, potentially resulting in the need to repaint your floors.

On the other hand, Markoprint thermal inkjet systems use cost-effective HP cartridges utilizing water and alcohol-based inks. With each new cartridge, you also receive a fresh printhead, reducing the risk of clogs and maintenance issues. Over a period of one to two years in production, the savings from using HP cartridges become evident, making them a more economical choice in the long run.

The best way to explore total costs of ownership before purchasing or upgrading an inkjet system is to get a quote from a Weber specialist. They can give you a total cost comparison and ink usage costs for your usage. They can show you the iDesign software that comes with the Markoprint coder and explain the benefits of TIJ over CIJ inkjet. Contact Weber and learn more!

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Topics: Markoprint Ink Jet Coders, inkjet printers, no-mess inkjet coding, HP ink cartridges

The 3 Best Reasons To Print Color Labels In-House

Posted by Chris Erbach

Jul 8, 2020 10:31:48 AM

Digital label products group copy-2Wouldn't it be great to be able to push a button and get just the right amount of high-quality color labels instantly?

Sometimes you need large of amounts of color labels for your products, whether for the product itself or the packaging. This requires getting them from a label printer (like Weber Packaging Solutions) to get the best quality and cost for a large run, say over 10,000 labels.

But some companies have requirements for color labels in small batches or need large (up to 8" x 13") labels for chemical drums and pails. What do you do if you only need 10 total labels and each a unique design? Even digital printing would be cost prohibitive.

But now you have three reasons to bring your small-run label printing in-house at a cost-effective price.

The Epson C6000 Series color inkjet label printers are specifically designed for industrial customers that need high-quality, full-color labels up to 8.34" wide. The printers come in a narrow and wide-web version but share the same consumables. Let's look at the models.

Epson-ColorWorks-C6000-smallONE: The Epson C6000A (label cutter) and the C6000P (peeler bar) are the narrow-web version of the series. These printers are engineered for demanding applications deliver dependable commercial inkjet printing that you can count on. The printers can print from 1.0" (25mm) up to  4.25" (108mm) and can print up to 24" (610mm) long. The printers can print in a wide range of quality settings from Maximum Speed (300 x 600) to Maximum Quality (1200 x 1200). Print speeds up to 5" per second on max speed settings.

The printers use separate CMYK high-quality Epson ink cartridges so you only replace the color needed. Using ESC/Label and ZPL II Interface languages, you can print without reprogramming existing systems. And the Remote Printer Management allows you to manage large fleet

s of printers over a network. 

The 4" wide C6000 printers are perfect for using color labels on small medical vials and med devices, small GHS label applications on chemicals, and food and beverage applications for small batches of high-quality labels.

Epson C6500A-1TWO: The Epson C6500A (label cutter) and C6500P (label peeler) are the wide-web version of the series with label widths up to 8.34" (212mm) wide and up to 24" (610mm) long. With the same high-resolution printing capabilities as the C6000 printers, the wider label ability makes the C6500 printers ideal for large chemical drum and pail labeling. When only a minimum quantity of labels is required per day, but they need to be sharp, chemical resistant, and in full color, then the Epson C6500 inkjet printer is the perfect solution for the application.

These printers can operate in a wide variety of Operating System Environments including most Windows versions, Mac OS and Linux. A general purpose I/O port is designed to mission-critical applications that need to seamlessly integrate a color printer into their automated workflow.

The Epson C6000 Series color inkjet label printers allow you to unlock the power of color on your labels, adding color-coded fields, product pictures, logos and marketing messages to improve your overall business processes and branding.

These printers are available at Weber's online store,

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Topics: Epson C6000, Epson C6500, inkjet printers, inkjet labels, Epson ink cartridges, Epson inkjet labels

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