Can industrial ink jet printers from such manufacturers as Domino,
Videojet, Imaje, etc. be used for Mil-Std 130 UID compliance
Yes, some printer models available from Videojet,
Domino, Imaje, etc. are capable of printing UID verifiable 2D
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of ink jet
printing versus laser etching of UID marks?
Printing Advantages – Ink jet printing is an additive
process. In most cases the printed ink thickness is less than
0.001” thick. Since it is an additive process, unless
the ink has been cured, it can be removed in the event of operator
error without damage to the part. Inkjet marking is a natural
progression to rubber stamping or pad transfer printing. Inkjet
marking systems range from $8.5K to over $100K, depending on
system configuration. Portable inkjet printing systems are available
whereby small or medium sized parts can be brought to the marking
system for UID identification. When printing large parts, the
ink jet print head can be brought to the part for marking. Print
contrast can be achieved by printing a white or light background
followed by a black or dark mark.
Inkjet Printing Disadvantages – Ink jet printers require
consumables, inks and system fluids (also referred to as Make-Up
or solvent). In order to achieve marking permanency with the
ink selected for use a curing process (UV or thermal) may be
required. Chemical waste is generated by an ink jet process
during the head cleaning, printer maintenance or general part
cleaning process. MEK inks may be required for Mil-Std 130 UID
compliance. Not all ink jet printers are the same. Some require
more maintenance than others thus, printer selection is more
difficult. Care and process considerations must be considered
in order to avoid implementing a messy process. May require
multiple ink jet printers, generally a white and a black ink
printer, in order to obtain the necessary print contrast on
select parts. Pigmented (white or yellow ink) ink jet printers
require significantly more maintenance and are not capable of
achieving high resolution marks. Ink jet printers can clog if
not properly maintained.
Laser Etching Advantages – Laser etching or marking is
a subtractive process; material is removed to generate the mark.
Thus laser marks are permanent marks without requiring any curing
process to achieve marking permanency. High resolution print
quality is achievable. No potentially hazardous chemicals are
required. Laser marking systems range from $25K to over $100K,
depending on system configuration.
Laser Etching Disadvantages- Improper set-up can generate scrap
or require remarking in newly designated areas. Set-up times
for individual parts can vary. Provisions for operator safety
must be incorporated into the marking process. These provisions
include: incorporating Class I enclosures, installation within
controlled environments, extensive operator and maintenance
personnel training, and posting of laser warning signs. Laser
etching systems can be costly when properly integrated. For
high power laser systems water chillers may be required. Fume
extractors are recommended in order to remove laser debris.
Improper set-up can cause potential mark penetration problems.
Laser etching process requires a higher skilled operator.
What printers from Videojet are capable of printing UID compliant
you have identified a Mil-Std 130 compliant ink for your application
the following Videojet printers have been proven by JETEC to
print verifiable UID 2D codes: Excel HR, Excel 170iUHS,
Excel 2000, Excel 2000 Opaque, PrintPro and 46S.
I have Videojet Excel HR series ink jet printers and want to
print Mil-Std 130 UID compliant 2D codes. Are they capable?
Excel High Resolution (HR) Series industrial ink jet printers
require Extended Serial Interface (ESI) firmware and a printer
device control interface software, such as JETEC’s IMS2701
or IMS5000 in order to print verifiable Mil-Std 130 UID compliant
What other printers, other than Videojet printers, have JETEC
tested or are in the process of testing for Mil-Std UID compliant
has been successful printing UID compliant 2D codes using the
Domino A200 Series, Imaje 9000 Series, and Metronic Alphajet
Series industrial ink jet printers. Some of these printers may
require a printer device control interface software, such as
JETEC’s IMS2701 or IMS5000, in order to achieve UID compliance
My customer contracts require Arial, Helvetica or other fonts
that are not standard with most industrial ink jet printers.
Is there software available that will allow me to print standard
true type or Windows fonts using industrial ink jet printers?
JETEC’s IMS2701 or IMS5000 printer device control software
provides uses the capability to exceed their normal industrial
ink jet printing capabilities. Depending on the specific ink
jet printer connected users can print Windows fonts, True Type
fonts, bar codes, logos and 2D codes with minimal hardware upgrades,
How can I determine if my existing industrial ink jet printer
can be used for Mil-Std 130 UID compliance?
not all industrial ink jet printer manufacturers are knowledgeable
of the full extent of the printing capabilities of their printers.
Therefore, we recommend that you speak with both the original
printer manufacturer and a recommended system integrator experienced
in integrating that printer. System integrators tend to have
a better firsthand knowledge of individual printer capabilities.
What are some of the Mil-Std 130 UID specific features available
with printer device control software packages, such as JETECs
IMS2701 or IMS5000?
Some of JETEC’s embedded features include:
selection of square or rectangular data matrix codes, user definable
number of dots per cell, user selectable construct #1 versus
construct #2, data identifier reference and automatic matrix
What are some of the advantages in switching from pad transfer
printing to industrial ink jet printing?
on your specific application there can be various cost drivers
which make digital ink jet printing a preferred marking process
over pad transfer printing. Some of these cost improvements
include: elimination of plate making sub-process, less rework
due to handling since ink jet inks generally dry-to-the-touch
immediately after printing, no additional set-up or operator
interaction in order to generate product serial numbers, most
ink jet inks have a twelve-month shelf life as compared to a
shift or hourly shelf life for mixed epoxy inks, the ink jet
marking process is a non-contact marking process, individual
part marking files can be stored on a PC for future retrieval
and continuation of lot or batch part marking and industrial
ink jet printing processes facilitate automation.
Why does JETEC offer two portable ink jet marking system configurations?
potential ink jet process implementers should realize that in
order for industrial ink jet printing to be a viable alternative
for part marking provisions must be made for either the part
or the ink jet head to move. With this understanding JETEC offers
two Flex-A-JET™ Portable Ink Jet Marking system configurations.
One configuration offers a single linear motion assembly. Linear
systems are available in belt driven or linear motor controlled.
These systems are ideal for customers with single line marking
data or where the total area of the data to be printed does
not exceed 0.500”.
Our latest Flex-A-JET product offering features a portable X/Y
based servo controlled system configuration. This system has
been designed to allow Mil-Std 130 UID customers the capability
to print within a 4.0” x 2.0” marking envelope.
Standard UID marking formats can be marked using this system.
For more information on our Flex-A-JET systems visit our website
What is the standard warranty offered by JETEC on it Mil-Std
130 UID parts marking systems?
Our standard warranty is one-year parts &
labor. Extended warranties are available upon request.
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