5 common misconceptions about handheld inkjet printers

Since the introduction of portable inkjet printers many myths have arisen about their usage, appliances, capabilities and features they actually have. The versatility of these devices distinguishes them from other marking systems, especially those used in production or packing departments. Although being continuously present in the market their characteristics are still not clear and sometimes need explanation. We will try to dispel most common misconceptions about this handy equipment!

The surface I need to print on is not smooth, so it’s not possible to use a handheld inkjet on it

We often get asked about this matter. Nothing can be further from the truth! Handheld inkjets are provided with a mechanism that allows them to do a very precise print on objects and products which are curved or have irregular areas.

Designed especially for this purpose they may be used on untreated wood, corrugated cardboard, bent or curvy metal parts, or deformed, flexible food foil.  Our clients have also used REINER machinery on barrels and raw timber. For more examples read our Case Studies section and see the Company page for testimonials. While inline marking systems need serious adjustments and complicated technical support for large production parts to work, this may be circumvented with handheld devices.

My production volume is too big for a handheld inkjet printer

Another myth concerning portable inkjets is that they might not handle big production scopes. Producers and packers try to use the most cost-effective and fast equipment – that’s obvious.

In a fast paced world of business, time is always money!

Handheld inkjets by REINER can be very quick and if automated, are able to mark over 3600 objects per hour (with the speed of 0.6 sec for one imprint), depending on the amount of information that needs to be placed on the surface. At the same time, they offer an external trigger and delay capability, which makes them even more easy to use.

The printer has to touch the article or paper to print effectively

This is not true! Some products are shaped in a way that makes it hard or even impossible for the printer to touch them (or their elements), but it doesn’t prevent it from marking effectively. Sometimes it’s hard to put the machine on top of the article (a good example are eggs on a conveyor belt), some require more space in order to save their delicate surface. This is where an inkjet can be applied. It can be used at multiple angles, without loss of information and print quality within a distance of even 10mm.

The temperatures at which I would use the printer in can ruin the device

Our clients are often concerned that a portable inkjet might not work properly in their operating conditions because of extreme temperatures (either very high or very low). Bakeries and cold stores are a good example here. Fortunately, the printers are very solid and resilient and can withstand temperatures ranging from -12°C to 40°C.

The REINER 940 model cannot be automated

Our clients are often concerned that a portable inkjet might not work properly in their operating conditions because of extreme temperatures (either very high or very low). Bakeries and cold stores are a good example here. Fortunately the printers are very solid and resilient and can withstand temperatures ranging from -12°C to 40°C.