Print engines

The most comprehensive range of compact industrial inkjet printing modules on the market

IIJ manufactures a wide range of single-pass inkjet print engines for numerous different applications. Our speciality is adapting our products to exactly meet our customer’s requirements. Our print engines have a well-deserved reputation for reliability. We understand what it takes to deliver a system that will work all day, every day in a typical industrial environment.
The speed, accuracy and very compact size of our engines makes them ideal for integration into existing production lines or presses.
Our technical experts have world-leading expertise in the practical application of inkjet. We understand that no two customers’ needs are quite the same. We know how to investigate each customer’s needs, to find the right ink and print “recipe”, and to demonstrate that we can deliver the quality, reliability and economic benefits needed.
We will always be honest about the drawbacks as well as the benefits of using inkjet in your application.

Which print engine is right for you?

Colour vs Mono printing

IIJ produce Print Engines for either full process colour (CMYK), called ColourPrint engines or single colour, called MonoPrint engines. Process colour is used for the printing of images, where the process of mixing the 4 colours (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) enables a wide gamut of colours. These are applied in a single pass without pinning between colours, allowing the engines to be some of the most compact on the market. The single colour engines are used for variable data, e.g. text and barcodes, in black, spot colour, such as red, but also white, varnish or even covert inks.

Small, Medium or Large print width

The IIJ engines come in a selection of widths, from 72 to 594mm, organised into a range of modules. The small modules, with print widths of either 72, 75, 142, or 149mm wide are typically used for small applications or lane printing. This is where a wider application is achieved using an assembly of many small modules printing in discreet lanes, ideal for packaging coding.

The medium modules have print widths of 212, 223, 282, 297, 352 or 371mm wide are typically used for narrow web applications such as labels and packaging. The largest engines come in print widths of 422, 445, 492, 520, 562 or 594mm. These are used mainly in wide web or sheet fed applications such as security printing, décor print or packaging.

Special inks or materials

As well as graphics applications, IIJ also supplies engines for printing speciality inks or materials. Commonly these will be covert security inks such as UV fluorescents or IR absorbing. Additionally, etch resist for printed electronics can be printed with our versatile engines.

For additional embellishment, spot varnish or even high build varnish can be printed on either web or sheet fed material.

Small

Available print typesIIJ Print Engines are available as either a process colour “ColourPrint”, or single/spot colour “MonoPrint” engines
ColourPrint
MonoPrint

Available print widthsMaximum possible print width in a single pass
72-75mm
142-149mm


Available print headsIIJ engines are fitted with two main families of Konica Minolta Print heads. Either the 600dpi KM1800iSHC or 360dpi KM1024iMHE/KM1024iLHE
KM1024i
KM1800i
Print speedsThe maximum achievable linear print speed. This will be print resolution and ink dependant
50 – 300 m/min

Print resolutionsThe resolution across the print width in DPI (Dots per Inch). This will be dependant on the print head used
360dpi    600dpi

Most common applications
TickNumbering and barcodes with black or security inks. XPi model to 300m/minute
TickColour product decoration eg bottle caps, window blinds, wood flooring
TickSecurity print ie credit cards, passports
TickCarton decoration (especially Tower-mode models)

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Medium

Available print typesIIJ Print Engines are available as either a process colour “ColourPrint”, or single/spot colour “MonoPrint” engines
ColourPrint
MonoPrint

Available print widthsMaximum possible print width in a single pass
212-223mm
282-371mm


Available print headsIIJ engines are fitted with two main families of Konica Minolta Print heads. Either the 600dpi KM1800iSHC or 360dpi KM1024iMHE/KM1024iLHE
KM1024i
KM1800i
Print speedsThe maximum achievable linear print speed. This will be print resolution and ink dependant
50 – 300 m/min

Print resolutionsThe resolution across the print width in DPI (Dots per Inch). This will be dependant on the print head used
360dpi    600dpi

Most common applications
TickColour Label printing
TickWhite under-layer for transparent labels
TickSecurity document printing eg tax stamps

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+44 (0) 1954 232 023

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Large

Available print typesIIJ Print Engines are available as either a process colour “ColourPrint”, or single/spot colour “MonoPrint” engines
ColourPrint
MonoPrint

Available print widthsMaximum possible print width in a single pass
412-445mm
492-594mm


Available print headsIIJ engines are fitted with two main families of Konica Minolta Print heads. Either the 600dpi KM1800iSHC or 360dpi KM1024iMHE/KM1024iLHE
KM1024i
KM1800i
Print speedsThe maximum achievable linear print speed. This will be print resolution and ink dependant
50 – 300 m/min

Print resolutionsThe resolution across the print width in DPI (Dots per Inch). This will be dependant on the print head used
360dpi    600dpi

Most common applications
TickDecor – eg Wallpaper, laminate edge band, metal
TickDocument printing eg forms, examination papers
TickFlexible packaging

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+44 (0) 1954 232 023

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Configurable, adaptable print systems

IIJ is more than a supplier of standard high quality print modules. We pride ourselves on being a provider of tailored printing solutions, that really work for our customers. We work with many leading suppliers of inkjet inks to ensure we find the best solution for our customers’ applications. Also, by thorough investigation of the required pre-treatment, post-treatment, regulatory conditions and quality, we can supply or recommend as much or as little of the surrounding system as needed. From UV curing lamps, camera inspection systems or even complete material handling systems, we can utilise our wide range of partner companies to find the right solution.


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Customer Story

GIS product flexibility and an effective feedback loop between the two partners leads to confidence in meeting future challenges Industrial Inkjet Limited (IIJ) is a rapidly expanding company with global expertise in providing monochrome and colour inkjet print engine systems for customers across diverse markets. IIJ’s partnership with GIS has been going strong for over 10 years. When the IIJ team started the development of their Colourprint 72 single pass print engine, they contacted GIS for software, printhead electronics and technical support for the essential components needed. “Without doubt, GIS has enabled IIJ to grow,” says Paddy O’Hara, Business Development Director, and with the partnership benefitting both companies, a close relationship has developed. This has meant that product quality and performance requirements can quickly be fed back to GIS, influencing feature development and product performance of the GIS software and drive electronics. IIJ’s print engines are integrated into a wide range of applications from full colour product decoration to monochrome barcode printing. A key requirement for this equipment is a compact form factor, as this allows improved flexibility during installation. The flexibility and scalability of GIS software and electronics product range has meant that it can be found in all IIJ products from their smallest 72mm wide print engines through to their latest wide format Monoprint 775i. GIS’ capability of high-speed variable data printing enables IIJ to meet the most demanding requirements. “GIS’ variable data engine is extremely powerful,” says O’Hara. “The software is much simpler and faster than trying to RIP every image for just a small area of variable text.” The GIS variable data engine overlays the variable part of a pdf so creating a single static background that only needs to be RIP’d once.  Smaller amounts of variable data can be processed faster, thereby increasing the production capacity. This powerful variable data printing capability has allowed IIJ to target more markets, such as the garment industry, where they are able to print variable data onto clothing tags. With the increased use of RFID in the industry, being able to print human readable data that is contained in the RFID chips at high speed has really helped IIJ gain a foothold.  Moreover, experience gained in this sector is transferable to others, such as high-value consumer goods. With IIJ’s experience and expertise in print engine manufacture and variable data handling, it has been a natural step for the company to move into security printing. The security printing sector is ever evolving, as governments and companies are in a constant technology race with counterfeiters. The security applications vary enormously – from security labels for high-value products to passports and money notes. Most security applications are a hybrid solution of digital and flexo / litho printing techniques. This combination is often a challenge to integrate due to the speed and positioning of the overprint. “Being able to match not only the top speed, but also to cope with accelerations and at the same time ensuring we can overprint at the correct position is critical for our print engines,” says O’Hara.  “However, by using the GIS software, we no longer see these issues when integrating onto existing lines due to its flexibility. Different systems have different inputs both in terms of electrical and software requirements, and the ability to easily change resolutions, etc., allows the GIS software to be tailored not only to the line, but also for different job types.” A further challenge is seen when the overprinting is onto a product that has been part processed prior to the variable data being applied. It is important that the variable information is overprinted in the correct position on the substrate, such as in the printing of information onto ID cards and passports. In such cases, the pages or cards have the background image printed using traditional offset methods, and then sheets are pre-cut prior to the variable information being applied. This two-step process can introduce tolerance errors where the substrate has been cut, with potential for the data to be printed in the wrong place. Being able to ensure that the this does not happen is made possible by the GIS dynamic XY positioning software. This identifies where on the substrate data needs to be printed and shifts the image by the required distance, so ensuring that an individual photo or address appears in the correct location. So where next for IIJ? With the flexibility of their print engines and expertise gained through highly data demanding sectors, the company is ideally positioned to be able to take advantage of the continued requirement for traceability across different sectors. The continued partnership between IIJ and GIS will continue to meet all future challenges.

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