Videojet Technologies Inc. introduced its 1510 small-character continuous ink jet printer, designed with an intuitive user interface and a simplified fluid replacement system with the microchip-enabled fluid bottles, called Smart Cartridges. A unique printhead automatically sets up and adjusts to environment changes, resulting in consistent print quality.
“The Videojet 1510 design is a direct result of extensive feedback from Videojet customers who indicated that production line uptime and consistently high print quality were their top coding concerns,” said Scott Benigni, Videojet small character ink jet product manager. “Videojet has responded with a small character ink jet printer with ‘smart’ features that virtually eliminate operator mistakes and provide long intervals between maintenance, facilitating uptime peace of mind.”
The Smart Cartridges are fluid bottles with a microchip that identifies whether compatible fluid has been installed, to prevent errors in ink types or switching make-up and ink bottles. Smart Cartridges are uniquely shaped to drain completely, wasting no residual ink to further reduce costs. A needle-and-septum design eliminates the need for operators to pour ink, preventing fluid spillage and waste.
The integrated core, which consolidates the printer’s key ink system components into one part, requires preventative maintenance only every 9,000 hours, or 18 months for medium-duty applications. A countdown meter on the user interface indicates time remaining until the core must be changed. Core changeout is simple and mess-free; it is designed to be customer-replaceable in 30 minutes without requiring a visit from a trained technician.