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Thermal Inkjet Ink




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If you are looking for high-quality thermal (TIJ) inkjet inks, we have what you need. We have many years of expertise in the development of a wide range of ink chemistries including solvent, aqueous and functional inks. Our inks are formulated for use in OEM printers.  If you have a problem and need ink to solve it, we can help.

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Thermal Inkjet Printers

Thermal Inkjet, or TIJ, is a non-contact form of applying ink onto almost any surface.

Unlike CIJ Printers, TIJ uses ink cartridges in the system meaning there is no need for bottles of inks or solvents. For this reason, TIJ printers are often a cost-effective and clean solution for printing. The use of ink cartridges in thermal inkjet printers means that changing the colour of ink for the printer is a straightforward process.

TIJ printers use standard ink cartridge systems and do not require any bottles of inks or solvent, making TIJ printers clean and simple to use. Thermal inkjet printers use a drop ejection process, storing ink in a cartridge that regulates the pressure of the fluid.



How does TIJ work?

The Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) process utilises ink cartridges as opposed to the replenishable tanks used by CIJ printers. Through a process of 'drop ejection', TIJ printers propel ink droplets using heat. The ink is heated to a temperature of 340°C which generates a bubble. As this bubble expands, it propels the ink to the surface of the material being printed on. Once the ink droplet leaves the ink nozzle, the bubble collapses and creates a vacuum for the process to repeat.

TIJ, by comparison, is a low maintenance and cost-effective method for producing high-resolution codes on a variety of surfaces. TIJ technology is also highly dependable, being a newer and much simpler technology than other printing methods such as CIJ; the only ongoing cost of TIJ printers is replacement cartridges.

In addition to reduced upkeep costs, the simplicity of TIJ technology allows for the machines to be compact and easily mobile compared to other printer types. The portability of TIJ printers makes them a fantastic solution for applications where there is a requirement to fit into tighter spaces or production processes with bulky materials which are difficult to move, such as lumber production, construction material production and automotive/aerospace part manufacturing.

TIJ Applications

The low running costs and portability of TIJ printers make them a perfect solution for coding and marking in a number of industries, such as:

  • Printing codes onto large pieces of industrial wood
  • Printing codes onto other building materials
  • Printing codes and serial numbers onto manufactured parts such as automotive parts
  • Printing batch codes and dates onto food packaging 
  • Pharmaceutical packaging


Types of TIJ Ink


UV inkjet ink is a special form of inkjet printing that involves ink being cured by UV light.
This curing process offers the same colour and resolution capabilities as inkjet, with a more durable image that can perform in harsher environments.
This print technology is ideal for short-run jobs that require variable data, durability and colour.



Flourescent TIJ Ink

Flourescent TIJ ink was based ink developed to print ‘invisible’ codes that can be seen under black light. The print is colourless in normal light and flouresces blue under black light. Flourescent TIJ ink is ideal for printing data matrixes and other 2D codes on products sich as vial caps, high end cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.




Solvent based inks use pigments suspended in chemical solvents that can bond to less expensive, uncoated vinyl for outdoor graphics.  Solvent based inks offer high durability in extreme environmental conditions, and are typically used for packaging, marking and coding and high impact graphics.


Aqueous TIJ Ink

Aqueous TIJ inks are water-based inks that are safe and easy-to-use in homes, offices, schools, and businesses. Aqueous inks flow easily through the thermal inkjet printheads that can be easily replaced by anyone who uses the printer.



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