Sojet Elfin II
Sojet Elfin II
With an independent controller and printhead, the Elfin II is compact high-res inkjet printer that takes production line marking to the next level.
You have full control in the way that you can mark your products. The Elfin 2 uses single or dual printheads to simultaneously mark products. What’s more, two printheads can be positioned on opposite sides of the conveyor belt to maximise marking print production.
The printheads are operated by the controller, which uses a 7” colour touchscreen display and a friendly user interface to create a variety of customised messages, such as barcodes, graphics and date messages.
Thermal InkJet Printers
Often referred to as TIJ, these coders use a non-contact form for applying ink and our range can be used to print onto almost any surface.
The printheads have a max print height of up to 1” and a print speed of 0-60 m/min at 300 DPI, or 0-30 m/min at 600 DPI.
The Elfin 2 offers extra functionality using its multiple connectivity options, including Ethernet, USB 2.0 and DB15. Additionally, the device incorporates SDK support for popular scripting languages such as Java, C#. python and more.
The controller’s built-in memory can store up to 500 messages for extremely fast and efficient operation.
This powerful, feature-packed printer is a must-have if you’re after a cost-effective production line marking solution.
What is a TIJ Printer?
Unlike CIJ Printers, TIJ printers use 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.
TIJ or CIJ?
TIJ printers are modular systems unlike CIJ printers, thermal inkjet printers have a controller and a print head that is connected via a cable. Once you replace the cartridge in a TIJ printer it is essentially a new print head.
CIJ printers are much more complex systems that incorporate solvents and inks with ink pumps, pressure regulators, filters and sensitive print heads.
How a TIJ Printer Works
When the ink chamber receives a command to eject an ink droplet, a current is passed through the heating element. The heating element is simply a coil positioned right above the nozzle of the ink chamber. The current heats up the coil, resulting in rapid vaporization of the ink positioned right below it.
The increase in pressure results in the ejection of a droplet of ink through the nozzle and into the substrate. Consequently, the bubble caused by the vaporisation collapses and creates a vacuum, which pulls in more ink towards the chamber.
TIJ printers have rapidly evolved in the past few years and have now come ahead in the contest for print resolution. While CIJ printers can still reliably produce clean dot patterns, TIJ printers are capable of a print resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi.
You’ve probably seen how capable TIJ printers are even with your desktop inkjet printer. This same level of quality and resolution can now be achieved in an industrial setting.
If you plan to integrate continuous printers into your production line, then you’re probably concerned about how much space they are going to take. The simple answer is that TIJ printers take less space than their CIJ counterpart.
TIJ printers are designed for industrial use, they basically look like a print head connected to a control panel. Thanks to their smaller footprint, TIJ printers can also be portable – something that is more difficult to do with a CIJ printer.