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Continuous Inkjet

Transform your production line with a small character Continuous Inkjet Printer (CIJ) from Matthews. A CIJ printer is fast, precise and reliable – so your line keeps moving and your products always get high quality codes.

Linx 7900

State-of-the-art production line printer that comes with everything you need as standard features.

Linx 8900

Cost effective continuous inkjet printer with 2-line coding and barcode printing capability.

Linx 8910

An easy to use inkjet printer for food packaging.

Linx 8920

Small character inkjet printer with capabilities of printing 5-lines of text and 2D codes.

Linx 8940

Top-of-the-range, industrial inkjet printer designed for the most challenging coding applications.

Linx Contrast Printer

A contrasting colour solution for printing on dark and light substrates

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Introduction to CIJ (Continuous Inkjet Printing)

Matthews' range of Continuous Small Character Inkjet Printers (CIJ) can help to transform your production line. These printers are effective, efficient and reliable, helping to ensure the highest quality codes are printed onto your products. 

A CIJ printer is a non-contact printing method where electrically charged droplets of ink (only half the diameter of a human hair) are expelled from a printhead nozzle at a rate of up to 120,000 droplets per second and accurately propelled onto a substrate.

This makes continuous printers ideal for printing little codes at high-speed lines and irregular products across a host of substrates and sectors: food and beverage, grocery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and timber to name a few.

How a continuous inkjet printer works?

Continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers work by pumping a mixture (ink and solvent) past a piezoelectric crystal (that breaks the stream into individual droplets) whereby a charge electrode imparts a specific electrical charge onto each droplet. These charged droplets are then propelled past a deflector plate that deflects the droplets  (in varying angles depending on the voltage and speed of the droplet) to specifically be positioned and swiftly dry onto a product or products packaging surface.  The combination of several drops can form an alphanumeric character or basic graphic onto a product.

If no charge is imparted onto a droplet (by the charge electrode) then the droplet is collected by a gutter typically at the end of the printhead and recycled for reuse.  This continuous motion of charged and non-charged droplets characterise the name Continuous Inkjet Printer and is regarded as non-contact as the ink mixture is propelled across a gap (called the throw distance) without the need for the product to be in direct contact with the CIJ’s Printhead.

Most solvents utilised are volatile and tend to evaporate rapidly upon contact with the products surface.  The speed of drying depends on a range of environmental, surface and chemical factors and ink selection should also review other properties required such as abrasion, temperature or chemical resistance to ensure applicability.  


Highly versatile date coders

Linx CIJ date coders are extremely versatile machines:

  • Able to code on a wide variety of packaging sizes, shapes and substrates
  • Wide range of printing speeds
  • Wide range of ink colours and contrast available
  • Able to print on the product or end-of-line secondary packaging (such as carton and tray coding)
  • Easily networked in to other packaging line equipment using our iDSnet software solution


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Manage coders with ease

Matthews’ range of Linx industrial small character Continuous Inkjet Printers are renowned globally for their ease of use, reliability and low cost of ownership. It comes down to their robust, sealed printhead, which is perfectly suited to harsher production environments. Plus the printhead has an auto-flush feature, meaning minimal downtime and operator intervention so your lines keep moving. A Linx CIJ printer is at least IP55 rated, and operate without the need for factory air. CIJs are a small character inkjet printer, making inline printers the perfect option for when you have small text to print onto your product.

Continuous inkjet printers require regular maintenance and supply of ink and solvent consumables – find out how Matthews can support you.

CIJ datecoders code variable information such as:

  • Date codes, best before dates, use-by dates
  • Batch numbers
  • Promotional codes
  • Serialisation codes
  • Product-identification codes
  • Graphics (such as your logo)
  • Text (whether you need upper and lower case or just large character)




Areas We Service

We're proud to supply premium continuous inkjet printers Australia wide. Our innovative products and solutions are available across Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and everywhere in between. Get in touch with our team today to see how your business can benefit.

Ruby and Roy - Customer Testimonial

Ruby and Roy's is an Australian-owned yoghurt producer based in Smithfield, New South Wales. They approached Matthews in order to find a solution to mark best before and used by dates on their products.

"We need something that they can easily use, that's user friendly but a good result and (provides) reliability"


Mac's Shortbread - Customer Testimonial

Mac's Shortbread is an Australian-owned shortbread manufacturer based primarily in Kerang, Victoria. Mac's approached Matthews for assistance in improving their business process systematization with a particular focus on bolstering product recall capabilities.

"As our production has increased we've realised a need to date and batch code our products efficiently and quickly. Also to provide us with adequate recall capabilities and systematization, which is where Matthews came into the picture"

Branding and marking solutions
Branding and marking solutions, built to last

Take advantage of high quality, durable branding & marking solutions from Matthews. From medical equipment to heavy industrial goods to timber, Matthews can provide flexible, advanced technology that works for your products.

Date and batch coding
Date and batch codes you can count on

Get precise, easy-to-read and indelible date codes and batch codes for your products. With Matthews’ years of experience and technology expertise, you have everything you need to implement compliant coding solutions you and your customers can count o ...

Next generation 2D coding
Next generation 2D coding

Pack more product information into less space with 2D coding. Take advantage of the latest two-dimensional codes for your business. With Matthews’ 2D coding solutions, it’s never been easier.

Unlock the power of Promotional Coding
Unlock the power of Promotional Coding

Boost sales and generate brand loyalty with promotional coding solutions from Matthews. Find out how to print QR codes and alphanumeric codes onto your products. Matthews makes it easy and cost-effective to tap into the power of on-pack promotions fo ...

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