Thermal Inkjet

Print high quality codes onto a variety of packaging materials, with a Matthews’ thermal inkjet printer. Ideal for carton coding, timber marking, box coding and 2D codes, industrial Thermal Inkjet Printers (TIJ Printers) will print exceptional quality, even at high line speeds.

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Choosing a Thermal Inkjet Printer

Our experts can help you choose and implement a thermal coding printer to meet your business needs. Our technologies are easy to set up and operate and can be integrated seamlessly within your production line.


Benefits of industrial Thermal Inkjet Printers

  • Suits almost any substrate, including porous and non-porous surfaces, making it ideal for box coding and printing on corrugated cardboard
  • Exceptional print quality with high speed printing abilities
  •  Small production line footprint
  • Lower hardware costs compared to other technology
  • Clean, minimal amounts of ink used per code
  • Easy to use, easy to replace technology
Case Coding

Single Sided Case Printer

Mperia Ds

Dual Sided Printing

All-in-one Printer

Mperia Line Controller

Central Management of Multiple Production Line Printing


Why Matthews

Family Business

We’re a family business

With almost 50 years’ experience, our family run business is built on a culture of innovation and improvement.

24/7 Care

24/7 Care

We know that support is critical to uptime, so we’re always available to help, Australia wide – from metro cities to regional areas.

Aussie Package Coding Software

Aussie package coding software

Our growing team of Aussie software developers can configure and customise iDSnet solutions from our Melbourne office.

Easy and integrated solutions

What is a Thermal Inkjet Printer?

Thermal inkjet printers are both a consumer and commercial grade printing technology that propels droplets of ink by thermally vaporising nozzle chambers (from about 300-1200 nozzles depending on manufacturer) in a 40-42ml cartridge.

Over the past 30+ years, the technology and fluid chemistry has evolved significantly with the capacity to reliably a high-resolution print (Typically 300 or 600 DPI) onto a range of porous and non-porous substrates at ever improving dry times.

Whilst there are many industrial cartridge manufacturers, the two most common platforms are HP and Funai (Formally Lexmark). Both technologies offer varying benefits and the right selection will depend on the printing technology it is integrated with, environment and production requirements.

Unlike alternative inkjet technologies, Thermal Inkjet cartridges are designed for shorter term, single use and are replaced once the ink within is consumed. Note, bulk ink options are available enabling extended utilisation of a single specialised cartridge, this varies depending on the cartridge type.


Thermal Inkjet Vs Other Inkjet Technology Comparison

Whilst it is impossible to accurately compare all thermal inkjet technologies with all alternative inkjet options, the following issues, at the time of writing this indicate our understanding of the benefits and limitations of thermal inkjet. As always, we would be happy to review your production situation to determine which of the following apply, however as an indication:



  • Typically, lower hardware cost
  • Generally, a smaller production line footprint
  • If there is an issue with print quality, the cartridges can be easily and swiftly replaced without the need for external technical support


  • Typically, higher lifetime consumable cost
  • Generally, does not have the same robustness of more expensive alternatives
  • Product to printhead distance generally needs to be within 5mm (depending on cartridge type)
  • Ink performance is typically not as comprehensive as other inkjet technologies
  • Exceptional print quality with high speed printing abilities
Branding and marking solution
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.

Carton Labelling and Coding
Carton Labelling and Coding

Matthews’ carton labelling and carton coding solutions are an easy and cost-effective way to get high quality, robust labels onto your cartons. No matter the production environment or line speed. Learn more about our Coders and Label Printer Application.

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Areas We Service

We’re proud to supply premium thermal 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.

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