How To Reduce a Continuous Ink Jet Printer’s Total Cost

  • By Domino Printing Sciences
  • July 28, 2017
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To assess a continuous ink jet printer’s Total Cost of Ownership TCO, you’ll need to combine:

  • The price of the printer
  • Its maintenance needs
  • Its cost per print
  • Any time-saving features
  • Its reliability
  • The support provided

Hidden costs of printing

It is easy to forget the many costs that’ll add up over a printer’s lifetime. The elements below should be considered when determining the true cost of your coding requirements

  • Efficiency – reliability and true availability of the printer you are investing in
  • Efficiency – what is the typical makeup use of the printer you are considering? What other energy efficient features are available?
  • Ease of use – your operators’ time is precious, so you want to keep any training or consumable changeover times to the minimum
  • Ease of use – is the User Interface compatible with any other printers? How intuitive is it?
  • Flexibility – how easily can any special coding requirements or projects be met, either now or in the future?

Factors to consider when purchasing a continuous ink jet printer


Reliability is key to the availability of a printer for its recommended number of hours of usage over its required uptime

CIJ printers that don’t meet the exact coding requirements of a production line are more likely to need maintenance. Plus, their cost of consumables (ink or makeup) will be far higher than for a printer with the correct specifications and setup. By investing only a little bit more on the initial capital cost of a printer that meets your needs, you can get twice the output

Ink / Makeup usage

Your company will incur the costs of ink or makeup long after the initial purchase of a CIJ Printer. It’s important to consider how many products your factory prints, and therefore how often ink or makeup will need to be replaced.

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