Cable and wire coding

High-performance solutions for cable and wire coding & marking

Long-lasting codes are crucial for traceability and security on cables and wires. The chosen coding and marking solution must be capable of running at high speeds to keep up with production. Printing can be done directly onto the wire, on small labels or tags, and even applying code to the cable reel cores. Manufacturers may want to display the voltage, type of wire, sizing, or batch number.

Printing cables with thermal inkjet (TIJ)

High-speed wire production lines require a solution that has little downtime. Thermal Inkjet technology is ideal for those looking for a zero-maintenance solution. The coders have no moving parts, so do not require servicing. As a result, you minimise downtime and maximise efficiency.

Unlike CIJ technology, all Rotech’s printers can apply alphanumerical text as small as 1mm, 1D or 2D barcodes and logos without the need for a costly specialised printhead. Compact printers are easy to integrate into existing machinery without the extra moving parts usually associated with coding technology.


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Thermal Inkjet printing onto cables

Finding the right ink

Rotech’s click-in, click-out cartridges are available in a range of ink formulations and colours to ensure strong, durable print adhesion to non-porous substrates. The cartridges can be swapped in seconds to limit downtime and aid quick colour changes if required.

The inks do not contain harsh chemicals such as MEK fluid, a benefit for the automotive and aviation industry who have strict requirements on wiring. If a manufacturer wishes to improve product traceability, Rotech can provide UV ink that will reduce the risk of counterfeit goods. (a major issue in the electrical goods industry.)

Our free sample testing service ensures that the right formulation is picked for your application.

Printing on wire reel cores

It is common for wire reel cores to have labels applied with product information, batch numbers and barcodes. However, this could be an unnecessary step when it is possible to apply code directly to the cardboard or wood using high resolution large area printers. These are well known to be fast-paced, low maintenance and able to withstand harsh industrial environments. Discover Rotech’s range of large character marking (LCM) printers.

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