High-Performance Thermal InkJet Coders | InkJet Product Spotlight | InkJet, Inc.

If you want an industrial marking system that can create quality markings without breaking your budget, a thermal inkjet coder may be the machine for you. Capable of marking everything from plastic jugs and metal cans to glass bottles and cardboard boxes, thermal inkjet coders are used in a wide variety of contexts, including food production facilities, aerospace part factories, chemical plants, and more. 

Prized for their compact size, substrate versatility, and ability to create markings with resolutions around 300-600 DPI, thermal inkjet coders are perfect for independent usage as well as production line setups. Moreover, they are often available at price points much lower than other industrial marking systems, including continuous inkjet printers, thermal transfer overprinters, and laser markers. 

Here, we take a look at InkJet, Inc.’s available thermal inkjet coders, highlighting their strengths, capabilities, important specs, and essential features. This is what an InkJet, Inc. thermal inkjet system can do for you.

The Benefits of a Thermal InkJet Coder

Despite thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers’ small size, these machines are able to create high-quality codes that are machine-scannable, legible, and durable enough to remain intact throughout the distribution process. Often weighing around five pounds, TIJ printers provide users with the ability to place barcodes, expiration dates, batch codes, and logos/brand images on their product lines. With these capabilities, line operators can comply with coding standards and achieve full product traceability

In addition to helping companies achieve code compliance, TIJ printers provide several other benefits as well, including:

  • Intuitive Line Integration: The compact size of TIJ printers enable users to easily integrate them into existing line setups.
  • Zero-Maintenance Operation: The printhead-free construction of TIJ printers eliminates the need for annual maintenance.
  • Wide Substrate Compatibility: Today, technological advancements have allowed many TIJ models to print on both porous and non-porous materials (e.g., plastics, metal, etc.). With the aid of InkJet, Inc.'s different TIJ printer and ink options, users can ensure that their products are code-compliant, regardless of substrate make-up.

InkJet, Inc.’s Available Thermal Inkjet Coding System

At InkJet, Inc., we carry many TIJ printers to meet the needs of different industries and line setups. Our available models range from handheld all-in-one printers like the Anser U2 SmartOne to high-speed dual printhead line printers like the Anser X1. 

Regardless of whether you need a highly portable printer for printing on lumber pieces or an IP-protected industrial printer for coding large quantities of cans and bottles, InkJet, Inc. has a solution for you. 

Here are three of our most popular thermal inkjet coder options:



Anser X1

  • CIJ printer-like printing speeds (around 300 meters per minute)
  • Complete dust and water ingress protection (IP66 rating)
  • Capable of controlling two different production lines simultaneously 

Anser U2 SmartOne 

  • Available in stationary and handled variations
  • One inch maximum print height
  • Max speed at 120 meters per minute





  • Dual printhead compatibility for larger images (25.4mm maximum)
  • High printing speeds, maxing at 228 meters per minute
  • Only available outside the United States

Anser X1, Anser U2 SmartOne, and AdvanTIJ: A Quick Comparison Table

The Anser X1, Anser U2 SmartOne, and AdvanTIJ are all well-built TIJ models that are capable of helping companies achieve code compliance. However, all of these printers also have unique characteristics that make each one ideal for different situations. 

To help consumers make the most educated decision on which machine will best suit their needs, we have listed some of the most important characteristics in the table below. If you have any additional questions on which TIJ printer may be right for you, feel free to call InkJet, Inc. today. 

Printer Title

Substrate Compatibility

Top Coding Speed

Max DPI Resolution

Max Print Height

Operating Temp.

Anser X1

Porous and non-porous

300 m/min

600 x 600 DPI

2 inches (w/ 2 stitched printheads)

32°F to 104°F


0°C to 45°C 

Anser U2 SmartOne

Porous only

120 m/min

400 x 300 DPI

1 inch

41°F to 104°F

5°C to 45°C


Porous and non-porous

228 m/min

600 x 600 DPI

1 inch (w/ 2 stitched printheads)

41°F to 104°F

5°C to 45°C

Interested in Purchasing a Thermal Inkjet Coder? Contact InkJet, Inc. Today

Compact, versatile, and capable of creating DPI-rich codes and images, thermal inkjet printers are powerful printers that can benefit companies of all industries. If you’re interested in bringing a TIJ printer into your operation, contact InkJet, Inc. today to learn more about our available printer models and ink options.


For more information on thermal inkjet coders, inks, software, and label applicators contact InkJet, Inc. online or by phone at 1(800) 280-3245.