Looking for a Handheld Industrial Printer? | InkJet, Inc




Product and part marking is essential to any industrial manufacturing or packaging application. Every part or product has vital information that must be displayed to comply with regulations, ensure traceability through the supply chain, and provide valuable information to end users and/or consumers. This is why a quality industrial printer is a vital tool for any industrial facility, but the right kind of printer depends on the use case. Handheld industrial printers usually refer to thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers, which are far smaller than CIJ counterparts while providing the same quality in most printing applications. 

Handheld Industrial Printer Options

Inkjet, Inc. offers two handheld TIJ printing systems with the following specs:


InkJet, Inc.’s Handheld Printing Systems

Coding Technology

Operating Method

System Options

Maximum Resolution and Print Height

Maximum Marking Speed

Cost Factors

Compatible Materials

Thermal Inkjet Printer

Uses heat to pressurize and eject ink droplets toward the substrate

1" Handheld Anser U2 SmartOne Thermal Inkjet Printer

400 x 300 DPI


Up to 4 lines at 1″ (25.4mm)

76.2 m/min

Low unit cost, moderate consumable cost

Paper, cardboard, untreated wood, waxed surfaces, coated paper, plaster, and concrete

Handheld Anser U2 Pro-S 1/2" Thermal Inkjet Printer

400 x 300 DPI 


Up to 4 lines at 0.5″ (12.7mm)

76.2 m/min

Low unit cost, moderate consumable cost

Metal, rigid plastic, flexible packaging, glass, rubber, cardboard, wood

The differences between these two systems demonstrate what will dictate the purchasing process in most cases: The substrate you’ll be printing on. The SmartOne is designed primarily for porous substrates like paper, cardboard, and wood. It can also print four one-inch lines, making it better for larger clear prints on traditional packaging like boxes, feed/flour bags, and crates. The Pro-S provides less print height but can handle printing on non-porous substrates that can be harder to apply lasting prints to, making it more compatible with direct part marking applications. 

Benefits of TIJ Printers

There are several benefits to using these handheld industrial printers, including:

  • Flexibility
  • Light weight
  • Consistency
  • Reliability
  • Message variety

Let’s dive into each to better understand what a TIJ printer can add to your operation.


While automated printing works well for uniform packaging, industrial operations that print on multiple parts or products with the same printer will benefit from the flexible application that freehand printing enables. It also works well for small parts with troublesome shapes or tight access points requiring more finesse.

Light Weight

The weight of TIJ printers is their primary benefit over continuous inkjet(CIJ) counterparts. These handheld models are even lighter, with both of them weighing under 5 lbs with the proper cartridge and bracket applied. Since these are manual printing tools, this can significantly improve ease of use and printing speed.


Pre-programmed prints will look the same every time so long as the user understands how to apply them. The only variance will be man-made, which can be a benefit in some cases(as mentioned in the flexibility section).


TIJ printers are exceptionally reliable when designed properly, and both of these handheld industrial printers offer maintenance-free nozzle designs that ensure minimal downtime. This keeps business owners from having to worry about printing-related delays in their manufacturing process.

Message Variety

Both of these TIJ units can store up to 999 messages, making it easy to store a wide variety of prints to meet the needs of more complex and varied industrial applications.

Bottom Line

Handheld industrial printers provide flexibility, consistency, and easy use for many industrial printing applications. Their light weight and exceptional reliability make them terrific manual printing tools for even the most difficult use cases. 

If you’re interested in integrating a TIJ printer into your production line, contact InkJet, Inc. today to get started. 

To review more continuous inkjet printer advantages and disadvantages for your operation, contact InkJet, Inc. online today or call 1(800) 280-3245.