In 1984, Control Print (then a division of Dennison Mfg.) introduced the Accuprint family of industrial ink jet printers for the packaging industry. The uniqueness of the product was the first time commercial use of the Siemens Drop On Demand (DOD) print head technology.
The key features of this technology are the simplicity of use and the low cost to operate. Unlike other ink jet technologies, DOD is a non-pressurized method of contact-less printing. It has been proven to be the method of choice for coding or marking containers such as glass bottles, plastic bottles, automotive components, over wrapping films, cosmetics, health and beauty aids and industrial products. By applying very brief electronic pulses to a piezo crystal, the fluid compartment is momentarily compressed which forces the ejection of droplets. As the nature of DOD is basically droplets at rest waiting for the electronic impulse, there is virtually no evaporation of the ink. As such, additional fluids to compensate for the evaporative losses are not required.
Over the next 8 years, Control Print continued to improve on the performance, reliability and flexibility of the Accuprint range. Innovations such as A.I.M.S. (Active Ink Management System) were implemented. A.I.M.S. is a method of passively manipulating the droplets while they are at rest to prevent the ink from drying while the system was dormant. This extended the carefree downtime of the system by an order of magnitude. Our progressive ink development programs resulted in a complete stable of inks for virtually any application, ranging from USDA approved to UV curable inks.
In 1993, we introduced the Genesis range as the successor to the Accuprint. The new system was developed around a completely new architecture based on digital control of the print head. It also included the first true application for an industrial wireless information input device.
Two years later, the Genesis SingleLine Small Character, the flagship of our current product offering, was debuted maintaining all the features that had defined its success, plus NEMA 4 (IP 66) environmental rating on the controller electronics. A new TwinLine printer accompanied the launch, which permitted two lines of messaging to be printed on the containers. Later that year, the SingleLine Large Character printer was introduced to round out the product offering.