Cable marking

Cable marking

LEIBINGER inkjet printers and camera systems specialize in imprinting and print monitoring for cables, pipes and wires. The JET3up cable printer uses the “Speed Dependent Output” function, for example, to control plasma pretreating (also: corona pre-handling) for cable marking and coding based on the production speed. If the production speed of the extrusion line drops below a specified value, the JET3up printer automatically switches off the plasma unit until the line returns to a higher production speed. For pipe and cable marking and coding, the option to print at small font heights (microprints) is important, as is a wide selection of inks for various colored backgrounds. Monitoring printed data using the LKS 5 camera verification system plays a crucial role in the efficiency of production.

Typical pipe, wire and cable markings

  • Characters and text
  • Meter marking
  • Batch numbers/lot numbers
  • Company logos
  • 1D and 2D codes
  • Good/bad marking


  • Plastics such as PE (polyethylene), PP (polypropylene), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), etc.
  • Metals like iron, copper, brass, aluminum, gold, silver, stainless steel, etc.
  • Synthetic rubber/natural rubber/Buna rubber (polybutadiene)
  • Concrete/clay/stone ware
  • Ceramic
  • Wood
  • Fiberglass cable

Examples of typical applications

  • Marking after extrusion
  • Marking after wire drawing
  • Web printing
  • Using pigmented inks (opaque inks) for high contrast on different colored backgrounds
  • Special inks for the best durability, e.g. heat-resistant inks
  • Micro-printouts, particularly small font sizes down to 0.8 mm
  • Marking on the fly during very fast production speeds (high-speed meter markings)
  • Comprehensive software and hardware accessories for the cable printer for easy and flexible integration of a printer into product lines, such as rereelers/cable routing systems, etc.

Typical print monitoring tasks

  • Print monitoring/verification/image processing of various printouts on the fly
  • Reliable monitoring of inkjet fonts (printouts of small character inkjet printers)

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