Marking and coding is an important part of the manufacturing process as well as throughout the supply chain process. Larger products and skids are among the products that often need to be organized, branded, numbered, or marked with codes, warnings and safety notices. Often, stenciling is a common method of marking and coding. Stenciling, however, can be a messy waste of time and cost. Luckily, there are alternate solutions for marking and coding your large products and skids as well as a range of other types of products. Handheld inkjet printers are the latest and definitely the greatest way to do this type of marking and coding. Let’s look at these two methods side-by-side.



  • Stenciling systems have significantly high start-up costs. This includes all the necessary supplies, including 2 different size punch machines, ink, rollers, oil boards and manual labor.
  • The time factor is significant, because each individual character of the label has to be cut. There is also no chance of real-time dating or time stamping, and any small mistake means that you have to re-cut an entire stencil!
  • Depending on the method of stenciling, the ink can easily run or bleed and the outline of the stencil can appear due to over-inking. There is also the issue of using too much or too little ink, because there is no way to control how much ink is used. This makes the print and the product it’s on look sloppy and unprofessional.
  • Stenciling is a bulky, cumbersome method that is more costly than it’s worth.

Handheld InkJet Printer


  • The start up cost of a HandJet EBS-250 inkjet printer is comparable a stencil system and the HandJet EBS-260 goes to the next level with the addition of an on-board computer.  All the features listed below save your business thousands of dollars in the long run.
  • The issue of time goes out the window, since these types of printers can edit messages straight on the machine, so you spend time typing, not cutting. These systems have multiple different character sizes, and can store up to 2 Gigabytes, so there’s even less time spent adjusting or fixing any mistake.  Not to mention the new EBS-260 is capable of printing up to four separate lines of code in one pass including images, logos, and 2D barcodes.
  • Handheld inkjet printers can control the amount of ink that gets applied to an object, so ink running or bleeding is never an issue. The labels always look professional, because the messages are printed smoothly and cleanly on to the object.
  • Handheld inkjet printers are not only a better solution, they’re a more cost effective solution that saves money in the long run as well.  The use of a handheld inkjet printers provides clear and concise print to ensure your products move smoothly through the supply chain.

We’ve only grazed the surface of the capabilities and usefulness of these marking and coding methods. Check out our website for more information on marking and coding solutions, see our YouTube channel for videos of the HandJet EBS-260 Handheld inkjet printer in action, and be sure to contact us or schedule a site-needs analysis with one of our professional representatives.

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