Breakthrough bulk ink solution brings new level of reliability and cost savings to thermal inkjet (TIJ) marking and coding

ABIS (Active Bulk Ink Supply) sets a new standard in reliability and quality thermal inkjet printing

Matthews Marking Systems, a global supplier of marking and coding systems, just launched a revolutionary bulk ink supply for their thermal inkjet printers, the Active Bulk Ink System (ABIS). ABIS features compact, high-performance, high-resolution printing for both water- and solvent-based inks, allowing marking and coding on both porous and non-porous substrates.

ABIS’s unique auto-calibration and onboard sensors provide flexibility of setup, ease of operation, and high-performance printing. Auto-switching, dual ink supply allows uninterrupted printing; increasing productivity and uptime up to 30x over single-use cartridges. Additionally, a decrease in cost-per-mark with up to eight times cost-savings compared to single-use cartridges drives real value to the customer’s bottom line.

Ray Fortuna, Global Product Manager for VIAjet L-Series thermal inkjet, says, “Current bulk systems in the market today are incapable of automatically adjusting for temperature variations, atmospheric pressure changes and printhead relocation, so when an application variable changes, competitive bulk ink systems fail by either not delivering enough ink or delivering too much ink which spills onto the production line.

With these challenges in mind, we developed the Active Bulk Ink System (ABIS) to be the markets’ first truly smart bulk thermal inkjet solution. Onboard CPU’s, pressure sensors and accelerometers constantly monitor system performance and make adjustments automatically to ensure optimal operation even as the environment changes. Matthews delivered a system that is unlike any on the market and now brings the high-quality TIJ mark to a price point and level of reliability not yet seen.”

ABIS is powered by Matthews’ MPERIA® automation software, which centralizes control of marking and coding equipment. The MPERIA platform has an animated setup wizard for step-by-step installation and configuration, making ABIS simple for the end user.

For more information, please contact Matthews Marking Systems at 1-800-775-7775 or [email protected], or visit


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Matthews Marking Systems ( is a global supplier of printing solutions for product identification, branding, and traceability. We offer robust and reliable systems of unmatched quality for marking needs across packaging and industrial applications, including a full line of high-resolution inkjet, laser, and drop-on-demand valve jet technologies, high-performance inks, and integrated solutions for marking and coding automation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we serve customers worldwide through an extensive sales, service and distribution network. Matthews Marking Systems is a Matthews International company.



Matthews International Corporation is a global provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial automation solutions. The SGK Brand Solutions segment is a leader in the delivery of brand development, activation and deployment services that help build our clients’ brands and consumers’ desire for them.  The Memorialization segment is a leading provider of memorialization products (memorials, caskets and cremation equipment) to cemetery and funeral home customers that help families move from grief to remembrance. The Industrial segment designs, manufactures and distributes marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. We have more than 10,000 dedicated employees in more than 25 countries on six continents that are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services.