A revolution in industrial marking.

Delivering unbeatable reliability, ease of use and connectivity; edding compact printers are the next generation marking solutions for the Industry 4.0 era.




Maximise uptime with edding compact printers. Using Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) technology, they deliver unparalleled reliability, combining over 50 years of edding ink expertise with Elried’s industrial marking know-how. Manufactured in Germany using only the highest quality components, with the added peace of mind of a 24-month warranty. edding compact printers keep production lines running.

Operator friendly

Intuitive user interface, menu navigation and clear user guides mean an operator can install and begin using the printer in just a few minutes. No technical support or training required – and above all, no expensive service contracts. Update print information easily via the integrated touchscreen, a web browser or even a smartphone. Change ink cartridges in seconds.


Swap between different inks within seconds for a multi-functional marking solution covering all your current and future needs. edding compact printers are unique in being designed for use with external accessories such as handheld scanners, encoders, product sensors and light beacons.

edding inside

Six decades of ink expertise. A broader portfolio of ink types and colours than our competitors. With edding inks you have the flexibility to achieve high resolution marking on almost any surface.


With the most advanced system architecture on the market, edding compact printers are ready for the Industry 4.0 era. Able to integrate with upstream and downstream machinery, they easily interact with any network, Manufacturing Control or ERP systems. Future-proofed to work with all common industry standards.

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edding in-line 12 compact printerReliable, easy to use, versatile, with powerful connectivity to interact with any production line.

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edding portable 12 compact printerRobust, lightweight, with the flexibility to print in almost any environment.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What technology do the printers use?

    edding compact printers use Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) technology. It is one of the two most commonly used technologies for industrial marking, together with Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) technology. For a long time, the preferred solution has been CIJ, but TIJ has advanced a long way over the past decade and now offers multiple advantages over CIJ. With CIJ, a stream of ink is constantly being formed and deflected to the product when needed. CIJ therefore requires a complex system to collect and recirculate the ink; involving a lot of moving parts, ink and solvents. The edding TIJ solution is far simpler and more reliable to operate as the user simply replaces the ink cartridge. No servicing and minimal cleaning is required.

  • What are the edding compact printers’ communication capabilities?

    The system architecture is by far the most advanced in the market - ready for the Industry 4.0 era. Via its numerous inputs and outputs, an edding printer can be fully integrated into the network; able to communicate with upstream and downstream machines. The printer connects to any end device via Ethernet, WiFi or Bluetooth. It supports DCHP, SMTP Mail, HTML5 and even SNMP for connection to Manufacturing Control or ERP systems. You can control the device via a web browser on your smartphone, laptop or the installed touchscreen.

  • How do the in-line 12 and the portable 12 differ?

    The edding in-line 12 houses a simple, intuitive user interface and Industry 4.0 ready connectivity in a compact unit that integrates easily into any production line. The portable 12 has the same functionality as the in-line 12, but is cleverly adapted to be a portable printing solution, with the addition of a positioning laser and a best-in-class 4Ah Metabo battery. It has an ergonomic handle with almost perfect 50:50 balance. Finally, the portable 12 is housed in a robust all-in-one stackable Tanos transport box.

  • You say the printers offer unbeatable reliability. But what support is in place if there is a problem?

    If a problem were to occur, there is a 24-month warranty covering the device (excluding consumables). A temporary replacement will typically be Express delivered to you the next day, while repairs are covered for free.

  • Are there application areas that edding compact printers are not optimised for?

    edding compact printers are applicable in almost all production environments. In fact, in situations where production managers have assumed that a costly Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) set-up is the only answer, we have proved edding compact printers’ Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) solution provide an easier to use and more reliable option. edding compact printers can print at high resolution at the high speed of 78 metres per minute (higher speeds are attainable at lower resolution). The only exceptions when CIJ might be the preferred choice are for very high line speeds, very wet environments or for special shapes. Contact us here to find out more.

  • Are the printers designed for use in all production applications?

    They have a broad operation range across environments, technologies and applications. That means simple applications such as best before dates, to automatic printing of Datamatrix codes for car tyres; even complex applications such as consumer goods printed with invisible UV ink. In general, our compact printers can be used in a wide variety of areas: such as the food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical sector, logistics and transport, and the automotive sector. The broad edding ink portfolio ensure that you have the best ink for every single surface.

  • Can the printer operate in humid/dirty/cold/hot/high elevation/food grade environments?

    edding compact printers make it possible to print in difficult environments. The dust and temperature changes on a construction site, or the wet environment of a beverage production line, are no problem for the edding in-line 12 or edding portable 12. The clever design means they do not need integrated fans to prevent overheating, as the aluminium casing keeps the device cool and prevents dust from entering.

    In addition, the Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) technology is the perfect clean choice for food production environments; fully compliant with food hygiene regulations. The exception: the printers have not been designed for direct water contact and are not IP-rated yet.

  • What is the difference between edding compact printers and other TIJ printers?

    edding compact printers have been designed from the ground up, with the focus on delivering what customers really need: German-manufactured reliability, with a 24-month warranty The widest range of inks for industrial applications Intuitive handling Versatile for use with multiple ink types, and various external ancillary parts. Industry 4.0 connectivity. On each of the above, edding compact printers exceed the existing TIJ offerings in the market by delivering smart and innovative solutions for all these details that make a difference.

  • How well do they print on plastic and glass?

    Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) technology used to have problems printing on plastic and glass, but advances in the technology had addressed these issues by 2012. With their innovative technology and high quality inks, edding compact printers achieve high resolution marking on almost any surface, including plastic and glass.

  • How environmentally friendly are edding compact printers?

    The minimum solvent requirement minimises edding printers’ impact on the environment and also creates a safer workplace. They also consume up to 80% less electricity than Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) options.

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