Value-Added Services

Ink Jet Printing

Inkjet printing marks the cable using dots of ink. This makes identification and custom branding easy. Save time in the installation process with proper labeling.

Inkjet printing is a non-contact method of printing that marks the cable using dots of ink. This process works well with PVC jackets, but not untreated XLPE or PE.

Advantages of Ink Jet Printing

  • Ink jet is the most common method for cable manufacturers.
  • The machinery is simple to program.
  • High line speed.

Disadvantages of Ink Jet Printing

  • Certain chemical solvents and surface rubs can remove this type of print, but using pretreated wires and UV curable inks, or printing on warm cables can make the ink stick better.

Looking for a Different Method?

In addition to Ink Jet Printing, Allied also offers these other labeling and branding solutions. Let us help you make an informed decision:

Ink-Wheel Printing

Ink-Wheel printing is a contact printing method that uses an engraved print wheel to transfer ink onto the cable surface. Ink-wheels are also called gravure wheels.


  • Can be very durable so long as you choose the right ink.
  • Highest line speed (over 3,000 feet per minute).


  • The print is fixed, so different wheels are needed for each print legend.
  • Sequential marking is impossible with this method.

Laser Wire Marker

Laser wire markers are used for non-contact printing. This method directs a laser at the cable jacket. When the beam reacts with the particles on the cable's surface, it leaves a mark. Different wavelengths of the laser produce different results and the color of the printing depends on how the laser reacts with the cable jacket. PVC creates a light orange mark while other untreated materials show dark gray. This method is common in the military and aerospace industries.


  • High-quality printing.
  • Creates a permanent mark, so long as the jacket material reacts with the beam.
  • Software can be used to print graphics


  • Slow line speed which may cause a back-up in production.

Hot Foil Printing

This contact method of printing puts a permanent indent in the cable jacket, stamping letters into the surface.


  • Simple, low-maintenance process.
  • Works with a wide range of jacket materials.
  • Easily legible because it features an indent as well as color.
  • Mark is durable even in harsh environments.
  • Hot foil tape makes color changes easy


  • Does not work for thin-jacketed cable as indent would damage the jacket.
  • If the hot foil tape breaks, the print could be unclear.
  • Code for the wire must be set into print drums manually.

Indent and Emboss Printing

Indent printing is similar to hot foil printing, but without color. Embossed printing is raised print on the outside of the jacket.


  • Creates permanent marks.
  • Works with a wide range of jacket materials.
  • Requires very little maintenance.
  • Does not use ink or tape, so the cost of materials is reduced.


  • Printing is the same color as the jacket, so it may be harder to read.

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