Tray Coders


Tray coders provide a simple, cost effective way to identify product batches packed in corrugate trays.

Whether marking batch numbers, expiration dates, printing barcodes or general package tracking information on corrugate trays or trays of other materials, Griffin Rutgers can help you select the right printing solution to meet the information needs of your business or industry. Griffin Rutgers offers a range of tray coding systems suitable to print on virtually any tray material or surface. Griffin-Rutgers specializes in helping customers find the type of tray coder they need to do the job required by industry regulations, at an affordable cost point, and with a reliability level that will keep your production running at full capacity. Look at our Tray Coder products below to view:

  • Small size single printhead fully programmable thermal inkjet coders that can print high resolution text, bar codes and images at high or low speeds across varying surface features.
  • Fully programmable thermal inkjet coders employing multiple printheads to create seamlessly stitched taller print areas, bar codes and images,
  • Simple roller type flexographic coders for static information that only changes for each batch or lot.

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What is a “Tray Coder” and is it what you need?

A Tray Coder is a printing device that adds late stages variable information to the outside of a shipping tray. In many applications it is not different from a Case Coder except that it must have a low profile face in order to be able to print on the side of a low profile tray closer to the bottom edge while still remaining clear of the transport conveyor. Variable information printing can be of many different varieties ranging from a simple production date, batch number and expiration date, to a complex 2 dimensional high density code or other type of bar code employed for automated product tracking. Variable information can be required in some form for almost any product ranging from trays of beer cans, to trays of bread or bakery muffins, to trays of soda cans. The secret to successful tray coding is to match the printer to the material to be printed at the correct level of automation required by the production operation. Not all tray coding applications require purchasing a programmable coder. Some coding needs can be met using a roller type coder that prints only static information that does not encompass bar codes. In very low volume operations it is even possible to employ a simple hand roller type printer. Our Tray Coding products encompass different coding technologies that can address virtually all tray coding applications.

Please review the articles below for news about Tray Coders. If you have questions about the best technology for your tray coding application, call Griffin-Rutgers and allow us to apply our 30 years of experience to help you find a solution to your specific need.


Tray Coder News

What Must Be On A Food Label?

When it comes to the food industry relative to what must be on a food label, there are very specific guidelines that dictate decisions concerning food packaging and label design and production. The foremost entity that determines what must be on a food label is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as they are the governing body that enacts and enforces such decisions.

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Choosing the Correct Printer for Food Labeling

Food manufacturers know the importance of properly labeling food packages to meet FDA regulations. When it comes to printing on packages such as chip bags, cookie boxes or other oddly shaped or unique materials, it’s crucial to have a printer that will feed the packaging into the device and allow it to print cleanly and […]

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Food Labeling on Fruit: 5 Things to Consider

Even natural, perishable foods need to undertake rigorous food labeling when it is sold to consumers through grocery stores, markets, and other retail operations. Even if is obvious that the ingredient is a banana or an apple, there are some things to consider when it comes to food labeling on fruit.

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Understanding Food Labeling

Pick up any food item in the supermarket and you’ll find coding on the package designed to help the consumer, store owner and packager alike. You may notice a sell-by, best-if-used-by, use-by and pack dates but how do they get there and what do they really mean? First, let’s examine some of the different codes and what […]

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Available Solutions For Printing on Food Packaging Components

When choosing a printer that will be used for printing on food packages for the food industry, at times it can be more efficient to look for a method that incorporates a feeding system allowing for the packaging to be coded or labeled prior to being introduced to the packaging line. In the search for […]

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