Consumers want snack packaging that is easy to open, keeps products fresh, and is easy and convenient to take on-the-go.
FlexPackPro’s Thermal Transfer Overprinter, also known as TTO, is a solid printer solution for packaging machines and labelers.
Anytime you’re working with food products, there are a multitude of guidelines that must be followed, this is true with dairy packaging and labeling.
The number of babies expected to be born in the next year is less than usual due to the coronavirus problem. However, there are still many babies who need baby bottles and nipples to fulfill their feeding needs.
Candy comes in many forms, shapes and sizes but the common factor is that they all need to be packaged. The package, as it comes down the assembly line, needs to be identified – marked, coded or printed on – and candy is packaged in a variety of substrates.
When looking for a digital, variable data coding system to invest in and depend on, it’s important to first get to know the various system manufacturers and learn how their product offerings can help you achieve your business objectives. One of the more popular coding brands today is the SmartDate family of coders. Here are five things you should know about this particular system.
If you are looking for a thermal transfer printer, look no further than the SmartDate Thermal Transfer Coder as it has everything you need and quite possibly more. Not surprising given the company behind the SmartDate is MARKEM, a trusted industry leader in ink and thermal printing technology.
If you are considering moving production of your package identification process to an automated system, the Straight Shooter R series of friction feeders can help you achieve this. Easy to set up, simple to operate and very fast when needed. This short video shows a Straight Shooter as it feeds a carton sleeve from a […]
Studies have shown that 65-70 percent of purchase decisions are made in-store based on the product packaging and labels alone. With the vast quantity of products available, product packaging is incredibly important! Whether you’re redesigning the look of your existing packaging or launching a new product, there are several tips that will help you produce […]
Most consumers are aware that there are products generally manufactured by one company but labeled with another company’s brand, aka private labeling. Not only is this beneficial to the manufacturer who profits from the sale of its product but also creates a stream of revenue from the reseller. Meanwhile, the store who is rebranding it […]
There are many different styles of hardware supply packaging and labeling. Even with the different packaging types, it’s imperative that all your packaging meet a highly regulated set of stringent packaging regulations. Barcodes, sensor codes, warning labels, all must meet retail and wholesale standards – every single time. For instance: Nails – packaged in tubs, […]
Due to the changing global regulations in the medical field, the demand for innovative and effective marking and coding technologies has never been greater. Tracking medical devices through the supply chain is crucial. Not only does the packaging need to protect the device from distribution to final use, in some cases, it also maintains the […]
Almost everyone uses some type of pharmaceutical product so the packaging of these products is very important. Using pouches or bags with multi-layer barrier films are excellent choices for protecting your product from oxygen, moisture, and sunlight. There are different types of bags and pouches, and printing or labeling them has differing requirements. If you […]
Consumers are becoming more savvy with regards to their food choices and many are turning to vegan, or plant-based alternatives. While it may seem these terms are interchangeable, as they both exclude animal products, they are not necessarily viewed the same way, says the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA). Labels on vegan or plant-based products […]
A pesticide product label provides critical information about how to safely and legally handle and use such products. Unlike most other types of product labels, pesticide labels are legal documents, thereby making them legally enforceable, and all of them carry this statement: “It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.” In other words, the label is the law.
With the advances in technology, most industries have jumped on board to ensure that their labels, packaging, tracking system, marketing, etc., is relying on new and improved ways to keep their operations running smoothly. Using modern technology in the pharmaceutical industry is helping lower the chances of errors in medical offices, hospitals, nursing homes, etc., […]
Each liquid dose label is specifically designed to address individual needs in a pharmacy. From special papers and adhesives to a variety of shapes for irregular or small items, each one is designed to solve an issue for labeling oral medications.
The demand for electronic cigarettes is on the rise and is showing no sign of slowing down. Without a doubt, ‘vaping’, as it’s commonly called, is gaining popularity. According to one survey, 10% of adults in the U.S. now vape, and the CDC indicates that more than 9 million U.S. adults vape on a regular basis.
One market that is advancing around the globe at a constant pace is pharmaceutical packaging. In 2018, it was estimated to reach a net worth of $78 billion, with a current rate of $20 billion a year. Packaging is key for safety, security and success.
According to a study conducted by OnePoll, 75% of those who responded, noted that if the term ‘organic’ was used on the label or in the marketing campaign, they were more likely to make a purchase of said item. Nearly 60% were attracted to any given item if it was labeled ‘all natural’. The survey also found that roughly 20% of the respondents have full trust in organic food labels, with less than 60% having only partial trust.
Child-resistant (C-R) packaging, also referred to as “special packaging,” is used to reduce the risk of poisoning in children via the ingestion of potentially hazardous items including certain prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications, pesticides, and household chemicals.
When it comes to printing and coding on metal and steel, there are many factors to take into consideration. Large fluctuations in temperature, effects from the weather, stresses on the metal, harsh environments and a vast assortment of surface qualities all must be considered when choosing the correct printer and coder for your project.
Remove, Reduce, Recycle, Renew, Re-use. These are five of the original 7 R’s of Sustainable Packaging revealed by Wal-Mart when it introduced its Packaging Scorecard to a standing-room only audience at Pack Expo 2006. The mega-retailer has since shortened the list to reduce, reuse and recycle, but also added a new term, rethink, to encourage companies to always remember to consider smarter sustainable options.
To achieve maximum efficiency when it comes to your packaging strategies, it’s never enough to operate with a day-to-day mindset. Engaging a short-term goal mentality will only help with the daily tasks and meeting project goals. However, the trend in 2018 was to take a more proactive approach to realize long-term organizational success. This allowed companies to achieve the efficiencies that were expected, and had a lasting impact on the bottom line, and the growth of many companies. This trend is continuing into 2019.
If the barcode or marking of your product is unreadable, it can result in recalls, unhappy customers, and even fines. It is important to identify these issues early by implementing regular checks and verification to ensure quality.
In a recent report provided from Research and Markets, the global cosmetic packaging market was valued at $24.86 billion in 2017, with the numbers expected to reach a value of close to $31 billion by 2023. When speaking of cosmetics, the term covers a wide range of products. Beyond makeup, it encompasses everything from toothpaste, deodorant, facial products, bath and body products; primarily anything that touches the skin.
It is estimated that 2 percent of adults and about 5 percent of infants and young children in the U.S. suffer from food allergies. Approximately 30,000 consumers require emergency room treatment and 150 Americans die each year because of allergic reactions to food. As a result, the FDA enacted the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) in 2004.
When it comes to thermal transfer printing, the ribbon, substrate and printer all work together as one system. It’s simple technology and works by melting ink from the thermal transfer ribbon onto the paper or film. TTP (thermal transfer printing) is very reliable and low maintenance. TTP can be applied in a wide range of […]
Unfortunately, brand reputations are being tarnished across the country because of the high-rate of counterfeit products. Consumers are losing trust, even amongst the most well-known brands. As a result, security labels are trending across all markets as a way to better track and prevent counterfeit products.
Carefully crafted packaging of luxury goods is designed to deliver a high level of on-shelf ‘wow factor’ to the consumer. Items such as premium foods, cosmetics, and perfumes rely on beautifully created packaging. Quality is integral, and within the luxury category, more than others, minimal design is preferred over confusing branding and messaging.
In 2018, product packaging gave manufacturers a lot of innovative ideas and options, both functionally and aesthetically. 2019 promises to be just as innovative, and continue to grow with more color, graphics and material in exciting new ways.
The average car today has more than 1,000 plastic components and roughly 12% of them are made of soft PVC. The main uses include underbody coatings and sealants, wire harnesses, synthetic leather for seats, passenger compartment parts and small exterior trims and fittings. Vehicle manufacturers clearly recognize the performance at both low and high temperature, the design, weight and cost […]
If your role is as a brand manager, production or plant manager, then you know your primary focus includes the bottom line. Packaging affects many different parts of your product line, which in turn drives the growth of your business. Cost reduction and revenue growth can be tied directly to the way you package and […]
Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and flexible metallized films like aluminum foil, are widely used for confectionary and salty snacks packaging. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing packaging type driven by innovations including zippers, gussets and windows. Flexible packaging is also popular because of portion control packaging and lower transportation costs.
PVC is replacing traditional building materials such as wood, metal, concrete and clay in many applications. Versatility, cost effectiveness and an excellent record of use means it is the most important polymer for the construction sector.
As anyone in the lumber or wood industry knows, coding of panel grades, moisture levels, traceability data, and inspector ID information can be a challenge in an environment that’s often dusty and can experience significant seasonal temperature fluctuations. Also many types of wood tend to be very absorbent so it is necessary to take this […]
When it’s time to create the perfect packaging for your product, there are many choices that need to be made. The packaging should be attractive, while complying with many regulations regarding the content. It should also reinforce your company’s brand.
Paperboard and folding cartons for retail and product manufacturing is becoming a desired choice for product packaging solutions. The multitude of benefits that paperboard offers across its lifecycle – from manufacturing to retailing to consumption and recycling – is becoming clearer every day.
The US Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that recalls cost companies over $10 million. In addition to the financial burden, recalls for defective products can also be harmful to the health of the consumer, and ultimately damage the reputation of a product and company.
Medical aluminum foil is the material sealed onto a plastic film. The advantages of using this type of seal is that it is non-toxic, corrosion resistance, heat resistant, moisture and light resistant, and resistant to high-temperature sterilization. The typical thickness is usually 0.02 millimeter, consisting of a protective layer, printing layer, base material, and an […]
Tyvek® is a brand of flashspun high-density polyethylene fibers, which is a synthetic material. The name is a registered trademark of the DuPont company, a company with a well-known reputation in the textile and chemical industries. Tyvek® is often used as housewrap, a synthetic material used to protect buildings during construction. The material is difficult to tear but can easily be cut with scissors or a knife. Water vapor can […]
Almost everything we eat, wear, or use comes in some sort of packaging. The package is a way to get information about your product to the consumer, but in reality, marketing places a large role in how your product is perceived. On-brand packaging creates the first impression on the potential buyer, and it’s important that […]
The global food supply chain has evolved as companies seek to enhance their capabilities to feed the world’s growing population. As the importance of food traceability continues to grow, you can depend on Griffin-Rutgers to provide labelers and coders to meet the demand.
Packaging has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Clear packaging, like blister packs and clamshells are becoming a popular choice among manufacturers today. Some studies suggest that shoppers are as much as 400% more likely to pick up a package if they can see the product that is inside.
Food safety is paramount for egg producers. The ability to effectively communicate traceability data and important information helps ensure producers are in compliance with safety regulations.
No longer will marijuana be packaged in plastic bags. Custom-art on many types of packaging is immerging in this growing industry. While most is still packaged in generic pop-top type bottles, the cannabis packaging market has grown into a very big business in just a few short years. This growth stems in a large part […]
Within the past year Griffin-Rutgers has noticed a dramatic rise in thermal inkjet coders over continuous inkjet (CIJ) within the food packaging industry for the variable information coding of its packaging. This is a result of the fact that thermal inkjet technology has seen huge advances in the recent years. In the past, the knock […]
When it comes to selecting a printer to code or mark variable information onto your packaging or product, reliability is crucial. TIJ printers offer that reliability. They are simple and maintenance-free, making them the perfect fit for your coding and packaging needs.
Over the past decade, designers of TIJ (Thermal inkjet) printers have worked tirelessly to address the limiting factors of the technology. The latest generation of TIJ printers will outperform CIJ (continuous inkjet) in terms of cost of ownership and print quality in most coding applications. Despite the discernible shift to TIJ, there’s still some outdated […]
Compared to the traditional printing processes used in the printing of packaging such as flexography and offset lithography, inkjet as a primary method of package printing is relatively new. It’s also an area of growth and opportunity that did not go unnoticed at Drupa 2016, as many vendors focused on packaging solutions using digital inkjet […]
2018 was to bring new regulatory packaging rules from the FDA. The new, easier-to-read nutrition labels were to be seen in supermarkets across the country this summer. However, the Food and Drug Administration has pushed that back until 2020. Shortly after the news broke, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) announced a new proposed […]
Impulse purchases of consumers are what causes snack companies to be in heavy competition, and capturing sales means making the most of their brands. Before that bag of chips ever gets to the shelf, and entire team of brand marketers are working to maximize the packaging artwork for marketing and promotional purposes. The last thing […]
Growth of international free trade and inadequate drug regulations have led to the expansion of trade in counterfeit drugs worldwide. Technological protection is seen as the best way to avoid this problem. Different technologies came into existence like overt, covert, and track and trace technologies.
Food packaging developments, sustainability and packaging design trends lead as top issues so far this year in this ever-growing business. Griffin-Rutgers offers coding and printing equipment to deliver high-quality coding for your food packaging needs. Here’s a look at the current food packaging trends in 2018.
Griffin-Rutgers is very proud and extremely happy to announce our 50th Anniversary! We thank all of our customers who have placed their trust in us to provide and support quality solutions for their product identification needs for the last 50 years. Some of the many benefits of working with our long established company are: CUSTOMER […]
High resolution printing is simply not what it used to be. Advancements in technology have ensured that the printing industry can offer the best in quality, no matter the application, style or needs of the client. Of course, with better printers and higher resolutions, the need for a greater quality of ink must be at […]
Needham Coding is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art high resolution ink jet printers for the packaging industry. For almost 60-years, Needham Coding has been on the cutting edge of package identification, now using its own research and development department to advance ink jet technologies. Indeed, the company’s line of printers are revered […]
The food and medical industry seem to change and grow daily. With that, comes stricter package labeling being required by the FDA. It’s important that your packaging meets the demands of the ever-changing industry and its regulations. At Griffin-Rutgers, we have a solution to meet your labeling requirements.
Whether you’re a first year start-up, a larger company that has only a small need for high resolution printing or a company that has a large need for high resolution there’s a good chance you’re looking for a low-cost way to code your packages. But, of course, you still want to look professional in order […]
The Needham S-6000 series is a great alternative to CIJ (Continuous Ink Jet) due to its ease of use and simplified maintenance benefits.
Selecting a printer for your needs can be challenging as the world of printers is vast with any number of features, gadgets, and prices. Known as a global leader in ink jet printers with a reputation of quality and reliability, UK-based Needham Printers deliver even more in terms of benefits designed to meet your business objectives.
At the start of the decade, QR codes began to make an appearance on almost all forms of packaging. However, if you used them for your packaging solutions back then, you probably hated them. In the beginning, the end-users had terrible experience using QR codes. They are now on the rise in many forms of […]
It seems impossible, but the use of printed codes on packaging continues to increase. They seem to be everywhere, on everything. Now, you can add prescription drug anti-counterfeiting measures to the list. With more requirements being set, manufacturers must ensure that they are printing codes on prescription drug packages to meet the more stringent standards.
When seeking a top-performing printer that can effectively deliver quality coding and printing on corrugated boxes, cases and trays, look no further than the Needham S-6000Plus. This best-of-breed ink jet machine utilizes the latest technology to provide online, high resolution capabilities that work for everything from small and large characters to bar codes and graphics.
The plant and garden industries strive to provide valuable information for their customers to help maintain the beauty and life of all types of greenery. And, for green thumbs to benefit from the information, they need to be able to see it. This means that printing on plant trays plays an integral role because the […]
Needham Printer Features The market is flooded with various models of ink jet printers across a wide range of technologies, brand names and ink types, which can make it challenging to discern what printer is the best for which application and environment. Many in the industrial and commercial marketplace are loyal to Needham Coding Printers, […]
There is a new front in the war on drugs, and it’s not the kind of drugs you might think. We’re not talking about cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines. This is about drugs that could wind up in your medicine cabinet: counterfeit prescription drugs, made with cheaper – sometimes even dangerous – ingredients such as highway […]
If you are printing best-before or other fixed or variable information onto sleeves, pouches or cartons, an offline feed and coding system could be just what you need.
Improvements in technology are seen everywhere in the workforce and in consumer products and packaging. Laptop computers that used to be rather weighty now seem featherweight. Innovations in packaging also continues to grow at a steady pace. The automation of horizontal packaging allows your business to run at a more efficient rate and be able […]
Are you running your facility with older style packaging technology? With recent changes in regulations requiring high-resolution production date and expiration’s on your packaging, you may be thinking you need to completely overhaul your VFFS system.
When it comes to deciding what type of TTO (Thermal Transfer Overprinter) to choose there are some valuable points to consider. The two different types are direct thermal and thermal transfer.
A young specialty preserves maker from Vermont was growing fast and needed to begin automating their jar labeling process. They found the perfect wrap-around label applicator system, but, they were at a loss when it came to choosing the right high resolution coder for printing batch codes and expiration dates on their prime labels.
Not only is organic baby food evolving, but, the packaging of said products continues to change with market demands. Gone are the days when mothers and fathers just grab a jar of baby food for their youngster without any question to the ingredients or packaging. The top four emerging trends driving the global baby food […]
In today’s production environments, marking and coding is required at each level of packaging from consumer units through cases, tray and bundles to pallets. Consumers, business partners and the regulatory authorities demand ever more accurate on-package coding and information. Improved legibility, more variable data, better chosen print locations, faster production lines and more problematic packaging […]
In every industry, the trend for more eco-friendly packaging is taking an upturn. We are seeing that trend even in the cosmetic industry. When one thinks ‘cosmetics’ it brings to mind makeup, but, the cosmetic industry encompasses more than just eye shadow and blush. It includes everything from toothpaste to lipsticks. As such, it needs […]
When you’re a manufacturer or packager there are times you need the flexibility to incorporate offline coding into your product identification (printing and labeling) systems. This could be when you’re introducing a new product, or if changing regulations mean you need to print different information on packaging, or if you have pre-printed packaging inventory stock […]
Coding your primary product package or shipping carton seems to be a small step in the overall production process. But it is extremely critical in order to be ready to release your goods for sale. Incorrect, illegible or failed code information can shut down your production line, and interrupt your cash flow, just as easily […]
A date coder is a printing device that adds variable information either directly onto a product, the label or to the packaging of the product. Date coding or 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 […]
Since the inception of thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs) in the early 1990’s, Griffin-Rutgers has been there. That’s why we know that all TTOs function in the same manner, based on the identical operating principles – energize the print head, heat the ink on the mylar carrier, and with a little head pressure leave an image […]
Manufacturers and packagers of pharmaceutical products understand that a product identification system for pharmaceutical packaging requires two separate, but highly integrated components. It is mandatory to have a labeling system that can consistently apply labels at the required speed and with a high degree of accuracy. Along with such a labeler packagers need a print […]
Ideal for the automatic feeding of boxes in their flat form. The Rotech RF-Box Feeder can handle a variety of different sized boxes in their flat form. It’s twin conveyor design allows for the easy separation of boxes onto the conveyor so that they can be individually marked or labelled ready for operator removal. Continuous […]
Pharmaceutical manufacturers and packagers could be facing increased costs due to re-engineering of production lines to satisfy newly upgraded European Union Falsified Medicines Directives (FMD). Printing and packaging systems that carry out coding, and its related post-print inspection, offline as an independent process might make it easier for manufacturers to meet the new compliance requirements […]
In the past several years, a few states have passed new laws in regards to medical marijuana being a choice for people in their states looking for alternative medicine. Regardless of what anyone might think of the cannabis industry, marijuana is making progress at becoming legal and is on the verge of becoming a mainstream […]
An argument over the need to identify food products that include genetically modified ingredients (GMI or GMO) has been ongoing for years as such products so modified have been entering our food supply over the last two decades. Yet, it may still come as a surprise to many consumers that a great number of products […]
The Markoprint product line, including the iJet shown here, brings Intelligent print systems for industry applications. High performance data management equals high speeds of up to 80 variable codes per second. Solutions offered for splash water and harsh environmental conditions.
Product recalls of consumer goods or automotive parts are news stories we hear about on a regular basis today. When there is a recall, chances are you hear not only about the item and the brand name, but also the location in which they were, manufactured, where they were sold, the expiration date, and, more […]
If your printing needs for your various packaging components are variable and can change from, not only, day-to-day but from project-to-project, a Rotech Flat Product Feeding System equipped with an appropriate printer could be ideal to fulfill a wide variety of needs. Rotech doesn’t manufacturer printing systems, but they do make the RF1 and RF2 […]
Stricter packaging regulations that will aid in the fight against counterfeit drugs are leading a good number of pharmaceutical companies scrambling to meet the new compliance regulations. In order to do so they are looking at the potential of overhauling not only the packaging, but the distribution and tracking systems in place for all of […]
Brand Owners want to translate their investment in serialization into innovative ways to increase product safety that goes beyond compliance and to yield rich business intelligence data. In order to provide their clients with a solution that achieves both of those goals, Verinetics Corporation and IN2trace Ltd announce a partnership to offer TraxSecur™ Serialized Security™ […]
TraxSecur™ Serialized Security™ – Now for identifying individual doses Counterfeit, gray market, stolen, or diverted pharmaceutical products would be easier to detect, and those crimes deterred, if legitimate packages and their contents were logically linked with a unique set of security markings. TraxSecur™ was originally developed so that a simple mobile app on a smart […]
The world of labeling changes at an ever more rapid pace every day. The professionals from Griffin-Rutgers know this because manufacturers are constantly redesigning packaging components, seeking commonality of goods, and packaging lines for greater efficiency and output. Packaging systems have to keep up with such needs for ever increasing efficiency as well as new […]