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, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
This article possibly should be titled, “Getting to the bottom of your product is a challenge.” It’s overly simplified to say the bottom of something is the bottom because it’s standing on that surface, but that’s exactly the problem – access. Bottom labeling, or coding, requires clear access to the bottom. That’s it. Systems for […]
By the time you purchase medicine at the pharmacy, it has gone through a rigorous amount of quality control for both the medicine and its packaging. Manufacturers, when using the proper pharmaceutical coding, labeling and packaging technology can track individual lots of medications throughout the supply chain from point of origin to point of sale. […]
Manufacturing companies that need to print labels on their products need to first determine whether they need to print on the top or the bottom of the product or need a wrap-around system. As the professionals at Griffin-Rutgers explain there are automatic labeling systems to address each print type. Griffin-Rutgers carries a complete line of […]
Labeling is big business! That comes as no surprise to the consumer as there are very few items one purchases that don’t come in some sort of a package and those packages are replete with logos and identifying brand colors as well as bar codes, ingredients, lot numbers, and expiration dates. While the consumer doesn’t […]
Re-Pack three roller indexing labeling systems are those designed to “orient a cylindrically shaped item and apply a wrap-around label.” In this labeling process, the label application is accurately aligned to a specific spot on the individual product item. This unique labeling process can be accomplished with a fully automated, in-line system or as an […]
The Indexing Starwheel Labeling system manufactured by Re-Pack is one that is designed to easily integrate with an existing conveyor line system. An indexing system such as this is normally used when a label needs to be placed on the bottom of a container after the filling and capping stations. Containers such as jars, tubes, […]
If you walk into a grocery or department store and check out the baked goods section, chances are you will look at the labels and the ingredients and some of the other packaging that those products come in. More and more consumers read labels for sugar, sodium and calories along with gluten-free, GMO information and […]
Food labeling involves taking into account many specific U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-driven rules and regulations to ensure accurate and complete information is presented to the consumer when making a purchase decision. With a glut of food recalls or incidences of food production-related illness and death in recent years, food labeling is a serious matter that’s central to a food manufacturing strategy.
To order labels or to print labels is a question that many business owners wrestle with, especially when they’re first starting out. For many businesses the answer ends up being, “it’s better, less expensive and faster” to print their own labels. Why should you print your own? The printing professionals from Griffin-Rutgers offer these reasons […]
The Mini-Panel labeling system is one of those technologies that continues to evolve. It currently offers the flexibility of using one or two labeling heads and can be used offline (semi-automatically) or can be integrated into a production line (fully automated). Many manufacturers might consider a mini labeling system to be an “entry level” device, […]
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 […]
Square and rectangle containers are the norm in many retail, pharmaceutical and manufacturing settings and because of that, product labelers have been specifically designed for these packages. As such, products with three and four panel label applications on square and rectangular containers have become more common. Re-Pack Inc. has designed a line of labeling systems […]
With an array of products ranging from printing and labeling to replacement parts and consumable supplies, the technical engineers at Griffin Rutgers provide products and services for all in-line and off-line printers, coders and imprinters Griffin Rutgers supplies. Not sure what solutions you need? Here is a glossary of a few of the great products […]
The Series 3 Labeling Applicator can handle labels up to 4.1” wide. In this video the system is applying two smaller round labels, that fit within that 4.1” maximum web width, simultaneously to a flat product.
This video shows two high speeds Series 4 labeling applicators applying labels to the top and bottom of a single passing item. In this case the top label is a clear hang tab that can be seen at the end of the video. The square bottom label is applied through the small space between the […]
In this video the Series 4 High Speed Beverage Labeling System is applying labels to round beverage containers at high throughput rates. The accuracy of the container handling is insured through the use of a timing screw. This timing screw insures the high speed location of the container in relation to the labeling head for […]
Items that don’t stand easily and reliably can often require unique methods of transport for label application. A pair of opposing hugger belts can solve many such problems. A narrow box of playing cards is gently held by the side hugger belts while a single label is applied to the front panel and then is […]
The Series 6 integrated OEM print engine prints the complete label just prior to application. One half of the label is initially applied to the side panel of the passing carton. As a secondary process the remainder of the label is then wipe applied to the trailing panel of the carton. Two panel carton identification […]
This video shows the creativity of our Series 6 labeling engineers in designing a system to print a very small label and apply it to a very small part. This need was made even more difficult as the label orientation during printing did not match the orientation of the part and, thus, the label had […]
Applying labels to cartons that are moving at high speed along a packaging line by contacting the carton can create problems for the alignment of the carton and also for the equipment applying the label. The safest way to apply a printed label in this type of situation is to NEVER touch the carton but […]
This short video shows the print and application of a label to the top and trailing panels of a carton by wrapping it around the top-trailing corner of the carton.
Labels can be printed right on-line and applied to cartons on any surface of the carton while it is in motion. This video demonstrates an application method that applies the two panel label to the front and top panels of the moving carton. The label is wrapped around the desired corner of the carton to […]
This video shows the Re-Pack Series 6 Print & Apply Labeling System in a basic top mounted print & apply installation. The label is fully printed immediately prior to being applied. The applicator vacuum tamp pads can be custom sized to fit almost any label size need. Labeler installation can be from the top, bottom, […]
A specific customer request led to the development of this four side labeling system. Two corner wrap labels, one leading edge label and one trailing edge label, are printed and applied as part of a single fully integrated labeling process. The finished carton can be visually identified from any side view no matter how it […]
Three panel label applications on square and rectangular cases have become common place and we offer a line of labeling machines specifically for these applications. We even have a machine that can quickly be changed over from 3 panel to single panel or wrap label application. Labeling applicators are great for boxes and cartons, round […]
This label applicator is designed to wrap labels around tapered containers. The application requires that a “Banana cut” style label is used to match the taper of the container. We have overcome the label skew issue by partially pre-dispensing the label and finishing the application at the wrap station.
This labeling system is specifically designed to apply clear round tamper evident security seals around the top front edge of a carton to secure its contents. The clear seal is tamp/blow applied to the carton top without the applicator ever touching the carton. The seal is then plow folded around the carton top corner onto […]
This video is a demonstration of the small item labeling capability of the Robo Wrap System. This compact, table top designed labeling system is able to hold very small cylindrical items in close control so that accurate label placement is achieved consistently. Numerous options are available to customize this system for installation in pharmaceutical manufacturing […]
This video is a demonstration of the small item labeling capability of the Robo Wrap System. This compact, table top designed labeling system is able to hold small cylindrical vials in close control so that accurate label placement is achieved consistently. Numerous options are available to customize this system for installation in pharmaceutical manufacturing environments […]
Here it is applying pre-printed labels to traditional brown glass beverage bottles. The Mini Wrap is the perfect labeling system for low to medium volume labeling operations. It is also perfect for new startup companies that want to grow their production volume into the full use of such a labeling system by moving it in-line […]
This is another demonstration of the versatility of the Mini Wrap Labeling System. This video shows a 23″ long pre-printed label being wrap applied to a large plastic container with the Mini Wrap Labeling System. The Mini wrap is a highly versatile and economical labeling system that can be customized to a specific task or […]
This video is one of a series that we have posted showing the versatility of the Mini Wrap Labeling System. Be sure to view the others also. In this video, the system is applying pre-printed labels to large plastic cylindrical containers with the Large Frame version of the Mini Wrap System. This unit has a […]
This video is one of a series that we have posted showing the versatility of the Mini Wrap Labeling System. Be sure to view the others also. This video shows the system applying wrap labels to square glass jars. The Mini Wrap is designed to fill the gap between semi-automatic labeling machines and fully automatic […]
This video is one of a series that we have posted showing the versatility of the Mini Wrap Labeling System. Be sure to view the others also. This video shows the system applying wrap labels to metal aerosol cans. The Mini Wrap is designed to fill the gap between semi-automatic labeling machines and fully automatic […]
This label applicator is designed to wrap labels around tapered containers. The application requires that a “Banana cut” style label is used to match the taper of the container. We have overcome the label skew issue by partially pre-dispensing the label and finishing the application at
Labeling systems come in all shapes and sizes. The choice of which one is right for your company’s needs depends on a variety of factors. There are times when you can’t simply choose the most popular type, because your needs may be different than the next guy. After all, a company’s products and packages are often like snowflakes — no two are alike.
As a kid, do you remember trying to get a square peg into a round hole? You sure were determined, weren’t you? For many companies, that’s what it feels like with certain package types. The truth is, not every item has the perfect shape and size to make labeling easy. Often, labeling systems are simply not designed for packages and labeling needs that are outside the “norm.”
Product purveyors know that a display label is critical for attracting customers to an item on retail shelves. The label must stand out to get the necessary attention amongst all the other competitive products crammed in around, above, and below the product. That’s why it is well worth the time and effort to create a unique packaging label that draws attention and ultimately facilitates your product being selected above and beyond all others on the shelves. Here are a few tips and tricks on what to focus on to create a unique display label, which, of course, must also contain pertinent information like product information and pricing.
Whether you are in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics business, or any other type of vertical market that requires a labeling system for front and back labels, top and bottom labeling or wrap systems, you could benefit from automatic label applicators for their ability to be flexible and highly productive relative to volume output.
If you are considering the benefits of investing in one of many available custom print and apply systems for product identification of pallets, containers, or shipping cases, you first need to discern just what type of system would serve your unique operational needs best. Here we detail some of the print and apply systems and options available in the marketplace today along advantages of each. Read on to uncover which system may best align with your business strategy and related objectives.
When it comes to product labeling, one particular type of product – electronic equipment—does require some care to ensure information is available to the consumer while also adhering to safety concerns. Here we offer some details on product labeling background and insights directly related to electronics.
When it comes to food labeling on glass jars, there are stringent requirements as to what must be included and how the information should be presented. Here are some tips that can provide a framework for optimizing food labeling strategies for those items that are packaged in glass jars. These guidelines are based around the regulatory framework of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Trade Commission.
Great care must be taken with medical labeling in order to meet stringent requirements as well as to ensure the health and safety of consumers. There are industry best practices and then there are those practices that you should avoid entirely.
RFID identification, an acronym for Radio Frequency Identification Devices, is a technology that helps to identify objects or even people by using radio waves and a specialized equipment set. This equipment includes a transreceiver and an antenna to read and decode the radio frequency, and a reader or tag that receives and processes the radio frequency into digital information, or data, which can be used for tracking and inventory management purposes.
Before there was RFID (also known as radio frequency identification) there was barcode labeling, but today’s technology advancements allow RFID and barcode to exist side by side in various industries, allowing companies to decide which one works best for their needs. While these are different tools that have distinct applications, there are still instances where they can be used together. To help you determine the best course of action for your own initiative, below is a list of key features and differences of RFID and barcode options.
Fast becoming one of the most popular technologies for the retail industry, smart labels are viewed as an ideal way to leverage greater efficiencies and profitability in your business. This blog post briefly describes this solution and why it could improve your business.
When it comes to a display label, there are some very specific elements that you must consider when creating a design that stands out on the shelf and garners the attention you are seeking from your target customer. Here are some important elements that you will want to consider in your design.
As part of the marketing of your product, the display label is a mission-critical component that can help inspire—or deter—a purchase decision. A well designed and printed label can draw a prospective customer to the product and then convince them to buy based on what they see and read. There are multiple crucial elements that are involved in designing a display label that’s a true standout.
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.
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.
One of the most delicate and risky types of medical labeling in the healthcare setting is that of labels that must be adhere to blood bags, including platelet samples and various types of blood components. There are many things to keep in mind when working with this type of specialized medical labeling as detailed below.
When it comes to medical labeling, there are some specific points to consider relating to today’s more stringent regulatory environment ensuring health and safety remains paramount. To meet standards and also reduce liability exposure, here are five key things to remember when producing medical labeling:
As technologies advance and merge, it can be harder to distinguish between seemingly similar types of product identification functions. Take for example RFID and barcode labels, which appear to be interchangeable terms in many ways. Not necessarily. Below is a list of differences between RFID and barcode labeling to provide a clearer picture about each process and how they are different even though they both help to track products and shipments.
Investing in a label system is not a decision to be made lightly; it deserves careful consideration as to how the machine will meet business needs now and in the future. With such a significant investment at stake, the label system has to provide a sizable return. Discerning which model is right for your operation can be challenging, but focusing on a few specific factors can make that decision easier and ensure it’s on target. Below are a few key factors to weigh when trying to ascertain which system is best.
Today’s label system manufacturers realize there is no longer a single design standard or operating procedure for printing environments. Instead, modern machines require functionality that can adapt to a wide range of environments, some harsh, while maintaining a high level of productivity.
As applications and requirements for labeling continue to evolve, the industry continues to push the limits of technology to respond to these new trends by delivering new types of labeling equipment that help your business respond. This blog post briefly highlights three new types of labeling equipment machines that may prove beneficial if you’re seeking to expend your product line, increase production volume, or meet new stringent labeling requirements for the industries you serve.
Making the decision to purchase new labeling equipment that will help you meet enhanced efficiency goals cannot be achieved quickly or lightly; there is a lot to consider when it comes to finding the optimum solution. That’s why it pays to establish a set of vendor evaluation criteria, such as those listed below, to measure against when weighing labeling equipment suppliers.
Technology is bringing some pretty amazing problem solving solutions to market, including the advent of monitoring labels commonly associated with climate-sensitive products that must be kept at a certain temperature to maintain a product’s integrity. Below learn how monitoring labels can be used to measure and control temperature to improve cold chain management for applications like food and pharmaceuticals.
Not every production line has enough available space to fit in all of the necessary equipment like a labeling system. But there are labelers available on today’s market that are designed to fit into those tight spaces. A good example of a label system suitable for smaller spaces is the corner wrap print and apply (label printer and applicator) system which can be found among the labelers now on the market.
For non-contact operation for certain label applications, you will need a label system that employs an alternative approach. A good example of such a label system is a blow-on label applicator that can offer you a wide range of features that facilitate non-contact operation, including promotional or spot labels.
When it comes to product labeling, while there are synergies across some industries, many labeling functions are industry-specific depending upon the type of products that are being packaged. Because there is such a wide range of product labeling applications, there are a myriad of specialized machines in kind designed to handle specific and varied requirements relative to product shape, size, production speed, label substrates, shapes and designs, possibly data to be imprinted and volume of printing that is needed.
Maximizing your uptime with print and apply labeling system production is often the prime objective to ensure volume targets are met and avoid chinks in the supply chain. Toward this end, keeping equipment functioning at a peak level is mission critical. This makes it imperative to watch for signs that your print and apply labeling system may not be operating properly. If spotted early, the problems can be addressed immediately so the downtime is minimized.
When comparing print and apply labeling systems, two important facets to consider are cost and capabilities. These two mission-critical parameters will ascertain if the unit under consideration will fulfill your distinct business objectives while remaining within your targeted budget. Print and apply labeling systems are ideal for those environments where labels must be printed on pallets or shipping cases as well as primary packaging applications like those within the baking and snack industries. But, all are not created equal.
With a wide range of available print and apply labeling systems, you need to think carefully and weigh all of your options in order to select the model that is just right for your business. If you are not completely familiar with all of the capabilities of print and apply labeling systems, below we’ve provided a brief explanation to facilitate a fundamental understanding. Also below are key recommendations on a few available models relative to which works best for specific print and labeling needs.
The choosing of a labeling machine is an important decision because you are making a significant technology investment and want to ensure that it will deliver on your performance expectations both short and long term. But, the choosing of a labeling machine does not have to be difficult. Here are three ways that Griffin-Rutgers can assist you with this critical capital equipment purchase decision:
Labels for glass bottles abound amid a wide range of applications, including beer and wine bottles, food jars, beverage bottles and storage bottles. These often require variable data and may need to have numerous colors and sizes with unique designs and specific printing needs. After all, many of these products rely on labels for glass bottles to make an impact on the consumer and inspire purchase with crisp, easy-to-read, and attractive graphics and text.
In the packaging industry it’s often wondered what machine will work best for a barcode application. And, the answer can differ based on the type of application and performance expectations of the user. Many opt to purchase the EasyPrint due to its wide range of benefits and proven dependability. There are a myriad of reasons that make this particular model adept at working with a barcode application. Here’s why.
When it comes to cardboard and plastic products, it imperative to select the proper combinations of inkjet printers and ink type for date labeling that can effectively work with these types of mediums and produce high-quality output for each and every item on the line. To ease and expedite your printer procurement process, here we’ve compiled a list of top inkjet printers for date labeling known to work well with cardboard and plastic packaging.
With so many different types of labelers available in today’s marketplace – and with some companies offering more than forty different models of labeling systems – it can be difficult to know which unit suits your particular need. However, if you are going to make an investment in one of these labeling systems, you need to know fundamental pieces of information for both your current needs and those forecasted in the months and years ahead. This includes what material you will be labeling, the shape of the product and how many units need to be produced in a given timeframe to help determine the speed at which the machine must perform.
Making any expenditure on new capital equipment like a new label printers must always be carefully vetted in terms of the potential return on investment. After all, a label printing machine will be an integral part of the operation for years to come, making it a piece of technology you want to ensure will stand the test of time and do its part to facilitate the company’s profitability. And, with this initiative, sooner is always better as there are multiple ways such a piece of equipment can be a business booster in terms of productivity, quality, and cost savings.