Accuracy and speed are crucial in all aspects of printing and labeling and this is especially true in the pharmaceutical field. Pharmaceutical packaging and labeling are required to comply with state and federal regulations as well as meeting specific manufacturer and industry requirements. Many pharmaceutical carton and case printing needs can be accomplished with automatic […]
If you are a manufacturer that works with folding cartons, you have no doubt been faced with the issue that this type of container poses for your coding and marking procedures. You understand that the variable data that needs to be applied to a carton is only one element of the entire production and printing […]
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 […]
Stricter 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 their […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In recent years, pre-packaged meals have received bad press for those who are seeking a healthier lifestyle and who are turning their attention toward off-the-shelf choices. Manufacturers understand this and have been making their foods with more healthful ingredients, lower sodium, fewer preservatives and in increasingly smaller packaging. The reason these meals remain popular is […]
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 […]
In recent years, pre-packaged meals have received bad press for those who are seeking a healthier lifestyle and who are turning their attention toward off-the-shelf choices. Manufacturers understand this and have been making their foods with healthier ingredients, lower sodium, fewer preservatives and in increasingly smaller packaging. The reason these meals remain popular is because […]
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.
The Accufast P4 is a thermal ink jet printing system that is ideal for use in the following industries: Audio Automotive Building products Cosmetics Electrical Food Hardware Healthcare Medical devices Pharmaceutical Safety As you’ll notice by this list, it is a printing system that can be incorporated into various facilities of almost any industry. While […]
Are you printing pouches, Tyvek lid stocks, sleeve, cut labels or garment tags? If you answered yes, then you just might need an Xxtreme/64 desk top system in your facility. These flat-product thermal transfer printer and feeding systems are ideal for use in many industries. When you’re talking with a printing professional from our office […]
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 […]
It’s been said that by 2020 the way packages are printed for the cosmetic industry will be leaps and bounds above the printing used on many other packages. Holographic foil imprints are already being seen on many packages from various manufacturers. The print professionals from Griffin-Rutgers know that the printer to best do the job […]
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 […]
Manufacturers and packagers looking for an off-line standalone print system are often finding that the Accufast P8 high resolution ink jet print system with its fully integrated material transport fits the bill. The P8 has a small physical foot print – crucial when manufacturing floor space is at a premium – and offers high quality […]
The TraxSecur™ suite provides comprehensive protection from the risks of counterfeit, grey market, and stolen product by combining authentication and track & trace serialization into a single technology. TraxSecur™ solutions deliver undefeatable, serialized security marks for your products at budget-friendly pricing. They are a tool for businesses to mitigate the risks of unauthorized trade. Track […]
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 […]
The SATO M5900rve printer is a rugged industrial printer designed for demanding direct thermal applications. These printers are typically used in the agriculture, audio, automotive, consumer goods, cosmetics, education, electrical, food, healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical safety and track and trace technologies. This printer is a semi-automatic thermal transfer printer. Some of the features of the […]
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 […]
A RFID or Radio Frequency Identification is something that transmits the identity of an object by means of radio waves. There are multiple different ways of identifying an object (human readable, bar codes, 2D codes, etc,) but the RFID premise is based around a microchip with an antenna that transmits data via a reader to a computer, which then translates the radio wave into usable information. RFIDs […]
Rotech feeders are a great choice for industries that need to print on blister cards, bags, pouches, boxes and cases. Griffin Rutgers offers the Rotech RF1 and the Rotech RF2. Rotech’s RF1 friction feeder is a proven feeding system for medical packaging printing. It can handle a wide range of products from blister cards […]
Different printers for different tasks sounds simple enough and there are many considerations when it comes to printing. The task of determining the right printer for your needs is based on the work environment, required print speed, the medium onto which you are printing and much more. The SATO M5900RVe is a printer that is […]
Chances are you don’t pay too much attention to the barcode. It’s ubiquitous and likely a part of your everyday life. It’s a rare grocery or department store that doesn’t have bar codes on all of their products. With a simple swipe, the price and the item name are pulled up in a computer, the […]
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 […]
Understanding the process and benefit of thermal transfer can help decide if the solution is right for your needs. Thermal transfer printing is the process of passing a ribbon between a heated print head and the label surface. The wax, resin or combination of the two is heated, transfers as an image to the label […]
Carton Coding machines have numerous usages but pharmaceutical carton printing has created an industry based on the benefits of offline carton coding. Because pharmaceutical cartons are many times constructed a specific way, they create a high demand for offline machines. Often, pharmaceutical cartons are used for the packing of multiple packs, labeled erect and put […]
Looking for Value in Increased Pharmaceutical Packaging Regulations? Problem Solved with TraxSecur™ Stricter regulations that will aid in the fight against counterfeit drugs are also leading to an increased need for printers and personnel to prepare labels and packaging for the pharmaceutical industry. Many pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to meet the new compliance regulations and […]
There are basically three types of inkjet printers, Thermal Inkjet (TIJ), Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) and Drop on Demand Inkjet (DOD), all with their own key benefits and solutions to specific needs. Understanding the differences between them will help you determine which is best for your printing job. Thermal Inkjet Printers (TIJ) This type of printer […]
One of the best types of font to use with code reading systems is called OCR-B. It is in the same family as the OCR-A font, which typically appears at the bottom of bank checks. These fonts are typically alphanumeric and easy for humans and vision systems to read and interpret. The key with any […]
Medical packaging, such as blister packs and Tyvek pouches, often require unique handling and inkjet printing systems, and it’s typically found that offline coding systems work best. An offline feeding and transport system helps to automate the printing process or can completely replace the need for a label by printing directly onto the packaging. What […]
The consumables used for coding systems can have a big impact on the performance of the equipment. Many of these consumable products look the same but are you selecting the right product for optimal performance? Griffin Rutgers recommends you consider these things when choosing the right consumable products for coding systems. Color Color changes are […]
Thermal transfer overprinting and coding, also known as TTO, is a technology that combines a thermal print head and ribbon transport device that – in terms of performance and reliability – are unbeatable if it fits the rest of your overall printing requirements. A TTO coder is capable of printing variable data including bar codes […]
When it comes to the printing of cosmetic packaging, clarity, accuracy and appearance are crucial. Manufacturers know that the coding of cosmetic containers and packages requires a high attention to detail and they also know that printing on the high-gloss carton surfaces, plastics and glass in which cosmetics are typically packed, requires a printer that […]
Griffin-Rutgers announces the advent of an ultraviolet flexographic press. This machine is ideal for printing bar codes, text and graphics on all types of web stocks and mediums. The Truflex UV machine is prized for its ability to provide the highest quality for virtually all printing jobs. The way the Truflex UV printer works is […]
The manufacturers of veterinary products have options for printing products that range from pharma feeders equipped with thermal transfer or thermal ink jet bar code models. Both printers are capable of adding multiple lines of “human readable” text to the product cartons. Friction feeder variants allow the cartons to be fed with the flaps leading […]
Ultra-violet printing is not a new technology. As a matter of fact it has been utilized with great success for more than a decade in the flexographic printing industry. UV printing provides a higher quality print as compared to water-based or solvent ink systems. With a UV flexo-printer the 100 percent solid ink can be […]
Benefits of Continuous Inkjet Printers Industries such as cosmetics, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive, construction and other industrial sectors present some of the most demanding coding and marking challenges. Continuous Inkjet Printers are among the oldest printing technologies still in use today and are frequently used in these demanding situations where reliability, speed and […]
Prepared foods sometimes get a bad rap, but for the busy family or professional, ready to eat meals and prepared foods can certainly be a viable and healthy option. The market has continued to grow steadily, in part because of consumer demand. Food packagers that produce these meals in high volume find that an automated […]
Choosing the right technology for your printing needs based on specific applications isn’t always a simple task. It is important to consider several factors in order to determine what type of printing solution will best suit your needs and often. Some of these factors include: How Much And What Type Of Information Do You Need […]
It may seem a simple task to compare the costs of various coding and marking machines technologies but there are other, less obvious, costs unrelated to the initial capital equipment purchase price that you should consider before making a final decision. Equipment Costs One way of assessing costs is to look at singular cost of […]
Hot stamp coders, aka hot fail, may have lost some of their luster over the past years as digitally programmable printers have come into favor. Those programmable printers include thermal transfer coders, high resolution inkjets and continuous inkjet (CIJ) models. In some instances though, manufacturers state that hot foil stamping is still head and shoulders […]
When the holidays roll around, how can you set your product apart from the others that crowd the shelves and vie for your customer’s attention? One way is through the use of festive sleeves for your products. Food products effectively lend themselves to festive sleeves or cartons and with eye catching packaging you may see […]
In the packaging industry there has been a flurry of orders being placed for semi-automatic overprinting systems. What is such a printing system? It is one in which the package to be printed is manually presented to the printing system. The printing operation itself can be accomplished by several different types of print technologies and […]
Is There A Solution For “Serialization” that doesn’t require complete production line shut down to accomplish integration? There are off-line systems that have been developed that can feed, transport and print data matrix codes onto cartons that are in a flattened form. These off-line systems have been supplied to pharmaceutical customers worldwide and are manufactured […]
Production manufacturers cope with many different issues through-out the course of production. One way to speed up the process could be through the use of a stack-to-stack feeding system. What are the benefits of this type of system and could it fit into your facility? Here are a few items to consider: Fitted with the […]
The value of a product contained inside its package may be initially valued based on the aesthetic appeal of its packaging as a first impression marker. When it comes to high end, high value cosmetic products, the aesthetics certainly play a part in the marketing of those products. Regardless of the appeal of products’ packaging […]
Today companies both large and small have more complex requirements involved in the planning and execution of their production. Generally this means more people and processes which leads, logically, to more vulnerabilities. Griffin-Rutgers now offers a software solution called Cockpit that ensures reliable control and monitoring of a company’s production machines. In addition to material […]
When H.R. 3204, The Drug Quality and Security Act was passed, many organizations had to rethink the way they label and track pharmaceuticals to be in compliance. The bill was designed to clarify laws related to human drug compounding and to strengthen the prescription drug supply chain in order to defend against counterfeit drugs. A […]
High quality, high speed and flexible coding options are three of the reasons that thermal inkjet printers (TIJ) are typically chosen for use in the packaging industry. This technology provides a clean print, is reliable and is virtually maintenance free. Thermal inkjet printers can be used in industrial applications that require printing on both porous […]
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 […]
There are myriad options on the market when it comes to coding and marking of items but the device needs to suit the specific purpose and the items being marked or coded. To make an informed decision you need to understand some of the science behind the technology. One such technology, thermal inkjet (TIJ), was […]
Coding and marking products and services for the packaging industry are versatile. Current technology allows you to print on nearly any type of packaging including foil, film, cartons, sleeves, packets, pouches, tubes, cables, lumber and more. Printers also provide the option of printing labels made of paper, plastic or vinyl. Flexible Film & Lid Stock […]
Griffin Rutgers presents the EasyPrint ECO- low consumption, high efficiency, thermal transfer coder. Print high resolution images directly on all types of packaging material such as flexible film and labels. Create text images up to 8 lines high using 6 customizable font types and 7 different font sizes
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 Markoprint X1Jet HP is one of the most compact coding systems available on the market. It is designed to label and format data created by PC-based software and then sent via Ethernet or USB stick to the substrate upon which the data is printed. It fulfills standard marking and coding requirements such as text, […]
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 […]
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.”
One of the great things about high resolution printing is the number of choices available to your business. There are printers to fit every need and every budget. Even smaller businesses now have access to quality high resolution printing without the need to break the bank.
As companies that have distribution centers, industrial environments, and warehouses as part of their operations look to make printing barcodes on cartons more efficient, accurate and economical, one process–mobile barcode printing on cartons–is showing promise of helping achieving those objectives.
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.
Keeping your production line on-line is a top priority; when it’s down, it’ll most certainly means lost revenue and possibly adversely affect your reputation. Most of the time, there is not just a sudden breakdown but signs over a period of time that things are not functioning property. For one, knowing what to look for specific to coder machine maintenance can save you time and money down the line and ensure that you stay up and running.
A date coder plays an integral role in many types of product-based businesses, and it could be very beneficial to yours. This, of course, will depend on any specific industry requirements and particular products you are packaging. Here we break down what a date coder is and what advantageous this type of machine can provide for your business.