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.
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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.
As the regulatory environment continues to expand to ensure that healthcare services provide safe, secure, and confidential packaging, specialized packing and coding solutions are coming to market to address those needs.
There are many bottle unscrambler machines on the market today to help speed production of the litany of bottled goods sold in a a myriad of shapes and sizes across a vast range of industries. One of the more notable models to hit the market is the LCX Bottle Unscrambler, which has numerous features and benefits. Here are three key advantages of this particular machine:
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.
When you have a production line handling a large volume of containers that must be sorted and organized in an efficient way, a bottle unscrambler device can prove integral. Here’s an overview of bottle unscrambler technology and its benefits of use.
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.
Despite its misleading name, Web printers do not relate to the Internet either. Rather, web printers for blisters and pouches are specially designed pieces of equipment that print on what is known as web stock, web material or lid stock. These the materials are webbed together to make pouches or something that has a blister pack—the packaging where you push the tablet or product out through various types of coated and uncoated foils.
When it comes to date marking, industries like food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and OEM manufacturing must ensure this critical information is printed in way that’s readable and can withstand all types of environments – even those known to be harsh on printed information. For its durability and versatility, cardboard is often the material of choice that’s utilized across a wide range of industries to package a wide range of products. Cardboard also takes well to date marking, but for added assurance it’s wise to heed some best practices related thereto.
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 it comes to your hot stamp date coder, there are times when it might operate improperly—not unlike other types of equipment utilized for a high-demand production schedule. Better assuring the maximum performance from your date coder involves understanding the mechanics of proper work function so that you can discern when an issue is at hand. But, there are a few distinct problem signs to look out for.
When it comes to making any capital equipment investment, it helps to fully understand the machine under consideration. If you’re considering in line carton printers, there are various factors that will foster an informed and confident purchase decision. Among these are the following three specific facts about in-line carton printers:
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 process must ensure that the information stays put through all types of element-driven environments, often with direct exposure to sunlight, excess water, wind, etc. Enter the Sauven 6000R Plus—a machine noted for its ability to respond to the highly specialized needs of printing on plant trays.
Web printers are a unique and specialized breed of printers that offer a surprising range and versatility in terms of what they can provide for a wide array of applications and industries. If you are not fully familiar with web printers and what they can offer your business, here are five facts detailing how these machines can be a business boon.
When it comes to selecting the right machine from the long list of date printers available today, determining which works “best” can be difficult since this qualification should take in account a number of factors. These include features and characteristics that determine a machine’s ability to provide consistent, high-quality print critical to the end result.
Throughout our various blog posts related to packaging coding systems, we’ve offered a numerous purchase tips and factors to consider relating to the wide range of models and systems available. All such considerations should be based on each businesses unique needs, wants and budget, so there is no “cookie cutter’ method of deciding which model to choose. However, there are key ways to narrow down the field and hone in on packaging coding systems that will meet all of your exacting objectives.
With the package coding industry becoming ever-competitive and specialized, it is important to examine all methods to discern what is best for your business Toward this end, computer generated stencil printing is a method that should not be overlooked. Here we’ve provided an overview of what computer generated stencil printing can do, basic capabilities of this type of equipment, and costs to help you determine if this method will help realize your package printing objectives.
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.
High-resolution inkjet systems are one of the many available package coding systems for the distribution packaging coding industry. However, this particular system, which works well with detailed codes like barcodes, has a set of special features that often set it apart from other types of machines. Here we’ve highlighted some of the many available features and functions found with high-resolution inkjet systems.
When you are thinking of selecting distribution packing coding equipment for your business, there are many things to consider from pricing, to application, to materials, to ease-of-use. Amid the wide range of distribution packing coding equipment available, how can a company procure a model that best assures accuracy and productivity while decreasing costs and downtime for its specific application?
If you would like to understand all that is possible with thermal transfer printing, then you must stop by the Griffin-Rutgers booth number 3171 at the upcoming Interphex Tradeshow to see the EasyPrint MLP (the MLP stands for Multiple Lane Printing). We’ll showcase why this system is among the industry’s best and most reliable solutions for thermal transfer printing.
When considering the advantages of thermal transfer systems, there are some compelling reasons that make this type of package coding approach viable and strategically sound. Here are five of the more notable benefits to consider when comparing thermal transfer systems with other potential coding systems for your packaging operations:
If you are in the distribution packaging business, you may want to consider a drop-on-demand inkjet (DOD) system. Do note, however, that this term is somewhat general and can comprise a wide range of inkjet technologies in use today. This post provides some fundamental information about the drop-on-demand inkjet system and why it could be a good solution for your distinct distribution packaging business needs.
Be sure to stop by the Griffin-Rutgers booth (Booth number 3171) at the Interphex Tradeshow from May 1st to May 3rd, 2012 at the Jacob Javit’s Center in New York City. The show brings together industry leaders in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology with suppliers and systems purveyors.
Given the selection of packaging coding equipment available today, comparing and contrasting them all can be difficult. There may be models that will deliver on some of your needs but not all, while there are other models that deliver too much capability for your needs – with a higher price point to boot. This is why it’s imperative to find packaging coding equipment that gets as close to your current and forecasted needs as possible, so that the unit does not fall short and can’t meet your goals or that you don’t pay more for a machine that offers features you simply will never need.
Two of the primary printing systems today are the inkjet and laser method. However, despite their popularity, many are still don’t know the difference between inkjet vs. laser systems and, hence, are unsure which they should choose for their application.
With so many variables and types of primary packaging coding equipment on the market today, it can be difficult to make a conscientious purchase decision with the utmost confidence that the capital expenditure will result in high productivity and minimal-to-no downtime. To help narrow down your options when vetting primary packaging coding equipment to discern the model that’s right for you, apply these 12 tips to better assure your choice will be a sound one:
Typically, UV printers can print on paper packages, but they can also be used for other applications like electrical UV ink curing, keyboard and phone key printing, and plastic PC printing. The machines can also handle what is known as UV glue print, LCD, and key panel UV ink curing and printing.
When weighing the various benefits of a high resolution laser printer, there are three key areas worth considering and measuring against other types of laser printing equipment available on the market today. This type of machine uses a non-contact process to print information on various types of target materials. Its ideal application is when permanent marking is needed because the machine etches codes onto the target material.
Today’s coding system equipment has come a long way thanks to major technological advancements. However, these improvements have also led to confusion relating to technical terms and industry jargon that surrounds this kind of machinery. For some, this has made choosing a coding system more complicated than it needs.
Before selecting coding equipment for your business, it is important to understand the full capabilities of what your model of choice can do, what type of printing technologies it employs, what materials it can accommodate and other critical factors that are integral to the purchase decision. Of primary importance is understanding the fundamental purpose of coding equipment. Here is a rundown on what this type of machine can do, and the type of target materials it performs with best.
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:
This blog introduces you to the rotary printing machine, one of many types of printing presses that have revolutionized the industry. It is described on Wikipedia as a printing press “in which the images to be printed are curved around a cylinder.” This type of process has been around for a while. According to Wikipedia, it was invented by Richard March Hoe in 1843, but other sources note that Hippolyte Auguste Marinoni was actually the inventor. While the technology has advanced over the years, the core components that create a rotary printing machine press are essentially just the same.
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 tracking down the best systems for digital thermal transfer printing on cardboard, there are a number of options to choose from based on specific applications and operational environments. Listed below are two of the leading-edge solutions in the marketplace today for digital thermal transfer printing on cardboard.
When seeking a top-performing printer that can effectively deliver quality printing on boxes, cartons and trays, look no further than the Sauven 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.
Every company with date coding requirements wants to select the best equipment for their specific product to assure optimum output for the surface being printed on. This is definitely the case when it comes to date coding on water bottles. With so many types of machines on the marketplace today, how does one discern which type is best for date coding on water bottles?
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.
When selecting from the available range of high resolution carton printers, there are some things it’s best to avoid to ensure you procure the right printer for your specific needs – including meeting standard performance metrics. Here are a few carton printer pitfalls to avoid:
When you seek out carton printing equipment that is apropos for your specific application, objective and industry, it’s important to follow certain “best practice” guidelines to ensure your investment will deliver over the long haul. In kind, there are also some notable things to avoid when deciding on a carton printing solution. Here are a few for top-line consideration:
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.
When you invest in high-performance equipment like a Truflex Printer, you know that it will be dependable and provide long-term uptime. However, that doesn’t mean that it does not need a periodic maintenance schedule to best ensure that premium performance. The maintenance that a Truflex Printer does require is minimal but should be kept up in order to help your equipment go the distance. Here are three tips to improving the longevity of this machine.
As a versatile inkjet printer manufacturer, Accufast has a wide range of high-quality machines to choose from. This variety, however, can make selecting the right one for your application a touch more complex. With this in mind, we have compiled a list some of the top Accufast inkjet printer systems and their applications and options […]
If you’ve ever wondered “what is a top and bottom labeling system and what is it used for?”, then you’re not alone. Here are some answers to clarify the confusion.
Finding a labeling machine to suit your specific needs won’t be a problem if you know what to look for when considering your options. The ongoing technology advancements have led to a wide range of very versatile labeling machine choices in today’s marketplace. For instance, today a new labeling machine may come with software that allows you customize labels of many types with special lettering, colors, and graphics.
The Truflex UV printer is manufactured by Griffin-Rutgers and offers a unique solution for those looking to achieve the dual benefits of reliability and performance for their in-line blister and pouch in-line printing needs from a high-quality true UV flexo printer.
Automatic print coding has become an increasingly popular way to allow for the automatic identification of products and collection of product data in a quick and efficient manner. Developed in the 1970s, today automatic print coding is also known as bar code printing or intelligent coding. It is widely regarded as a means to manage product production information and to control access to that data. As well, it can reduce the cost of labor and human error.
A good carton printing system with robust features can enhance your company’s performance, create a competitive advantage and build additional market share through increased order processing and quality assurance capabilities. Conversely, technically inferior or unreliable carton printing systems can be, a disadvantage for a business at best. Therefore, this is a purchase decision not to be taken lightly. Indeed, it’s imperative to create a list of selection criteria that will assure your solution of choice is synergistic with your company’s goals, objectives, strategy, and in-house required capabilities.
A date coder plays a mission critical role in print production operations. Selecting a quality piece of proven equipment can make the difference between an efficient, high-performance operation that can sustain and build a business – and its image – versus one that undermines an entity’s success through an inability to meet marketplace demand, deliver consistent quality, and otherwise fulfill expectations both in-house and with customers.
When investing in a carton printing machine, key considerations include carton speed and quality of print, type of data, and performance level. With so many solutions on the market, how can you ensure you’ve acquired the best one to meet your specialized needs and business goals? Here are some fundamental carton printing machine purchase points that can help ensure you procure a solution that will meet, and possibly exceed, your expectations.
Before purchasing a major piece of case labeling equipment for your company, you want to make sure that a particular brand and model will help you achieve your operational and quality objectives within your intended budget. That’s why it is important to first establish all of your business needs and desires, so you can cross reference equipment features and benefits that are the most mission-critical to your business. It is within this framework that a wise purchasing decision is made for case labelers.
Sauven-Marking is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art high resolution ink jet printers for the packaging industry. For more than 60-years, Sauven 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 across multiple industries, including food and beverage, industrial, electronics and pharmaceutical, for their unsurpassed in-line product coding, identification and marking capabilities.
Before making an investment in date coders, there are some important factors to consider and decisions to make. Knowing the do’s and the don’ts for selecting these machines can save a significant amount of money and even minimize downtime.
Despite the best of intentions, businesses can make mistakes when they select and purchase specific equipment, such as a date coder. Even if research has been done and criteria has been matched, mistakes can still happen. That’s why it is valuable to consider these common mistakes that have been made when purchasing this type of equipment.
When looking at the available carton printers on the market today, it is important to select one that meets all of your criteria. High resolution carton printers offer some significant advantages, making them worth serious consideration.
With such a great need for accuracy and performance when shipping products, selecting the right carton printing system is a must rather than just making a purchase based on price or popularity of a certain model. This article breaks down some of the most important factors to consider before committing to buying.
Sometimes, cases include a lot of variable data, depending on the industry or application. There can be addresses, nutritional information, bar codes, lot numbers, product identification, etc. Case labelers are a great strategy to not only save money, but they can also help to reduce the space it takes to produce custom printed cases. Instead, blank cases can be selected for different products and then labeled with variable information on an on-demand basis.
Date coders have a valuable role to play in the food industry in terms of food and food safety information on every package that holds food products or on every label in which this information is included. Beyond this primary purpose, there are some other things you should keep in mind about these printing machines.
An in-house, stand-alone, fully automated carton printing system can provide a myriad of benefits to bottom-line minded businesses. From on-demand printing to ensure up-to-date information accuracy and design flexibility, to the elimination of outdated pre-printed material inventory and the avoidance of overstocks and shortages, a carton printing system can deliver a fast ROI in droves.