When looking for a digital, variable data coding system to invest in and depend on, it’s important to first get to know the various system manufacturers and learn how their product offerings can help you achieve your business objectives. One of the more popular coding brands today is the SmartDate family of coders. Here are five things you should know about this particular system.
If you are looking for a thermal transfer printer, look no further than the SmartDate Thermal Transfer Coder as it has everything you need and quite possibly more. Not surprising given the company behind the SmartDate is MARKEM, a trusted industry leader in ink and thermal printing technology.
Due to the changing global regulations in the medical field, the demand for innovative and effective marking and coding technologies has never been greater. Tracking medical devices through the supply chain is crucial. Not only does the packaging need to protect the device from distribution to final use, in some cases, it also maintains the […]
Remove, Reduce, Recycle, Renew, Re-use. These are five of the original 7 R’s of Sustainable Packaging revealed by Wal-Mart when it introduced its Packaging Scorecard to a standing-room only audience at Pack Expo 2006. The mega-retailer has since shortened the list to reduce, reuse and recycle, but also added a new term, rethink, to encourage companies to always remember to consider smarter sustainable options.
If the barcode or marking of your product is unreadable, it can result in recalls, unhappy customers, and even fines. It is important to identify these issues early by implementing regular checks and verification to ensure quality.
In a recent report provided from Research and Markets, the global cosmetic packaging market was valued at $24.86 billion in 2017, with the numbers expected to reach a value of close to $31 billion by 2023. When speaking of cosmetics, the term covers a wide range of products. Beyond makeup, it encompasses everything from toothpaste, deodorant, facial products, bath and body products; primarily anything that touches the skin.
When it comes to thermal transfer printing, the ribbon, substrate and printer all work together as one system. It’s simple technology and works by melting ink from the thermal transfer ribbon onto the paper or film. TTP (thermal transfer printing) is very reliable and low maintenance. TTP can be applied in a wide range of […]
Carefully crafted packaging of luxury goods is designed to deliver a high level of on-shelf ‘wow factor’ to the consumer. Items such as premium foods, cosmetics, and perfumes rely on beautifully created packaging. Quality is integral, and within the luxury category, more than others, minimal design is preferred over confusing branding and messaging.
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 […]
As anyone in the lumber or wood industry knows, coding of panel grades, moisture levels, traceability data, and inspector ID information can be a challenge in an environment that’s often dusty and can experience significant seasonal temperature fluctuations. Also many types of wood tend to be very absorbent so it is necessary to take this […]
When it’s time to create the perfect packaging for your product, there are many choices that need to be made. The packaging should be attractive, while complying with many regulations regarding the content. It should also reinforce your company’s brand.
The US Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that recalls cost companies over $10 million. In addition to the financial burden, recalls for defective products can also be harmful to the health of the consumer, and ultimately damage the reputation of a product and company.
Medical aluminum foil is the material sealed onto a plastic film. The advantages of using this type of seal is that it is non-toxic, corrosion resistance, heat resistant, moisture and light resistant, and resistant to high-temperature sterilization. The typical thickness is usually 0.02 millimeter, consisting of a protective layer, printing layer, base material, and an […]
Packaging has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Clear packaging, like blister packs and clamshells are becoming a popular choice among manufacturers today. Some studies suggest that shoppers are as much as 400% more likely to pick up a package if they can see the product that is inside.
Food safety is paramount for egg producers. The ability to effectively communicate traceability data and important information helps ensure producers are in compliance with safety regulations.
No longer will marijuana be packaged in plastic bags. Custom-art on many types of packaging is immerging in this growing industry. While most is still packaged in generic pop-top type bottles, the cannabis packaging market has grown into a very big business in just a few short years. This growth stems in a large part […]
Within the past year Griffin-Rutgers has noticed a dramatic rise in thermal inkjet coders over continuous inkjet (CIJ) within the food packaging industry for the variable information coding of its packaging. This is a result of the fact that thermal inkjet technology has seen huge advances in the recent years. In the past, the knock […]
When it comes to selecting a printer to code or mark variable information onto your packaging or product, reliability is crucial. TIJ printers offer that reliability. They are simple and maintenance-free, making them the perfect fit for your coding and packaging needs.
Over the past decade, designers of TIJ (Thermal inkjet) printers have worked tirelessly to address the limiting factors of the technology. The latest generation of TIJ printers will outperform CIJ (continuous inkjet) in terms of cost of ownership and print quality in most coding applications. Despite the discernible shift to TIJ, there’s still some outdated […]
Compared to the traditional printing processes used in the printing of packaging such as flexography and offset lithography, inkjet as a primary method of package printing is relatively new. It’s also an area of growth and opportunity that did not go unnoticed at Drupa 2016, as many vendors focused on packaging solutions using digital inkjet […]
Growth of international free trade and inadequate drug regulations have led to the expansion of trade in counterfeit drugs worldwide. Technological protection is seen as the best way to avoid this problem. Different technologies came into existence like overt, covert, and track and trace technologies.
Food packaging developments, sustainability and packaging design trends lead as top issues so far this year in this ever-growing business. Griffin-Rutgers offers coding and printing equipment to deliver high-quality coding for your food packaging needs. Here’s a look at the current food packaging trends in 2018.
Griffin-Rutgers is very proud and extremely happy to announce our 50th Anniversary! We thank all of our customers who have placed their trust in us to provide and support quality solutions for their product identification needs for the last 50 years. Some of the many benefits of working with our long established company are: CUSTOMER […]
High resolution printing is simply not what it used to be. Advancements in technology have ensured that the printing industry can offer the best in quality, no matter the application, style or needs of the client. Of course, with better printers and higher resolutions, the need for a greater quality of ink must be at […]
Whether you’re a first year start-up, a larger company that has only a small need for high resolution printing or a company that has a large need for high resolution there’s a good chance you’re looking for a low-cost way to code your packages. But, of course, you still want to look professional in order […]
The Needham S-6000 series is a great alternative to CIJ (Continuous Ink Jet) due to its ease of use and simplified maintenance benefits.
At the start of the decade, QR codes began to make an appearance on almost all forms of packaging. However, if you used them for your packaging solutions back then, you probably hated them. In the beginning, the end-users had terrible experience using QR codes. They are now on the rise in many forms of […]
It seems impossible, but the use of printed codes on packaging continues to increase. They seem to be everywhere, on everything. Now, you can add prescription drug anti-counterfeiting measures to the list. With more requirements being set, manufacturers must ensure that they are printing codes on prescription drug packages to meet the more stringent standards.
When seeking a top-performing printer that can effectively deliver quality coding and printing on corrugated boxes, cases and trays, look no further than the Needham S-6000Plus. This best-of-breed ink jet machine utilizes the latest technology to provide online, high resolution capabilities that work for everything from small and large characters to bar codes and graphics.
The plant and garden industries strive to provide valuable information for their customers to help maintain the beauty and life of all types of greenery. And, for green thumbs to benefit from the information, they need to be able to see it. This means that printing on plant trays plays an integral role because the […]
Needham Printer Features The market is flooded with various models of ink jet printers across a wide range of technologies, brand names and ink types, which can make it challenging to discern what printer is the best for which application and environment. Many in the industrial and commercial marketplace are loyal to Needham Coding Printers, […]
If you are printing best-before or other fixed or variable information onto sleeves, pouches or cartons, an offline feed and coding system could be just what you need.
Improvements in technology are seen everywhere in the workforce and in consumer products and packaging. Laptop computers that used to be rather weighty now seem featherweight. Innovations in packaging also continues to grow at a steady pace. The automation of horizontal packaging allows your business to run at a more efficient rate and be able […]
Are you running your facility with older style packaging technology? With recent changes in regulations requiring high-resolution production date and expiration’s on your packaging, you may be thinking you need to completely overhaul your VFFS system.
When it comes to deciding what type of TTO (Thermal Transfer Overprinter) to choose there are some valuable points to consider. The two different types are direct thermal and thermal transfer.
A young specialty preserves maker from Vermont was growing fast and needed to begin automating their jar labeling process. They found the perfect wrap-around label applicator system, but, they were at a loss when it came to choosing the right high resolution coder for printing batch codes and expiration dates on their prime labels.
In today’s production environments, marking and coding is required at each level of packaging from consumer units through cases, tray and bundles to pallets. Consumers, business partners and the regulatory authorities demand ever more accurate on-package coding and information. Improved legibility, more variable data, better chosen print locations, faster production lines and more problematic packaging […]
In every industry, the trend for more eco-friendly packaging is taking an upturn. We are seeing that trend even in the cosmetic industry. When one thinks ‘cosmetics’ it brings to mind makeup, but, the cosmetic industry encompasses more than just eye shadow and blush. It includes everything from toothpaste to lipsticks. As such, it needs […]
When you’re a manufacturer or packager there are times you need the flexibility to incorporate offline coding into your product identification (printing and labeling) systems. This could be when you’re introducing a new product, or if changing regulations mean you need to print different information on packaging, or if you have pre-printed packaging inventory stock […]
Coding your primary product package or shipping carton seems to be a small step in the overall production process. But it is extremely critical in order to be ready to release your goods for sale. Incorrect, illegible or failed code information can shut down your production line, and interrupt your cash flow, just as easily […]
A date coder is a printing device that adds variable information either directly onto a product, the label or to the packaging of the product. Date coding or Variable information printing can be of many different varieties ranging from a simple Production Date, Batch Number and Expiration Date to a complex 2 dimensional high density […]
Since the inception of thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs) in the early 1990’s, Griffin-Rutgers has been there. That’s why we know that all TTOs function in the same manner, based on the identical operating principles – energize the print head, heat the ink on the mylar carrier, and with a little head pressure leave an image […]
Pharmaceutical manufacturers and packagers could be facing increased costs due to re-engineering of production lines to satisfy newly upgraded European Union Falsified Medicines Directives (FMD). Printing and packaging systems that carry out coding, and its related post-print inspection, offline as an independent process might make it easier for manufacturers to meet the new compliance requirements […]
In the past several years, a few states have passed new laws in regards to medical marijuana being a choice for people in their states looking for alternative medicine. Regardless of what anyone might think of the cannabis industry, marijuana is making progress at becoming legal and is on the verge of becoming a mainstream […]
The Markoprint product line, including the iJet shown here, brings Intelligent print systems for industry applications. High performance data management equals high speeds of up to 80 variable codes per second. Solutions offered for splash water and harsh environmental conditions.
Stricter packaging regulations that will aid in the fight against counterfeit drugs are leading a good number of pharmaceutical companies scrambling to meet the new compliance regulations. In order to do so they are looking at the potential of overhauling not only the packaging, but the distribution and tracking systems in place for all of […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This Series 5 Re-Pack system prints desired information onto the label using a completely integrated thermal transfer technology desktop style label printer. Once fully printed, the label is then wrap applied around the base of the cup stack via direct wipe on application that is completed using an independently drivenWrap station.
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.
All Re-Pack labelers can be equipped with the Re-Pack Fault Warning Package of controls. This optional Series 3 warning system identifies operational fault states of the labeler and alerts line personnel with the illumination of color stack lights indicating the system status.
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 […]
This ultra high speed Series 4 labeler for newspapers was specifically designed to serve the needs of the newspaper publishing industry to affix marketing labels to the front page of newspapers. Labels are supplied to the labeler from boxes instead of the normal label roll. This system can apply up to 400 labels per minute.