Bottle Coders


Bottle coders provide a simple, cost effective way to identify individual bottles as part of a single production batch.

Bottles are a huge part of the packaging industry in America. Virtually every bottle in a supermarket or pharmacy requires an identifying batch number and an expiration date for customer safety and product control. What makes bottle coding different from other types of coding is that bottles are made of glass or some type of plastic both of which do not absorb ink in order to dry the print. As a result bottle coding is specifically dependent upon the inks available to work in any specific coder. Griffin-Rutgers offers compact, simple thermal ink jet coding systems that have quick drying, rub resistant inks available, in the color selection needed to print on clear and colored bottles. At Griffin-Rutgers we specialize in helping customers find the optimum type of bottle coder they need to do the job required by industry regulations, at an affordable cost point, and at a level of automation that fits their production situation and line speed. Look at our Bottle Coder products below to view:

  • Small size single printhead thermal inkjet coders that can print high resolution text at high or low line speeds across varying bottle surface features.

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What is a “Bottle Coder” and is it what you need?

A bottle coder is an inkjet printing device that adds product identification or other late stages variable information to the surface of a bottle. Variable information printing can be of many different varieties ranging from a simple production date, batch number and expiration date, or bar code, but on bottles it is usually printing batch numbers and expiration dates. The secret to successful bottle coding is that many applications run at high speeds and require fast drying ink and/or ink of various colors. Our bottle coding products are based on thermal inkjet coding technology that does not touch the bottle surface while printing so bottle filling lines can operate at virtually any speed.

Please review the articles below for news about Bottle Coders. If you have questions about the best system for your bottle coding application, call Griffin-Rutgers and allow us to apply our 30 years of experience to help you find a solution to your specific need.


Bottle Coder News

Water Bottle - Horizontal Packaging

Horizontal Packaging Needs

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 […]

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bottom labeling system

Bottom Labeling Systems Are Different!

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 […]

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How to Apply Labels for Glass Bottles

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.

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Date Coding on Water Bottles: What Machine Works Best?

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?

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Coding and Labeling For Medical Marijuana Packaging

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 […]

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3 Tips for Food Labeling on Glass Jars

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.

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