“Coders” by our definition are a piece of equipment integrated into a packaging machine to print variable information such as the product ID, lot #, expiry date, linear or 2D codes, logos or symbols, etc. on to the product that is being packaged or the package itself. This “coding” process helps identify the product. The need to identify the item might be to meet regulatory requirements, provide information to customers, track the item thru the supply chain, meet the manufacturer’s needs or any other reason. The technology employed to accomplish this can be one of many with examples being wet ink, hot stamping, ink jet (piezo high resolution, continuous ink jet, thermal ink jet), thermal transfer overprinter’s or laser. The decision as to which technology is correct for your application lies in the answers to several possible questions which, as examples, could be: what is the information required to identify the product and in what font size? Will the information be fixed for an entire batch or production run such as a lot number and expiry date or will it change with each individual print as with a serialized number? How often does the information, if fixed, change over during a day? What is the material to be printed? What is the anticipated life cycle of the product? Will there be any interactions with environmental conditions to consider (sunlight, solvents, etc.)? How many prints per minute output is required? What is the projects budget? It is important to select the correct “coding” method to fit specific or even general needs. Griffin-Rutgers engineers would be happy to discuss the specifications of your project and then recommend the correct “coding” solution.

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Packaging Coding For The Cosmetic Industry

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 […]

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Offline Coding Leads To Compliance

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 […]


What You Need to Know about Automatic Print Coding

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.