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What is a “date coder” and is it what you need?
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 code or other type of bar code. Variable information can be required on almost any product, in some form, ranging from beer bottles, to pharmaceutical products or packaging, to a box of muffins, to flooring trim, to a yogurt cup, to a shipping carton or beverage tray. The secret is that many of these date coding applications require different types of print technology to meet the need to print on different materials and/or shapes. Our Date Coding products encompass three different date coding technologies that can address a wide range of application needs.
Please review the articles below for news about Date Coders. If you have questions about the best technology for your date coding application, call Griffin-Rutgers and allow us to apply our 50 years of experience to help you find a solution to your specific need.
Date Coder News
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]