Date Coders


Date Coders Provide Complete Solution for Imprinting on Multiple Substrates

Whether marking lot numbers, expiration dates, case codes, 2D barcodes or general package date coding, Griffin Rutgers can help you select the right printing solution for your business. Griffin Rutgers offers a range of date coders suitable to print on most surfaces and production environments to keep customers safe and your production line running. At Griffin-Rutgers we specialize in helping customers find the type of date coder they need to do the job, at a cost point they can afford. Look at our Date Coder products below to view:

  • Small size thermal inkjet coders that can print high resolution text, bar codes and images and at high speeds across varying surface features.
  • Thermal transfer coders for coding on labels or flexible films that can print larger areas than many other coder technologies.
  • A laser coder that can create a permanently etched mark that cannot be removed.

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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

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“Use By” Date Coding on Pre- Prepackaged Meals

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 […]

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Date Coders: Five Things You Need to Know

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.

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Inkjet Printers for Date Labeling: Cardboard/Plastic

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.

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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 […]

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Is Your Date Coder Operating Properly? 3 Signs to Tell It’s Not

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.

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What Does Coding Equipment Do?

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.

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Why Pay More for a Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO)?

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 […]

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