Flexible Packaging Printing

The title of Flexible Packaging Materials refers to materials that are delivered to a packaging operation in roll form.  Such roll form packaging materials could be flexible film to form snack bags, or it could be paper backed foil or raw aluminum foil for use in pharmaceutical or nutritional packaging.  No matter the basic nature of the material, virtually all such packaging forms require some sort of additional information to be added in the late stage of package completion.

Batch or Lot Numbering and Expiration Date coding is an almost universal requirement for many forms of product packaging.  The ability to track individual batches or lots has become a critical part of packaging safety.  The ability to find and recall specific parts of a production “run” is critical to consumer safety and business protection.  The Lot Number and Expiration Date on a bottle of pills or the Best If Used By Date on a bag of potato chips has become an accepted part of the modern shopping psyche of today’s consumers.  This information needs to be added to the pre-printed packaging material immediately prior to the product being released/shipped for sale.

In the case of pharmaceutical tablet packaging in blister packages, quite often, the complete printed information is printed as a last step in the automated packing operation.  Pharma and nutraceutical products can be required to carry complex serialized tracking information on each package.  Such information allows for product tracking down to the smallest unit of sale anywhere in the world.  This requirement makes it necessary for information to be changed within almost every print image, and that changing information must be associated to a specific package in the final stages of packaging.

The “printing” or “coding” of web/roll form/flexible packaging materials can thus have very different meanings and requirements.  A single “Use By” code on an individual snack food bag, or 8 codes across a web to code multiple yogurt cups or meat packages, or multiple pill pack lid stock impressions printed across a web of foil all fall into this “printing” or “coding” category.  But all require very different printing or coding systems in order to be an efficient component of an automated packaging operation.

The printers we have shown in this category cover virtually every type of coding or printing need for such flexible, roll form, web materials.  Call Griffin-Rutgers Co. and allow us to apply our over 40 years of experience in this field to help you find a proper solution to your need.

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Flexible Packaging Printing News

Introducing the Bell-Mark EasyPrint ECO: Low Consumption, High Efficiency, Thermal Transfer Coder

Griffin Rutgers presents the EasyPrint ECO- low consumption, high efficiency, thermal transfer coder. Print high resolution images directly on all types of packaging material such as flexible film and labels. Create text images up to 8 lines high using 6 customizable font types and 7 different font sizes

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Digital Thermal Transfer Printing on Cardboard

When it comes to tracking down the best systems for digital thermal transfer printing on cardboard, there are a number of options to choose from based on specific applications and operational environments. Listed below are two of the leading-edge solutions in the marketplace today for digital thermal transfer printing on cardboard.

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Markoprint iJet

Markoprint iJet

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flexpackpro 210 series

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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What Machine Will Work Best for Barcode Printing?

In the packaging industry it’s often wondered what machine will work best for a barcode application. And, the answer can differ based on the type of application and performance expectations of the user. Many opt to purchase the EasyPrint due to its wide range of benefits and proven dependability. There are a myriad of reasons that make this particular model adept at working with a barcode application. Here’s why.

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