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What is a “Label Coder” and is it what you need?
A label coder is a printing device that adds variable information onto a label usually just before it is applied to the product. As a result, Label Coders are most commonly integrated with an automated label application system of some sort. Label coding, or variable information printing, can be required in many different formats ranging from a simple Batch Number and Expiration Date to a complex 2 dimensional high density code or other type of bar code employed in automated product tracking. Variable information can be required on almost any product but is virtually universal on food and pharmaceutical products that require “Best If Used By….” advice. The secret to high or low speed label coding is that the print technology and its capabilities must match the label material optimally in order to achieve the most consistent result without slowing production.
Our Label Coding products encompass three different coding technologies (thermal inkjet, thermal transfer and laser) that can address virtually all label coding needs and production line speeds. But not all label coding efforts take place as part of a fully automated packaging line. Some such coding is accomplished “off-line” prior to packaging. Griffin-Rutgers offers both in-line and off-line systems.
Please review the articles below for news about Label Coders. If you have questions about the best technology for your date 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.
Label Coder News
Great care must be taken with medical labeling in order to meet stringent requirements as well as to ensure the health and safety of consumers. There are industry best practices and then there are those practices that you should avoid entirely.
Food labeling involves taking into account many specific U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-driven rules and regulations to ensure accurate and complete information is presented to the consumer when making a purchase decision. With a glut of food recalls or incidences of food production-related illness and death in recent years, food labeling is a serious matter that’s central to a food manufacturing strategy.
The choosing of a labeling machine is an important decision because you are making a significant technology investment and want to ensure that it will deliver on your performance expectations both short and long term. But, the choosing of a labeling machine does not have to be difficult. Here are three ways that Griffin-Rutgers can assist you with this critical capital equipment purchase decision:
This video is a demonstration of the small item labeling capability of the Robo Wrap System. This compact, table top designed labeling system is able to hold small cylindrical vials in close control so that accurate label placement is achieved consistently. Numerous options are available to customize this system for installation in pharmaceutical manufacturing environments […]
This video is one of a series that we have posted showing the versatility of the Mini Wrap Labeling System. Be sure to view the others also. In this video, the system is applying pre-printed labels to large plastic cylindrical containers with the Large Frame version of the Mini Wrap System. This unit has a […]
With so many different types of labelers available in today’s marketplace – and with some companies offering more than forty different models of labeling systems – it can be difficult to know which unit suits your particular need. However, if you are going to make an investment in one of these labeling systems, you need to know fundamental pieces of information for both your current needs and those forecasted in the months and years ahead. This includes what material you will be labeling, the shape of the product and how many units need to be produced in a given timeframe to help determine the speed at which the machine must perform.