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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 50 years of experience to help you find a solution to your specific need.
Label Coder News
All of the labeling machines we sell are constructed with a modular, open frame design allowing us to customize and modify the label applicators as needed. At times, an application will be so unusual, that modified equipment will not fill the customer’s needs. In these cases, we will design and manufacture a piece of labeling […]
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 very small cylindrical items in close control so that accurate label placement is achieved consistently. Numerous options are available to customize this system for installation in pharmaceutical manufacturing […]
This short video shows the print and application of a label to the top and trailing panels of a carton by wrapping it around the top-trailing corner of the carton.
In this video an integrated OEM print engine, that can print the complete information content of a label up to 4” wide, prints the entire label. The label is then transferred to a vacuum pad on the end of a cylinder. The vacuum pad is inserted into the pipe where the label is blown onto […]
Labeling is big business! That comes as no surprise to the consumer as there are very few items one purchases that don’t come in some sort of a package and those packages are replete with logos and identifying brand colors as well as bar codes, ingredients, lot numbers, and expiration dates. While the consumer doesn’t […]
When it comes to the food industry relative to what must be on a food label, there are very specific guidelines that dictate decisions concerning food packaging and label design and production. The foremost entity that determines what must be on a food label is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as they are the governing body that enacts and enforces such decisions.
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. This video shows the system applying wrap labels to square glass jars. The Mini Wrap is designed to fill the gap between semi-automatic labeling machines and fully automatic […]