Label Coders


Label Coders Provide A Complete Solution for Imprinting Variable Information On A Wide Variety Of Label Materials.

Whether marking lot numbers, expiration dates, lineal or 2D barcodes onto labels, Griffin Rutgers can help you select the right printing solution for your application. Griffin Rutgers offers a range of different label coders suitable for printing industry required variable information on labels employed in your packaging operation no matter what the label material or line speed. At Griffin-Rutgers we specialize in helping customers find the type of label coder they need to do the job, at a print speed that keeps the production line running at 100%, at an affordable cost point. Look at our Label Coder products below to view:

  • Thermal transfer coders for coding on labels or flexible films. Some models of these coders are able to print areas large enough to add ingredients tables to generic labels.
  • Small size thermal inkjet coders that can print high resolution text, bar codes and images at high speeds across varying label materials.
  • A laser coder that can create a permanently etched mark that absolutely cannot be removed.
  • All of these technologies can be configured for off-line use as standalone systems not integrated to the packaging line. A representative sample of such off-line systems is shown below.

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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

Labeling Machinery for Tapered Containers from Griffin-Rutgers

This label applicator is designed to wrap labels around tapered containers. The application requires that a “Banana cut” style label is used to match the taper of the container. We have overcome the label skew issue by partially pre-dispensing the label and finishing the application at

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3 Tips for Food Labeling on Glass Jars

When it comes to food labeling on glass jars, there are stringent requirements as to what must be included and how the information should be presented. Here are some tips that can provide a framework for optimizing food labeling strategies for those items that are packaged in glass jars. These guidelines are based around the regulatory framework of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Trade Commission.

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Product Labeling: How to Safely Place a Label on Electronic Equipment

When it comes to product labeling, one particular type of product – electronic equipment—does require some care to ensure information is available to the consumer while also adhering to safety concerns. Here we offer some details on product labeling background and insights directly related to electronics.

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Case Labelers: Important Attributes to Consider

Sometimes, cases include a lot of variable data, depending on the industry or application. There can be addresses, nutritional information, bar codes, lot numbers, product identification, etc. Case labelers are a great strategy to not only save money, but they can also help to reduce the space it takes to produce custom printed cases. Instead, blank cases can be selected for different products and then labeled with variable information on an on-demand basis.

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Which Label System is Right for Your Business Needs?

Investing in a label system is not a decision to be made lightly; it deserves careful consideration as to how the machine will meet business needs now and in the future. With such a significant investment at stake, the label system has to provide a sizable return. Discerning which model is right for your operation can be challenging, but focusing on a few specific factors can make that decision easier and ensure it’s on target. Below are a few key factors to weigh when trying to ascertain which system is best.

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Print & Apply A Label To The Top And Trailing Panels Of A Moving Carton

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.

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High Speed Top & Bottom Labeling System

This video shows two high speeds Series 4 labeling applicators applying labels to the top and bottom of a single passing item. In this case the top label is a clear hang tab that can be seen at the end of the video. The square bottom label is applied through the small space between the […]

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