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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
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.
The Series 6 integrated OEM print engine prints the complete label just prior to application. One half of the label is initially applied to the side panel of the passing carton. As a secondary process the remainder of the label is then wipe applied to the trailing panel of the carton. Two panel carton identification […]
By the time you purchase medicine at the pharmacy, it has gone through a rigorous amount of quality control for both the medicine and its packaging. Manufacturers, when using the proper pharmaceutical coding, labeling and packaging technology can track individual lots of medications throughout the supply chain from point of origin to point of sale. […]
Applying labels to cartons that are moving at high speed along a packaging line by contacting the carton can create problems for the alignment of the carton and also for the equipment applying the label. The safest way to apply a printed label in this type of situation is to NEVER touch the carton but […]
This Series 5 Re-Pack system prints desired information onto the label using a completely integrated thermal transfer technology desktop style label printer. Once fully printed, the label is then wrap applied around the base of the cup stack via direct wipe on application that is completed using an independently drivenWrap station.
Three panel label applications on square and rectangular cases have become common place and we offer a line of labeling machines specifically for these applications. We even have a machine that can quickly be changed over from 3 panel to single panel or wrap label application. Labeling applicators are great for boxes and cartons, round […]
Product purveyors know that a display label is critical for attracting customers to an item on retail shelves. The label must stand out to get the necessary attention amongst all the other competitive products crammed in around, above, and below the product. That’s why it is well worth the time and effort to create a unique packaging label that draws attention and ultimately facilitates your product being selected above and beyond all others on the shelves. Here are a few tips and tricks on what to focus on to create a unique display label, which, of course, must also contain pertinent information like product information and pricing.