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

Print Apply Labeler Applying A Single Label To Cartons On The Side And Trailing Panels

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 […]

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How to Measure and Control Temperature with Monitoring Labels

Technology is bringing some pretty amazing problem solving solutions to market, including the advent of monitoring labels commonly associated with climate-sensitive products that must be kept at a certain temperature to maintain a product’s integrity. Below learn how monitoring labels can be used to measure and control temperature to improve cold chain management for applications like food and pharmaceuticals.

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Label Applicator applying two side by side labels, at the same time.

The Series 3 Labeling Applicator can handle labels up to 4.1” wide. In this video the system is applying two smaller round labels, that fit within that 4.1” maximum web width, simultaneously to a flat product.

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bottom labeling system

Bottom Labeling Systems Are Different!

This article possibly should be titled, “Getting to the bottom of your product is a challenge.”  It’s overly simplified to say the bottom of something is the bottom because it’s standing on that surface, but that’s exactly the problem – access.  Bottom labeling, or coding, requires clear access to the bottom.  That’s it. Systems for […]

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Printing Codes

Printing Codes on Prescription Drug Packages

It seems impossible, but the use of printed codes on packaging continues to increase. They seem to be everywhere, on everything. Now, you can add prescription drug anti-counterfeiting measures to the list. With more requirements being set, manufacturers must ensure that they are printing codes on prescription drug packages to meet the more stringent standards.

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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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Loose Loop Print & Apply Labeler applying labels to stacks of paper cups

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.

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