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

Automatic Label Applicators

Top and Bottom Labeling Systems Defined

If you’ve ever wondered “what is a top and bottom labeling system and what is it used for?”, then you’re not alone. Here are some answers to clarify the confusion.

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Needham Coding

Needham Coding Printers: What Makes Them Different?

Needham Printer Features The market is flooded with various models of ink jet printers across a wide range of technologies, brand names and ink types, which can make it challenging to discern what printer is the best for which application and environment. Many in the industrial and commercial marketplace are loyal to Needham Coding Printers, […]

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3 Tips for Food Labeling on Plastic Bags

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.

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Medical Labeling: 3 Practices You Should Always Avoid

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.

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Labeling and Coding Nuances For The Pharmaceutical Industry

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. […]

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3 Creative Ideas For A Unique Display Label

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.

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Food Labeling on Fruit: 5 Things to Consider

Even natural, perishable foods need to undertake rigorous food labeling when it is sold to consumers through grocery stores, markets, and other retail operations. Even if is obvious that the ingredient is a banana or an apple, there are some things to consider when it comes to food labeling on fruit.

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