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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
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 the wrap station.
Not only is organic baby food evolving, but, the packaging of said products continues to change with market demands. Gone are the days when mothers and fathers just grab a jar of baby food for their youngster without any question to the ingredients or packaging. The top four emerging trends driving the global baby food […]
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.
Square and rectangle containers are the norm in many retail, pharmaceutical and manufacturing settings and because of that, product labelers have been specifically designed for these packages. As such, products with three and four panel label applications on square and rectangular containers have become more common. Re-Pack Inc. has designed a line of labeling systems […]
When comparing print and apply labeling systems, two important facets to consider are cost and capabilities. These two mission-critical parameters will ascertain if the unit under consideration will fulfill your distinct business objectives while remaining within your targeted budget. Print and apply labeling systems are ideal for those environments where labels must be printed on pallets or shipping cases as well as primary packaging applications like those within the baking and snack industries. But, all are not created equal.
This labeling system is specifically designed to apply clear round tamper evident security seals around the top front edge of a carton to secure its contents. The clear seal is tamp/blow applied to the carton top without the applicator ever touching the carton. The seal is then plow folded around the carton top corner onto […]
Pick up any food item in the supermarket and you’ll find coding on the package designed to help the consumer, store owner and packager alike. You may notice a sell-by, best-if-used-by, use-by and pack dates but how do they get there and what do they really mean? First, let’s examine some of the different codes and what […]