Date Coders


Date Coders Provide Complete Solution for Imprinting on Multiple Substrates

Whether marking lot numbers, expiration dates, case codes, 2D barcodes or general package date coding, Griffin Rutgers can help you select the right printing solution for your business. Griffin Rutgers offers a range of date coders suitable to print on most surfaces and production environments to keep customers safe and your production line running. At Griffin-Rutgers we specialize in helping customers find the type of date coder they need to do the job, at a cost point they can afford. Look at our Date Coder products below to view:

  • Small size thermal inkjet coders that can print high resolution text, bar codes and images and at high speeds across varying surface features.
  • Thermal transfer coders for coding on labels or flexible films that can print larger areas than many other coder technologies.
  • A laser coder that can create a permanently etched mark that cannot be removed.

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What is a “date coder” and is it what you need?

A date coder is a printing device that adds variable information either directly onto a product, the label or to the packaging of the product. Date coding or Variable information printing can be of many different varieties ranging from a simple Production Date, Batch Number and Expiration Date to a complex 2 dimensional high density code or other type of bar code. Variable information can be required on almost any product, in some form, ranging from beer bottles, to pharmaceutical products or packaging, to a box of muffins, to flooring trim, to a yogurt cup, to a shipping carton or beverage tray. The secret is that many of these date coding applications require different types of print technology to meet the need to print on different materials and/or shapes. Our Date Coding products encompass three different date coding technologies that can address a wide range of application needs.

Please review the articles below for news about Date 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.


Date Coder News

The Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing Date Coders

Before making an investment in date coders, there are some important factors to consider and decisions to make. Knowing the do’s and the don’ts for selecting these machines can save a significant amount of money and even minimize downtime.

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Egg Coding With Thermal Inkjet Printers

Food safety is paramount for egg producers. The ability to effectively communicate traceability data and important information helps ensure producers are in compliance with safety regulations.

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“Use By” Date Coding on Pre- Prepackaged Meals

In recent years, pre-packaged meals have received bad press for those who are seeking a healthier lifestyle and who are turning their attention toward off-the-shelf choices. Manufacturers understand this and have been making their foods with healthier ingredients, lower sodium, fewer preservatives and in increasingly smaller packaging. The reason these meals remain popular is because […]

Date Coding on Water Bottles: What Machine Works Best?

Every company with date coding requirements wants to select the best equipment for their specific product to assure optimum output for the surface being printed on. This is definitely the case when it comes to date coding on water bottles. With so many types of machines on the marketplace today, how does one discern which type is best for date coding on water bottles?

Top 3 Features in a Quality Date Coder

A date coder plays a mission critical role in print production operations. Selecting a quality piece of proven equipment can make the difference between an efficient, high-performance operation that can sustain and build a business – and its image – versus one that undermines an entity’s success through an inability to meet marketplace demand, deliver consistent quality, and otherwise fulfill expectations both in-house and with customers.

10 Terms You Should be Familiar with Before Choosing a Coding System

Today’s coding system equipment has come a long way thanks to major technological advancements. However, these improvements have also led to confusion relating to technical terms and industry jargon that surrounds this kind of machinery. For some, this has made choosing a coding system more complicated than it needs.

Date Coders: Five Things You Need to Know

Date coders have a valuable role to play in the food industry in terms of food and food safety information on every package that holds food products or on every label in which this information is included. Beyond this primary purpose, there are some other things you should keep in mind about these printing machines.