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

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.

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Inkjet Printers for Date Labeling: Cardboard/Plastic

When it comes to cardboard and plastic products, it imperative to select the proper combinations of inkjet printers and ink type for date labeling that can effectively work with these types of mediums and produce high-quality output for each and every item on the line. To ease and expedite your printer procurement process, here we’ve compiled a list of top inkjet printers for date labeling known to work well with cardboard and plastic packaging.

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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 […]

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What Does Coding Equipment Do?

Before selecting coding equipment for your business, it is important to understand the full capabilities of what your model of choice can do, what type of printing technologies it employs, what materials it can accommodate and other critical factors that are integral to the purchase decision. Of primary importance is understanding the fundamental purpose of coding equipment. Here is a rundown on what this type of machine can do, and the type of target materials it performs with best.

Date Printers: Which Machine Works the Best?

When it comes to selecting the right machine from the long list of date printers available today, determining which works “best” can be difficult since this qualification should take in account a number of factors. These include features and characteristics that determine a machine’s ability to provide consistent, high-quality print critical to the end result.

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 Marking on Cardboard Boxes: Best Practices

When it comes to date marking, industries like food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and OEM manufacturing must ensure this critical information is printed in way that’s readable and can withstand all types of environments – even those known to be harsh on printed information. For its durability and versatility, cardboard is often the material of choice that’s utilized across a wide range of industries to package a wide range of products. Cardboard also takes well to date marking, but for added assurance it’s wise to heed some best practices related thereto.