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

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.

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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.

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Is Your Date Coder Operating Properly? 3 Signs to Tell It’s Not

When it comes to your hot stamp date coder, there are times when it might operate improperly—not unlike other types of equipment utilized for a high-demand production schedule. Better assuring the maximum performance from your date coder involves understanding the mechanics of proper work function so that you can discern when an issue is at hand. But, there are a few distinct problem signs to look out for.

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Why You Need A Date Coder For Your Business

A date coder plays an integral role in many types of product-based businesses, and it could be very beneficial to yours. This, of course, will depend on any specific industry requirements and particular products you are packaging. Here we break down what a date coder is and what advantageous this type of machine can provide for your business.

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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?

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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.

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Why Pay More for a Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO)?

Since the inception of thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs) in the early 1990’s, Griffin-Rutgers has been there. That’s why we know that all TTOs function in the same manner, based on the identical operating principles – energize the print head, heat the ink on the mylar carrier,  and with a little head pressure leave an image […]

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