Flexible Packaging Printing, Coding and Marking

The title of Flexible Packaging Materials refers to materials that are delivered to a packaging operation in roll form. Such roll form packaging materials could be flexible film to form snack bags, or it could be paper backed foil or raw aluminum foil for use in pharmaceutical or nutritional packaging. No matter the basic nature of the material, virtually all such packaging forms require some sort of additional information to be added in the late stage of package completion.

Batch or Lot Numbering and Expiration Date coding is an almost universal requirement for many forms of product packaging. The ability to track individual batches or lots has become a critical part of packaging safety. The ability to find and recall specific parts of a production “run” is critical to consumer safety and business protection. The Lot Number and Expiration Date on a bottle of pills or the Best If Used By Date on a bag of potato chips has become an accepted part of the modern shopping psyche of today’s consumers. This information needs to be added to the pre-printed packaging material immediately prior to the product being released/shipped for sale.

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In the case of pharmaceutical tablet packaging in blister packages, quite often, the complete printed information is printed as a last step in the automated packing operation. Pharma and nutraceutical products can be required to carry complex serialized tracking information on each package. Such information allows for product tracking down to the smallest unit of sale anywhere in the world. This requirement makes it necessary for information to be changed within almost every print image, and that changing information must be associated to a specific package in the final stages of packaging.

The “printing” or “coding” of web/roll form/flexible packaging materials can thus have very different meanings and requirements. A single “Use By” code on an individual snack food bag, or 8 codes across a web to code multiple yogurt cups or meat packages, or multiple pill pack lid stock impressions printed across a web of foil all fall into this “printing” or “coding” category. But all require very different printing or coding systems in order to be an efficient component of an automated packaging operation.

The printers we have shown in this category cover virtually every type of coding or printing need for such flexible, roll form, web materials. Call Griffin-Rutgers Co. and allow us to apply our over 50 years of experience in this field to help you find a proper solution to your need.


Flexible Printing, Coding and Marking News

Print And Apply Semi-Automatic – Table Top Off-Line Carton Labeling

  The Series 6 Print and Apply Labeling System can be fully integrated with a packaging line or can be set up as a standalone, manually fed, semi- automatic unit. Cartons can be fed by hand onto a locating table that insures the proper alignment of the carton and accurate placement of the label. This […]

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Print Apply Labeler Applying A Single Label To Cartons On The Side And Trailing Panels

The Series 6 integrated OEM print engine prints the complete label just prior to application. One half of the label is initially applied to the side panel of the passing carton. As a secondary process the remainder of the label is then wipe applied to the trailing panel of the carton. Two panel carton identification […]

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RFID and Barcode Labeling: Which is Better for Me?

Before there was RFID (also known as radio frequency identification) there was barcode labeling, but today’s technology advancements allow RFID and barcode to exist side by side in various industries, allowing companies to decide which one works best for their needs. While these are different tools that have distinct applications, there are still instances where they can be used together. To help you determine the best course of action for your own initiative, below is a list of key features and differences of RFID and barcode options.

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On-Brand Packaging

On-Brand Packaging

Almost everything we eat, wear, or use comes in some sort of packaging. The package is a way to get information about your product to the consumer, but in reality, marketing places a large role in how your product is perceived. On-brand packaging creates the first impression on the potential buyer, and it’s important that […]

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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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Case Labelers: Important Attributes to Consider

Sometimes, cases include a lot of variable data, depending on the industry or application. There can be addresses, nutritional information, bar codes, lot numbers, product identification, etc. Case labelers are a great strategy to not only save money, but they can also help to reduce the space it takes to produce custom printed cases. Instead, blank cases can be selected for different products and then labeled with variable information on an on-demand basis.

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Medical Labeling: How to Place a Label on Blood Bags

One of the most delicate and risky types of medical labeling in the healthcare setting is that of labels that must be adhere to blood bags, including platelet samples and various types of blood components. There are many things to keep in mind when working with this type of specialized medical labeling as detailed below.

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