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

Re-Pack Accutrak Labeling System To Apply Clear Tamper Evident Security Seals To A Carton

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 […]

Medical Labeling: 5 Things You Need to Consider

When it comes to medical labeling, there are some specific points to consider relating to today’s more stringent regulatory environment ensuring health and safety remains paramount. To meet standards and also reduce liability exposure, here are five key things to remember when producing medical labeling:

Customizable Carton Labeling Machinery from Griffin-Rutgers

All of the labeling machines we sell are constructed with a modular, open frame design allowing us to customize and modify the label applicators as needed. At times, an application will be so unusual, that modified equipment will not fill the customer’s needs. In these cases, we will design and manufacture a piece of labeling […]

MiniPanel Label System

Mini Panel Labeling Advantages

The Mini-Panel labeling system is one of those technologies that continues to evolve. It currently offers the flexibility of using one or two labeling heads and can be used offline (semi-automatically) or can be integrated into a production line (fully automated). Many manufacturers might consider a mini labeling system to be an “entry level” device, […]

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 […]

products labeling basics

Product Labeling 101: Learning the Basics

When it comes to product labeling, while there are synergies across some industries, many labeling functions are industry-specific depending upon the type of products that are being packaged. Because there is such a wide range of product labeling applications, there are a myriad of specialized machines in kind designed to handle specific and varied requirements relative to product shape, size, production speed, label substrates, shapes and designs, possibly data to be imprinted and volume of printing that is needed.

How to Design a Display Label for Your Product

As part of the marketing of your product, the display label is a mission-critical component that can help inspire—or deter—a purchase decision. A well designed and printed label can draw a prospective customer to the product and then convince them to buy based on what they see and read. There are multiple crucial elements that are involved in designing a display label that’s a true standout.