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

Labeling Pharma Vials Of Different Sizes

This video is a demonstration of the small item labeling capability of the Robo Wrap System. This compact, table top designed labeling system is able to hold small cylindrical vials in close control so that accurate label placement is achieved consistently. Numerous options are available to customize this system for installation in pharmaceutical manufacturing environments […]

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High Speed Servo Motor Driven Beverage Labeling System

In this video the Series 4 High Speed Beverage Labeling System is applying labels to round beverage containers at high throughput rates. The accuracy of the container handling is insured through the use of a timing screw. This timing screw insures the high speed location of the container in relation to the labeling head for […]

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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.

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3 Panel Carton Labeling Using Innovative Hugger Belt Transport

Items that don’t stand easily and reliably can often require unique methods of transport for label application. A pair of opposing hugger belts can solve many such problems. A narrow box of playing cards is gently held by the side hugger belts while a single label is applied to the front panel and then is […]

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Label System: Blow-on Label Applicator for Non-Contact Operation

For non-contact operation for certain label applications, you will need a label system that employs an alternative approach. A good example of such a label system is a blow-on label applicator that can offer you a wide range of features that facilitate non-contact operation, including promotional or spot labels.

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The Benefits of an Indexing Starwheel Labeling System

The Indexing Starwheel Labeling system manufactured by Re-Pack is one that is designed to easily integrate with an existing conveyor line system. An indexing system such as this is normally used when a label needs to be placed on the bottom of a container after the filling and capping stations. Containers such as jars, tubes, […]

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Designing a Display Label: 4 Elements to Consider

When it comes to a display label, there are some very specific elements that you must consider when creating a design that stands out on the shelf and garners the attention you are seeking from your target customer. Here are some important elements that you will want to consider in your design.

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