In earlier years small manufacturers had to use a rubber stamp, ticket price gun, hot foil coding, contract packer or pre- order their labels with information pre-printed onto the labels such as 'used by dates' and 'batch numbers'.
Today food and other regulatory bodies are restricting the way coding products are done to prevent fraud and maintain a higher standard of information and safety provided to the consumer.
Whilst there are many methods available in the market place today there are two ways that Packsery promote accomplishing this task, Print-Apply and InkJet Coding.
Date stamping, batch numbering or coding of any nature can be achieved through several methods depending on your product, the information you require to print and the containers.
The Print Apply solution is a very cost effective method, it involves a printer connected to a labeller and is commonly used for low scale/small manufacturers aiming to achieve the same effect as an automated process.
The other more automated technology is Ink Jet Coding, this method is popular with larger volume manufacturing and involves inputting the data into the coder using a computer interface via touch screen pad and shooting the information at the container whilst in motion. Information such as date, time, batch, barcodes and julian dating are only a few variable data forms.
Ink Jet Coding can disperse ink onto your bottle/ container so quickly that it is possible to achieve upwards of 100 units per minute, coders operate well as stand alone machines or mounted onto a conveyor. There are many special and coloured inks to choose from.
If you choose the Print- Apply solution then you should advise your label manufacturer that you will be doing a thermal transfer print as some protective coatings might prohibit marking the label. Coders on the other hand will print onto just about any surface.