Coding and Labeling with Industrial Ink
March 29, 2018
One of the most significant pieces of the puzzle when it comes to manufacturing consumer goods like food and beverages is the coding and labeling. Edible items like confectionary and candy rely heavily on a high-quality process that results in aesthetically pleasing labels that are going to catch the consumers eye and sell more product.
Because this is such an important factor, the technologies involved need to be highly efficient yet easy to implement and user-friendly. Another thing that’s required is that they need to be flexible enough to adapt to different production lines that are constantly evolving and adapting. The requirements of this process demand that the information on the food packaging is precise, accurate and of course easy to read.
They also need to be approved by the FDA and meet regular food regulations. Below are the different types of packaging that can be used.
Labels need to be a balance of economic, yet visually attractive.
Because it’s the first thing the consumer will see, it can be the difference between buying a product and choosing a competitor instead. When thinking about labeling and what you want it to look like, you should take the following into account:
- Label quality
- Food grade and FDA approved
- Ink and Color quality
- Digital printing and the options available
- Vacuum sealed labels
Vacuum sealing is one option when packaging consumer goods like candy. Just remember any process that you are considering when packaging a large number of products need to be fast but efficient because you’ll have retailers with deadlines. However, by feeling under pressure, you don’t want to compromise the quality of your ink.
A printer that has a constant inkjet is great if you have a high number of products that need to be manufactured in a short amount of time. This type of inkjet is the fastest in the industry and is also the most economical when it comes to labeling. You’ll find these types of printers in production lines.
Thermal Ink Printing
Thermal ink printing is a flexible technology that is capable of a diverse range of tasks, from barcoding to labeling expiry dates. You can use either an intermittent or consistent method with this type of inkjet printer.
Industrial inkjets aren’t just limited to the task of performing on plastic. They must be adaptable and compatible with other materials used in the production of consumer goods, such as cardboard. Cardboard is used a lot in this industry to transport product once it’s been packaged, so ink printers need to be able to apply ink on this kind of medium as well.
One of the most important jobs an industrial inkjet printer has is ensuring that the labeling is of high quality and durable. Most products make a long journey from factory to the shelf, so the labeling needs to be able to last various elements and scenarios.
Investing in a high-quality inkjet printer and high-quality wide-format or coding inkmeans your product is more likely to sell.