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Batch Coding Machines
If you operate a production line, batch coding machines are essential. A batch printing machine attaches important information to your products by applying a mark or a code onto packaging or onto the product directly. This is a high speed, non contact process that places the coding machine at the heart of your business success.
Codes on packaging are a vital part of multiple industry sectors, displaying essential information for consumers and manufacturers, as well as meeting legislative requirements.
PACKMACHINE batch coding machines use continuous inkjet technology. In this process, a continuous stream of tiny ink droplets is directed onto the print surface to form - depending on the deflection of the ink drops - fixed or variable marks, such as text, logos or bar codes.
Approaches to coding and marking are constantly changing to meet the changing demands of end-users, the supply chain and the law. And with continual advances in technology, coding and marking requirements continue to be in a state of flux.
As a result, specifying coding and marking machines needs to be based on an up-to-date view of your options. Ideally, you will be able to accommodate flexibility and adaptability for future needs.
Reasons why PACKMACHINE coding and marking systems?
- High quality coding - high quality date, batch code, MRP printing
- Low running costs - low cost of ownership, minimal maintenance
- User friendly operation - the easy to use touch screen & user interface reduces the chance of printing errors
- Minimal downtime - robust build quality and a reliable product minimises downtime
- Dedicated India support - local, skilled care for your printer from highly skilled service engineers who deliver a prompt service, one of the fastest among all competitors
- Range of inks - a wide range of black, coloured and white inks to print onto your product
Coding and Marking Considerations
Topics to keep front of mind as you weigh up your options on coding machines include the following:
- Materials: What substrate(s) do you need to code? Manufacturers use a plethora of different substrates and shapes in modern packaging including paper, card, plastics, bags, tubes, pouches, medicines, glass, tape, tin, foil, film and many more. It is vital to have a clear view of the coding and marking tasks you need your equipment to perform.
- Speed: As in all manufacturing processes, balancing speed, efficiency and accuracy are critical.
- Legibility: The quality and readability of the codes you produce are vital and in some cases will be covered by detailed legislation.
- Data features: Data driven codes come in many forms including variable data, embedded data, QR codes and graphics.
What are the types of Coding and Marking Machine?
There are two basic methods of adding a code to a product or package – either by applying a label (contact), or by using an inkjet or laser to print the code without being in contact with the product or package (non-contact).
There is a whole range of machines and equipment carrying out these functions, from simple mechanical stamps or overprinters to sophisticated ink jet and laser coders applying computer generated data. These machines are usually attached to a larger packaging machine such as a cartoner, filler or wrapper.
- Inkjet Coding: Sets a jet of ink onto packages as they pass in a production line. Includes options for larger characters, porous materials, wet or uneven surfaces such as cheese or fruit.
- Laser Coders and Laser Coding: Programmed laser beam burns code onto packages. Can be used for plastic, glass, paper, cartons and more.
- Thermal Transfer Printers and Printing Machines: High speed printing on paper and other materials using a transfer ribbon or foil. Includes barcode labels, plastics and clothing.
- Wet Ink Coding Machines: By means of a heated die or inkjet.
- Emboss Coding: Marks a package with raised type.
Modern inkjet and laser coders can be programmed to carry a large amount of variable information such as lot number, date code, and sequential coding based on a unique serial number which is recorded in a secure database. A range of styles, typefaces and character sizes can be used and changed easily especially in comparison with older mechanical devices.
Sophisticated software means coders can be programmed to create a different mark for every product to create a track-and-trace feature on a pack. This helps to prevent counterfeiting. Track-and-trace features can also be used to ease product recall, monitor product quality and track products internally. Examples include sequential or non-sequential codes, a covert code or a machine-readable code.
Both small and large character inkjet coding machines are available. The former tend to be used for individual pack information and can be effective at high speeds, such as drink can lines. The latter tends to be used in warehousing and distribution on transit packages and pallets.
Coding and marking systems for everyday industrial tasks
Large Character Inkjet Printers
Large character inkjet printers with 7-, 16- or 32-nozzle print heads are simple to operate, robust and highly flexible thanks to the modular design of the system components. Ideal for texts, data and logos with a print height of up to 140 mm per print head.Read more
High Resolution Inkjet Printers
High-resolution inkjet printers, based on HP cartridge technology or Piezo technology, print 1D and 2D codes, logos and alphanumeric information in high quality and resolution - directly and contact-free.Read more
Small Character Inkjet Printers
Small character inkjet printer based on continuous inkjet technology (CIJ) print codes, logos and alphanumeric information at high speed and with a very short drying time. Ideal for smooth, non-absorbent surfaces such as foil, plastic and metal.Read more
Laser Marking Systems
Laser systems are suitable for sharp engraving markings on nearly any material and for color removal from all surfaces - abrasion-resistant, custom and forgery-proof. And these systems are nearly consumable- and maintenance-free.Read more
Inks & Consumables
PACKMACHINE develops and markets more than 500 inks, paints, primers and cleaning agents for virtually every coding, marking and spray marking application worldwide. The use of original PACKMACHINE JET inks, paints, primers and cleaning agents guarantees reliable operation of the PACKMACHINE JET printing systems.Read more