There is a need for well-placed, highly legible codes across the products of many industries. For example, food and beverage producers use codes like distributor-required expiration dates and lot codes; manufacturers of metal extrusions, lumber, and other production materials use batch numbers and barcodes to help ensure traceability and prevent counterfeiting; to meet FDA regulations, those working with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals label their products per either the Physician Labeling Rule for prescription drugs or OTC monographs.
To create these codes, manufacturers often turn to inkjet printers, as thermal inkjet (TIJ) and continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers can mark a diverse variety of substrates in a consistent, reliable manner. Both TIJ and CIJ coders can create machine-readable barcodes and highly legible characters, which has led to their widespread use in such a wide variety of manufacturing industries.
To show the full capabilities of these printers, we have outlined some of today’s most common industrial inkjet printing applications.