Rubber is one of the most important materials used throughout the manufacturing world. Used to produce everything from small rubber bands and doormats to tires, hoses, gaskets, and other important automotive/aerospace hardware, rubber is interwoven into the fabric of our daily lives. Strong, elastic, and versatile, rubber is commonly utilized in fields ranging from chemical production to the construction industry to consumer goods manufacturing. Due to rubber’s strength and application diversity, the material has become increasingly utilized worldwide with annual rubber production has increased by around 6 million tons over the last 20 years.
Along with this growth in rubber production is an increasingly complex supply chain network used to distribute it. Often crossing international borders, these networks rely on traceable codes and markings to ensure that all products and substances are accounted for and shipped to the correct locations. Taking the form of barcodes/QR codes, serial numbers, batch codes, and more, these markings are essential to both supply chain functionality and quality control. As such, companies must apply these codes to all of their products and parts to comply with industry standards and government regulations. For businesses that produce thousands of parts a day, this can seem like a daunting task.
Fortunately, coding rubber products on an industrial scale isn’t difficult with the right technology. At InkJet, Inc., we help companies complete these applications by providing the hardware and ink necessary to code products in a fast, reliable manner. Here’s how businesses can comply with strict regulations without sacrificing overall efficiency by inkjet printing on rubber parts.