InkJet, Inc’s Solutions for Coding and Marking on Food Packaging
In a field as multifaceted as food packaging, there is no "one size fits all" marking solution. Packaging materials, output requirements, facility conditions, and other key production elements vary from one company to the next. To meet the diverse needs of the food packaging industry, InkJet, Inc. carries a variety of printers, laser marking systems, and secondary packaging equipment.
This table displays the general specs of our different food packaging coding technologies. Additional information on each option can be located further below. To jump to a specific solution’s information, click the hyperlinked title in the table’s leftmost column.
Continuous Inkjet Printers: DuraCode Touchscreen, Keyboard, and Pigment
Continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers are non-contact production line printing systems designed to mark substrates moving at 300 m/min and above. Built with powerful ink circulation systems, CIJ printers can operate up to 24 hours daily without downtime. The wide ink compatibility and versatile printheads of CIJ printers equip users to mark diverse food packaging materials, including:
See the chart below for a closer look at the DuraCode models’ most important specifications.
Thermal Inkjet Printers: Anser U2, X1, and A1 Models
Thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers are smaller, lighter, and more cost-effective than CIJ systems. While CIJ systems typically weigh around 100 lbs and can cost well over $10,000, most TIJ models weigh 5-10 lbs and cost as low as $1,499.00.
Although thermal inkjet systems are compact and lightweight, they offer impressive coding specifications. For example, the Anser U2 Smart can create 400 x 300 DPI codes up to 0.5” tall (1” tall with the Anser U2 SmartOne). Higher-end TIJs like the Anser X1 can create 600 x 600 DPI codes up to 2” tall with stitched printheads. These qualities enable TIJ operators to complete product marking tasks as well as case coding applications
TIJ printers are often designed for slower speed lines and intermittent coding tasks, but some TIJ models offer high-speed capabilities as well. InkJet, Inc. carries numerous TIJ printers of varying specialties and price points. Our current options include:
See the chart below for a closer look into how our TIJ options compare to one another:
Laser Marking Solutions: Fiber, CO2, and UV Laser Models
Laser marking systems are perfect for food packaging companies that require high coding speeds, reliable accuracy, and exceptional code appearance. For example, large-scale operations frequently use laser systems to meet demanding quotas, minimize coding errors, and enhance their products’ visual appeal. As laser marking systems have become more affordable, they have become increasingly popular with smaller-scale companies as well.
Laser systems are more expensive than TIJ and CIJ printers upfront, but they do not use any consumables. Moreover, they have minimal maintenance needs and do not require annual servicing. Depending on your product output, these factors can actually make laser marking more cost-effective than inkjet printing.
Inkjet Inc. offers four laser models:
- F8100F Fiber Laser Marking Machine
- F8100C CO2 Laser Marking Machine
- LDR 7100 Laser Marking System (CO2 System)
- F8100U UV Laser Marking Machine
Our laser systems offer similar specifications and benefits. The F8100F, F8100C, LDR7100, and F8100U provide:
- Marking speeds up to 2000 characters/sec.
- 24/7 uninterrupted coding
- Reliable ingress protections
- Long laser tube life
- Enhanced high-resolution mark quality
- Plug-and-play laser module for easy line replacement
- User-friendly control panel via computer or smartphone app
Material compatibility is the main difference between our laser options. Fiber, CO2, and UV lasers produce beams of different wavelengths. Beam wavelength significantly influences material compatibility, so it’s important to understand which laser technology is best suited for your substrates as you consider your system options.
This chart illustrates the material compatibility of fiber, CO2, and UV laser systems:
See the chart below for a closer look into our laser systems’ most important specifications.
High-Resolution Case Coders: Precision Series 18mm & 72mm
High-resolution case coders (hi-res) excel at placing high-quality images and codes on porous substrates.
See the chart below for a closer look into the Precision Series’ most important specifications:
Print-and-Apply Label Machine: Evolabel Systems
Print-and-apply labeling machines (PALM) streamline the labeling process by continuously creating labels and applying them to passing products or shipping cartons. Predominantly used to label shipping cartons, PALM systems can complete primary, secondary, and tertiary applications with the right equipment.
Users can customize their print-and-apply labelers to complete specific tasks. PALM systems are made of multiple components, with two of the most important being:
- The printer module, which prints labels on-demand
- The label applicator, which dispenses and applies each label to a product, carton, or pallet
By selecting the ideal printer/applicator combo, you can use a PALM system to efficiently label most popular food packaging substrates, including:
By investing in an Evolabel system, you can simplify your package labeling process, reduce the risk of error, and maximize packaging efficiency.