Cosmetic cartons printed with GS1,Lot number and expiry using thermal inkjet


Print excellent quality codes and marks onto cartons

Optimum carton coding may be achieved off-line using a carton coder or on-line, using high-quality, low-maintenance thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology.


Thermal Inkjet has the unparalleled ability to print ultra-high resolution variable information via a reliable, clean, and easy-to-use system. For on-line printing, TIJ has long been the dominant coding method within the pharmaceutical packaging industry to print GS1 Code, serial numbers, and variable information directly onto cartons. Similarly, cosmetic manufacturers benefit from the small 1MM text that can be printed discreetly on cartons.


Depending on the application and throughput requirements, two challenges can mean that cartons – particularly pharmaceutical cartons – are best coded off-line. One relates to the nature of the carton’s construction: crash-lock is designed to be hand erected and therefore suited to an off-line application. The other relates to the difficulties of controlling a formed carton for on-line data matrix coding; smaller volumes of a larger range may mean an off-line solution is better suited.

Our feeding systems offer a standalone coding system when fitted with a printer and/or labeller.

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Success stories

  • English cheesecake company cartons

    A RF2 feeding system fitted with thermal inkjet printer from Rotech has allowed The English Cheesecake Company to date code a pallet’s worth of cheesecakes in less than 2 minutes.

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  • Medical carton printed with lot, expiry and variable information using thermal inkjet and conveyor

    There’s no question that the Coronavirus pandemic saw many British businesses have to adapt and innovate in a way which they never have before, some even entering completely new markets with products not at all related to the ones they had been manufacturing prev...

    PPE Manufacturer

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  • Pharmaceutical cartons with batch number and expiry date

    Crescent are reaping the rewards of thermal inkjet printing technology, with 7 Integra One printers currently installed on their production lines.

    Crescent Pharma Ltd

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  • Pelham laboratories print sample sat on an RF Lite

    Trusted by some of the UK’s most successful brands, Pelham Laboratories specialise in product development and manufacture of cosmetics.

    Pelham Laboratories

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