Optimum carton coding may be achieved off-line using a carton coder or on-line, using high-quality, low-maintenance thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology.
For on-line printing, TIJ has long been the dominant coding method within the pharmaceutical packaging industry, largely due to its unparalleled ability to print ultra-high resolution variable date codes, logos and unique barcodes via a reliable, clean and easy-to-use system.
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 datamatrix coding; smaller volumes of a larger range may mean an off-line solution is better suited.
We have several feeding systems that offer a standalone coding system when fitted with a printer and/or labeller.