Outer case boxes printed with product information, barcodes and Julian code using large area printer

Outer Cases & Boxes

Ideal solutions for coding and labelling outer cases and boxes

Billions of cardboard boxes are shipped worldwide every year. To avoid any delays and minimise the risk of human error, it is essential that shipping and traceability information is shown in a clear, readable format.

The two main methods for reliable, high-quality outer case coding are applying labels and printing directly onto the box using case coders.

Labelling systems - print and apply

Labelling is the most versatile way to apply information onto outer cases. Labels offer great flexibility as they can be applied from almost any angle – even around corners. They are also ideal for uneven surfaces, such as corrugated cards.

Excellent print quality can be easily achieved with thermal transfer printers, achieving high quality print legibility which is crucial for most retailers as it must comply with the barcoding standard.

Direct to box printing - large character printers

If directly printing onto a white surface, you can achieve the same result as you would on a label with a case coder. When printing onto a brown box, the lower contrast between black and brown lowers the grade of barcode, but it is still fully compliant.

Unlike a labeller, an outer case printer does not require a pause between products as the print is being made at line speed as the box passes. Our PP108 large character marking printers can achieve lightning speeds of up to 600m/min.

In comparison to labelling, direct box printing is substantially cheaper, because you reduce the cost of printing and applying the label.

Outer case boxes stacked on pallet in warehouse
printed label and direct printed outer case with the same information side by side
Large area printer X72 printing barcode, images and text onto a box

RF Case feeding system - for coding boxes off-line

The RF Case feeding system has been designed to handle boxes in their flat form, away from the production line (off-line). Its twin conveyor design allows for the easy separation of boxes onto the conveyor, so they can be individually printed or labelled, ready for operator removal.

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