Tetra Pak

Apply durable and high-resolution code to Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak is a brand of packaging used to protect liquids from external bacteria and moisture. Traceability is crucial as it will often contain long-life products such as milk, juice, sauces, or soups. Therefore, manufacturers must choose a reliable, industrial coder that can keep up with the high throughput rates whilst also applying durable, quality batch numbers or best before dates.

Integrating coding equipment onto your Tetra Pak production line

Although Tetra Pak comes in all shapes and sizes; form, fill, and seal machinery will be extensively used on the production lines. Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) printers can be easily integrated into this machinery. The compact units fit into confined spaces and do not require regular maintenance or operator intervention, resulting in increased uptime.

TIJ can print 180 degrees, either downwards onto the top or sides of cartons. With a throw distance of 1-5mm, the placement of the print is dependent on whether the product has any obstructions such as a lid. However, it is also possible to apply code directly to the bottle cap.

Your choice of print on Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak is well known for being excellent quality. So, it is necessary to use a coder that will match the overall aesthetic of the packaging. TIJ technology allows you to print anything from small character, best before dates and batch numbers, to high-resolution (up to 600 dpi) QR codes. The cartridge-based inks are available in a range of colours and can print true type fonts, ensuring you never stray from your product branding.

Maintaining sustainable practices

The brand Tetra Pak makes a promise to protect the planet, food, and people. Therefore, maintaining this sentiment is especially important when considering batch coding equipment. Common choices such as CIJ can have a detrimental effect on the environment due to the use of harmful MEK fluids, the requirement for excess consumables and regular servicing.

Thermal Inkjet is a greener technology when compared to CIJ coders. The maintenance-free systems only require recyclable cartridge-based inks that do not contain harmful MEK fluids. If you would like to learn more about Rotech’s journey to become more sustainable, read our latest blog.

 

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