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Beverage cartons such as Tetra Pak® are extremely popular in the beverage because of their light weight and flexibility. Typically a composite of cardboard and plastic, they are filled at extremely high speed – which means that the printing of information such as expiry dates or traceability information also has to be done accurately and quickly.
Whether the outer layer is cardboard or polyethylene (PE), high adhesion inks are necessary to provide clear marking, while anti-counterfeit inks can also be used. Leibinger printers can apply multi-line codes, characters and text containing expiry or manufacturing dates or traceability information. Our printers for the beverage industry operate at up to 806 m/min and can print directly onto any part of the pack, whether flat, concave or convex. They can also operate in high-humidity environments.
November 9, 2020
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Marking and coding of tetra pak® and other beverage cartons
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Filling 100,000 bottles per hour is far from uncommon in the beverage industry, which is why coding in small letters needs to be carried out within the shortest possible time. In addition, industrial inkjet printers need to be able to cope with high-humidity environments and flexible enough to print on any part of the container, regardless of the material used.
Packaging printers need to be able to keep up with production line speeds, which is especially important in the baked goods industry where freshness is crucial. Airborne flour particles also make this a problematic environment for many continuous inkjet printers. Producers need to choose coding and marking equipment that is reliable, fast and equipped to handle this demanding environment.
High dust levels and extremely high line speeds make tea and coffee packaging systems a demanding coding and marking environment. In order to guarantee the quality and consistency of end products, cleanliness is also a key factor.
Confectionery products and snacks need to be coded at high speed, using fast-drying inks. New formulations, flavors, sales promotions and packaging sizes also increase the risk of costly coding errors and require coding and marking solutions that are reliable, fast and flexible.
Designed for the convenience of the customers, these are products that come in an ever-changing range of packaging formats, such as shrink wrap, foil and cardboard. Also, since the information to be coded onto the packaging changes frequently, coding solutions must be highly flexible. The coder must also be able to withstand the extreme temperatures, high humidity and dust levels that are a feature of the industry, and should use inks that are suited to the surface of the packaging.
The dairy business is shaped by short product shelf lives and stringent hygiene requirements. Dairy producers also face regularly changing packaging designs, the ever-increasing variety of types and flavors, and frequent production changes. Coding and marking of packagings therefore requires equipment that can print expiration dates and other such information reliably and efficiently on a variety of surfaces.
Packaged food products come in all shapes and sizes, which requires great flexibility from your coding and marking solution. Foods are packaged in a variety of formats, using different materials that can be challenging to print on. The food industry also demands high standards of hygiene compliance, requiring actions such as the regular spray-cleaning of the production environment.
In order to meet the growing demand for animal fodder and cattle feed, increasingly efficient production lines with higher throughputs are needed. Companies producing pet food and animal feed are committed to offering products that ensure the health and vitality of family pets so product traceability is also an important consideration. The coding and marking systems need not only to clearly print traceability information, but also accommodate many different packaging formats, such as retort pouches and club packaging.
Laws around the world require pharmaceutical manufacturers to print codes on packaging, boxes and blister packs to enable traceability and protect against counterfeiting. High legibility – even in small fonts – is essential and producers need to code on a variety of packaging formats.