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Despite environmental concerns, PET bottles remain popular because they are robust, transparent and light. In addition to soft drink and beverage coding, PET printing is also used for drugstore items. Applications for printing on plastic bottles include PET best before coding, PET date coding and printing batch numbers, LOT numbers, EAN codes, GS1 data matrix codes, barcodes, logos & texts, and 2D codes.
Whatever PET bottle you have to mark you will start faster and speed up production using Sealtronic technology with a Leibinger printer. Unlike lasers, which can perforate the thin, lightweight material of PET bottles, Leibinger printers are bottle coder solutions that do not attack the surface. You can code PET bottles during the filling process with FDA-compliant inks specially designed to adhere to PET materials, or "wet bottle inks" which can penetrate a slightly film of condensed humidity.
Beverage coding applications can include printing on plastic bottles, PET best before marking, and PET bottle coding – whether you are applying a best before date, an expiry date, a batch number, a LOT number, or an expiration date on a beer bottle. If you need to print batch number on PET, or an expiration date on a water bottle, our beverage printing solutions make PET bottle marking both easy and efficient.
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Marking and coding of pet plastic bottles
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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.
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.
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.
Cleaning and care products are subject to stringent international directives, which require information such as UFI (Unique Formula Identifier) codes to be printed on the product packaging – whatever shape or type of surface it may be. With packaging ranging from the curved metallic surfaces of spray cans to smooth plastic containers, coding and marking solutions must be flexible and must operate at high speed.
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.
Plastic and rubber articles, including plastic film, are used in many areas such as the pharmaceutical, food, packaging, cable, electrical and electronics industries. Producers of plastic and plastic items often need to code information onto products to enable traceability and to provide a guarantee of quality.