Marking and coding of beverage

  • Beverage

Over 100,000 fillings per hour is not a rarity in the beverage industry. Bottles and cans have to be marked within a very short amount of time and during ongoing production. LEIBINGER inkjet printers take part in this challenge and print multiline printouts like the expiration date, production date and batch number on glass and plastic bottles. The location of the imprint does not matter for small character inkjet printers, whether it be directly on a concave or convex part of a bottle or can or on a label. LEIBINGER camera systems then monitor and log the labeling.

Typical markings

  • Expiration dates
  • Production date
  • EAN code/GS1 DataMatrix code
  • Barcodes
  • Characters and text
  • 2D codes, e.g. QR codes, DataMatrix codes, etc.
  • Batch numbers/lot numbers
  • Company logos
  • Lottery codes/numbers


  • Glass bottles
  • Non-returnable bottles
  • Returnable bottles/recyclable bottles
  • Clear glass
  • Brown glass, e.g. beer bottles
  • Green glass, e.g. beer bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cans (beverage cans)
  • Beverage cartons like Tetra Paks/beverage packages made of multilayer film
  • Bottle caps
  • Labels made of paper
  • Labels made of film/plastic
  • Trays/cardboard trays/plastic trays
  • Shrink wrap

Examples of typical applications

  • Removable marking for returnable bottles/recyclable bottles (alkaline solution)
  • Permanent product labeling during delivery and use by end customer
  • Use of (soft) pigmented inks (opaque inks) for high contrast on darker backgrounds, e.g. for marking on brown or green beer bottles
  • Marking soft drinks
  • Marking wine and sparkling wine bottles
  • Coding spirits
  • Marking mineral water bottles
  • High production speeds (100,000 products/h)
  • Marking on the fly
  • Labeling primary packaging
  • Marking secondary packaging
  • Outer packaging
  • Concave or convex surfaces
  • Marking in wet production environments
  • Traceability/track and trace/identification
  • Use of FDA-compliant inks

Typical print monitoring tasks

  • Print monitoring/verification/image processing of various printouts
  • Monitoring presence, i.e. of dispensed products (cards or samples)
  • Reliable monitoring of inkjet fonts (printouts of small character inkjet printers)
  • Logging the production order for quality assurance

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