Other Foods jams, sauces, soups, condiments and powders

Printing on Flow Wrap (HFFS), Bags (VFFS) and Flexible Film

Printing traceability codes onto films, flow wrap and other flexible packaging can often be difficult unless the right ink or printer installation is used. Codetronix can offer the options of either Easyprint thermal transfer printers or Citronix Continuous ink jet printers.

Easyprint thermal transfer printers can print very high resolution date codes and batch codes onto flexible film before the packet or bag is formed. By installing onto flow wrappers (HFFS) or bagging (VFFS) machines, they are compact and efficient printers that use ribbons to produce high quality codes including barcodes and graphics. Easyprint thermal transfer printers can replace existing hot stamp machines to give real time coding as well as being an easy swap-out for existing thermal transfer printers.

Citronix continuous ink jet printers are perfect for printing simple codes onto the final product where a potentially non-uniform surface is presented or different materials are used across multiple production lines. A wide range of inks ensure that difficult to print surfaces are handled with ease.

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Printing on Cans and Tins

Canning of food or filling into tins is done at high speed and often in humid environments. This requires a printer that is reliable and robust. The Citronix ci5500 continuous ink jet printer can print up to 5 lines of text and operate in the harshest production areas. For even greater protection the IP65 rated Citronix ci5650 continuous ink jet printer will ensure water, steam and dust are prevented from entering the cabinet. Thermochromic inks that change colour at high temperatures are available as well as dye-based fast drying MEK, acetone and Ethanol inks.

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Printing on and labelling bottles or Jars

Codetronix label applicators are ideal for labelling cylindrical containers like bottles or jars. Side belt or 3 reel systems apply labels precisely and can be adjusted for different diameter or height products. The label applicator can also be fitted with an ink jet or thermal transfer printer to print real time dates, batch codes and other variable information.

Bottle or jar printing can present a challenge often due to embossed or indented surfaces, application of tamper evident labels over the lid or the need to apply different front and back labels. Codetronix supply Intrex labellers which are perfect for this. With low to medium speed labelling machines, Codetronix have experience across a broad range of applications.

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Printing on Pouches

Pouches for nuts or other snack foods can be easily printed using Citronix continuous ink jet printers or thermal transfer printers from Easyprint.

The Citronix range of CIJ printers such as the ci5500 will print up to 5 lines of text onto paper or plastic pouches. Alternatively, the Easyprint Compact series will integrate easily into pouch filling and bagging machines.

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Printing on Cartons

Cartons and cardboard packaging can be printed by ink jet or laser. Both continuous ink jet printers or thermal ink jet printers can be used successfully to print 2 or 3 lines of text including date codes or batch codes. A Citronix continuous ink jet printer is a well-proven and reliable method of printing onto porous or non-porous materials.

As an alternative, thermal ink jet printers can be installed to print in line with or at 90 degrees to the direction of pack travel. An additional advantage of thermal ink jet printers is that multiple printheads can be fitted to a single controller giving a smaller, cost effective service-free solution.
To eliminate consumable usage Laser coding can be used to ablate (remove) a layer of print from the carton giving a contrasting code. Lasers are particularly effective when used on darker coloured materials.

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Printing and Labelling Boxes, Cases and Trays

If you need to apply a label onto cases, boxes or tray our print and apply labellers are ideal. With top, side, corner wrap or front apply labellers we can cope with almost any requirement or speed. For higher speeds we can supply tandem or alternative pack labelling systems. 4” and 6” labellers are available in thermal transfer or direct thermal (ribbonless) versions. 600m ribbon rolls and tool-less printhead mean downtime is kept to a minimum helping to improve overall line efficiencies.

Our labellers can be provided with label creation software or can be interfaced with existing software packages such as Bartender, Nicelabel or Easylabel.

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Pallet Labelling

Pallet labelling needs to be precise, reliable and consistent. Our pallet labellers are compact with short labelling cycles to apply one, two or three A5 labels to the front and sides of pallets typically with only one stop of the pallet. This means that shorter pallet conveyor lengths are needed. The aluminium cabinet construction means this is a cost-effective solution; for beverage or dairy applications where large amounts of water may be present, stainless steel cabinets with sealed doors and pneumatic sliding doors for the applicator help protect the important components.

Software is provided with the pallet labellers for label creation and to interface into your own systems. Part pallets can also be accommodated.

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