Meat, Fish and Poultry
Printing on Flow Wrap (HFFS), Bags (VFFS, Tray Sealers 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 inkjet printers are perfect printers for meat and fish coding, excellent 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.
Printing onto Tins and Cans
Canning of meat or fish is done at high speed and often in humid environments. This requires a printer that is reliable and robust. The Citronix ci5500 continuous inkjet 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 inkjet 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.
Printing onto Cartons
Cartons and cardboard packaging can be printed by inkjet or laser. Both continuous inkjet printers or thermal inkjet printers can be used successfully to print 2 or 3 lines of text including date codes or batch codes. A Citronix continuous inkjet printer is a well-proven and reliable method of printing onto porous or non-porous materials.
As an alternative, thermal inkjet printers can be installed to print in line with or at 90 degrees to the direction of pack travel. An additional advantage of thermal inkjet 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.
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.
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.
Still not sure which of our printers for meat and fish coding are right for your production needs? Speak with one of our representatives about our range of machines today! Our friendly team are on-hand to help.