Treat Bags or Flow Wrap
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 or 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 printers for pet food production, fantastic 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 on Pouches
Printing on pouches of wet pet food often needs an ink that changes colour at high temperature to guarantee that the contents have been through a retort system. The Citronix ci5500 continuous ink jet printer is available with a range of inks including thermochromic ink which change from black to red during the retort process.
Printing on Cans
The Citronix ci5300 is ideal for printing best before dates, batch codes and traceability information onto the bottom of cans. Able to cope with line speeds of up to 9.8m/s and printing 3 lines of text the ci5300 will produce high quality codes whether you need to print from underneath or from above the can. Our optional Mobile Can Coding Station gives you flexibility of an all in one system. For harsher environments, the IP65 rated ci5650 with its pressurised cabinet will eliminate water ingress giving you years of trouble-free coding and keep your production lines running efficiently. The range of inks will even adhere to cans with condensation.
Large Dry Pet Food Bags & Sacks
Printing on large dry pet food bags is possible with either a Citronix continuous ink jet printer such as the ci5200 or by using the HSA thermal ink jet printer. Both of these printers can product good quality text such as date and batch code information onto porous or non-porous sacks and bags. The Citronix continuous ink jet printers over flexibility across a wide range of product types, materials and production lines whilst the HSA thermal ink jet printer is a service-free cartridge based system that can print across multiple production lines.
Our print and apply labeller is ideal for applying labels with variable information onto the side or top of large bags and sacks whether they are upright exiting a bag stitcher or lying on an incline conveyor. High quality barcodes, graphics and logos can all be printed quickly and accurately.
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 pet food production are right for your requirements? Speak with one of our representatives about our range of machines today. Our friendly team are on hand to help you meet all of your coding and marking needs.