High Speed Matte Pigmented Coding Foils are available for Flexible Packaging Food Date Coding through Eagle Wright.
A hot stamp coder or printer is an analog machine that works like an old-fashioned printing press. An operator manually sets metal dies, or type, which are then heated. The heated type presses on an inked ribbon that’s positioned between the type and the substrate, melting the ink onto the substrate. Hot stamp printers can print static (non-variable) information such as lot codes or expiration dates. These machines are known for their durability and low initial cost.
Printing of “best by” dates and lot numbers has increased as food safety becomes a growing concern among consumers. Expiration dates and lot number tracking is critically important in the event of a product recall. Images must remain legible for tracking information. In addition, other applications such as barcodes, part numbers and item numbers require durability.
Printing barcodes on flexible package is normally an integrated part of the assembly line process. The inline printer prints directly onto the substrate, typically a bag or some other type of container and Hot Stamp Ribbons are commonly used for this application.
In the case of food packaging using inline direct packaging printing on polypropylene or other food and beverage bags, Hot Stamp Ribbons are formulated for compatibility with the substrate, as well as printing at low temperatures and high speeds.
These ribbons are also heavily used in PharmaceuticalThe increase in regulations requiring traceability of pharmaceuticals, along with an upsurge in product counterfeiting and diversion, are driving brand owners to incorporate variable, real-time data on their packaging.
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