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Coding And Marking For Beverages.

March 13th, 2019 Posted by Coding Canada Team

All coders should be reliable, easy to use, apply high-quality batch and date codes onto a range of products. Each market segment has its own specific requirements. So for beverages, one stands out above all – the ability to code effectively in a wet environment.

Linx’s recent voice-of-customer research underlines the following. Linx asked their beverage customers to name the main challenges they face with regard to coding and marking. Adhesion to container material was this need that came up time and again. Whether the product they were filling was bottled water, juice or beer.

This is no surprise. If the code fails to adhere to a can or bottle before it leaves your factory, you will fail to meet legislative and retailer requirements. Your product could also be vulnerable to counterfeiters. Also if you ever need to recall products, a bad situation will be made far worse. Due to your inability to trace where they have gone.

But fear not. Linx has put together the following pointers for choosing a coding and marking solution that will work effectively amid condensation. Therefore it will help you avoid potentially serious damage to your business caused by slipping up in the wet.

Steel is the deal

Linx’s first piece of advice is to select a model that has an IP55- or IP65-washdown stainless steel enclosure. These are designed to allow for continual operation even if the printer is washed down with the rest of the production equipment. Also it means that operating in a wet bottling environment will be no problem. Such features are common and are well worth any additional expenditure.

Think ink…

In case if continuous inkjet (CIJ) is your technology of choice. There are Inks that Penetrate Condensation to mark both glass and plastic bottles. These have been specially designed for cold-fill beverage applications. Namely for plants where bottles are stored outside for long periods before being brought inside for filling. So they perform excellently in wet environments. Also they perform well in dry environments. Therefore they are a good option to cope with changes in factory conditions.

… But consider laser

Laser Coders use no ink and thus do away altogether with the risk of accidental smudging or dilution. They reliably print clear, consistent codes onto substrates such as plastic, coated metal, glass and labels. What’s more, laser codes are permanent, and so provide the surest guarantee against codes not sticking to the packaging.

CSL60 beverage line

Don’t slip up with a wishy-washy solution that fails to meet the first test of coding and marking for beverages. Therefore instead, choose a coder that delivers clear and durable batch and date codes even in a wet environment. This will ensure you always meet the regulations and can protect your brand.

To find out more about the different coding and marking technologies and which one best suits your needs, please call us at 866-427-5701 or e-mail us at sales@codingcanada.com.

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