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Food codes won't always need a label in the future and the labels we do use will become clearer and more integrated with the Internet of Things

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Printing, labelling and coding: Labelling wihtout the labels

By Gwen Ridler

Consumers need to know what’s in their food and customers need to know what product they’re moving around their warehouse, but as technology continues to advance, what is the role of a traditional label in the world of food and drink manufacturing?

Printed PET bottles can be recycled

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Printed PET bottles can be recycled

By Rick Pendrous

A process for making recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles onto which designs have been digitally printed has been developed by KHS and its subsidiary NMP Systems.

Food-grade continuous inkjet printer launched

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Food-grade continuous inkjet printer launched

By Rick Pendrous

Needham Coding has expanded its ‘N’ series of continuous inkjet printers (CIJ) by adding new models, including one for specialist food-grade applications.

Krones will demonstrate direct printing onto PET bottles at Drinktec

Drinktec 2017 features inline, direct digital inkjet printers

By Paul Gander

Major equipment companies are putting their weight behind inline, direct-to-container digital inkjet printing, especially for beverages in polyethylene terephthalate (PET), with systems set to feature at this week’s Drinktec show in Germany.

Digital print meets Innate's needs

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Digital print meets Innate's needs

By Rick Pendrous

Healthy snacks brand Innate is using digitally printed pouches from Uni Packaging for its growing product range. 

Print ink adheres to greasy surfaces

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Print ink adheres to greasy surfaces

By Rick Pendrous

An ink that can adhere to substrates covered with oily or greasy films has been developed by Linx Printing Technologies and is said to ideal for a variety of food packs.

HSG installed a digital inkjet press

Digital print can bolster shelf-ready options

By Paul Gander

The benefits of variable digital inkjet printing for transit and shelf-ready packaging (SRP) are now well understood by brands, to the extent that some (for example in the dairy sector) are eager to acquire their own presses for affordable, short-run,...

TCL develops a packaging film suitable for ultra-high cooking temperatures

Ovenable film handles high heat

By Rick Pendrous

A new ovenable high definition printed packaging film suitable for ultra-high cooking temperatures has been added to TCL Packaging’s product range. 

Linx Printing Technologies' Linx 10 printer

Portable and compact continuous ink-jet printer

By Rick Pendrous

A compact and portable entry-level continuous ink-jet (CIJ) printer, that is capable of delivering high-quality two-line codes, was launched by Linx Printing Technologies at the PPMA Total show.

Cost-effective coding and printing on packs

PPMA Total Show 2016 preview

Cost-effective coding and printing on packs

By Rick Pendrous

Allen Coding will be demonstrating a wide range of equipment for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging applications at the show.

Labels printed and applied in a single action

PPMA Total Show 2016 preview

Labels printed and applied in a single action

By Rick Pendrous

Codes for food and drink packaging will be displayed by Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE), with highlights including the company’s Zodiac thermal transfer printer, Scorpion and Viper thermal inkjet printers and its Vulcan print and apply labeller.

Continuous inkjet printers get enhanced features

Continuous inkjet printers get enhanced features

By Rick Pendrous

Linx Printing Technologies has extended its recently-launched Linx 8900 CIJ (continuous inkjet) printer range with the introduction of two models, which further enhance their capabilities in the food and drink sectors.

CrownSmart DataMatrix codes can be used to protect firms against counterfeiting

Canned drinks: product differentiation more affordable

By Paul Gander

Various options for making a beverage can distinctive in terms of graphics, structure and additional features are becoming more affordable and will change the way brands differentiate themselves over the next few years, says metal packaging specialist...

Serac in pre-printed plastic trial.

Bottles therformed from pre-printed plastic

By Rick Pendrous

An award winning thermoforming technology for polypropylene (PP) bottles used by the dairy sector has been further developed to allow manufacturers to make their bottles out of pre-printed plastic sheet materials.

Textured labels produced digitally

Textured labels produced digitally

By Rick Pendrous

A novel inkjet approach, which allows label printers to print a wide variety of digitally textured labels just by using high opacity white ink on its N610i digital colour label press, has been introduced by Domino Digital Printing Solutions.

Detectable paper for process plant operators

Detectable paper for process plant operators

By Rick Pendrous

To reduce the risk of food being contaminated with paper used during processing, a detectable paper has been developed, which combines paper and film in a detectable and durable laminate.

Thermal transfer overprinters cut packaging costs

Thermal transfer overprinters cut packaging costs

Family-owned fresh produce business S&A Group is using Zodiac thermal transfer overprinters from Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) to help reduce packaging costs and increase coding efficiency across its two production sites in Herefordshire and...

The Cheese Warehouse upgrades its labellers

The Cheese Warehouse upgrades its labellers

The Cheese Warehouse, based at Whitchurch, Shropshire, has installed advanced printer applicators with high-performance printers on its production lines to replace inefficient labelling equipment, which no longer met its needs for reliability and speed...

Labels applied on pack surfaces and around corners

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Labels applied on pack surfaces and around corners

Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) will be launching two new features for its Vulcan print and apply labeller which enable the machine to apply labels to the front of a moving pack, or across adjacent panels of a case or shrink-wrapped product to allow...

Easy print pack roll unloading is now assured

PPMA show preview

Easy print pack roll unloading is now assured

The latest roll handler and roll unloading trolley from Dotec will provide the centre piece on the stand of Jarshire, a specialist supplier of components and machinery for the converting, packaging and printing industries.

Advice on the use of printing inks on food and packs

Advice on the use of printing inks on food and packs

Printing equipment specialist Domino has produced advice for companies in the food supply chain to clarify the regulations and guidelines that govern use of inks for food packaging as well as coding and marking.

Baker installs new printer for gluten-free site

Inkjet printer adds date codes on flow wrap

Traditional Scottish craft baker JG Ross has installed a small character continuous inkjet coder for the application of date codes and batch information to pre-printed flow wrap for its new gluten-free manufacturing facility at Portsoy in Aberdeenshire

Contract packer purchases continuous printers

Confectioner codes onto filled preformed pouches

Contract packer Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) has purchased six continuous ink jet printers as replacements for various thermal transfer printers, label printers and drop on demand printers.

Yogurt firm offers chance to win VW campervan

Yeo Valley adopts unique lid coding system

Chadwicks has developed a lidding system for a range of Yeo Valley dairy products that applies a unique code. The code, which is only revealed when the polyester lid is peeled back, is the first of its type to be used in the UK dairy market. Chadwicks...

Non-hazardous ink launched for food products

New ink addresses contamination risks

A mineral oil-free (MOF) black ink has been developed by Domino to address increasing concerns about the migration of printing inks and mineral oils onto the carton board and food packaging.

150 names were generated in each of 32 countries for the campaign

Coca-Cola changes face of digital print

By Paul Gander

Few can have failed to notice last summer’s Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught the consumer’s eye, it had a more profound impact on supply chain perceptions...

Videojet to present new small character printers

Think small when it comes to print

Videojet will present its new 50 series (1550/1650) small character inkjet printers as part of its 1000 series range, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. The 1650 and 1550 are designed to minimise planned and unplanned downtime and maximise...

Brewer Wells & Young's investment pays for itself

Printer upgrade cuts downtime

The brewer of the Bombardier, McEwan's, Estrella Damm and Kirin Ichiban brands says the installation of five new Domino A-series A420i and two new A300+ Opaque continuous ink jet printers has almost paid for itself after a year.

Tonejet says runs of 300,000 cans are possible on its digital print presses

Digital print targets medium run lengths

By Paul Gander

Digital print technologies have yet to take packaging converting by storm, but eroding differentials in ink costs, larger, more specialised presses and an ability to compete for mid-length runs could be about to change that.

Thermal transfer printer gives 12 month pay-back

Thermal transfer printer gives 12 month pay-back

Wafer biscuit and chocolate bar manufacturer OP Chocolate expects to recoup its investment in a new thermal transfer printer in just 12 months, since installing the equipment at its Merthyr Tydfil plant last summer.

Investment rises in labelling and printing kit

Investment rises in labelling and printing kit

Food and drink manufacturers are increasing their investment in printing and labelling equipment, according to supplier Domino, which recently reported sales growth of over 30% for 2011.

Square meal has traceability

Square meal has traceability

Shire Foods supplies savoury pies, pasties and sausage rolls to professional football clubs and supermarkets. When the firm launched a new range of...

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