Food, chemical, and cosmetics industries

Printing manufacturing dates, best-before dates, and lot numbers

Market trends

Due to higher standards for food safety, clear and correct labeling of manufacturing and best-before dates is in demand. Manufacturers are also working on minimizing recall risks in the event of defective products being released to market. One of their efforts is meticulous management by printing products with lot and serial numbers for internal traceability. More and more companies are introducing inspection systems that use vision systems to prevent printing errors and omissions.
Amid these trends, demand for inkjet printers equipped with automatic date updating functions is increasing as an alternative to operator-driven systems that inherently have a risk of human error.
Inkjet printers feature excellent compatibility with inspection systems thanks to their flawless text printing as well as easy installation on a wide range of equipment such as belt conveyors, packaging machines, and cartoners.

Real-life applications

Printing on food packaging film

Printers can be used to print best-before dates and lot numbers on films for individually packaging confectionery, frozen food, and condiments. Installing an inkjet printer on a pillow packaging machine or rotary filling machine can help prevent erroneous printing and increasing rotation speed.

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Printing on snack and drug cartons

Inkjet printers can be used to print best-before or use-by dates and lot numbers on snack and drug cartons. Installing an inkjet printer on a cartoner can help prevent printing blurs and speed up the printing process.

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Printing on container bottles for medicinal chemicals and cosmetics

Inkjet printers can be used to print use-by dates and lot numbers on container bottles for medicinal chemicals and cosmetics. Printing on the bottom and curved sides of containers is easily done by an inkjet printer installed on a conveyor carrying filled bottles, whereas it can be difficult with stamping.

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Printing on plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and jars

Inkjet printers can be used to print use-by dates and lot numbers on beverage bottles. High-speed printing on hundreds of bottles can be accomplished by an inkjet printer installed on a conveyor carrying filled bottles.

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Printing on cardboard boxes and packaging paper

Inkjet printers can be used to print use-by dates and lot numbers on shipping and packaging boxes. Printing can be started right away by simply installing an inkjet printer on the sealing machine. The text interval can be set flexibly, which contributes to smooth inspection by a print tester.

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