Date Coding Technologies

Date coding equipment is commonly used for printing expiration date, best by date, or manufacturing date on food packaging or products that required traceability. There are many factors to consider when selecting the right type of date coding equipment such as operating environment, production volume, materials being printed, as well as print content.
This section introduces the principles, characteristics, pros and cons of each type of date coding equipment.

Types of date coding equipment

Handheld Stampers

Handheld stampers

Type with fast-drying ink applied is pressed against the target to transfer the ink. With this type of technology, it's possible to print on target that can't easily be printed, but common problems are ink bleeding and doesn't dry properly.

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Handheld labelers

Handheld labelers

Label applicators are commonly used in supermarkets and other retail stores. To apply the label, the user holds the grip and simply glides the device on the target surface. Handheld labelers offer high operability with dates and prices being displayed instantaneously.

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Roller stampers

Roller stampers

With a roller stamper, the type is pressed against the object and the ink is transferred through rotation movement. This type of coding equipment must use water-based ink, and is commonly used for printing dates on cardboard or similar products being transferred on a conveyor.

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Label printing machines

Label printing machines

Label printing machines are commonly used for batch printing with food products. Because labels must be water-resistant, thermal-based label printers that use an ink ribbon are generally used.
The main feature of label printing machines is that it gives user high flexibility to change print layout.

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Hot printers

Hot printers

Hot printers can be installed on pillow-type packaging machines or other automatic devices. Ink from an ink ribbon is transferred at high temperatures to the packaging film. These equipment are commonly seen on older packaging machines.

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Thermal printers

Thermal printers

Unlike hot printers, thermal printers do not use type in the head for pressing against a target.
Instead, the printing head is heated electrically, and the ribbon transfers printed content to the target. Print content can also be changed easily.

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Inkjet printers

Inkjet printers
Inkjet printers spray ink onto the surface of the target. This non-contact method printing ensures usage on a wide range of applications. Inkjet printers are also capable of printing on moving targets at high speeds from any direction or orientation.
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