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How product identification can drive down manufacturing and supply chain chain costs How pharma firms can use checkweighing for better coding and verification compliance
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How product identification can drive down manufacturing and supply chain chain costs Economical tamp-blow label printer-applicator
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How product identification can drive down manufacturing and supply chain chain costs Reduce cost with an in-house printing strategy for corrugated shipping containers
As this Videojet white paper demonstrates, today's large character ink jet printers used for printing logos, lot information, and even ingredient lists on generic secondary packaging offer more flexibility and lower total cost when compared to pre-printed shipping cases.
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Comparing ink-jet technologies:
continuous vs. thermal
By Marty Weil, Contributing Editor
Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) and Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ) are the two predominant ink jet technologies used in primary package industrial coding applications. Each technology has an inherent set of operating considerations. When choosing between CIJ and TIJ, it is useful to consider the strengths of each technology.

CIJ strengths:

  • It adheres to most packaging materials and can be used on curved surfaces (e.g., bottom of a soda can).
  • It is capable of achieving very high speeds for alpha numeric codes.
  • The latest generation has significantly improved reliability with decreased maintenance requirements.

TIJ strengths:

  • Works well on porous and semi-porous materials (e.g., chipboard cartons with an uncoated printing area).
  • The high resolution (typically 300 dpi or above) makes it an excellent choice when visual appearance of a bar code is important or when used with a camera-based code verification system.
  • Maintenance is simplified because the print head and ink are contained in a low-cost, disposable cartridge. In the last few years, significant improvements to ink-jet printers make them cleaner and easier to use, regardless of which technology is being employed. For CIJ, a number of features have been added to increase uptime and decrease the associated maintenance:
  • Sealed cartridge-based systems for ink delivery make replenishment easy while eliminating the possibility for spills.
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Case study
August Faller's new line codes and prints pharmaceutical folding cartons
Printing, serialization, and coding line in Germany helps secondary packaging supplier meet global market needs of pharmaceutical companies.
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The package-to-Web connection
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