When it comes to printing variable information, such as date and production codes, onto a wide range of different types of packaging, continuous inkjet (CIJ) technology has been the most commonly used process for a long time. But, did you know how this technology originated? What was the first continuous inkjet printer? No, it wasn't invented by Al Gore, but its origin … [Read more...] about The First Continuous CIJ Inkjet Printer
Stories relating to packaging and sustainability that got my attention during the last week or so. Finally, a Ban on TCE Looks Possible It has been known for decades that Trichloroethylene (TCE) which is often found in plastic packaging, is harmful to health, but the Federal government has done nothing about it - despite TCE being mostly banned in Europe. Finally, … [Read more...] about News Briefs – October 27, 2023
The First Attempt at Walmart RFID In the middle of 2003, Walmart announced to suppliers that the organization was looking to require them to add fancy new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to secondary packaging and pallets shipped to their warehouses. These new tags needed to be encoded with data to the Electronic Product Code (EPC) standard - which would be a … [Read more...] about Walmart RFID Labeling Requirements
Introduction: Ensuring each barcode's accuracy and readability is paramount in the barcoding realm. This is where the concepts of validation and verification step in. Though they might seem synonymous, they serve distinct purposes in the barcode quality assurance process. With retail companies constantly penalizing their suppliers when barcodes don’t meet specifications, … [Read more...] about Barcode Integrity – Decoding Validation and Verification
Introduction: Pressure-sensitive labeling machines are crucial in packaging for applying labels to products, which is vital for providing product information and for branding. These machines are divided into three main types: stand-alone applicators, linear labeling machines and rotary labeling machines. The differences in the characteristics of these machines determine … [Read more...] about Linear or Rotary Labeling For Your Next Application?