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Handheld printer solves unique packaging challenge

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Jun 29, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Orthodontist opts for Meenjet M6 Handheld Printer

Perhaps you're familiar with the heavily promoted Invisalign alternative to those old fashioned braces we all hated growing up. But, did you know there's another new, fast growing alternative using 3D printing!? We recently worked with an orthodontist that offers a unique and innovative new dental alignment therapy. 

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Topics: Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Traceability, Family Business, Handheld printer, Meenjet M6 Printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink, Portable coder, Portable printer, Thermal inkjet, TIJ

Importance of Lot Coding and Batch Coding for Food Packaging

Posted by Homayoun Shahrestani on Jun 22, 2020 11:43:00 AM
Originally published by MapleJet on May 21st, 2020. Shared with permission from MapleJet.

Why is the Batch Number or Lot Number important in a Product's Distribution Cycle?

Once the manufacturing process ends and the product is prepared for distribution, printing batch number or lot number, a component of product traceability, is one of the ways for manufacturers to exercise control in case the product is subjected to certain manufacturing issues such as contamination or failure of the product quality of a batch. 

Various regulatory boards such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have instituted regulations and guidelines directing food manufacturers to include general safety and traceability information to ensure that the product is safe and to facilitate organized product recall when necessary.


Example of manufacturing date, expiry date and lot number printed on pharmaceutical packaging. 

 

What is a batch or lot number?

According to the Code of Federal Regulations of the Food and Drug Administration, ¹“lot number or batch number can be any distinctive combination of letters, numbers or symbols, where the history of manufacture, processing, packaging, holding and distribution of batch or lot of drug product or other material can be determined.” 

How is a batch number or lot number printed?

Batch numbers should be printed directly on the product’s primary packaging or on the labels at the end of the manufacturing process. To print a batch number it is important to understand the substrate of the packaging or labels where it must be printed. This is to ensure that the print will adhere to the packaging from holding the product in the warehouse to distribution in various shelves in the market. Maplejet, a Canadian industrial inkjet manufacturer, offers reliable and simple solutions to print batch number or lot number in any types of materials through Hx Nitro thermal inkjet printer.

Why is Hx Nitro best for batch coding?

Hx Nitro thermal inkjet printer has built-in technology to make designing and printing batch number easy and simple for small to large manufacturing industries. It allows the use of personal smartphones or any smart devices to communicate with the printer through its built-in Wi Fi  module. This provides operators an easy and convenient way to design the message, set up the correct print parameters for each message, and monitor the status of printers in the production line. 

The printer can be mounted on many types of packaging lines. This flexibility gives the Hx Nitro an advantage to print batch number or lot number on bottles, packs or even onto cartons. There are also different types of ink available and color options to print on certain materials. 

For consumers, batch numbers printed on the packaging may be just additional information required for a product to pass the government's guidelines and regulations, but it is actually an important part of the whole product distribution cycle to ensure consumer food safety. 

Reference:

¹https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Date coding, Label coding, Can Coding, Bottle Coding, Pharmaceutical, Thermal inkjet, TIJ, MapleJet, Hx Nitro

Steen's Syrup solves need for white ink printer

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Jun 14, 2019 8:42:00 AM

Meenjet MX1 fits the bill for white ink printer need

We are receiving more and more colored ink printer inquiries, specifically for white or yellow colored inks. Customers have long needed to code on dark surfaces, from amber beer bottles to black PVC pipe. As covered in an earlier blog post, until recently manufacturers didn't have many options other than a pigmented continuous inkjet system. 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Domino, Markem, Imaje, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Videojet, Linx, Markem-Imaje, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Date coding, Bottle Coding, opaque printer, white ink, pigmented inks, pigmented printer, white ink printer

Parts manufacturer upgrades part marking process

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Jun 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Big Mike called us earlier this year looking to upgrade his company's part marking process. Big Mike's Sto N Sho, also known as Mike McKinney, produces a wide variety of custom license plate brackets . His products are sold all over the country through wholesalers and auto parts retailers.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Brand Protection, Meenjet, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Family Business, Handheld printer, Stamp, Part stamp, Meenjet M6 Printer, Park marking, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder

Affordable and turnkey bottom coding solution

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Jun 3, 2019 8:27:00 AM

Last month, we were contacted by Mosie Abadi, Vice President at Georgette Klinger Skin Care, who needed to start coding on the bottom of his PET bottles. He was eager to implement a thermal inkjet printing solution due to the affordability and ease of use.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Date coding, Bottle Coding, bottom coding, hugger belt conveyor, side belt conveyor

New to inkjet coding, family farm selects Meenjet

Posted by Ken Mogensen on May 28, 2019 8:41:00 AM

This is without question, one of my favorite customer success stories since returning to the industry – quite possibly in my entire career.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Family Business

Craft brewer selects Meenjet for bottle coding

Posted by Ken Mogensen on May 24, 2019 8:25:00 AM
Meenjet MX1 Printer Coding Clear Glass Bottles

Tired of continuous inkjet, brewer tries Meenjet MX1

Last fall we were approached by Rick Lovett, owner of Indian Wells Brewing in sunny California. He was seeking alternatives coding options to replace his continuous inkjet printers. He had been struggling for years with these continuous inkjet printers to print date codes on his glass bottles. Throughout the past decade, he has tried many different brands and OEMs of continuous inkjet printers but all of them had the same service and maintenance headaches. Simply put, they did not provide him the reliability he was looking for. 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Videojet, Traceability, Product Identification, Craft Brewer, Craft brewing, Micro brewing, Micro brewers, Date coding, Label coding, Bottle Coding

Meenjet MX1 codes beer cans on twist rinse cage

Posted by Ken Mogensen on May 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM
Meenjet MX1 Printer Coding Cans on Depalletizer Twist & Rinse

Cost effective printer for coding cans on depalletizer

This spring we were approached by Roy DeWitt, owner of Wind River Brewing Company in beautiful Wyoming. He was seeking a cost effective coding option to attach to his newly acquired twist rinse cage and depalletizer.  

Although Roy was new to the world of inkjet date coding, he knew what he wanted. His main requirements for a coding printer were that it was easy to use, affordable and pain free. Ultimately, he wanted to be able to "set it and forget it" as we like to say. He also needed
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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Traceability, Product Identification, Craft Brewer, Craft brewing, Micro brewing, Micro brewers, Date coding, Can Coding, twist rinse cage, Depalletizer

Recalls Emphasize Importance of Coding & Marking

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Mar 13, 2019 10:23:26 AM

Major Brands Issue Nationwide Recalls This Week

Two major food brands in the United States were in the news this week with nationwide food recalls. Chef Boyardee issued a recall of over 2,800 pounds of mislabeled chicken and rice products with undeclared allergens. Pillsbury also issued a recall for over 12,000 cases of their Unbleached All-Purpose Flour after a random inspection revealed traces of salmonella. 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Domino, Markem, Imaje, Food Recall, Inkjet Coding, Brand Protection, Quality Assurance, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Videojet, Linx, Markem-Imaje, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification

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