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Lot coding adds value for order fulfillment company

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Mar 29, 2021 9:30:00 AM
DYAD wanted to add lot coding to their custom kitting and order fulfillment services to ensure quality control for their customers. 

Born Under Crisis. Bound for Success

DYAD was formed in early 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that was sweeping the US. During the pandemic, DYAD has increased its capabilities beyond COVID-19 products to provide a full solution offering in customized kitting and fulfillment, distribution, warehousing, and logistics including mailing, labeling, and shipping. DYAD Enterprise has over 40 years of combined experience dedicated to a successful customer experience. 

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Topics: Inkjet Coding, Quality Assurance, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Traceability, Meenjet M6 Printer, lot coding, coding and marking, Success Story

What To Know About Inkjet Coding Aluminum Cans

Posted by Richard Turner on Mar 19, 2021 8:48:00 AM

Aluminum cans are a choice option for many beverages due to the fact that they can be recycled, are lightweight, and that they don’t rust. With these positives, how could you not be considering using the aluminum can for your beverage business? If this is a consideration of yours, today is your lucky day. Here we have shared thoughts on what to know before printing and marking aluminum cans that might just make your decision all that much easier.

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Topics: Inkjet Coding, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Can Coding, Thermal inkjet, date code

Snack food company simplifies coding with Meenjet

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Mar 15, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Leading manufacturer of canister snack products eliminates excessive maintenance and upkeep.

Grand Papa’s Canister Snacks was established in 1996 as a leading supplier of canister snack products by Michael Robin - who started in the industry as a potato chip driver before becoming a self-established distributor. It has grown to become a leading snack food manufacturing and distribution company, including Robin Distributors, HMR Distributors, and MBD Distributors all located in Detroit, Michigan.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Date coding, Handheld printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Non porous ink, Portable coder, Portable printer, Thermal inkjet, CIJ, Box Coder, Case Coding, Box Coding, Meenjet MX2, Success Story

The Benefits of Thermal Inkjet Printers

Posted by Richard Turner on Nov 17, 2020 9:47:00 AM

Many industrial sectors rely on thermal inkjet printers. It is due to the benefits of thermal inkjet printers that these companies can package and distribute their products in a quick and cost-efficient way. These benefits are addressed below.

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Topics: Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Meenjet M6 Printer, Thermal inkjet, TIJ

Inkjet Printing Basics: CIJ vs. TIJ

Posted by Cecilia Barcenas on Nov 16, 2020 9:46:25 AM

You always want to make an educated decision, especially when it comes to your business. While there are numerous areas of your business you can better educate yourself on, looking into the industrial aspects of marking and coding might just be beneficial. If you already have printing in your manufacturing or production line and want to make sure you are going about it in the most efficient and successful way, or if you are looking to stop outsourcing and bring this aspect of the business back in-house, you have come to the right place. Here are some inkjet printing basics—specifically continuous inkjet (CIJ) vs. thermal inkjet (TIJ) — to better educate you on the topic.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Domino, Imaje, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Videojet, Linx, Markem-Imaje, Date coding, Handheld printer, Meenjet M6 Printer, Thermal inkjet, TIJ, continuous inkjet, CIJ, Videojet Excel, Excel printer, Excel 170i

National e-liquids manufacturer turns to thermal inkjet

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Nov 7, 2019 10:45:00 AM

American vapor company received a continuous inkjet printer with their packaging equipment

Darrell Suriff, owner of American Vapor Company in Austin, was one of Bryan's first customers when he started the business in early 2018 and he's been one of our most valued partners ever since. He initially reached out to us when the continuous inkjet printer that came with his new package filling equipment failed on delivery. They were unable to get the printer set up to print consistently without constant down time for reconfiguration. In fact, one day it started randomly spraying ink all over their production floor. 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Quality Assurance, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Date coding, Bottle Coding, Thermal inkjet, U2 Pro-S, TIJ, continuous inkjet, CIJ, Success Story

Themal inkjet coding as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Posted by Charles Collins on Oct 28, 2019 3:23:00 PM

mx1The 3 key elements for a successful TIJ installation

We offer and ship our thermal inkjet (TIJ) coding printers all over the country and in some instances around the globe, yet we don't have a single field service technician. "How is this possible?", you ask! Well, the Hewlett-Packard® driven thermal inkjet engine is maintenance free and simple to use. We call it a self-installation technology. That being said, there are three key elements to a successful install, which I'll cover here with three simple terms and definitions.

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Topics: Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Date coding, Can Coding, Bottle Coding, ANSER, ANSER U2, Thermal inkjet, U2 Smart, U2 Pro-S, TIJ

Masterson's Catering solves ink adhesion challenge

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Aug 29, 2019 10:12:00 AM
Meenjet MX1 Printer Coding Food Trays
Video: Meenjet MX1 installed at Masterson's Catering

Adhesion issues resolved with Meenjet JS12 Black

Paul Masterson, owner of Masterson's Catering in Kentucky, reached out to us this summer as he was struggling with his existing inkjet date coding printer's ink not drying on his product. The printer would print just fine, but the ink was smearing or smudging after print as it was not drying fast enough for Paul's production process.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Family Business, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink, Success Story

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, Success Story

Breakthrough colored inks for thermal inkjet coding

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Jun 10, 2019 8:41:00 AM

Originally published on LinkedIn on May 10, 2019. 

I've been back in the coding and marking industry for a little less than a year now and it's been a thrill to be back. There were a lot of significant developments within thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology during my hiatus from the industry. The solvent based, fast drying inks were improved drastically on three main fronts - darkness, dry time and decap time (the amount of time the print head can be exposed before drying). I was blown away by all of these improvements. 

As if those improvements for a general purpose black ink weren't significant enough, there were now bright white and yellow inks available for non porous (glass, plastic, metal, etc) printing. These two inks are easily in the running as the most significant developments for inkjet coding and marking within the past decade.

Prior to the introduction of these colored inks for TIJ printers, the only option most manufacturers had for printing a bright colored code was continuous inkjet printers. Beyond that, a special model of continuous inkjet printer is needed as the white and yellow inks contain heavy pigments which settle in the ink solution over time. These upgraded "pigmented" continuous inkjet printers for colored inks have additional components to agitate or stir the ink periodically to prevent the pigments from settling out.

These special pigmented ink model continuous inkjet printers cost anywhere from $10-20,000 per system. Additionally, there are installation charges and normally a service contract ranging from $200-500 per month depending on the OEM (Videojet®, Domino®, Markem-Imaje®, Linx®, Hitachi®, etc). These printers require routine maintenance and service to ensure optimum performance reducing the operational efficiency and further increasing the total cost of ownership.

All of this excess cost, time and downtime can now be eliminated with the advent of white and yellow inks for TIJ coding printers. Manufacturers can now spend less than $2,000 for a colored ink coding printer that not only prints one color, but can easily switch colors within 30 seconds! Three years ago this was unheard of!

I have witnessed firsthand numerous occasions where craft food manufacturers, co-packers, e-liquids producers, craft breweries and wineries are able to take advantage of the flexibility of this technology when limiting capital expense during a growth period is critical for the business. They now have an option that is affordable, easy to use and reliable. The printer delivers a drastic increase in efficiency with a low total cost of ownership.

Have you tried struggled with your current color inkjet coding printer? Have you been in search of a low cost and zero maintenance colored ink coding solution? Call us today! 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Meenjet MX1 Printer, Meenjet MX1 Coder, Traceability, Craft brewing, Micro brewing, Date coding, Bottle Coding, Meenjet M6 Printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Pharmaceutical, yellow ink, opaque printer, white ink, pigmented inks, pigmented printer, white ink printer, yellow ink printer

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