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Different Methods To Reduce Product Recalls

Posted by Cecilia Barcenas on May 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM

Don’t let a product recall hurt your business’s reputation and bottom line. Instead, be active in your production processes and transportation procedures to avoid product recalls at all costs. While you can’t get rid of product recalls altogether because, unfortunately, issues do occur, you can do your best to avoid them as much as possible. For an insightful look at the different methods to reduce product recalls for your business, continue reading. With the right preparations, can be proactive in keeping product recalls at bay.

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Topics: Consumer Protection, Food Recall, Quality Assurance, Date coding, Box Coder, Box Coding, Product Recall

History of the Food and Drug Administration

Posted by Richard Turner on May 24, 2021 10:34:00 AM

It’s hard to believe there was a time before the United States could regulate the safety of its food and drugs. The history of the Food and Drug Administration feels like the story of a country coming to its senses. When the FDA was first developed, it was a revolutionary, creative leap forward for a nation that desperately needed a way to cut through a market full of hucksters.

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Topics: Consumer Protection, Food Recall, Quality Assurance, coding and marking, Product Recall

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

Reasons Why Product and Packaging Coding Matters

Posted by Richard Turner on Mar 5, 2021 8:35:00 AM

Product packaging and coding allows for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers to get all the necessary information about a product. This is one of the many reasons why product and packaging coding matters. For more on this topic and additional reasons behind the importance of coding, read the material provided below.

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Topics: Consumer Protection, Food Recall, Inkjet Coding, Quality Assurance, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Label coding, Bottle Coding, Case Coding, Bar code, lot coding, coding and marking

Common Allergen Control Failures and Labeling Mistakes

Posted by Cecilia Barcenas on Mar 1, 2021 9:02:00 AM

As a business owner in the food industry, one has to be prepared for potential recalls due to manufacturing errors, specifically when it comes to failures in allergen control and labeling mistakes. Identifying these issues allows for companies to create and implement preventative measures in their supply chain. Read the information provided below to get a better idea of the common allergen control failures and labeling mistakes, as well as ideas on how to prevent these issues from occurring.

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Topics: Consumer Protection, Quality Assurance, Product Identification, Label coding

How To Choose the Right Date Code Printer for Food Production

Posted by Cecilia Barcenas on Jan 13, 2021 10:43:32 AM

As a food production business, there are mandatory elements that must be present in your production line for you to properly produce and package your food products. A date code printer is one of them. However, how do you know which date code printer is the one for the job? Well, you have come to the right place. Below is detailed information regarding exactly how to choose the right date code printer for food production to hopefully help you make the right decision for your production line!

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Quality Assurance, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Bottle Coding, TIJ, continuous inkjet, CIJ, Case Coder, Box Coder, Case Coding, Box Coding

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, Success Story

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

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

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

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