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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

CBD manufacturer starts coding with M6 Handheld

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Nov 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Expanded distribution comes with traceability requirements for Cbd manufacturer

We are working more and more with CBD and cannabis products manufacturers all over the country as this industry continues unparalleled growth. Many of the business we speak to in this industry are starting to face similar traceability requirements and regulations that the food and beverage industry has been tackling for decades. 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Meenjet, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Bottle Coding, Meenjet M6 Printer, yellow ink, white ink, pigmented inks, white ink printer, yellow ink printer, Portable coder, Portable printer, Thermal inkjet

Handheld printers deliver for customer with a deadline

Posted by Bryan Sneed on Oct 30, 2019 1:15:00 PM

These are my favorite stories to share - I couldn't be prouder of how our team came together to help this customer.

We initially started working with Panola Pepper - a family owned hot sauce manufacturer based in Providence, Louisiana - earlier this summer as they were interested in our Meenjet M6 Handheld printer for date coding their retail cases. Upon speaking with our experts, they decided to order an initial unit with our 30 day performance guarantee. Unfortunately, this first purchase did not work out for their process as it was a struggle to ensure a consistent print location when manually sliding the printer across the package.

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Traceability, Product Identification, Date coding, Handheld printer, Meenjet M6 Printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink, reiner, jetstamp, reiner jetstamp, Portable coder, Portable printer

Exciting response to EBS® Handjet launch

Posted by Charles Collins on Sep 19, 2019 10:25:00 AM
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Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Handheld printer, Park marking, Handheld coder, Portable coder, Portable printer, EBS Handjet, EBS Ink-Jet USA, Stencil

Meenjet M6 Automatic to the rescue after CIJ fails

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Sep 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Costly downtime from CIJ repair opens the door for Meenjet M6 Automatic printer

Son Vo is the operations manager at Tribute Energy / Tribute logistics in Houston, TX and he had a problem that is all too common for our customers. For the last few weeks, his team had been struggling with their continuous inkjet printer. It had been serviced several times, yet every time it came back fixed it would only be a matter of days before it was down again. 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Inkjet Coding, Meenjet, Traceability, Supply Chain, Product Identification, Meenjet M6 Printer, Thermal inkjet, TIJ, continuous inkjet, CIJ

Reiner jetStamp fits the bill for Bubba's Sweet Nectar

Posted by Ken Mogensen on Sep 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM
REINER jetStamp 792MP Date Coding Bottles of Honey

Honey company needed a semi-automatic coding solution for their honey bottles

Christopher Keith, also known as Bubba of Bubba's Sweet Nectar, was searching for a date coding solution for his honey jars. However, he had not yet implemented a full scale production line that could utilize a standard, fix position inkjet date coder. As such, he was in search of an easy to use, portable and semi-automatic handheld inkjet coder 

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Topics: Coding & Marking, Consumer Protection, Inkjet Coding, Traceability, Product Identification, Bottle Coding, Family Business, Handheld printer, Handheld inkjet, Handheld coder, Non porous ink, Ink adhesion, fast dry ink, reiner, jetstamp, reiner jetstamp, Portable coder, Portable printer

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

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

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