Coding machines include both primary and secondary packaging coding machines. At Label Line we have a large selection of label printers and applicators, as well as coding machines. We can supply individual products or entire production and printing systems. We have machines from major manufacturers including Allen, Markem, and Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE). When choosing the most appropriate coding machine for your business, there are a number of important factors you should consider.
The print technology used by a machine will determine its speed, efficiency, and ideal application. An inkjet printer is similar to a standard home or office printer. It fires small droplets of coloured ink onto a substrate. The ink needs time to dry, otherwise it can smudge, and the ink might not work on all types of substrate. A thermal printer uses heat to heat a ribbon that is coated with wax or resin on one side. This type of printing can usually be applied on any surface, and it does not need to dry. What’s more, maintenance is minimal with a thermal printer, which means that you can minimise planned and unplanned downtime.
ICE coding machines can be used to print on primary and secondary packaging. Primary packaging, also referred to as consumer packaging, is the packaging that comes in direct contact with the product. Secondary packaging is used to hold the container and usually includes branding and marketing copy as well as essential information like ingredients and safety warnings.
At Label Line, we have a large selection of label printers and labelling machines. We stock hardware from major names like Markem, Zebra, and Toshiba, as well as ICE coding machines. Browse our selection of products right here on our site, or call us on 0151 546 2222 and speak to one of the Label Line team, who will be happy to answer any questions.