Flexible film is the most common type of packaging, with a 40% share of the global market. In the past, mechanical approaches to coding on packages were used, but these are expensive and not very versatile. Today, more cost-efficient digital methods are available that improve the traceability of products.
Markem-Imaje provides four digital options for coding on flexible film—thermal transfer, continuous inkjet, thermal inkjet, and laser—each of which provides unique sets of advantages, ensuring you can choose the option that best suits your coding needs.
Thermal transfer printers, developed specifically for flexible materials, offer a better print quality than continuous inkjet and thermal inkjet printing on a wide range of film types. Able to code large print areas, there is no drying time required and it offers versatility in print design.
Continuous inkjet printers are the most versatile, and can be used on any material and are high speed. With low capital costs and easy mechanical integration, these printers can be used on finished or pre-filled products.
Thermal inkjet printers offer adjustable high-resolution printing from 1 to 600 dpi, low maintenance costs and ease of use, but are less cost-efficient at high volumes.
Finally, laser coders offer the advantages of high speed and high production printing, indelible print, and low maintenance and running costs. However, they require laser-responsive material to print on.