Food & Beverage
Printing of "best by" dates and lot numbers has increased as food safety becomes a growing concern among consumers. Expiration dates and lot number tracking is critically important in the event of a product recall. Images must remain legible for tracking information. In addition, other applications such as barcodes, part numbers and item numbers require durability.
Printing barcodes on flexible packages is normally an integrated part of the assembly line process. The inline thermal transfer printer prints directly onto the substrate, typically a bag or some other type of container. Wax and wax/resin ribbons are commonly used in this application for printing on plastic bags (polybags) and do not have to be specially designed for this operation.
In the case of food packaging using inline direct packaging printing on polypropylene or other food and beverage bags, ribbons are specially formulated for compatibility with the substrate, as well as printing at high speeds.
- Polyester (PET)
- Polyethylene (HDPE)
- Polyethylene (LDPE)
- Polypropylene (BOPP)
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
- Paper (1C)
- Paper (2C)
- Polyester (Woven)
- Spunbound Olefin
- TR4085plus® Premium Resin-Enhanced Wax
- MP Mid Premium Wax/Resin
- V300 Versatility Defined™ Resin
- M295HD 4.0 High Density Near Edge Wax/Resin
- M260 Ultra Durable Wax/Resin
- TRX-50 General Purpose Wax/Resin
- R300 General Purpose Resin
- R316 Specialty Resin
- R395 Textile Resin
- R510HF Ultra Durable Resin
- R510W Durable White Resin
- R550 Extreme Durable Resin
- TR3370 High Opacity White Resin
- M295C Color Near Edge Wax/Resin
- TR4500 Premium Near Edge Wax/Resin
- R390 Near Edge Resin
- R396 High Speed Durable Near Edge Resin
V300 Versatility Defined™ Resin for Frozen Food Packaging
We recently partnered with a customer on a frozen meat packaging application. The application required a thermal transfer ribbon to print small characters, a rotated barcode, and a QR code
onto a white gloss polyester. Additionally, the thermal transfer ribbon had to withstand freezing temperatures and print at a speed of 10 inches per second (ips) or greater.
Given V300’s success, we knew it was the perfect ribbon for this application. However, we performed a battery of tests on the customer-supplied label material to confirm. As suspected, V300’s performance not only met the application requirements but exceeded them.
V300 prints rotated barcodes and small characters with remarkable clarity and QR codes with crisp edge definition. It is abrasion resistant and withstands extreme environmental conditions, including freezing temperatures. We designed V300 to print fast and, in this application, 14 ips was the sweet spot!
Our customer was thrilled with the results and the application report we provided, which included a
summary of findings and print samples. When shared with the end-user, they, too, were convinced
that V300 was the perfect solution and placed an order soon after.