Coding and Marking Machine

We represent leading European manufacturers who provide full product traceability and printing solutions by offering a range of coding & marking technologies. We advise on the most suitable printers and coders for our customer’s printing and packaging operations.

Whether you are in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, or chemical industry we offer a range of coding technologies including Thermal Transfer Overprinting, Hot Foil Printing, Large Character Ink Jet Coding, Thermal Ink Jet and Continuous Ink Jet printing, Hand Stamps & Ink Rollers and Desktop Label Printers.

Industrial Coding Machine

Industrial coding machine equipment is often used for marking products with information such as expiration dates, batch numbers, barcodes, and other data. These machines are essential for tracking, quality control, and regulatory compliance.

Industrial coding machines are large-scale pieces of machinery that are designed to keep pace with the fast-moving environment of industrial processes. A Continuous Ink Jet Printer for example is typically used in an industrial setting as it is built for high-speed applications.

Small-Scale Coding Machine

Small-scale coding machines are designed for businesses or operations that require product coding, but not at the high volumes of larger industrial operations. Hot foil stamping machines or desktop laser printers are examples of small-scale coding machines.

These machines are typically more compact, affordable, and user-friendly, making them ideal for startups, offices, small manufacturers, or businesses that need occasional packaging or product coding.

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Continuous Ink Jet Coding

Continuous Inkjet Coding (CIJ) is a non-contact printing method used to print information on a variety of products. The system uses a high-pressure pump to direct liquid ink from a reservoir to a spraying nozzle for application. The ink used in CIJ is typically fast-drying, so by the time the product has moved past the print head, the ink is already dry.

CIJ printers can operate at high speeds, making them suitable for industries with fast production lines. They can also print on a variety of surfaces, including smooth, rough, flat, curved, porous, and non-porous materials. Since the inkjet does not physically touch the product, it’s also ideal for delicate or uneven surfaces.

Direct ink jet printing

Thermal Ink Jet Printing

Thermal Inkjet Printing (TIJ) is another popular method of inkjet printing. However, it is distinct from Continuous Inkjet printing (CIJ) in its mechanism of ink ejection. The TIJ printer uses an ink cartridge where the reservoir is integrated within the printing nozzle, using a tiny heating element to vaporise the ink upon its application.

TIJ printers are capable of producing high resolutions, making them suitable for applications requiring detailed graphics or fine text. They can print on a variety of surfaces, though the type of ink used may need to be adjusted depending on the substrate. Thermal Inkjet Printing is typically used in small-scale manufacturing and in home and office applications.

Large Character Ink Jet

Large Character Ink Jet Coding

Large Character Inkjet Coding (LCIJ) is a printing method specifically designed to print larger characters and graphics, typically on corrugated cartons, wooden crates, or other bulk packaging materials. Unlike the fine and detailed printing achieved by methods like Thermal Inkjet (TIJ), LCIJ is more about visibility and durability on larger surfaces.

The inks used in LCIJ are often formulated to be durable and resistant to smudging, ensuring that the printed information remains legible throughout the product’s handling and shipping process. It is ideal for warehousing, shipping, agriculture and manufacturing industries.

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Desktop Label Printers

Desktop label printers are compact, efficient printers specifically designed to print labels. Unlike standard document printers, these are optimised for producing adhesive labels, tags, tickets, and similar items.

They are typically smaller than industrial label printers, making them suitable for desktop use as they don’t occupy much space. They are also typically user-friendly, with many models offering plug-and-play functionality. Desktop label printers are ideal for small to medium-volume label printing, in small businesses, offices and retail stores.

Thermal transfer overprinting

Thermal Transfer Overprinting

Thermal Transfer Overprinting (TTO) is a printing method specifically designed for packaging applications. It uses the principles of thermal transfer printing, where heat is applied to a ribbon to transfer ink onto a substrate. However, TTO is optimised for integration into packaging lines to print variable data directly onto flexible films, labels, and other packaging materials.

TTO can produce high-resolution prints, making it suitable for barcodes, QR codes, and detailed graphics. The prints are also resistant to smudging, moisture, and friction, ensuring longevity and legibility. This coding machine is ideal for the food industry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and electronics.

Hot Stamping Foil

Hot Foil Printing

Hot foil printing, also known as hot stamping or foil stamping, is a printing technique that uses heat and pressure to apply a metallic foil or pigment to a surface. This method creates a decorative finish and is often used for its luxurious and high-quality appearance.

The process uses a roll of thin foil and a custom-made die or stamp for the application process. Hot foil printing can be used on a variety of substrates, including paper, cardstock, leather, and some plastics.

This coding machine is particularly used for the likes of wedding invitations, business cards, book covers, cosmetics, and premium packaging products. The foil print is also long-lasting and resistant to fading.

Choosing a Coding Machine

A coding machine should meet the needs of your operation and keep pace with your production line. Before investing in a coding machine, be sure to consider the following:

  • Material Type

The type of material you’re marking can dictate the best coding method. For instance, laser coders might be ideal for glass or certain plastics, while an inkjet coding machine might be better for cardboard.

  • Production Speed

High-speed production lines might require faster coding methods like CIJ or laser coding, whereas, in small-scale operations, a hot foil printer may be a more suitable option.

  • Code Durability

In environments where the product might be exposed to moisture, chemicals, or friction, a more permanent coding machine method might be necessary.

  • Cost

Consider your initial coding machine investment and the ongoing costs (like ink or label refills) which can vary significantly between machine types. Be sure to select a coding machine that you can afford to keep running.

  • Maintenance

Some machines might require more frequent maintenance or cleaning. Be sure to do your research beforehand and understand the requirements for ensuring optimal machine performance.

  • Future requirements

It’s also worth keeping in mind that you may want to choose a coding machine that can keep pace as your operation grows. If you are expecting to add more products or expand your product base, it may be worth investing in a high-performing coding machine that can cope with that increased demand.

Get In Touch

If you have any queries regarding your needs for a coding machine, feel free to get in contact with us. We can provide you with expert industry information to help you find a machine that meets your operational needs.