Consequences Of Avoiding Printer Maintenance For Food Manufacturers

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Consequences Of Avoiding Printer Maintenance For Food Manufacturers

The consequences of avoiding printer maintenance can be costly, not only in terms of downtime, but consumer safety and brand trust as well. In fact, food manufacturers frequently face the substantial costs of a recall and increased waste when printers are not properly maintained. Ink contamination is another possibility should ink leak to the inside of packages containing food or other consumable goods. Why do food manufacturers "put off" or avoid properly maintaining their equipment? Often because they feel they cannot afford lost production time, and therefore they avoid shutting the lines down when production is in active mode. What is important is that engineers at manufacturing facilities look "inside" food labeling printers in order to see the inner workings, something many companies fail to do. Inspecting labeling equipment with the naked eye is a good idea, but it isn't enough. When ink splashes onto a package or blots, it sometimes isn't easy to recognize right away. Serious issues may exist, particularly for manufacturers who still use older industrial printing equipment that has not been updated in years. Manufacturers often tend to overlook whether labels are clear and concise, or whether they may be a bit faded. However, it could actually impact consumers' perception of your brand. When machine rollers develop a build-up of hard ink, it can result in cosmetic problems that consumers do notice - particularly in a day when consumers read labels, best-by dates and other information more than ever before. In order to avoid potentially costly problems, it's essential that manufacturers have their food labeling printers maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. Not only can this reduce costly mistakes, it can prolong the life of the equipment. Markem-Imaje is a leading global supplier of industrial printing equipment including small character inkjet, laser, and thermal transfer printers. While we offer printing solutions that are unparalleled in terms of quality, it is still vital that machinery is properly maintained. Contact us today for all of your coding and marking solutions.

January 10, 2014
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