Advantages Of CIJ, TTO And Laser Coding For Pharmaceutical Printing

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Advantages Of CIJ, TTO And Laser Coding For Pharmaceutical Printing

Advantages Of CIJ, TTO And Laser Coding For Pharmaceutical Printing

In the pharmaceutical space, printing technologies are improving in leaps and bounds, as companies realize the increased need for data management that's more intelligent than ever before.  There are various coding and marking technologies that provide different advantages to manufacturers; three we'll discuss here, including TTO, CIJ and laser coding.

 
TTO, or thermal transfer overprinters, are ideal for printing variable barcodes and perfect for pouches, labels, barrier materials, flexible packaging and other substrates requiring variable or high-resolution content.  Basically, TTO incorporates a thermal transfer print head and ribbon that delivers high resolution images (including batch and date codes), fully compliant barcodes, and other data, through direct contact with the substrate.
 
CIJ, or continuous inkjet printing, is a popular option in the pharma industry for a number of reasons, including a wide array of inks, fast print speeds and the fact that this type of coding technology is suited for vials, tubes, pouches, blister foils, bottles, barrier materials, labels and other types of packaging.  CIJ printers are highly versatile and capable of printing on almost any product shape or package.  Continuous inkjet printing is non-contact, which means damage to the packaging or product during printing is eliminated.
 
Because of its use in creating permanent, high-contrast codes that are vital to track and trace in the pharma industry, laser marking is a popular coding technology, capable of producing two-dimensional codes and barcodes on blister foils, ampules and vials, cartons, tubes, bottles and other packaging often used in the industry.  Laser coding is a popular option, as it is a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly marking solution requiring no fluids or inks.
 
As you can see, there are advantages to all of these coding technologies for those in the pharmaceutical industry.  Which one is best for you depends on application and other factors.
 
To learn more about our CIJ printers, TTO and laser coding technology contact Markem-Imaje today!  As a leader in the industrial printing industry, we have the pharmaceutical printing solution that's ideal for your needs.

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