Coding Beverages - Which Is The Best, Laser Or CIJ?

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Coding Beverages - Which Is The Best, Laser Or CIJ?

At Markem-Imaje, we know that for beverage manufacturers, coding beverages is extremely important, and choosing the best coding solution can be challenging. There are several factors which play into the coding technology you choose, including factory environment, substrate, available budget, and line speed. When it comes to bottle coding, CIJ (continuous inkjet) and laser are both popular options, but which is best for your particular application? A quick comparison Laser coding offers permanent coding which is effective in fighting counterfeiting. Because there is no ink or fluid involved, manufacturers don't face issues such as smudging and allowing for drying time. Depending on the substrate being used, laser codes can be discreet or highly visible. It is important to note that certain substrates are harder to mark using laser coding, which can slow down speed of printing. For customers who prefer high quality codes (for instance, codes which blend with pre-printed packaging style), laser coding is often a suitable option. CIJ has long been a popular and effective coding solution for drink manufacturers, largely due to the fact that continuous inkjet printing is suitable to a wide array of substrates. CIJ is effective for printing on plastics, glass, metal, and cardboard, and adds another dimension to the process of coding beverages using a variety of inks such as food-grade, fluorescent, and even UV readable which is effective in anti-counterfeiting. Continuous inkjet printing also offers versatility for manufacturers who may need to print one line or multiple lines of text. Certainly budget is an important factor for most manufacturers, so it's important to consider cost of ownership over the long term. However, it is vital to choose a coding solution that best suits your unique requirements in terms of manufacturing environment, line speed, and other factors mentioned above. As a trusted leader in coding and marking solutions around the world, come see what Markem-Imaje has to offer!

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