Candy And Confectionary Coding & Marking Solutions

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Candy And Confectionary Coding & Marking Solutions

At Markem-Imaje, we understand the challenges manufacturers in the confectionery industry face when it comes to coding and marking products. The confectionery industry is one that continues to grow even when the economy isn't so steady, so it's apparent that consumers will buy even when it puts a dent in their budget. So, what are some of the considerations and challenges faced in this often "sweet" industry? Coding integrity, line speeds, IP protection, seasonality, packaging changes, and hygiene are just a few of the areas that most confection manufacturers focus on. We understand the need for coding information that adheres to stringent standards, and that the old coding technologies that have been used in past years in a non-digital world often result in codes that are susceptible to smudging or even being scraped or scratched off. Today, manufacturers in this industry can enjoy permanent, clear candy and confectionary coding using laser or CIJ (continuous ink jet) digital coders. Hygiene is critical in the manufacturing of any food product, including confectionery. The production of donuts, cakes, and other confectionery products typically involves powders such as flour or sugar, which can interfere with coding equipment considering the dusty environment. Today's coding and marking systems can be washed down immediately after use, protecting against environmental conditions that could potentially affect the components, and therefore the quality printing and performance of the equipment. Given that many of today's coding technologies do not require contact with humans, hygiene is even further enhanced. Food-grade inks are safe in the event a product comes directly into contact with the food product. Of course line speeds often correspond to seasonality, especially in the case of confectionery production which is often at its highest during holiday seasons such as Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. These are the times of year that many producers' production lines really ramp up, sometimes with line speeds required to print up to 150 packs every minute on an around-the-clock basis. Regardless of the line speed or changes during the marking process, codes must remain consistent with no loss in their integrity. Changes to packaging seem to be a regular occurrence today. This is just one reason that it is essential to choose candy and confectionary coding and marking solutions that are capable of providing exceptional marking on even the most difficult or challenging of packaging materials, shapes, and sizes. At Markem-Imaje, we provide innovative and cost-effective digital solutions to many industries, including confectionery.

January 10, 2014
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