2017 DSCSA Deadline Looming: Is A TIJ Printer The Solution?

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2017 DSCSA Deadline Looming: Is A TIJ Printer The Solution?

2017 DSCSA Deadline Looming: Is A TIJ Printer The Solution?

While the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) is being phased in over a 10-year period, the next deadline for pharmaceutical manufacturers is looming in the near future: November of this year. At this time, drug makers will be required to print a unique product identification code on domestically distributed homogenous cases, along with all Rx or prescription units of sale. With the deadline just five short months away, could a TIJ printer be the right printing technology?

2D barcodes or the DataMatrix code have greatly impacted the pharmaceutical industry, and have become the standard code carrier of not only pharmaceutical but healthcare packaging and life sciences operations in many serialization initiatives, both regionally and in other countries. According to reports, both TIJ (thermal ink jet) and laser are becoming the chosen printing technologies among packaging leaders for serialized marking.

TIJ printers are ideal for the detail required in multi-line printing and 2D barcodes, providing high resolution marking by firing tiny drops of ink onto packaging as it passes the print head. While thermal ink jet printing at one time wasn't well suited to marking of non-porous or "slick" substrates because of the water-based ink, today many coding and marking suppliers are using MEK or methyl ethyl ketone based ink which makes TIJ a highly suitable choice for coding of paper label stocks, cartons, and even "glossy" finishes on labels or cartons.

Another advantage of TIJ printing, in addition to concise, durable coding, is line efficiency and the ability to keep up in a fast-moving production line without sacrificing print quality.

Is thermal ink jet printing right for your needs? Markem-Imaje is a global leader in coding and marking technology, providing an array of options in addition to our TIJ printers. From laser and digital printing to thermal transfer and CIJ, we provide industrial coding equipment for a wide variety of industries.

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