Tips To Ensure The Best Decision For Coding And Marking Systems

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Tips To Ensure The Best Decision For Coding And Marking Systems

Manufacturers who are considering an upgrade to their coding and marking systems for primary packaging have a lot to consider - and making this decision isn't easy. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you make a purchase. Carefully analyze the needs of your operation. What are the types of substrates you will be marking most often, and the initial investment your company is ready to make? In coding and marking primary packaging, will you need graphics, bar codes, or variable data? Also consider readability, permanence, need for overall print quality and your desired application speed. Be familiar with coding options. Barcode applications are best performed using thermal transfer; do you need preprinted or on-demand labels? Are the substrates you use best suited to thermal, laser, or inkjet printing? To ensure increased coding efficiency at the lowest possible cost, be sure you thoroughly understand the various coding applications. This is when it is beneficial to communicate clearly with the vendor regarding printing applications, substrates, and grade. Think adaptable and versatile. Considering the rapid pace at which packaging configurations change, it's important that the coding system you choose is flexible, capable of adapting to new packaging substrates and allowing for quick response. Know the true cost, not just the initial cost of equipment. Of course the coding system you choose will have a set price initially, but what will the operating costs be? This factor is often most important to manufacturers, as it has the most impact on the budget over the long-term. Consider the cost of repairs, ribbons, ink, replacing parts, service, maintenance, etc. Train for success. Certain personnel within your organization should be trained by the vendor in the implementation and operation of a new coding/marking system. Be sure those personnel share their knowledge with all employees who are involved across all shifts, including production and maintenance employees. When the knowledge is spread, downtime is reduced. Purchasing or upgrading your coding and marking system for primary packaging can be a stressful and confusing ordeal, or it can be effortless and easy. Trust Markem-Image to deliver beyond your expectations when it comes to industrial printing equipment solutions!

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