Inkjet Still No.1 for Date Coding in Packaging Operations

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Inkjet Still No.1 for Date Coding in Packaging Operations

Are packaging operations satisfied with inkjet coding technology? According to a recent article at Packaging Digest, yes - for the most part. In fact, inkjet coding is still leading all other options for printing of packaging including laser, thermal and thermal transfer, print-and-apply labeling, embossing, and all other coding technologies. In their exclusive poll on date coding, Packaging Digest found that of all the various coding technologies for dating and coding packages, inkjet was still in first place - by a long shot, actually. Inkjet coding was preferred by a whopping 63% of those polled, while print-and-apply labeling came in a distant second at 37%. While laser came in third place at 28%, it seems that laser printing is moving on up in popularity. Of those polled who use inkjet coding technology currently, almost 70% said they did not plan on changing the type of coding they use in the next year. Still, almost 40% are on the fence when it comes to the topic of changing coding technologies over the next year. 16% of those polled said they do intend to make a change, while 23% are uncertain. For those who are not sure or who will make replacements in the coming year, 40% said they lean toward inkjet, while 37% would consider laser printing. That's a very small margin, explaining why laser coding may be up-and-coming. Thermal printing and thermal transfer are close behind, at 33%. Print-and-apply labeling still seems to be at least somewhat popular with packaging operations, with 20% claiming it may be their go-to replacement. At Markem-Imaje, we're certainly happy to hear that inkjet coding is still the most popular option for the packaging industry! We offer a wide array of coding and marking solutions including small character inkjet, small character hot melt inkjet, thermal inkjet, laser, digital printing, print-and-apply labeling for coding of pallets, and more. Trusted around the world, trust Markem-Imaje for all of your industrial coding equipment needs.

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