Printing on outer packaging doesn’t have to be a cumbersome task. Introducing more automation into your coding processes can minimize errors, cut costs, and save significant time. Let’s explore four distinct technologies for coding on case-level packaging and elucidate how they could revolutionize your business.
Your current approach might be negatively impacting your business
When it comes to incorporating variable information on outer casings, some manufacturers have stuck to the same practices for years. Unfortunately, these methods are outdated and inefficient from a financial perspective. In today’s fast-paced manufacturing landscape with tightening regulations, the speed of application and the accuracy of coding have become essential for businesses. Companies that resist automation or fail to adapt their current processes are missing an opportunity to enhance efficiencies and reduce waste in their operations.
For instance, it’s not uncommon for businesses to generate outer case labels in a separate print room and manually apply these labels. This approach introduces various risks and inefficiencies. Human operators might apply incorrect labels, compromising traceability and harming customer satisfaction. Additionally, manually applying labels may be an inefficient use of employees’ time, as they could contribute more value to other areas of the organization. Uniform positioning of labels on the product is not guaranteed when applied by hand, and there’s the wasted physical space associated with maintaining a separate print room, which could be repurposed for functions like a meeting room or breakout area.
Some businesses opt to procure pre-printed outer cases from different suppliers. However, this approach sacrifices flexibility when dealing with variable batch sizes, often leading to over-ordering—a form of “overproduction,” considered one of the eight wastes in lean six sigma methodologies. Moreover, outsourcing incurs costs, and storing large batches of pre-coded packaging on-site requires space, along with the challenge of finding the right pre-coded packaging for each product batch.
Fortunately, there are alternatives available—options that bring increased speed, simplicity, and cost savings to your production environment.
3 technologies for coding onto outer casing
Ensuring precise coding, increasing speed, and making smarter investments in technology present a compelling business rationale for introducing automation to your coding operations. Several technologies can assist you in achieving these objectives. Let’s briefly explore the advantages of four distinct printing and coding technologies.
M-Series Print & Apply Labelling
The M-Series comprises a selection of automated label application systems. Designed to produce clear codes on precisely positioned labels, you have the flexibility to specify the exact location for label placement, ensuring consistent and seamless positioning. The white label background eliminates concerns about the color of your outer case, and the label content consistently maintains high contrast, ensuring readability for both humans and machines.
The Domino Drop on Demand (DoD) piezo inkjet (PIJ) printer is equipped with a high-resolution stainless steel print head, consistently producing high-contrast grade A, 1D and 2D barcodes, brand logos, traceability information, and product batch details on secondary packaging boxes and cases. The Cx350i serves as an excellent alternative to label printing for various applications involving cardboard, corrugated, paper boxes, and cartons. It facilitates direct box coding, significantly reducing environmental impact. No factory air is required, and it generates no label waste. Instead, it uses vegetable-oil-based inks delivered in small drops to create high-quality codes.
The Cx350i is designed to minimize and simplify operator interaction with an intuitive user interface, enabling quick and easy adjustments to settings and layouts. The printer features a large-volume ink supply and improved print accuracy, reducing the need for frequent intervention.
Eliminate Operator Mistakes with Coding Automation
QuickDesign is our exclusive coding automation software. It serves as a robust tool for centralized label design and printer control, handling tasks ranging from basic label design to seamlessly integrating your entire coding and production setup. Its primary significance lies in empowering you to reduce the likelihood of operator coding errors, offering a secure and compliant method to incorporate a diverse range of code types onto primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging. This ensures that the correct code is applied to the designated printer precisely when needed, instilling confidence in the coding process.
High-Quality Coding is Just the Start…
There’s a reason behind the numerous success stories from our customers. Domino goes beyond being just a manufacturer of printing and coding technology. We understand that our customers face tight and often intricate production challenges. Our commitment to providing industry-leading customer support ensures that these challenges are met. This involves offering tailored service and support programs, aftermarket support contracts, training academies to optimize your printer’s potential, remote performance monitoring of your coding for efficient operations, and sharing expert resources to prepare you for future manufacturing challenges. Additionally, flexible finance packages are available because no business should be hindered from enhancing the speed and efficiency of their coding operations.
The printer is just the beginning.
If you’d prefer a casual discussion about your challenges in Outer Case Coding, feel free to reach out. We’re here to assist you.