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  • Overcoming the daily challenges of pigmented ink printing Posted last month
    Using pigmented ink in printers, especially ‘white ink’, often presents daily challenges compared to standard dye-based ink printers that result in more downtime. These challenges often include more frequent servicing and daily cleaning.
  • Avoid Labeling Mistakes by Removing Plant Air Posted 10 months ago
    All-electric label applicators revolutionize the packaging industry by eliminating the reliance on plant air, providing precise applicator control for consistent and accurate label placement and ensuring secure label control for various label sizes.
  • Is training production line workers creating a challenge? No problem!  Posted 7 years ago
    Companies rely on engineers or technicians to keep production lines up and running. These job functions are essential to hitting production targets, so it is key that their skill level on equipment is proficient. When making the decision to replace this equipment, the amount of time and money that will have to be invested in training your labor is a major deciding factor.
  • How do I get labels to stick in hot and humid environments? Posted 4 years ago
    Something to be aware of when considering using labeling for product identification in a hot or humid environment is that labels are sensitive to temperature, making facility environment temperature a determining factor in choosing what label material to use on a product.  
  • Superior labeling power source — pneumatic air/electric labeling Posted 7 years ago
    Which is a superior labeling power source — pneumatic air or electric? There is a great debate in the packaging technology industry around the core driver.
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Overcoming the daily challenges of pigmented ink printing
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Using pigmented ink in printers, especially ‘white ink’, often presents daily challenges compared to standard dye-based ink printers that result in more downtime. These challenges often include more frequent servicing and daily cleaning.
Achieve Consistent And Unmatched Print Quality With Superior Print Head Design
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Achieving optimal print quality with small character continuous inkjet printing (CIJ) is a constant endeavor for manufacturers. CIJ printers must be able to deliver precise drop placement at the correct speed. These two elements are significantly impacted by the print head design and fluid management. Read below to understand how the Linx 8900 Series CIJ offers the reliability and quality customers demand.
Avoid Labeling Mistakes by Removing Plant Air
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All-electric label applicators revolutionize the packaging industry by eliminating the reliance on plant air, providing precise applicator control for consistent and accurate label placement and ensuring secure label control for various label sizes.
Overcoming skilled labor shortages in manufacturing with Linx 8900 CIJ printers
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Manufacturing and packaging companies are required to print non-contact product identification variable information such as lot codes, batch codes and expiration dates on their products. Continuous inkjet (CIJ) technology is most often the technology of choice to apply this variable information for the following reasons:
Smart Sensors Gives Automated Print‐And‐Apply Systems a Big Advantage
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Effectively moving products through manufacturing and into the retail supply chain requires a robust track‐and‐trace capability.
When is it time to trade in your continuous inkjet printer?
The expected life of industrial inkjet printers is typically between five and seven years, depending on the production environment. However, harsh environments may further reduce the usable life.
Is training production line workers creating a challenge? No problem!
Companies rely on engineers or technicians to keep production lines up and running. These job functions are essential to hitting production targets, so it is key that their skill level on equipment is proficient. When making the decision to replace this equipment, the amount of time and money that will have to be invested in training your labor is a major deciding factor.
Focus on Pallet Labeling Workflows to Maximize Efficiency
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Many factors determine the profitability and performance of a manufacturing operation.
Don’t let fast drying ink slow down your CIJ coding process
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Continuous inkjet printers (CIJ) use super-fast drying solvent-based inks. One of the technology challenges presented by these inks is that they aren’t too particular wherethey dry. With CIJ technology, the formation of drops from an inkjet stream creates a mist (or satellite drops) which builds up a layer of ink over time on the components inside the CIJ print head, causing print failure. Routine cleaning of ink with solvent from the components in a print head is required to maintain best print quality and uptime.
Complying with Big‐Box Retailer Labeling Requirements
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Getting shipments and inventory into retail distribution and onto store shelves efficiently is a key to profitability for any manufacturer
Best In Class Serviceability with Resmark 5000
Click to learn about Resmark 5000, our NEW reMARKably intelligent high resolution inkjet system.
Managing end-of-line coding needs while facing rising costs and tighter budgets
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Managing end-of-line coding needs while facing rising costs and tighter budgets
The ease of use of your equipment’s user interface can save your organization downtime
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Easy user interfaces can optimize your business, resulting in less errors, and more profits.
How do I get labels to stick in hot and humid environments?
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Something to be aware of when considering using labeling for product identification in a hot or humid environment is that labels are sensitive to temperature, making facility environment temperature a determining factor in choosing what label material to use on a product.  
Superior labeling power source — pneumatic air/electric labeling
Which is a superior labeling power source — pneumatic air or electric? There is a great debate in the packaging technology industry around the core driver.
Do you have the best efficiency partner?
Linx believes using your resources (equipment, materials, time, energy and people) in the most productive manner.
Critical Ways CIJ Printers Are The Right Technology For Your Small Character Application
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Manufacturers often require small variable information printing on their products, such as expiration dates, lot and batch codes. Discover how Diagraph's CIJ printers can help!
How to expand your contract packaging capabilities with marking & coding printers
When it comes to contract packaging, companies are increasingly looking to consolidate their code printing requirements. Using multiple devices to print onto different sized containers and different material types is costly and inefficient. Companies now need to offer a full-service solution to be relevant and competitive.
How Push-Mode Piezo Print Technology Saves Significant Costs in Packaging Compliance
Every package printed with a noncompliant mark is a package you can’t ship, costing your company time and money. Improving print technology can help improve packaging compliance. Diagraph’s industrial inkjet printing technology was built specifically to improve print quality and production line uptime for manufacturing environments.
Laser coding, the solution to tackling counterfeiting
Counterfeiting can be defined as illegally making something that imitates an authentic product. This could include consumer products such as handbags, watches and fashion clothing. It can also be consumables such as alcoholic spirits, cigarettes and pharmaceutical products.
Ink for CIJ Printers
New accessories are also available for use with the printers, cover tube seal, splash cover, and specialty air knife kit, each designed to help food manufacturers with humid environments meet production requirements.
Top Considerations When Selecting Coding Equipment In The Dairy Industry
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Products containing animal milk are on a constant time clock. Cows must be milked every day, meaning it is possible for dairy operations to be running 24/7 to get products with an under 20-day expiration period out the door and onto shelves. In these fast-paced manufacturing environments for fluid milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream products, there are several factors that impact the method and features required for achieving legible marks and labels onto packaging.
A centralized dashboard offers advantages over common control software
Not enough time in your day? Are you tired of firefighting coding defects? Stop being vulnerable to human mistakes and resource drains with NEXTConnect. This centralized dashboard saves you time and footsteps and offers peace of mind that your product is accurately coded. Become empowered to master critical coding tasks from a single screen, whether working from your PC, laptop or mobile device.
Laser marking on nutraceutical products provide robust traceability
Nutraceuticals are a rapidly expanding market in the United States and the market is expected to continue its growth by more than 8% over the next six years*. Laser coders are an ideal solution for the nutraceuticals market as they provide robust traceability to meet every budget, line speed and substrate material need.
Pharma manufacturer increases vaccine throughput with Linx lasers
A major manufacturer of pharmaceuticals produces medicines and now COVID-19 vaccines on high-speed lines. Because this customer had 20 years’ experience with Linx printers, they didn’t hesitate when they needed to upgrade their laser coders to increase throughput to meet demand.
New Yellow Ink Provides High Contrast Code on Dark Colored Bottles
Coding and marking specialist Linx Printing Technologies has launched its new Linx Yellow bottling ink 1088 to meet the demands of customers who require a high contrast code on dark colored bottles. These bottles are usually returned from the marketplace and cleaned in a caustic wash process, typically used for returnable bottles, before refilling and coding.
Increase contract packaging productivity by minimizing equipment interventions
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Marking and coding equipment should help contract packagers improve productivity. Diagraph accomplishes this by keeping equipment intervention requirements for our product identification equipment to a minimum.
Simplify use with one touch product coding solutions
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Many quality equipment manufacturers strive for an easy to use designation. When comparing the ease of use of products, nothing is simpler than distilling a process down to a single step.
Food, glorious food - the benefits of using Continuous Ink Jet
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2020 will go down in history as a challenging time for food producers. While it is vital that food supplies to supermarkets are uninterrupted and rigorous hygiene is maintained, we should not forget the importance of the printed information that is provided to the consumer when it is on the shelf. There are heavy fines for batch and date codes that do not meet required legislation, and the printed codes must meet stringent traceability requirements should any recall be needed.
You need to think about your ink
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We’ve all been there. Starving at the end of the day and rushing into a supermarket to pick up something to eat. Consumers may give a cursory glance at the best before date on the package to confirm that the item is safe to eat. They give no thought (and why should they) to how much research and development has gone into the ink displaying the information on the package. Not so for those responsible for coding and marking in the food industry.
How to Manage Production Remotely During a Disaster
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The CDC reports a total of 6.8 million cases of Covid-19 with over 200,000 deaths in the US. We know it’s much safer to have employees work from home when possible to minimize risk of exposure since working onsite is extremely risky during Covid-19 even with social distancing measures. Essential businesses such as food and beverage and pharmaceuticals have no choice but to maintain operations to continue to ship products on time. It is possible to keep product identification equipment going in essential industries while most or all your employees are working remotely.  
How to Overcome Manufacturing Challenges During a Crisis
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers in essential industries such as food, hygiene products, and medical supplies are needed more than ever. It’s critical that these products continue to be produced and shipped in a timely manner, to support the growing demand. Current manufacturers are doing the best they can to keep their production up at this time. And moreover, companies in industries from cosmetics to breweries to sustainable clothing are pivoting in the face of the COVID-19 disaster.
How can IIoT and centralized printer management software improve your operation?
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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is transforming manufacturing and a whole host of other industries. IIoT connects industrial devices that can monitor, collect, exchange, and analyze data, and leverage that data and connectivity to help you make smarter, faster and more effective business decisions.
Why Automated Material Handling and Data Management Are Vital to Achieving Packaging Compliance
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To achieve packaging compliance, manufacturers need more than picking the right product coding technology. Data management and packaging control and automation add another level of sophistication to an operation’s compliance practices.
How to Pick the Best Product Identification Solution
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Step one of a manufacturer’s game plan for packaging compliance is to understand your manufacturing code and print application requirements, in order to pick the product identification solution that is best for your needs.
4 Key Considerations To Achieve Packaging Compliance
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The importance of packaging compliance in the supply chain cannot be overlooked. Consumer packaged goods need to meet packaging compliance to adhere to global and government regulations and retailer standards for product safety. When manufacturers fail packaging compliance, they can be subject to significant penalties and fines, suffer loss of customers and reputation, suffer supply chain inefficiencies, and more.
PERSONAL CARE MANUFACTURER REDUCES TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP BY TRADING OUT AGING EQUIPMENT
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Read how a personal care manufacturer realized major savings on service and fluids when upgrading aging Linx equipment to the latest Linx inkjet system.
Score Savings with Diagraph at PACK EXPO Las Vegas in Booth C-4000
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Every year the biggest show in packaging and processing raises the bar for innovation and consumer trends. Whether you're looking for a solution to production challenges or you're attending to absorb new industry information, experts from across the industry exhibit at PACK EXPO to share their latest and greatest products and services. This fall, PACK EXPO kicks off in Las Vegas on September 23rd through the 25th.
Demand for Flexible Packaging Expected to Grow
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The US food industry is the leader for flexible packaging with the market continuing to grow with an expected 3.9% CAGR and valuation of $392 billion by 2023. Flexible packaging currently accounts for 19% of the packaging market – second only to corrugated paper. Advancements in slider closures, fitments, and improved barrier properties are driving preferences amongst both manufacturers and consumers.
Your Guide To Automating Your Pallet Labeling Process
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The final step in your production process can often be overlooked. After rigorously completing all the upstream processing, packaging and coding processes, the final palletized product seems to be a small step before crossing the finish line. Labeling at the pallet level is, however, a crucial process for identifying palletized shrink-wrapped products being shipped to retailers.
Standardizing Food Date Labels in the United States
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U.S. regulatory agencies recently announced a new preference to standardize on the use of the quality-based date label of "Best If Used By" on packaged foods. This recommendation is voluntary and based on research-based industry best practices. 
Buying Versus Leasing Product Identification Equipment
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Capital expenses can be tough to get approved and can hold up much needed upgrades at the plant level. In fact – old, faulty, and inadequate equipment can cause costly disruptions to production, impacting the bottom line more significantly than the cost to upgrade. For manufacturers without the available capital to invest in purchasing new equipment, leasing can be a great option.
Is An All-Inclusive Service Agreement Right For You?
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All-inclusive service agreements have their perks. But how do you know if an all-inclusive service agreement is right for your facility?
Diagraph Equipment Maintenance Agreements
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Our goal at Diagraph is to make maintaining your coding and labeling equipment both proactive and predictable. “Proactive” because we believe that service interventions should always be planned, never a surprise. “Predictable” because we believe that service interventions should be done around your production schedule. When done properly, this helps eliminate equipment downtime, keeping your production running as smoothly as possible.
Diagraph Coding and Labeling Equipment Training Programs
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At Diagraph Marking & Coding, we believe that service interventions should always be planned, never a surprise. There are several components to an operations and maintenance program that make this possible, but one of the most important ones that we like to focus on is operator and maintenance team training.
How Account Trends Impact Future Planning for Coding and Labeling Operations
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At Diagraph Marking & Coding, we like to work closely with customers to understand the cycles of their business. This allows us to develop and recommend a personalized plan to manage maintenance schedules and on-hand supplies for their coding and labeling operations.
Creating a Preventive Maintenance Plan Based on Equipment Utilization
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At Diagraph Marking & Coding, we believe that service interventions should always be planned, never a surprise. This is why we like to work with customers to get out ahead of wear-caused failures, giving them the ability to decide when service will be done around their own production schedules.
Creating a Supply Strategy Based on Production Run Rates
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Diagraph Marking & Coding focuses on partnering with customers in every aspect of their coding and labeling operations, including working closely to develop a unique supply strategy that ensures our customers have the appropriate coding and labeling supplies on hand for when they need them.
Top Considerations When Selecting Coding Equipment In The Dairy Industry
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Products containing animal milk are on a constant time clock. Cows must be milked every day, meaning it is possible for dairy operations to be running 24/7 to get products with an under 20-day expiration period out the door and onto shelves. In these fast-paced manufacturing environments for fluid milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream products, there are several factors that impact the method and features required for achieving legible marks and labels onto packaging.
Inkjet Printhead Durability Drives Ease of Use
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Not all inkjet printheads are created equal. Some printheads are designed to offer superior uptime performance, making them easier to operate and use when coding product. Look for the following features when choosing an inkjet coder, whether it is a small character inkjet coder for printing on primary product packaging or a high resolution large character inkjet coder for printing on cases: