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5 Reasons To Consider 'Offline Date Coding' Of Food Sleeves

25th April 2016

  • Accurate code positioning: if you are coding onto sleeves or watchstrap bands positioning can be a real issue. Coding online may struggle to code packs that are awkwardly shaped or have hard-to-reach print areas. On an offline system the pack is presented to the coding device in flat form with the print area readily accessible. This allows for consistently accurate code positioning, increasing line efficiency and reducing waste that results from poorly printed packs
  • Increased throughput: for companies who are coding packs by hand, an automatic offline coding system will reduce labour costs and speed up production.
  • A solution for promotional labelling: with the addition of a label applicator, offline coding systems can carry out labelling and coding in one operation. This dual functionality is very useful when producing ‘meal deal’ packs or running promotions. Take a sandwich wedge pack: applying a code online is fairly straightforward, but applying a label at the same time is not so easy due to the awkward pack orientation.
  • Use to code short runs and trial products: an offline coder is the ideal solution for trial products, it allows you to minimise capital outlay whilst ensuring new products are coded according to retailer and regulatory requirements, without impacting on other production.
  • Extra capacity when you need it: Under pressure due to seasonal variations, getting more operators on the job might seem like the easiest way of increasing capacity during seasonal peaks. But in actual fact, purchasing an offline coder to cope with increased production and seasonal lines is usually more cost effective, owing to the speed, flexibility and accuracy benefits it brings.