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Print excellent quality codes and marks onto sleeves

Sleeves are a very popular packaging choice for food products; particularly ready meals packaged in trays, tubs or pots. Our systems and printers are designed to easily handle and print sleeves of all different shapes and sizes.


Adding variable data to packaging sleeves




Thermal inkjet


Thermal inkjet (TIJ) is ideally suited for printing variable date onto both varnished and unvarnished carboard commonly used for food sleeves. As it tends to be a small amount of information, such as a 'use by' or 'best before' date that needs to be printed, a TIJ printer is the most cost-effective solution.




Sleeves can prove tricky to print online as they can present the following problems:

  • Certain print areas may be hard to access
  • Tall tubs or pots can be unstable and difficult to guide down a packaging line
  • When placed around trays, sleeves can move making accurate code placement difficult

​By taking the process offline, these issues can be solved. We have several systems ideally suited to the printing and coding of sleeves.


RF Lite Sleeve Coder

The RF Lite food sleeve coding machine offers the ideal solution for companies looking to automate their date coding for the first time. Fitted with reliable thermal inkjet technology, the RF Lite system is ideal for clean, concise date or batch coding onto sleeves.


RF Auto

A step up from the RF Lite, the RF Auto fitted with either Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) or Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) is ideal for printing date and batch codes onto sleeves at exceptionally high speeds for long periods of time.

The RF Auto can also accomodate a labeller when there is a requirement to apply a label onto the sleeve.


Want to know more about printing and/or labelling packaging sleeves? Download our fact sheet

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