Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America, LLC

Marking and Coding

Marking and Coding

Flexible, Efficient and Reliable Product Codes

Overview - Manufacturing and production organizations use marking and coding systems to print product information on a variety of packaging or product substrates from paper cartons and cardboard boxes to rolled paper or plastic film and steel assembly parts. Companies in industries like food and beverage and pharmaceutical must comply with product traceability regulatory requirements by printing variable information including date code, lot numbers, expiration dates, etc. Many marking and coding applications require non-contact printing flexibility to mark on rough, uneven, or varied surfaces from any direction. at a wide range of speeds. As demands for new products constantly change, companies must have a marking and coding system that easily and quickly responds to substrate and code information changes.

Production facilities that use marking and coding systems must account for:

  • Product code type (variable data, graphics, barcodes)
  • Substrate being printed (package or product itself)
  • Quality and durability requirements of product code
  • Production line speeds and throughput
  • Production line layout and available space
  • Supporting product mix changes
  • Minimizing overall operating costs
  • Operator training requirements
  • Setup procedures
  • Maintenance procedure complexity and frequency

Marking and coding equipment should deliver:

  • Flexible substrate support
  • Support for wide range of product code types
  • Flexible printhead positioning
  • Efficient circulation system
  • High quality durable product codes
  • Environmentally friendly inks and fluids
  • RoHS compliance
  • Simple maintenance procedures
  • Easy to setup and operate
  • Flexibility to support product mix changes
  • Low operating costs