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Coding & Marking Essentials For Confectionery Manufacturers & PackersLinx Printing Technologies

OverviewGrowing Confectionery industryCoding considerations and digital solutionsLinx coding technologies for confectionery


The growing Confectionery industryAccording to Euromonitor, the chocolate confectionery industry is set to generate constant value sales of 6.7 billion by 2018

Mintels report in 2011 deemed the industry recession proof, consumers not cutting their confectionery spend despite pressure on household budgets In the same Mintel report, the chocolate industrys growth was set at a constant 5%; at worst it will be worth 5,059 million in 2016

Bitesize confectionery has seen a 40% growth in the last four years according to Mars

Coding considerations There is a wide range of considerations when coding in theConfectionery industry:

Coding IntegrityLinx SpeedsIP Protection & HygieneSeasonalityChanges To Packaging

Coding integrity The challenge:Confectionery needs to be accurately coded with information to conform to stringent standards, such as strict EU legislation for foodOlder, non-digital coding technologies such as roller coding or hot stamping, which are contact methods of coding, can lead to smudged codes or ones that are liable to be scratched off

The digital solution:Digital coders which are non-contact can code clearly on a range of packaging materials and irregular surfaces, and in small, hard-to-reach places on the production lineDigital coders such as Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) or lasers provide a more permanent code

Line speeds The challenge:Line speeds can be anywhere up to 150 packs per minute (ppm) on a 24/7 basis depending on seasonalityVariation in speeds especially with contract packing so coding needs to be consistent at lower speeds e.g. 50 ppm on a 12/5 basisProducts may need to be detected on the production line in a non-regular way, where companies use hand-fed conveyors

The digital solution:Digital coders can work with varying line speeds, and non-contact sensor technology allows for coding only when a product passes the machine, meaning no wasteThe variety of line speeds at which digital coders work means no loss in code integrity

IP ratings & hygiene The challenge:Powders used in the production of confectionery products can make the coding environment dusty, which can interfere with machineryAs they are dealing with food, the coding area must be hygienic

The digital solution:IP ratings on many digital coders ensure that they are secured against environmental conditions which could affect their componentsIP ratings also ensure that machines can be washed down after use to maintain hygieneMany digital coding technologies are non-contact, further ensuring maintenance of hygieneFood-grade inks can be used either onto the product itself or where it may come into incidental contact with the product

SeasonalityThe challenge:Confectionery producers need to ramp up production at different times of year e.g. Christmas, Easter, Valentines DayMachines may be used by new staff with varying levels of training, or may be controlled centrally by managementCoders need to be able to start up reliably every time, as and when requiredCodes may need to be changed frequently with minimal downtime

The digital solution:Coders can be pre-programmed, lowering the chance of errors from the operatorMost CIJ coders flush through the system at shutdown, ensuring a clean startup every timeCode setup and changeovers are quicker and easier

Changes to packagingThe challenge:New packaging trends, reacting to changing consumer tastes, using various different materialsChanges to packaging design, whether for smaller or more complex packaging

The digital solution:Non-contact coders deliver clear codes on a wide variety of substrates, including anything from card to flow wrapWide range of inks available with CIJ coders allows legible coding on any colour of substrateIncreased flexibility of coders allow product marking in various orientations and at different code sizes at the touch of a buttonFuture proof with add-ons enable users to react quickly to changing trends

Linx coding solutionsWe offer a wide range of technologies for both primary and secondary packaging to deliver high quality codes that meet the industrys exacting standards

You can ramp up production without having to worry about a loss in code integrity

We deliver a flexible coding solution through leasing:We offer a range of options to help you ramp up production without the need for any capital outlayLeasing delivers peace of mind as you have the benefit of a fully serviced coding technology

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