Flexible Packaging Printer


Flexible packaging printing: Four printing technologies to best suit your needs of coding on flexible films



Flexible packaging printing 
is the most common type of packaging printing, with a 40% share of the global market. In the past, mechanical approaches to printing on flexible films were used, but these are expensive and not very versatile. Today, more cost-efficient digital methods are available that improve the traceability of products.



Markem-Imaje provides four digital printing flexible packaging solutions  —thermal transfer, continuous inkjet, thermal inkjet, and laser—each of which provides unique sets of advantages, ensuring you can choose the option that best suits your coding needs.
Thermal Transfer printer  developed specifically for flexible materials, offer a better print quality than continuous inkjet and thermal inkjet printing on a wide range of film types. Able to code large print areas, there is no drying time required and it offers versatility in print design.
Continuous inkjet printers  are the most versatile, and can be used on any material, and are high speed. With low capital costs and easy mechanical integration, these printers can be used on finished or pre-filled products.
Thermal inkjet printers  offer adjustable high-resolution printing from 1 to 600 dpi, low maintenance costs, and ease of use, but are less cost-efficient at high volumes.
Finally, laser coders offer the advantages of high speed and high production printing, indelible print, and low maintenance and running costs. However, they require laser-responsive material to print on.


How to code flexible film efficiently?


Coding on flexible film better

Flexible film: a vital role in distribution chains

Flexible film is becoming the packaging material of choice for food manufacturers and other companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. It is inexpensive, efficient to work with, and available in a wide range of materials with diverse properties.

When it comes to coding flexible films, companies are turning away from mechanical technologies, like hot stamping and rotary coding, in favor of four digital options which improve traceability and uptime: thermal transfer, continuous inkjet, thermal inkjet and laser.

The challenge for manufacturers is to find the best technology for their application.




Food traceability @ Noberasco
Noberasco | At the heart of innovation
At the leading-edge in products and processes, Noberasco has chosen Markem-Imaje as its printing partner to ensure long term quality and reliability.
Food traceability @ Sabarot Wassner
Sabarot Wassner | When tradition meets modernity
Save time, reduce the risk of errors, clearly identify products and guarantee technical
reliability: these were the specifications defined by Sabarot for its identification
Food traceability @ Nutrition & Santé
Nutrition & Santé | The demand for perfection
Nutrition & Santé has stepped up its traceability needs to deliver “zero marking error” products. Markem-Imaje provided the solution with its Mark & Read system to achieve it.
Best in class coding for a new ultra-modern site @ East Coast Bakehouse
East Coast Bakehouse | Best in class coding for a new ultra-modern site
When selecting the coding technology for its new production facility, East Coast Bakehouse opted for a solution designed for high-volume applications – that can print 300 dpi codes on flexible packaging film at high speeds.
A hand-in-hand partnership @ Monique Ranou
Monique Ranou | A hand-in-hand partnership
To secure marking of its packaged delicatessen and cured meat products, Monique Ranou, opted for Markem-Imaje’s global and tailored solution at its historical plant of Quimper.


See what our customers say about our flexible film coding solutions





Toepfer Babywelt CIJ Coding Markem-Imaje
Andreas Wehl – Head of Packaging Innovation and Cosmetics @ Töpfer

“In conjunction with our system, we ensure that we can send brand, item number, batch number, and more to our marking systems without errors.

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IMA Ilapak Film Coding Markem-Imaje
Andrea Boccolini – VFFS Technical Sales Support Manager @ IMA Ilapak

“Our machines are exported around the globe: IMA IIapak has always found Markem-Imaje to be an excellent partner capable of supporting our clients in every part of the world with widespread support and prompt service in the supply of spare parts”.

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Bioplants Hot Melt Coding Cardboard Markem-Imaje
Xavier Bossard – Operations, Digital and Logistics Project Manager at Bioplants @ Bioplants

“The Markem-Imaje solution proposed to Bioplants was interesting because we could choose the criteria we needed: Before that, we were using a labeler, so one consumable item was created every time we labeled a package. Today we use hot melt ink directly projected on the cardboard allows us to add traceability to the packages, which we did not have before.”
#TouchDry #HighResolutionInkjet

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Mebra Plastik Software CoLOS Markem-Imaje
Nicola Marchesin – IT Manager @ Mebra Plastik

“This (CoLOS) has allowed us to be much more efficient, reducing line equipment times and making it possible to implement new solutions such as automated metrics, fewer ink types, and less waste thanks to more ecological containers and less energy consumption.”
#CoLOS #SoftwareSolutions

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