Technologies to code on plastic rigid containers and caps


Durable, 100% readable codes even on challenging rigid plastic substrates.



Coding on rigid plastic substrates whose ink adhesion can be difficult. Indeed, lightweight rigid and semi-rigid plastics have replaced glass or metal containers as the packaging of choice for many dairy products, candy, and cosmetics. They are also frequently used for industrial components. These lightweight, durable plastics include polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). While the use of rigid and semi-rigid plastics can reduce shipping and handling costs, the different chemical composition of these plastics can affect ink adhesion or the effectiveness of laser coding.



We provide two main technologies for marking plastic containers and caps.
Our SmartLase laser coders are available in four different wavelengths, to meet variable needs regarding permanency, visibility, fluid resistance, and the chemical composition of the plastic. Providing permanent codes, they guarantee high quality, high contrast coding on plastic substrates.
Alternatively, our continuous inkjet printers, thermal inkjet, and large character inkjet coders can also be used to code on plastic containers and caps, depending on your needs.


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.”
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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.”
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