Technologies to code on shrink films for retail


High quality, cost-effective codes ensure end-to-end traceability of products wrapped in shrink films.


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The use of plastic shrink films is an inexpensive and adaptable way for food companies and other consumer goods manufacturers to package their products. Shrink film may be made of polyolefin, PVC, polyethylene, and, least commonly, polypropylene. Detailed coding on shrink wrap allows end-to-end traceability of products throughout the distribution chain, reducing costly recalls.
Markem-Imaje offers four different types of printing solutions for shrink film, with a total of almost a dozen different printers and coders. These solutions are generally integrated into the packaging machine.

Thermal transfer overprinting (TTO) coders  are created specifically for flexible materials, providing high-quality prints on a wide range of film types at a low cost.

Continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers, the most versatile of printer types, mark at ultrafast speeds and can be used on finished or pre-filled products.

Thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers are fast, easy to maintain and their print resolution can be adjusted from 1 to 600 dpi. 

Alternatively, our
laser coders are ideal for high-speed and high production rate lines. 

All the technologies bring a high quality shrink film printing.


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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