Faced with demands to facilitate greater supply chain transparency for your customers, you need to ensure your coding is correct, compliant, and cost-effective. You also need to meet increasing requests to support digital marketing through specially coded packaging. Usually, this has meant using pre-printed materials, printer-based memory cards, or buying costly real-time controllers, thereby limiting such campaigns to a few lines. You need a more intelligent solution that can do this for you at scale.


Serialization solutions by Markem-Imaje


Markem-Imaje's solution


Our serialization solution, part of the Packaging Intelligence offer, makes it easier to use packaging to run promotions by printing unique codes on demand, even at high speeds. Our market-leading information management system, CoLOS ®, calls up previously generated codes from level four central servers or can generate the codes if required. The CoLOS ® system can offer complete code management and vision verification, a common requirement in digital tax projects.

In high-speed serialization applications, the data is sent in batches into the printer queue, so the real-time element is now handled at the printer level.

Markem-Imaje has both software capabilities and extensive experience in applying codes at high speed on many types of products. This lets us offer a complete turn-key solution from software to hardware.

Our serialization solution and full-stack capabilities can be deployed rapidly on any line, site, or enterprise in any region. Our software is configurable for unbeatable ease of implementation and speed to accommodate changing demands and meet regulatory compliance.

Our solution also helps ensure product compliance and easily integrates with the rest of our best-in-class equipment and third-party information systems and hardware.


Digital tax stamp application example

Serialization Digital Tax Stamp Application



  • Create unique product identifiers, automate pallet labeling, and aggregate every packaging level for seamless traceability.
  • Provide site-level master data, serial number management, event reporting, and offline serialization packing operations.
  • Establish enterprise-level connectivity with comprehensive track-and-trace and compliance integrations.
  • Application of unique codes to each and every product at full line speeds, ensuring flexibility for both on-demand and ‘always-on’ promotion.
  • Storage of used codes for future reference together with ERP article information.
  • Automatic verification and accurate processing of information printed on your products.
  • Beyond standard functionality, full implementation of control processes, interfaces, or business logic is provided via the optional CoLOS ® Application Toolkit.
  • Real-time reporting is also available as an option.
  • Robust two-way communication with government tax code management systems.




  • No time wasted loading printer-based memory cards or installing expensive real-time controllers with associated hardware and software.
  • No need to wait for, and spend time, loading pre-printed packaging materials.
  • Seamless integration with limited impact, if any, on production rates.
  • Ability to use generic packaging for digital marketing initiatives thus avoiding the need to forecast, and possibly over-order, pre-printed campaign-specific packaging.
  • Helps create an open dialogue with consumers through mobile marketing activations on products with unique tracking codes.
  • Fewer batch-related recalls thereby protecting your brand’s reputation.
  • Improved compliance, minimizing retailer fines and/or delivery rejections.


Read what our customers say about our software solutions.


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.
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.
Cable coding @ Nexans
Nexans | Cutting-edge technologies
To mark the 200,000 kilometers of cables manufactured per year, the Nexans production site in Bohain (France) uses inkjet printers with special inks, designed for marking cables.
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


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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