Product box identification labels and barcodes

In many industries the collection, transportation, storage and distribution of products is carried out using plastic or wooden crates: food processing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, horticulture, textiles, etc.

Variable information printed on crate labels is used to identify the contents and to route them to a particular location depending on the position in the logistics chain. One illegible barcode or faded batch number and the entire logistics chain can be disrupted and even lead to the delivery being rejected by the customer.

Box label printing constraints

The production, storage and transportation environments to which the boxes and crates are exposed can have an impact on the durability and legibility of the printed message.

The agricultural and horticultural sectors require printing that is resistant to humidity, outdoor temperatures and UV light. Storage and handling conditions of crates in the manufacturing sector can lead to label abrasion. In automotive and aeronautics there is the risk of the label becoming tainted by substances present on operators' gloves. And finally, the re-utilisation of crates and boxes in the food-processing and pharmaceuticals industries requires cleaning and sterilisation to be carried out using detergents.

Label printing technology by Thermal Transfer is compatible with all these requirements provided that the most appropriate label material and ink are used.

inkanto ribbons for box and crate label printing

inkanto Thermal Transfer ribbons enable perfectly legible labels to be printed for the logistics identification and tracking of boxed products.

Wax Thermal Transfer ribbons (AWR® / AWX® ribbons) from inkanto offer excellent compatibility with entry-level paper labels and certain types of coated paper. This very competitive combination is recommended for environments with low demands in terms of resistance.
Wax-Resin inks (APR® / APX® inks) offer a guarantee of enhanced print durability and a superior quality of finish on coated paper (mat or gloss).
inkanto Resin ribbons (AXR® ribbons) are the best solution for environments with particularly high demands in terms of resistance.

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Certifications and warranties

The products recommended for this application are backed by at least one of the following certifications

  • food eu 2
    Food Contact Europe
  • food fda 1
    Food Contact USA
  • rohs
    Heavy Metals
  • halog 1
  • reach 1
  • cp65 1
    California Proposition 65
  • ul 0
    Print durability (UL)
  • dmf 1
    Drug Master File
  • ul 0
    Print durability (UL) Pending

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The expertise Armor

  • Able to print on a wide variety of label materials
  • Printing resistant to aggressive handling
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