Printing on flexible packaging

Thermal Transfer offers a reliable print solution for the marking of expiry dates, batch numbers, lists of ingredients and barcodes on flexible packaging films.

A print solution integrated within the packing line

Direct printing on flexible plastic film is very widespread in the food processing industry (pasta, chips, frozen products, etc.), in the hardware sector (nails, screws, bolts, etc.), for certain cosmetics (samples of cream and other liquids) and pharmaceutical products (personalised doses of medicines).

Printers designed for printing directly onto packaging films are integrated within the packing line and certain models are able to meet the requirements of high-throughput applications, operating at speeds of up to 1 meter per second.

Quality printing for durable information

Thermal Transfer offers maximum flexibility for customising packaging: alpha-numeric characters, logos and barcodes all have a good visual finish for easier reading. To avoid an expiry date or barcode being erased, a Thermal Transfer ribbon must be selected that offers resistance to the constraints of the packaging process and utilisation of the product: abrasion, handling, foodstuffs, chemicals, etc.

inkanto ribbons for flexible packaging films

The inkanto ribbons designed for printing on flexible packaging offer a solution to the demands of durability, print speed and cost.

The Wax-Resin inks (APR® or APX® range) for near-edge printers offer the best combination of print quality, speed and cost, while the Resin inks (AXR® range) are the best suited to demanding applications in terms of durability.
inkanto inks are also available in white, metallic and various colors for printing on coloured packaging films.

inkanto ribbons enable producers to comply with European regulations (1935/2004/EC) and US FDA requirements.

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Certifications and warranties

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

  • Food Contact Europe
  • Food Contact USA
  • Heavy Metals
  • Halogens
  • REACH/SVHC
  • California Proposition 65
  • Drug Master File
  • Print durability (UL)
  • Marine shipping (BS5609)

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