Flexible Packaging Ribbons
Welcome to the fastest growing market segment for compatible thermal transfer ribbons! High speed, near edge ribbons is used for imprinting date, price, lot and bar codes directly on flexible packaging.
Customers in this emerging market utilize these flexible packaging ribbons in their production areas so this is beyond the shipping room where ribbon is used for marking and labeling boxes as they ship to customers. In production you can find high speed thermal transfer printers right on the shop floor lines in many food packaging and retail products manufacturing plants. From sock manufacturers, and serializing parts, to date coded snack packs for the airlines, these ribbons are in high demand.
One if the most active segments is the food industry. Here are a few of the detailed food opportunities in the flexible packaging ribbon segment.
Thermal transfer coding applications:
• Snack food & chips
• Coffees and powdered beverages
• Non-food retail
• Re-packaged produce
• Packaged foods
We currently serve manufacturers in the food and medical industries that have traditional shipping label applications. By checking to see if these customers are using thermal transfer for coding on their packaging lines, we are able to see the opportunity for flexible packaging ribbon.
The grocery store is full of product that uses flexible packaging. Just notice the product that is individually wrapped within a value pack box, such as granola bars. By going to these manufacturers and contacting either the production floor manager, packaging engineer or specialist, process engineer, purchasing agent, maintenance manager, or supervisor, you can extract the exact application including the substrate materials used.
Other information needed when quoting flexible packaging ribbons include knowing the substrate material, the printing environment, the printer make and model, the printing mode (continuous or intermittent), and the ribbon width and length (the current part number would provide this).
Benefits to the end user of using our flexible packaging ribbon include:
• Lowering operating costs for significant savings vs. OEM brands
• Exceptional printing quality assures crisp, clear, durable imprints
• Same day shipping and stocking programs assuring ribbon availability
• Customizable packaging ensuring the right ribbon for the right printer
Potential customer objections:
Many customers have objections when switching from OEM to compatible ribbon. Customers worried about voiding their warranty can be assured that any attempt by an OEM to offer service under the condition that you must purchase their supplies exclusively can be considered unlawful tying.
Many customers don’t want to make any printer adjustments. Our ribbons are a drop in replacement of the OEM. This means that they print at a wide range of darkness settings, all within the OEM recommended specifications.
Some OEMs offer free printheads if you use their ribbon exclusively. We can also offer compatible ribbon and printhead packages that are very competitive. Just ask us about our program.
Sometimes the OEM may come in to service the printer and after their visit the ribbon will not work anymore. Unfortunately this is a practice of some OEMs. We will provide you with technical support to answer any questions to assist in restoring printer settings for optimal ribbon performance.
Are these ribbon FDA approved? Yes, the ribbon components meet the relevant requirements and limitations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations 21 CFR 175 through 178 in packaging, transportation, or holding food. Contact us if you haven further questions regarding compliance regulations.
By looking at the packaging you can see the coding technology used. Hot stamping is used quote a bit but the characters may be uneven or inconsistent. The image feels rough or raised. When using inkjet technology, the image is made up of a series of dots. Characters appear jagged. When using thermal transfer, you get a continuous, well aligned image with no breaks or inconsistency in the formation of characters. By looking at these images you can see the difference in quality.
Contact us for more information on this topic and take a look at our product online that matches the application you require. We look forward to helping you with your flexible packaging ribbon needs.
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