DNP is on the part. Barcodes applied onto thousands of parts used in an automobile are printed with extremely durable DNP TTR that can withstand the high solvent, heat and abrasive conditions of automotive manufacturing plants. DNP is under the hood. Gasoline, engine oil, and transmission fluid are just some of the harsh chemicals that can be found underhood. Our ribbon produces barcodes that are chemical resistant and hold up to tough working conditions.
Chemical drums carry everything from caustic liquids to inert powders. The labels and TTR printing must withstand all kinds of environmental conditions associated with storage, usage and transportation. From resisting abrasion to standing up to solvents, a highly durable ribbon is needed for this type of application.
National and international laws dictate that everything from UL labels to hazardous materials stickers contain important safety and identification information. In some cases, labels and their printing have to last the life of the product. Longevity, durability and readability are essential.
The harsh environment of electronics manufacturing and assembly requires labels and TTR printing that are tough and durable. A barcode affixed to the base of a circuit board before the manufacturing process begins must withstand extreme heat and solvents until it's a finished product. Just-in-time manufacturing increases the need for electronic components to have barcoded information. These labels and printing have to be tough enough to help the assembling facility track and process all parts related to the manufacturing of a product.
Food & Beverage
Printing of "best by" dates and lot numbers has increased as food safety becomes a growing concern among consumers. Expiration dates and lot number tracking is critically important in the event of a product recall. Images must remain legible for tracking information. In addition, other applications such as barcodes, part numbers and item numbers require durability.
Printing barcodes on flexible packages is normally an integrated part of the assembly line process. The inline thermal transfer printer prints directly onto the substrate, typically a bag or some other type of container. Wax and wax/resin ribbons are commonly used in this application for printing on plastic bags (polybags) and do not have to be specially designed for this operation.
In the case of food packaging using inline direct packaging printing on polypropylene or other food and beverage bags, ribbons are specially formulated for compatibility with the substrate, as well as printing at high speeds.
Health & Beauty
The healthcare industry regularly uses barcodes to capture critical information for tracking patients and testing samples. These barcodes require TTR printing that is abrasion and solvent resistant. Cosmetics, such as perfume and lipstick, are often packaged in chipboard boxes. They need reliable thermal transfer printing of important information such as date, manufacturer and lot codes.
Inventory & Logistics
Inventory barcodes are critical to the efficiency of the manufacturing and distribution process.
They contain useful information about a company's inventory or stock quantities. Barcoding for logistical purposes is helpful and time saving. Tracking product lines helps ensure quality both inside a manufacturing facility and after point of sale. Both applications require labeling and thermal transfer printing that exhibits superior abrasion resistance and longevity.
Outdoor labeling requires TTR printing that can withstand weather conditions, hot or cold, rain or shine. These applications also have to hold up to other factors such as abrasions and solvents found in pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. No matter what the extreme, an extremely durable ribbon is needed.
Barcoding is becoming mandatory for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Tracking the manufacturing of a specific drug or device is critical for the supplier and the consumer. It's important for a pharmaceutical company to control and regulate the inventory of a specific drug, as well as for the local pharmacy to control the consumer supply of that drug. It's imperative for a medical device manufacturer to provide complete traceability. Both applications require printing that is crisp and durable.
Barcode labeling is essential to the retail industry. It enables them to streamline inventory tracking, pricing, shelf stocking and check-out times. A ribbon with good durability is required for applications of this nature. Smart labels combine both RFID and barcode technologies into one label. While both RFID and barcodes provide the same tracking abilities, smart labels are widely becoming the best solution for integrating RFID technology into retail anti-theft and security applications. The barcodes provide a human readable component that is still necessary in supply chain management.