The UK meat sector is a hugely significant and important part of the food and drink industry, employing over 100,000 people in abattoirs, and meat processing and manufacturing plants.
At a time when the meat processing industry is getting itself into shape for the future, selecting the right coding and marking equipment can play a significant part in ensuring that processors are ready for the opportunities lying ahead.
See how Quality Foods have benefited from using a Linx printer in our case study
See our expert guide on Coding Systems for Lean Production
Batch printing of meat products
What factors influence your choice of batch coder for meat products?
Legislation? Reliable operation in a tough production environment? Quality of code?
Traceability of meat products is essential right through every stage of the supply chain, so it is also essential that your coding meets legal requirements, as well as supporting your production targets.
Added to this are changing regulations on the traceability of meat; evolving packaging materials to meet increasing environmental concerns, and opportunities for differentiation in packaging to reflect premium products.
Linx printers are designed to help you meet your production targets by reducing the risk of recalls and rework, delivering quality batch codes in challenging production environments, and meeting a wide range of coding requirements.
For advice on how developments in the meat industry could impact your choice of printer, download the White Paper.
Read our blog on the challenges of a changing meat processing industry
Protect your brand - reduce the risk of recalls/rework
- Linx printers deliver legible codes which stay in place and meet labelling and FSA regulations on the widest range of packaging materials, including flexible packaging which may incorporate additives, and PET/recycled packaging
- Linx Black grease-penetrating ink 1063 for Linx CIJ printers penetrates light layers of condensation or grease onto plastics, OPP and HDPE packaging film to leave a durable code throughout the product’s lifetime. Find out more
- For low odour applications, Linx Black food-packaging ink 2250 is ketone and chromium-free and meets USDA requirements for incidental contact with meat and poultry
- Replace illegible ink stamping or branding on animal carcasses with accurate and permanent laser coding. The Linx SLHP laser coder is high powered and IP65 rated for meat processing environments. It offers faster, cleaner coding with quicker message changes. Read the Application Note
- Right first time codes with the Linx 8900 CIJ printer – the large colour touch screen and simple interface makes code setup quick and error-free
Reliable operation in challenging production environments
- Linx printers are IP rated up to IP65 to ensure reliable operation in washdown environments and extremes of temperature and humidity – no removal of the printer or covering needed during washdown procedures
- The tough, flexible printhead conduit on Linx CIJ printers is designed to cope with the repetitive action of traversing applications, maximising your uptime
Read our blog on making quality count in the meat sector
Improving productivity - meet a wide range of coding requirements
- Quality batch codes delivered by non-contact CIJ printers – supports premium branding of niche products
- Meet your coding requirements and legislation, now and in the future – the multi-functional Linx 8940 prints up to 5 lines of code, logos and includes a 20mm high carton coding feature, ideal for both primary and secondary packaging
- Print in multiple positions on split packs with the Linx 8900’s traversing printhead feature
- Apply complex codes across multiple products with the Linx CSL60 laser – a high speed coder with the widest marking field in the market; ideal for high speed, wide web applications
Coding & Marking In The Meat Processing Industry
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