How To Cut Costs And Minimize Downtime On A Snack Foods Production Line
The snack foods industry is thriving, innovation over the last 10 years includes new techniques such as baked snacks, and a return to traditional popcorn - with modern twists on flavors; all of which have fuelled developments. Our busy lifestyles mean there is a huge demand for small snacks in individual bags for consumption on the move. Such changes in a growing industry mean there is the demand for more coded information on retail ready packaging.
Costs Associated With Secondary Packaging Coding
Coded information on secondary packaging may include data matrix, QR codes, branding or logos, as well as batch codes for traceability, and expiry date information. Printing this information onto labels is one solution for secondary packaging. However, the costs associated with this way of coding include preprinting, storage costs, and the cost of scrappage. Alternatively, by using a large character coder you can print on demand. Linx large character coders are reliable, and will cut out the costs associated with label printing by printing directly onto the box.
Excessive downtime is damaging to profits in the US snack foods industry. As your production line may need to switch between batch runs frequently, downtime in between runs can be extremely costly. Messy, fiddly printers are often the cause of downtime, requiring cleaning and maintenance between runs.
With a Linx coder switching between batch runs can be done with ease, and with minimal downtime! Our large character coders eliminate unnecessary downtime as they require minimal cleaning and maintenance. What's more, thanks to their ease of set up, your business can save a great deal of time and money by switching codes quickly using our easy to use interfaces.
Downtime is further reduced by not having to read complicated manuals. Our coders include step-by-step message creation and editing, and on-screen prompts. Every minute it takes to set up a coder to print on a new product increases downtime and reduces profitability!
For snack foods brands the need to produce stand-out secondary packaging is paramount as primary packaging becomes more cluttered. The solution is clear standardized logos and iconography, which are essential for brand reputation and can allow the secondary packaging to standout on the shelf.