Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Coding takes many forms: barcodes, date codes, lot numbers, and batch numbers. Whereas certain codes once were restricted to perhaps one industry, the usefulness of codes was apparent, and they became widespread throughout the business world. Barcodes, for example, originated with the grocery business, but once other industries saw how much these codes speeded checkout and helped track inventory, they adopted barcodes for their own purposes.

Scannable barcodes identify the manufacturer of a product and the specific item, and once scanned, reveal tracking information to the manufacturer. Date codes on packaged food products perform another valuable function for consumers by indicating the packing date, pull date, and peak-quality date. Lot and batch numbers are important because they identify the specific mixture, set, or group that each unit belongs to.

Coding Provides Information

Regardless of the type of coding, it provides important information to manufacturer and consumer alike. It must, however, be legible, and this is where the printing systems and inkjet inks become critical. These two crucial elements are developed to work together to enhance the performance of the other without regard for the dust and particles that may be part of the industrial process.

Ink jet printing systems for coding are built to withstand the sometimes harsh industrial environment in which they must operate. The highest quality systems are encased in heavy-duty, coated steel cabinets that ensure continuous operation in the harshest of conditions. No-clog ink that does not require flushing in between bottles is an important factor in the ability of these systems to consistently produce excellent printing.

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