Print and Apply Labelling Automation for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Cobalt’s automated print and apply systems improve compliance, efficiency, and reliability at the point of production.

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Food and Beverage manufacturers face some of the tightest restrictions on traceability of any industry.

Whether shipping within the UK or in international markets, regulations such as EC Regulation 178/2002 require food and beverage manufacturers to clearly label and accurately trace products throughout the supply chain.

From production right through to the supermarket shelves, the ability to trace your products is essential in the event of a product recall.

Why Automate Food and Beverage Barcode Labelling?

Manual barcode labelling operations are extremely limited in scalability, offer little opportunity for process improvement and are highly susceptible to human error.

Mistakes in barcode labelling could have dangerous consequences for accurate traceability and may prove costly for your business relationships and your bottom line. Supermarkets can institute fines for illegible or incorrect coding, and some even operate a three strikes approach: three separate deliveries with errors and you could never supply that supermarket again.

Not only do you need a barcode, but it needs to be accurate, and it needs to be right.

Aside from legislation and commercial relationships driving compliant barcode labelling, there are obvious gains to be made in terms of reduced manual intervention too. Relying on human resources for functions that can be readily automated will often cost more in the long run and barcode labelling is a prime example of that.

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Our Food and Beverage Print and Apply Solutions Deliver:

Real-time print and apply labelling and verification on your food or beverage packaging lines.

Reliable printing and application of labels on challenging outer packaging surfaces.

Accurate, integrated barcode quality verification in-line.

Faster, more efficient, and more consistent printing and application than manual operation.
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Sentinel Validation and Verification

Cobalt Sentinel inline barcode verification verifies the quality of every code as it is printed in real time.

This allows manufacturers to plan for remedial action ahead of barcode failure. Adopting this best practise will ensure compliance with the strict barcoding requirements of the Food and Beverage industry.

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Continuous Operation Print and Apply Systems

For the most demanding environments, our continuous operation systems offer non-stop 24/7 running capability at full design speeds of up to 120 packs per minute.

Front, side and top apply options offer unparalleled flexibility with second and tertiary print heads to accelerate throughput and offer failsafe operation.

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Nexus 20 All Electric Shrink Wrap Pack Printer Applicator

This system delivers real-time labelling in a single system, with no need for compressed air, speed synchronisation or special conveyor systems.

Remove the labelling bottleneck from your production line with print and apply labelling speeds of up to 80 packs a minute, with a low cost of ownership.

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Barcoding Knowledge Centre

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Not sure what to look for, or have a specific challenge you need to overcome on your production line? Cobalt can provide a tailored solution to overcome your food and beverage print and apply challenges.

Get in touch today to arrange a consultation with our experts.

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    01270 539800

    Cobalt Systems Limited
    Cobalt House, Arden Square, Crewe Business Park,
    Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6HA

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