Laser Marking Food

Food labels are essential in the food packaging industry, ensuring that food products are protected and traceable while keeping consumers accurately informed of the content of their packaging. Laser food equipment plays a significant role in food labeling, creating permanent, visible marks on food packaging that communicate valuable information to manufacturers and consumers alike.

 

You can find reliable and efficient machines for laser marking food at Telesis Technologies, Inc. As pioneers in the permanent marking solution field, we’re committed to developing durable, high-quality laser engravers that last.

Why Use Laser Marking for Packaging and Food?

Food traceability is the ability to follow the movements of food products and their ingredients through the supply chain, from production and processing to distribution and sale to the end consumer. Traceability is critical in the food industry due to the perishable nature of food. Tracking and tracing these items is vital in minimizing the risk of foodborne illness, avoiding product recalls and building consumer trust.

Laser marking food is crucial in the food traceability process. Packaging and food marking machines allow companies to connect unique identifiers to their food products, such as barcodes, serial numbers and data matrix codes. These markings provide manufacturers with valuable track and trace data, such as production destinations and expiration dates.

Traceability Through Laser Marking

Using laser marking machines to engrave identification information on food packaging enables companies to achieve:

  • Quality control: Using laser markers for traceability provides companies with a high level of control over the food packaging process, enabling them to identify points where quality checks are necessary throughout the production process.
  • Product recall: When food products are marked with unique identifiers, they be easily tracked and traced in the event of a product recall due to food safety issues like contamination or foodborne illnesses. Fast and efficient recalls protect consumers from health hazards while safeguarding food companies from liabilities.
  • Operational efficiency: Laser marking traceability systems help organizations optimize their food and packaging production, minimize resource waste and boost efficiency.
  • Customer satisfaction: Because traceability marking helps businesses improve product quality, they increase customer satisfaction.
  • Root cause analysis: Manufacturers can use the information from unique identifiers to pinpoint root causes of potential errors in the supply chain and make changes accordingly.
  • Regulatory compliance: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires much of the food industry to maintain baseline traceability records. Laser marking food ensures regulatory compliance with these provisions.
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Advantages of Laser Markers for Food

Laser food marking machines are reliable and efficient equipment that provide food and packaging companies with all of the following benefits:

  • Mark legibility and permanence: Laser marking systems deliver permanent, readable marks that are highly visible to companies and consumers.
  • Material marking versatility: You can use laser food equipment to mark a wide range of different packaging materials, such as cardboard, plastic, paper, wood and silicone.
  • Wear resistance: Marks from laser systems are highly durable and resist harsh operational and environmental factors without wearing.
  • Marking precision: Laser markers do not make direct contact with the engraving surface, meaning they generate precise and repeatable markings without the risk of errors.
  • Operational speed: Unlike conventional marking methods, laser engraving is fast and efficient, helping businesses create more products in less time.
  • Minimal consumables: The food laser marking process is cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, as it requires minimal consumables.

Food Manufacturer Laser Marking Applications

Laser markers are used on countless food packaging products to create unique identifiers that generate vital traceability information. Some sequences these machines can print on your food packaging are:

  • QR codes: QR codes are a type of barcode that contain a collection of pixels within a square grid. These identifiers are easily scanned by digital devices and often provide tracking information about a food product and its journey through the supply chain.
  • Barcodes: Barcodes comprise a series of parallel black and white bars representing a set of characters and numbers. Food distributors and retail establishments use barcodes to track inventory, sales and reordering.
  • Data matrix codes: These two-dimensional barcodes use black and white cells organized in a square or rectangular pattern. The number of columns and rows the code has indicates how much information it stores.
  • Serial numbers: Serial numbers are sequences of numbers and letters assigned to product units. They enable individuals to track and trace product information for safety purposes.

Serving the Food & Packaging Industry

When it comes to getting food on the shelves of your local grocery and convenience stores, we help manufacturing companies mark on packaging for various purposes including tracing and tracking.

Partner with Telesis to Mark on All Types of Brand Packaging.

Packaging suppliers trust our laser marker machines to accurately follow their packaging design and mark on custom packaging. When your company is trying to get its food products out the door onto the shelves, and into consumers’ hands, it’s important to have a system in place that benefits your workflow instead of hindering it. Printing on food packaging with the use of a laser is a reliable way to ensure that your printing is accurate, tamper-proof and efficiently done.

From food labels or stickers to custom plastic bags and other retail packaging, our laser machines are capable of marking on food wrappers, beverage packaging, ingredients labels and more. Marking on uneven surfaces or bottles, boxes and containers of all shapes, sizes and colors can be done with our systems. Marking on the fly and micro-printing without even moving the laser to print on multiple surfaces is possible with Telesis’ laser equipment.

The Benefits of Using Laser Marking in the Food Packaging Industry

  • Permanent & Long-Lasting

    With laser markers that leave lasting marks, it’s virtually impossible to destroy or obscure the packaging as opposed to using another printing method.

  • More Sanitary

    Laser marking is more sanitary than paper labeling. With a laser, you’re able to create crisp, clean lines that won’t smudge like ink would on paper labels.

  • Prevent Counterfeit Products

    By using a laser to mark on your food packaging, it makes it hard for scammers to replicate or alter your packaging design. With laser markings, each one has a unique “fingerprint” for identification that deters others from creating counterfeit products.

Types of Lasers for Custom Food Packaging

If you’re looking for a laser engraving machine for laser marking food, we recommend the following laser types to produce the highest-quality results.

UV/one™ Laser Marker

This all-in-one system does not require a separate controller to create high-contrast marks that withstand the test of time. The all-in-one design of the marker and controller combination saves space in your facility with a compact footprint for easy integration into production lines.

Through suppressed heat effects, burrs and yellow tinting are eliminated, allowing for a nearly perfect finish. Eliminate day-to-day consumables and reduce operational costs with this Telesis laser marker.

CO2 Laser

Proven CO2 systems provide a galvo-steered beam. It is an excellent choice for heavy use and high-duty cycle environments and is beneficial to label and packaging operations as it removes the need for consumables and speeds up the process. Equally capable of stationary bench-top use and mark-on-the-fly installations, this machine can mark up to 1300 characters per second in automated environments.

Purchase Laser Food Equipment From Telesis Technologies, Inc. Today

You can find dependable laser markers for your packaging and food marking needs at Telesis Technologies, Inc. We serve as your one-stop shop for high-performing permanent marking solutions built with the toughest materials.

Contact us to get a quote on one of our machines today!

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