Laser Marking for Packaging

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Packaging encompasses a wide range of manufactured goods, from food and beverage items to consumer products. Despite the variety in packaging applications, these use cases all have one element in common — identification. Identification numbers or codes are essential details for tracking packages through the supply chain and ensuring quality at every step. With laser marking, adding identification numbers to packaging materials is efficient, economical and sustainable.

Explore laser marking solutions from Advanced Optowave Corporation to ensure packaging traceability for your operation. 

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The Benefits of Laser Marking for Packaging

Laser marking is an ideal technique for many marking applications, including packaging. The main advantages of this process include:

  • Efficiency: Laser marking is fast and precise, enabling manufacturers to keep up with production demands. Other marking solutions, like inkjet printing, are more prone to mistakes and require ink reloading, which leads to increased downtime. Laser markers work continuously without any refilling or corrections. 
  • Longevity: Marking a package with a laser is a permanent solution that will last through the entire supply chain and even after the product reaches the consumer. This longevity is essential for packaging labels. ID numbers are used for counterfeit prevention, product recall, quality control and compliance. Knowing identification will last for these purposes is nonnegotiable for packaging. 
  • Sustainability: Laser marking does not require consumables, meaning no waste is created in the marking process. Decreasing waste in the production line is an excellent method for improving sustainability in packaging. Laser marking also works for a wide range of materials, so manufacturers can reduce label waste, like plastic, glue and rubber.
  • Cost savings: With less waste and consumable-free marking, operations can optimize spending over time with a laser marker. 
  • Versatility: Laser marking offers impressive versatility. With the right laser source, manufacturers can mark most materials, from different plastic types to cardboard and paper.

Applications for Laser Marking in Your Supply Chain

In packaging, laser markers are typically used for identification needs. The ability to identify a package at every stage in the supply chain supports traceability to ensure the quality of the product. This traceability is also helpful for processes like root cause analysis, where manufacturers learn where a malfunction or error began based on the product number that incurred the damage. 

Packaging identification can take many forms, such as:

  • Serial numbers
  • QR codes
  • Barcodes
  • Data matrix codes

While many of these markings can be used to track packaging through the supply chain, they might also have consumer uses. For example, consumers can scan QR codes to access information like ingredient lists, instructions and coupons for future purchases.

Learn More About Laser Marking Solutions From Advanced Optowave Corporation

Advanced Optowave Corporation is a leading laser marker manufacturer that delivers superior-quality laser sources and laser marking systems for operations of all scales. Our experienced team has developed these solutions to adapt to various production lines, from marking-on-the-fly systems and full workstations to portable options. Contact us today to learn more about our laser marking machines and find the right model for your goals.

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