Retail ready packaging (RRP) is a high-growth segment of the food and consumer goods industry. The appeal of shelf-contained units is readily apparent by getting products to the shelf faster and removing the time needed to unpack products or set up displays.
Coated cardboard creates its own set of marking challenges wear typical solutions for printing on corrugate is not sufficient. For small and medium codes, the Videojet thermal inkjet (TIJ) with MEK-based inks adhere to coated cardboard surfaces, alternatively, laser systems can be used to ablate the surface, leaving behind high resolution codes. Labeling with Direct Apply™ is yet a third option which functions exceptionally well for trays and other low profile packaging.