FUJIFILM Hunt Chemicals U.S.A., Inc. has appointed Color Resolutions International (CRI) as its exclusive dealer to roll out FUJIFILM’s CodeStream, a new aqueous coating used in the marking of variable data, including codes, lot numbers and expiry dates on corrugated, cartons and labels during the packaging process. CodeStream is applied on press to corrugated or other paper substrate by the converter and then marked on the user’s packaging line by activation with a CO2 laser.
Use of CodeStream brings cost savings by eliminating the need to purchase consumables such as ink, ribbon or labels. Without time needed for supply replenishment or unscheduled equipment maintenance, production downtime is eliminated as well. It is a preferred alternative to methods such as continuous inkjet, thermal transfer and laser ablation. CodeStream also removes VOCs and fluids from the packaging line.
“The CodeStream mark is consistent, quickly applied and counterfeit resistant,” says George Sickinger, president and CEO of CRI. “CodeStream is also a technology that is sustainable and eco-friendly. It offers great advantages throughout the production process, and we look forward to sharing this important FUJIFILM product with our customers.”
CodeStream is compatible with all types of paper substrates. CodeStream appears translucent on white substrates and is white on clear or kraft substrates. It produces a high contrast, high resolution black mark. CodeStream simply uses laser energy to cause a color change, so nothing is destroyed during the marking process.
“We look forward to partnering with CRI to introduce CodeStream to the market,” said Mike Cagle, director of business development and technical services at FUJIFILM Hunt Chemicals U.S.A., Inc. “CodeStream provides great benefits to converters and printers, and CRI is well-positioned to help Fujifilm make this product available to a large number of manufacturers.”