Case Coding Printer


Case coding is a critical part of the manufacturing process. In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know about case coding and its applications in the industry today.

The Importance of Case Coding

Case coding is an important part of the manufacturing process. It's used to ensure quality control, track inventory, and ensure returned product goes back where it belongs. It's also important so that shipped products go to the right place.

Case Coding Basics

Case coding is a form of applying variable data such as a bar code to identify a product. It can also be used to track the product, ensure quality control and more. The case code will appear on every case or carton that holds that particular batch of products. This code can be read by devices called scanners which are often used in grocery stores to prevent theft or mistakes with inventory counts. It is particularly helpful in identifying the proper location for the items inside the case.

Case Coding Terminology and Technology

Case coding is the process of applying codes or marks onto secondary packaging or labeling. It can also be referred to as box coding, which is common in the pharmaceutical industry. That's because case coding is used for identifying packages for drug recalls and during product recalls.

Case coding technology uses a barcode scanner that reads the code from an item and sends the data, for example, to an RFID reader (radio frequency identification). The information then gets sent to a computer system which processes it into data that can be accessed by software programs for analytics purposes.

Case Coding Printers

Case coding printers are used to apply codes or marks onto packaging or labeling. These include thermal inkjet printers, thermal transfer printer and laser systems. They can also be used for box coding and secondary packaging applications.  Here is a video of the XYCode E900 coder printing on a brown corrugated box in both downward and sideway orientations with four printheads.

Industry Applications

  • Food and beverage

  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Automotive

  • Electronics

  • Consumer goods

  • Aerospace

  • Military

  • Energy

Case coding is a critical part of the manufacturing process.

Case coding is a critical part of the manufacturing process. It can be used to identify products and their packaging, track products, streamline manufacturing processes, improve quality control and more. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which case coding has been used to improve efficiency.

Case coding is one way manufacturers can keep track of their product inventory. Each individual case is given an identifying number that links back to its manufacturer or distributor—this allows for easy tracking of orders as well as real-time reporting on sales figures and production levels. Case coding also helps ensure that each product gets shipped out with all its intended components attached—without this system in place there would be no way for workers to determine whether they have received everything they are supposed to receive from each shipment.


We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the importance and technology of case coding. If you have any questions about the process or want more information on how to get started, we’re here for you - XYCode!

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