QuickLabel & TrojanLabel: The Complete Packaging and Labeling Solution

Complete packaging and labeling solutionQuickLabel & TrojanLabel: The Complete Packaging and Labeling Solution

Since introducing the first color label printer in 1994, our goal has been to provide industry best on-demand label printers as a complete packaging and labeling solution.

First color label printerFrom the Sundance in 1994, a four color thermal color digital transfer printer to the original Kiaro! in 2010 to the new QL-240 in 2017, we have always striven to provide innovative, high-quality printing technologies that make the lives of customers easier.

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Continuing to push the progressive envelope, QuickLabel’s parent company, AstroNova®, recently acquired a new division that specializes in larger, more versatile printing systems.

In February 2017, our business unit expanded to include TrojanLabel™, a growing force in the digital label press, overprinting and specialty printers industry.

Who is TrojanLabel?

Beginning in Denmark in 2012, TrojanLabel has globally revolutionized color printing technology with the production of their digital color label presses and specialty printer systems for a broad range of end markets.

Trojan2 label printing pressDesigned with higher volume and professional applications in mind, TrojanLabel is an obvious choice for anyone considering larger-scale, specialty printing systems.

A fantastic complement to our tabletop label printers, TrojanLabel products include the T3-OP (Trojan3), a digital professional packaging and converting overprinting system and the T2 (Trojan2), a sophisticated digital label mini press.

To learn more about TrojanLabel, feel free to visit the TrojanLabel website.

What Does This Acquisition Mean for QuickLabel?

To put it simply, the Product Identification unit of AstroNova will include QuickLabel and TrojanLabel. This means, in addition to specializing in tabletop labeling systems, AstroNova Product Identification will also support TrojanLabel’s specialty overprinting and digital press systems.

While QuickLabel and TrojanLabel remain separate divisions, both will fall under the same business unit of the AstroNova parent company.

How Does This Benefit You?

Ultimately, the acquisition of TrojanLabel amplifies the strength and capabilities of both brands, known leaders in their industry.

Gregory A. Woods, AstroNova’s President and Chief Executive Officer, shares, “QuickLabel and TrojanLabel provide customers with a broad portfolio of products spanning tabletop printers and light-production label printers as well as advanced specialty printing systems.”label printers and overprinting printing presses

As a whole, we are now able to provide products, services and supplies that improve the consumers’ ability to track and market their products in small to large scale businesses, spanning all industries.

With additional options to match your specific needs, we can now deliver a wider range of application specific packaging and labeling solutions — furthering our goal to provide the complete packaging and labeling solution.

Where Can You See the New TrojanLabel Products?

We are pleased to announce for the first time ever, QuickLabel and TrojanLabel will be showing together at PACK EXPO 2017 in Booth #C-2731.

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Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this will be an exclusive event for all PACK EXPO attendees.

While we expect to host many trade shows together down the line, this is your chance to get ahead of your competition.

We are pleased to officially be able to provide the best solutions from tabletop label printers to specialty and digital printing presses for consumers worldwide.

We’re looking forward to seeing all those who plan on attending #PACKEXPO2017 for our exclusive first show together!


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Counterfeit is Unfit: Preventing Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals with 2D Barcodes

In light of the recent discovery of counterfeit Avastin, a cancer infusion drug, making its way into the US market, many are left wondering how to avoid such issues in the future. Part of the answer is printing labels with smart barcodes that contain valuable traceability information. Don’t worry, QuickLabel printers can help.


Current FDA Labeling Standards for Pharmaceuticals

Currently, pharmaceutical labels are regulated by a 2004 FDA rule requiring manufacturers to print a 10-digit linear barcode which encodes the product’s National Drug Code (NDC) either on the package or on a label.

This rule was put into place primarily to prevent medications from being mixed up and given out incorrectly, which had become an issue. Hospitals and physicians’ offices could easily scan the drug to ensure it was the correct one, even right at the patient’s bedside. Although this system is efficient in preventing bedside mix ups, it hasn’t helped to prevent counterfeit drugs from entering the market.

The Need for a New FDA Standard

In October of 2011, the FDA announced that they would be reviewing the 2004 labeling rule.

Now that it is known that an imitation version of Avastin made its way into the United States supply chain, and into hospitals and physicians’ offices around the country, it is possible that a new labeling system may be established.

It is widely assumed that the FDA will eventually require that pharmaceutical manufacturers use better labeling solutions to ensure drug security – the question is, how?

Are 2D Barcodes on Pharmaceutical Labels the Answer?

The state of California has taken the lead in
preventing counterfeit pharmaceuticals from reaching the market in their state. California has enacted what is called an “e-Pedigree” requirement. Under the “e-Pedigree,” pharmaceutical companies must encode a barcode with serial number, lot number, and other information by 2015, ensuring that each individual package can be tracked and traced throughout its supply chain lifespan.

It is possible to fit this information into a linear barcode, but doing so would make the label on the package an awkwardly large size. Instead, manufacturers who want to comply with the California law must turn to space-saving 2D barcodes such as GS1 DataMatrix.

Mark J. Goldberger, MD, MPH, divisional vice president, Regulatory Policy & Intelligence, Abbott Laboratories believes in updating the 2004 rule to comply with GS1 data standards. “Using GS1 standards, manufacturers could choose the appropriate data carrier type for the package size and market,” Goldberger explains.

Health Care Labeling and GS1 DataMatrix   

The GS1 DataMatrix 2D barcode is useful in the healthcare industry because it can be used to improve patients’ safety through better identification and traceability. Most commonly, a Global Trade Number (GTIN), Expiration Date, and Batch Number are embedded into Datamatrix healthcare codes.

The GTIN is a globally unique ID number that can be used throughout the healthcare industry to meet many of the industry requirements. Healthcare industry barcoding requirements include:

  • Ensuring the right drug is used at the point of administration
  • Providing efficiency in product ordering and cost re-imbursement schemes
  • A globally recognized system of identification and bar coding
  • A reference key for ensuring compliance to any local regulatory requirements (e.g., in the many countries where it is necessary for the national government to approve a drug or medicine before it can be made available on the market (or available to doctors to prescribe)

GS1 Data Matrix may be printed either as a square or as a rectangle composed of individual dots or squares. The data is encoded using a series of dark or light dots based upon a pre-determined size.

The size of a DataMatrix code is determined by the amount of information the code is going to hold. The more information there is, the larger the size the code will be. The most common DataMatrix code is the code in the shape of a square because it can retain the most information.

You Can Print 2D Barcodes with a QuickLabel Color Label Printer 

When you think of a color label printer, barcodes may not necessarily be what comes to mind. But actually, all QuickLabel full color label printers are able to print 2D barcodes such as GS1 Datamatrix, in addition to printing colors, logos, and text.

Once you have registered with GS1 and received your unique code, you can create your own 2D barcode using Custom QuickLabel software or NiceLabel software. Using the intuitive labeling software, just enter the appropriate traceability information to encode the 2D barcode. Then, you are ready to print – GS1 Datamatrix barcode, color graphics and all – with the confidence your products are tracebable throughout the global supply chain.

The Vivo! Touch, with its high-speed color label printing, is your full package printing solution. You’ll be printing full color labels 2D bar codes on-the-fly, ready to tackle any label job that comes your way – quickly and efficiently.

More Resources:

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a GS1 member, check out the GS1 website!

If you are interested in learning about how you could incorporate the GS1 DataMatrix 2D barcode onto your product label, visit the QuickLabel website!