Digital Inkjet: The Solution to the Current Vaping Health Crisis?

We wrote last week about how industrial inkjet product-marking is the solution to the health crisis created by counterfeit vape cartridges, and others are saying the same thing. However, many cannabis-packaging companies are incorporating anti-counterfeiting measures into their packaging and finding that they can reduce costs and increase throughput as well.

Wyld Edibles, an Oregon-based supplier of cannabises edibles, is one such company. Although their decision to go digital was driven more by cost considerations than counterfeiting concerns, the extensive information required on cannabis packaging (date codes, serial numbers, CBD and THC content) led the company to seek a low-cost solution that was scalable. Their solution was to eliminate the labels altogether and to use an inkjet coding printer instead. Tyler Elson, director of Business Development at Wyld edibles, reports, “We have quadrupled the amount of packaging that can be labeled now which correlates directly to a tremendous cost savings.”

Other companies in the cannabis-packaging space are adopting digital inkjet solutions in order to ensure that products are legitimate. Colorado-based Akerna (NASDAQ:KERN), a regulatory-compliance company specializing in the cannabis industry, has partnered with Solo Sciences to provide “seed-to-sale” traceability through the use of special encrypted codes printed directly on the packaging. Consumers can scan the code with their phones pre-purchase and the solo* app authenticates the product.

The current health crisis related to counterfeit vaping cartridges highlights the need for traceability and accountability in cannabis packaging. As this industry grows (it is estimated to be a $20 billion industry for packaging alone by 2025), line-speed and cost-minimization will drive innovation. One company that is tackling the problem of growing to scale today is a California-based company called Convectium, which has patented a machine capable of filling 6000 cartridges per hour. (Currently, cartridges are filled by hand at the rate of about 100 cartridges per hour.) With comparable throughput speeds, the line bottleneck is the labelling subroutine, and here again, inline singlepass inkjet product-marking solutions like the kind that Engineered Printing Solutions designs, builds, and supports are the perfect solution to eliminating such bottlenecks. We have built machines that print bottle caps at 72,000 parts per hour, machines that print mousetraps at 7200 parts per hour—in short, we have built machines that can print pretty much anything that we can run past inkjet printheads at 50 inches per second. Engineered Printing Solutions is eager to be a part of the solution to the very real problem of counterfeit products in the cannabis industry. After all, “solutions” are our game; it’s right there in our name. Contact us today to find out about a digital inkjet solution that can lower costs and increase traceability!

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