SAN ANTONIO — Yakima, Wash.-based Kwik Lok Corp. showed off its 901 printer — which can print two-dimensional bar codes on plastic bag clips — at the Potato Expo, Jan. 8-10, San Antonio.
Using water-based ink, the inkjet printer also can mark GTIN — global trade item number —and other sourcing information for produce traceability initiative compliance, said Gary Ellington, western division sales manager. Once the ink dries, it is permanent and can’t be rubbed off.
The 2D code, sometimes called a QR or quick-response code, can be scanned with a smartphone to take the user to a company’s website for more information.
The plastic bag clips also can be attached to marketing labels, giving users more landscape to provide consumer information.
One cartridge can print 1 million plastic clips with the 2D code, Ellington said.