Epson America has integrated its ColorWorks CW-C6000P and C4000 on-demand color label printers with Ishida countertop food scales, offering a simple technology for the fresh food weighing to the packaging process.
The integrated CW-C6000P printer and weigh scale can be used to create full-color, on-demand labels for prepared foods as well as individually weighed meat, deli and bakery items in a grocery store.
The Ishida UNI-9 scale, distributed in the US by Rice Lake Weighing Systems, plugs directly into the USB port on the ColorWorks printer, requiring no separate PC or accessory. The printer’s native ZPL capability makes it easy for the printer and scale to communicate, allowing businesses to set an item on the scale and print a label in three taps.
The label includes all necessary information, each of them customizable: item, weight, price, ingredients, barcode, safe handling info, and address. Integrating color into fresh food labels allows businesses to show a picture of a food product or add seasonal branding, highlight allergens to promote customer safety and visually identify freshness and expiration dates.
‘Pairing the Epson ColorWorks printer with an Ishida scale creates an end-to-end, full-color labeling solution. For the first time, grocers can weigh an item and print a full-color label incorporating key information,’ said Bonny Rindahl, product manager at Epson America. ‘Millions of Americans who suffer from food allergies rely on labels for allergen information, and it is easier and quicker to locate when this information is presented in color. The Epson and Ishida labeling solution gives businesses the capability to create prepared food labels that not only help a product stand out on the shelf but also help ensure consumer safety.’