TYKMA Electrox’s versatile laser workstations have the capability to laser engrave food. This process is an eco-friendly application and offers numerous benefits for any business in the food industry. Read on to learn more about the process of laser marking food and food packaging.
The Process of Laser Marking Food
The process of laser engraving food, or “natural branding,” uses a UV laser engraver to create a mark on fruits, vegetables, and a variety of other food products. Laser marking systems can be programmed to engrave barcodes, serial numbers, expiration dates, and even logos onto food.
When using laser marking machines for food, the laser removes pigment from the outer layer of a product’s skin, leaving the food itself intact and unaffected. This process also does not have an effect on how a food tastes, its shelf life, or its aroma. The items are completely safe to consume, and some of the foods that can be laser marked include:
- Cucumbers and pickles
- Oranges and grapefruits
- Pumpkin and squash
- Lemons and limes
- Cheeses with a rind
- And much more!
Benefits of Using Laser Marking Machines for Food
By laser engraving logos and barcodes onto foods, you remove the need for traditional plastic packaging or label stickers. Not only is laser engraving food more eco-friendly, but natural branding is also toxin-free, safe, and very efficient. Additionally, choosing to use a laser engraving machine to mark food is more cost-efficient in the long run.
When it comes to enacting a natural branding process, laser engraving food is the solution. Other benefits include:
- Reduction in materials – Food laser engraving eliminates the use of materials like ink, paper, and plastic, while also reducing gas emissions.
- Decrease in environmental footprint – According to Recycle Track Systems, there are 33 billion pounds of plastic entering the marine environment every year. By laser engraving foods, we can reduce the use of plastic and lessen its impact on our environment.
- Easier to track food – Laser marking is a more reliable way to track food because stickers and plastic can fall off, but an engraving can last as long as the food lasts.
Laser marking is a versatile application that can be used for many kinds of food and will give long-lasting benefits to our environment.
UV Laser Marking Food with TYKMA Electrox Workstations
At TYKMA Electrox, we provide precise, fast, and reliable laser marking machines for food. In particular, we recommend the Vereo UV Integration Laser for laser marking food. Equipped with an Ytterbium Fiber Pumped Ultraviolet Laser, this system is ideal for situations where control and reduction of heat applied to the item is necessary in order to obtain quality marking outcomes.
Features of the Vereo UV system from TYKMA Electrox include:
- Air-cooled and maintenance-free
- Low energy consumption
- Capable of marking a variety of materials
- User-friendly controls
- Compact machine footprint
- Cutting-edge capabilities for etching, marking, and engraving
- Operated by a simple USB interface connected to a laptop or desktop PC
- Covered by our 24-month comprehensive warranty
Laser Marking on Food Packaging Made Easy
While laser marking food is becoming increasingly popular, laser marking systems have been used for years in the food packaging industry. In particular, laser engraving machines can be used to mark barcodes, expiration dates, and more on food packaging.
Some common materials that are used in food packaging include:
- Various plastics
FAQS About Laser Engraved Foods
What types of businesses would be interested in laser marking food?
Types of businesses that will benefit from laser marking food include:
- Fruit and vegetable packers
- Restaurants and cafes
- Chocolate shops
- Food and beverage brands
- Concession stands
What information can be engraved onto food?
Our laser systems are flexible and can mark batch numbers, logos, signatures, patterns, customer designs, text, and more.
Are there any safety regulations with engraved food?
The FDA allows the sale of laser engraved foods, but the laser marking environment must be sterile and companies must ensure there are no contaminating agents present with the food.
Additional Industries Our Laser Engraving Systems Serve
At TYKMA Electrox, our laser marking workstations are used for a variety of applications. In addition to laser engraving food, our laser marking systems are used in the following industries and more:
- Military and defense
- Home goods
- Oil and gas
- General industrial
Interested in UV Laser Marking Food? Contact TYKMA Electrox Today!
Contact our team of experts to learn more about UV laser marking food and how TYKMA Electrox systems can be used in the food industry. Our team is ready to help you find the best system for your application needs!