Posted on 06.25.2020 by Aaron Grimes

TYKMA Electrox Systems Are Ideal for Laser Engraving Food and Food Packaging

Last Updated on Mar 20, 2024


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, and the items are completely safe to consume. Some of the foods that can be laser marked include:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pineapples
  • Bread
  • Cucumbers and pickles
  • Avocados
  • Potatoes
  • Oranges and grapefruits
  • Ginger
  • Cookies
  • Eggs
  • Pomegranates
  • Mangos
  • Eggplant
  • 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 tracking of 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.

Enhance Your Branding by Laser Engraving Food and Its Packaging

In today’s competitive food industry, establishing a strong brand identity plays a pivotal role in fostering trust and loyalty among your consumers. Not only does laser engraving food and food packaging produce positive environmental benefits and an easier way to track your products, but you will also strengthen your brand presence.

Plus, laser engraved food is memorable! Everyone sees a sticker on their apple or a label that they peel off their snack nearly every day, but laser marking on food packaging and foodstuffs is sure to be more eye-catching and leave a bigger statement.

Using our laser marking machines for food engraving offers a unique opportunity for food businesses to enhance their branding efforts. This level of customization not only boosts your brand visibility, but it also communicates to the consumer that you promote quality and innovation.

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 to obtain quality marking outcomes.

Features of the Vereo UV system from TYKMA Electrox include:

  • Air-cooled and maintenance-free design
  • 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 industry-leading, comprehensive warranty

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Laser Marking on Food Packaging Made Easy

While the process of laser marking food is becoming increasingly popular, laser marking systems have been used for years in the food industry for packages and containers. 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:

Luckily, all of these materials and more can easily be marked with a laser engraving machine from TYKMA Electrox.

Answering Your FAQS About Laser Engraved Foods and Laser Marking on Food Packaging

What types of businesses would be interested in laser marking food?

Types of businesses that will benefit from laser marking food include:

  • Bakeries
  • Fruit and vegetable packers
  • Caterers
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Chocolate shops
  • Hotels
  • 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.

Are there any restrictions on the types of food that can be laser engraved?

While the process of laser engraving food is applicable to a wide variety of items, it is important to keep in mind that there are a few restrictions. Some delicate or moist foods may not produce satisfactory results due to their textures or consistency. Foods with a peel, rind, shell, or other firm surface are most suited for engraving.

Can laser marking on food packaging withstand exposure to heat, moisture, and cold temperatures in a fridge or freezer?

Yes! Laser marking on food packaging is generally resistant to varying levels of moisture, heat, and cold. However, the durability may differ depending on the strength of the specific packaging material.

Can laser marking on food packaging affect the durability or safety of the packaging itself?

Laser marking is a noncontact process that should not compromise the integrity or safety of food packing. As long as proper precautions are followed during use of our systems, no damage should occur to the packaging.

How durable are laser markings on food packaging?

Our laser marking machines for food produce markings that are resistant to any fading, smudging, abrasion, environmental conditions, and wear and tear. This is one reason why marking is so much more preferable over a packaging sticker.

Besides the Vereo UV, what other laser marking systems does TYKMA Electrox offer?

Along with the Vereo UV Integration Laser for laser engraving food, we supply a wide array of integration laser marking machines, standard laser marking machines, and custom laser engraving machines to choose from depending on your specific application needs. Check out our links and contact our team to discuss options.

What factors should I consider when choosing a laser marking machine for food packaging applications?

When selecting a machine for laser marking on food packaging, factors such as laser type, precision, compatibility with packaging materials, ease of integration into existing production lines, and compliance with regulatory requirements should be considered.

Along with laser engraving food, what other materials can be effectively marked?

Along with serving as laser marking machines for food and food packaging, our systems can handle a wide range of diverse materials. These include:

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 systems are used in the following industries and more:

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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 provide you with the best laser marking machine for food and its packaging. Reach out today!

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