In-line Coding for Flexible Packaging

In-line Coding ribbons, print heads and service maintenance contracts for Markem Smartdate, ICE Videojet, Opendate & other coding printers .

Readability Ltd can now offer you a real alternative to the OEM consumables you have been purchasing for your inline coding equipment used to print on flexible packaging.

If you are printing variable information such as date and batch codes as well as barcodes directly onto packaging films. We can help you in three main ways.

Coding ribbons

Compatible thermal transfer ribbons for all coding equipment.

Print heads & Parts

OEM Grade thermal transfer print heads, and Smartdate 2 & 3 parts*.

Service maintenance contracts

Avoid costly printer breakdowns and line delays with a service maintenance contact.

Near edge outside wound

Printer examples

Videojet/Ice Coders

Outside wound coding ribbons

Near edge inside wound

Printer examples

Markem - Smartdate 2, 3 & 5

Inside wound coding ribbons

Each set of ribbons has different grades that can be used depending on the product life, handling and any statutory obligations such as GHS. For help choosing please call our technical team on 01440 712 273.


Printheads & Parts

Inline coding machines are often an integral part of your packaging setup, having spare parts to get back up and running quickly after a breakdown is essential.

Spare parts

*We supply tried and tested compatible spare parts for Markem Smartdate 2 & 3 intermittent and continuous printers.

Smartdate 2 & 3 Parts


OEM grade compatible thermal transfer printheads for almost any printer.


Maintenance, Repair, Installation and Training

Annual contracts

Printer service and repair managed for 12 months.

Preventative maintenance visits

Telephone support

Contract Request

Ad-hoc Repair

Just need a one off repair, no problem.

Low cost call out & fix

Repair request

Printer installation

Get up and running with new printers with a full set up on your labels

Add installation

Operator training

Get your operators confident in TTR printing.

Arrange training

Specialist Applications

Expectations are that ribbons and labels should not fail. The label should stay firmly attached and the print should be readable throughout the intended label life. Some applications will require specialist ribbons and labels. Most of these are to cope with extremes of heat and cold, abrasion and less than ideal application surfaces. In addition they are often found where product warnings and traceability is closely regulated.

Automotive - Tyres - Car Parts

Heat, weather resistance and long term durability are essential for automotive labels.


Extreme heat conditions require a super specialist ribbon and label.

Sterile Medical Equipment & Medicine Tracking

It must not fail, no excuses. Key in the fight for safety and ant-counterfeiting.

Chemical Containers

GHS container labels must resist the chemicals inside and the sea, under BS5609.

Ribbon Choices

These scenarios require specialist products where the thermal transfer printer, ribbon and label surface complement one another to offer complete confidence that CLP, GHS, BS5609, ISO11683 and other regulations are met.

Please let us help you make the right choice - call our technical team on 01440 712273.