A pulsed nanosecond MOPA laser, combined with a high-speed polygon scan head, matches printing rates for in-line and on-demand production without consumables such as ink. Manufacturers have generally acknowledged that package printing is an area to target for cost reduction because it provides both customer product variation and production tracking, whether using paper labels or directly onto the plastic or metallic containers. To meet this manufacturing challenge, we conducted a test study to validate the use of a new generation of high-speed pulse on demand (POD) master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) lasers in concert with high-speed polygon scan heads. The results address the requirements from manufacturers of both consumer product goods (CPG) and industrial goods for in-line and on-demand printing with an acceptable cost and return on investment (ROI). The targets that we investigated included direct printing onto plastics, paper, and cardboard, as well as printing on labels. Potential market segments for this printing include consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, universal ID (UID) packaging, and industrial products. The associated costs targeted for e...