The Label Printers Invests in Four Systems to Increase Capacity
AURORA, IL—July 10, 2012—The Label Printers’ investments in an HP Indigo WS6600 digital press, Domino K600i UV inkjet system, AB Graphics Omega HSR1300 inspection slitter rewinder, and DuPont EC/LF 1000 exposure unit will give the company increased manufacturing capability, capacity and quality control, while at the same time, contributing to the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce their environmental impact.
Bill Kane, CEO, said, “We have to do this for our customers. We have to keep up with today’s changing digital marketplace. Our manufacturing operation is a ‘well-oiled machine,’ and we need to continue to invest to keep it that way—to control costs and to avoid falling behind in capacity, capability and expertise.”
In 2006, The Label Printers purchased its first digital press, an HP Indigo 4050. Since that time, the evolution in digital presses has continued, so The Label Printers management decided that it was time to upgrade its digital capability and increase capacity.
Joe Kane, prepress manager, states, “The new [WS6600] digital press improves our color “management”—it is now more predictable and repeatable. It also increases our capacity, as the print area is wider and the repeat is longer—with the added benefit of giving us multiple manufacturing options for most orders, which can translate into better service for our customers.”
In 2011, The Label Printers switched its plateroom technology from analog to digital by investing in “scalable” system. The company’s newest investment in the DuPont exposure unit offers improved consistency and will prepare the prepress operation for future upgrades to improved technologies.
In addition to process improvements from the new equipment, Joe Kane also points out, “Each upgrade in our plateroom equipment from old analog technology to new digital technology creates a corresponding improvement in our sustainability efforts.”
Domino’s UV inkjet system was purchased to give the company additional capacity for consecutive numbering, QR codes, and other variable imaging requirements. The new system represents a significant improvement in resolution (and therefore quality and/or capability), which is critical for small size images.