Labelling Solutions

technology has improved the business model, “The Screen presses ensure that we no longer need to contend with lengthy job set-ups and time- consuming maintenance. These benefits have taken our

Screen press increases uptime for label makers N

athan Williams, digital print manager at Limpet Labels explains how the new

productivity to an unprecedented level. In fact, since replacing our toner-based systems with inkjet solutions, we have seen our uptime increase by per cent. This in turn has helped to secure a much healthier profit margin.” Founded in 1992 in Wrexham, Wales, Limpet Labels is an established producer of high-quality self-adhesive labels. The company primarily produces labels for challenging applications in the industrial, chemical, oil and hygiene markets, where print accuracy and durability are a prerequisite. In order to meet these stringent demands, Limpet Labels deployed both digital print and flexo technologies. In 2014, the company added a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV to work alongside its existing toner- based and flexo systems. Running at 50 meters per minute, the Truepress Jet L350UV proved so instrumental in the production of consistent high-quality labels, that when the company needed to increase its digital

capacity, investing in a second Screen press was an obvious choice. This saw Limpet Labels install its successor, the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+ in October 2018. The new press offered a faster production speed of 60 meters per minute, together with enhanced media handling. According to Nathan Williams, thanks to the company’s experience with the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV and EQUIOS workflow, Limpet Labels was able to go from the installation to full production in under two weeks. “Running both Screen presses

concurrently has had an instant and substantial impact on our total capacity,” explains Williams. “This has increased by over 60 per cent compared to when we used the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV alongside a

Open house a tech success F

toner-based system. This ensures that we can get jobs out quicker than ever before and crucially allows our customers to improve their time-to-market.” According to Williams, the company’s digital department has secured significant production efficiencies. Despite the heavy ink coverage required for many labels in the industrial, chemical and oil markets, production with the Truepress L350UV devices is more cost effective. The higher print volumes achievable has led to an increased revenue stream. “The Screen presses ensure that we no longer need to contend with lengthy job set-ups and time-consuming maintenance. These benefits have taken our productivity to an unprecedented level. In fact, since replacing our toner- based systems with inkjet solutions, we have seen our uptime increase by 98 per cent. This in turn has helped to secure a much healthier profit margin. The Truepress Jet L350UV+ includes time- and cost-saving tools such as spot colour matching, calculations of ink usage and daily print reports. It also has a large colour gamut. The addition of a chilled roller makes it possible to print on specialised heat sensitive films.

ocus Label Machinery held their annual Open house event on the 26th and 27th March and it proved to be the biggest and best so far. In attendance were our partners and suppliers from Industrial Inkjet Ltd, Phoseon

Technology, Herma UK, Flint Group, Meech International. Nazdar, Lundberg, Cheshire Anilox Technology and Business Asset Warranties along with many other visitors from within the print industry. Antony Cotton, sales manager said, “We would like to thank all our partners, suppliers

and visitors who attended over the two days and helped make the event another great success. We were very pleased with the turnout and look forward to building on this and making the event a regular feature in the calendar. We believe that having multiple live demonstration models, along with the support of our partners and their respective technology, make this a unique event with a great opportunity to informally network whilst seeing live equipment demonstrations. “ The Proflex SE servo was producing high quality, 4 page peel and reveal labels, the e- flex was printing on transparent BOPP film, producing an outstanding opaque white thanks to the combination of the very latest LED ink technology and drying system. In addition, there was a lot of interest in our FS330 blank label converter/ slitter- rewinder with Lundberg waste matrix collection & compactor. The star of the show was the d- flex Hi-Q digital inkjet hybrid press, featuring the latest Konica Minolta KM1800i heads, printing at speeds up to 50m/min. “We were delighted with the

interest in all our equipment and speaking to our partners, their feedback was also very positive in the interest shown in their products” added Antony.

34 April 2019

Waste reduction in rotary press


PG Prints’ new RSI III – the third generation of its rotary screen printing integration module for label and packaging presses – features time, safety and ergonomic

innovations for increased production efficiency. Operator safety has been augmented with the introduction of

guards to prevent contact with the rotating screen, squeegee pipe and gear wheels, significantly reducing the risk of injury. A new web-cleaning scraper, positioned on a guiding roller immediately after the nip between the screen and substrate, automatically removes undesired ink splashes on the web that may have spilled from the screen during stoppages or slow- rotation mode. Operated only for the first one-and-a-half screen rotations at the start of the production run, the scraper ensures thorough drying of the substrate at all times. This minimises the risk of ink

contaminating the rollers, thereby reducing the cleaning requirement. Its long-life plastic blade collects the UV-curable ink in a pan attached to the scraper, which is easily removed for fast cleaning.

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