The Bradford company has installed a Xeikon CX3 and Durst Tau 330 inkjet label press and two AB Graphics Digicon lines, with the Big Foot foiling unit.
The Durst is the second of the inkjet presses, making the company the first in Europe with a dual press installation. The Label Makers managing director David Webster says: “We have found the technology to be fantastic in the lift and vibrancy that the inks have given to our customers’ labels, particularly in the health, beauty and pharmaceutical markets.”
Of special interest is the way that the cured inkjet sits proud of the substrate given it the look and feel of having been silk screened, without the expense of creating the necessary screens. The light fast nature and resilience of the inks make them highly suitable for long lasting chemical labels that can be used for outdoor applications.
“We like the look and it saves us buying a lot of silk screens to run on a combination press,” he says. “And customers like the effect and the quality.
“We looked at other inkjet press suppliers, with each presenting different strengths. Domino for example is good as a flexo press replacement, whereas with Durst we are laying down a lot of ink.”
This is very effective with white ink onto clear films which are enabled through a temperature controlled imaging drum. It has six-colour printing, offering 90% of the PMS colour range. It also opens the way to printing with variable data.
The Xeikon CX3 is also a return to an existing supplier, The Label Makers having installed a Xeikon 3030 in 2011. This has now been sold. The new machine runs at 30m/minute, the fastest machine in the range. This is still behind the 50m/min the Durst achieves. The machines are positioned for different applications, Webster says. The toner technology is suited to uncoated stocks used on drinks labels.”
These can be foiled under the 50 tonne per inch Big Foot foiling and embossing unit on the AB Graphics Digicon 3 line installed at Easter. This can emboss and foil three lanes of labels, turning through 90 degrees to make the most of the foil.
The investments increase capacity at the Bradford company as well as ensuring that it remains at the forefront of technology.
Helmuth Munter, Durst segment manager, Labels & Package Printing, with David Webster in front of the Durst, installed in Bradford.
The Label Makers returned to Durst because of the high impact the inkjet press can deliver.