Bradford, UK, based label specialist The Label Makers Ltd has finalized its decision to purchase a Xeikon 3030 digital color label press from Xeikon in conjunction with a highly sophisticated finishing line for offline label enhancement.
The Label Makers Managing Director, David Webster, attending the Labelexpo show in Chicago, commented on his company’s latest investment in digital label printing equipment: “The combination of the Xeikon digital engine and a highly sophisticated finishing line means we can truly satisfy customer requirements for premium-quality short-run work at competitive rates. The market is requiring greater flexibility from its supply base with shorter and variable print runs and this latest investment program means we will have the facility to deliver the expectations of our customers irrespective of run length.”
The addition of the new digital line will further extend the company’s wide range of label printing solutions, which already include flexographic, lithographic, letterpress and silk screen production techniques, all featuring the use of UV inks. “The Label Makers latest investment in Xeikon digital print technology continues to drive the business forward whilst keeping customer service as its central focus,” added David Webster.
Toner Quality and Performance
With regard to his decision to purchase Xeikon digital technology, David said: “We have been watching ink jet developments closely, but still see the need for further work with this technology. The constant improvements being made by Xeikon are keeping these machines ahead of the rest of the market. The latest enhancements in toner quality and performance, including the improvements made to the one-pass white printing component, have kept Xeikon out in front of the market in our opinion. The 1200dpi print quality along with the extended color gamut offered by the enhanced QA-I toner products ensures excellent color reproduction on conventional substrates. Whilst we could wait for ink jet to further improve, that doesn’t help our customers. By investing now we can be producing high-quality short-run work – including personalized production – for our customers when they need it.”
Differentiate through Personalization
Having built a strong reputation for high-quality conventional print through its UV litho and UV flexo combination presses, the move into combination digital print will only serve to enhance The Label Makers offering to both new and existing customers. “Personalization is something that can really only be achieved with digital, and customers are already looking to this as a potential way to differentiate their products from the competition, especially at the high-end of the market. By adding these capabilities we open up a whole range of new possibilities.”
Unique in its collection of production facilities, The Label Makers will be able not only to offer short run, high-quality digital print, but also a full range of embellishments demanded by its growing client base. The post-press line offers both hot and cold foiling (utilizing traditional flat dies), embossing, two flexo print heads, and die-cutting. It is recognized as the most sophisticated finishing platform available in the UK.
Commenting on The Label Makers order, Greg Neesham, Sales Director for Punch Graphix UK, said: “The Label Makers has a strong focus on producing label products for high-end high-quality products from the toiletries, beverages, and food markets. Speed and equipment performance are important to them as a supplier, but label quality is absolutely critical. This purchase represents a very strong endorsement to the continuous quality improvements that we make to the Xeikon toner and the Xeikon digital printing hardware.”
The Label Makers at Labelexpo Amercias, with its new Xeikon 3030"
About The Label Makers
The Label Makers Limited has been involved in the design and manufacture of premium quality self- adhesive labels since 1963, and the company currently employs 52 personnel.
A private, family owned business, The Label Makers is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The team at The Label Makers place customer service at the heart of everything they do, and they are proud to supply labels to some of the UK’s leading brands, covering many market sectors including food, beverages, personal care, petro chemical and decorative coatings.
The company provides a tailor made, personal service from design concept through to finished labels, and is dedicated to communicating the strongest on-pack message to its clients’ customers. The Label Makers are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business and operate a recycling scheme for a range of manufacturing by-products as well as promoting the use of recycled and recyclable materials.
About Xeikon 3030
The Xeikon 3030 web-based press has a top speed of 31.5 feet of label production per minute. The five-color engine provides for the four standard process colors plus a choice of spot color, special security toner for anti-counterfeiting applications, or a one-pass opaque white for the “no label” look on transparent material. The press is capable of handling an unrivalled range of substrates including self-adhesive label stocks, paper, transparent and opaque foils, and paperboard. The press handles a substrate width of 330mm, and provides for an imaging width of 322mm. The environmentally friendly dry toner electrophotography imaging process enables the use of conventional substrates without the need for coating or pre-treatment. Additionally the toner is compliant with FDA regulations related to indirect food contact and direct food contact, dry food environment.
For job preparation, the Xeikon press is equipped with the truly open, scalable and modular X-800 Digital Front-End (DFE), combining extensive pre-press functionality including a high-speed RIP with impressive variable data printing processing. In addition, the X-800 DFE is designed to deliver the highest print quality level, a practical die marker function and precise step-and-repeat functionality. The system is also equipped to handle complex operations such as sequential numbering and barcodes.
Further information on The Label Makers can be obtained by visiting the www.labmak.co.uk web site.
A pioneer in digital printing, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers high-end digital colour printing systems for the industrial, document and commercial printing market segments. These systems are composed of advanced web-fed printing engines using LED-array-based, dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software, exclusive toner and other consumables. Xeikon’s production and R&D operations are based in Belgium and its solutions are distributed and supported through a worldwide sales and service network. Xeikon is a division of Punch Graphix. For more information, visit www.xeikon.com
About Punch Graphix
Punch Graphix provides innovative, competitive and environmentally friendly imaging and printing solutions for the global graphics industry. Under the Xeikon brand name, Punch Graphix designs, develops and delivers high-end digital colour printing systems, software and consumables for the industrial, document and commercial printing market segments. Under the basysPrint brand, Punch Graphix designs, develops and delivers mid to high-end UV-CTP imaging systems for the offset prepress commercial markets. With a clear-minded focus on R&D, Punch Graphix is dedicated to customer satisfaction and aims to deliver cost-effective graphic excellence that goes beyond all expectations. For more information, visit www.punchgraphix.com