01 October 2017 Events

UK orders confirm trends in label printing

UK printers were confirming and placing orders in Brussels last week, proof that trends towards shorter runs and digital production are continuing.

UK printers are in the forefront of developments in label printing to judge by the numbers ordering ads press, a number of them beta machines, at Labelexpo last week.

As well as the beta site for the Xeikon CX500 going to CS Labels, other firsts included the first of the new generation Screen TruepressJet 350 UV machines to Springfield Solutions and J Hamilton. Springfield will install the version of the inkjet label press using low migration inks. This will increase the company’s ability to target food producers and continues a close association between the Hull printer and Japanese press supplier. It was the first printer in the world to buy the inkjet press when launched at Labelexpo four years ago.

The inks are passed through a nitrogen purge unit which improves the effectiveness of the cure and prevents free radicals from escaping by linking to oxygen during the curing process.

The press is also faster than Springfield's three existing L350 UV presses, reaching 60m/minute. It will support an additional orange as well as CMYK and white. Chill rolls remove excess heat build up which might damage some label materials.

“When Screen announced a new press with low migration inks we were instantly curious,” says Dennis Ebeltoft, joint managing director. “With the additional accommodations for food packaging combined with such a productive, high quality digital press, it’s a very compelling proposition.”

The second versions of the TPJ L350 has the additional orange, but not the new ink set. The first of this machine will be headed to JH Label Solutions in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.

The press will complement existing flexo lines at the business which was set up in 2008 as a spin off from the James Hamilton group’s commercial print operations. It has used Screen platesetters in the sheetfed side of the business.

These beta machines join the already announced installation of the Durst Tau 330 RSC new generation inkjet press which is headed to the Label Makers.

Berkshire Labels confirmed the installation of a third HP Indigo WS6800 during the show. It had bought the first W6000 in 2010, installing a Indigo WS6600 four years later and now the third Indigo web press for the Hungerford company. The Indigo machines are not for short runs only. At the end of last year, the company breached the 5 million impressions in a month, the first UK printer to reach this milestone.

Marsh Labels signed for a second Indigo WS6800 during the show having ordered a first two years ago. Nor was it all about digital. Advance Labels in Leicester placed an order for a Proflex SE330 from UK manufacturer Focus Labels.

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Springfield factory

Springfield factory

Springfield Solutions will be beta tester for the new version of Screen's TPJ350 UV label press, joining other UK printers that will be trial sites for technology announced at Labelexpo this year. The new Screen inkjet machine uses a new low migration ink that should appeal to food companies.

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