Telrol has made the transition to Pulse Roll Label Products’ PureTone food packaging compliant (FPC) UV flexo ink system, ‘in its quest towards a sustainable future’.
As part of the Dutch printer’s ongoing business transformation and continuous improvement program, the switch to PureTone FPC inks took place at the end of February and was completed in less than one week. Full training and on-site technical support was provided as part of the changeover plan by Darren Gillespie, technical service manager, and Ben Howell, technical sales manager, export from Pulse Roll Label Products. Pulse’s Benelux distribution partner, Beijersbergen & Partners, was also involved.
During the transfer, full technical training was provided for Telrol’s team of ink technicians and printers including color Lead, André Wemerman. This covered: digital color management using the PureTone FPC database created with X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software (IFS); digital standards; recipe correction and the transfer of formulations from IFS to Telrol’s GSE ink dispensers. Lamps and anilox were also inspected. An anilox roller audit was undertaken using the Troika Systems AniCAM. Training further focused on leftover ink management to assist Telrol in reducing its ink inventory and waste as well as lowering disposal costs.
Telrol has 22 printing presses and boasts one of the largest installations of next-generation MPS presses in Europe. As part of the transition, Adri Timmermans of Beijersbergen & Partners matched 455 PMS colors using the high strength mono-pigmented PureTone FPC inks in advance of the changeover. This ensured that these formulations were ready for the quick transfer to Telrol’s GSE ink dispensers on day one, making the whole process extremely efficient.
The very first print production saw the high strength PureTone FPC process inks running at 100m/min on thermal top-coated paper. And the first 40 PMS colors on press demonstrated the benefits of PureTone FPC inks’ high strength mono-pigmented formulation in achieving a dE2000 under two first time, with just two colors requiring a minor adjustment taking less than 15 minutes.
Tom Kerssens, managing director at Beijersbergen & Partners said: ‘We could not have hoped for a smoother transition to the PureTone FPC ink system. The support and commitment we received from André and the Telrol team here in Almere has been exceptional. They have fully embraced the change to PureTone FPC and have been well-supported by the excellent technical expertise and on-site support provided by Darren and Ben.
‘I have no doubt that the move to PureTone FPC inks will greatly assist Telrol in realizing its ambitions to become a more efficient and sustainable printing operation. Personally, I am very excited to be working closely with the Telrol team as the company moves forward with its exciting transformation and future growth plans.’
Will Parker, chief operating officer at Telrol, added: ‘I am delighted that we are now well on our journey to improve Telrol’s capabilities and ecological standpoint over the next year and further ahead. Finding the right partners to help us achieve the highest print quality, whilst at the same time ensuring we safeguard our environment and build a sustainable future, is critical for us at Telrol. We chose to work with Pulse Roll Label Products and Beijersbergen & Partners because we believe the PureTone FPC ink system is best in class, and the technical support and service we receive, both from the team in Amersfoort and Bristol, is second-to none.
‘I have every confidence that our investment in digital color management and the switch to PureTone’s food packaging compliant ink system will help us move quickly into the next exciting phase of our company development.’
Wemerman commented: ‘The cooperation with team members from Beijersbergen and Pulse has been super. They engaged fully with me as to how best to approach the switch and what would be needed to make it a joint success. I think we have delivered a great progression for the company and for its sustainable future. It was a quick and really well-delivered project achieved by us all working in partnership.’
Howell said: ‘We would like to thank Will, André and the team at Telrol for having the confidence in us and our products and helping to make this such a successful transfer. As most label and package printers will know, changing ink supplier is not always an easy task, so to be able to changeover an entire ink system in less than one week is something we can all be very proud of. Our strong international partnership network, which ensures our customers have local product supply and technical expertise to hand, is also very evident here. We must thank Tommy and the team at Beijersbergen for their hard work, ongoing co-operation and support here in the Netherlands – it’s been a great team effort all round.’
Next up in the plan for Telrol is the move to Pulse Roll Label Products’ other food packaging compliant UV flexo inks, varnishes and coatings as well as its PureAqua range of water-based flexo inks and varnishes.