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  • 13 Jan 2020

Craftsman Label switches to MacDermid plates

Darren McClintock, pressroom manager at Craftsman Label

Portland, Oregon-based Craftsman Label switched to MacDermid LUX ITP plates and APR’s Supplysentry RFID inventory management system to improve print quality and decreased production costs.

Craftsman Label is a full-service narrow web company operating fleet flexo, thermal and digital press systems serve a wide range of end-use sectors including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and industrials.

Frustrated with repeated ink transfer issues and the lack of service coming from its plate supplier, the company started to consider other options. ‘We weren't getting the support we needed to fix our ink transfer issues and after a few years of this happening I felt we needed to seriously start looking at other potential plate suppliers,’ said Darren McClintock, pressroom manager at Craftsman Label. ‘After a few months of trials and testing, we realized that the MacDermid plates could deliver in every single way our existing plate supplier was delivering in addition to saving us a substantial amount of money.’

Craftsman claims the switch to MacDermid plates two months ago was seamless and will save more than 80,000 USD over the course of a year as a result.

In addition to switching to the MacDermid LUX ITP plates, Craftsman Label also brought in APR's Supplysentry RFID Inventory system. ‘The system works beautifully for us. I look at it every day and have direct access to my precise inventory levels for some of our most important consumables. We have 23 items that we track through the system currently and this guarantees we will never run out of a product or have to ship anything express air,’ concluded McClintock.

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