Somerset, UK-based Custom Labels has invested in a Dantex PicoColour UV inkjet digital press to enhance their label printing capabilities, reduce setup times, increase efficiency and reduce waste.
As a label manufacturer for demanding applications where durability is a major factor, Custom Labels also wanted to be able to offer their customers varnish as an alternative to laminate depending on requirements.
‘Where waste is an issue, one of the biggest advantages was the short setup time between jobs, making the unit highly efficient in controlling waste and thereby reducing job costs,’ said Nigel Foster, Custom Labels’ owner and director. ‘Additionally, thanks to the inkjet technology of PicoColour, the flexibility of being able to use uncoated media is a real benefit. Furthermore, as we make very few “larger labels”, the ability to use narrow web widths was a major factor in the decision-making process, as was the overall cost of ownership and the fact that it is manufactured in the UK.
‘The press will also open up new markets, such as being able to offer full color durable asset labels on rolls. We have had enquiries from customers requiring higher quantities of labels on tight deliveries that we have been unable to supply, but with the PicoColour we will now be in a position to respond,’ added Foster.
‘Custom Labels were looking for a quick turnaround solution to produce excellent durable and lightfast labels,’ said Simon Cosh, business development manager for inkjet at Dantex. ‘The PicoColour, with its extensive range of options, including the new finishing edge trimming and razor knife slitters, was the ideal choice, being able to provide up to six fully finished reels ready for application. The continued enhancements make this excellent Inkjet press even more versatile.’
PicoColour uses drop-on-demand inkjet print head technology. It is a versatile machine with a small footprint, suitable for short and long run jobs. It provides all the benefits of digital printing, including no minimum quantity, inline finishing, no waste and a fast turnaround. The press is also available with a number of options such as the ones Custom Labels has opted for: CMYK + digital gloss varnish, VDP black, Corona unit, inline back slitter and inline lamination. The company will take the delivery of its new press in May 2020.