US-based converter Wegmann Companies has invested in CEI BossJet powered by Domino hybrid press to increase its production capacity and gain a competitive advantage on the label market.
‘To start the process of choosing a digital partner, we sent out materials, we had them printed, and sent back,’ commented Mark Wegmann, owner of Wegmann Companies. ’We eliminated a variety of manufacturers right out of the gate, based on the quality. And then, we produced products with variable images and data to see the quality of the process. Domino shined all the way through it, while each of the others seemed to drop off as we went. And so that ultimately led to the purchase of the Domino unit.’
This CEI BossJet hybrid press, installed in late 2019, combines flexo and digital UV inkjet with printing and converting in a single pass and has increased production efficiency at Wegmann Companies.
‘There’s been multiple times where I’ve had 27 hours’ worth of production that would have been traditionally on a flexo, now I do it in one shift,’ commented Alex Wegmann, operations manager at Wegmann Companies. ‘From a production standpoint, come hell or high water, our customers need their products delivered on time, so we don’t have time for downtime. I can receive artwork from a customer at 8 am, have it on press within one hour, and have labels printed and delivered to them by the end of the day. It’s impressive.’
‘We start with a 40in unwind, we have a web cleaner, a corona treater, foil, two flexo stations, a turn bar to print the back of the web, we move into the 7-color Domino where we can go from white or black to variable imaging or information into full color, we then come out and have two more flexo stations, we can create booklets, we move right into semi-rotary die-cutting, from there we go into full rotary stations, scrap take-up, and at the last station, we can either go roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet. And it is all powered right here in the command center,’ added Mark Wegmann.
‘The most surprising thing that I’ve seen with the Domino is how accurate the color is and how consistent it is over time. Clearly, the Domino gives Wegmann Companies a competitive advantage, not just with turnaround times, but with print quality, and the flexibility that we can offer our customers,’ concluded Alex Wegmann.