Eminence Business Media

Eminence Business Media

Saturday, July 14, 2012

FFEI’s drive into the label market continues at Labelexpo Americas 2012

FFEI Ltd, the global developer of award-winning digital imaging solutions, will demonstrate the benefits of its end-to-end digital label solution, Caslon, on the Nilpeter stand at Labelexpo Americas, stand 3105 & 3205. The FFEI Caslon digital inkjet label press boasts a new digital spot colour unit that prints white ink and features the company's recently launched RealPro Digital Labeller software. This combination enables label converters and digital print houses to deliver an integrated solution for profitable short-to-medium run label printing.

"Following the recent success of drupa and the launch of our new complete digital label solution, we see Labelexpo Americas as the ideal platform to present the significant benefits of FFEI Caslon to a more targeted audience," says Andy Cook, FFEI managing director.

"For label printers looking to move from flexo to digital, the transition can be disruptive. We want visitors to see why FFEI Caslon is the ideal solution - its proven, market-leading Nilpeter FA line web transport system provides the familiarity of a flexo press - while the option for an all-in-one, standalone digital solution enables label converters to meet the growing demands for short-to-medium run labels and variable data printing," concludes Cook.

International Label & Printing Co., Inc., based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA, recently installed a Caslon digital inkjet press. The company's CEO, Mark Turk, comments, "Much to my surprise, the Caslon module was the easiest part of the press to get into production. Challenges were primarily with all the analogue processes. We do not regret moving toward digital instead of flexo! We are already ahead of our competitors and we feel UV inkjet will strengthen our position."

Caslon Digital Inkjet Press
Caslon, a digital colour inkjet press jointly developed between FFEI and Nilpeter A/S, can be installed as part of a traditional narrow-web label press or utilised as a standalone digital inkjet system. Offering superior web widths of up to 410mm, Caslon converts high quality labels at 25m per minute rising to 50m, dependent on application demands. Built on the industry proven Nilpeter FA line web transport, Caslon provides the familiarity, reliability, scalability and operation of a market-leading flexo press, enabling those looking to move into the digital label market to do so with greatly reduced business risk and disruption.

Digital Spot Colour Module
Available from FFEI and reseller partners is an independent Caslon digital spot colour unit providing a high opacity, digital UV-curable white ink for printing on a wide range of substrates. Positioned before or after the main CMYK unit, this new capability creates new possibilities for printing on transparent material for backlit applications or printing white as a spot colour. This eradicates the need to pre-print white ink via a traditional press - shortening production times, minimising cost and providing increased job control.

RealPro Digital Labeller
In addition, label converters can now benefit from FFEI's newly enhanced workflow solutions for the label market. Launched at drupa 2012, RealPro Digital Labeller is designed to provide the ideal solution for digital label printers requiring a complete end-to-end workflow. Aimed at existing Caslon customers or 3rd party digital press front end, the unique labelling software merges a variety of RIP licences to create a full workflow solution. Also included is RealPro Toolkit, a new feature offering advanced ink handling and automated step and repeat tools within Adobe Creative Suite.