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PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Jet Label & Packaging invests in one-pass RFID Insertion

Jet Label & Packaging, Western Canada’s largest producer of labels and printed tape for a broad range of industries, has installed a single-pass RFID inserting system involving an existing Mark Andy flexographic press and an RFID application unit from Tamarack.  

Engineers from Mark Andy retrofitted an existing press at Jet Label’s manufacturing facility to allow room for the Tamarack components. The resulting single-pass RFID insertion sees label stock briefly opened for RFID inlay, then relaminated via finishing operations. The new system then verifies RFID function with a reader system after die-cutting.

RFID labels are becoming increasingly popular in Canada and the U.S., to streamline processing issues and reduce costs. Jet Label selected the Tamarack system for its unique ‘profiling’ motion that smooths inlay feeding, allowing for insertion at increased speeds.

For Jet Label, a comprehensive line configuration eliminates the need for multiple production steps. “The new RFID inserting system will immediately impact our customers, chiefly through faster turnaround times,” said Darrell Friesen, President & CEO of Jet Label & Packaging Ltd. “By combining various features and capabilities, the RFID equipment will streamline this labeling and printing niche in a precise and expedient fashion.”

With manufacturing facilities in Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet Label produces labels and printed tape efficiently and cost-effectively for a diverse portfolio of customers, including grocery stores such as Safeway and Sobeys, international forest product companies such as Canfor and West Fraser, consumer product companies such as Bee Maid Honey and Arctic Chiller, industrial application companies such as Acklands Grainger, Gregg Distributors, and All Weather Windows.

Jet Label also supplies parking and boarding passes and baggage tags to the Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton International Airports. The Edmonton Police Service has also been a long-standing customer.  In addition to Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet has sales and distribution operations in Calgary, Prince George, Kelowna, Surrey, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

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