To meet growing demand, Labeltec has decided to invest in another Xeikon digital printing press. The proposed solution, which will be installed in Q2 of 2021, is a Xeikon CX300 dry toner label press with a Mini Dcoat 330 diecut and varnish finisher. The CX300, part of the Xeikon “Cheetah” series, offers LabelTec faster running speeds, lower operating costs and flexibility to meet complex customer demands without compromising quality, reliability or consistency – whatever the label or volume. And the mini Dcoat 330, the latest generation of digital label finishing machines, features new electronics, a newly-designed control panel and updated user interface. Its small footprint minimizes waste and maximizes productivity. It provides UV flexo varnish, lamination, super-gloss, cold-foil, die cutting and slit and rewind on one single compact platform.
Paul Mullaly, VP, joined LabelTec in 2014, and encouraged Randy to investigate purchasing a digital press to further diversify their market segments. A digital solution would provide excellent quality to meet short lead times, multiple SKUs and small quantities. So in 2016, LabelTec purchased a reconditioned Xeikon 3300. They went with a Xeikon press because it offered less down time and better success stories from Randy and Paul’s peers in the industry. They could achieve a similar look on their flexo press and could go back and forth between presses. And Xeikon’s FDA-certified food safe dry toner – no hazardous substances would migrate to foodstuffs – was a plus, especially in some of the end-use segments they serve.
According to Mullaly, “We needed a good price, outstanding service and premium quality. Xeikon met all three requirements.” One of their flexo press assistants went to Xeikon Basic Operator Training (BOT) to learn how to operate the new press. According to Randy, “He took it, grabbed it, and understood it. He had no real knowledge of flexo or digital printing – he’s just a sharp guy. Xeikon was instrumental in answering every question and helping us to get started.”
With its digital press, LabelTec began printing a lot of nutraceutical labels and small beer runs with multiple SKUs. Mullaly notes, “In order to get into the craft beer market with flexo, we had to eat the cost of many flexo…