EFI announced it has successfully completed deployments of the Jetrion 4900 UV Inkjet industrial presses for lean label production at Consolidated Products Inc. of Knoxville, TN, and Repacorp, Inc. of Tipp City, OH. These customers exemplify label printers choosing the leading UV inkjet vendor to streamline their label production.
The new EFI Jetrion 4900 label production system is the perfect digital printing press to meet the growing demand for digital label printing. The Jetrion 4900 combines digital printing and digital finishing in a single system, increasing efficiency with the lowest cost per finished label. Integrated workflow saves customers time and money as they move from a label print file directly to the finished roll without interruption. The Jetrion 4900 can pay for itself with a minimal number of jobs per day.
"EFI is pleased to be at the center of our customers' success in lean label production," said Sean Skelly, vice president of EFI and general manager of the Jetrion business group. "Jetrion inkjet technology is focused on exceeding customer expectations for performance, application flexibility and total cost of ownership. Our collaboration with customers like CPI and Repacorp help us innovate in the areas our customers care about the most."
In business for more than 25 years, Consolidated Products, Inc. (CPI) is a provider of pressure sensitive labels and tags, offering digital printing, dome labels, high-speed laser die-cutting, RFID and more.
"We first acquired the Jetrion 4830, and then partnered with EFI as an early installation site for the 4900 with the EFI Fiery RIP to unify the color for both machines,” said Kirk Icuss, president of CPI. “The Jetrion presses give us the ability to respond to customer needs in a short time frame without the added cost of plates or dies and we deliver that increased value to our customers."
CPI is on a lean mission, assisting the company's customer base of consumer products companies and big-box retailers to reduce SKUs and label inventory and reduce scrap costs.
"In the compliance labeling business, we grade quality by durability of the actual label. UV durability of the EFI inks was a key requirement for us," Mr. Icuss added.
Repacorp, Inc. is a full service print provider with four manufacturing plants located in Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona.
"As a company, we constantly look at what we can do to help our distributors increase sales,” said Tony Heinl, vice president of Repacorp. “The answer was definitely adding EFI Jetrion presses to compete in short run process printing. We estimate the short run label market at about $800 million. The addition of our three Jetrion presses immediately made us a force in that market."
Repacorp prints a wide-range of label jobs on their Jetrion 4900, 4830 and 4000 systems, and relies on their high image quality. "Our Jetrion 4900 has near photographic quality, with outstanding color reproduction. Digital printing eliminates the need for plates and the laser system provides a tool-free method for cutting any desired shape," said Mr. Heinl.
The printers are also used to print multiple copies of a label with variable data information such as serial numbers, barcodes, 2D barcodes, parking decals or date and lot coding.
The Jetrion 4900 offers a high duty cycle and robust industrial design. One of the only fully digital end-to-end label production solutions, the Jetrion 4900:
• Lowers the cost per label versus click-charge models since Jetrion customers pay only for the ink used.
• Enables production proofing and test marketing, as well as full production printing.
• Eliminates the need or cost for pre-priming on most substrates.
• Provides exceptionally durable labels without over varnish, and is UL certified on select substrates.
• Allows for 5-color printing (CMYK+W) in one pass, with an industry leading white opacity rivaling flexo quality.
• Offers dual high-powered laser die cutting, matrix removal, substrate slitting and a semi-automated turret for the leanest approach to digital label production.