As a family-run printing business and one of the UK’s leading independent converters of self-adhesive labels, Hamilton Adhesive Labels set the goal of delivering a predictive printing system, “right first time,” while elevating the print process itself to the highest possible quality level.
The exercise under the heading “measurement and control” was comprehensive. Mono-pigmented inks were tested against traditional systems from other ink companies in both laboratory and press conditions. Anilox technologies were scrutinized and validated against their perceived benefits and plate technologies from top suppliers were tested.
Hamilton Adhesive Labels invested heavily in new equipment and scientific tools to support this program and, in terms of inks, PureTone emerged as the winner with Pulse Roll Label Products consequently appointed as Hamilton Adhesive Labels’ new ink partner.
The change to PureTone has meant that Hamilton Adhesive Labels now achieves the highest print quality, right first time. A more efficient manufacturing process has been built around the innovative PureTone concept, and digital ink management, as part of the complete solution, has been embraced and adopted throughout Hamilton Adhesive Labels.
“PureTone’s innovative concept fits perfectly with our measurement and control philosophy,” Paul Larkin, operations director, Hamilton Adhesive Labels Ltd, said. “Our approach to quality and productivity is unique. Pulse Roll Label Products with its PureTone UV flexo ink system provided the vital link in our desire to achieve the highest level of quality, whilst improving our competitiveness in the marketplace.”
The PureTone UV flexo ink system, which comprises high strength 4-color process series and mono-pigmented mixing bases, was developed by Pulse Roll Label Products to work with the latest prepress technology to provide a total color management solution for the narrow web market. This has enabled consistent color matching and closer Delta E readings on every occasion at Hamilton.