The switch to PureTone FPC inks took place at the end of February and was completed in less than one week.
Full training and on-site technical support were provided as part of the changeover plan by Darren Gillespie, technical service manager and Ben Howell, technical sales manager – Export from Pulse Roll Label Products, in conjunction with the Bristol-based ink manufacturer’s Benelux distribution partner, Beijersbergen & Partners BV, based in Amersfoort.
Telrol BV, part of the Hansol Group, has 22 printing presses and boasts one of the largest installations of next generation MPS presses in Europe. As part of the transition, Adri Timmermans, Beijersbergen & Partners BV, matched 455 PMS colors using the high strength mono-pigmented PureTone FPC inks in advance of the changeover. This ensured that these formulations were ready for the quick transfer to Telrol’s GSE ink dispensers on day one.
“We could not have hoped for a smoother transition to the PureTone FPC ink system," said Tom Kerssens, managing director, Beijersbergen & Partners BV. "The support and commitment we received from André and the Telrol team here in Almere have been exceptional. They have fully embraced the change to PureTone FPC and have been well-supported by the excellent technical expertise and on-site support provided by Darren and Ben. I have no doubt that the move to PureTone FPC inks will greatly assist Telrol in realizing its ambitions to become a more efficient and sustainable printing operation.”
“We chose to work with Pulse Roll Label Products and Beijersbergen & Partners because we believe the PureTone FPC ink system is best in class, and the technical support and service we receive, both from the team in Amersfoort and Bristol, is second-to-none,” Telrol BV Chief Operation Officer Will Parker added.
During the transfer, full technical training was provided for Telrol’s team of ink technicians and printers including Colour Lead André Wemerman. This covered: Digital color management using the PureTone FPC database created with X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software (IFS); digital standards; recipe correction and the transfer of formulations from IFS to Telrol’s GSE ink dispensers. Lamps and anilox were also inspected. An anilox roller audit was undertaken using Troika Systems’ AniCAM. Training also focused on leftover ink management to assist Telrol in reducing its ink inventory and waste as well as lowering disposal costs.
The very first print production saw the high strength PureTone FPC process inks run at 110 meters per minute on thermal top-coated paper.
Next up in the plan for Telrol is the move to Pulse Roll Label Products’ other food packaging compliant UV flexo inks, varnishes and coatings as well as its PureAqua range of water-based flexo inks and varnishes. Further training is planned both at Beijersbergen in Amersfoort and in Almere.