Anilox scoring seems to be a never-ending challenge: it can occur immediately at start of a new production run, other times it can appear suddenly, and other times it comes and goes. Yet it never seems to totally go away.
Nobody likes to pay over the odds for processing, printing, and finishing while making their product labels. Manufacturing 'overkill', a lack of production-line streamlining, and inappropriate or sub-optimal material and process choices can all lead to inflated label printing costs.
These costs can seem relatively small and inconsequential, but they do stack up over time. You could potentially save vast amounts of money annually by optimising and streamlining your label printing.
Here are some of the best ways to do it.
Photograph: The eFlex Machine
The label that manufacturers place on their products is often the first thing that is seen by customers and is key to driving sales. With this in mind manufacturers are demanding the best quality labels from label printing companies. From a label printer’s perspective it is important to invest in the right equipment to create the high-quality striking labels that your customers will need. Having the right combination of equipment and software is essential to putting your business at the top of the label printing chain.
At Focus Label Machinery we specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of flexographic printing presses to the commercial printing industry. Our printing presses are manufactured in the United Kingdom to the highest international specifications and standards and offer customers superior quality printing and efficiency. We offer our customers a full-service solution providing advice, training and machinery required for label printing.
According to the Health & Safety Executive, the printing industry has a relatively high incidence of machinery-related accidents. The majority of printing machine accidents occurs while preparing, or making ready, or cleaning the machinery, while freeing blockages also accounts for a significant percentage. However, by choosing the right machine for the job, training employees to safeguard themselves and taking basic safety precautions, common hazards can be avoided.
The worldwide switch to digital is in full flow. Even flexographic printing machines – the stalwart and reliable
workhorses of the packaging industry – have been given a 21st Century makeover in the latest generation of hybrid presses. However, when moving forwards, it helps to have the information to make good investment choices. Today, we answer four of the most frequently asked questions about balancing quality and cost in digital upgrades.