IML Labels, based in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, just north of Montreal, has added a Xeikon 3500 primarily to focus on the toner printing of in-mold labels.
“Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75 percent of them are involved in the food business,” said owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. “As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, colour matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.”
IML Labels employs more than 50 people providing prepress, overprinting and finishing services in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels' client base includes molders and direct customers in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.
“We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging,” continued Caron. “In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren't economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers."
The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner and can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm (20.3 inches). IML Labels has installed a UCoat finishing unit for the Xeikon 3500, which allows inline flood aqueous coating and provides cut-to-sheet capabilities. Die cutting of labels is done on its existing equipment used for offset printed labels.