The Label Factory of Georgetown, Ontario, installed the country’s first Memjet-powered JFlex870 label conversion system, which is engineered and manufactured by RDP Digital of Montreal in cooperation with IPT Digital.
The Label Factory is a trade-only label printer producing a range of products like pressure-sensitive labels, prime labels, consecutive numbering and barcodes, IRC coupons, and synthetic tags. “We've been keeping an eye on developing digital label processes for some time and when we saw the speed and resolution of the JFlex870, we knew for sure digital print had a place in our operation,” Alex Medd, co-owner of The Label Factory.
The IPT Digital JFlex1700 system is aimed at the narrow-web label sector. RDP Digital, a division of RDP Marathon, explains the JFlex870 and JFlex1700 systems allow printing companies to turn their existing presses into a high-speed digital printing platform.
Using Memjet print-head technology, the JFlex870 is a drop-on-demand thermal inkjet system with four print-heads printing CMYK, available with an optional fifth print-head for printing spot colour. Each print head contains 70,400 print nozzles firing 3-billion dots per second at 12.4 kHz. The result is speeds of up to 225 feet per minute on an 8.64-inch format size. The system produces 1,600 x 1,375-dpi resolution.
“We knew The Label Factory had a huge inventory of die tooling and the beauty of the JFlex870 is that it will be mounted on the customer's existing press so additional tooling costs will be minimal,” said Jerry Wynia, President of Northern Graphic Solutions, which is involved in development of the JFlex870 and JFlex1700 products.
The JFlex1700 system, carrying the same print-head specifications, introduces the option to duplex and provides a printing format range from 8.64 to 17 inches wide. The JFlex870 package includes a high-powered computer with touchscreen HMI for efficient print file management as well as colour management and RIP software.
RDP Digital explains the JFlex870 works in conjunction with the existing press or web control platform. This also allows for finishing labels using existing varnish, laminating and die-cutting equipment. Options for the JFlex870 include a web guide, corona treater, web cleaner and small roll unwind unit.