British converter CS Labels Limited has installed its fourth Xeikon label press in four years. The latest purchase is a Xeikon 3030, which has replaced the first of the company’s Xeikon 330 digital label presses, and will run alongside last year’s purchase, a Xeikon 3000.
Simon Smith, managing director of CS Labels, says, “Following the installation of the Xeikon 3000, the advances made with the technology used on that machine really did make it stand out from our original 330 press. It made all kinds of sense to upgrade the second machine to the same level of technology and toner in order to produce consistent printed results across both units.” The company’s first digital color label press was installed in 2007.
Both the 3000 and the 3030 now operate with Xeikon’s latest QA-I toner product. “We are now able to produce the same consistent quality across both of our presses,” says Smith. “The new toner also enhances the productivity of the developer in the system, which provides quite significant savings.”
CS Labels has demonstrated consistent growth in digital label production since its initial investment. Digital has gradually overtaken traditional production techniques at the company, with just one single flexo machine now remaining in operation from the original six, and just two screen printing machines in operation.
“Our business has changed shape significantly since our initial move into digital labels,” Smith adds. “Flexo and screen printing equipment is still important to CS Labels and to our customers, but digital has certainly taken over as our main production system. For many years we produced the decals for a range of children’s footwear. The printed product would be transferred to the shoes as part of the production process. We lost the screen print work on price to a Chinese competitor, but since re-opening discussions with the customer we have been able to convince them to bring work back to us because of the speed of turnaround and the quality of images that we can now produce. The broader range of materials that can be printed on the new Xeikon machines has also helped us to develop new markets.”
CS Labels is located in Willenhall, England. where it has been based for seven years.