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Sun’s dispenser program now in the label market

July 18, 2011

The program allows printers to reduce inventory and waste, improve color matching consistency, and lower operating costs.

Originally designed for commercial and folding carton printers, the Sun Chemical Dispenser Program, which helps customers decrease their overall ink spend by up to 45 percent, will expand to serve customers in the narrow web tag and label market. The dispenser program allows printers to mix only the inks they need, reduce their inventory and waste, improve color-matching consistency, and lower operating costs.

Scott Hughes, an engineer and project coordinator at ASL Print FX, a Canadian converter, says that ASL recently signed a 10-year contract with Sun using the new dispenser program for the narrow web market, thanks primarily to a savings of about 30 percent in ink costs using the commercial dispenser program.

“The Sun Chemical Dispenser Program has worked very well for us,” Hughes said. “We’re not wasting ink and have reduced our ink inventory by half. The program has saved us from overtime costs, improved productivity, and has provided the color consistency that our customers, who are major brands, demand to stay on the forefront in our industry.”

Label and narrow web printers can receive a GFI dispensing unit along with color repeatability and accuracy to within 0.001/lb of their colors. The dispensing unit is provided to the printer at no cost by purchasing a minimum annual amount of Sun Chemical bases and inks.

Through the dispenser program, a printer has access to more than 100,000 colors through Sun Chemical’s SmartColour Global Shade Library. If a printer has a spectrophotometer, they can upload the color data obtained through the readings to a secure website for their color formula, or a sample can be mailed to the nearest local Sun Chemical location. Taking this information, customers will then receive via email the color formula they need to mix the color on-site.

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