At its Edmonton production plant, Jet Label has doubled up on all equipment – including the twin HP Indigo digital presses and Delta diecutters. Other couplings include a pair of wide presses, eight color flexo presses, and rewinders for each press width. The company also is moving toward complete redundancy at its Coquitlam, British Columbia facility, which it secured by acquiring United Label Company last year.
With proper preventive maintenance, today’s flexo and digital machines remain robust and rarely experience unforeseen mechanical breakdowns. “Although 'outliers' rarely occur, we don’t want to jeopardize our customers,” says Darrell Friesen, Jet Label’s president and CEO. “Our customers do not worry about having all their eggs in one basket.”
For printing industry manufacturers like Jet Label, commitment to total redundancy is a calculated risk. Despite obvious benefits of production consistency and customer reassurance, manufacturers typically make infrastructure investments based on anticipated business needs. “Our decisions in adding redundant equipment has been realized across platforms, with causes like unexpected downtime, unexpected operator availability to unexpected growth.
"Part of our commitment to total redundancy is an expectation of continued growth," continues Friesen. "We're willing to put the pieces in place as a landing zone for new business, a proactive approach that lends itself to in-person appraisals by prospective customers or, increasingly, cyber-tours."