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IIJ highlights General Labels case study


The successful implementation of the XPI inkjet module saved tens of thousands of dollars for General Labels.

Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ) presented advanced technology that is powering what the company claims is the world’s fastest UV inkjet print system.

The story of how General Labels & Printing is realizing high quality, late stage label customization in a single step is being told on IIJ’s Booth 5801. Earlier this year, General Labels became the world’s first company to benefit from IIJ’s MonoPrint XPi high-speed print system. With print widths up to 562mm, the industrial inkjet pioneer offers a wide range of print engines capable of printing variable text down to 2 point fonts and speeds of up to 200 m/m rivaling the speeds of many flexo presses.

General Labels required an improvement in efficiency by cutting down three processes in label production – flexo, laser printing and then folding. IIJ’s successful implementation of the XPI has saved tens of thousands of dollars for General Labels, as well as improving process efficiencies.

IIJ provides a wide range of inkjet modules ready for installation onto customers’ existing flexo label presses. For example, presses include those from Nilpeter, Mark Andy, AB Graphics and Gallus. Combining inkjet as a module onto a flexo press provides a flexible, reliable and economic alternative to standalone inkjet label presses. Powered by Konica Minolta inkjet technology, IIJ says the modules offer high uptime and the longest printhead life in the industry.

These extremely compact units print full variable images in process color, black, white, varnish or spot colors, as well as security inks, such as IR black or UV-fluorescent, up to 1200dpi resolution. 

“In a record-breaking sales year for IIJ, we are showing on our booth how, compared to standalone units, our modules provide the lowest cost of ownership," explains Laura Kitzmann, IIJ’s business development manager. "This is estimated at between 30 and 60% lower than competitors. Combined with a wide choice of inks, from process color to special effect and invisible security inks, they offer the best break-even point when compared with the cost of flexo print.”

“With over 190 production lines running across the world, IIJ’s range of ColourPrint and MonoPrint inkjet modules are a proven cost-effective solution, as our customers testify," adds John Corrall, managing director of IIJ. "And running at speeds of up to 550 fpm (167 m/m) at General Labels, we’re convinced this is currently the world’s fastest.”

IIJ tests and approves inks from a wide range of ink suppliers, both UV and water-based, which ensures that the optimum ink is available for every customer’s specific application. IIJ’s engines have been used successfully for cold foil applications.