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Action Labels & Nameplates installs Epson SurePress L-6034VW

Action Labels & Nameplates installs Epson SurePress L-6034VW

Action Labels & Nameplates has recently purchased the Epson SurePress L-6034VW LED inkjet digital label press which delivers high quality, productivity and durable labels.

Started in 1945, the company is currently undergoing a digital transformation under new ownership, and in the process, is purchasing new equipment.

Action Labels CEO James Malone explained: “Action Labels have a good range of semi rotary and intermittent printing machinery that operate well, however the demand has been increasing for short runs of labels and multiple SKUs and conventional printing machinery is getting less competitive in today’s digital world. So we started looking for a solution and decided the Epson SurePress L-6034VW was ideal.”

It was important for James to find a machine that not only could print on a wide range of substrates  with durable and lightfast inks but could also print on many different widths of stock from 80mm up to 340mm.

“After looking at many UV inkjet presses in the marketplace it was soon apparent that there is a lot of similarity amongst the various models. With so many UV Inkjet presses already installed in Australia we needed to find a UV Inkjet press that would make us stand out from the competition. That UV press is the Epson SurePress L-6034VW,” he added.

Action Labels & Nameplates is a label convertor who currently uses a combination of roll to roll letterpress and roll to roll screen printing machinery. Digital printing was done on smaller roll to roll inkjet and toner equipment. James has been watching UV inkjet develop in terms of quality and speed over the years and saw the opportunity where a UV LED inkjet solution would give Action Labels & Nameplates the advantage in the growing short-to-medium run durable label markets.

“The SurePress L-6034VW certainly fulfils our requirements and those of the market. It can print on stock widths from 80mm to 340mm wide and the digital varnish station in the final station allows matt or gloss UV varnish effects to be created after CMYK or WCMYK printing. Epson is a multi-billion dollar turnover company so there is significant support and backing from them - they also designed and made the press from the ground up and make their own inks and printheads. These are all big advantages for us,” he said.

The press uses Epson’s own PrecisionCore printheads and comes standard with wide gamut CMYK, high opacity white and digital varnish inks, led curing, corona treater, web cleaner, ioniser, eye mark sensor and an additional UV curing lamp. Everything that’s required for prime label production.

When James purchased the SurePress he went on to experience Epson’s service team do an excellent job of having the press installed and operators trained to meet his first UV print deadline.

“The positive feedback of the high quality output due to the colour pinning control and centre drum web handling platen has been great. Also the innovative digital varnish ink printed in one pass gives our brand owners the flexibility of either matte and gloss using spot varnishes to add high value and very appealing accents that lift the visual appearance of specific areas. As a result we are using the SurePress L-6034VW for CMYK printing and durable labels for the lucrative cosmetics, beer and wine markets,” added James.

The Epson SurePress L-6034VW comes with an Adobe Illustrator plugin so it is almost as simple to print with as an office printer. A job is loaded into Adobe Illustrator then all pre-flight, imposition, VDP and colour management is handled by Epson’s Illustrator plug-in software and spot colours and media profiles are controlled by the easy to use touchscreen control panel on the press.

This ease of use is not lost on James who is very impressed by the high level of engineering that has gone into the L-6034VW.

“The press is solidly built and has a zero point reverse feature so very little stock is wasted. Adding to Action Labels & Nameplates large range of diecutting, hot foiling and screen printing machinery, the SurePress L-6034VW provides the perfect digital engine to allow us to serve a wide range of industries including superfast turnaround trade printing of labels and tags,” he stated.

It’s clear James is happy with his new purchase and equally with Epson’s service and support.

“The value of having one supplier design and manufacture all the key technologies of a digital label press cannot be underestimated. This, combined with Epson’s excellent local service and support makes this purchase a no-brainer,” he concluded.

Epson’s UV range of presses is expanding as the company furthers its commitment to providing a printer for all market sectors, needs and requirements. New in their UV range is the SurePress L-6534VW a press that uses Epson’s 600 x 1,200dpi PrecisionCore printheads and produces print speed modes of Production mode 50 m/min, Standard mode 30 m/min, and a 15 m/min High-density mode.

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