SPGPrints wins Etiq & Pack Award for digital label printing

German converter Etikettenhaus wins praise for quality and multi-versioning flexibility with SPGPrints' DSI press at French label industry awards.

German label converter Etikettenhaus, of Hilden near Düsseldorf, earned praise for its flexibility in supplying serialized, short runs of labels to the food industry with SPGPrints UV-curable digital inkjet technology at the prestigious French digital label industry awards.

With its 330mm (13”)-wide five-colour DSI (Digital System Integration)® inkjet label press, the newly formed converter won the 'best foreign label' category, at the Digital Label Forum, hosted by Etiq Et Pack magazine. This marks the third consecutive year that SPGPrints has gained recognition at the awards.

The winning design comprises a set of three four-colour self-adhesive labels, applied to point of sale boxes for a national German packaging assembler and wholesaler, Dosenzentrale Züchner (Hilden, Germany). Printed on Herma super-white paper, the labels are applied to the front and sides of corrugated packages containing the retailer's own brands of jams.

Bas Hoijtink, commercial manager graphics and SPGPrints, comments: “For a label converter to go from start-up to industry award-winning status in twelve months is a remarkable achievement. We are proud that our technology has been instrumental in helping Mr. Sobkowiak and his team to achieve international recognition for their flexible branding solutions.”

The DSI press that Etikettenhaus specified includes opaque white and CMYK colours, a flexo coater, and a semi-rotary die-cutter. It features as standard intermittent pinning and a water-cooled chill drum to stabilise heat-sensitive substrates. The custom-built press, with its ability to print and convert the labels in a single pass at top speeds of 35m/min (115ft/min) and high-performance software, provides a lean and productive way of delivering short and medium runs with variable data. This enables Etikettenhaus to offer the point of sale branding solutions and batch traceability for multiple stock-keeping units, with a level of flexibility not achievable with conventional printing methods.

Using a common-sized label and template based on customer branding guidelines, Etikettenhaus makes design changes and add serial numbers with ease and at very short notice for each job.

Udo Sobkowiak, owner and co-founder of Etikettenhaus, comments: “Thanks to SPGPrints’ DSI press, we can give customers the optimum mix of strong brand identity, security, flexibility and cost-control. For national retailers, we supply up to a thousand batches, each comprising a thousand identical labels with the their own batch number. Using the software, we are able to schedule several jobs consecutively – sometimes as many as 40 in a day - with no waste or setup times between jobs. In this way we provide an effective safety control for popular brands, enabling any problems to be linked to a specific batch, thereby limiting losses in the unlikely event of a recall.”

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