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FLEXO Magazine : August 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES PRESS BUYER’S GUIDE Fitting In Digital Printing Takes Place at Tapecon, Without Taking Flexo’s Place By Christian R. Bonawandt ith two locations and more than 90 years of history, narrow web printer Tapecon has built its success by careful selection and integration of technologies. “We have been around since 1919,” said Jay Ziegler, director of sales and marketing. “The fi rm was started by the Davis Family with the fourth and fi fth generations actively engaged in guiding the business today. At the start, it was called The Davis Bulletin Co., and its core business was making sign changing machines for banks, vaudeville theaters, and other retail businesses. The signs on the machines were hand painted until screen printing became available.” While its start in printing was with screen, today Tapecon runs almost every print process, all in an effort to be fl exible and deliver valued solutions. Its Label Division, based out of Rochester, NY, runs seven fl exo presses and two rotary letterpress machines. “The fl exo presses range from 6.5 to W • Two-year process leads to purchase. • List of key criteria IDs best fi t. • Press speed: 63ft. Typical run length: 500ft to 40,000ft. 74 FLEXO AUGUST 13 inches. We use water-based, solvent-based and UV inks and can print up to eight colors with all the bells and whistles, including combination rotary screen, embossing, registered hot stamping, etc.,” said Ziegler. But it’s most diverse offerings are part of the Durable Products Group, which operates in Buffalo, NY. According to Ziegler, the Buffalo plant not only runs traditional decals, labels and overlays, but also printed electronics, membrane switches, user interfaces and more. “Most of these products have traditionally been printed screen. Right now we have six traditional sheetfed screen printing machines, which use solvent and UV inks. We also have two traditional web screen presses. There is also various laminating equipment, various die cutting capabilities including steel rule clamshell, full rotary, servo/magnetic, plotter cutting, and a laser for prototyping. The breadth of our man and machine competencies is unparalleled.” GOING DIGITAL Six years ago, the fi rm invested in another technology: digital printing. When the technology fi rst came to fruition, some printers feared it could encroach on fl exo’s slot as 2009 www.flexography.org