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FLEXO Magazine : September 2010
Plants & Processes Carlos Munguia, Prepress Manager The Label Company and Doug Wolford (A&V technical sales representative) Toll-free Phone: 866.282.7697 Toll-free Fax: 800.223.6869 Web: www.AndersonVreeland.com E-mail: info@AndVre.com “With A&V and Flint plates... we see significant cost savings with comparable or better quality than our prior thermal process.” Doug Nelson (A&V western regional sales manager) with Jose Casian, Production Manager at The Label Company When TLC -The Label Company of Santa Ana, CA and Hackensack, NJ, a successful high-quality printer, switched from thermal to solvent- wash plate processing, they turned to Anderson & Vreeland. The switch generated significant cost savings, improved longevity and print quality. The transition went seamlessly with the assistance and support of the A&V Technologies Team. Eric Jones, General Manager of TLC The Label Company, knows they made the right decision. Cost of ownership is something that has always been important as it relates to technology, and in today’s environment this is an integral part of the decision-making process. The A&V sales group and their Technologies Team made the transition easy with systems like Solvent ManagementTM, a unique program that eliminates the hassle of recycling/disposing solvent and still bottoms. This program, combined with on-site support from Anderson & Vreeland, helped ensure the right technology was incorporated and implemented with little or no disruption to TLC The Label Company’s production flow. Solvent plate processing has improved significantly in recent years, so if you’re using older technology like thermal processing, consider the significant advantages now available and contact Anderson & Vreeland. See us at Labelexpo Americas booth #929 AV 9580 TLC_ad.indd 1 8/17/10 9:02:52 AM No Compromises tlc Mixes thermal and solvent Platemaking christian r. Bonawandt Solvent, thermal, or water wash? Digital versus analog. Flat or round dots? The possibilities for platemaking seem to forever be growing. It can be difficult for any printer to evaluate the optimum choice for its operation. On top of that, the technologies themselves are continually evolv- ing and improving. This was the challenge recently faced by The Label Com- pany Inc. (TLC). “T he company was founded in 1986 as a startup label company with one Webtron 750,” said Eric Jones, General Manager of TLC. “ It was acquired in 2003 by its cur- rent owners and grew since from $3 million in annual sales to $13 million in just seven years.” According to Jones, TLC’s seven presses are dedicated to many markets across the prime label market. “If a customer wants their product to look great and wants a true printing partner, we are there to help them every step of the way.” Headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, TLC has a 24-year his- tory of providing excellent service to its customers, coupled with exceptional print quality. “ T hree years ago, TLC opened its east coast facility in Hackensack, NJ and is now truly a national printer,” added Jones. That’s why, when it came to deciding between thermal and solvent platemaking, the company refused to limit itself. Best of Both Worlds Jones insisted that TLC was a late-comer to the digital platemaking world. “In 2005, when everyone else had already converted to digital, we were still making plates with nega- • Went fully digital with thermal plates in 2005 • Brought digital solvent in-house in 2010. • Rely on thermal for speed, solvent for cost-effective- ness. carlos Munguia of the label company Inc. and Doug nelson (anderson & Vreeland) show off a digital solvent-wash plate, which tlc uses in-house alongside digital thermal plates. Photos courtesy anderson & Vreeland. 40 FLEXO sePteMBer 2010 www.flexography.org LabELs FLX_Sept2010_mech.indd 40 8/31/10 5:41 PM