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FLEXO Magazine : September 2013
Premier Service Industrial Products Distributor Anderson & Vreeland 3M Specialists Offering new and innovative abrasive, adhesive, tape, safety and general MRO supplies. flexodaily.com fb.com/ andvre twitter.com/ andvre linkd.in/ AndVre youtube.com/ andersonvreeland gplus.to/ andvre Connect With Us 866.282.7697 | fx: 800.223.6869 | www.AndVre.com | info@AndVre.com theDiff erence! Experience Your single source for thousands of 3M industrial products. Anderson & Vreeland has joined the elite ranks as a 3M Premier Service Distributor. We’re now positioned to offer thousands of 3M industrial products to help you design, build, and ship a better product. As a 3M Premier Service Distributor, we receive notice of the newest 3M products - often before the rest of the market - and enjoy special promotions and unique offers. With extra lead time and direct access to the latest and greatest in 3M products and pricing, we are poised to help you keep your business on the cutting edge. Contact any of our 3M Specialists for applications as varied as grinding, bonding, masking, damping, protecting, packaging, fluid filtering, and more. AV_9646_3MSpecialists_v3.indd 1 8/14/13 12:08 PM Several devices built around inkjet or toner technology serve the low end of the digital label market. They make it easy to produce short runs and even one-offs, though most have limitations. They provide an effective solution for appli- cations involving a small range of materials and shapes since they rely on pre-cut blanks, which, while eradicating the need for finishing, also limit a designer ’s creative options. These technologies are generally well suited for in-house label ap- plications. Since the printers start at around $1,000 , they are a great choice for producing labels in very small quantities— even one or two labels at a time-in a consistent design. MEETING IN THE MIDDLE There are now emerging technologies that bridge the gap between production digital devices and these smaller desktop label printers. They offer compatibility with a wide range of substrates and integrated cutting, but don’t have the throughput of larger devices. The Roland VersaUV series of printers/cutters is an example of this type of printer. Since it uses LED lamps to cure the ink, it can print on a variety of materials, such as biaxially oriented polypropylene, polyeth- ylene terephthalate, polypropylene, paper and other common label stocks. Printing on clear media is an option, with the printer’s standard white ink and clear ink used to add special varnishing and embossing effects or to increase durability. The integrated drag knife cutter is another important benefit, allowing users to create labels in virtually any shape without expensive dies or offline equipment. For any flexo printer interested in producing labels in short and micro runs, one of these types of printers/cutters is a great investment. They allow a converter to offer runs of only a few hundred labels or less, profitably and with a great deal of ver- satility. Using a flexo press to fulfill these orders requires either charging very high prices or forgoing margins in the interest of the customer relationship. Neither situation is ideal. White ink, included in the LEC-330, enables printing on clear media, commonly used for label applications. Photo: Roland DGA www.flexography.org sEPtEmbER 2013 FLEXO 59