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New ‘Compact’ Label Finishing Machine from Eclipse – Accurate, Fast and Economical

The Eclipse Mini offers a competitively priced full production solution in a desktop package


The “Eclipse Mini” label finishing machine was officially launched at Labelexpo Europe in September.

Fantastic value for money, this competitively priced label finishing machine has a compact footprint. Designed to harmonise label production and increase the flexibility of label production from a range of ultra-narrow web label printers.

The machine, designed and manufactured by Impression Technology Europe (ITE), combines many features you would expect to find on larger and more expensive equipment, making it accessible and affordable to the market like never before.

The Mini digital die cutter and laminator is a production powerhouse in complete label converting and finishing. With self-wound lamination option; digital cutting with industry leading output rates (graphic dependant); roll to re-roll; slitting stations x 2 slitter blades; and waste matrix stripping as standard.

With the ability to cut plain, or printed media with the single point registration system. The Mini is a full production solution in a desktop package. Precision engineering is the benchmark of the Mini and its manufacture quality and unique firmware delivers far in excess of comparable machines in the market today. 200mm o/d rolls x 115mm web width makes the Mini a perfect solution for continuous finishing to a wide range of medias like BOPP, polyester, paper, vinyl’s and more.

Managing Director Roy Burton said: “Each and every year we are inventing and innovating in the digital finishing market and 2017 is no exception. There are various gaps in the market where clients need, but are unable to access, smaller machines for their business due to budget and return on investment. Therefore, our mission since 2011 has been to design finishing machines that fit what certain market segments require, not vice-versa. I’m really pleased to welcome this new ‘mini’ addition to complement our existing range of label cutters.”

The Eclipse Mini is designed, engineered and built to a specification the printing community needed, bringing affordable label finishing options to the micro label users of today.

Main Features of the Eclipse Mini:

  • Specifications Cut Width: 112mm
  • Cut Speed: 800mm axial maximum
  • Linear Cut Speed: Dependent on graphic
  • Cut Force: 0 – 400 grams in 1 gram steps
  • Cut Type: Drag knife and tangential emulation
  • Cut To Registration: Single point registration mark
  • Cut Ability: Both printed and unprinted media
  • Max Label Length: 304.8mm/12 inch repeat
  • Lamination: Unsupported laminate roll
  • Maximum Roll Diameter: 200mm
  • Waste Matrix: Removal and rewind
  • Roll Core Size: 76mm
  • Interface and Software: WinPlot (Windows OS) cut software, cutter control parameter software. Plug-ins for CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator
  • Power Supply: Single phase 110/240VAC, frequency 50/60HZ
  • Dimensions: Width: 1000mm; Depth: 600mm; Height: 780mm; Weight: 75kg

 

 

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Talbot Chemicals Save Money & Take Control of their own Label Printing and Finishing

UK based Chemical Company lead the In-house Label Printing and Finishing Revolution!

 

The Client: Talbot Chemicals, UK based Chemical Company.

Products: Detergent, disinfectant, and cleaning chemicals for industry.

Typical Customers: Catering cleaning suppliers, general cleaning companies, wholesale /cash and carry, niche products such as aircraft glass cleaner.

Problems:

  • Large over-stock of product labels, Talbot had to adhere to minimum orders from their external label printing company.
  • Long lead-times on label orders.
  • High cost per label.
  • Ongoing chemical regulation CLP changes can result in a large stock of labels in warehouse to become redundant, increasing waste & cost.
  • Short runs could not be purchased cost effectively in order to satisfy customer demand / brand changes/ requests.

Solution:

Talbot Chemicals have moved their entire label production in-house and have implemented digital label printing and finishing. This includes receiving raw materials (paper), printing and cutting to size.

Key Benefits:

  • Cost per label reduction of nearly 40%.
  • Total control over labelling from design through to robustness of chemical label.
  • Ability to respond quickly to customer orders, no matter how small.
  • Reduced stock-holding offering large cost savings and less waste.
  • Ease of use of technology, total empowerment from printing through to maintenance.
  • Reliability in Impression Technology Europe as a supplier and genuine partner, from training through to scalability and future proofing.

Talbot Chemicals are an industry leader that manufactures chemical cleaning materials. Established in 1982 they have gained a reputation for quality and efficiency.

In the past they outsourced production of their labels, which generally tend to be large, robust labels that fit on to products such as 5 litre containers.

Compress LP4 Printer

Compress LP4 Label Printer

 

Stephen Greenwood, Production Manager, told us:

“Requirements vary and often we’ll get asked to produce 20 bottles of one kind, or full pallets of 20 of one kind of label and 20 another kind. We realised this was inefficient in terms of ordering minimum quantities of labels, and having to store these, not to mention waiting for delivery and having to pass that extra time on to the customer. At base level it was also proving expensive, and so we began to think outside of the box, and purchased a four colour ribbon printer 10 years ago. This was step one for us and gave us the confidence to take more control in-house.

However the ribbons were expensive, and after speaking with ITE we realised we could optimise even further.  We contacted ITE and they recommended the Rapid X1 printer which we used for four years. To add an extra layer they also suggested we actually cut our own labels to size as well, meaning we’d just order in one roll of material and then be able to cut every single label on one unit. The unit just bolts on to the digital printer.  So we also invested in an Eclipse LF3 label finishing machine.  It was a fairly bold move and significant investment, but one we definitely do not regret.

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Eclipse LF3 Label Finishing Machine

 

As technology progressed we then moved on to a Compress LP4 digital label printer. The new Compress LP4 toner printer reduced the cost of ink dramatically, half the price, in-fact. Cost wise we’ve shaved 40% off each label produced.”

Ease of use

“I think some companies might not be quite sure about how easy it is to manage your own printer and cutter. We have no issues whatsoever using the machines. I can’t fault the Eclipse LF3, it’s evolved since it was launched and ITE don’t stand still – they continue to innovate. We use an artwork package for the label design, and the labels print beautifully on the Compress LP4.”

Adapt, quickly!

“Convenience is a major factor for us, in addition to cost. On the back of that we have customer service; we can respond quickly now, even if it’s just for one label. We were cutting some labels out with scissors in the past!  Industry wise we’re all aware of the CLP regulations and how things are changing rapidly these days. Our solution means we can react straight away, whereas before would have needed to re-order and potentially dispose of redundant label stock. “

The ITE Experience

“ITE were very good from the start. From there on, every time I have spoken to them they are always at the end of the phone with true expertise, I cannot fault them – right through the machines.”

Talbot Chemicals Stephen Greenwood

Stephen Greenwood of Talbot Chemicals

 

The upshot

In essence, Talbot Chemicals are now able to cope with any label challenge put in front of them, change with the market, offer enhanced customer service, and keep costs down.  They are truly leading the in-house label printing revolution.