TALBOT CHEMICALS SAVE MONEY & TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN LABEL PRINTING AND FINISHING — April 27, 2017

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.

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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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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.”

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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.

 

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Marine Immersion Labels – Passed with flying colours! — April 5, 2017

Marine Immersion Labels – Passed with flying colours!

The Compress LP4 digital label printer has passed the new Marine Immersion labels regulations

The label machinery industry is incredibly dynamic; digital label machinery has the ability to adapt to fit various industry rules and regulations, and marine immersion labels are no exception. These labels are typically used for identification, warning and instruction applied to products containing chemicals.

Industrial Labels

The Compress LP4 digital label printer, utilising standard Oki toners has recently passed one of the most strict regulations to hit them market, the Marine Immersion Labels specification, BS 5609. This regulation is put in place to guarantee that labels can be used in harsh environments. For example containers going across sea need to ensure that the information on the marine immersion label will remain visible and not fade or become illegible. Labels are tested vigorously by an independent agency who are there to assure the customer that they will receive the very best quality durable label.

 

The Compress LP4 printer has produced labels that have passed these tests without problems, as the dry toner ink and quality print heads guarantee the most durable print. Label producers can be confident that this small footprint label printer is of the best quality and will be able to produce the most durable, effective label to comply with BS 5609. The team at ITE are always looking for products that not only provide a quality finish but also produce prints that are fit for purpose – in this case our labels will stand the harshest of conditions.  So whether you are printing your own labels in-house or whether you are a trade printer that is looking to expand your digital label reach, the Compress LP4 could be the printer choice for you.Lable Printer

What is the Compress LP4 Digital Label Printer?

The Compress LP4 is a compact dry toner printer which is able to print a crisp label utilising a 600 x 1200 dpi resolution. This combined with a 9.14m per minute print speed  you will not only receive a high-quality print but it will meet almost any demand with ease. Ideal for both label printing companies and commercial use, the LP4 beats all competitors at this price point.

Overall we believe that it’s a necessity to keep our machines meeting the relevant industry standards and our mission has been and always will be to make sure we select products that are at the forefront of innovation, whilst being mindful of value for money and true return on investment.

If you have any questions about marine immersion labels, or the Compress digital label printer, please don’t hesitate to contact us – perhaps you would like to pop down to our Mansfield based showroom or contact us online for a demonstration via webinar.

 

In house VS outsourcing what is the best label printing for your company? — April 3, 2017

In house VS outsourcing what is the best label printing for your company?

We pitch two label printing methods against each other to see which one has the most advantages for your company.
Companies that  meet a certain criteria with a medium level of demand for labels for their branded products, but not enough to warrant a full traditional flexographic printing operation can find themselves in somewhat of a niche. This is where the vast majority of demand of outsourcing labelling services originates from.  However recently the trend is turning to an alternative direction with firms of many sizes opting for in-house printing options.

Generally one of the biggest initial decisional factors on whether a firm chooses in-house label printing or outsourcing their labelling needs would be the financial impact it would save on their business. A quality flexographic machine could cost tens of thousands of pounds which for most companies this is just not feasible or necessary. This then leads companies to outsource their labelling needs to a flexographic label printing company.  However recently another type of printing has become more attainable for smaller companies … enter digital ‘short run’ label printers. Not only is the initial investment much more affordable but the cost per print is extremely low. After doing the maths, most clients will find it will be much more cost effective than outsourcing and based on the output, more economical than a flexo printer.

Another point which is useful to compare are the stages that are involved in each of these label printing methods and how time consuming it would be for your company.  Outsourcing labels can comprise of up to 15 stages which includes quality control and transit stages which can cause stoppages and delays.  In-house label printing on the other hand can save valuable time as the stages can be narrowed down to five as a minimum, depending on your business processes and requirements.  This time saved will be reflected in profit for each product; which could outweigh the initial investment and deliver an extremely attractive return on investment.

Outsourcing your labels can be relatively un-agile because once the product is purchased the label company will not be able to change or make any amendments as soon as the design is in production. In contrast to this, the in house label printing method is extremely flexible, allowing not only a change of production instantly but also the power to personalise the labels for each customer. This may seem like a small difference but when seasonal or special events occur being able to offer this service can drastically increase sales and customer retention. In addition, what about the ability to test new product label designs in-line to see what they look like once on the product – powerful.

Overall we believe for a company that needs labelling, in-house label printers offer freedom and control that can really impact on product sales.  For more information on the in-house label printers we offer, and details about our installation and training, contact us on +44 (0)1623 861173 or via email at info@impressiontechnologyeurope.com We have a fully stocked showroom and would be more than happy to demonstrate either on-line or in person!