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Queensland label converter takes plates digital

Friday, 25 August 2017
By Print 21 Online Article

(L-R) Shane Kuo, Wayne Maxted and Gary Shaw from Super Labels.

Gold Coast label house Super Labels has upgraded its platemaking capabilities with the addition of a new computer-to-plate machine from Screen GP.

The Screen PlateRite FX870II, supplied by Jet Technologies, is capable of digitally producing flexo, offset and letterpress plates at up to 4800 dpi, and will be a major boost to Super Labels’ conventional production capabilities. “We understand the need to stay ahead with technology and have progressively digitalised production over recent years. There is still strong demand for letterpress, flexo and offset printed labels, particularly for longer runs and special converting processes such as coating and varnishing for chemical hazard labels where it is essential that this information on these labels remains readable despite the harsh conditions they are exposed to,” said Shane Kuo, managing director of Super Labels.

Peter Scott, MD, Screen GP Australia

Screen is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer-to-plate devices, and the long-standing relationship between Super Labels and Jet Technologies made the FX870II a natural choice. “Jet Technologies has an excellent relationship with Super Labels with their broad range of consumables and services; we are delighted that they chose our PlateRite FX870-II as their CtP and look forward to many years of good service for this growing label printer,” said Peter Scott, managing director of Screen.

The new CTP device will help Super Labels produce longer runs, as well as labels that require special varnishing and coating such as chemical labels, on its conventional presses. The family-owned business in Nerang prints labels for the chemical and pharma, cosmetics, food and beverage, and promotional industries on both digital and conventional machines, including an HP Indigo WS6800 seven-colour inkjet press and a rotary letterpress machine from Labelmen International. The FX870II allows the converter to raise both its high standard of quality and its green credentials, says Wayne Maxted, pre-press manager. “With the use of Screen CtP technology we now have no film and no silver-based chemicals, which improves our environmentally-focused ethics and offers the latest, highest quality digital and conventional label print quality,” he said.

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