Posts Tagged ‘Rapid’

  • Rapid reaches the tropical north with Aldine installation

    Australian-based manufacturer of Memjet-powered narrow web digital label printing systems, Rapid Machinery Company, is reaching Australia’s tropical north with the installation of its digital label printing line comprising a Rapid X2 press, a Rapid D2 die-cutter/laminator and Rapid SR2 rewinder, in the far north of Australia at Aldine Printers, Cairns, Queensland.

    Despite being in a remote location – tropical Cairns is closer to Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby than to its own state capital of Brisbane – the city region of approximately 285,000 population is a thriving and diverse economy with its own international airport but perhaps best known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest tourist attractions. Aldine Printers is a family run business established in 1993 and today run by husband and wife team Rob and Tracy Kingdom, with a total of seven employees.

    Tracy (L) and Rob Kingdom of Aldine Printers, in Australia’s tropical north, Cairns.

    “We have a customer base that covers most of Eastern Australia plus Papua New Guinea,” says Rob Kingdom, “because of our specialised range of labels and reputation for care and consistency, word gets around and our website attracts visitors from many places.”

    The specialised range Rob Kingdom refers to includes a stock range of labels used by butchers and supermarkets, often printed on bright fluorescent substrates. The company also prints hot-foil and full colour labels and offers design services. The press stable includes a Nilpeter FA2400 five-colour UV; a Rapid RP180 foiling press, three Roland DG wide format printer cutters, thermal printers and the most recent acquisition – a Rapid X2 digital press running up to a 220mm web with inline die-cutting, laminating and rewinding.

    Kingdom says: “We have been watching the development of the Memjet and Rapid digital label technology for some time and we decided it was the right time to move – the technology is now ready and proven. As a Rapid customer of 16 years with the hot-foil machine, we knew about the build quality and reliability of the company. We travelled to the Melbourne PacPrint exhibition in May and saw for the first time the complete X2 line with much needed die cutting and laminating, so we ordered it on the spot.”

    Aldine Printers is experiencing a strong demand for full colour labels in short and mid-size runs. “We have the excellent Roland DG wide format printer cutters for very short runs of full colour labels, but they are quite slow and require hand-slitting into rolls,” says Kingdom. “Our demand for mid-level label runs was increasing so the Rapid X2 makes complete sense. Although we would normally put four colour runs over 10,000 labels, depending on metres used, on the Nilpeter; we have actually produced a 30,000 label run on the Rapid X2.”

    Kingdom also praises the quality of the Rapid X2, saying: “We are amazed at the quality coming off the Rapid X2; the resolution of very fine text is perhaps the best on all our presses and I would especially praise the colour rendition – our operators are getting the correct colour from PDF designs very quickly and with little effort; the electronics seem to interpret PDFs perfectly.

    “Being so far from Brisbane and Sydney, we have to be self-sufficient up here and so far looking after the Rapid X2 line has proven easy. We carry a couple of Memjet printheads in reserve, files and ink cartridges and we are fortunate to have an excellent substrate partner in Spicers Paper, who carry reserve rolls for us in Townsville, only 350 kilometers away,” he says.

    Rapid’s general manager Nick Mansell says: “We are delighted to continue our long-standing association with Aldine Printers by supplying the X2 digital line. The Cairns region, like most of Northern Australia, is a go-ahead place and Aldine has always been innovative in the label industry. We look forward to contributing to the further growth of this great North Queensland company.”

  • Rapid introduces new kit for its Memjet range

    Rapid Machinery Company, the Australian-based manufacturer of Memjet-powered narrow web digital label printing systems, is introducing the Rapid-X SR2 (pictured) slitter-rewinder globally to complement the international footprint of  its X1 and X2 digital presses and  its D2 die-cutter/laminator.

    The company’s modular approach to short-run label printing is already proving popular among the market, with the first SR2 sale – part of a complete Rapid-X line – already on its way to Europe through master distributor, Impression Technology Europe (ITE).

    “The SR2 is a total rewinding solution with length/label counting, rotary knife slitting, trim extraction and dual reversing rewind spindles with 38mm and 76mm expanders as standard. It offers optional matrix rewinding, strobe inspection or other additions as requested,” says Nick Mansell, Rapid general manager and winner of the inaugural Print21 Graphic Arts Technology Innovator of the Year Award (GATI). “As short run digital label presses become more popular, the finishing systems are beginning to emulate those found on higher-speed devices.

    “Because Rapid runs a complete R&D and engineering shop, with over 35 years of experience making custom label equipment, we are well positioned to respond quickly to market demands and the SR2 is an example of this,” he says.

    ITE Managing Director Roy Burton, says: “We are delighted to be taking the first SR2, in addition to an X2 digital label press and D2 die-cutter, for one of our mainland Europe customers. The quality of the build, coupled with attractive investment and running costs, is hitting the right spot in the label market and we expect this to be the first of many.”

  • Rapid delivers Aussie label print innovation to Europe

    Local narrow web digital label print equipment manufacturer, Rapid Label Systems, is delivering Australian home grown innovation to Europe following its showing at FESPA 2013 in London last month.

    The Rapid X1 desktop and X2 floor-standing presses, which are built around the locally-developed Memjet printhead technology, were exhibited by Impression Technology Europe (ITE), Rapid’s European master distributor.

    For Nick Mansell (pictured), Rapid director and recipient of the inaugural Print21 Graphic Arts Technology Innovator of the Year Award (GATI), despite FESPA’s wide format and signage flavour, there was a ready market for the company’s wares.

    “FESPA may be primarily a wide-format signage and display event, but many owners of wide format printer-cutters are producing short runs of labels on self-adhesive materials,” says Mansell. “As volume builds up, this solution can be very slow so taking label production onto a dedicated narrow-web inkjet digital machine such as our X1 or X2 can free up the wide format machines to do what they do best.

    “Adding the Rapid D2 laminator/die-cutter and R2 rewinder yields a complete inline system and a whole new profit centre in a growth market, for very little investment,” he says.

    ITE managing director, Roy Burton, who’s company distributes the Rapid equipment in Europe, says the X1 and the X2 have always garnered lots of attention from the punters at the trade shows in which they have appeared.

    “ITE has exhibited Rapid X label presses at several major trade shows since Ipex 2010 and every time, people are amazed at the quality and productivity from such small footprint label equipment,” says Burton. “FESPA was no exception and we believe we have secured orders as a result. We now look forward to September’s Label Expo in Brussels where we welcome all label printers big and smaller to our stand.”

    Additionally, Rapid Label Systems’ RapidX equipment will be on display at Packaging Innovations, London in October and Ipex, London in March 2014. On top of the company’s European exposure, it also opened a China office in 2011 to capture the growing market in the Asia region.

    “Our global distribution is growing and we have now established Rapid Asia in Hong Kong to service the demand from this region,” says Mansell. “We already have distributors in Japan and Korea and our partners Impression Technology Americas are taking on the North American market. From a standing start in 2010, we have now shipped just over 200 machines.”

    Rapid Label Systems was one of the earliest adopters of the breakthrough Memjet printhead technology, which was developed in Australia by Silverbrook Research – headed up by one of the world’s most prolific patent holders, Kia Silverbrook. With the Memjet print head technology on board, the Rapid X1 and X2 digital label presses can manage ultra-fine one picolitre droplets at either 1600 x 1600dpi or 800 x 1600dpi for the higher speed of 18 linear metres per minute. The Memjet inks are also water-based and safe for use on food, beverage and pharmaceutical packaging.