ITE and Epson: Helping you with your pre-Christmas label needs

ITE and Epson link up to offer you two of the best deals money can buy.

Here at ITE we understand both the need for short run label printers alongside higher production rate machines. That’s why we introduced the Epson range to so we can meet the demand for short run whilst not compromising on quality.Epson TIM C7500 C3500

Our first of two offers are in place for anybody that has a medium to low demand for labels and wants a reliable quality print. The Epson C3500 allows up to 104mm per minute printing at a 720 x 360 dpi to produce a steady quality print.

The start-up deal. With our Epson C3500 we will add a full set of label inks alongside a maintenance tank free, securing your ability to print for time to come.  That’s over £80 worth of products completely free, you’ll  be up and running in no time at all.

What does the Epson C7500g offer? The Epson C7500G is a faster larger machine with capabilities of over double of the C3500 at 300mm per minute output. This is ideal for companies that need fast production to meet almost any level of demand.

A service to you. For a limited time only the C7500g will come with a free 3 years on site servicing. That’s 3 years servicing from our highly trained technicians so that you not only receive a quality product but you have the assurance that any problems will be dealt with for years to come.

Both of these machines offer a wide variety of advantages to any production chain that uses label printers. What advantages will Epson printers offer? They allow for, customisation, a
shorter production chain and production costs that aren’t reliant on a high order quantity.

So, if you are outsourcing your labels or just want something more reliable give ITE a call to get a deal that simply can’t be matched

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.

LP4 Label Printing MachineCompanies 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 iEpson TIM C7500 C3500

 

nvolved 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!

Top Ten Benefits of Printing your Own Labels In-House  

 

Just 10 of the reasons why in-house digital label printing can change your company!

Here at ITE we understand that investing in a new technology can be a leap of faith so we have devised a list demonstrating why investing in a digital label printer will be an improvement for your company. This list is comprised of the top 10 benefits of the technology and should display how it increases efficiency, quality and usability:

  1. You will save time and money on the transit between your company and the outsourced label company.
  2. Lower printing costs to a point where you could have short run seasonal labels without any additional cost.
  3. Print labels as needed with an ability to adjust for any spikes or dips in demand.
  4. Control the whole production process from start to finish which reduces the chance of any outside influences on the production chain.
  5. Use a central database for your labelling allowing for you to locate and instantly print any previous designs.
  6. Can colour code products increasing organisation without the need to have separate orders.
  7. If you previously outsource, owning a machine can allow you to not only reduce costs for yourself but open another revenue stream providing a labelling service to other companies.
  8. You can easily customize your labels making it more personal to the customer such as the ‘share with a friend’ Coca Cola campaign.
  9. Ability to print a wider variety of products due to how digital printing uses CMYK inks over RGB.
  10. Reduce inventory costs and can introduce a just in time production based on product demand.IMG_6662

So with this list you can see that to invest in a digital label printer can really improve your production line leading a more fluid process and quicker turnover.

If you would like to hear any more of the many reasons why digital printing can improve your brand please give one of our helpful sales agents a call on: +44 (0)1623 861173

WIMS – White Ink Management – the Future of Digital Printing

An introduction into the benefits of the WIMS system and how it will change the way you print.

WIMS

Since the beginning of Direct to Garment (DTG) it has been necessary to perform two passes of print; one to layer the white, and the next to add detail and colour. This process has been viewed as cumbersome and unnecessary, at DTG Digital headquarters which is why we have researched and perfected the new WIMS process which is revolutionising the way we view digital printing.

White ink management traditionally requires a large amount of maintenance and upkeep due to the density and heavy consistency of the ink itself. Traditionally the consistency of white ink may lead to the ink clogging up equipment resulting in the machine breaking or performing at a subpar standard creating inconsistent designs and prints.

The DTG Digital WIMS system dramatically reduces the chance of this happening due to Key features such as a Flow & Return Pipe, Hart rhythm style ink agitation pump which keeps the flow consistent, inline ink filter to remove any air bubbles and the pressure release dampers and manifold.

This inline pressurised pump/agitation and ink air filter technology is the solution to an industry problem which has allowed DTG Digital printers to be industry pioneers in Direct to Garment arena. The one pass system incorporates theWIMS animation WIMS to provide customers with a service that is one of a kind and will drastically improve efficiency whilst reducing maintenance costs and increasing Printable quality. Combining WIMS and one pass allows greater opacity in white and an increase in production rate of up to 25% whilst maintaining quality white ink distribution.

How does this affect my company?

First of all we understand that if you’re a garment printing company reliability is the key to success. When the orders come in thick and fast the last thing you would need is anything going wrong with your machine, bringing production to a halt. WIMS will not only reduce the chance of a breakage but due to the interior systems of the machine it will make sure that the correct amount of ink is released every time. This saving in maintenance costs and reduction of delays in the production line will not only save you costs but also show your customers that your products are the most reliable choice.

Contact us for more information on WIMS below

Info@impressiontechnologyeurope.com

T: +44 (0)1623 861 173

A Comparison Between DTG Digital Printing and Screen Printing: Invest in the Future

comparison on the effectiveness of Direct to Garment (DTG) printing and screen printing.

As the garment printing market is continuously growing and developing it becomes increasingly important to maintain your competitive edge. The key to competing in this market is having the most innovative and advanced hardware which will allow you to maintain low costs, high production rate and the best quality of product. I will be comparing two of the most successful Prod_M2-2-Shirts_800x532methods of printing garments to see which one will offer the best value for money.

First of all we need to consider the early stages of the production process and how this affects the print.  The beginning of the production process really highlights the differences in the methods that are consistent throughout the production process. The DTG digital printer allows for a fast start up as the producer needs only to load the machine with their desired size of fabric then upload the choices of design to the software in preparation for the print.  Screen printing requires the customization via UV lights to change the screen for every colour that is required. This process for screen printing is necessary for every colour that is used during the printing process.

Alongside the set-up differences the actual printing time differs greatly also. In screen printing if the print needs more than one colour the producer will need to wait for the products to dry before the next is added. The valuable IMGP3699time used during this process can massively delay the production line and lead to hold ups in certain processes. In contrast the One Pass system offered via DTG allows for both the white ink and any colours to be applied in one print pass.  During an order of large quantities the DTG digital printer can save a large amount of time that otherwise would have been used for drying. This allows a fluid production chain from printing to packaging.

A summary of the Pros and Cons of the two printing styles:

DTG Series

PROs CONs
Fast and reliable Slower Printing times than Screen printer
One Pass Print System
White ink management system  
Easy set up  
Print Any colour from any design!

Full all over body printing

Over embellish with Rhine stones or Sequin’s

 

 

 

Screen Printing

PROs CONS
Fast at single colour prints Messy
Print on any size fabric Have to create the screens
Needs to be Flash cured between multiple colours
Limited to set colour process printing

Cannot do Full colour Full colour Printing

Cannot over embellish with Rhine stones / sequins

 

 

These two types of print are both effective in their own right but investing in a DTG Digital is investing in the future where the options you will have for garment printing is boundless.

 

T: +44 (0)1623 861 173

reception@impressiontechnologyeurope.com

Which of Impression Technology Europe’s Digital Label printers is right for you?

Avoid confusion with this guide to some of the best digital label printers on the market today.

 

There are quite a few types of digital label printers on the market today and that can prove to be a little confusing. Here at ITE we have produced a short comparison of our two types of desktop digital label printers. Hopefully this will make the choice much easier!

 

PRINTER Vortex 850R   Compress LP4
   850r    Compress front view_0005
Rewind Included No   Yes
Resolution 1600dpi   1200x600dpi
Max Print Speed 18m per min   9m per min
Print Method Memjet Inkjet Dye Ink   Single Pass 4-Color LED
UV light resistance Low   High
Water resistance Medium   High
Paper Substrates Inkjet coated only   Standard Papers
Synthetic Substrates Inkjet Coated only   Standard Polypropylene

Standard PET

Kraft Backed Polyethylene

BS5609 Approved No   Yes
ICC Profile and Color Management specific to stock in RIP? Yes – Optional Caldera RIP Software   Yes– Optional Kothari RIP Software
Cost Calculator Yes– Ink and Substrate   Yes – includes all consumables, Toner, Substrate, Wear on Belt, Drum, Fuser
Compatible with qualified BOPP material? Yes   Yes
Print on pre-die cut? Yes   Yes
Display Full colour Touchscreen   Backlit Display EFIG+
Max. Web Width 220mm   210mm
Min. Web Width 52mm   100mm
Print Quality Modes 1600x1600dpi   1200x600dpi
Input System Max. Roll Diameter 305mm   Max. Roll Diameter 305mm
Output System Max. Roll Diameter 305mm   Max. Roll Diameter 305mm
Operating System Windows XP/Vista/7/8   Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Pros: The Vortex 850r is ideal for creating stunning looking labels at high speeds. Its photorealistic quality and excellent colour reproduction ensure that your labels stand out.

Cons: It is not best suited to producing labels designed to be outside in the elements.

  Pros: The Compress LP4 produces a highly durable, GHS approved label. With the ability to print on to most standard substrates it enables the user to produce labels suitable for almost any industry.

Cons: Lower print resolution. High fuser temps prohibit some synthetics from being used.

 

 

Digital label printers enables greater control of your product, reduces your lead times and cuts out the middle man (ie. your traditional printer or digital printer).  With a small amount of knowledge garnered via our smart and practical training, you can be up and running in no time!

Please contact us for further info about digital label printers or why not book an online demo or face-to-face interactive demonstration in our fully equipped showroom so you can try it yourself?

Info@impressiontechnologyeurope.com

T: +44 (0)1623 861 173

Epson ColorWorks digital label printers added to our range!

We’re pleased to announce we will be launching two new entry level Epson digital label printers to our range at the Food and Drink Expo taking place at the NEC on 18-20 April 2016 – complimentary tickets here.

epson 3500

35012_Epson Authorised Partner 2016 Logos_V1_BlueOnWhiteWe take new additions very seriously and the two new models have been specially chosen to fit the pocket of the smaller or start-up client. We are an authorised partner of Epson.

The C3500 is low on cost, and delivers high-quality prints at speeds of up to 103mm/sec meaning your business will save time and money as you will no longer need to outsource label production. Download a datasheet….

The C7500G is a meatier industrial version for environments that require that extra layer of durability. Download a datasheet…


We will also offer a range of pre-cut labels that fit the Epson range perfectly.

Contact us for more information or to see a live demo, in person, or via web conference! you can also use the form below.