Printer Adopts Flexo on Demand
L&N Label Co. (Clearwater, FL) has invested in next-generation flexographic prepress equipment to print pressure-sensitive labels for pharmaceuticals and other products. L&N Label purchased an Esko Cyrel Digital flexo plate Imager (CDI) last year and reports that it has been able to expedite production turnaround at higher volumes.
“Although many digital print-on-demand label presses are popular for short, quick runs, they’re limited to about 2000 labels per order and typically cost up to 30% more than flexographic printing,” explains Steve Sabadosh, president of L&N Label, in a press release.
Instead, Sabadosh chose to implement what he calls “flexo-on-demand” printing, which he says eliminates the film-making step typically required for flexography and enables companies to go directly to computer to plate (CTP). According to Sabadosh the technology “does away with cumbersome, error-prone computer-to-film steps such as photo scanning, film separations, and film-based proofs.” Besides dramatically speeding changeover time, he claims that eliminating film also improves the quality of the final product.