APR Offers Extended Range for Label Market

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL | All Printing Resources (APR) reports it used the recent Labelexpo Americas to build on its commitment to the label converting industry by launching an extended range of products and services tailored to the narrow web marketplace.

Earlier in the year, APR commissioned an extensive market research study that polled narrow web converters across the US. The research showed that converters’ presses are down, on average, 32% of the time due to setup and changeovers and that nearly one third of all conventional label jobs in the US are less than 5,000 linear ft.

For companies seeking a digital print solution to address these issues, APR offers the 3600 Series Retrofit System from Colordyne Technologies, allowing converters to transform their existing flexo press into a state-of-the-art digital/flexo hybrid system. In addition to the Colordyne system, to further assist converters with the transition to digital APR offers a range of services to help converters migrate conventional jobs over to digital.

Dave Nieman, president and CEO of APR, says, “The assistance converters need goes far beyond acquiring the ability to print digitally. Once the technology has been installed, companies need help with the way they are preparing job files and color management. If they are going to be successful at bringing in digital print technology, file preparation and the ability to manage color are a huge part of that formula, and this is a core area of expertise for APR. We… offer digital retrofit technology [and] can also walk label printers through exactly what it takes to move the jobs they have been preparing for their flexo presses over to their new digital print system.”

The solutions for narrow web converters extend beyond digital printing. The company says that, with extensive polymer science, prepress, and platemaking expertise, its internal teams are constantly testing and evaluating plate technology and performance on-press. APR is the North America-based demo center for Bobst, and the newly installed Bobst M5 flexo press at APR’s headquarters is said to be the ideal system for testing plate performance and helping converters fine tune job repeatability.

APR also has a Technical Solutions Group (TSG) to show companies ways to better achieve total process control for improving productivity and drive waste out of the workflow. Nieman says, “The independent research we commissioned identified that two of the technologies that narrow web converters view as the most influential to their businesses are digital flexo plates and automated platemaking. In today’s competitive marketplace, print consistency is essential. The Technical Solutions Group has some of the top experts in their fields, helping companies optimize their plate processes to achieve highest quality and consistency levels.”

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