All rounder: Truepress Jet L350 SAI
The 350mm wide narrow web width for label production is the ‘workhorse’ size for the majority of labels produced in Australia and New Zealand. Wider webs, both digital and flexographic, at 420mm and up to 760mm are being installed but these are typically used for flexible packaging, folding cartons and/or shrink sleeves. 350mm remains the ‘sweet spot’ for the bulk of labels produced and for this reason, the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV series have proved immensely popular since the first release in 2014.
As Screen’s L350 series has evolved, the speed and features have grown too. At Labelexpo in September, Screen showed the all-new L350 SAI model, which runs at up to 80 linear metres per minute (‘Z’ model) and can include additional blue and orange ink to the standard CMYK+white. This gamut expansion is very pleasing to food and beverage FMCGs in particular. Also for the food industry is the option for low-migration ink, which uses nitrogen purge to aid fast UV curing of the inks, thereby preventing seepage through the label facestock. With the increasing use of clear-wraps on fresh meats and cheeses that incorporate a colour label, this is a welcome addition. The L350SAI, due for release in early 2020, uses advanced colour management from CGS (ORIS), who are recognised world leaders in precision colour management and matching for packaging, commercial print, proofing and digital. Meanwhile, the rest of the L350 family at up to 60 metres per minute, continues to sell well globally with over 150 sites – several of them with multiple presses such as the UK’s Springfield where four L350s are now installed. Locally, through dealer Jet Technologies and Fujifilm New Zealand, there are six L350UV lines operating. The configurations are all roll-to-roll with nearline finishing and embellishing, although it is possible to link up to online converting, die-cutting and matrix stripping devices such as ABG Digicon, Nilpeter, Cartes, Prati and others. The L350 SAI is sure to take Screen and Jet to the next level in digital label production.
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