Syracuse Label Cuts Proofing Time with Latran Proofing System

LIVERPOOL, NY, USA—Syracuse Label Co. has 'closed the digital loop' in its prepress operation and moved from analog to high-end digital halftone proofing with the installation of Latran Technologies' Prediction 1420 system, reports the proofing technology mfr.

Founded 36 years ago, Syracuse Label uses flexo, UV rotary letterpress, and rotary screen equipment to produce pressure-sensitive labels and flexible packaging in up to eight colors. According to Latran, the converter's operating philosophy centers on a commitment to stay in the forefront of technology by acquiring "the industry's most advanced, productive equipment in its prepress and pressroom operations."

That commitment, says Mark Howard, VP of graphic services at Syracuse Label, "figured prominently in [our] decision to work closely with the Pitman Company to implement Artwork System's all-digital workflow." Six months ago, the company decided to complete its digital set-up with the Latran system, says Latran.

"We do a lot of label work for the cosmetics industry," explains Howard. "It requires putting down opaque white on clear substrates. The Prediction system allows us to proof right on the actual label stock we're going to use for the print run. There's absolutely no guesswork."

According to Latran, Syracuse reportedly handles 200 or more proofs per week. "Our Prediction system easily keeps up with the volume," adds Howard. "It's so quick. It has cut our processing time by at least 75 percent. And we still have plenty of production capacity for more jobs."

In addition to the Latran Prediction system, Syracuse operates 16 narrow web presses; employs 120; runs two shifts; and has earned qualification "for the coveted ISO-9002 registration." More information about Syracuse Label is available at syrlabel.com.

Learn more about Latran Technologies' Prediction halftone proofing system at latran.com.

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