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UV Choice Printing Brings “Remarkable” Savings, Benefits to Adhesivos Orcajada

UV Choice Printing, available through KODAK FLEXCEL NX Print Suite for Narrow Web and enabled by the latest advanced plate surface patterning technology from Miraclon, is delivering significant time, ink and substrate waste savings for leading Spanish flexo tag and label manufacturer, Adhesivos Orcajada.

Over the past year, the company monitored the performance of UV Choice Printing on their seven Omet UV presses that produce around 65 percent of all its flexo printed tag and label jobs. Documented savings include:

  • Reduced ink consumption by over 20 percent
  • Faster job changeover & set-up times of 15-20 percent
  • Significant substrate savings thanks to faster start-ups

“The results are remarkable,” said Pedro Orcajada Montalban, Owner of Adhesivos Orcajada. “The impact on job changeover and set-up times are especially positive, at 15-20 percent faster. All this translates into significantly reduced substrate wastage and over 20 percent in ink consumption savings, which saves money and makes the process more sustainable. We’ve also reduced prepress times with much faster platemaking.

“On press, KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates also perform consistently, throughout the run and from job-to-job. The greater latitude on press means reduced operator interventions and fewer press stops for cleaning or color adjustments. Adding these benefits together with UV Choice Printing has proved a highly beneficial investment.”

Growing with FLEXCEL NX Technology

Adhesivos Orcajada is a longtime user of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Technology from Miraclon. “When we decided to upgrade our platemaking technology from analogue to digital more than 10 years ago, we tested and ultimately invested in a FLEXCEL NX System based on our first impressions and the overwhelming positive feedback we received from industry colleagues,” recalls Pedro. “From day one, we enjoyed a step change in stability on press, resulting in less dot gain, better highlights and consistent reproduction. Our customers were impressed with the positive change, but even more so our production team, who welcomed the simpler, less stressful, and more consistent press production process. Since then, we’ve established a close consultative relationship with Miraclon, so it was another collaborative approach when Miraclon selected us as a beta site for UV Choice Printing.”

UV Choice Printing is also enabling Adhesivos Orcajada to grow the business and take on additional work. “The addition of UV Choice Printing further allows us to shift certain jobs from digital printing to flexo as it enables us to produce stable, high-quality prints at profitable speeds while enjoying measurable ink and substrate savings. Being able to utilize flexo for a wider range of jobs is especially beneficial when we’re dealing with highly porous, textured substrates.”

Pedro concludes: “UV Choice Printing with its widely versatile advanced plate surface patterning, together with the Miraclon team behind it, has completely changed my perception on the quality and efficiency that can be achieved in narrow web flexo printing. I thought we were doing just fine before, but now I know that with it, we’re doing just so much better.”

Find out more at www.miraclon.com.

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