Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. is showcasing its two 2013 Must See Em Award recipients, the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label System and iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Printer, at PRINT 13, taking place from 8-12 September in Chicago.

The iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label System, designed and manufactured in the U.S., is comprised of both the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Printer, a high-resolution roll-fed CMYK print engine featuring LED toner technology, and the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Finisher that laminates, integrates die-less die cutting, and then strips, slits and rewinds to finished rolls of labels. 

We are thrilled to display two Must See Ems on our Print 2013 and CPP Expo booth. The iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label System is our answer for those who desire the ability to manufacture—print and finish—labels in a complete, all digital workflow with greater productivity. It provides commercial printers a new, profitable business opportunity. The digital label market continues to grow at double digit rates and our commercial printer customers say that our digital label systems help them gain new business and market share while retaining current customers by supplying on-demand short label runs—something that’s difficult to do with larger systems. Many customers report an ROI in less than a year, said Mark Vanover, ADSI VP, Sales and Marketing.

The iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Printer includes an LED toner roll-to-roll printer, imaging consumer-quality labels with brilliant, durable, consistent colour at 1200 dpi X 600 dpi, at speeds up to 30 feet per minute. It delivers high definition printing with four-colour stochastic screening versus traditional flexographic and laser printer based systems using halftone screening. The AXXIS HS prints on plain paper pressure sensitive substrates at a half to a third the cost of inkjet substrates along with white, metallic or clear films.

Included with the iTech AXXIS HS printer is a Wasatch SoftRIP, easy to use software that manages all print job parameters. The intuitive layout features enable users to maximise substrate usage to minimise waste. A full suite of colour control capabilities – ICC colour management, tone curve reproduction and unique and powerful spot color replacement features – enhances the print quality of the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Printer. The SoftRIP’s colour atlas generator internally produces 36 000 process tints for spot color matching and also has an on-board label cost estimating tool. A variable data print option is available – enabling sequential numbering and bar codes along with graphic elements. 

The other component, the roll-to-roll iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Finisher, can laminate and contour cut labels of any size and shape on-demand, without a die. Print to cut registration is accomplished via the SMARTMark Optical Registration System, using the Allen DirectCut plug-in to Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw for vector-based die lines. The digital finisher also slits and strips the waste matrix for machine or hand application of labels. Requiring no dies, make-ready, or running waste, the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Finishing System’s versatility and accuracy provide the professional commercial printer with true ‘on demand’ label manufacturing capabilities.