The company launched the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Finishing System, which is up to four times faster than the original CENTRA system, as well as the ‘first of its kind’ iTech AXXIS SR Digital Label System for proofing and prototyping of labels.
When companies digitally print short runs of labels, they still have another step: the need to finish the labels. No one wants to pay for the cost of a die nor wait for the delay of manufacturing the die, said Mark Vanover, VP Sales and Marketing at ADSI. The CENTRA HS Digital Finishing System, shown for the first time at the expo, is fast enough to finish labels from any digital press.
The iTech CENTRA HS (High Speed) Digital Finishing System is used when label convertors print short runs of labels on a digital press — enabling custom shapes and quick turn-around delivery to the customer.
The system is a high-speed roll-to-roll digital converting system that allows users to laminate, die-less cut, strip the waste matrix and slit custom labels in one production pass. It can die cut any custom shape on demand – without the inherent costs, delays and limitations of more conventional die cutting processes – right from Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw using the same vector file that would normally be sent out for die manufacture. It is sized to accommodate most label convertors’ needs. It can convert printed materials from any digital or analogue print platform, including inkjet and thermal printers or a conventional flexo press in roll lengths up to 381 m (1250 feet) and up to 356 mm (14 inches wide).
Print to cut registration is accomplished via the SMARTMark Optical Registration System. Multiple registration marks can be scanned to automatically adjust the cut file, compensating for any skew or scale issues that may have been caused by the output device or the material. The computer-driven cutting technology is capable of cutting multiple depths within the same cut file, allowing for perforations or multi-layer applications. The iTech CENTRA HS also has a new touch screen interface that makes it easy to set up and operate.
Requiring no dies, make-ready, or running waste, the system’s versatility and accuracy provide the professional converter as well as the end user with true ‘on demand’ converting capabilities.
The iTech AXXIS SR Digital Label System is a complete, affordable digital label production solution that meets the needs of all converters who need to proof or prototype labels of any shape on-demand or for end users who have short run label requirements.
It is an all-in-one solution that can print and digitally die-cut any shape of on-demand labels in a matter of minutes. With a ‘one-touch’ print and cut software interface, the ability to proof or prototype finished labels of any shape has never been easier. It provides end users with their own ‘in house’ label production solution that reduces inventory requirements and costs. It also enables converters to provide their customers with the ‘value added’ capabilities of proofing and prototyping labels of any shape prior to committing to full production.