Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. (ADSI) will showcase the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label System at Labelexpo Americas 2012. The complete digital solution built to efficiently manufacture label runs of 305-915 linear metres (1000-3000 linear feet) of substrate for label convertors of all sizes. The ‘first in its class’ digital label system combines the new iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Printer with the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Finisher, introduced in 2011.

It’s a complete roll-to-roll solution that fits the needs between tabletop label production and full-scale production — for a fraction of the cost of other digital presses – all with low, on-going operational expenses. With the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label System, label convertors can lower production costs and waste – while offering new capabilities to their customers.

The iTech CENTRA HS Digital label System offers label converters the ability to manufacture labels in a complete, all digital workflow. From roll substrate to fully finished labels, in any shape without dies, the CENTRA HS is unparreled in its capabilities, said Mark Vanover, ADSI VP, Sales and Marketing.

The new component of the system, the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Printer, is an LED toner printer that images consumer-quality labels with brilliant, durable, consistent colour at 1200 dpi x 600 dpi, at speeds up to 9.1 metres per minute (30 feet per minute). With a maximum width of 327 mm (12.9 inches) and maximum roll diameter of 355 mm (14 inches) – and a wide degree of substrate flexibility – the CENTRA HS Digital Label Printer’s capabilities are matchless in the industry.

While we have been very successful selling the tabletop iTech AXXIS Digital Label System, we believe there is still a missing product opportunity between that and the high cost digital presses. All converters have a need for digital. The CENTRA HS makes economic sense, as it allows them to augment their current capabilities – as opposed to making a large capital investment on a digital press to replace their existing print technologies. The iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label System offers better economics for printing and finishing 1000-3000 linear foot run lengths than other technologies, said Vanover. We have been very fortunate to partner with OKI, who offered us a print engine that has exceptional print quality and keeps up with the speed of our finishing system. It’s a compact, affordable and easy-to-operate roll-to-roll printer.

Included with the 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 colour replacement features – enhances the print quality of the iTech CENTRA Digital Label Printer. The RIP also includes a consumable cost estimator. A variable data option is available – enabling sequential numbering and bar codes along with graphic element capabilities.

The other component, the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Finisher, is a high-speed roll-to-roll digital finishing 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. The iTech CENTRA HS can convert printed materials from any digital or analogue print platform, including inkjet and thermal printers or a conventional flexo press in maximum roll diameter of 14 inches (355 mm) and up to 14 inches wide (355 mm).

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 Digital Label Finisher 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 iTech CENTRA HS Digital Finishing System’s versatility and accuracy provide the professional converter as well as the end user with true ‘on demand’ converting capabilities.

The expertise offered by Allen Datagraph has always been two-fold, added Vanover. We believe we produce the best digital finishing systems with an unmatched economic value proposition for the label industry. And, we are able to locate and integrate exceptional print engines to match the performance of our finishing systems. We expect that the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label System will attract a lot of attention during Labelexpo.