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Taking away the label

A European offset and print management company has combined robotics with Memjet’s VersaPass technology to create a direct-to-shape printer which addresses challenges faced in label printing.

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The LabelSaver combines robotics with Memjet’s VersaPass printing technology

To create the LabelSaver, OPM Europa combined its own robotic system with the Memjet-powered Trojan Label print engine and proprietary coatings. The result is a self-moving printer that demonstrates what could be possible in label-less production.

According to OPM Europa, the rapid increase of stock keeping units and growing demand for short-run labels have caused smaller manufacturers to seek out other ways to label products.

The LabelSaver offers a solution to this challenge by improving the speed, cost and environmental impact of label printing.

Dursun Acun, founder and European sales director at OPM Europa developed robotic technology to solve these problems but needed a printing technology to bring the device to life.

This printer shows us how robotics and the right printing technology can work together to improve operational efficiency and be more responsive to their customer’s demands

Acun chose the Trojan Label, featuring Memjet’s VersaPass printing technology to achieve his goals of efficiency, economy and improved environmental impact.

Commenting on the process, Acun says: “VersaPress has the unique combination of features needed to realise my vision of true label-less printing. Not only could VersaPress produce four-colour, high-quality printing from one printhead, its water-based inks make it safe to use in most environments, including food, which is important to us as we look to expand our markets.

“The modularity of VersaPass technology, combined with the support of Trojan Label, meant I could save money on engineering costs and offer this unit at a more affordable price.”

The printer was developed to address challenges faced in the label production process

The result of Acun’s research is a device which can print on a variety of objects, including jerry cans, metal paint cans and plastic containers, at a rate of “500 jerry cans an hour”, 360 degrees.

Russell Boa, senior vice-president of Memjet adds: “LabelSaver has given us a glimpse into the future of the label printing process. This printer shows us how robotics and the right printing technology can work together to improve operational efficiency and be more responsive to their customer’s demands.

“We envision a future that gives manufacturers a whole new way to approach the production and application of labels.”

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