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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Introducing-The NS Multi

February 6th, 2018 will be a big day for Color Label Solutions; as we launch a new line of printers.  Not for labels; rather we’ll launch a printer for boxes.


Introducing the NS Multi
Introducing the NS Multi


At WestPack, 2018,  in booth #5542, we’ll launch the New Solutions Multi (NS Multi) box printer.  With this printer, you’ll be able to print any paper-based package up to ½” thick and 43” wide.

To prepare for our launch, I spoke with Stewart Bell, Vice President of Sales for New Solution, about the NS Multi.  When asked, was is the most important aspect, Stewart said, “The NS Multi is enabling technology.  The printer allows companies to print short-run, on-demand packaging easily and affordably on pre-cut cartons, corrugated sheets, or folded carton stock.  The NS Multi prints on paper-based packaging that will adsorb the ink.”

Stewart continues, “The NS Multi is perfect for any company with a large number of SKU’s that wants to print (from 1 to 300) pieces at a time.  Or companies that want to add variable data to their cartons, making each unique.  Probably most importantly, box manufacturers can now print short-runs of boxes for their customers quickly without worrying about plates or press time.” 

NS Multi Key Benefits
NS Multi Key Benefits
From my perspective, I see 4 key benefits from using the NS Multi.  First, you can eliminate the inventory of preprinted boxes. Now you can print the boxes you need, when you need them.  You will not be required to purchase a large run of preprinted boxes.

Second, you can change box artwork at any time; personalizing every box if desired.  It’s enables companies to “Brand On-Demand” quickly adapting their product messaging based on their target customers and/or distribution.

Third, you can eliminate the cost of labels and label application by printing directly onto your packaging.  Large labels can get expensive.  Label application by hand may lead to placement issues and takes a lot of labor. Label applicators cost a lot of money and can be a difficult process to implement.  By printing directly onto your package, you can replace many labels in your operation.

Fourth, the New Solution Company offers inkjet coating to apply to paper-based packaging.  This coating enables the NS Multi to produce beautiful, finished goods packaging by holding the ink within the coating giving it a durable high quality finish.  We'll be showing this at WestPack.

Watch the NS Multi print boxes here:


Need custom printed sheets as a part of your packaging?  Check out what these guys are doing:



Or look how great these packages look.  Beautiful using the inkjet coating.




Or read about when I first learned about the NS Multi at Label Expo Europe: 

As how the NS Multi compares to other box printers, Stewart says, “The NS Multi is competitively priced both for hardware and ink.  Along with the availability of the coating and a professional RIP, we offer a total solution that will empower companies to produce high quality packaging at the point of demand.”

The NS Multi costs $99,900 FOB Works Portugal; and includes 1 year of on-site service. the Caldera RIP, 10 liters ink and 5 printheads. In addition, you can purchase extended on-site warranty for year 2 for $7,900; or for years 2 and 3 for $15,000.   As for ink cost, this large image costs about $0.12 for the ink.  Label and ink costs for an image this large would be much higher.

Beautiful Multi Print Output
Beautiful Multi Print Output
Come and see the NS Multi at WestPack February 6 to 8.  To get a free pass to this tradeshow, use this link: 


Let us know if you are coming to this show.  I look forward to showing you the new NS Multi and our other printers at the WestPack trade show.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CES 2018

This week, I attended the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show  in Las Vegas.  CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. With approximately 170,000 attendees and 3,900 exhibitors, CES is the world’s largest tradeshow.

But I did not go to see what Google, Amazon or what others were launching; rather to see print on-demand badge printing in action.

C3500 Badge Printers at CES
C3500 Badge Printers at CES
CompuSystems, www.compusystems.comprovided the registration solution, including identification badges, for CES.  Founded in 1976, CompuSystems has enjoyed many years as a major registration service provider for the trade show industry. They offer integrated software that meets the specific needs of their clients, creating an ecosystem that fosters the buyer and seller relationship.

If you follow my blog, you may remember this earlier post covering CompuSystems’ move to print on-demand color badges:


During my short visit at the end of the 2nd day, I found the solution that CompuSystems built for CES amazing.  According to Jeremy Kubik, Director of IT for CompuSystems, “we constructed and managed 19 different registration locations in Las Vegas for CES; including not only the main registration tent and the various halls of the convention center, but also in hotels across Las Vegas. We even had three registration areas at the airport.”

CES Main Registration Tent
CES Main Registration Tent
At the various locations, the CompuSystems team setup carts that included a computer, printer and wireless router to connect to the servers running BarTender.  CompuSystems added these locations just prior to the show including the VPN networks to handle all of the data.  Here was the cart running at one of the hotel locations.

Registration Badge Cart at CES
In addition to the network of registration desks, Jeremy and his team used BarTender to create the template and add the variable data to the badges.  The badges included fixed images such as the CES logo and an advertisement on the back panel, but also variable data including a picture which was required for all attendees.  For example, attendees could upload an image prior to the event, use the CES application on their phone, or capture a picture during registration using a small HD web camera:

Camera for Badges
And all of the images were verified instantaneously by an application to confirm the picture was a face.

Also, CompuSystems added a lot of variable data; such as name, company, city and QR code for lead retrieval. In addition, they added color-coded bars for the type of attendee or exhibitor (13 total types).

CES Print On-Demand Color Badges
CES Print On-Demand Color Badges
For the badges, CompuSystems used a 4” x 12” matte poly tag with a crease in the middle to enable front/back printing.  I thought these poly badges printed great; including the images.  For example, the WHOA image, the CES mark for the 2018 show, look great.

WHOA CES 2018
WHOA CES 2018
Or the advertisement on the back panel:

CES Badge Advertisement
CES Badge Advertisement
After attending CES 2018, I believe Jeremy and the team at CompuSystems deserve an “atta-a-boy” for their work and their on-demand badge solution for the CES show. I can’t imagine the pressure of having hundreds of thousands of people waiting for badges at a trade show; I’m glad the printers and badges worked great.

Guy Mikel at CES 2018
Guy Mikel at CES 2018
If you want badges for your next tradeshow, pick them up from us here at Color Label Solutions.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670