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Sunday, January 19, 2020

C6000 Series Winders


If you are considering the Epson C6000 series printers, you need to consider winders as well for this printer. DPR has both unwinder and rewinder for these important new printers.
C6000 Winders DPR
C6000 Winders
 Watch the video of the DPR winders here:  


Or a shorter version here:
 

Download the brochure here:  

Given the 8.375” C6500A and C6500P printers come with only the capability for a 6” OD, I believe many if not most users of these wider printers will want an unwinder to enable larger rolls.  You can order either the unwinder, rewinder or both.  A plate is required for any of the 3 possible setups to ensure the labels are fed into or out of the printer straight.

C6000 Unwinder
C6000 Unwinder
When asked why the rewinder is behind the unwinder, Michael Panzeri, Vice President of DPR, said, “With the rewinder in the back, it enables the user to wind either the label itself or the liner if they are using the Peel and Present mode.  Further, it enables the label to be wound either face in or out.  The rear rewinder makes this configuration very flexible.” 


C6000 Rewinder
Michael did say that DPR will release another rewinder for the front of the C6000A or C6500A that will sit in front.  This front facing rewinder will prevent any predispensing of labels during rewinding using the cutter versions of the printer.

If you don’t know about the C6000 series printers from Epson, learn more here: 

C6500P
C6500P

To purchase the DPR unwinder for the C6000 printers, visit our store: 

To purchase the DPR rewinder for the C6000 printers, visit our store here:

And don’t forget to purchase the plate:

With the unique capabilities,
  • High print resolution
  • 8.375” max print width
  • Peel & Present
  • MAC, Linux and SAP connectivity
  • Spot Color Replacement
  • Network Management
  • ZPL datastream printing



The C6000 series printers will be a big hit in the label print market.  Purchase your C6000 printers here:

Or contact us to learn more about the C6000 printers and the DPR winders.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Preroll Label Applicator


If you produce and sell prerolls, you know the hassle of applying labels to these tubes.  With the CTM Tabletop Wrap Label Applicator, you can eliminate this tedious and costly activity.
CTM Wrap Label Applicator
CTM Wrap Label Applicator

Watch this applicator apply labels to our customer’s CoolJars tubes:


When our customer first saw this video, their response was “Awesome”!  This customer has production lots of 30,000+ prerolls.  Further, they have to begin applying batch ID’s on their tubes prior to receiving their test result data which is included on the final label.  This applicator will make applying both of these labels much easier.

You might also like to watch the CTM video of this label applicator.


And look at some of the applied labels on a different tube size.


Auto Applied Labels on CoolJarz Prerolls
Auto Applied Labels on CoolJarz 116 mm Tubes


The Tabletop Wrap Label Applicator works as follows:
“Round products are manually loaded onto the infeed magazine. The indexing starwheel will remove one product at a time from the infeed magazine with each indexing motion. Once products have been captured by the starwheel, they are indexed to the labeling station where a powered roller spins the product as the label is applied. Labeled products will then continue around the starwheel until they fall onto the exit chute where they will fall into a collection hopper (collection hopper or box is not included.)”

What I find great about this applicator is the “Machined Starwheel”.  This component is machined for the exact tube you have; even those tubes with a taper.  The capability to change the Starwheel allows for many different tube and label sizes.

Although named “Tabletop Wrap Label Applicator”, this machine is not small:  40" H, 48" W, 25" D and weighs 250 pounds.  It does need to sit on a sturdy table for easy operation.

With tapered tubes, you do need to consider your label sizes as well.  If you place a rectangle label on a tapered tube, you’ll get a gap that is not consistent top to bottom:

Rectangle Labels on Tapered Tubes

To eliminate this inconsistent gap, plan on using tapered labels.  For example, we would recommend on this tube a label size of 4” x (2” on bottom side and 2.25” on the top side were the tube is larger).  Using this taper label, you will make the gap consistent and potentially more visually appealing.  We can work with you to insure the label fits your tapered tube.

As a producer of prerolls, you can save a lot of time and money by automating your label application.  Contact us to discuss how the CTM Tabletop Wrap Label Applicator can work for you.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670
info@colorlabelsolutions.com 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

MJBIZCON 2019

MJBIZCON2019 was a big success for Color Label Solutions, as we spoke with hundreds of customers and prospects during the event. 

MJBIZCON 2019 Booth
MJBIZCON 2019 Booth

Although a lot of work, MJBIZCON gave us the opportunity to learn more about our customers and prospect’s needs; and discuss what we’re offering.  To those of you who missed the show, you may find interesting what we covered with the people who visited our booth.

First, the QL-300. 

QL-300
QL-300
We printed a variety of materials:  Silver Poly, Silver paper, gold paper, clear film, grass paper, black paper and even hemp paper.

QL-300 Printed Silver Foil
QL-300 Printed Silver Foil
 And much of our artwork utilized white:


QL-300 Printed Black Paper
QL-300 Printed Black Paper
Many of the visitors to our booth generally appreciated the appearance of these labels; especially the printing on the different materials.  Learn more about the QL-300 here. 

Purchase the QL-300 here: 

Second, we discussed the new C6000 and C6500 printers that are coming beginning in January, 2020.

C6500P
C6500P
Many of our cannabis customers and prospects need the high print resolution offered by the C6000 series;

4x6" Gloss Poly Label Printed with the C6000

combined with the durable ink, service offerings and affordable price from Epson.  We believe these new printers will fit many of our customers.  Learn more here:

If you use a LX900, LX1000, LX2000, VP485, VP495, or even a C3500/C831, you should consider upgrading to the new C6500 printers.  And if you use a Zebra thermal transfer printer, consider using this printer for an easy move to print on-demand color labels.

Place your order for the C6500A (8.375” wideprinter with cutter) printer here: 



The C6000A and C6000P (4.25” wide printers with either cutter or peel and present) are due out in April 2020.

Third, we discussed the affordable, C3500, which our customer used to print badges at the registration desk for MJBIZCON:

C3500 Printers at MJBIZCON Registration Desk
C3500 Printers at MJBIZCON Registration Desk

And our gloss paper tags printed great on the reliable, C3500 printers:


C3500 Gloss Paper Badge
C3500 Gloss Paper Badge


If you need to print text, barcodes and small images on a basic white label or tag, the C3500 is the prefect tool.  Purchase the C3500 here:  

Fourth, we had a lot of people interested in the current $1,000 rebate on the C7500 and C7500G that Epson extended to December 31, 2019:

C7500 $1,000 Rebate
C7500 $1,000 Rebate 


Purchase by the end of the month to qualify for the $1,000 rebate.  These workhorse printers have never been less expensive.

Finally, we showed people examples of our preprinted color labels; produced both with analog and digital presses:


 
Preprinted Labels from Color Label Solutions
Preprinted Labels from Color Label Solutions
If you need labels printed, contact us.

MJBIZCON was a great success for us.  If you did not attend MJBIZCON, I hope you found this summary of what we showed and discussed in our booth of value.  

And if you attended and met with us, I hope this information acts as a reminder of our discussion.  Contact us to learn more about any of these items; or discuss your label printing requirements further.


Guy Mikel
855-962-7670

Friday, November 8, 2019

A High Level Conversation


“A High Level Conversation” is a new podcast series powered by Delta9 Systems, the Cannabis division of General Data Corporation, hosted by Chris Guthrie, General Manager.



I’ve written about Chris and Delta9 Systems in the past.

According to Ashley Crosh, Marketing Manager for General Data and producer of this podcast, “our goal of this podcast series is to gain credibility and visibility within the cannabis industry.  We’re combining our expertise in data management and barcode systems with Chris’s in-depth understanding of the cannabis business to elevate producers, processors and retailers to a higher level.”


For their first episode, they invited me on the show for a discussion of the critical labeling elements within the cannabis market.  It was the first time that I’ve participated in the a podcast; and was a fun experience.  Listen to the full episode here. 

After participating in the podcast and listening to the final version, I have three thoughts.  First, I didn’t know that Zebra would be featured; and I found the partner idea fantastic. 


According to Ashley, “we pitched Zebra on the idea of a podcast surrounding the impact of new technologies within the cannabis industry.  We understood that Zebra wanted to pursue the cannabis vertical market; and needed a strong partner/means to approach.  Zebra was very supportive sending an agency to our recording sessions to help guide and support the process.”   After listening to the podcast, I believe getting Zebra involved was a great idea.


Second, I had a lot of ideas on topics we could have explored during the episode after we completed the recording.  Dale Carnegie said, “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”  Here are some of my thoughts:

What does it take to create a great label?
This post features ideas on how to improve print quality

Why is branding so important in cannabis?


Why is variable data so important in cannabis?
This post from some time ago reviews the California label requirements for cannabis products


How can I save money when purchasing labels?


Third, podcasts take a lot of work to create.  Now with over 260 blog posts, I understand the work involved in content creation.  Ashley says, “A podcast series was an idea that I thought Delta9 should pursue.  After discussing with my manager and Chris, I worked with my partners to pursue the idea and create the content.  We now have 5 episodes released with more to come.  Creating A High Level Conversation has been a great learning experience for me.”

If you like this episode (or want to hear someone besides me), visit the Delta9 Systems site.

Or visit Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any of your other favorite podcast listening platforms and search for “A High Level Conversation”.  If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave them a nice review!

I’d appreciate your feedback and comments on this episode and the series.  Feel free to contact me with your comments.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670



Friday, October 4, 2019

Boxmate


Recently, I saw a new product that would seem to fit a lot of our customers: the new Boxmate from Labelmate:




We've sold a lot of round bottle applicators; and featured several in this blog.  For example, this work on integrating a color printer into an automatic label applicator:

Or this post featuring an integrated semi-automated label applicator:

Or this post featuring the BenchMax:

But until now, we’ve not sold an easy to use, semi-automatic box label applicator like the Boxmate.




According to Stuart Ripplinger, General Manager of Labelmate, “BOXMATE Label Applicators enable you to consistently and accurately apply labels automatically to a wide variety of flat-sided items, such as boxes, pouches, and flat-sided bottles. In the past, automatic Label Applicators like this could only be found for cylindrical items like bottles and tubes; but no longer!  With the BOXMATE by LABELMATE you can reliably and effortlessly label all kinds of square and flat objects by simply placing them on the conveyer and watching the machine do the work. Once the conveyer is activated the label is applied at over 4.5″ per second, and most objects are labeled in less than 4 seconds!”

Watch the Boxmate run in this video:



When I ask Stuart, who are the best candidates to use the Boxmate, Stuart says, “BOXMATE Label Applicators are the ideal solution for anyone who needs to apply labels to small and medium sized cartons, boxes, and any other type of flat-sided object.”  From my perspective, I see cannabis, food, hardware and many retail-oriented companies as perfect candidates for this inexpensive box labeler option.

The Boxmate comes in two sizes.  First the Boxmate 610 for boxes up to 6” wide, costs $3,500: 

Second, the Boxmate 612 for boxes up to 12” wide, cost $3750:

Boxmate is a great new addition to our toolbox for customers who want an affordable means to apply labels to boxes.  Contact us to purchase or learn more about this new tool.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Label Expo 2019


Last week, I attended Label Expo in a short, whirlwind trip to Europe:

Guy Mikel at Label Expo
Guy Mikel at Label Expo

I’ve attended Label Expo many times, both in Europe in 2017.

And in the US in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

And I’ve already written about the Epson C6000 introduction at Label Expo and Pack Expo.

For me the most interesting aspect of this year’s Label Expo was the focus on Print On-Demand Color Flexible Packaging.  We launched this capability at WestPack last year:

However, food safe packaging was not available; but now it is.

Foil-Lined, On-Demand Color Flexible Packaging
Foil-Lined, On-Demand Color Flexible Packaging

Now we can get fully air/water proof packaging with the foil-lined material.  100% water and air tight; with no migration of the ink through the packaging.  I see this material as key to the growth of this new market.  Plus, this material seals well in both horizontal and vertical filling/sealing equipment as seen in the Afinia booth:

Vertical Filling/Sealing Flexible Packaging Equipment
Vertical Filling/Sealing Flexible Packaging Equipment

On-Demand Color Flexible Packaging
On-Demand Color Flexible Packaging

The reason this equipment as in the Afinia booth as they launched new equipment for this market: a L901 with a lamentation station with a cost of approximately $30,000.

L901 with Lamination Station
L901 with Lamination Station

Interesting enough, Trojan showed their new T2-L; made for this market as well.


T2-L with Lamination Station
T2-L with Lamination Station
Trojan was the first to demonstrate this new capability using the first of this new inkjet coated packaging material.  You may remember this video from last fall:

Both companies have added the lamination station to insure the ink does not transfer after printing from the front to the inside of the material during rewinding.  Once laminated, it is impossible for the ink to come into direct food contact.  If you would not want to laminate, it may be possible to print and feed the material directly into the filler/sealer unit by controlling the printer using the I/O interface on printers such as the T2-C:

T2-C I/O Interface
This new market excites me as the same drivers as the on-demand color label business.  Companies want to eliminate large quantities of preprinted flexible packaging; as well as add variable data or images to their products.  On-Demand Flexible Packaging makes this possible for the food and other industries.



Besides On-Demand Flexible Packaging, I discovered one other unique new product; from of all companies, Primera.  Primera launched the new printer/die cutter, the LX610.

Primera LX610 Print/Die-Cut
Primera LX610 Print/Die-Cut
With this printer, you can print, then die cut labels in one pass:

LX610 Print/Die Cut
X610 Print/Die Cut
Frankly, this printer is slow and the ink cost would appear to be relatively high.  Therefore, the LX610 would not fit production quantities.  However, I can imagine this printer working perfectly for prototypes and very limited production quantities.  The LX610 is not available for sale as of yet.

One other new color label printer I saw was the QL-850. 

QL-850 With Natura Ink
QL-850 With Natura Ink
The QL-850 is an upgrade/fix of the previous printer, the QL-800.  This printer is interesting given it uses the more durable, Natura dye-based ink.  It’s a new generation of ink used in the T2-C.  Great print quality, interesting footprint/size.  But this printer is relatively expensive at $13,000 and uses ink cartridges and not tanks.  I’ll need to do some further testing to see how this printer performs; but very interesting option.


In addition to equipment, I saw two materials that were unique for the on-demand color label business.  First, inkjet coated Tyvek.

Inkjet Coated Tyvek
Inkjet Coated Tyvek
In the past, I’ve tried to print Tyvek; but it printed poorly and the ink smeared.  But this new inkjet coated material prints beautiful.  Tyvek doesn’t tear and is very soft; Perfect for apparel tags and wristbands.  And maybe even for durable rebar tags.

Second and in addition to the inkjet coated Tyvek, I saw behind the glass labels.  

Behind the Glass Labeling
Behind the Glass Labeling
My German friend has sold a lot of these labels into the Middle East to print variable data on automobile parking stickers. According to him, these labels do not fade quickly given the window stops much of the UV light.  Let me know if you have any interest/need for these types of labels.

Lastly, New Solution showed their new additions to the NS Multi:


NS Multi Deionizer Unit
NS Multi Deionizer Unit

I’ve written a lot about the NS Multi in the past: the best available print on-demand corrugated printer.



First, New Solution added a deionizer to remove particles from the corrugated (see above). This addition helps extend the life of the printheads and even the entire printer.  Second, New Solution added a larger vacuum to hold the material down better under the platen.


NS Multi Vacuum Pump
NS Multi Vacuum Pump

These two additions should make the NS Multi more productive and effective in printing corrugated on-demand.

I hope you find this summary of Label Expo 2019 of interest.  Contact us if you want to discuss any of these new capabilities further.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670
info@colorlabelsolutions.com