Automatic Plate Mounter Eases Set-Up for Labeler
Martin E-Z Stick Labels of Santa Fe Springs Cal., has installed a Label AutoMounter from JM Heaford, industry-leading supplier of mounting and proofing solutions for the tag and label, flexible packaging, corrugated and gravure markets. The Label AutoMounter has led to an overall reduction in plate changing time of around 75 percent since installation.
With ambitious plans for expansion into new sectors, the investment was made to enable E-Z Stick to easily ramp up production after the company installed a new flexo/inkjet hybrid press. According to Richard Martinez, pwner of E-Z Stick Labels, the Heaford Label AutoMounter is already saving up to 50 hours per week.
“When I began asking around for recommendations of plate mounters some time ahead of my visit to Labelexpo, I was looking for accuracy first and foremost. One name kept coming up: JM Heaford,” says Martinez. “I’d never used any Heaford equipment before, so I needed to be persuaded, especially as the price was a little higher than some of the alternative offerings.”
“I think the tagline at the show was something like ‘so easy your boss can use it’. I assumed that was just a marketing gimmick, until I did actually try it,” he comments. “In fact, everyone in our company has been trained how to use it.”
Specialized in pressure-sensitive and wraparound labels in four colors and up to 10 spot colors, E-Z Stick maintains a very personalized, on-demand service for primarily California-based companies in the apparel and food and beverage markets. The company prints on a variety of substrates using a 17-inch MPS press and two 10-inch Mark Andy presses and currently averages between 40 and 60 plate changes per day. Since installing the Heaford Label AutoMounter, overall plate change-over time has reduced from around 12 minutes to less than 3 minutes per plate for the complete cycle.”
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