DURST IMAGE TECHNOLOGY US,LLC
50 Methodist Hill Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
888-480-3588 | 585-486-0350
THE DIGITAL UV INKJET PRESS THAT EXCEEDS
Four years ago TLF Graphics - a label manufacturer in Rochester, NY,
who specialize in industrial labels, product decoration and retail signage
made an investment into digital labels.
“We grew into digital as we became more successful and could afford the
technology”, explains Bob McJury, TLF Graphics partner and VP of sales.
One year ago, the newest addition to TLF’s extensive equipment portfolio - the Durst Tau LFS 330 – a digital UV inkjet label press equipped
with inline laser finishing technology, has proven to be a valuable asset,
exceeding the converter’s expectations.
When McJury went to the 2014 Labelexpo, he was specifically looking
for equipment that could bridge the gap between screen-printing and
flexography. After visiting several exhibitors, it was Durst technology
that McJury was most impressed with, so much so that TLF bought its
Tau LFS 330 off the Labelexpo show floor. “When we saw the Tau, we
just said,‘Wow – this is the tool to finally bridge that gap’,” McJury says.
A year later, McJury points out that the Tau LFS 330 has done more
than live up to its expectations in converting what were once screen
label jobs. “In fact,” he says, “new business found us. Word got out about
our new capabilities. The speed of the press, the laydown of the ink,
and the white ink is second to none. We have never seen anything like
it – it’s absolutely awesome.”
TLF’s Tau 330 excels at producing not only variable data and high qual-
ity labels, but also durable products – which is extremely important to
TLF’s many industrial label customers. “We have customers that require
both variable data and durability. This is where the Tau 330 has been
ideal for our needs,” McJury says.
Durst technology is also opening up new markets for TLF. McJury
explains, “We never spent a lot of time chasing food and beverage
business, but with our ability to now print clear opaque white on PP,
brand owners from these segments are now approaching us.
McJury emphasizes that once TLF moved its screen work onto the Tau,
the resulting savings and profit improvement has been something they
could have never imagined.
“We had a 10,000 sheet job – a three color warning label – that we were
screen printing. We tried it on the Tau. By the time we set up and did
everything, the difference between screen and the Tau was astounding.”
“With our screen technology, this job was taking, from start to finish, 69
hours to complete. On the Tau, it’s only taking 16 hours,” McJury says. TLF
has also found savings in moving
work from its sheetfed press onto
the Tau. “A run of 2,500 11x17
units took 17 hours on our sheet-fed, including all finishing. On the
Tau, it took just three hours with
inline lamination – a savings of 14
hours and $2, 100.”
Over the course of its first year with the Tau 330, TLF ran 750 jobs
on the Durst press. “With this workload, the Tau produced just under
$800,000 in revenue. We believe that when we get it running two full
shifts, it can handle $3 million in revenue per year,” McJury says.
Prior to the Tau, we really didn’t have any equipment that set us apart
– we were just fast. But with the speed of the Tau 330, opaqueness of
the white and laser cutting on the back end, we now have a distinct
competitive advantage in the industrial and durable marketplace,” McJury
says, adding, “The reality of what happened though, is that moving jobs
from screen to the Tau, new customers found us and we’re experiencing
enormous savings in both time and costs.”