EFI Combine Jetrion Digital Presses and Inks with FLEXcon Label Substrates for UL-Recognised Durable Label Printing Solutions

Unique compatibility of Jetrion presses and ink systems with FLEXcon UL-recognised substrates will dramatically cut durable label production costs and waste by eliminating the need for over-lamination

(PresseBox) ( Zaventem/Belgium, )
EFI(TM) (Nasdaq: EFII), in a joint effort with Spencer, Massachusetts (USA)based FLEXcon, have obtained UL recognition for durable label solutions that combine the use of certain ULcertified FLEXcon substrates with EFI's Jetrion(TM) UV inkjet presses and ink systems. FLEXcon's ULrecognised COMPUcal®EXCEL(TM) and THERMLfilm SELECT® films offer superior ink receptivity, and unlike other digital ink systems, Jetrion inks do not require overlamination to prevent damage from abrasion and UV light, a factor that drives up production efficiency and considerably reduces costs.

The initiative, EFI and FLEXcon officials say, is designed to streamline the UL recognition process and lower costs for durable label converters choosing Jetrion 4000 and 4830 digital label presses for short runs, and specifying FLEXcon's COMPUcal®EXCEL(TM) and THERMLfilm SELECT®films.

EFI's Jetrion 4000 Series UV inkjet presses have become increasingly popular in the durable labels market due to their durable UV inks, highquality print capability, smaller footprint and lower price tag compared to alternative label printing technologies. Likewise, FLEXcon's COMPUcal®EXCEL(TM) and THERMLfilm SELECT® films are ULcompliant products, durable and ideal for a host of applications, including barcodes, warning, instructional and nameplate labels for durable goods, power tools, appliances, medical equipment and consumer electronics.

John Bennett, vice president of FLEXcon's Product Identification Business Team, said that this initiative is indicative of a move by many converters and other print service providers to become a onestop shop by offering a comprehensive selection of pressuresensitive films along with traditional and stateoftheart digital technologies under one roof.

"Jetrion(TM) press owners, who are increasing shorter run production of durable labels such as barcodes and product warning and instructional labels, now have the advantage of singlesource economies for products carrying a UL recognition that is at a level above and beyond anything else in the industry. Specifically, the presses, inks and substrates jointly carry PGJ12 UL recognition, a classification shared by very few thermal transfer ribbon products", said Bennett.

Dr. Kenneth Stack, Jetrion's senior vice president and general manager, said the initiative streamlines the UL recognition process down to a simple paper transfer with no additional UL testing required.

"The demand among print service providers and OEMs for ULrecognised products continues to rise", Dr. Stack said. "By working together, FLEXcon and Jetrion have significantly simplified the UL recognition process for converters, as well as provided a package of presses and substrates designed to work in tandem to produce higherquality, durable graphics in less time with less waste and on a smaller budget."

Jetrion presses and FLEXcon's COMPUcal® EXCEL(TM) and THERMLfilm SELECT® films produce vivid, eyecatching graphics and offer the ability to print fullcolour variable and static information in a single pass, even on prediecut rolls to further increase cost savings.

For more information on FLEXcon's ULlisted and Jetrioncompatible pressure sensitive films, contact Steve Allard, a product manager for FLEXcon's Product Identification Business Team, at 1 (508) 885-1553 or sallard@flexcon.com.
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