CP Printing Expands Digital Capabilities with Colordyne TechnologiesTatiana Rangel
CP Printing Expands Digital Print Capabilities with Colordyne Technologies 3800 Series AP - Retrofit
CP Printing is a trusted leader in custom label printing from Elk Grove, California. The company serves a variety of markets including food and beverage, health and beauty, industrial, household goods, among others with narrow-web label and offset production. CP Printing recently installed a Colordyne Technologies 3800 Series AP – Retrofit featuring aqueous pigment inkjet technology.
CP Printing acquired its first Colordyne press, the 3600 Series AQ – Retrofit, in 2014. This water-based dye inkjet solution helped the label converter satisfy increasing demands for affordable versioning and quick response times. In January 2021, CP Printing secured the 3800 Series AP – Retrofit Powered by Memjet to bring in additional digital capacity while also offering an expanded range of material and enhanced print durability. CP Printing understands that digital print helps deliver the benefits its customers are looking for and retrofitting is a cost-effective way to add inkjet production to its business.
Cost-effective Digital Print for Enhanced Flexibility
Jeffery Wilkendorf, General Manager and Owner at CP Printing said, “The flexibility provided by digital print is huge for our business. Working with Colordyne Technologies, we can consistently improve our lead times and keep them well below market standards. This is a great advantage that allows us to develop new channels and diversify our business.”
Wilkendorf continued, “Affordability is a key benefit of the water-based pigment retrofit. Printing low volume quantities and highly customized labels is simply more efficient and cost-effective with digital. Plus, inkjet production allows customers the flexibility to make changes at any time without increasing costs due to ordering new plates.”
Label laws in many of the markets that CP Printing serves are continuously changing. This means that necessary label changes must be made rapidly and efficiently. With digital print, the label converter helps its customers reduce costs by eliminating the need for flexo plates and waste from pre-printed label inventories.
Taylor Buckthorpe, Director of Sales at Colordyne Technologies said, “We are focusing on reducing production costs to promote the growth of CP Printing’s digital business. Our goal is to help them quickly and affordably deliver the best possible label to their customers. We are excited about the expanding possibilities with CP Printing, including their evaluation of hybrid production.”
New Opportunities with an Aqueous Pigment Inkjet Retrofit
Retrofitting allows new and existing analog equipment to incorporate the benefits of full color digital printing, like faster turnaround times, on-demand production and cost-effective versioning. CP Printing chose to retrofit Colordyne’s water-based pigment inkjet engine onto a flexo press, which allows the analog system to maintain all its original functionality, including the use of flexo stations and finishing. Retrofitting allows for operators to be quickly trained on the digital equipment while using their flexo experience, and the digital engine does not take up additional space on the press room floor.
“What Colordyne has been able to figure out by incorporating a retrofit with a flexo press is incredible,” said Wilkendorf. “Having two times the throughput out of the same footprint and the same press operator is a great benefit for us; operationally, you can’t beat that.”