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hf Chocolates installs Epson ColorWorks label printer

Company background

Based in Milton Keynes, with a workforce of around 25 people, hf Chocolates imports chocolate and confectionery products in bulk from suppliers in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain and the US. More recently, it has added a number of British suppliers to its range. The company supplies the products as they are or re-packaged to the retail trade – mainly the independent or specialist sector - and wholesalers. It also offers an ‘own label’ design and print service to customers that require low quantities of items with their own logos and branding.
hf Chocolates produces colour labels in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Prior to investing in the ColorWorks C7500 printer, the company was using a desktop vinyl printer and cutter that was good for quality and handling a variety of labels but was very slow and impractical for anything other than short runs, so it had to buy pre-printed labels for large volume product orders. Ambrose Boyd, Commercial Manager, hf Chocolates, says: "For us, being able to produce bespoke labels on-demand was really about gaining flexibility and the ability to respond to market quickly as buying pre-printed labels was simply too cumbersome and not at all cost effective, unless huge volumes were involved. We had a clear idea of what we needed – a fast printer that could print high quality consistently and was cost-effective, not just from a purchasing point of view but also running costs and manning levels.” Other key requirements for hf Chocolates was a printer that would align circular label graphics correctly throughout the run and high-capacity ink cartridges, which would cut production time and wastage.
The ColorWorks C7500 was supplied by Epson Colour +Plus Gold Partner KTEC. "We have worked with KTEC for a number of years so they know our business well,” says Ambrose. "We had the demo and checked our existing software was compatible with the ColorWorks C7500, it was obvious that it was the solution for us. We looked at other machines but nothing else came close to its speed. Our main focus was printing on circular labels as we had many problems doing this previously. This printer passed the test!”

The solution
The compact ColorWorks C7500 colour label printer has been developed to help manufacturers meet a wide variety of in-house, on-demand, customised labelling requirements. It incorporates Epson’s permanent PrecisionCore Micro TFP line printhead which has been specifically developed for use in the commercialgrade, industrial labelling market and lasts for the lifetime of the printer. This advanced printhead ensures excellent reliability alongside the ability to print 600 x 1200dpi quality labels on a wide variety of materials, including matte, gloss and synthetic media, in a wide range of formats and sizes up to four inches wide at a fast 300mm/sec. Sharp, high-quality results are achieved through the use of Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT) which produces ink droplets in a range of precisely controlled sizes. Nozzle Verification Technology and dot substitution helps prevent misprints and dead pixels to ensure consistent printouts.
Using Epson DURABrite Ultra pigment ink in high-capacity 300ml cartridges, the ColorWorks C7500 produces fast-drying labels that are smudge, water and fade resistant. The printer is easy to use, integrates into most operating systems and features an auto-cutter as standard and an optional rewinder for roll-to-roll printing.

Game changer
The ColorWorks C7500 was installed and set up by one person in a day, with very little disruption to the company’s day-to-day production. Ambrose says the printer has been a game changer for the business: "On our previous printer we could print around 98 labels in 45 minutes; on the ColorWorks C7500 we’re producing 200 plus labels in a few minutes! It’s now very easy for us to produce short-runs of customised labels and because of its speed, all labels can be printed as and when needed so we don’t need to hold large quantities of stock. Printing on-demand has also eliminated the risk of packaging error, such as using the wrong pre-printed labels. The whole production workflow is much smoother and more cost-effective.”
One of the largest jobs in terms of volume of labels that hf Chocolates produces on the printer is for the Candy Cables confectionery bags - with an average volume of around 10,000 of the 70 x 70mm round labels being output per month. The labels are all applied manually using a printed template for the different bag

Future expansion
In the future, hf Chocolates are looking to expand its range of labels which will be produced using the ColorWorks C7500. Ambrose says: "We’re currently looking at what jobs can be moved over to the new printer. It makes perfect sense that the more labels we can run through it the better, not only from a speed point of view but it also cuts our staffing and production costs considerably.”
Created On  1 Nov 2018 10:05  -  Permalink

Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree) Jams and Preserves Jar Labels

Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree) Jams and Preserves
by RobertKnoxDigitalLabelMan · July 25, 2017
Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree) Jams and Preserves spoke to KTEC Group in early 2017 about wanting to personalise their labels for some of their home made items. With their ever growing product line of jams, curds, fruit juices, jellies and puddings (the list does carry on) they saw an opportunity to do something different and personalise their jars.   Personalising items is a very popular and growing market, Wilkin & Sons do the personalisation of their items both online and in store.
After a meeting with the KTEC sales team the Primera LX500ec was suggested as it it’s a compact size and simple to use, just what was needed.  The LX500e(c) is fitted with an automatic guillotine (c)utter so each personalised label can be auto-cut and applied to the jar there and then or taken by the customer.  But it also had to give a high quality print, the LX500ec print is an amazing 4800dpi the highest black and white or full colour photo quality print in its class.  Sample labels were provided and the choice was made, the Primera LX500ec was delivered and delivers the results.
Wilkin & Sons now benefit from a personalised labelling facility and adding a range of fruit gin liqueurs that can be personalised made with the fruits grown on the Tiptree farm, the gin is from their friends over at Hayman’s.   Having the Primera LX500ec on-site is also a key to new business, customers can have their items personalised whilst they wait, an extremely popular way to order for the busy population.
Did it meet their expectations?  I think so as they have already purchased more!
Please visit Wilkin & Sons at – or follow them on twitter – delivery is only £4.95 for small orders!
For more information on the LX500ec and a video please click the link here
Call or email for advice at KTEC GROUP Labels-U-Print ®     01527 529713
Created On  25 Oct 2018 22:06  -  Permalink