An AstroNova partner recently shared an interesting story detailing how a small commercial printer in the Mid-West fell in love with a TrojanLabel® T2-C digital mini-press. While the commercial printer already owned a few smaller printers, they wanted something that could run wider widths (up to 8.5”), print multiple labels across, and produce faster printing throughput. Unlike their desktop printers, they were looking for a machine that was sturdier and built for professional printing.
Originally, they were considering Muratec’s PLS-475i when the TrojanLabel T2-C was introduced to them. While both machines are based on the same fundamental Versapass technology by Memjet, with a quick feature comparison, the commercial printer was undoubtedly interested in the T2-C after a trial showcasing:
| TrojanLabel T2-C
| Muratec PLS-475i
|Ink Tank Capacity*||2-Liter CMYK Ink Tanks||250 ml CMYK Cartridges|
|Maximum Roll OD**||11.8” (300 mm)||9.8” (250 mm)|
|Digital Front End***||On-Board PC with Touch Screen||N/A|
|Slitting***||In-line Slitters (up to 8 across)||N/A|
*8 times more ink per, savings in volume
**20% wider maximum roll diameter
***Additional user benefits
It’s All in the Details
A perfect combination of a smaller footprint, larger roll capacity, and efficiency
Right at the outset, the customer loved the job library built into the on-board PC that stores previously run print jobs. The additional abilities to print multiple labels across with perfect registration and put on a semi-rotary finisher later was also extremely beneficial to them. Additionally, the T2-C has a much smaller footprint, about half that of the PLS-475i, so it takes up substantially less space in the print room.
The wide variation in the types of labels printed typically results in a lot of artwork editing and color adjustments. So, the Wasatch RIP combined with the T2-C comes in handy as it allows them to make those changes quickly and efficiently, while the bigger roll capacity on T2-C allows them to do longer runs.
Enjoy a 40% Cost Savings
Equally important for them was the print economics: the T2-C is a tank-based system, including four (CMYK) 2-liter ink tanks versus PLS-475i’s 250 ml cartridges, resulting in a 40% cost increase for Muratec’s inks. Also, the PLS-475i was priced 33% higher than the T2-C despite the missing features and obvious disadvantages.
With Service and Support Included, the T2-C was a Clear Winner
This customer concluded that it was more economical and sensible to invest in a TrojanLabel T2-C instead of the PLS-475i for their growing needs. Investing in an AstroNova Service Plan for any service or support needs in the future was an additional benefit providing the customer with ultimate peace of mind.
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Many companies outsource their product labels to save on costs and maintain production efficiency. But when you break it down, is outsourcing really the most efficient route? Depending on your business size and needs, it could be more beneficial printing prepared food labels in-house.
Here are the top four reasons why taking label production in-house can be the better option:
1. Outsourced Printing Comes at a Price
While using another facility to produce your prepared food labels might seem like a giant weight off your shoulders, it may not necessarily be the case. Outsourcing can end up severely delaying your labeling process, costing your business valuable time and money.
For example, if an outsourced label shipment becomes delayed, so will the orders your company was scheduled to have in stock and on the shelves. These delays will happen, as do errors.
Misprints can cause setbacks and affect the use by/sell by dates on your products. This is especially true for made to order businesses and prepared foods.
On implementing short-run digital label printers in-house, Impression Technology Europe reveals, “Not only is the initial investment much more affordable but the cost per print is extremely low. After doing the math, most clients will find it will be much more cost-effective than outsourcing, and based on the output.”
Our main alternative to outsourcing, investing in an in-house digital label printer will not only save you time but also reduce cost-per-label.
2. NOT ALL ENVIRONMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Printing prepared food labels in-house have its benefits when varying environmental requirements come into play.
Just because some prepared foods need to be frozen, doesn’t mean the quality and appearance of your packaging should suffer. Your store’s frozen foods need to remain cohesive with the rest of your prepared food line. After all, it is your brand. However, using the wrong label for the products environment can lead to wrinkles due to condensation, fading due to exposure or loss of adhesion, and labels falling off.
If your business is using regular pre-printed labels, chances are, the labels won’t hold up in your storage environment.
Ultimately, finding the correct label material is just as important to your printed results as your design. AstroNova has developed special materials that are capable of absorbing the inks so that printed labels do not smear and reproduce the most accurate colors possible.
The ability to maintain complete control over your label materials and printing process will allow your business to have a streamlined, efficient process with branded labels that look the part.
One example of an easy in-house printing solution is the QuickLabel QL-120X, or wide-format QL-850 inkjet label printers. These printers are known for printing frozen food labels that are extremely durable. With the right in-house printer, you’ll have professional frozen food or beverage labels printed instantly and can be applied to products that are already frozen, or before they go into the freezer.
3. It’s Not Easy to Keep Up with FDA Regulations & Demands
Keeping up with the FDA’s changing regulations and formats can greatly affect your product labels. If standards are not met, your entire product line could suffer from massive recalls.
This intimidating process includes font restrictions, mandatory statements, allergen alerts, and stringent calculations for daily values.
As a food manufacturer or grocer, you want to spend your energy on your recipes, production, branding, and sales – not on interpreting FDA labeling mandates.
While it is absolutely necessary to adhere to FDA regulations to avoid recalls and present your customers with the quality and transparency they deserve, you can make it easier on your business.
This is where an in-house label printer truly shines. For every change in date, rule, format, etc., you can immediately customize your labels on the spot.
Printing prepared food labels in-house give you the ability to print the exact number of labels you need on-demand. Meaning no more wasted labels, no more overstock, and no more falling short. This gives you more flexibility in your printing process, as well as introducing the option for seasonal or promotional packaging.
4. Things Are Better When You’re in Control
Your labels are the face of your brand, so you always want to maintain professionalism and put your best foot forward. If you want to be in control of your business and remove exterior dilemmas, it may be time to consider printing prepared food labels in-house.
Looking to Print Food Labels In-House?
If you’re interested in high-quality, short-run label printing in-house, feel free to compare our line of complete labeling solutions, including software, media, and a wide range of digital label printers from monochrome barcode printers to photographic inkjet color labeling systems and presses.
Or, if you’d like to speak with one of our field sales engineers or media specialists, feel free to contact us for more information! They would be happy to work with you to find the right solution for your application.