Label Makers is the first UK company to install Sun Chemical’s Solaris Colorsat automatic ink mixing and dispensing system.
The Solaris Colorsat is a ‘plug and play’ system designed to help high batch frequency users mix UV curing, water based flexo, screen and gravure inks to a high level of accuracy “at the touch of a button”. Its high level of automation has reduced Label Makers’ ink stock while its Windows based ink management software – said to deliver precise colour formulations to customer’s exact specification at speed – has cut mixing times by 50 per cent.
David Webster, managing director at Bradford based Label Makers, says: “Before, we were manually weighing and mixing 5kg tubs of ink at a time, storing them in the warehouse and then searching the shelves for the right colour by looking at the Pantone reference, which could be extremely time consuming. The Solaris Colorsat has eradicated the inconvenience of both storing and searching for the mixed inks. It automatically retrieves base inks directly through pipes from the main Sun Chemical ink reservoirs, mixes the colours required and then dispenses the made up colours into tubs ready for the press.
We employ the Solaris Colorsat to mix around 80 per cent of the inks we use for our flexo presses and it provides us with a cleaner, more efficient and highly accurate way of mixing the exact colour specifications we require for the brand colours adopted by a number of high profile customers.”
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