Dantex Digital, part of the Dantex Group, will install PicoJet 330 UV inkjet digital press at newly formed printers, Norfolk-based Spectrum Digital Labels, during the first week of October. The investment comes after Spectrum’s founders admitted that having looked at other options, “no other press at this level comes close to the PicoJet 330 for running uncoated product – we can run any substrate and get an excellent result”.

Joint owners John Parker, managing director and Ian Tregay, sales director, recently established Spectrum Digital Labels after 30 years spent in the print industry. During their careers, both developed significant industry knowledge and experience, including forging a strong working relationship with Dantex. It was this mutual respect and trust from both parties, which ultimately helped broker the investment deal for PicoJet 330.

John Parker explains: “We have a long history of association with Dantex, way before they launched their successful digital division. It’s great to do business with them – Dantex has always had an awesome reputation for service and attention to customers’ needs. We are confident that once the press has been installed, it’s the start of a journey with Dantex and that they’ll be there throughout, working closely together with us to get the best out of the press.”

“The PicoJet has been on the radar for us for a while now, having seen it in action at the Dantex Digital site in Kettering,” added Ian Tregay. “We’re really impressed by the changeover speed from one substrate to another and the high-resolution quality is just awesome. We’ve included a number of options including white, variable data, slitter and edge trimmer, which will hold us in good stead for the foreseeable future”.

PicoJet 330 is a highly productive UV digital inkjet press, with ultra-high-speed production at up to 75m per minute and is capable of producing more than 9 million linear meters of printed labels per year. As a 5-colour printing system, it offers superior print quality thanks to its 2.5 picolitre droplet size and an effective resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. It also has a highly sophisticated transport system which controls the print run without displacement, whilst maintaining extremely stable Reel-to-Reel transfer conditions.

Profiling can be set up in minutes with simple adjustments to parameters when switching between standard substrates such as coated paper, PP, PE, Silver/metallic materials. The inking system offers superior laydown of each colour on the previously printed colour and maintains constant accuracy. In addition, PicoJet’s operator friendly PicoPilot software also makes it easy to prepare, print and switch from production to production.

PicoJet is a high specification CMYK printing system including, a recirculating ink system, web cleaner, specially designed ink delivery system, temperature-controlled backup roller, corona Unit and anti-static bar. This digital press also offers a range of optional features; white/varnish (opacity at 86%), variable data, additional mark sensors, chilled roller, full rotary die cut station & matrix remover, lamination, backslitter and slitter.

Commenting on Spectrum’s investment, Dantex’s director of operations, Andy Abbott, said: “John’s association with Dantex goes back many years, primarily as a supplier of plate materials and plate making equipment and more recently for our digital expertise. The history of our relationship has today given John the confidence to look at our digital offering and make PicoJet 330 their preferred choice for their new digital label printing venture. The impressive capabilities of this press; speed, quality and performance will help Spectrum reach their business targets in the shortest possible time”.