UK/ISRAEL • OPM Group has installed its second AVT Helios print inspection system with a third and fourth planned for later this year, resulting in a 100% production line auality control. The investment is part of the operation’s vision to become one of Europe’s top-performing label and flexible packaging printers.
The AVT Helios print inspection system is designed for labels and narrow web printing. According to the company, it offers 100% Quality Assurance across the entire print production workflow – from set-up through printing to finishing – inspecting any application and any substrate or print type.
Susan Ellison, owner of OPM Group states: “Print is an increasingly competitive industry, we are constantly looking for new technologies and innovations. Our vision is to maintain our position as one of Europe’s top-performing printers of quality and innovative labels and flexible packaging. Our strategy is not designed around what or clients expect today.”
Ellison continues: “We recognise that the markets will expect something different in the future. […] The consumer driven process of printed labels and packaging is already becoming more impatient, more demanding and more discerning.”
Privately-owned, independent, OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Ltd was established over 40 years ago. It currently serves more than 600 clients in both domestic and export markets spanning several sectors such as pharmaceutical, health and beauty, beverage and food.
Since 2009, has made continuous capital investment, including printing presses as well as an fully automated MIS system, linked to Esko , GMG and ink mixing technology software to ensure that it is always at the forefront of the label and packaging technology. It runs six Nilpeter UV flexo presses complemented by finishing equipment from Bar Graphic Machinery.
Second AVT installation
AVT’s Helios print inspection system was added to OPM’s Nilpeter Asterix Flexo printing operation and at the finishing line, completed with Martin Automatic Fly and splice automation. Both Helios inspection systems are linked to AVT’s PrintFlow Manager and PrintFlow Central quality and process control workflows.
PrintFlow Manager ensures that inspection data collected from all inspection platforms is presented directly to the PCs of print managers and key personnel, promoting improved monitoring, analysis and increased internal production quality and efficiency.
PrintFlow Central enables automatic storage of inspection data as well as job setup data from AVT inspection systems into a single computer (server), enabling improved backup of job parameters/inspection data together with continuous availability of inspection data for PrintFlow Manager as well as WorkFlow Link stations.
Susan Ellison further explains: “Thanks to AVT, we are continuously getting better at eliminating waste and error. […] 100% inspection is key to ensuring all products are fit for purpose and delivered in full and on time, utilising AVT’s best in class print control solutions and our strict QA procedures this is a given”.
OPM selected AVT after a peer inquiry about the company’s reliability, training and customer service. All feedback was positive, comments Ms. Ellison: “So we decided to go to drupa and meet the AVT Team for a demo of the latest software and equipment. Its ease of use was quickly illustrated. We also see the links to Esko workflows and KPI /control data capture as huge benefits.” OPM Group was awarded their Zero Labels 2 Landfill Certification from BPIF Labels confirming that OPM’s waste was being treated according to the scheme compliance requirements.
This investment is part of OPM’s aim to continually improve its QA systems on all presses and finishing over the next three years with added software automation and Martin Automation systems.
“We’re committed to growing through continual investment in people and world-class technologies,” adds Chris Ellison, Managing Director who is also the current President of FINAT, the European association for the self-adhesive label and narrow-web converting industry. “We always think about the long-term strategy. Average doesn’t work for us, which is why we’re passionate about helping our clients to achieve excellence in all areas of their work. Staying up to speed with the latest technology is mandatory.”
OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Ltd is based in Leeds, UK. It was originally an engineering company manufacturing mechanical overprinting machines. In 1988 the company was bought by the current owners Chris and Sue Ellison. They started producing plain and printed self-adhesive labels under the new name of OPM. The addition, in 1999, of a further site allowed for production of flexible packaging.
Today, there are more than 900 clients. The company runs six Nilpeter UV flexo presses including a Nilpeter FA-5 584 mm 10-colour press with inline solvent lamination- according to the company the only one of its kind in Europe – as well as finishing equipment from Bar Graphic Machinery.
AVT offers solutions in print process control, quality assurance and press control for the packaging, labels, and commercial print industries and is headquartered in Hod-Hasharon, Israel.