SPGPrints – Label converter installs direct laser engraver
SINGAPORE • National Label Company Asia SPGPrints’ nonwoven nickel RotaMesh 405 screen and installed a Rotalen direct laser engraver for imaging screens. According to the company the Singapore-based label converter wants to meet the demand for fine and small rotary screen-printed text from healthcare brand-owners, while achieving cost efficiencies
The company sees rotary screen printing as a complementary process for achieving numerous effects, like the opaque white for the ‘no label look,’ and vivid graphics that stand out on a crowded shelf and attract the consumer’s attention. SPGPrints’ RSI modules are featured on National Label’s three 440 mm (17”) wide Nilpeter presses – one flexo, one offset and one gravure; these presses are responsible for all output at the Singapore plant. The nickel RotaMesh screens used on the presses can be both re-used and re-imaged several times.
According to the company SPGPrints’ RotaMesh 405 was chosen by National Label for this application because its fine mesh met expectations of accuracy and clarity when reproducing small text in Asian writing systems. The machine combines relatively large open areas with thin, but robust stencil walls. The result is a mesh with approximately 164,000 holes per square inch. With the high mesh count, it is set to achieve sharp edges while avoiding the risk of clogging, while offering the same strength and resilience as screens for standard or coarser effects.
National Label also installed SPGPrints’ rotaLEN direct laser engraver to image screens in a digital process. In an engraving cycle that takes no more than 30 minutes, a CO2 laser burns away the lacquer.
Founded in 2013 and based in Singapore, the label converter provides decorative self-adhesive labels, predominately in the personal care, pharmaceutical and consumer battery markets.