Graphic Label Solutions installs EFI Jetrion LED Inkjet Press
EFI's Jetrion 4950lx LED inkjet narrow web press
BELGIUM • Graphic Label Solutions (GLS), a WBENC Certified Diversity Supplier headquartered in Columbia, Tennessee has become the first company in the United States to install EFI’s Jetrion 4950lx LED inkjet narrow web press.
The purchase reflects the continual, strategic steps GLS takes to refine both its market position and the strategic advantage it offers to clients. Last year, GLS’s progressive approach earned the U.S. Small Business Administration’s HUBZone Company of the Year award for the State of Tennessee. Now, GLS is fully engaged on its next significant initiative, ramping up sustainability efforts to meet corporations’ growing need for greener, environmentally friendly supply chains. The Jetrion 4950lx press, which uses much less energy than other analogue or digital narrow web printing methods, is key to GLS’s environmental offering.
“The brands we work with are all setting goals for sustainability, and they want suppliers who share that commitment,” according to GLS’s founder and president, Deb Warner. “When I first saw EFI Jetrion UV-inkjet technology a few years ago, I knew it would help us offer high quality while reducing waste. LED was the missing piece I needed to really address what our clients are looking for from a sustainability perspective.”
GLS’s new Jetrion 4950lx LED press extends the versatile capabilities of EFI’s digital label printing systems, and gives users the ability to produce more primary applications with higher image quality. The press can also reproduce smaller type all the way down to 2-point text, which allows for creativity in the security market.
EFI’s “cool cure” LED UV-inkjet curing technology gives GLS the ability to run thin and challenging stocks ranging from 0.5 mil to 30+ mil thick. The press also reduces costs with lower energy usage and LED’s significantly longer lamp life compared to traditional UV-curing lamps.
The Jetrion 4950lx LED press prints on the same substrates GLS used on conventional equipment, providing a level of flexibility that Warner can use to expand offerings in multiple new markets, with a major focus on sustainably managed, “cradle to cradle” applications.
GLS is producing sustainable products with its Jetrion press, including a point-of-purchase “shelf talker” tag printed on a completely biodegradable, paper-like substrate made of stone. GLS is also using the press to develop new UL- and cUL-approved OEM labels and decals. The Jetrion 4950lx press is the first Jetrion product compatible with a full range of flexible packaging and shrink sleeves substrates, which opens the door to still more new applications at GLS.