Juih Tay Co., Ltd., a letterpress converter for label based in Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, has recently installed a narrow-web BOBST M1 inline UV flexo printing and converting press with the goal to diversify its production and enter new sectors of the label market.
Over the past 30 years, Juih Tay has built a wide customer base in Thailand. The company manufactures and produces all sort of stickers and labels for a variety of industries and products including food, cosmetics, tires, and cars. The company has different kinds of printing technology in its plant including silkscreen, rotary, and letterpress equipment. Letterpress technology was not enough to fulfil customer demands for higher quality output and turnaround times were too long. Moreover, some label applications could not be produced by letterpress technology.
In order to diversify production, John Liao, the owner of the company decided to invest in a more efficient machine with short setup and fast changeovers times and minimum waste. In 2018, he visited the Labelexpo Southeast Asia exhibition and saw the BOBST stand where the M1 narrow-web machine was in demonstration.
“I was impressed by the machine performance,” Liao said. “The ease of operation, the printing and converting workflow all in one pass, and the high quality of the output, it was just what I was looking for.”
Juih Tay’s M1 is a 10-color machine, 370 mm web width with inline units including cold foil stamping, printing on adhesive (stickers), coating of varnishes and lacquers, as well as die-cutting for the production of high added value labels in a single pass. The assisted pre-register setting and, above all, the PrintTutor cameras installed on every print unit are much appreciated by the company especially because due to their combined action, startup times and waste are minimized. The machine has been in production since March 2019.
“Through the press automation there is little margin for human error,” said Liao. “There is little need for the operator to adjust the register at speed variation, because the press brings it automatically in register, one color after the other and keeps the register during all stages of production. Waste at job changeover averages 30 meters, which is excellent.”
In addition to being highly productive in a sustainable way, the M1 also enables connectivity though the PrintTutor camera.
“Customers can access the production data from remote devices, such as smart phones, or PC anytime and they can use the information to further increase efficiency,” said Sebastien Geffrault, Zone Business Director BU WF, South East Asia Pacific.