4 Ways to Increase Label Press Productivity with Automation

EpsonOctober 29, 2021

There’s a reason the global market for automation continues to grow rapidly: The technology can enable organizations to work faster and more effectively than ever before. Organizations can leverage automation and let technology do the more tedious, repetitive tasks while employee skills can focus on productivity and management for more improved workflows.

Automation can help improve many facets of the label business. For example, flexo presses have added processes such as embossing, foiling and silk-screen operations to a single set up, while automated job flow such as web-to-print is becoming a more common way to accept large quantities of small jobs.

Automation can help boost your label printing capabilities

Automation can also play a pivotal role in your organization’s label printing capabilities. To illustrate, here are four ways Epson SurePress L-6534 automation features can help make a difference:

1. Monitoring web tension

Web breaks, which occur when a roll of paper or other printing material rips in half, can be disastrous to your company’s printing output. When a web break occurs, operations grind to a halt, materials are wasted, and workers can get frustrated.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine when a web break might happen.

Thanks to automation, sensors can automatically monitor web tension to alert and adjust before a web break occurs, enabling you to take action and help avoid downtime.

2. Making maintenance easy

Maintenance is another source of frustration for printing companies. When printers need tune-ups, productivity can stall.

Automation can help save the day here, too. With automated inkjet nozzle cleaning and verification, teams only need to perform manual maintenance once every 24 hours.

This, in turn, can help reduce downtime, simplify maintenance, and free operators to focus on other important tasks.

3.Streamlining substrate changing

It’s not uncommon to struggle with printing productivity when substrates need to be changed and a check or calibration must be done to ensure registration with the new substrate.

Automation can help solve this problem. With the right printing solution in place, operators don’t have to make any registration adjustments when changing substrates. Instead, web characteristics can be adjusted with the touch of a button.

These presets can help enable printers to automatically remember relevant details for each substrate and job, helping to further increase productivity.

4. Decreasing waste and increasing output

Delays between multiple jobs are another common pain point for label printing shops. When you have to set up each project manually, output can decrease.

Epson’s SurePress L-6534 automation capabilities deliver a job grouping function that helps speed up press runs. Whether using grouping or the rewind feature, you can minimize delays and reduce substrate waste when switching between jobs — which can increase output.

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For more information about how automation can transform your label printing operation, visit Epson.com/SurePress.

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