A UK first for Elite Labels

A new range of value-adding bespoke labels has been added to the portfolio of services offered by label specialist Elite Labels, after it installed the UK’s first Horizon RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter from Intelligent Finishing Systems.

The RD-4055 Cutter can die-cut, kiss-cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole punch and round corner in one process for digital and offset printed sheets. Its repeat register function enables the running of multiple-up imposed applications with a smaller die to reduce die cost. It can offer up to five repeats in a single pass.

There is also simple and easy operation that reduces costly labour steps and increases productivity with easy setup and operation versus steel rule or mechanical dies.

The one pass processing 6,000 cycles per hour RD-4055 offers a maximum sheet size 400 x 550mm and substrate flexibility up to 0.5mm. It eliminates the costs of making a traditional steel rule – mechanical die and has a uniquely designed servo motor with a controlled Repeat Register feature that allows multiple-up applications from single-up die to minimise die cost.

“It will open new doors for us,” said Saabir Sidik, manager of Elite Labels in Leicester. “We will now be able to offer a range of options that are creative and cost effective. We can also be faster which means we will be able to increase capacity.

“We got an email about the new addition to the product range and it just came at the right time. Before we were hand cutting on a guillotine and drilling holes. The RD-4055 offered greater flexibility. We can now make dies to suit orders and we can be more creative with those dies.”

Elite also installed a B3+ Foliant Vega 400A compact industrial laminator, designed for heavy-duty digital outputs lamination, with an integrated deep pile vacuum feeder and a high speed bump separator, with non-sticky pressure roller and in-run adjustable twin de-curl bar and overlap system.

Mr Sidik added: “We are introducing lots of new things. We had a hand-fed laminating system but needed something faster and more automated to keep up with the increasing workload. We liked the Foliant. It is faster, easier to set up and operate. It was the perfect choice.”