Coast to Coast
Dion Label Expands Digital Printing Capacity with HP Indigo Addition
PALO ALTO, Calif—Dion Label has expanded its digital printing capacity with an HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press to support continued growth of its label and packaging converting business. The press will accommodate its customers’ growing demands for fast turnaround, high quality and streamlined, multiple-SKU production.
Installed in early March, Dion Label’s new press runs alongside the firm’s remaining HP Indigo press ws4050. Both presses use a suite of HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging workflow solutions developed by converting prepress technology firm EskoArtwork.
“Short run, multiple SKUs, repeatable high-quality printing, and the ability for variable data has helped to maintain our steady growth,” said Randy Duhaime, vice president, Dion Label. “The purchase of the HP Indigo WS6000 will allow us to continue this trend with longer run lengths transitioning from our conventional flexographic printing department to our digital department. WS6000 enhancements, such as its large repeat length and its ability to print on substrates from 12 microns to 450 microns, will open additional opportunities.”
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