Smyth Companies Invests in Mitsubishi Sheetfed Press
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Smyth Companies, a label printer specializing in label and package promotion solutions for consumer goods markets, has purchased a Mitsubishi Diamond 3000LX sheetfed press to accelerate job turnarounds at its Bedford, Va., plant.
The Diamond 3000LX is scheduled for installation in July. The press is the third 8-color, 40-inch model Smyth Companies has purchased from Mitsubishi. The Diamond 3000LX can accommodate the wide range of paper and specialty nonporous substrates used at the Bedford facility, including C1S and C2S label stock, paperboard, and polypropylene.
In business since 1877, Smyth Companies caters to the food, beverage, personal care, household care, and private label markets. Some of the best-known brands benefit from Smyth Companies’ innovative labeling solutions.
A total of five manufacturing facilities in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Colorado operate sheetfed, flexographic, and rotary screen presses, as well as digital printing systems. Smyth Bedford emphasizes glue-applied paper and film labels and in-mold labels. Its cut-and-stack labels are applied to cans, jars, and bottles, while its in-mold labels are found on injection-molded food containers and lids.
Smyth Bedford’s Diamond 3000LX will be equipped with an anilox coater, plus three interdeck ultraviolet (UV) modules and end-of-press UV lamps from Grafix to handle thin film stocks and provide UV curing of coatings. The interdeck lamps can be moved to any of the eight units through docking stations.
The press incorporates special features that improve print quality on heat-sensitive substrates. Air pans, water-cooled jackets, and antistatic bars on the press help eliminate marking, warping, and static when printing on plastics.
Inline conversion from roll to sheet is an especially effective solution for printing in the labels and packaging segment. A Mabeg RS 104 inline roll sheeter specifically engineered for nonstop operation of the Diamond 3000LX will allow the Bedford plant to print on plastic materials that are difficult to run from a cut pile.