Natalii prints cost-effective with Equinox and Automation Engine

Polish label specialist Natalii streamlines workflow with Esko’s Automation Engine. Equinox allows for more high quality jobs and a faster turnaround.

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Natalii logo

Industry
Label manufacturer

Solution
Equinox
Automation Engine


The customer

A reliable partner for any printing requirement

Natalii is a 100 per cent Polish owned family enterprise. Established in 1985 the label specialist has developed a highly-regarded reputation as one of Poland's leading label manufacturers. The pioneering enterprise was the first in Eastern Europe to launch the In Mould Label printing on polypropylene film for plastic package moulding.

Today, Natalii works with a number of large businesses, including food processing, chemical, cosmetic, automotive, pharmaceutical, and paper processing plants.

The market trend is for shorter runs, high quality print and tighter margins. We needed to innovate our label manufacturing process to enable us to achieve the same quality in our digital and flexo processes.

Tomasz Fiebich, Production Coordinator, Natalii, Poland

The challenge

Continuous development of equipment

“The market trend is for shorter runs, high quality print and tighter margins,” says Tomasz Fiebich, Production Coordinator. “We needed to innovate our label manufacturing process to enable us to achieve the same quality in our digital and flexo processes.”

Because you don’t have to clean the anilox rollers, set-up is much faster. It used to be couple of hours to make ready, now it’s 15 minutes. It’s hard to imagine how we worked before.

Tomasz Fiebich, Production Coordinator, Natalii, Poland

The solution

Proof consistent with print

The answer was Equinox to deliver the quality required and Automation Engine to streamline the process. Says Fiebich; “We wanted to be the first to deliver higher quality, a better look for customers, and at the same time lower costs. We invested in a new proofer to print in Equinox and for the first time the proof is consistent with the print. The process is more stable.”

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Standardization of the prepress process translates into faster make-readies and now we can print most jobs in up to seven colors. Besides cost reductions, we now get more jobs printed with the extended gamut and have also achieved a quality match of digital print with flexo. We now run about 60% of new jobs on Equinox.

Tomasz Fiebich, Production Coordinator, Natalii, Poland

The benefits

Make ready in 15 minutes

He continues: “Standardization of the prepress process translates into faster make-readies and now we can print most jobs in up to seven colors. Besides cost reductions, we now get more jobs printed with the extended gamut and have also achieved a quality match of digital print with flexo. We now run about 60% of new jobs on Equinox.”

He adds, “Our Full HD Flexo customers were requesting offset quality on Flexo, and that is what they get today. The customers originally were a bit reluctant to use Equinox, but once they saw the print results they fell in love with it. They now can have highly vivid color in a faster and more cost-effective way.”

The investment has also had a positive impact on production times: “Because you don’t have to clean the anilox rollers, set-up is much faster,” adds Fiebich. “It used to be couple of hours to make ready, now it’s 15 minutes. It’s hard to imagine how we worked before.”

  • much faster set-up times
  • more jobs printed
  • cost-effective
  • highly vivid colors
  • offset like quality in flexo print
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