Yorkshire-based Hine Labels Ltd, a family-owned company, has grown steadily ever since Bill Hine’s father started the company 30 years ago.
Over the years, Hine Labels has become increasingly known for their ability to handle challenging work, specialising in solutions such as punching, die-cutting, screen, multiple processing, and multi-layer labels, as well as printing on a wide range of materials. They recently purchased their fourth Nilpeter flexo press: An FB-3300S, featuring full servo, full auto register, pre-setting with an IST UV-system. In addition, Hine Labels opted for several additional features such as sheeter conveyor, turner bar, delam/relam, full rail system, screen printing, cold foil, and fan folding.
“We were experiencing an ever increasing demand for high quality technical labels”, Bill Hine explains, “We couldn’t cope with the demand, so in Spring 2012 we decided to expand our capacity in volume and in features. Full servo and hot air dryers combined with UV-curing were pivotal features, which is one of the reasons why we went for the FB-3300S”. Hine Labels requires hot air drying for their water-based production, and in conjunction with UV-curing, they find the combination second to none.
When asked about the benefits of their new press, Bill Hine is quick to respond, “The auto register is staggering. It just stays put! Sometimes we think the monitor doesn’t work because the register cross on the screen is so accurate”. He also adds, “This press is a huge step forward. The quality is better and easier to maintain and also the press operators find it user-friendly. It saves us a lot of time and material because it goes into register very fast and it stays there”.
As Hine Labels often prints on challenging filmic substrates, it is essential that the press maintains accurate registration. They now save a lot of time and material thanks to the FB-3300S’outstanding tension control. Bill Hine explains, “Our operators prefer Nilpeter presses because their tension control is better than on other presses in our shop”.
Bill Hine knew he wanted a Nilpeter press because he has been able to rely on them for 15 years, “Our Nilpeter presses are astonishingly reliable. They are very robust, solid, and well-engineered, and we don’t experience down time due to mechanical failure”.