Hine Labels match their colours

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Hine Labels match their colours

Hine Labels is a producer of very high quality selfadhesive and hot foil labels. The Rotherham company delivers a fast speed of service for trade only customers. Hine Labels, a 42 staff operation has significant firepower with a battery of five flexo presses alongside both Xeikon and Screen Trupress digital presses.
When Hine Labels was looking for better colour consistency between its Xeikon dry toner and Screen Trupress UV digital ink devices it turned to technical colour specialists Colour Engine for help.
Bill Hine, director at Hine Labels, explained: ‘When we started we had quite a few issues with colour. Consistency was lacking from device to device, process to process, month to month, year to year. We weren’t the only ones; other label printers were telling us that they also had issues with consistency of colour with pressesand with front with consistency of colour with presses and with front ends similar to the ones we had.'

 

The results

 He continued, ‘The solution was the implementation of Alwan ColorHub, Print Standardizer and Print Verifier software with Colour Engine working through colour issues with us, whilst the presses were pretty much still in full production.’ ColorHub intelligently optimised files, resulting in a step up in the quality of colour and the sharpness of images. ‘Greys were massively improved saving us valuable production time,’ added Bill. ‘Before the ColorHub installation, printing greys was always particularly tricky and could result in the last minute fiddling with the job on press. 

Now spot colours, when printed on digital presses or flexo presses are excellent and substantially above commercial standards.’ Bill went on to say, ‘Before Colour Engine we had limited knowledge of colour management and we needed training, conceptual, process and handson work such as taking measurements. ‘It took some time for staff to become familiar with new ways of working, but knowledge of colour management has improved throughout the business and now, questions arising are handled internally by Ryan our production manager, supported by Colour Engine, which can login remotely if there is a problem.’ Another problem the company had was when reprinting jobs on a different press. Bill said,
‘We couldn’t transfer job re-prints between the presses without the risk of a colour shift, particularly when printing spot colours. We can now! Alwan has been installed and our final product is completely consistent across both digital devices and flexo.’