Labels Unlimited brings digital printing in-house with Mark Andy Digital One


Rami Akhras (right), owner of Labels Unlimited, in front of the new Digital One (photo: Mark Andy)
Rami Akhras (right), owner of Labels Unlimited, in front of the new Digital One (photo: Mark Andy)

The pressure sensitive label and hang tag manufacturer Labels Unlimited has recently installed a Mark Andy Digital One in a push to bring digital label production in-house. The company was first introduced to the Digital One solution at Labelexpo Americas 2016 in their hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and signed a purchase agreement on the show floor. Preceding the press acquisition was a two-year period in which the company searched for a digital technology that would accept unprimed material and would not require ancillary machinery for lamination and finishing. The Mark Andy digital hybrid press was the ideal fit and subsequently installed Q1 2017.

The Digital One out of the portfolio of the machinery company from St. Louis, Missouri, is a standalone digital label press with more than 40 units sold and in production. A dry toner CMYK printing process, multi-use flexo station, and inline converting and finishing functionality support growing demands for short runs and affordable decoration.

Labels Unlimited worked over the years to build their impressive book of flexographic business, consisting of food, cosmetic, and beverage clients. The company previously outsourced short run and versioned work to a local partner with a traditional digital press. With the addition of a Mark Andy Digital One, they are now able to produce the same work internally at a fraction of the cost of farming out the runs.

When asked about their degree of satisfaction with the press, Labels Unlimited’s owner Rami Akhras shared: “We’re pleased with the versatility and simplicity of the press. No expensive topcoats are needed with the Digital One and it is compatible with a wide range of substrates.”