Screen Americas’ (Elk Grove Village, Illinois) customer FastCap, a lean manufacturer of unique household products located in Ferndale, Washington, installed a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM Inkjet Label Press in June of 2020 and has since increased its productivity by a staggering 500%. A first-time customer of Screen Americas and new to inkjet technology, FastCap’s founder and CEO Paul Akers previously operated flexographic inline roll presses in his 50,000-square-foot-facility. Being a lean manufacturer of more than 800 products designed to improve the daily lives of woodworking professionals and homeowners, Akers operates his presses intermittently. Prior to purchasing Screen’s technology, the company had been devoting at least eight hours a day to any given print job. With the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM, those same jobs are now completed in as little as 7 minutes each! With the extra time, Akers is now able to schedule multiple print jobs in a single day and focus on other areas of the business that require attention.
At least 60% of FastCap’s printing projects have already been transferred to the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM and Akers expects to eventually migrate 100% of his printing jobs onto his new press. “The quality is better, the ink is more durable, and it’s faster than my other presses,” Akers pointed out. Choosing to invest in Screen’s technology was not a difficult decision for Akers. Already partial to Japanese technology, Akers needed a press that would meet specific challenges – including printing on certain grades of paper as well as printing close to the paper’s edge. Akers chose low-migration ink so that he’d have the ability to print labels for food products, and also opted to add white and orange to the standard CMYK colours, which the L350UV+LM UV can easily do. FastCap has over 2,000 distributors in 40 countries worldwide, and has earned the coveted Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for lean manufacturing in 2016.