U.S. based Peachtree Packaging & Display has invested in a new state-of-the-art ink kitchen to automate and enhance its flexo printing services. Designed by Poteet Printing Systems, the revamped ink kitchen digitally blends raw materials to achieve brilliant and precise custom colors for point-of-purchase (POP) displays and direct to consumer experiential packaging™ graphic packaging solutions.
“Poteet Printing Systems has been Peachtree’s ink supplier going on 20 years. They have helped us tremendously grow our display division,” said Chad Wagner, CEO and president of Peachtree Packaging & Display. “Poteet’s lab, customer service and technical representatives are always ready to provide Peachtree Packaging what we need to be successful in flexo graphic printing.”
Digital ink management is the gold standard for high volume printing companies. The new ink kitchen updates the previously manual process of blending CMYK and base colors. Using SPEC I-Blend software and water-based, environmentally friendly products, the ink kitchen works in tandem with the high-volume production capabilities of Peachtree Packaging’s Gopfert 5-Color Dual-Die Cutting Press. Brought online in August 2018, the Gopfert is a best-in-class flexographic printer that provides a total capacity of 10,000 full-size sheets per hour. Peachtree Packaging produces approximately 1.5 million square feet of product daily. That equates to 31 NFL football fields of corrugated cardboard.
According to the company, the new ink system accomplishes in seconds what used to take minutes. The production team can save formulas for future projects, which further cuts production time. The new system expands the ink kitchen’s total footprint and creates a more efficient workflow. Enhancing the digital ink printing capabilities further streamlines the company’s production capabilities while improving overall performance and quality control.