Second generation printing industry members, John Bryson and David Edwards, have launched their own business providing sales and service for industrial printing equipment for the direct-to-object, UV labelling, robotics and UV coding and marking markets in Australia.
The new venture, Inkdustrial, was recently launched with Bryson handling sales and Edwards running the servicing side of the business.
Bryson told Sprinter the suite of products Inkdustrial offers tie in well together and are all about helping print businesses evolve towards industry 4.0. The products are targeted at businesses already producing packaging and labels, offset printers looking to diversify into labels and other industrial print and promotional companies.
“David and I are both second generation and we have a lot of experience in the industry. We are experienced industry professionals with history at one of the larger market-leading wide format manufacturers,” Bryson told Sprinter.
“But our experience goes beyond that. We have worked in the printing industry for 20 years each, my father was a printer and David’s father was at packaging machinery supplier JL Lennard – so we are second generation in the industry.
“We are really focused on the specialised industrial printing market.”
Inkdustrial is focusing on four key areas of expertise: direct-to-object printing with a focus on bottles, UV label production, robotics and UV marking and coding.
The company’s direct-to-object bottle printing range is sourced through Sweden’s ACG Nystrom.
“I’ve got a long history with screen printing in this direct-to-object printing market. These machines can print a full decoration on a standard drink bottle in less than a minute with white printing, gloss printing and primer. We’ve also got a tube variant which can print direct to tubes which is perfect for sunscreen and cosmetic products like that,” Bryson said.
UV inkjet labelling
“We’ve partnered with a company called Monotech Systems out of India and they have an economical UV label inkjet printer so it can handle five or six colour printing, UV curing and is field upgradable from 216mm wide to 324mm wide. So you can start with four colour and you can add white or add orange or go wider on the colour,” Bryson said.
“We are really targeting more entry level markets with this press which has the same printhead performance as more expensive units, but we are able to bring it to this market at a more economical price point. We also have solutions for smaller print shops that want to get into inkjet labels as we have a Memjet system as well which is ordinary aqueous.”
Robotics and automation
“These systems enable operators to automate the bottle printer, but it can also be used on small and large flatbed printers. It is a six-axis robot that can be used to pick and place sheets onto the flatbed and we’ve got smaller robots to automatically load the bottles into the bottle printer,” Bryson said.
“So it is really working towards that industry 4.0 lights out. It is about keeping staff in skilled labour and letting the machines do the repetitive work. It allows printers to take a $300,000 flatbed printer and make it run 24 hours a day so you can improve your return on investment. It can load the individual bottles into the machine.”
Inkdustrial also offers equipment for UV coating and marking to create date codes, QR codes and other codes for traceability on wide range of products.
For more information about any of Inkdustrial’s products, please contact John Bryson at [email protected].
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