Mercian Labels – Upgrades Its Daco DTR Label Rewinder
Mercian Labels having developed their business around short run work required a solution to the problematic rewinding of the labels due to the nature of the adhesive on some of their products.
Having looked at several solutions by other machine manufacturers, Mercian Labels decided that the Daco DTR machine was an ideal platform for the rewinding and providing an upgrade path for future developments was key to their decision to purchase in June 2008. The Daco DTR is unique in the fact that is does not use a nip roller, so at no time is the surface of the label touched. This makes the machine ideal for applications where there is adhesive bleed from some types of labels, applications that require numbering via inkjet and for the rewinding of ECL / Booklet labels.
Mercian after finding that the machine was a real asset to their short run division required that the machine was upgraded to dual product rewinds to increase the flexibility of the Daco DTR further. Several drawings where produced to see if the machine could be upgraded utilising the current machine cabinet and main plate. It became apparent that the machine would need a new cabinet and main plate.
Daco and Mercian decided on a date in both their production schedules where the machine could be released back to the Daco factory for the machine to be upgraded. Daco using their own machine shop manufactured a new main plate, drive shaft and air mandrel for the upgrade. The machine was delivered to Daco midday Thursday and the existing machine was totally stripped from its original main plate and cabinet, reassembled in the new cabinet, the second product rewind added and new machine software installed. The machine was completed and tested by the close of business Friday and the machine delivered back to Mercian Labels on the Monday morning.
Dr Adrian Steel comments “We have used Daco Solutions for a couple of tricky converting projects and have always been impressed with their design expertise, honestly and quality of the equipment they manufacture. Some of our applications have required non ‘vanilla’ solutions and its been reassuring that Mark and his team have been able to deliver a working solution first time, every time with excellent post installation support.” Mercian Labels Ltd are the premier short run label printing specialists for UK businesses. Manufacturing high quality digital labels, flexographic labels, hot foil labels on rolls for most applications.