Stephen Hancock ex-Domino UK veteran and now with Trimatt Systems in Australia, is visiting label converters around the country. He says even the smallest label printing business can benefit from the great digital technologies that Trimatt Systems has to offer.
20-year veteran working with Domino in the UK, has joined Melbourne-based print finishing company Trimatt Systems. Stephen Hancock joins the Trimatt team, obviously to enhance their Domino know-how, but also offers a great depth of experience across the Trimatt range of products. When “Labels Plus” spoke to Stephen in Sydney, where he is based, he said he’ll go wherever Trimatt Managing Director Matt Johnson, needs his expertise.
“I’ve only been in the country for a few short months, but I am meeting a lot of nice people in the Australian label market,” commented Stephen, “and I’m getting to know how I can help Trimatt add value to people’s label businesses. As you know I worked for Domino for 20 years, mostly in the Digital Print Systems specialist division. Trimatt is a Domino agent so I am very familiar with the products and the applications.”
Asked if he’d been part of the Domino digital technology development period, which they had been highly successful with, Stephen said he had and previously spent a four-year period working for Domino in Australia around a decade ago. “My daughter was born here, and so I jumped at the chance to come back to Australia, and to work with Trimatt Systems. Trimatt has represented Domino for a long, successful time. They have a history of installations of the Kyocera-based systems into the marketplace. So they already have a lot of experience in high-resolution full-width Domino solutions.”
Stephen said the three main areas of the label industry where Domino excels, is variable data printing; over-printing of numbers; barcodes. “But there is a wider range of printing technologies available,” explained Stephen. “They cover cartridge-based solutions for numbering; for pharmaceutical: security label applications; promotional games and loyalty schemes – wherever over-printing is required. And Trimatt has a range of solutions, not just the Domino, but equipment that can be readily adapted onto existing presses or finishing lines.
“Our specialty is adding value to products to help printers add more value and profit into the jobs they are doing. Maybe they want to undertake automation and bring work back in-house that they have had out-sourced. In a similar vein, we also have our Lake Image inspection camera system, which suits the label market and brings quality inspection and checking to label print. It is a very good brand from the UK and is a company I have known for a long time and have worked with in the UK. We’re also working in the over-printing area with ACR systems, using verification cameras to ensure that any variable data on the label is 100% complete.”
Trimatt he said, also supplies handling systems to the labelling industry to feed content leaflets onto labels –either with glue or laminated onto a label. “This is increasingly a requirement where customers have to get an amount of information onto a label and so are using multi-part labels. Trimatt supplies a multi-speed system designed with accurate placement of leaflets and high-speed over-labelling. This is where an additional label is required to be put onto the web. So there is a range of facets to what Trimatt does.” He said Trimatt manufactures a lot of equipment in Australia as well as bringing it in from world-class suppliers like Domino, in order to provide intelligent solutions.
Stephen said Domino now had a sophisticated technology hub in Hong Kong for interested Australian printers. “They have sold over 100 N610 digital colour presses, and boast a lot of duplicate repeat sales to existing owners,” added Stephen. “I think digital inkjet technology can transform label printers, from the very smallest. If a label printer has an open mind to the benefits that digital inkjet can bring, to grow and to win business based on print quality and cost per label, then the Domino digital inkjet has something to offer. There’s no difference in any market. Australia has the same access to world-class suppliers like Domino, to provide intelligent solutions.
“At Trimatt Systems, we’re keen to understand any issues or problems that label manufacturers have with the printing and finishing of their labels, because we have a lot of experience in integrating solutions that will add value.
“The Domino N610i is the digital label press that really fits into the Australian market and based on the speed of presses like Domino and linked with the efficiency of a digital process, you have a printing solution with unrivalled productivity.”