Durst Tau /TLF Graphics Press Release
TLF Graphics Acquires First Tau 330 LFS End–to-End Solution in North America!
Interview with Bob McJury, TLF Graphics Partner & VP of Sales
“There is literally nothing that isn’t exceptional about Durst!”
Established New York firm TLF Graphics has acquired their first piece of Durst equipment: the Tau 330 LFS. Durst’s inkjet system for digital labels and specialty packaging employs inline state of the art Spartanics Laser Finishing Systems that allow maximum flexibility in finishing and facilitate lean label manufacturing, going from digital file to finished product in a single production step.
About TLF Graphics: Founded in 1980 as a flexographic/screen printing label company, TLF Graphics has evolved into a $21mil company with over 50,000 square feet of overlapping analog and digital print capacity. Partners Ron LeBlanc, Dan Wagner and Bob McJury have led the firm, which specializes in industrial labels, product decoration, and retail signage, to become a regional leader in terms of horsepower, broad capability, and technology.
About Durst: Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH is a leading manufacturer of professional digital imaging systems. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen, Italy, and Lienz, Austria, and has major offices in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Singapore. Durst’s reputation for quality, precision, innovation and reliability spans more than 75 years.
When TLF Graphics leadership stopped by the Durst booth at last month’s Labelexpo Americas, they were curious about the press’s laser finishing, but had all but decided to move ahead with a planned upgrade to their toner-based press, as well as adding another similar machine. Says VP of Sales Bob McJury, “When we were exposed to the Tau just last month at Labelexpo, we were blown away. It is the device for the markets we serve. We were deeply impressed by the image quality and the durability of the image. We have tested others – but the Tau’s durability was far beyond anything we had tested. This press will allow us to outpace our competition with its quality, speed, and in-line laser finishing system.
TLF Graphics projects significant cost reductions with the Tau 330’s digital workflow. They estimate that over and above their prime label production, 40% of screen print jobs will travel to the Tau, providing an enormous labor savings and increasing their competitive edge.
Mr. McJury continues, “Durst didn’t need to sell our company on increased SKUs, personalization, more frequent orders, etc – we are already committed to the benefits of digital devices. But we believe the HD print mode and Spartanics laser finishing are real game changers from a technology and cost reduction standpoint. The 1000-watt Spartanics laser system we feel is the best on the market today. We were also attracted by the fact that we don’t have to use coated materials, there are no frame size limitations, and this press has the ability to print up to 190 inches long. We can’t say enough about the people at Durst, and the companies they partner with.
According to McJury, the press’s speed and ability to react – and do so competitively – is remarkable. “Durst has exceeded our expectations in both the sales process, the quality of the people we’ve dealt with, the actual construction of the equipment – there is literally nothing that isn’t exceptional about Durst!”
Durst is excited to partner with an industry leading company that is as well respected as TLF Graphics", says Richard Thomas, Business Development manager for Label & Specialty Packaging Systems. “TLF Graphics has a long successful history dedicated toward creating and managing brilliant print products. Their acquisition of the Tau LFS 330 exemplifies TLF Graphics' commitment to making incredible print products and offering advanced printing solutions to their customers.”
TLF Graphics is enthusiastic about their Durst UV inkjet purchase, and expects to place another order in the near future. Says Partner Dan Wagner, “I can imagine a future when we have multiple Tau 330 LFS presses – and that’s our whole business. They are truly transformational.”