Jet Label commits to total platform redundancy at primary manufacturing facility
By Canadian Packaging staffConverting Coding & Labeling Printing Delta diecutters HP Indigo digital press Jet Label & Packaging Ltd.
Granular level of redundancy vastly minimizes risk for labeling customers
Edmonton, Alberta—Jet Label & Packaging Ltd., one of the largest Canadian producers of labels and printed tape for a broad range of industries, has announced commitment to total platform redundancy at its primary manufacturing facility in Edmonton.
Acquiring duplicates of critical machinery and components brings speed and economic benefits for customers, and minimizes risk by diminishing delay due to scheduled or sudden machinery downtime. The redundancy is necessary to maintain customer satisfaction while growing double digits annually.
At its Edmonton production plant, Jet Label has doubled up on all equipment—including the twin HP Indigo digital presses and Delta diecutters. Other couplings include a pair of wide presses, eight-color flexo presses, and rewinders for each press width.
The company also is moving toward complete redundancy at its Coquitlam, British Columbia facility, which it secured by acquiring United Label Company in 2017.
With proper preventive maintenance, today’s flexo and digital machines remain robust and rarely experience unforeseen mechanical breakdown.
“Although ‘outliers’ rarely occur, we don’t want to jeopardize our customers,” says Jet Label president and chief executive officer Darrell Friesen. “Our customers do not worry about having all their eggs in one basket.”
For printing industry manufacturers like Jet Label, commitment to total redundancy is a calculated risk. Despite obvious benefits of production consistency and customer reassurance, manufacturers typically make infrastructure investments based on anticipated business needs.
“Our decisions in adding redundant equipment has been realized across platforms, with causes like unexpected downtime, unexpected operator availability to unexpected growth,” states Friesen.
“Part of our commitment to total redundancy is an expectation of continued growth,” continues Friesen. “We’re willing to put the pieces in place as a landing zone for new business, a proactive approach that lends itself to in-person appraisals by prospective customers or, increasingly, cyber-tours.”
About Jet Label & Packaging Ltd.
With manufacturing facilities in Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet Label produces labels and printed tape efficiently and cost-effectively for a diverse portfolio of customers, including grocery stores such as Safeway and Sobeys, international forest product companies such as Canfor and West Fraser, consumer product companies such as Bee Maid Honey and Arctic Chiller, industrial application companies such as Acklands Grainger, Gregg Distributors, and All Weather Windows. Jet Label also supplies parking and boarding passes and baggage tags to the Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton International Airports. The Edmonton Police Service has also been a long standing customer. In addition to Edmonton and Vancouver, Jet has sales and distribution operations in Calgary, Prince George, Kelowna, Surrey, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. For more information, visit www.jet-label.com.