In 1988 Mr. David Shepherd, of
Mississauga, Ontario, conceived a plan to open a Label Converting facility
in Truro, Nova Scotia. At that time, he was involved in a family label
operation in Mississauga and wanted to expand on his own. He teamed up with
computer programmer and mechanical expert Edwin Simms, who he hired as his
CEO to oversee his operation. On May 1, 1988 Precision Datalabel Ltd. was
The first equipment installed was a
flatbed 13" web, Kluge single colour letter press, producing pin-fed
datalabels. It consisted of 4 separate units: roll unwind with pinfeed punches,
a clamshell style printing station, a clamshell style flatbed die cutting
station, and roll and waste rewind unit. Each unit operated independently, but
were timed to each other with make-and-brake opposing light sensors. The
sensors controlled the start and stop of each unit by reading the flow of paper
as it passed between units. At nearly 7’ high and 30’ long, it was a beauty,
but it was quickly realized it could not keep up with label demands; it was
time to go shopping.
Our next equipment purchase was a
shiny new Franklin 6 colour Foil Hot Stamping press with flatbed die cutting.
Producing all label styles, shapes, colours, including metallic and
holographic, this press with its embossing/debossing abilities is still in
Shortly after that purchase, we
embraced a more modern technology, and purchased our first Flexographic Press,
a Unitron 8.0", three (3) colour with central impression drum. This
definite advance in technology eventually caused our old Kluge letterpress to
be handed on to a new home.
Eventually, the need for increased
production resulted in more equipment needed, it was time to go shopping again.
This time, we gave a brand new Canadian made Aquaflex DBX10 a home. This
10", Six (6) colour in-line flexographic press, loaded with all the bells and
whistles, is still the mainstay of Precision Datalabel’s label production.
In 2005, David Shepherd retired,
selling out the business to Edwin and his partner and wife of 40 years, Barbara
Simms. David enjoyed his life and retirement, and often dropped by to make sure
we were “doing it right”. Sadly, David passed
in the Spring of 2014, and is surely missed.
The addition of our “Direct-To-Print”
label technology, has been PDL’s latest expansion and technological
advancement. This ability to produce customized full-colour labels in virtually
any shape and size without the cost of dies or printing plates continues to
prove its usefulness and value to our customers on a daily basis.
Today Precision Datalabel Inc. is
going strong, and continues to produce high quality labels for local, national
and international markets.
We are here to help you with your
ideas and to label your products no matter what they might be.