7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Friday, March 16, 2012

Drytac film laminates FDA compliant for food contact use

Drytac’s popular Emerytex laminating films are now certified to be compliant with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations governing materials that can be used for surfaces that come in contact with food. This means that this clear PVC based laminating film can be used on applications like place mats, coasters, menu boards, countertops and wall and tabletop graphics.

After being independently tested, the Emerytex surface was found to meet all the qualifications of FDA regulations for PVC films used in food contact applications as well as European Regulation No 321/2011 for Bisphenol A (BPA) content.

Emerytex is a non-glare, pebble-textured, clear PVC laminating film with a scuff-resistant finish. Emerytex is available with a heat-activated adhesive (MediaShield Emerytex) and two different pressure-sensitive adhesives sold under Protac Emerytex and Interlam Pro Emerytex.

Flint Group raises prices on Coldset Black Inks

Flint Group North America has announced a price increase on black coldset inks, effective April 1, 2012, subject to existing contracts. Prices will increase by US$0.04 per pound (CAD$0.09 per kilo) for black coldset inks used to print newspapers, directories, books and web-coldset commercial applications.

Increased global demand for certain petroleum-derived raw materials, coupled with the increased price of crude oil, has raised the costs of the primary materials used to produce black coldset inks. Specifically, costs of refined naphthenic oils and carbon black have sharply increased.

The number of naphthenic oil refiners has decreased over time. A few remaining North American refiners now supply the majority of worldwide demand, exporting a significant amount of their production overseas. Norm Harbin, Business Director, News Inks for Flint Group, notes that the industry “no longer competes solely on a domestic basis for these resources, but rather in a global environment.”

Meanwhile, carbon black manufacturers removed a significant amount of capacity at the height of this recession. Demand has since increased, especially for the tire industry, and carbon black suppliers now find themselves at full capacity with no plans for expansion. Flint Group is taking every possible measure to mitigate the impact of this increase,” says Norm. “We appreciate customers’ understanding of the market conditions that make this price increase necessary.”

GSE Dispensing exhibits lean, integrated paste management solutions at ITM 2012

At ITM 2012, in Istanbul, GSE Dispensing (Hall 7, stand 710/A) will show how its program of gravimetric paste dispensing systems and management software platforms are the key to integrated, lean and automated print paste management. The company's acclaimed IPS modular dispensing systems enable liquid dyes to be dispensed and mixed on-demand, to precision specification. They provide a means of driving waste and labour costs out of the production process, while simultaneously increasing the uptime of capital equipment. The IPS delta, for large-volume print applications (max. 150 kg), can dispense up to two dyestuff groups. The IPS epsilon is specially designed for sampling and small-volume textile printing situations. It dispenses a maximum of 15 kg and is suitable for up to four dyestuff groups.  Furthermore, the IPS sigma, for garment and T-shirt printers, dispenses up to 5 kg of a single dyestuff group.

The IPS dispensing systems are noted for their compact design and small footprint, sturdy, anti-corrosive build, user-friendliness and low maintenance, high-speed and dispensing accuracy. For standard recipes, IPS delta systems have a typical performance of 15 buckets per hour with a 0.1 g accuracy. Because the software allows storage of previous job data, repeat orders are easily recalled and dispensed to consistently high quality standards. Their ability to recalculate print paste remainders into new recipes eliminates waste and enables yields to be increased by as much as 30 percent.

Textile Management Software (TMS) is a powerful package software platform that eliminates excess production by automatically and precisely calculating recipe quantities for the job. In addition, the company has a global network of distribution agencies whose qualified staff provide the local customer base with technical support and advice, in the local language.

GSE Dispensing are represented in Turkey by Inter Tekstil, an agency representing several leading suppliers to the textile printing and manufacturing in the region.

Frank Timmen, area sales manager at GSE Dispensing, comments: "GSE's automated print paste solutions offer a lean, instant approach to achieving precision colour quality. The IPS dispensing program and the accompanying software make print paste management an economically viable option, for almost all printing situations."

HP helps print service providers deliver mainstream flexible packaging and folding carton applications

Next-generation Indigo presses meet larger size-format needs for packaging production
HP has unveiled new presses that allow print service providers (PSPs) to apply digital printing's supply chain, inventory and product marketing advantages to the sizes common in packaging production. The 762-millimeter (mm) (30in) wide, web-fed HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and the 750-mm (29.5in) wide, sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press use the same market-leading,(1) high-quality, versatile printing technology that top brands choose for label and packaging production on HP Indigo WS6000 series digital presses. 

"HP Indigo digital printing already has transformed the label market, and the larger format and higher throughput brings the unique benefits of digital to other segments of this market," said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. "With these new presses, we can help packaging printers offer their customers the benefits of digital printing and redefine what is possible for the brands they serve."

HP will demonstrate the new presses in May at the drupa tradeshow as part of a full portfolio of packaging solutions from HP. The new portfolio also features an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press compatible with broader range of synthetic substrates, as well as HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Presses that have a new white ink option for corrugated packaging.

Greater sell-through and shelf appeal with a streamlined supply chain
HP's solutions offer significant benefits for brand owners, including:
  • Strong product sell-through with the adoption of multi-SKU strategies that maximise seasonal, promotional and cause-related marketing opportunities.
  • High product appeal and brand integrity with an HP Indigo imaging process that outperforms flexographic and offset-printed products in several industry studies and competitions.
  • Better use of capital resources with lower warehousing costs, less waste from obsolescence, and reduced up-front investments for initial orders.

One HP customer benefitting from these advantages, Avery Dennison, works with HP to increase brands' operating efficiency while developing new ways to make brands stand out in an increasingly crowded retail marketplace. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company is the industry's leading supplier of pressure-sensitive label substrates, and a Preferred Media Supplier of HP Indigo-certified label substrates.

Avery Dennison also uses a global fleet of HP Indigo presses to produce garment and other tags, replacing offset printing. HP Indigo technology allows Avery Dennison to achieve globally consistent, high-quality branding for small jobs, reducing the expenses brands incur to maintain inventories.

HP Indigo WS6600 accelerates digital adoption
HP Indigo presses are driving continued momentum as a cost-effective, efficient alternative to analogue printing. Launched last September, the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press has led several long-standing HP Indigo customers to increase their fleet size to take advantage of an Enhanced Productivity Mode that boosts throughput by one-third(2). Those customers also take advantage of the HP Indigo WS6600's optional, in-line priming (ILP) unit, which enables printing on many of the standard, off-the-shelf media used on flexo and gravure presses.

Schneller Leopold, one of Germany's leading folding carton producers, recently held an open house to showcase how it uses the HP Indigo WS6600 for carton production. Other HP Indigo WS6600 users have deployed the press for flexible packaging and tube production.

To further improve the HP Indigo WS6600 model's capabilities, Michelman , a global developer of water-based barriers and coatings for flexible film packaging, paperboard, and corrugated cartons, has released a new primer for the press's ILP unit. The Michem ILP040 primer extends the ILP's media compatibility from paper-based substrates to synthetic media.

HP also has released a new SecurePack System for HP Indigo WS6600 and HP Indigo WS4600 model presses, providing a controlled and monitored environment for efficient production of pharmaceutical and security applications.

Helping PSPs capture growth in flexible packaging
Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press is a roll-to-roll digital press designed primarily for flexible packaging. The HP Indigo 20000 press's 762-mm (30in) media width and 1,100-mm (44in) repeat length accommodate most flexible packaging format sizes. With up to seven-colour printing, including white ink, and printing quality that matches gravure production, the press can meet brands' stringent colour and quality requirements. The HP Indigo 20000 runs at 27 linear metres (88.6 linear feet) in five-colour mode (full process colour plus white) and at 45 linear metres (147.6 linear feet) per minute when running in Enhanced Productivity Mode.

An inline priming unit on the press helps to ensure compatibility with nearly any standard flexible packaging substrate from 10 to 250 microns thick. Materials printed on the press are compatible with dry lamination and comply with food packaging regulations when used with good manufacturing practices.

The press will feature an EskoArtwork print server and upstream prepress tools that integrate into the entire EskoArtwork system of production workflows for high quality and efficiency. Compatible third-party workflow solutions provide complementary capabilities such as web-to-print, management information systems services and printed content inspection/verification.

HP Indigo also supports customers wishing to set up dedicated production lines for short-run work with qualified comprehensive finishing options for the new press. Pouch-making equipment manufacturer Totani has joined the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner programme and is developing finishing solutions for flexible packaging printed on the HP Indigo 20000.

HP's new sheet-fed press for folding carton production
The sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press offers a 750 x 530-mm (29.5 x 20.9in) format size compatible with existing offset printing presses used for mainstream folding carton applications. Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, the press offers proven HP Indigo print quality with up to seven-colour printing on carton stocks up to 600 microns thick. The press can run up to 4,600 sheets per hour in Enhanced Productivity Mode and 3,450 sheets per hour in regular four-colour process printing. As a near-zero setup digital solution, the HP Indigo 30000 can help PSPs produce more short-run jobs per shift.(3) The press comes with an in-line priming unit for compatibility with a wide range of media.

Like the HP Indigo 20000, the HP Indigo 30000 will feature an EskoArtwork print server and upstream prepress tools. Additional comprehensive production components, such as digital finishing solutions from HP SmartStream Solutions Partner programme members, will help packaging printers reduce their turnaround times for folding carton work.

Best-in-class industrial white ink solution for corrugated
HP also offers a range of high-performance, UV-inkjet HP Scitex flatbed industrial presses that create new digital packaging production opportunities on corrugated board and other rigid substrates up to 1-inch/25.4-mm thick. The HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Press models can now print high-quality, full-colour corrugated packaging using a new white ink solution that produces high-quality, full-colour graphics on natural kraft board. The HP Scitex FB225 White Ink and HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit help customers reduce labour and pre-press costs compared to analogue solutions and improve efficiency with precise white-to-CMYK registration.

ContiTech joins forces with HELL in developing cogent flexographic printing upgrade

ContiTech Elastomer Coatings and HELL Gravure Systems, two strong companies in the printing industry, plan to cooperate in the areas of development and appli-cation engineering. The cooperation aims to further boost the advantages of direct-engravable flexographic printing plates and establish a sustained foothold in the growing flexographic printing market. In the past months, these printing plates have enabled ContiTech to successfully expand its business overall in the graphics industry. In doing so, the company was able to draw on its wide-ranging experience with elastomer materials.

“The flexographic printing market has responded very enthusiastically to our products. We intend to cash in on the response so as to make inroads into this segment,” says Dr. Thomas Perkovic, head of the printing blanket segment at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings. “Technical solutions emerge when systems and material manufacturers join forces. Despite our respective experience, these solutions are not open to either of us when going it alone."

HELL’s areas of competence are in systems solutions for printing plate production. In the matter of just a decade, HELL made a name for itself in the flexographic market as a technological trendsetter in the direct engraving of elastomer printing plates. Its Premium Flexo products for laser direct engraving and PremiumLine range for the automatic production line exemplify this.

The goal in harnessing together the know-how of the two companies is to further actively expand the strengths of this forward-looking technology and offer the flexographic market competitive al-ternatives to today’s manufacturing processes. “Harmonizing material and machine further raises the level of economic efficiency and quality,” declares Dr. Jörg Pohé, general manager of HELL Gravure Systems.

The cooperation can already point to tangible successes. “In terms of material composition and reduced plate wear, the newly developed Conti® Laserline CSX/CSC printing plates are perfectly geared to high resolution direct engraving technology,” notes Armin Senne, flexographic printing business manager at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings. Optimized for the respective requirements of laser direct engraving, the printing plates are supplied in rolls with widths of up to 2100 mm, lengths up to 30 m and a range of thicknesses.

With sales of €26 billion in 2010, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and compo-nents for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 164,000 employees in 45 countries.

The ContiTech division numbers among the leading suppliers of a host of technical elastomer products in the non-tire rubber sector and is a specialist for rubber technology in the non-tire rubber sector. The division develops and produces functional parts, components and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries. ContiTech has a workforce of approximately 27,500 employees. In 2010, it achieved sales of approximately €3.1 billion.

Hell is represented in india by Kohli Graphic Systems. For more details, contact: info@kgs.in

Job Tracking Software saves Label manufacturer 20 Hours / Week

Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software developer, specializing in data collection, has installed  The CheckMate Job Tracking Program  at a label converter / fabricator.

Release of Job Data
In business since 1981, DSI has been providing Barcode Software that tracks inventory, Jobs, Tools & Equipment, Documents, and ID Badge Systems. Barcode data collection has been proven to be the most accurate method of counting or tracking items.

Labels West sees dramatic savings & improved productivity
Labels West, a print manufacturer, installed the CheckMate JobData software, which is designed for small to mid-sized fabricators or manufacturers. The company manufactures custom self adhesive labels for food, wine and personal care packaging.  They were wasting hours every week searching for the work packets for jobs that were on their manufacturing floor.  Using the CheckMate Job Data software, they are now able to locate the jobs, saving their workers over 20 hours a week

Additional Benefits
Besides the time and money saving in locating the job packets, Labels West management can locate the job within the manufacturing process, allowing the production manager to forecast finish dates and identify any hold-ups or bottlenecks in the process.  Along with improving efficiencies, they can respond more quickly and accurately to their customers’ questions about lead-times and expected complete dates.

Cost Jobs
Job Data includes the ability to record actual labor, parts and scrap against the jobs.  The system installs on a Windows™ based PC, and is very easy to use.  “I would highly recommend this solution.  It installed easily, is stable and the technical support is excellent,” stated John Shanley, Owner of Labels West.