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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Diversified Graphic Machinery to showcase Foildex cold foil technology at Drupa 2012


Diversified Graphic Machinery will highlight its exclusive, Foildex in-line cold foil system, Cast and Cure holographic effect system, hot foil stamping, die-cutting technologies and complete line of print enhancement capabilities in Hall 15 / A21-2 at Drupa ‘12, May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“As a first time exhibitor at Drupa, we are anticipating considerable interest in DGM print enhancement equipment, particularly our exclusive Foildex in-line cold foil system for the global packaging market”, said Michael DeBard, President, Diversified Graphic Machinery.”

Serving the US market since 2000, Diversified Graphic Machinery recently announced its expansion into Europe with the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Torino, Italy. “The Torino factory will be used to manufacture our Foildex cold foil systems as well as our Filmdex UV Cast and Cure systems and will allow DGM to better serve global packaging market,” DeBard added.

DGM Foildex in-line cold foil system
The DGM Foildex system allows companies to use cold foil efficiently and profitably by minimizing foil waste and bringing foil cost for cold foil applications to hot foil levels. Foildex offers proprietary control systems which produce the best foil laydown in the industry with superb overprinting. With large area coverage and miniscule reverse out, the system gives a new dimension to print enhancement. Coupled with the ability to produce holographic images with the DGM Filmdex UV film Cast and Cure inline with cold foil and print, gives packaging printers a powerful sales tool and a unique niche in the marketplace.

MacDermid celebrates 100th LUX installation

A MacDermid LUX installation at OEC Graphics marks the 100th installation of the LUX Platemaking Process since its commercial launch. Introduced at the FTA INFO*FLEX in 2010, the LUX Platemaking Process enables the production of flat-top dots on flexo printing plates, creating a smaller printed dot and increased print quality and consistency.

OEC Graphics, headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is a leading prepress supplier to converters and packaged goods companies.  OEC has added the LUX Platemaking Process to its production workflow in a number of its facilities. "Adding LUX flat-top dots to our product line-up puts us in a unique position to offer our customers unsurpassed performance and technology that can compete in any packaging market," said Brad Vette, corporate managing director at OEC.

MacDermid's LUX has been the global choice for flat-top dot technology since its inception, with LUX installations on six continents. "Given the tremendous interest we have seen with LUX, we are anticipating that we will install at least another 100 units in 2012," stated Pat Mullaney, global packaging group director at MacDermid.

Enhancements to the LUX Process
In addition to celebrating the 100th Installation of LUX, MacDermid is also marking the introduction of two new enhancements to the LUX Process - Membrane 200 and an new version of its large-format 62" Laminator.

Membrane 200 is another option for the LUX Platemaking Process that allows the simultaneous creation of both flat-top LUX dots and an engineered surface pattern in the plate. This innovation combines the print advantages of the LUX dot shape and the improved ink transfer of a surface pattern in one simple step.

The updated 62" LUX laminator laminates plates up to 62" in width and includes several new features that make lamination of the LUX membrane easier and more efficient, including digital control of gap settings, a membrane hold-down device and pin cutter, and a transition table to ease plate movement from the laminator to an exposure unit.

LUX was the recipient of both the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Technical Innovation Award and the Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association (FPPA) Technology Innovator Award in 2011.

NewPage launches lightweight EcoPoint performance beverage label paper


As a new lighter weight label paper, EcoPoint 40 lb offers label printers the ability to supply more labels per shipment to beverage bottling operations, effectively reducing both shipment frequency and storage of finished goods.

NewPage Corporation announced the introduction of 40 lb. (65 gsm) EcoPoint, a new wet strength label paper offering environmental and performance advantages for the bottled water, juice and soft drink industries. EcoPoint 40 lb. offers a notable source reduction advantage to beverage producers, with up to a seven percent reduction in label paper usage when compared to traditional 43 lb. (70 gsm) bottle label papers, and is designed for optimal performance in continuous roll fed labeling operations as well as cut-and-stack labeling machines.

As a new lighter weight label paper, EcoPoint 40 lb offers label printers the ability to supply more labels per shipment to beverage bottling operations, effectively reducing both shipment frequency and storage of finished goods. Bottling line productivity also increases as more labels can be stocked in labeling equipment, resulting in longer continuous bottling runs with fewer changeovers.

“Global beverage brands are seeking new solutions to reduce label material consumption, without compromising on stringent quality and bottling performance standards,” said Ed Buehler, general manager for specialty papers. “EcoPoint 40 lb. is an ideal choice, combining the environmental advantages of source reduction with the day-to-day performance our customers trust from our EcoPoint family of label papers.”

EcoPoint is available with third-party chain-of-custody certifications to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (BV-COC-953662), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.

EcoPoint 40 lb. joins the broader range of label papers from NewPage for beverage markets which includes DuraPoint, ProPoint and LithoPoint product brands. In addition, NewPage manufactures specialty papers used in flexible packaging, technical and pressure-sensitive labeling applications.

Dscoop announces activities at drupa 2012



The global board of directors for Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) will convene in Washington, D.C. this month to strategize education and content delivery for members around the world. The independent community of HP graphic arts customers encompasses members across North America; Asia-Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Latin America.

‘The global board brings three key areas of value: the first is the limitless expansion of the core of what Dscoop embodies. The sharing of experience, ideas and successes continues to grow and the effort of unifying our cooperative worldwide makes the value for our members ten-fold,’ said Chris Petro, global chairman of Dscoop. ‘We also have a responsibility to our partners and HP to leverage their investment and support in the worldwide Dscoop community. Lastly, our goal as a board is to leverage our experience, community and resources worldwide to add value to our membership that just isn’t available anywhere else.’

As a global organization, Dscoop is launching a new face-to-face networking event called Dscoop at drupa. It will bring together members from North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA to experience the major industry trade show, ‘lending a closer-knit community feel to what can otherwise be a solitary experience’.

At Dscoop at drupa, Dscoop Asia-Pacific will host a two-day conference prior to the start of drupa. Around 800 Asia-Pacific members are expected to attend.

‘The first two Dscoop Asia conferences have been incredibly successful,’ said Yukinori Okamoto, chairman of Dscoop Asia-Pacific regional board of directors. ‘We look forward to building upon that success with this year’s event held during drupa with the added benefit of being able to network with peers across other regions.’

For Dscoop EMEA, which has only existed for five months, the support of the global board and the existing organization in other regions is essential to spreading the word and increasing members.

‘From forums on the website to webinars to newsletters, it is immensely helpful to have a set of resources already available to our English-speaking members at launch, which occurred last November,’ said Erwin Koerts, chairman of Dscoop EMEA regional board of directors. ‘As we continue to grow our membership, I have no doubt that we’ll continue to tap into the global community to help us lay the foundation.’

The global board of directors brings together leaders from each region to oversee the actions and events that affect more than 6,000 Dscoop members worldwide. Their responsibilities include financial oversight of operations, education and content delivery, as well as control of the Dscoop brand and standards. In addition, the board works closely with each regional board to ensure sustained growth and independence.

Eric Hawkinson serves as the executive director overseeing the global leadership team. The rest of the board is comprised of: chairman, Chris Petro, global soft digital solutions (US), Alon Bar-Shany and Jan Riecher, HP, Craig Curran, Nosco (US), Erwin Koerts, Drukkerij Aeroprint (The Netherlands), David Minnett, Group Momentum (Australia), Yukinori Okamoto, FIS (Japan), Gary Peeling, Precision Printing (UK) and Larry Vaughn, Seebridge Media (US).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Navroz to all our Parsi readers...


Zebra Technologies delivers high efficiency and visibility to retail, manufacturing and transport & logistics sectors in Asia

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a recognized global leader in enabling technologies that extend visibility into operations, today announced the release of the GC420, GT800 and EZ320 desktop and mobile printers which are designed exclusively for the unique requirements of the Asian markets. Offering geo-centric features based on inputs from customers in Asia, the printers provide businesses with greater visibility and control to compete in the global marketplace.

“Reliable and detailed visibility into operations remains the number one need for businesses in Asia, particularly as the global economy shifts eastwards,” said Andrew Tay, President of Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific. “Designed specifically for our Asian customers, the GC420, GT800 and EZ320 offer a cost-efficient solution to meet this growing need. The printers provide Asian businesses across various verticals, including transport and logistics, manufacturing and retail, much needed visibility into their global operations throughout their warehouse,local facilities and the supply chain.” 

Built for productive and efficient workplaces, the GC420 and GT800 minimises downtime through faster print speeds and fewer media changes with their longer ribbon capacity.  With features typically found in higher end products, the printers offer robust features and price points while reducing customers’ operating costs. These include greater memory space of up to eight times of existing printers in the marketplace. The GC420 and GT800 also incorporate co-resident EPL and ZPL programing languages, making it easy to integrate with customers’ existing Zebra print infrastructure.

With India’s booming mobile workforce expected to grow to 205 million by 2015, Zebra also launched the EZ320 mobile receipt and ticket printer. Designed to enhance field force automation and sales force automation with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and deliver reliable performance on the road, this printer is a cost effective solution to cross vertical business needs.

Small, lightweight and durable, the feature-rich mobile printer offers an affordable and ideal solution for mobile applications such as e-citation, proof of delivery and field insurance inspection receipts. 

A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies Corporationprovides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions. Our extensive portfolio of bar code, receipt, card, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies, as well as real-time location solutions give a digital voice to assets, people and transactions that provides greater visibility into mission-critical information. 

UPM Raflatac opens new slitting and distribution terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina

UPM Raflatac has opened a new slitting and distribution terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The terminal began operations in early March and will supply both paper and film labelstocks to customers in Argentina.

The new terminal demonstrates UPM Raflatac’s commitment to improving its service capabilities and product offering to meet growing demand in the South American region. “The opening of our new terminal in Argentina is an important strategic step for UPM Raflatac. We are excited to offer our high-quality labelstocks and to be able to significantly improve our service capabilities to the market in Argentina,” says Jouko Lähepelto, Senior Vice President, Americas & Asia Pacific.

The Argentina terminal complements UPM Raflatac’s service network in South America, comprised of a labelstock factory in Rio de Janeiro and a slitting and distribution terminal in Jaguariúna, Brazil.

UPM Raflatac, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 12 factories on six continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,400 people and made sales of over EUR 1.1 billion (USD 1.6 billion) in 2011.


Stora Enso rethinks Group Executive Team


Stora Enso is appointing three new members to its Group Executive Team. At the same time three current members will leave the team to take new positions inside and outside the Company. Karl-Henrik Sundström has been appointed Chief Financial Officer with effect from 1 August 2012. He joins Stora Enso from the Dutch semiconductor company NXP, the former Philips semiconductors business located in Eindhoven. Karl-Henrik Sundström has spent most of his career with the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson, building his career from Latin America and managing the company’s business in Australia to finally first becoming head of Global Services and later Executive Vice President and CFO of Ericsson AB.

“In his last two roles, as CFO of one of Sweden’s largest companies for almost five years, and currently as CFO of NXP, Karl-Henrik Sundström has proved to be a world-class CFO. His additional experience of running a business will greatly contribute to our efforts to renew Stora Enso. We all warmly welcome Karl-Henrik to our team with high expectations,” says Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen.

Head of Stora Enso Global Identity Lauri Peltola, and General Counsel Per Lyrvall are also appointed as new members of the Group Executive Team as of today. “With Lauri Peltola joining the Group Executive Team, we underline the importance of our Global Stora Enso Identity, Global Responsibility and Rethink in the Executive Team work. With Per Lyrvall's appointment, we further emphasise the importance of our values, our transparency and our Code of Conduct, as well as one of our key Leadership Themes, ‘Do what’s right’,” emphasises Jouko Karvinen.

The new Group Executive Team is as follows:
Jouko Karvinen, Chief Executive Officer
Juan Bueno, Executive Vice President, Biomaterials Business Area
Lars Häggström, Executive Vice President, Global People and Organisation
Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President, Building and Living Business Area
Per Lyrvall, Executive Vice President, Global Ethics and Compliance, General Counsel
Mats Nordlander, Executive Vice President, Renewable Packaging Business Area
Lauri Peltola, Executive Vice President, Global Identity
Karl-Henrik Sundström, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (as of 1 August 2012)
Juha Vanhainen, Executive Vice President, Printing and Reading Business Area

The following three members are leaving the Group Executive Team: Hannu Alalauri, formerly head of the Fine Paper Business Area, has been appointed as the head of the Packaging Solutions Business Unit and joins the Renewable Packaging Management Team. Bernd Rettig, currently responsible for energy, logistics, R&D and capital investments, will continue with R&D and capital investments, but will also increase his focus on managing Stora Enso’s large capital investment projects. He continues to report to the CEO. The current CFO, Markus Rauramo, has been appointed as CFO of Fortum Corporation. He will remain with Stora Enso and in the Group Executive Team until Karl-Henrik Sundström joins the company.

Harper Corporation releases Harper Bridge Sleeves

The latest in a line of flexographic products, Harper Bridge Sleeves have recently been released by global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation. Carbon fiber is the key material and its use maximizes stiffness and reduces weight. The result is an optimized performance.

The Harper Bridge Sleeves “Flow-Thru” feature allows secondary air to permeate the system to make it easy to mount plate sleeves or I.T.R. plates. All press OEM specifications were used in the designing of bridge (adapter) results to create the quality product clients expect from Harper.  This product follows Harper's long tradition of being an industry leader.

First and foremost, the patent-pending replaceable notch system can incorporate a straight, bayonet, or custom notch design, allowing for use with a variety of presses. A great deal of time and energy was spent to develop this unique characteristic.

Additionally, Harper Bridge Sleeves (adapters) can be used with steel or carbon fiber base mandrels, as well as hydraulically clamped or mechanical lock down systems. A mechanically fastened end ring incorporates a built-in sleeve stop, and Harper Bridge Sleeves offer a notch to locate pin tolerances +/-.0015 inches in relation to locating pin.

The goal of Harper Corporation of America is to create quality products and services that improve client processes. As a member of Harper Corporation's long line of quality products, Harper Bridge Sleeves reduce waste, increase cost-effectiveness, and enhance the efficiency of client processes. Harper Bridge Sleeves will be on display at the FTA's 2012 Annual Forum & Info*FLEX Exhibition March 18 – 21 in San Antonio, Texas.

Barend Smit, Label and Litho, Patrick Aengenvoort, Rototec, Jaco Smit, Label and Litho


Barend Smit, Director of Label and Litho opted for their second Rotocontrol finishing machine also from a longstanding relationship with Rototec who supplies their Tooling product. Dependable service and superior quality were factors that led to their additional Rotocontrol finishing machine investment.

Label & Litho is the main supplier of barcode and RFID labels in Northern Gauteng. The company is also the largest supplier of magnetic and other types of parking tickets nationally and aims to deliver customised printing to meet unique customer requests.

Rotocontrol designs and manufactures leading edge inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting finishing machines for the narrow web industry. Available globally, Rotocontrol offers machines from smaller basic rewinders to feature rich, sophisticated models with multiple options. All utilize S-Drive Servo Technology enabling maximum web control for the most delicate film and foil materials. With the recent acquisition of LeoMat, advanced products including booklet insertion and digital finishing are immediately available. Headquartered in Ahrensburg (Hamburg), Germany Rotocontrol maintains the highest level of product quality through ease of use, absolute control and flexibility. Rotocontrol is the partner of choice in the finishing of label products.  

Label Traxx names Business Consulting and Audit Specialist

Label Traxx - the print business management software for flexographic and digital narrow web label printers and converters - has named Keith Grimm as Business Consulting and Audit Specialist. In his new role, he will be available to Label Traxx customers who need assistance with a wide variety of business and software implementation issues. An Economics and Public Administration graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, Grimm brings Label Traxx nearly 30 years of extensive experience in label production management, database implementation, and information systems technology.

Announcing the appointment, Label Traxx Vice-President of Sales and Operations Luther Erlund commented: “Our users have long suggested that because of our position in the narrow web flexographic and digital label production industry, Label Traxx should offer consulting services which would enable them to realize even more efficiencies from their software.  Keith Grimm is the ideal person to head up that consulting effort. His entire career has been in label production and database management, and he has held sales, operations, and general management positions in very successful label manufacturing operations, most of which utilized Label Traxx.”

Label Traxx provides automated job management software for the printing industry.  The company was formed as Tailored Solutions in 1993 by Ken Meinhardt and David Porter, both of whom remain active in the business. Worldwide, Label Traxx is the most popular print business management software for flexographic and digital narrow web converters and printers.  

RBP Introduces new heavy metal precipitant


RBP Chemical Technology has introduced a new heavy metal precipitant formulated to remove metals from wastewater streams. New RBP MetalTreat 529 is particularly useful in treating wastewater from plating operations, and provides nearly complete precipitation of metals, producing a compact, highly insoluble, sludge cake even in the presence of other chelating or sequestering agents.

Discussing new MetalTreat 529, RBP Chemical Technology Director of Sales and Marketing Robert Coleman said: “RBP products are formulated to help printed circuit manufacturers comply fully with wastewater treatment and other environmental regulations, while maintaining productivity and operating at the lowest possible cost. With new METALTREAT 529 Heavy Metal Precipitant, RBP continues to expand our extensive line of process chemicals for the modern printed circuit facility:” 

Founded in 1954, RBP Chemical Technology is a global supplier of proprietary chemicals and delivery devices for the printing, newspaper, and electronics manufacturing industries. RBP Chemical Technology products are manufactured in a 48,000 square foot plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; in a wholly owned blending facility near Mumbai, India; and by approved blenders in the US, South Korea and Thailand.  RBP Chemical Technology is ISO 9001:2008 certified.  RBP products are sold and serviced by factory-trained sales and service representatives and distributors in the Americas and Asia. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gold for innovative magazine cover with Siegwerk inks


The Cover Project of Tobacco Journal #5, October/November 2011 was awarded with the Golden Print Quality Award 2012. It is a sample sheet for where design can go with the latest tools in print using different technologies for one product. Siegwerk was the partner for inks and lacquers.

During the Operational Conference of the Packaging & Label Gravure Association (PLGA Global) in Miami, USA, at the beginning of March Dutch Van Heertum Design (VHD) received the award. They created the design and provided the platform for the partners of this unique cooperation. “This project was only possible through a very close cooperation between 14 authoritative technical companies, which are part of our international innovations network,” said Frans van Heertum, VHD’s Creative Director.

Siegwerk was the partner of choice for its ink and lacquer expertise. Thomas John-Zähringer, Account Manager & Technical Support Tobacco at Siegwerk: “This project was a great team achievement of our whole Tobacco Business Unit. It is living proof of what print is capable of: highly innovative solutions to turn standard products into pieces of art.” More than 40 print runs on both gravure and offset machines created the visual and tactile effects of the folded cover, using bronzing and hot foil technology. Before the finishing, debossing and embossing were done and in the end the publisher bound the covers with the rest of the magazine.

A ‘Making of‘ describes the team cooperation and technical properties in detail: Siegwerk offers Ink, Heart & Soul to its customers

Ink, Heart & Soul – our company philosophy incorporates what our customers experience every day. We produce inks and individual solutions in close cooperation with our business partners. We are steeped in tradition, yet practice-oriented and with state-of-the-art technology. With more than 180 years of experience, Siegwerk commands a profound product knowledge and expertise for many printing methods. Our actions are market-driven – or even drive the market, which is proven by our many patents. With currently 4,400 staff in more than 30 country organizations we are able to supply and support every customer anywhere in the world.

The precondition for such a performance on a sustained basis is a unique kind of reliable and goal-oriented people. Their motivation and commitment are the basis for our international growth, which is supported by institutionalized sharing of expertise across borders. This puts us in the position of being able to provide the best possible solution for the customer. And even to anticipate the demands of tomorrow.

drupa Innovation Park 2012 highlights

The Printed Electronics and Print Automation theme parks will be special highlights at the drupa innovation park 2012 presented by digi:media (dip) in hall 7.0. Printed electronics technology is all set to revolutionize production in many industries in the foreseeable future. Numerous printed electronics companies will present their latest exciting innovations at the dip, together with the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association). drupa 2012, print media trade fair, will take place from May 3 - 16, 2012 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

An interactive business card incorporating a flexible display, “talking” packaging or a board game with a printed battery and flashing OLEDs – printed electronics open up a broad spectrum of possibilities and fields of application. So many, in fact, that the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A), a working group within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) was founded a few years ago as an interface for communication and development for the various fields of research worldwide. It represents the entire value-added chain of organic electronics, including materials manufacturers, plant engineers, producers and users – and now has more than 120 members worldwide. The goal of the OE-A is to provide orientation in the large variety of technical developments and help define possible fields of application.

The logistics industry in particular benefits greatly from the use of RFID chips, which store and pass on information via contactless reading devices to a central system, thereby helping to monitor the commodity chain and prevent product piracy. The enormous potential offered by printed electronics will become especially evident when their use becomes economically viable and practical, not just on the outer packaging but also on the individual products themselves – due to their ability to reduce costs and simplify integration. In the field of medicine, billions of these printed sensors are already being used. Electronic books with organic electronic controls that will make flexible displays possible in the future are another fast-growing field of application. In the medium and long term, strong demand is also predicted for intelligent packaging that combines features such as sensors, battery, display, logic and RFID technology.

The printing industry will be able to apply all of the above-mentioned functions in the future. Particularly due to their additional usefulness these features are becoming increasingly attractive for customers and readers alike. Using nanotechnology, even wafer-thin displays, for example, can be printed on tickets, greeting cards and packaging as well as in magazines and catalogues. Publishers are already experimenting with integrated displays and other additional functions for their print products. “This is a quantum leap for customers wishing to advertise and has a realistically high level of potential for the printing industry. For this reason it was important for us to integrate this topic in the drupa innovation park. These technologies enable new fields of business to be developed on an entirely new market,” explained Manuel Mataré, Director of drupa 2012.

Another special feature of the dip will be the Print Automation Park. The goal is to optimize processes and achieve the highest possible efficiency in the printing process with the help of planning and control systems. Interacting with MIS, JDF and server applications and in cooperation with the members of CIP4, manufacturers, consultants and users from the printing industry, the graphic industry and related economic sectors can examine both solutions and workflows in the Print Automation Park of the dip. In special working groups, the CIP4 members are developing the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk and other standards important for process automation. In this process they take user requirements into consideration, test the interaction of the various products and develop the required JDF tools as well as training documents. (www.cip4.org)

“JDF and Print Automation are not bleeding edge technologies any longer, and at drupa 2012 expect to see the majority of printers either engaged in print automation or the process of getting their implementations going. Print Automation is one of the few areas of print technology where printers can get a return on their investment quickly, and in many cases with relatively little investment,” stated Jim Harvey, Executive Director of CIP4 Organization. “We’ve found an average ROI on successful print automation implementations of over 270% annualized; and that’s without the high and low outliers. These kinds of gains in productivity and ultimately profitability are hard to ignore, and in the US 43% of printers had or were implementing print automation in 2011, with another 22% in planning stages. While we are looking for better worldwide data, we believe that drupa 2012 will be the milestone where after which the majority of printers will be employing print automation across the developed world. For many printers, advances in digital printing and new areas like printing of electronics and publication to apps will be among the ‘hot topics’ at drupa,” continued Jim Harvey. “We expect that print automation will be the topic that for operations managers, owners and general managers offers the most immediate opportunity for making positive changes at the plant following drupa, and the Print Automation Zone in the dip is the place to start. Attendees will be able to learn from multiple print automation solutions providers in a concentrated area, and attendees can get a copy of the drupa 2012 edition of the Production Automation News.”

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director at Global Graphics Software, reported: “We have chosen to take part in the dip for a second time as the theme parks offer a refreshing mixture of ideas and innovations for its visitors and the hall has a correspondingly special atmosphere. We like it when we can present our products on the dip stage and have a special interaction with the visitors. This year we focus on the Harlequin RIP software that is used in the digital front-ends for printing machine control systems.”

The IT company ipactor GmbH (www.ipactor.de) will exhibit at the Print Automation Park for the first time. “In order to understand us, people have to get to know us. We are a handful of IT experts with the aim of comprehensively assisting every person with any question about information technology. We don’t care which operating system someone has or in which industry they are “at home”. Our goal is our motto: improving structures! We look forward to presenting this to the visitors with our print plan within the drupa innovation park,” remarked Matthias Welland from ipactor GmbH.

For more information about the drupa innovation park: www.dip.drupa.com

Flint Group Flexographic Products - Shanghai Publishing and Printing College Cooperation Agreement


As an additional step to develop the Chinese Flexo industry and to further develop the Chinese flexo market and improve the talent and education within this industry, Flint Group Flexographic Products and the esteemed Shanghai Publishing and Printing College signed a general cooperation agreement recently. The purpose of this cooperation is to promote education, consulting, research, development, technology service and career guidance in the Chinese printing and packaging industry.

Founded in 1953, the Shanghai Publishing and Printing College was the first educational institution linked to the publishing and printing industry in China. ‘With a well-organised and highly competent team of teachers, the college has established the top-ranking training facilities and key laboratories of GAPP-National Engineering Research Centre of Digital Printing and Modern Communication Science Centre”, explained Teng Vueming, Executive Vice President Shanghai Publishing and Printing College. “The partnership with Flint Group is poised to become a win-win alliance.” With more than 170 sites worldwide, a highly experienced team and as a technology leader in many areas, Flint Group is well positioned to respond effectively to customer needs with tailor-made solutions.

Both partners will support the Chinese flexographic industry in the long term by providing specific education to talented students and offering them possibilities for practical training in research and application. ”The Chinese printing market is extremely vast and important, but flexography is still a minor part of this industry,” says Mario Busshoff, President Flint Group Flexographic Products, “our cooperation will help to develop talent and to promote the flexographic industry on the short and long term.”

The signing ceremony was rounded off with a visit to Shanghai Publishing and Printing College’s training centre and printing museum.

For more information about Flint Group please visit www.flintgrp.com or contact info.flexo@flintgrp.com.

Jeco Plastic Products to show pallets for the printing industry at drupa 2012


Pallets from Jeco Plastic Products - designer and manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries since 1973 - will show its latest products on stand 02/B54, at drupa 2012, the quadrennial printing industry exposition held in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Jeco products also may be seen at the show on the stands of partners Heidelberg, Sakurai, Muller-Martini, and Horizon, as well as at the Heidelberg factory in Wiesloch, Germany, where large format offset demonstrations will be held.  The show, held this year May 3-16, attracts printers of every sort, as well as their suppliers and customers, to see the latest technologies available.

Commenting on the forthcoming exhibition, Jeco Plastic Products President and CEO Craig Carson commented: “Printers and the manufacturers who supply them around the globe have long relied on the precise tolerance, dimensional stability, strength, and exceedingly long life of Jeco pallets.   Exhibiting at drupa every four years enables us to reach virtually every corner of the industry and to renew acquaintances with customers throughout the world.”

Jeco Plastic Products designs and manufactures extremely durable pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries, as well as other industries handling heavy product which must be protected from damage.  Other capabilities include the ability to produce complex plastic structural components made to exacting tolerances.  Jeco production facilities include rotational plastic molding and thermoforming capabilities unique in North America.  Jeco designers employ complex plastic compounds to impart dimensional stability and structural integrity to their products.  

Roland DG’s UV proofing and prototyping wows packaging innovations


Roland DG was represented at the show by packaging sector specialist, Revolution Transfers, a Roland authorised dealer. The applications and processes demonstrated by the two companies left visitors in little doubt – Roland’s UV print and cut technology heralds a new era in producing packaging prototypes quickly and cheaply.

On the stand were the VersaUV LEC-540 run by colour-critical RIP specialist ColorGATE, the VersaSTUDIO BN-20, running 3M’s brand-new specialist media for performance labelling and the VersaCAMM VS-420 printer/cutter being run by CGS-ORIS Web Tuner software.

Said Steve Chappell, Business Manager - Packaging, Proofing & Industrial Labelling, Roland DG (UK): “Roland and Revolution were producing lots of samples of interesting and unique mock-ups to engage visitors and demonstrate how Roland products really can transform prototyping, proofing and label printing. The star of the show was the LEC-540 – it leads the market for wide format UV packaging proofing and is currently the most affordable cheapest and flexible way to produce working packaging prototypes on the very same stock as the final job on a commercial press. It is incredibly cost effective and can bring the price of proofs down from hundreds or even thousands of pounds to just one or two.”

“This is Roland’s third time at the show and our brand is really beginning to resonate with the market as the adoption of UV wide format inkjet for proofing begins to gather momentum. The show was very busy and we got many strong leads because people really are keen to look at new ways of doing things and reduce costs with more efficient working.”

As the world’s first UV inkjet printer/cutters, Roland’s award-winning VersaUV LEC series provides brand owners in the packaging and label markets with a new solution for packaging prototypes or proofs and short-run production. With the VersaUV LEC series, packaging professionals can print CMYK plus white and clear inks for varnishing and embossing effects on virtually any substrate, and then crease, contour kiss- or die-cut your designs, all on one device.   The results are colour-accurate prototypes or proofs that are virtually indistinguishable from the finished product.

The VersaCAMM VS series is the latest generation of Roland’s pioneering, award-winning printer/cutter series and is the fastest and most versatile yet. With print speeds up to 23.1m²/hr, integrated print and cut capabilities, superior media handling and unattended print features, the VS is geared up to make more money, faster. Available in 64" (1.62m), 54" (1.37m), 42" (1.07m) or 30” (0.76m) models, the affordable VersaCAMM VS wide format printer/cutters achieve stunning results across a world of applications including signs, banners, posters, vehicle graphics and wraps and packaging prototypes.

The VersaSTUDIO BN-20 is a complete production studio for on-demand printing of labels, promotional goods and garments. The desktop solution combines high quality, vivid and durable print with integrated precision cutting, and comes bundled with all the necessary software to bring new levels of versatility to promotional applications and heat transfer jobs.

Next generation TITAN SR9 Series slitter rewinder to demonstrate exceptional productivity & flexibility at drupa 2012


Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. (UK) will demonstrate the next generation TITAN SR9 Series slitting & rewinding technology at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany from 3rd – 16th May, on Stand 12-D67 in Hall 12.  The new Titan SR9 Series slitter rewinder platform not only provides much higher performance & improved productivity, but also a more flexible and sustainable solution in slitting & rewinding.

In the development of the SR9 Series, Atlas focused its product development strategy on achieving significant reductions in machine downtime for printers & converters, including reduced set change time, lower operator intervention and also reduction of costly waste materials - which all adds up to outstanding gains in productivity.

The concept of the Titan SR9 Series technology platform features three separate machine modules of unwind, slitter & rewind sections.  The idea being that a converter need only change the rewind section of the slitter from a Dual Shaft (DS) to a Single Turret (ST) or Dual Turret (DT) configuration, to meet changing production requirements, without the need to change the existing unwind and slitting modules.

The Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret rewinder was introduced towards the end of 2011.  The Dual Shaft (DS) module will be available later this year, followed later by the Single Turret (ST) module for a wide range of flexible materials including plain, printed, coated or metallized films, laminates, paper, board and flexible packaging materials. Innovative engineering design has led to the application for four patents on the Titan SR9 Series, including the unique Turret Support Device (TSD) for faster turret rotation.  Such advanced engineering design has led to significant improvements in the quality of slit reels and significant reductions in set-up procedures. 

A newly designed Linear Tracking Slitter (LTS) section ensures the shortest and a constant web length between the knives and the rewind shafts for improved web control giving the highest possible side wall quality of rewind reels and also reducing the possibility of waste material. Between all three versions of the Titan SR9 platform, many other new features provide exceptional performance and productivity at running speeds of up to 1,000 m/min (3,300 ft/min).

To maintain focus on its objectives for sustainability, the Titan SR9 Series has many features for achieving reductions in the cost of energy and of waste materials.  Elimination of all hydraulics helps to provide a cleaner environment and the use of high efficiency motors and regenerative braking enables a considerable reduction in energy consumption and makes the SR9 Series the most efficient slitting-rewinding solution in the Titan range. The Titan SR9 Series is set to smash all productivity records and provides a genuinely flexible and sustainable new approach to slitting and rewinding.

Following the company’s continued expansion, a new Service platform for both the Atlas & Titan range of slitter rewinders is now in place, providing expanded global customer service & support operations, with engineers not only based in the UK, but also in India, China and North America, confirming its position as a global supplier providing complete customer satisfaction.

Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. is a world leading manufacturer of primary and secondary slitter rewinders and has more than 2,500 Titan installations in over 80 countries.  The company can also provide fully automated and integrated roll handling systems to meet specific production requirements.

Esko, Dupont and Martin Automatic partner Weldon for Omet Open House at PragatiPack, Hyderabad


Industry leaders need to exhibit indulgence and commitment to the growth of the packaging and label industry. It is very rare that we see those who have invested in path breaking technologies and have made efforts to pioneer in un-treaded arenas, opening up and showcasing their state of art equipments so acquired, to their colleagues and competitors in the industry. Narendra Paruchuri, of Pragati Pack Hyderabad is one of those pioneers who create history by their philanthropic gestures which benefit the industry. Pragati had some time ago invested in the state of art Omet in-line folding carton press the “Varyflex”. In association with Omet’s exclusive agents in India, Weldon Celloplast Limited New Delhi, this Omet “Varyflex” is now being displayed to the packaging and Label industry, on the 20th of April 2012 at an event “Omet Open House”. This event is being organized in partnership with Esko graphics, Dupont and Martin Automatic.

Omet S.r.l., Italy founded by Angelo Bartesaghi in 1963, is a leading company designing and producing high-technology equipment and lines to print and fold tissue paper products, self adhesive labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging. Marked by a strong international mission, Omet draws heavily on its rich heritage. The professional excellence that has distinguished Omet since the beginning has consolidated itself throughout forty years of activity, taking the company to success at the highest market levels.The detailed specialization in the design of the machines and the ongoing commitment to utilizing new technology make Omet a leading, highly qualified and reliable partner.

Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing. Esko products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs and expand business and improve profitability. Dupont is one of the most important providers of imaging technology. DuPont works with printers and converters to determine which system is best suited for their printing needs and capabilities. Martin Automatic Inc, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, USA, is a leading designer and manufacturer of web handling equipment for the printing, packaging and converting industries. Martin’s line of innovative products includes automatic splicers, non-stop rewinders, and tension control and web guiding systems. Other sponsors supporting the event include Veepee Graphics, ITC and Kurz. Media partners are Tarsus, Labels and Labeling, Package Print Worldwide and Printweek.

The event is being organized with a half day conference where presentation will be made by event partners at Ista Hotel located in the new business district of Hyderabad. Speakers for the event include Ganpathy Thillai, application expert, EskoArtwork, Singapore, Gururaj Kirsur, Sales Specialist Dupont India, Hardik Patel Marketing Specialist Dupont India, Paolo Grasso, International Sales Manager, Omet Italy, David Ho, International Marketing Manager, Martin Automatic Inc. and Hemanth Paruchuri, Director Pragati Pack Hyderabad. Business owners from most of the leading packaging companies in India are expected to attend the event. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

drupa cube 2012 program announced


One of the highlights of drupa 2012, print media trade fair, will again be the drupa cube. Staged over 13 days with daily changing topics, the drupa cube will address the trends in printing communication. Visitors will receive comprehensive information on which print products will combine communications capability with commercial success in the future. drupa 2012 will take place from May 3-16, 2012 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Someone who is responsible for marketing and publishing will not have a great interest in the technology with which a print product is realized. It is only important to him or her which advantages can be achieved. It is exactly this information that we, together with our partners, offer in the drupa cube – on every day of the trade fair,” stated Manuel Mataré, Project Director of drupa 2012.

Each trade fair day will have its own motto, starting with “Print – Web – Mobile” to “Day of Corporate Communication” and “Day of Newspapers”. Whether magazines, books, out-of-home (home office) applications, dialogue marketing, packaging, electronic printing or media production – on every drupa day, experts will introduce and discuss the latest applications and trends from print communication in a half-day symposium.

drupa has developed the program in collaboration with its national and international partners from the printing and media industry. Amongst others, the Akademie des Deutschen Buchhandels (Academy of the German Book Trade), the Typografische Gesellschaft München TDG, the Type Directors Club of New York TDC, the Deutsche Fachpresse (German Trade Press Association), the Forum Corporate Publishing FCP, the Deutsche Dialogmarketing Verband ddv (German Dialog Marketing Association), the Fachverband Medienproduktioner f:mp, the Organic Electronic Association (oe-a) as well as the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association ESMA will be active in the drupa cube.

Both drupa 2012 weekends will offer special highlights with the “Creative Weekend” and two days on the topic of “Future of Print”. On May 5 and 6, the “Creative Weekend” will deal with modern typography in a cross-media context. On the second weekend of drupa (May 12 and 13), the speakers will discuss the future of print production. The program will not only address marketing decision makers and advertisers but also traditional drupa visitors. With the Organic Electronic Association (oe-a) as the partner, there will be a symposium on the topic of printed electronics on May 12. The program on Sunday (May 13) will be organized by the ESMA with lectures on 3D and functional printing.

The bilingual program (simultaneous translations in German and English) is geared towards international specialists. The drupa cube 2012 will be located next to the drupa innovation park at the fairgrounds – technology and application can therefore easily be interlinked. The symposia of the drupa cube 2012 will take place on every trade fair day from 10:15 am to 1:30 pm. The cost for a one-day event ticket is Euro 199 and includes the admission to drupa 2012 and a lunch on the respective day.