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Friday, March 30, 2012

MMS adds more credibility to a world class show

The list of prominent associations supporting the upcoming Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 Exhibition has increased still further as Mumbai Mudrak Sangh has also confirmed its support for the Screen Printing India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 Exhibition. Committed to the future of the print industry, MMS was formed fifty years ago with the primary objective to co-ordinate, motivate, innovate, improve, expand and elevate the state of the industry.

With the MMS also pledging its solidarity, MMS hopes to achieve this through meaningful mobilisation of the printer's abilities towards achieving excellence and creating mutual trust. MMS has been fortunate to have many stalwarts from printing industry as its Presidents. They built the reputation of MMS as a principal organisation in the city of Mumbai who looked after the interests of printers.In order to have a close relationship with printers providers, MMS has broad-based its membership. Not just that, with a view to help printers in Navi Mumbai, MMS extended its jurisdiction. Today, MMS is affiliated to the Maharashtra Mudran Parishad (MMP) and is an important constituent of it. MMS is a key participant in the working of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and attends Governing Council meetings and conferences. MMS' representatives have been elected office bearers of AIFMP.

Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012 will be the 10th International Exhibition on Screen, Textile & Digital Printing Materials and Equipments. Spread over 3,000 sq. mtrs. it will bring these three segments together on one common platform to complement each other. Latest materials and equipments employing advanced technologies from around the world will be at display at the Screen Print India ™2012 / ASGA India 2012 Show.

The 2012 edition will be held on September 5, 6, 7 at Hall 1A, Bombay Exhibition Centre at Goregaon (E), Mumbai. The Exhibition has been organized every two years since its debut in 1994 and is considered to be one of the Asia's most respected exhibitions, attracting exhibitors and visitors from across the globe.

The International factor in the exhibition has become even stronger with the ASGA Board Meeting to be held in Mumbai, just a day prior to Screen Print India 2012 / ASGA India 2012. The show would be visited by ASGA delegation from 11 countries as well as exhibitors and visitors from across the globe along with the heads of major brands.

First South Asian installation of Esko CDI Advance Cantilever 1450 with HD Flexo at Numex Blocks

Esko proudly announces the first installation in South Asia of a CDI Advance Cantilever 1450 with HD Flexo technology at Numex Blocks. Armed with the most advanced digital flexo imaging solution on the market, Numex Blocks will be able to provide flexo printers across India the high quality level that was originally only achievable in offset or gravure. With the capability of the CDI Cantilever to image both plates and sleeves, the company is gearing up for the requirements of tomorrow's flexo market.

“India is an emerging market for packaging print and we notice a significant growth in the quality of flexo printing as it has to meet gravure and offset standards,” says Hoshi Deboo, VP Asia Pacific & Japan at Esko. “Numex was the first to set the trend in 2002 by moving from analog to digital and has continuously invested in the latest technologies ever since. When looking for their next technology investment, Numex of course had several options to choose from. We are delighted that they considered the Esko CDI as the best platform to address the demanding quality requirements of the Indian market.”

Leading the Indian flexo market with long-term technology investments
Founded in 1985, Numex Blocks (Mumbai, India) is a well-established Indian prepress trade shop specialized in flexo and letterpress plate production for the flexible packaging, labels and corrugated markets across India. The company always had a strong strategy of investing in the most advanced technology - in 2002, it was the first trade shop to offer digital flexo plate making in India. After ten years of successfully producing digital flexo plates, the company again takes the lead in the Indian flexo market with the investment in Esko's CDI Advance Cantilever 1450 with HD Flexo - guaranteeing its clients the highest quality print results they demand. Over the years, Numex Blocks also continuously upgraded its workflow software and works today with Esko's Suite 10 preproduction software. The company is looking forward to the new Suite 12 that Esko will be launching at drupa 2012 in May.

“Flexo is moving towards new levels of quality and there are significant growth opportunities across all markets in India. Since the latest generation of presses deliver a quality not seen before, we need to gear up to match the market demand for this high quality plate imaging,” says Nitin Patil, Director of Numex Blocks. “We have a long standing partnership with Esko that spans back over 10 years. All through this time our experience with Esko has always been excellent. Now that we need to add more capacity and meet the demand for higher quality, we didn’t look anywhere else. Esko’s CDIs are robust and reliable – and combined with HD Flexo technology they deliver the best quality. These solutions are the de facto standard in today's flexo world.”

Imaging sleeves: Gearing up for the future
While the CDI Cantilever enables Numex Blocks to meet the today’s demand for higher quality plate imaging, it's the capability of the unit to also image sleeves which offers the company the greatest opportunity for new business growth in the future.

“Sleeves offer many advantages to print service providers. Faster change over time, perfect registration and they last longer than plates,” explains Patil. “Since digital flexo sleeves can now compete with gravure for flexible packaging, we see a growing demand for flexo sleeves. Until now, no one in India could supply them. With the CDI Advance Cantilever 1450 we are the first. It allows us to develop a whole new line of business supplying flexo sleeves for the flexible packaging market.”

Highest quality imagery on both plates and sleeves
The Esko CDI Advance Cantilever series are specifically designed to deliver the highest quality imaging on both plates and sleeves. The 1450 model images digital flexo sleeves up to a sleeve length of 57" / 1450 mm. It comes equipped with a plate loading table, and a vacuum drum-sleeve with Easy Clamp to securely hold down flexo plates of a size up to 42" x 60" / 1067 x 1524 mm, at a speed of up to 8.0 m² per hour.

With Esko's HD Flexo technology, the CDI Advance Cantilever offers the highest quality level, comparable to offset and gravure. Combining HighRes optics of 4,000 ppi with unique finely tuned screens specifically designed for higher imaging resolutions on flexo plates, HD flexo delivers extended color gamut and improved solid densities, smooth vignettes and reduction of correction and retouching of CT images.

Esko is the worldwide market leader with software for artwork creation, structural design, preproduction, workflow automation, quality assurance and online collaboration. Esko solutions support and manage the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers and packaging manufacturers.

Avery Dennison expands Pune facility with the widest and fastest coating machine : Targets to double Indian revenues to $300m in 3 yrs

Avery Dennison, a global leader in pressure-sensitive label and packaging materials, has completed a major expansion of its production facility in Pune that will significantly enhance the company’s production capacity to meet the growing demands of the Indian market.  

The ISO-certified Pune facility produces technically advanced pressure-sensitive materials for labeling and packaging and is one of Avery Dennison’s most advanced operations. The expansion, housed in a 100,000 square-foot site adjacent to its current facility, includes a new state-of-the-art, high-speed materials coating machine, the widest and fastest in India, which together with finishing equipment and coater comprise a full production line.

“With this latest expansion, we continue with the next big chapter in our development in India,” said Anil Sharma, managing director of Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials in India. “Our customers across India and South Asia have been our primary focus since we first established operations here in 1997. By expanding in Pune, we will be able to better serve the increasingly discerning requirements of this fast-growing market.”

The move further underlines Avery Dennison’s commitment to India, bringing the company’s total investment to date in the country to approximately $55 million USD. The plant has undergone three phases of capacity expansion since the plant opened in 1998.  This fourth expansion puts the facility at 130,000 square feet – four times its original size. The investment is in response to the rapidly growing Indian market demands for label materials as retailers increasingly recognize the importance of packaging and branding to differentiate products and drive consumer choices.

“We are here for a long haul and India is a big growing market providing us opportunities to grow at a high double digit year-on-year,” Dean A Scarborough, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Avery Dennison, said.

He said with the major expansion of its production facility at Ranjangaon, near Pune, and launching of a new innovation centre in Pune and a knowledge centre in Bangalore, the company has invested a total of $200 million till date. He said India was an important growing market globally and therefore, the company has also launched its second knowledge centre in Bangalore after China. “This centre will deliver innovative packaging and labelling systems and branding solutions to our growing customers,” Scarborough said.

He said the fourth innovation centre opened in Pune with 20 top engineers at present, will focus to provide research and innovation development services to the Indian market. “The team will be increased to 200 in the next two-three years to generate global solutions for the company,” Scarborough said. The other three centres are located in USA, China and the Netherlands, he said.

The fastest growing label and packaging materials (LPM) division manufactures and markets products under its Fasson brand, including pressure-sensitive and non-adhesive coated papers, films and foils. LPM products are widely used in brand identity, bar-code labelling systems, product identification and other applications by label converters and consumer product companies. Avery Dennison India has three manufacturing facilities in Gurgaon, Pune and Bangalore.

“Our existing three major businesses in India in labelling and packaging, retail branding and information solution and speciality materials together generated $155 million in sales revenues last calendar year and we are targeting at over $300 million in the next two-three years,” Scarborough said.

Avery Dennison’s Label and Packaging Materials business is the leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive label materials in India, and has seen year-on-year double-digit growth since its inception in 1997. The business is able to better serve customers thanks to its national footprint, which includes the expanded Pune plant, two plants in Gurgaon and a recently commissioned distribution center in Bangalore.

“We are delighted to officially open this new production line to contribute to the growth of India,” Avery Dennison Chairman, President and CEO Dean A. Scarborough said at the official inauguration ceremony. “The speed, quality and timeliness of the installation demonstrate Avery Dennison’s world-class execution capabilities and reflects the talent and drive of our India team. Through our investments in technology and people, we are committed to delivering world-class support to our growing Indian and South Asia customer base.”

During the opening ceremony, Avery Dennison also announced two more significant developments in India: the establishment of a new Innovation Center in Pune and a Knowledge Center in Bangalore.

The Innovation Center will be the third of its kind for Avery Dennison, which has existing centers in the US and China. It will provide dedicated research and innovation development services for Indian converters and original equipment manufacturers, while simultaneously providing growth opportunities for India’s pressure-sensitive labeling industry. The Pune Innovation Center will be operational by mid-2012 and is expected to grow significantly in terms of dedicated resources over the next two years.

To help nurture and grow the industry in India and South Asia, Avery Dennison is creating a label and packaging Knowledge Center in partnership with original equipment manufacturers. Expected to commence operation in Q2 of 2012, the Knowledge Center is intended to provide training and knowledge transfer on all major aspects of labeling technology from label production materials to pre-press, printing and converting. It will also address the business dimension such as coating and inventory management to deliver an effective and highly comprehensive means of knowledge sharing that will help foster the growth of the industry across South Asia.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Label Traxx rolls out Digi Traxx at Dscoop

At Dscoop 7 in Washington, DC, Label Traxx - the print business management software for flexographic and digital narrow web label printers and converters - showed the latest version of their powerful software. The company also introduced Digi Traxx, a powerful new tool that gives companies with existing business management systems the ability to automate order production to the HP Indigo press.  Digi Traxx accepts orders directly from an existing MIS system via XML, adding key data elements such as digital eye marks and step and repeat, not in the existing system. Digi Traxx then creates the necessary JDF files and sends them to the HP digital front end or to Esko Automation Engine 10.

Commenting on the product introductions, Label Traxx Vice-President of Sales and Operations Luther Erlund said: “As more and more label printers and converters move to digital printing, they often find their existing business management software cannot be fully support the complexities of the new digital presses.  Digi Traxx provides the link to reap the benefits of automating the order entry and production process without replacing existing business systems.”

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.  Label Traxx is designed for use on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. 

August Faller codes and prints pharmaceutical folding cartons with the OMEGA printer from Atlantic Zeiser

Atlantic Zeiser Group, a leading developer and supplier of modules and end to end system solutions for industrial digital and security printing, has developed and installed an integrated printing module at August Faller KG. The OMEGA 72i DoD inkjet printer and eco-friendly UV LED curing system SmartCure 75/400 for folding carton production has been designed to meet the special demands of pharmaceutical folding carton printing, coding and quality verification with wastegate control for medicinal product packaging. Using this equipment Faller, in Waldkirch, Germany, codes, serializes, prints and verifies pharmaceutical packaging for the world market and renowned pharmaceutical producers. With the OMEGA printing, serialization and coding solution from Atlantic Zeiser, variable data is applied in plain writing, as a 1-D barcode as well as a 2-D data matrix code. 

Directly after printing VERICAM checks the quality of the grading and, if necessary, triggers a wastegate, which automatically segregates products of unsatisfactory quality - thus ensuring a zero-fault rate in production. In this case the demands of pharmaceutical customers are special, in order to fully comply with country-specific marking standards for the purpose of product identification and product traceability. One particular project concerns printing and coding of medicinal product packaging for the Chinese market. For this, apart from Chinese writing, a defined barcode must be applied, which contains an authentication code for product tracing, a serial number and a product code, which follow the Chinese NDC (national Chinese medicine code). 

The OMEGA printer and camera-based quality control is fully integrated into Faller’s folding carton production line. Efficient coding and serialization of small runs and batch sizes with high flexibility of the printing solution are feasible due to the highest degree of variability provided by the DoD inkjet print solution from Atlantic Zeiser. As a result of the possibilities of individual printing with variable data in divergent forms Faller’s pharmaceutical customers can also reduce their stock holding of pre-printed folding cartons as they can be coded and serialized during the packaging process at the various locations of medicinal product manufacture. This production step is already covered in the fabrication of the flat folding cartons at Faller. 
The high quality requirement of 360 dpi is due to the small dimensions of the surface to be printed on each individual folding carton. Four different pieces of information: serial numbers, authentication and product codes as well as other variable data must be applied individually and fully machine-readable on this surface within the 1-D barcode. 
Specific characteristics for pharmaceutical packaging, required by the European Union, can now be applied easily via bar codes, serial or random alphanumeric sequences or via 2-D data matrix codes on the folding carton. Additionally printing of images and the personalization of the folding cartons for special target audiences or applications such as names or addresses are also possible. For marketing this opens up spaces that until now have been unused. August Faller KG with the OMEGA technology meets the demands for readability of codes (grading) and the integration of a wastegate function for sub-standard products, as specified by the relevant regulations. A camera system verifies the codes and checks the correctness and quality of the printed information. 
Armin Rambach, project manager, August Faller KG, comments: “Originally we were looking for a new coding and printing option, because extremely variable coding, serialization and printing of medicinal product folding cartons with genuine writing and barcodes were demanded by us. We needed to apply serial numbers, authentication and product codes and other variable data on the cartons. That set us big challenges. We wanted to have an efficient and at the same time more future-proof system. With Atlantic Zeiser we found a comprehensive solution in order to meet the various requirements for print quality, speed and data exchange. Today we have implemented this and with this high-speed line we are producing high-quality folding cartons which comply with the current regulatory demands.“
Carl-Michael He├╝veldop, chief marketing officer, Atlantic Zeiser, says: “The high speed coding and printing solution for pharmaceutical packaging at August Faller KG underlines the flexibility and the various uses of our industrial digital printing technology. Whenever high quality and specialized know-how in the pharmaceutical industry are concerned, the solutions of Atlantic Zeiser are the number 1 choice for leading-edge pharmaceutical specialists.“
At drupa in hall 11 stand C56 Atlantic Zeiser is exhibiting industrial digital printing solutions under the slogan “Beyond Printing“.

Flexo Plate Digital plans Open House to unveil its newest digital flat top dot plate making system

Flexo Plate Digital, a leading flexographic repro house in Asia announced plans to unveil its newest digital flat top dot plate making system at a technology showcase and open house on April 17, 2012. The event will be held at the company’s factory in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Flexo Plate Digital will be conducting a full day seminar and live demonstrations on its digital workflow, Thermoflex Wide and Flexcel NX Wide with DuPont and Kodak digital photopolymer plates,” according to Eric Oh, CEO of Flexo Plate Digital. “We are anticipating an excellent turnout from FMCG converters and brand owners.”

“In addition to Flexo Plate Digital, representatives from Kodak, DuPont, Siegwerk and Gallus will be on hand to help facilitate the flexo technology seminar and answer customer’s questions,” Oh added.

The information-packed event will allow packaging printers and brand owners to see the latest innovations in flexography, both in software and hardware in plate making.

Plates from the Thermoflex Wide CTP system will use DuPont digital plates during the open house. The standard digital flexo plate is for offset spot varnish and highspeed, high quality flexo printing for packaging industry.

In the same workflow, printers can also see demos of the Flexcel NX Wide from Kodak which will offer flat top dot that promises higher ink densities, full tonal reproduction, predictable plate making and printing, and consistent stable, robust printing.

Flexo Plate Digital offers a wide range of products and services specifically designed for packaging industry. As a leader in digital flexo plate making, Flexo Plate Digital is proud to show Asia’s first Flexcel NX Wide from Kodak, taking advantage of the new 42 x 60 inch (1067 x 1544mm) plate size for larger layouts for greater job efficiency. The new flat top dot technology will equip its customers to compete for business traditionally beyond the capabilities of flexo, enabling print buyers to benefit from both flexibility of cost effectiveness of flexo and the quality they would expect from offset and gravure.

Flexo Plate Digital will also discuss the company’s business strategy and in addition Kodak, DuPont, Siegwerk, and Gallus executives will speak on industry trends, productivity and innovation, and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Q.I. Press Controls unveils Miracle Camera at drupa 2012

Once again Q.I. Press Controls demonstrates its capacity for innovation! During the Drupa 2012 print media fair in D├╝sseldorf, this world-renowned manufacturer of highly advanced quality control technology reveals its most recent development for web offset presses: the mRC-3D detection camera.

The mRC-3D detection camera has now been equipped with double sensors and automatic self-cleaning. This means an extra gain in efficiency for users! Heat-set and cold-set rotary printing are high-speed processes in which quality and customer satisfaction come down to nanoseconds; misregister and/or colour deviations are no longer accepted in the battle for the reader/consumer. In order to achieve this and meet the need for the highest efficiency, Q.I. Press Controls’ engineers have developed this new generation of automated detection.

The double-sensor technology not only doubles the possibilities but can also cope more effectively with depth; which is the reason for the 3D designation for mRC’s latest detection camera. This concept proves its great added value particularly well in case of unsteady paper web routings and/or surfaces.

Since detection cameras in production processes can become obscured, this would usually require printing personnel to carry out cleaning. Now, this is no longer needed! The Automatic Ink Mist Shield (AIMS) clicked into place in front of the camera rolls a new antistatic crystal-clear section of film in front of the sensors and, after fully automated calibration, the precision measurements resume undisturbed. And this without any action on the part of printing personnel, in only a few seconds, at any location on the rotary press.

The launch of the mRC-3D at drupa will be accompanied by news about version types, costs and availability. It will also emphasise how this innovative high technology contributes to reducing costs, minimising press running time and reducing downtime.

At stand A24 – Hall 17 Q.I. Press Controls is showing its full range of computerised quality control on rotary presses. It's certainly worth a visit!