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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brandtjen & Kluge announces strategic alliance at drupa

Brandtjen & Kluge and The Brausse Group announced a strategic agreement in which the two companies will co-market the Brausse 1050 Series of foil stamping, embossing and die cutting machines in the U.S. and Canada. “We believe that our co-marketing agreement is the best possible way to leverage the core competencies of our two organizations for the benefit of our customers,” said John Cheng, President of The Brausse Group. “The brand name Kluge is synonymous with foil stamping and embossing and Brausse is a recognized leader in high speed die cutting.  Together we can provide world class solutions to the specialty print finishing market.”

The Brausse 1050 series is recognized as the leading machine solution in its product segment. The operational accuracy of the 1050 starts with a non-stop feeder and register system that delivers excellent registration even on the most difficult of products.  The controls of the 1050 are designed with the operator in mind; an LCD screen display provides real-time operating information for each section of the machine and an integrated microprocessor for system monitoring and self-diagnosis. The system can be enhanced with the optional triple action stripping station with gripper edge removal for even greater productivity.

“The addition of the Brausse 1050 series to our product portfolio gives Brandtjen & Kluge the ability to provide our customers with a high quality finishing machinery solution for each of the key sheet formats in the marketplace today,” said Michael Aumann, CEO, at Brandtjen and Kluge. “The combined efforts of our two organizations will result in a world class offering of equipment, training and support for our customers.”

Flexo Concepts introduces QuikWash at drupa 2012

Flexo Concepts introduced its exclusive QuikWash wash -up system at Drupa in Düsseldorf from May 3-16 in Hall 11, Stand C34.  This innovative technology cuts wash-up times and solvent consumption in half by using an exclusive plastic wash-up blade to dramatically improve wash-up effectiveness.  The company will also feature a line of traditional plastic wash-up blades in addition to its TruPoint line of plastic and composite doctor blades and MicroClean dry media anilox cleaning systems.  

New to the market, the QuikWash System makes it possible for printers to retrofit their presses to leverage the benefits of a plastic wash-up blade.  The system consists of a wash-up blade clamp that attaches to the existing wash-up tray and uses the company’s exclusive TruPoint DeltaFlex plastic wash-up blade.  DeltaFlex is constructed from a durable, rigid material that enables it to achieve and maintain a fine contact point with the roller.  It is this fine contact point that results in more efficient wiping and wash-ups that can be completed in half the time.

DeltaFlex blades are also extremely resistant to chemical breakdown, making them ideal for washing up UV ink and for use with harsh solvents.  The blades possess a low coefficient of friction so they wear evenly and last longer than rubber-tip blades without producing tack.  The clamp design eliminates the need for holes and slots so blade costs are reduced and blade changes are quick and easy.

Customers have reported a substantial improvement in wash-up quality and a reduction in wash-up times after retrofitting their presses with this product.  Staff will be on hand in the booth to answer questions about the QuikWash System and demonstrate a side-by-side comparison of the new and traditional wash-up blade systems.  The company will also have on display a variety of traditional plastic wash-up blades.

In addition to wash-up products, Flexo Concepts will present its full line of TruPoint plastic and composite doctor blades and MicroClean anilox cleaning equipment for flexographic and offset coating applications.  TruPoint blades are popular as a substitute for steel blades in a wide variety of applications due to their long blade life and performance characteristics.  They have been shown to outlast steel up to four times and perform better when it comes to graphic reproduction and in high speed, high temperature and high abrasion applications.

The MicroClean dry media anilox cleaning system uses specially designed plastic media pellets to remove inks and coatings from anilox cells.  By restoring original volume, MicroClean ensures that rolls deliver predictable ink densities and coating weights.  The technology is used to clean anilox rolls, sleeves, rotogravure cylinders and coating rolls and is environmentally safe.

To learn more about these products, stop by the company’s booth in Hall 11, Stand C34 or visit www.flexoconcepts.com.

Toray receives FDA's IMS Certification

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., the only United States manufacturer of precision-performance polyester, polypropylene, and bio-based films, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has granted the company Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS) certification for single-service products. The IMS certification signals to milk and dairy products manufacturers that Toray’s packaging-manufacturing processes and packaging materials are recognized as safe for use with dairy applications that are shipped interstate. Toray is expanding in the dairy market with new packaging and lidding technologies, and customers interested in the new products are assured that Toray is compliant with FDA-mandated interstate shipping regulations.

“Milk and dairy products manufacturers who uphold the industry’s standards of excellence expect suppliers to have IMS certification,” says Milan Moscaritolo, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Toray Plastics (America), Inc. “We are very pleased to let the dairy industry, manufacturers, and converters know that we have earned the IMS certification.”

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is a leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, and bio-based films for flexible and rigid packaging, lidding, graphic, industrial, optical, and electronic applications. The company is a subsidiary of Toray Industries, Inc., the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and high-performance films, which has annual sales exceeding US$20 billion.   

Entries Invited for Third Heidelberg ECO Printing Award

At drupa 2012, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is launching the third Heidelberg ECO Printing Award, the only international environmental award for sustainable printing in the sheetfed offset sector. This environmental award focuses on the sustainable use of resources and energy, climate protection, and environmentally aware management practices. These aspects of sustainability can relate to a company as a whole, or to exceptional stand-alone solutions in prepress, press, postpress, logistics, and corporate culture. Winners should set a benchmark for the entire industry and encourage others to adopt sustainable business practices and solutions. 

As in previous years, the Heidelberg ECO Printing Award is open to any print shop that operates at least one sheetfed offset press. The number of presses is unimportant, as is the volume of production, the vertical range of manufacture, and the size of the business. Entries will be accepted from print shops from anywhere in the world that use any kind of substrate - paper, card, or foil. An independent, international panel of judges including representatives of the printing industry, environmental scientists, and members of environmental associations will examine the entries and select the winners in the two categories. 

Companies wishing to compete for the award must submit a written application. Further details are available online under "HEI ECO" at www.heidelberg.com/eco-award. Entries can be submitted from May 8 to November 30, 2012. The Heidelberg ECO Printing Award will be presented in June 2013.

"Environmental protection, like sustainability, is a global issue that has become a megatrend in the print media industry, too," says Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. "The Heidelberg ECO Printing Award is designed to motivate print shops worldwide to redouble their commitment to environmental protection and to offer them an international platform for sharing ideas and learning from each other."

Heidelberg is fully committed to sustainable printing 
At drupa 2012, Heidelberg is showcasing its new solutions for eco-friendly printing as a response to the HEI ECO market trend and is systematically expanding its range. For example, virtually every sheetfed offset printing press at the trade show booth in Hall 1 is equipped with an energy meter that measures energy consumption in line with the standardized guidelines published in VDMA standard sheet No. 8873. It measures the energy requirements per 1,000 sheets, thus making it easier for customers to save electricity. Just as fuel consumption per 100 km is measured on a car speedometer, printers can now check energy efficiency at a glance on the wallscreen of the Prinect Press Center or on a separate PC. Printers can use these measurements to analyze energy consumption quickly and easily and take appropriate steps to cut electricity usage. 

Other innovations that help cut the power consumption of printing presses include the energy-saving DryStar LE UV dryer and the heat recovery system of the DryStar Combination dryers. 

First manufacturer to supply carbon-neutral press series ex works 
Heidelberg has been supplying all its Speedmaster Anicolor presses on a carbon-neutral basis as standard since April 2012. Like the award, this commitment is unique in the industry. All other machines are available with carbon offsetting on request and then bear the "CO2-neutral" label. For this purpose, the carbon footprint of manufacturing the presses is calculated precisely. The calculations take into account all relevant parameters - from the extraction of raw materials and the production of materials to the manufacture and testing of the press and its transportation to the print shop. Heidelberg has chosen to use the certificates to support natureOffice's environmentally and socio-politically valuable reforestation project in Togo.

Heidelberg is committed to environmental management 
The entire drupa presentation is staged on a carbon-neutral and sustainable basis. Attention was focused on environmentally friendly processes, recyclable materials, and reusable modules as early as the planning and tendering phase and this was reflected in aspects such as the tendering documentation. The CO2 emissions for all processes and materials related to the trade show and the trade show stand are being offset. These range from project management, logistics operations - including assembly and dismantling - and the operation of machinery at the show, to travel to and from the event, and accommodation for booth personnel. Additional parameters involved in the CO2 calculations for the booth include the production of the entire machine park, consumables such as paper and inks, and the power supplies for the technology used at the show.

Prati celebrates 40th Anniversary

Prati is marking its 40th year in business by launching a redesigned, easier-to-navigate website, and unveiling new branding. Prati’s focus has evolved since its inception, and the company now undertakes far more finishing processes, prompting it to adopt the new tagline – ‘The Finishing Company’.

Prati’s new website features an interesting Prati Channel section, with videos showing the functionality of each machine. It also features a customer area, where customers can find useful information and updates. It has been developed on the basis of four concepts representing Prati's customer-oriented philosophy:

Open concept & open mind - Customization is key for offering flexibility. Each Prati machine is bespoke, and customers can integrate, add or remove independently-operated modules at any time.

Know-how & mutual growth - Prati’s 40 years of experience are reflected in its unique machinery, which are based on unending communication with customers, problem solving and in-depth research.

High technology & innovation first - Continuous research ensures Prati always responds to new trends and builds innovative, cutting-edge solutions.

Customer care & fast response - With a far-reaching network of offices, distributors and agents, Prati can provide 48-hour support, including parts shipping.

Micaela Roncaglia, Marketing Communication Manager at Prati explains the reasons for the company’s new look: "Over the years, we’ve evolved from a company offering label inspection solutions into one that provides a wide range of finishing applications for label converting, including overprinting of variable data.

"The new website reflects the combination of dynamism, creativity, service and expertise built up by Prati over four decades, which affords the company an excellent understanding of what its customers expect from a technology-rich, dedicated and responsive partner.

“The positive trend of the last four years has allowed our company to grow considerably,” adds Chiara Prati, Sales Director of family-run Prati. “We doubled our turnover from 2009 to 2010, exceeding 10 million Euro. And in 2011 we reached two big goals: we moved to new, larger headquarters, and we consolidated our turnover. We’re now enjoying a strong start to 2012 – first quarter growth is up more than 10% on 2011. We're on course for another four decades of success."

bielomatik provides cutting technology to Tresu's Flexo Innovator

Finishing system maker bielomatik has agreed to provide a specially adapted version of its roll-to-sheet cross-cutting technology for integration into Danish flexo printing machine builder Tresu’s new mid-web Flexo Innovator package printing / converting line. bielomatik’s cutting system enables high-speed cutting of B3 size substrates, without any tooling costs. It is one option on a new open-platform press that can be configured to include any combination of added-value converting processes, like rotary or flatbed die-cutting, in-line, according to the printer’s unique requirements. 

Key features include bielomatik’s Vacu stop air-injection transport system for mark-free sheet delivery from the point of cutting to stacking. This is ideal for conversion of thinner papers, which are more sensitive to contamination. Other features enable automatic size and material changes, on-the-fly removal of spliced sheets and waste, and automatic pile-changing. The cross-cutter also includes a single-sheet register system, ensuring precision register control. This system feeds real-time information to the operator through Tresu’s Management Information Software (MIS), allowing remedial action to be taken on-the-fly, as soon as deviations are discovered. Two versions of the cutting system are available. One caters for thin paper, foil and films, ranging from 40m to 300gsm, while another caters for converted carton substrates from 60gsm to 600gsm. 

This bielomatik innovation ensures that waste is dramatically reduced. Only a few sheets of paper are used during a roll change, as the over-lay of old and new roll are accurately found by the cross-cutter. The sheeting system handles papers and foils from 400mm x 400mm to 1200mm x 1050mm. The roll-to-sheet concept enables printers of sheet-fed applications to maximise value by acquiring substrate raw materials in roll format. The unit is also available as an off-line system, which will be on display at the bielomatik drupa stand.

The Flexo Innovator is available in three width options, to suit a range of different applications. These include the FI 900, accommodating widths up to 900mm, the FI 1100 (widths up to 1100mm) and the FI 1300 (1300 mm).

Kim-Regin Sustmann, (Head of Tresu Concept) Tresu Group says, “We are delighted to include the world-class finishing technology of bielomatik on Flexo Innovator printing lines. This agreement enables us to give packaging printers a broader choice of lean, high-performance converting options within the Tresu Concept offering.”

Visit Tresu at drupa in Hall 10 Booth #A62 and bielomatik at Hall 11 Booth #A06.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Zircon paddles down south with Mark Andy

Pervasive, as they are, labels are a permanent product identity. End consumers identify products with it and on that account, are an imperative for a company to invest in high quality labeling. Naturally, the pressure sensitive adhesive labels industry is growing at a steady and rapid pace in India. And in the few years of its operations, Zircon Technologies India Ltd. has grown to earn its position at the forefront of high quality customized pressure sensitive labels by continually focusing on delivering unrivalled levels of service through consistency, quality and a 'can do' attitude.. 

Serving Variegated Customers
Envisioning being a leader in its Geographical operational area in the field of labels, Zircon has surely come a long way ahead in the short span of time it has been in this industry. Providing hi-tech AUTO-ID solutions and creating customized brand packaging for all industries across the globe, Zircon is a one stop source for customized labels of all genres. From Compliance Labeling, Receiving, Shipping to Track & Trace, Warehouse Management and Identification of Freight & Parcels, Zircon provides labels to meet variegated customer requirements. They are one of those select few companies that are taking Label Printing process beyond banality, to the point where it now exceeds the quality of the usual lithography.
The Winning Combination..
Gourav Roy with Sanjeev Sondhi
Supplier Partnerships
In the search for new successes Zircon often thinks very un-conventional. The most recent example is Zircon is adding a new base down south at Chennai and expects to service its growing customers from that base. Mr. Sanjeev Sondhi, Director Operations for Zircon Technologies expects that this new base will add on to the production output in the printing area and on the other hand result in time and cost savings for being able to cater to their customers needs on top priority. 

And when only the best is gonna work for your customers, you make sure that your requirements are matched to a supplier on whom you can base your trust and that is essential. Zircon bought its first Mark Andy press seven years ago, and has stayed back with FIG and Mark Andy ever since then. As it now paddles down south to their newest venture in Chennai, it naturally goes without saying that Zircon is insuring that they backpack their Mark Andy equipments along. “I can't reiterate more how Flexo Image Graphics have helped us out,” says Sanjeev. “They are such a good team of people with their backup, training and support and it's important to have equipment you know that will function consistently. This just demonstrates that it is necessary today to have suppliers that are prepared to work in partnership. And FIG is one such supplier,” he added. 

Service is Key
“Although only few years in this industry, ZIRCON has not only survived in the ferociously competitive Indian label industry, but has also grown and spread its wings. ZIRCON is one of those inspirational companies which demonstrates that even new or small converters can move fast in implementing new technologies and workflows, working closely with key suppliers to achieve top quality output as well allowing them to find a niche and thrive in the complex supermarket eco-system,” says Gourav Roy, MD, FIG. 

Speaking about FIG and its service and technical support, Sanjeev says : “The technical guys at FIG are superb. They have helped us out tremendously whilst we were establishing ourselves and they were always there when we needed them most during our most trying out times, offering all help when we were least expecting them to do. And when they say their usual 'we will find out for you' you know it will be done.” 

At its end, FIG realizes that each of their customers is different and along these lines they orient a package that best fits their customer's requirement. These strategies have got a splendid response from the industry which in turn has led to an increase in their installation base of Mark Andy presses across India and its subcontinents. 

Into the future
For the speedy trailblazers, landmarks take over a country that bystanders look over for their passage of success. For Noida based Zircon, Chennai is just another landmark that it takes pride in while they are presently catering to their clients spread in rest of the India through their branches at Noida, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and with its biggest five star facility in Dehradun; with Mark Andy technology solutions as their loyal benefactors. “We wish Zircon all the very best in their new enterprise and look forward to extending the best support as this is one Mark Andy loyalist that has always been growing with us,” concluded Mr. Gourav Roy, Managing Director for Flexo Image Graphics. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

X-Rite introduces Color iQC Print and NetProfiler 3.0 solutions that cut time, improve quality for print and packaging applications

X-Rite, Inc. has introduced its Color iQC Print and NetProfiler solutions at drupa 2012 to help companies in the print and packaging industries achieve higher efficiencies and improved quality through standardized and automated workflows.Attendees who visit the X-Rite Pantone stand D023, Hall 5 can see hands-on demonstrations of how Color iQC Print organizes information critical to efficient management of color data and greatly simplifies communication of the data across organizations. 

Color iQC Print links seamlessly with the PantoneLIVE™ cloud-based color service that has a proven record improving color matches of labels and packaging across an array of printing technologies and substrates, which builds tighter and high-value relationships between print companies and brand managers. 

X-Rite representatives will demonstrate how the NetProfiler 3.0 software can verify, optimize, and certify handheld and press-side spectrophotometers wherever they are used in the supply chain, ensuring that all stakeholders can use the same color standards and tolerances. NetProfiler 3.0 extends the power of profiling to handheld devices with embedded profiling capabilities, optimizing the performance of press-side spectrophotometers that all experience some data drift over time due to age and use. 

"Color iQC Print and PantoneLIVE shave hours off projects by making sure that all the links in the supply chain – from brand owners and designers to product production – have reliable and accurate color information when and where they need it," said Richard Knapp, X-Rite product marketing manager, color and appearance software. "It's clear that any brand owner using these tools will have a competitive advantage when it comes to introducing new products in terms of saving time and resources."

Color iQC Print allows any company in the workflow to designate jobs or measure color data in the format it is accustomed to using and send data to next link in the supply chain with confidence that the information will be preserved exactly the way it was sent. Color iQC Print's easy-to-learn organization and transmission of data works seamlessly with the newly introduced PantoneLIVE color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards via the Internet. PantoneLIVE efficiently and cost effectively controls color among local and remote producers, suppliers, contractors and distributors.

Academics Prof. Malcolm Keif and Prof. Kevin Cooper to give ‘lean thinking’ lecture to packaging converters at GSE Dispensing’s drupa stand, 8th May

Two senior academics and specialists in lean management workflows, Prof. Malcolm Keif and Prof. Kevin Cooper will give a 20-minute presentation on lean printing for packaging converters at the drupa stand of GSE Dispensing (Hall3 - Stand F50) on May 8th at 1.30pm.

Prof. Keif and Prof. Cooper, from the Graphic Communication Department of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, USA, have researched and published extensively on lean management.

Prof. Keif specialises in flexography, quality management, lean thinking and printed electronics. He has worked in the print and packaging industry for over 20 years. As well as authoring four books on printed media, he has published several papers in many of the world's leading industry journals.

Prof. Cooper has worked in printing and manufacturing for over 20 years. He is a professor of graphic communication and actively presents and consults with printers on lean management methods. He is the author of three books. 

Twenty-five signed copies of 'Setup Reduction for Printers', the new book on lean management authored by Keif and Cooper, can be won in a free prize draw during the show. Show visitors wishing to enter the competition can leave their business cards at the GSE Dispensing stand.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director at GSE Dispensing, comments: "The high level of competition, volatile raw materials prices and shorter production runs make the search for added value more acute than ever. Packaging print converters must adopt a lean management philosophy to combat these challenges. We share Prof. Keif and Prof. Cooper's vision of a lean value chain. Everything we do is aimed at empowering printers to apply that vision in an ink logistics context as well."

GSE Dispensing helps packaging printers reduce ink waste from the work-flow with gravimetric ink dispensing systems that mix spot colours in less than three minutes, table-top flexo proofing systems and software that provides per-job ink costings, real-time stock analysis, tracking of all inks to original batches and various management reports.

Fully digital folding carton converting is now a reality: The Highcon Euclid is launched at drupa 2012

Highcon introduces the first fully digital cutting and creasing production solution for folding cartons. The Highcon Euclid is set to transform the way converters do business and will be running live on the Highcon stand, Hall 4, Stand B28, at drupa 2012.

With no requirement for a die, and job change-overs measured in minutes rather than hours, the Euclid radically changes the business model for folding carton converters. Now converters are able to meet increasing customer demands for faster turnaround times and short run lengths as well as gain additional and profitable work from both new and existing customers.

The Euclid accepts work from common production design software packages thereby fitting seamlessly into current workflow environments. Visitors to the Highcon booth will be able to see sample jobs prepared with the cooperation of industry leaders - board, software, digital printing and folding gluing machinery manufacturers - produced on the Highcon Euclid by our beta site, Graphica Bezalel.

With economic runs up to 10,000 sheets at 3B/ B1 (76cm x 106cm; 30" x 42") format, the Euclid handles work profitably from both conventional and digital presses.

Using standard CAD cutting and creasing information, Highcon's patent-pending Digital Adhesive Rule Technology (DART) and precision laser optics, cutting (and perforating) and creasing can be carried out within 15 minutes of the final data being entered into the machine.

DART polymer is rapidly extruded onto a DART foil to accurately create the crease lines and then the machine is ready to run. In a constant flow, the board is creased, then automatically cut with high quality and precision by an array of lasers utilising sophisticated and specially developed optics. The jobs then pass to the stacker ready for collection.

In addition to the many benefits of fast turnaround and short to medium run production, the Euclid can cut complex shapes not possible with conventional dies. Add in the ability to produce different cut features for each pack and the result is high added value. All this and more can be seen live at the Highcon stand.

Fast, easy operation
By eliminating the bottleneck caused by waiting for die deliveries, associated delays and costs for last-minute changes, with consequent production rescheduling, the Euclid can increase throughput, dramatically reduce turnaround times and enable late changes.

Changing the game
The ability to cut days from production schedules means that the Highcon Euclid changes the whole economic model of folding carton converting. Typical set-up on the Highcon Euclid is projected to cut costs by up to 80% compared to conventional die-making costs.

"Bringing digital technology to folding carton converters represents a major shift in the market," said Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO. "The implementation of this new technology will create numerous new packaging opportunities for converters, packaging printers and brand owners."

TRESU Group’s new web-fed Flexo Innovator press provides high-performance, lean alternative to film, paper and folding carton package converting

Flexo press manufacturer Tresu has launched a web-fed flexo printing and multi-process finishing concept for speciality packaging products. The Flexo Innovator series provides an open, modular platform for the building of complete, uniquely configured production lines. This provides a high-performance, single-pass alternative to labour-intensive sheet-fed printing situations.

The Flexo Innovator series has maximum flexibility in configuration. It includes any number of flexo units, and specially configured hot-air drying or curing units for virtually all ink types, custom-engineered and assembled at the Tresu factory. There are three width options within the Flexo Innovator series to suit a range of different applications. These include the FI 900, accommodating widths up to 900mm, the FI 1100 (widths up to 1100mm) 1100mm and the FI 1300 (1300 mm). Flexo Innovator's technology also assures precise registration throughout the print run, high-end regulating web tension control technology, rigid design for minimising vibrations, resulting in very high stability throughout the printing process.

The open platform of Flexo Innovator can be built to include custom-designed cold foil, die-cutting, laminating, embossing, rotary screen and rotogravure technology from leading partners, and cutting options, such as rotary sheeting, that combine economy and performance benefits. 

The first of these machines, the FI 1100, has been built at Tresu's production plant in Kolding, Southern Denmark, and will be used for sample production, demonstrations and testing for the development of new applications. FI 1100 achieves speeds of up to 400m/min (optional 600m/min) and offers repeat sizes ranging from 450mm to 1060mm. It also features front and reverse side printing stations to provide a single-pass print / converting solution folding carton, paper, unsupported film, laminates and aluminium products, among others.

The Flexo Innovator is a product of Tresu Concept, a division of the company that provides bespoke single-pass printing and processing lines for special packaging products. This engineering and integration service enables board converters adopt leaner, modular, high-performance web-fed production alternatives to sheet-fed situations that have traditionally required separate several processes and much manual input.

The new Concept division focuses on roll-to-roll, and roll-to-sheet or roll-to- die cutting manufacturing lines. This provides a leaner, faster manufacturing alternative for numerous paper and board printing applications that traditionally have been produced by sheet-fed process. Enabling a switch to higher speed web-fed lines in which several added value operations are completed in a single pass, saves make-ready time and manual input requirements, and simplifies logisitics. 

Kim-Regin Sustmann, head of Tresu Concept, comments: "Flexo Innovator finally makes  lean manufacturing an option in high-end  package converting. The Flexo Innovator series combines precision flexo engineering capabilities with our expertise as a proven integration partner to provide a lean, single process manufacturing solution for a host of high-end packaging products."

Xeikon Color Control: A powerful new color management tool for label and packaging applications

Xeikon has launched Xeikon Color Control, a powerful new color management tool for label and packaging applications as well as for the document printing market at drupa 2012. The tool enables printers to offer their customers repeatable and predictable colors and the best simulation of custom spot colors all through the simplicity of a cloud based application. Being cloud based, customers won’t have to invest in extra hardware and have always up to date technology at their disposal. 

Xeikon Color Control enables printers to profile their Xeikon presses and create color tables for specific colors. Having printed a target, the measured values are uploaded to a central server where a new profile is created, together with a library of named colors. Both are installed on the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front-End where they can be applied to all incoming jobs. This enables customers to have much better control over their output quality and match the output with conventional jobs that have been printed previously. Furthermore, quality reports, as well as an overview of the stability of the production environment, can easily be made available by the press room operator for others.

“In today’s competitive environment, print buyers are asking their suppliers for highest quality and accurate reproduction of brand colors,” explains Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “With Xeikon Color Control, our customers now have a smart and easy way to reproduce even their most complex jobs – the ones with highest color requirements. With minimal time and effort, they can now profile their environment and ensure customer’s specific colors can be reproduced with the closest possible match. It’s one of those small, but powerful tools that makes our customers’ lives easier,” adds Van Bauwel.

Complete color workflow management tool
Xeikon Color Control does a lot more than generating spot-color tables.  It manages a printer’s complete color workflow: allowing them to generate a new profile for every medium they print on, for every press within their environment. It helps our printers to generate the best simulation of industry standards. And because it’s a cloud-based service, with no software to install and maintain, the tool requires low investment. Moreover, no investment is needed to develop in-house color management expertise.

Come to drupa 2012 and learn more about Xeikon Color Control from May 3-16, 2012 in Hall 8A, Booth B44.

GMG CoZone – Collaboration and Color Management in the Cloud

At drupa GMG, a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, introduced GMG CoZone, a comprehensive web strategy, and an answer to soft proofing. Experts will meet experts at GMG’s drupa booth B25 in Hall 4. Where the focus of interest is on color accuracy and reliable processes, the logical conclusion is to extend the decision-making process, involving all stakeholders. With GMG CoZone, all essential requirements for professional media and color management are deployed in the cloud.

Michael Farkas, Marketing Director at GMG, explains the overall objective of GMG’s web strategy  “GMG CoZone stands for transparent project control and reliable handling, available to all participants at all times. With CoZone Collaborate, we launch the first chapter of our GMG web strategy.“

Printing companies, prepress service providers, designers, agencies, brand manufacturers and publishing companies expect consistent results throughout the process chain. Reliable GMG hard proofs thus become essential to the overall process, ensuring data enters production without any flaws or color inconsistencies.

Unfortunately, many production processes are affected by operations that could be significantly streamlined and made more transparent with GMG CoZone. CoZone Collaborate allows users to track the status of a project and efficiently manage production processes.

GMG CoZone is modular in approach, building into a central solution for all essential process steps: color management, proofing, communication, and approval processes between different supply-chain partners and for different output formats.

The web-based platform requires no investment in locally-installed software or expensive high-end hardware. Furthermore, GMG not only guarantees permanent accessibility, but also provides the highest security standards to maintain privacy.

FFEI previews new version of 3D visualisation software for fast carton packaging prototyping at drupa

FFEI Ltd, the global developer of award-winning digital imaging solutions, previews a fully-updated and re-branded version of its popular 3D-Packager solution today at drupa, with live demonstrations of its unique capabilities on the stand.  RealVue 3D Packager, a complete 3D visualisation software tool for fast carton packaging design, builds on the functionality of its predecessor by offering an array of innovative new features that improve speed and ease of use, while lowering costs.

Designed for the creative needs of brands, artwork designers, agencies, pre-press and converters, RealVue 3D Packager streamlines packaging design and development to dramatically improve product time-to-market, minimising dependence on physical mock-ups and reducing development costs. The solution works in synchronisation with Adobe® Illustrator to simplify the creation of complex packaging design concepts, producing an interactive 3D visual which simulates all aspects of the structural design and special print finishing effects, including opaque white ink, foils, varnishes and specialised substrates.

RealVue 3D Packager allows real-time design that displays 3D visuals with a 360° view, allowing users to animate the folding process at the click of a button. Concepts, designs, and ultimately 3D prototypes, can all be shared with customers online, enabling key decision makers to benefit from a simplified product design process.

Andy Cook, FFEI managing director comments: "We are very excited to unveil the latest version of RealVue 3D Packager at drupa, with a host of new features and benefits. To demonstrate this unique product, and show how complex and sophisticated packaging designs can be easily and quickly simulated on screen, we have designed and produced a 3D model of the Bloodhound ‘Super Sonic Car', which will be given away to visitors on our stand."

"Throughout drupa our aim is also to show potential partners and resellers, why the Bloodhound project emulates everything FFEI and its technology solutions stand for through our VIP Partner Programme. We look forward to meeting like-minded businesses who want to profit from our cutting-edge technology."

RealVue 3D Packager Version 2 incorporates a number of innovative enhancements, specifically:
  • Realistic Lighting/Environment Mapping - RealVue 3D Packager's new tools can create ‘real world' reflections on object materials, effectively a map of an environment. Designers and creative professionals are provided the capability to simulate highly realistic light reflections in "Real Time" on rendered objects that can be moved in 3D space. This novel approach is more efficient than the slow classical ray tracing method and, via a precomputed texture image, enables designers to accurately store the image of the distant environment surrounding the rendered object, be it retail store, office or outside landscape. Users can also add their own environment maps downloaded from the web and utilise them together with RealVue 3D Packager's new lighting enhancements for total creative control.
  • Collada interchange file format - by using this standard exchange format, files created using compatible 3D or graphics software applications can be easily imported, avoiding the costly outlay of additional software packages. Seamless export to Adobe® Photoshop gives more freedom to designers and creative professionals, enabling them to fully utilise graphic tools for retouching and compositing before exporting 3D view files to brand owners, agencies or marketing managers to review and approve.
  • HTML 5 support - RealVue 3D Packager now provides HTML 5 export utilising the new built in support most browsers have for displaying 3D content without the need to install a plugin. Designers can create and send content with the confidence that colleagues or customers will be able to view it. Secure network users can now also view content without requiring permission to install a plugin from network administrators.

"Our new RealVue 3D Packager harnesses all the attributes that matter most to graphic designers - namely improved features, increased speed, ease of use and greater cost savings," says Nick Gilmore, software business manager at FFEI.

"Importantly, this is achieved while allowing these users to operate within the familiar Adobe® Creative Suite environment, so not only are they afforded everything they need for improved functionality, they do so by avoiding the need to purchase expensive proprietary solutions from high-end manufacturers."

User-friendly RealVue 3D Packager is equipped with a host of features as standard, and can be integrated with existing print/packaging workflows and collaborative soft proofing solutions. The import of dielines and export to other packaging/labelling and Adobe® Creative Suite applications is also supported.

Visitors to the FFEI stand will also have the opportunity to see FFEI's new, end-to-end, digital label printing solution in action, as well hear more about  the continued success of the company's market-leading CTP range.

GSE Dispensing’s enhanced, relaunched Colorsat Slim ink dispenser offers greater dosing accuracy and improved user-experience for flexo / gravure printers

GSE Dispensing, a provider of lean ink management solutions for packaging printers, has enhanced its Colorsat Slim gravimetric dispenser with optimal dosage accuracy and easier user-friendliness. Designed to provide flexo and gravure ink colours on-demand for flexible packaging and carton-board print situations, the Colorsat Slim includes a sturdier weighing unit that weighs dosages up to a maximum 25kg to an accuracy of just 1g.

Furthermore, a new wet and dry cleaning unit cleans the system after each dispense cycle, saving maintenance time. Key components such as the label printer and barcode scanner have been integrated into the control console. The addition of quick couplers to the hoses connecting the ink barrels to the dispenser makes faster, cleaner exchange of barrels possible, without risk of dripping. The redesign of the dispense head enables height adjustments to accommodate buckets of maximum 470mm.

Accommodating a maximum of 20 base colours, the Colorsat Slim mixes and dispenses a four-colour 20kg recipe of water-, UV- or solvent-based ink in under four minutes. Powered by GSE's proprietary Ink Management Software IMSTM, which provides a user friendly interface, the Slim offers a means of achieving exact volume requirements without performing complex, time-consuming manual calculations. Any excess ink left over from a print job can be easily calculated into new recipes, thus greatly reducing waste. The dispensing speed allows greater flexibility in job scheduling, with lower risk of bottlenecks at make-ready stage.  Since its 2004 launch, the Slim has a large global installed base. Several customers report being able to improve ink yields by over 30 percent as a result of installation. 

Anne Lourens, managing director at GSE Dispensing, comments: "The finer accuracy and range of practical enhancements in the relaunched Colorsat Slim gives the printer added reassurance of achieving brand owners' need for more sophisticated unique colours, while keeping make-ready times to a minimum. This provides the ideal solution for maintaining a lean operation without compromising quality, including in situations where flexiblility and shorter production runs are the norm".