7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Harper earns Esko Certification

As an industry leader, global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America is constantly innovating the products and processes within the flexographic field. As the rest of the world embraces the digital revolution, so, too, has Harper Corporation. Now Esko certified in HD Flexo, Harper Corporation of America is continuing with its mission of providing the highest quality service and products to its clients.

HD Flexo is the latest prepress revolution in flexography. This digital process creates flexographic plates, which are more consistent than standard digital plates. Additionally, HD plates result in higher quality, clarity, and vibrancy.

In addition to being on the cutting edge of technology, HD Flexo is an environmentally-friendly and efficient solution for flexographic organizations looking to improve their operations. This process can be integrated into print room procedures without having to replace existing equipment or operational policies. As a result, the transition to HD Flexo is smooth for both flexographic professionals and their clients.

Harper Corporation of America received Esko certification in HD Flexo in January of 2012. This certification is used with XLT 60° high end anilox rolls. The engravings range from 900cpi to 1600cpi and are perfect for both Narrow and Wide Web markets. By combining Harper Corporation of America’s precise anilox roll engravings and Esko’s prepress technology, Harper’s customers are able to produce superior ink release, consistent printability, and exceptional print quality.

eltromat Premieres inco_check

To control the colour consistency throughout the printing process, it is common practice to remove sample material from the running web and to measure it offline with a hand spectral photometer. This process always means a disruption of production. eltromat GmbH presented its world premiere “inco_check” at the drupa. This new spectral colour measurement system integrates the measurement process into the printing press. Thus, the company from Leopoldshoehe (Germany) sets a new standard in colour control.

What is unique is that “inco_check” can be tuned to any existing hand spectral photometer. This enables the printer to compare the real time spectral measurement results from the press directly with the offline measuring values, regardless of the hand spectral photometer type.

According to the manufacturer eltromat, who looks back on more than 10 years of experience in developing solutions for colour measurement and control, "inco_check" is particularly interesting for packaging and label printing, because it even measures special colours accurately and reliably.

During production the system operates at printing speeds of up to 600 m/min and regularly and accurately provides spectral measuring results at up to 12 measuring points. The measuring points can be set easily by finger-tipping in the print control strip or anywhere in the printing format. Thus, the colour consistancy can be monitored at any time and at important points during the production process.

During the measurement the exact colour values (as L*a*b*C*H*), the colour variations (as dEab, dEcmc or dE2000), the history and the trend of the measurement results are displayed. All measurement results can be exported using the universal format CxF (Color exchange Format) and thus are made available for further processing. If tolerance violations occur, they are recorded in a roll protocol which can serve as quality documentation.

Whitlam Label adds EFI Radius ERP

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused printing and packaging industry innovation, today announced that label and packaging provider Whitlam Label has selected EFI Radius as its new MIS/ERP software.

In business for 55 years, Whitlam Label produces pressure-sensitive labels primarily for the automotive and durable label markets. The company has experienced steady growth over the years, and their old EFI PSI system was no longer meeting their business management needs.

“After taking a close look at EFI Radius, we selected the system because of its specific focus on labels and packaging, the stability of EFI as a service provider, and the scalable nature of the platform that will allow it to grow with us as our business grows,” said Alex Elezaj, chief operating officer at Whitlam Label. Their plant in Detroit will run the Radius software, which is expected to be fully implemented by early fall.

“The real-time data collection and business intelligence will be huge, allowing us to make more informed, proactive business decisions,” continued Elezaj. “We’ll be able to dig into how the presses are running, look at operator performance, see profitability information, and more, which will enable us to be more efficient and to provide even higher levels of customer service.”

“One of the greatest strengths of EFI Radius is its robust business intelligence system that is unmatched in the market today,” said David Taylor, general manager of EFI Radius. “With the many standard BI tools that come with Radius, our customers are empowered with information to help them transform their operations.”

EFI Radius is a powerful ERP software platform designed to enable end-to-end, automated business process management from order inquiry to cash receipt for label, flexible packaging, converting and folding carton businesses. EFI Radius offers a high degree of flexibility to manage the unique requirements of printing and packaging companies to help optimize and automate sales estimating; production planning, scheduling; materials management; shop floor data collection; job costing; time and attendance. It also offers comprehensive and intuitive reporting and business intelligence capabilities.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

First Indian HD certified flexo printer - Zircon Technologies achieves brilliance on a Mark Andy press

This drupa not only had pioneering technologies displayed but also had some warm felicitation ceremonies at some stands. In a simple and warm ceremony at the Esko stand in Hall 8B at drupa, Carsten Knudsen, CEO Esko presented Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon Technologies India with the HD Flexo certification. 

Gourav Roy, FIG with Sanjeev Sondhi, Zircon
Zircon Technologies - a self-adhesive labels print specialist, is the first printing company in India to be HD Flexo certified. The certification was awarded for Zircon’s introduction of HD Flexo into the daily production environment and the success it achieved at the company’s plant in Dehradoon.

The HD Flexo certification program is a rigorous process that requires that different print samples from five different commercial jobs be printed consistently. The samples were printed on their most trusted Mark Andy press and achieved the higher quality required for the compliance with specific standards. Not only that they got the consistency but delivered the right print every time ensuring a new horizon in flexo quality. 

Esko is enjoying ‘exponential’ growth in the number of HD Flexo Certified customers, partners and vendors as industry leaders increasingly recognize the impact this innovative process can have on the success of their businesses. The process requires a great deal of commitment from both suppliers and Esko, resulting in some very rewarding long-term relationships. It also enables all parties to benefit from offering this leading-edge print solution. Once certified, renewals at regular intervals are encouraged to ensure that print quality is maintained and in line with market developments. Vendors also need to certify each product individually, but once the initial certification has been obtained, subsequent applications are faster and easier. 

Zircon an organised label and packaging printer and converter, has achieved high growth and high technical excellence in the five years since it began. Its state of the art label printing and converting plants is continuously acquiring high technology prepress and printing equipment and software. Zircon’s adaptation to Esko packaging prepress software and digital imaging hardware and technology coupled with the high end Mark Andy presses has set Zircon apart from many of the leading label printers in the country and makes it a pioneer in HD Flexo Certification. 

Speaking on this occasion, Sanjeev Sondhi thanked Esko and particularly its Indian operations for its extensive support in the implementation of HD screening and in achieving the first HD flexo screening certification by Esko in India. He said, “HD Flexo has done a great thing for the process image. Not only we see a lot of positive attributes happening with solids and ink density, it also gives you more ink saturation, which is a big plus. Being a HD Flexo certified company, it is sure to strengthen our market presence and distinguish us from the competition. The certification will give our customers and prospects even more confidence, and will help us win business.”

Gidue provides complementary experience to drupa by staging an Open House

Gidue provided the perfect complementary experience to drupa by staging at an Open House dedicated to the event. The company’s Florence factory has been busy for 15 days, accommodating converters who extended their trip to drupa in Dusseldorf and visited Gidue’s manufacturing plant in Italy. The Open House proved very popular, with Gidue securing a number of sales at the event, building on its strong sales growth during 2012.

Almost 60 printing companies from five continents travelled through Europe to see Gidue’s new product range. Federico d’Annunzio, MD, comments:  “We’d like to thank all the converters who spent their precious time travelling to Florence. The ‘drupa’ Open House was an excellent opportunity to meet with our loyal customer base, and it gave us the chance to introduce our technologies to several converters who we met for the first time.”

Visitors to Gidue’s manufacturing plant were given access to mechanical, electrical and software departments, affording them a hands-on experience of GIDUE’s lean manufacturing in action. Each visitor was offered a demonstration of the full GIDUE product range - the new MX entry-level press for labels; the flexible M1 Plus for labels and packaging; the advanced M3 for multiple substrates; the ‘futuristic’ M5 Digital Flexo; and the latest M5 630 mid web UV flexo press for food packaging, including the SL in-line solventless laminator, which was being showcased to the market for the first time.

During the Open House, customers could also ‘live’ test the innovative performance of the M5 Digital Flexo line, which enables fully automatic ‘digital’ print pressure and register set-up, and less than 20m waste. Several demonstrations were run with converters own plates, so they could verify the consistent ‘digital’ performance on the new M5 press line. 

Tests were run without prior preparation – again so visitors could verify the automated operations of the M5 Digital Flexo technology and the reduction in waste it delivers.

Different substrates were converted during the ‘live’ tests to produce labels, shrink sleeves, wrap-around labels, flexible packaging, laminated tubes, pharma alufoil (on the new three-color M5-P for alufoil), and yoghurt lids.

The Open House proved very successful. A number of sales were concluded at the event, with machines to be delivered in 2012 to customers operating in the labels and packaging industries.

Ing. Matteo Cardinotti, Chief of R&D, concludes: “The Open House surpassed our expectations. The Gidue team created a fantastic atmosphere, and visitors welcomed the opportunity to see our latest innovations in action. Our customers confirmed that Gidue Digital Flexo delivers what their businesses need – full automation for short-runs, and ‘digital’-controlled quality.”