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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Flint Group's nyloflex ACE NEW now available

The conventional and digital nyloflex ACE NEW printing plates, a further innovation of Flint Group Flexographic Products, will be launched in Western Europe and North America in July 2012. The high durometer flexographic plates offer premium quality in flexible packaging, corrugated preprint, beverage packaging and label printing. With its superior solvent resistance, the new plate is suited perfectly for solvent based inks, but also water based inks and a broad range of UV inks.

Sets the standard in high quality flexo printing
Sharp reproduction of the finest halftones, smooth, homogenous vignettes and high contrast images combined with excellent ink transfer make the nyloflex ACE NEW the plate of choice. Especially in combination with new technologies, such as HD Flexo or nyloflex NExT, the plate offers high-class print results. nyloflex NExT, Flint Group’s high intensity exposure technology, is the smart solution for a precise defined surface of Flat Top Dots in flexo printing.

Efficiency and productivity
nyloflex ACE NEW is quick, consistent and reliable in processing. The even floor and clear contrast result in easy handling and good mounting properties. The plate provides major advantages to printers due to its low dust attraction and advanced cleaning behavior. According to customer reports nyloflex ACE NEW Digital runs up to 500,000 meters without cleaning stops, resulting in a reduction of printing costs. Moreover, stable quality and consistency during the entire run length, superior durability and a long lifetime make it very economical.

Extensive field tests with nyloflex ACE NEW brought outstanding print results and extremely positive feedback. The global market introduction of the new printing plates will progressively follow.

Meech expands Web Cleaner and Static Ranges for Labelexpo Americas 2012

Meech International will be launching innovative products to expand both its web cleaning and static ranges at Labelexpo Americas 2012 (11–13 September). Visitors to booth 1240 will have access to the most comprehensive web cleaning range available, as well as a new static bar designed specifically for the labelling market, which sits alongside other well known static products that are very popular throughout the industry.

Matt Fyffe, VP/General Manager of Meech Static Eliminators USA Inc states, “We are very excited to be able to use Labelexpo Americas as a launch pad for key new products in both our web cleaning and static ranges. Such a prestigious show always draws a good visitor base and we are aware that the labelling market is becoming ever more important. We aim to design and develop products that our customers and prospects tell us they need, so we are confident that our new products will attract a good deal of interest at the show.”

Alongside the new products, Meech will also be exhibiting its entire web cleaning range that consists of both contact and non-contact systems. These include the TakClean, ShearClean and VacClean (previously named the Tornado), and this expansive range can provide businesses with a customised cleaning solution regardless of production requirements.

The TakClean web cleaner, launched in 2011, already cemented Meech’s position as the industry’s most comprehensive supplier of web cleaning technologies. Designed directly as a result of requests by several existing customers within the label and narrow web market, TakClean provides excellent cleaning power, removing particles as small as 0.5 microns. Simple to install and with continuous single of double sided cleaning capabilities, TakClean is available for web widths up to 2100mm, at a speed of up to 250 meters per minute.

The TakClean system features the specially formulated ‘TransTak’ - elastomer contact cleaning rollers and perforated adhesive rolls. Working in combination with Meech static control technology, the integrated ‘TransTak’ rollers mean TakClean is the ultimate contact web cleaning device for sensitive materials.

When cleaning, the ‘TransTak’ elastomer rollers make contact with the web, lifting contamination from the product surface. Available in a variety of Shore A ratings, the cured silicone elastomer rollers are proven to have no ‘free chemistry’, guaranteeing that the cleaned surface remains trace free.

Once the ‘TransTak’ rollers have lifted the particles, they are transferred, by contact, to the surface of the adhesive rolls. The adhesive rolls are manufactured with a release coating to ensure easy unwinding. In addition, a high adhesive mass means the TakClean can run for an extended period between material changes. When changes are required, easily removed (tear off) roll sections guarantee that downtime is kept to a minimum, and operator safety is optimised.

Meech’s non-contact technology, the ShearClean is ideally suited for web cleaning where contact technology is not practical due to scratch-prone or sensitive surfaces. These might include special coatings or decorative labels.

ShearClean is available for web widths up to 2.1 metres and for web speeds up to 450 metres/min, although faster speeds can be achieved by adjusting factory settings. Incorporating static control technology, the ShearClean offers users a more efficient and effective cleaning process than equivalent systems. ShearClean can be tailored to suit customers’ requirements, not just in terms of size but also in sophistication. For instance, Meech can provide different upgrades to create a fully programmable unit.

Meech’s VacClean contact cleaning system was previously named the Tornado. The company decided to rename the product to align the naming structure of each of its web cleaners, and the VacClean has proven extremely popular since its initial launch. Aimed at label, digital and carton printers, it is available in two versions - the F4 and F5 - featuring compact extraction or vacuum fan extraction respectively. The F4 cleans single-sided webs up to 1,650 mm wide, as well as double-sided webs up to 750 mm wide. The F5 will clean single- and double-sided webs up to 4,000 mm.

The VacClean is available in a new design, which presents users with an improved, maintenance friendly exterior. The updated faceplate can now slide simply off the manifold body; an enhancement Meech predict could save manufacturers up to two hours downtime. Following extensive airflow analysis, the shape of its manifold has also been adapted to achieve an even vacuum across the product. Consequently, it requires fewer duct connections and is capable of utilising single length manifolds of up to 4 metres.

Complementing the web cleaning product range, Meech will also have some key static products on display at the show Handling static charges on label presses is an ongoing challenge for printers, and Meech prides itself on manufacturing products that can eliminate or control this static to the advantage of the user. In addition to its new launch, the company will also exhibit its ever-popular 977CM pulsed DC Controller.

977CM Pulsed DC controller
A pioneer in the industrial application of Pulsed DC for static control, Meech has installed over 4,500 systems in the printing, packaging, converting and plastics industries. This total includes a number of systems for RFID tag production, where the smallest static discharge will cause chip failure and data loss or corruption.

The 977CM Pulsed DC controller - the first true closed-loop Pulsed DC static control system - has proved especially popular due to its combination of precise static control and advanced self-monitoring features. The 977CM continuously monitors output from the ionising bars and automatically adjusts the input voltage to compensate for the adverse effects of contamination. For greater accuracy, an optional sensor bar detects residual voltages on web paths and rewinds and communicates with the 977CM unit to instruct it to tune its output to ensure the best possible charge neutralisation for the current operating conditions. When no further adjustment is possible the contamination will start to reduce performance. Adjustable alarms alert the operator, via local audible and visible warnings and remote alarm signals, to the need to clean the bars.

Matt Fyffe concludes, “Labelexpo Americas is set to be a very stimulating show for us. We’re launching key new products for which we will be revealing more details at the event in September. Additionally, we’ll be showcasing the most comprehensive range of web cleaning and static products than ever before. We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to our booth and explaining how our products and solutions can help their needs.”

Bunting Magnetics receives business honors

Bunting Magnetics - producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide printing, automobile, plastics, food, and electronics industries recently was honored for business excellence by several regional organizations:
  • For the second year running, Bunting Magnetics was a finalist for the 2012 Kansas Exporter of the Year award.
  • Bunting Magnetics received the 2012 International Business Excellence award from the World Trade Council of Wichita, Kansas.
  • Bunting Magnetics also won the 2012 Wichita Best in Business award presented by the Wichita Business Journal.

Commenting on the awards, Bunting Magnetics President Robert J. Bunting said: “We are proud to have been recognized by three separate organizations for our export activities. Bunting is known the world around for its magnetic products, which are used by manufacturers in many industries.”

For more than 50 years, Bunting Magnetics has developed and manufactured precision magnetic products for the worldwide printing, automobile, plastics, food, and electronics industries. Bunting Magnetics supplies printers around the world with magnetic die cutting cylinders, two-piece can printing cylinders, and corrugated carton printing cylinders. Bunting flexible magnetic dies for label and packaging printers are 100 percent chemically hardened and machine-sharpened. Bunting flex dies are available in widths of 30 inches or less, and with coatings formulated to exacting standards for the substrate being cut

Polytype and Luscher Agree on a distribution partnership

Two long-established Swiss companies, Polytype SA, the worldwide leader for systems for tubes, cups and cans and Lüscher AG Maschinenbau, the leading supplier of prepress systems for the graphics industry, have agreed on a global distribution partnership of Lüscher machines that will greatly extend the strategic areas of activity of both companies.

This distribution partnership with Lüscher, the innovative trendsetter in the prepress sector, will enable Polytype SA to round off its product portfolio and develop into a full-range supplier. Customers can now count on outstanding support not just for their standard requirements but also for highly specific, complex tasks in the fields of blockmaking and print form production. „This will not only lead to considerable cost savings but will also massively increase our customers‘ flexibility“, says Polytype SA‘s Daniel Wider, Head of Business Unit Cup Decoration, and Alain Berset, Head of Business Unit Tube Decoration.

Through its partnership with Polytype SA, Lüscher will be able to greatly expand its market for plate CTP systems thanks to the use of new, pioneering imaging technology. Customers will benefit from a unique, hybrid imaging system which will allow them to image the whole range of print forms such as dry offset plates, offset plates, flexographic plates, rotation screens and all types of flat screen at high speed and in outstanding quality using a single machine. In addition, these Lüscher systems will permit the top-quality imaging of magnesium and copper plates for foil stamping applications.

According to Anton Tanner, COO, and Urs Bachofner, Sales and Marketing Director of Lüscher, „in Polytype SA, we have an exceptionally well-established partner whose international market leadership in a sector in which we have not previously been active will open up long-term opportunities for us“.

Flint Group Flexographic Products’ printing plate portfolio for security and banknote printing

From 21 to 23 May 2012, the Security Document World conference (SDW) took place in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre of Westminster, London, UK. SDW is an international event for technology suppliers and security document printers as well as infrastructure providers and integrators in the fast-moving security document market place. Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the event brought record numbers - with about 350 delegates at the conference, about 90 exhibitors and 1400 visitors at the exhibition.

An important target of the three-day conference was the networking between the decision makers from industry and governments. Products and services for document security, e-Passports, visas, driving licences, national IDs, worker credentials, advanced border control, anti-counterfeiting, fraud detection and much more were presented. As an exhibitor, Flint Group Flexographic Products showcased its complete printing plate portfolio for security and banknote printing.
Especially in security and banknote printing, the highest possible precision is required for fine texts and guilloche patterns. Flint Group’s nyloprint WS and WS Digital plates are utilised for these and similar purposes in direct or indirect letterpress printing. For inking-up the gravure cylinders in intaglio printing presses, the water washable nyloprint stencil plates WS 225, WS 230 S and WS 230 S Digital are the perfect choice. In intaglio printing the nyloprint gravure printing plates ST 52, WSA 52 and WSA 52 Digital act as the master form used in the galvanic processing of the actual printing plate. The conventional and digital nyloflex Gold A plates complete the security plate portfolio for inline and offline coating. They can be used in sheetfed offset presses as well as in special application presses.
Markus Muehlfeit, Product Manager Flexographic Products, is pleased with the result: “Many visitors from several countries showed great interest in our printing plate portfolio. We managed to intensify existing relationships and to establish interesting new contacts to the key players in the security printing business.”

A ‘must attend’ annual event - The AWA Label Release Liner Seminar

The AWA Label Release Liner Seminar has become the ‘must attend’ annual event for all associated with the pressure-sensitive label and release liner market as supplier, producer, or user.   Conveniently held each year just prior to the Labelexpo shows in Chicago and Brussels, it takes place this year in Chicago, at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel on September 10.  

Leading the seminar is AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ President and CEO, Corey M Reardon, who says that the event will ‘pull together experts in their respective disciplines and address the key issues and opportunities for release liners used in pressure-sensitive labeling across the value chain.’   It also represents a valuable opportunity for industry networking.

Organized by AWA Conferences & Events, the seminar is sponsored by a number of leading companies within the industry, including Platinum Sponsor UPM and Gold Sponsors Billerud, Boise, Dow Corning, Dow, and Mitsubishi Polyester Film.   Online registration is now open via www.awa-bv.com, where details of the program and other upcoming AWA events are also published.

iSys Label announces Intec Printing Solutions as the European Distributor for the EDGE 850

iSys Label is proud to announce Intec Printing Solutions Limited as the sole distributor for the EDGE 850 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. A partnership agreement was signed at the end of May between iSys Label, the Canadian-based manufacturer of the EDGE 850 and Intec Printing Solutions Limited. Located out of Poole, Dorset, UK, Intec will be providing customers with superior quality and service with iSys Label solutions for the short run, continuous label printing market.

The EDGE 850 is a digital label press solution printing at speeds up to 9.14 meters/minute (30ft/minute/6ips) for short run label production on a variety of die cut or roll substrates. This innovative label press is easy to operate, so you can say goodbye to ordering huge quantities of pre-printed labels. Designed for in-house production of labels, users will be capable of printing 2000 labels in less than 20 minutes and have the finished roll ready for immediate application.

“This new short run label printer is ideal for those wishing to print small quantities of their own labels and compliments the existing range of Intec on demand printers,” said Ian Melville, Managing Director of Intec Printing Solutions Limited.

“I am excited to announce the appointment of Intec Printing Solutions Limited as our exclusive distributor in Europe. Intec will be very instrumental in signing on partners throughout their respective territory. I am looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Intec,” says Randy Rickert, Director of Sales, iSys Label.

Intec Printing Solutions Limited is headquartered in Poole, Dorset. The roots of the company date back to 1989 when Managing Director, Ian Melville founded the business. Today, it manufactures and distributes the Intec range of colour heavy stock digital printers throughout the world. It has partners in more than 70 countries.

iSys Label is the innovative developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label presses that deliver production quality labels print after print. Our focus is on developing customized product configurations to fit our customers’ needs and provide effective solutions that meet their highest expectations.

Friday, July 6, 2012

FINAT Young Managers Club (YMC) goes global

After a successful summit last year, the Finat Young Managers Club (YMC) is holding its first ever Global YMC Congress, open to both YMC members and non-members, at Westin Hotel in Berlin, Germany on 28-30 November 2012.

The Young Managers - Truly International!
One of the most notable recent FINAT innovations has been the establishment of the Young Managers Club for industry managers under-40. Meanwhile the club has expanded significantly on its initial focus of succession planning within the many industry SMEs. "Since its origin in 2009, FINAT’s YMC has run several successful meetings and workshops from which the idea to organize a first global congress was born," says  Francesc Egea, of IPE Innovaciones Para Etiquetajes, Spain and chairman of YMC. "Meanwhile we are pleased to see the progress we have made in our global approach by collaborating with our colleagues from LMAI in India, TLMI in US and VskE in Germany - the hosting association/country of this very first edition."

“To date we have attracted 63 members from across the globe. They represent a mix of managers from local family run businesses, but also middle- and higher-level managers from larger label converters and suppliers alike. As in our industry in general, we have predominantly male members, hence I'd like to launch a call particularly to all female professionals to join and strengthen our YMC," says Dana Kilarska of, Purgina, Slovakia, board member and treasurer of YMC.

Outlines of the YMC Global Congress
Under the umbrella “Young Managers, let's challenge the future”, the congress provides both international networking opportunities and the opportunity to share experiences and obtain knowledge from industry experts all over the world. The congress brings workshops and presentations on a broad variety of topics.

The YMC Board is comprised of: Chairman Francesc Egea, IPE-Innovaciones (Spain), Vice Chairman Nicola Motetta, Euroadhesiv (Italy), Treasurer Dana Kilarska, Purgina (Slovakia), PR/Membership Recruitment responsible Bibiana Rodriguez, Rotatek (Spain) and Programme Managers Peter Dhondt, CERM (Belgium) and Pawandeep Sahni, Weldon Celloplast (India).

Finat, founded in Paris in 1958 and headquartered in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the world-wide association for manufacturers of self-adhesive labels and related products and services. With 600 members in over 50 countries around the world, Finat has much to offer to label converters and all suppliers to the labeling industry in terms of information exchange and the opportunity to network internationally.

Tresu Group expands service network with appointment of Indian agency, Capital Graphic Supplies

Global supplier of flexo and converting printing lines and ancillary products Tresu Group has appointed New Delhi based Capital Graphic Supplies as agents for the Tresu Ancillary Division for the corporation in India.

Henrik Kristensen, Tresu Ancillary (L), Arun Gandhi,
CGS India (C) Arun Gandhi, A.S. Print Aids India (R)
Founded in 1965, Capital Graphic Supplies represents several leading graphics industry brands, supplying India's printers and publishers with solutions for digital finishing, mailing, binding, die cutting and packaging. The company will offer a fast supply of Tresu Ancillary products and systems as well as spare parts and consumables, technical support and expertise.

Tresu Ancillary is an accredited supplier of chamber doctor blade system, ink- & coating supply systems, dryers and plate cleaning systems to several global press makers including Heidelberg, Komori, KBA, manroland and Mitsubishi. The company's pressure-controlled, streamline FlexiPrint and UniPrint chamber doctor blade systems are acclaimed for enabling flexo and offset printers to achieve high-quality, high-speed ink and coating laydowns.

Arun Gandhi, managing director of Capital Graphic Supplies says, “Tresu Ancillary products have a proven track record in enabling customers to find a competitive edge in numerous packaging markets. Our partnership with the company finally makes this technology easily accessible to the Indian graphics printers for the first time, with a direct, local and competitively priced source of Tresu Ancillary products."

Tresu Ancillary's sales director, Henrik Kristensen, comments: "The cooperation with Capital Graphic Supplies enables us to strengthen our support to India's graphics market with ways of meeting the retail and consumer goods sectors' needs for higher quality and performance on innovative packaging solutions."

Capital Graphic Supplies will be exhibiting at LabelExpo India, New Delhi from 29th October to 1st November together with Tresu Ancillary, offering ancillary flexo printing options on Stand K18. Furthermore, Multitec Ltd. Haryana, India will also be showcasing Tresu Ancillary products.

GSE to showcase enhancements to the Colorsat Match ink dispenser

GSE Dispensing will show how its automated ink logistics systems and management software packages contribute to a waste-free, smoothly running ink workflow, under the (th)ink lean theme at Labelexpo Americas, 11-13 September 2012, Chicago, Stand 551.

GSE’s Colorsat program of modular gravimetric ink dispensing units have been proven to eliminate waste and improve yields by up to 30 percent, dispensing the exact amount needed for each job to precise color requirements and calculate excess ‘press return’ inks into new recipes. The Colorsat units are suited for preparing colors for all flexo, gravure and screen label and packaging printing situations. The units cater for water, solvent and UV-based ink sets and dispense volumes from less than 5 kg (11 lbs) to over 200kg (440 lbs).

A show highlight will be enhancements made to the GSE’s Colorsat Match dispenser, for flexo, gravure and screen label printing situations. The system specifically enables clean, fast and waste-free recipe preparation in batches of 1 kg (2 lbs) to 5 kg (11 lbs). Typically, a 5 kg (11 lbs) recipe of four colors can be dispensed in less than four minutes.

The developments to the Colorsat Match will feature a new air bubble mixer included in the ink containers, which keeps consistent viscosity throughout the container and ensures a stable ink flow. Another new feature is an automatic wet / dry cleaning unit, containing a roller for quick change and easy maintenance. The Colorsat Match has enjoyed great popularity in the six years since its launch, with multiple installations at single label companies worldwide.

GSE also offers software tools that bring further improvements in color formulation efficiency, cost-analysis and traceability. GSE’s Ink Management Software (IMS) allows the printer to store a database of commonly used, complex ink recipe formulations. Standard integration with a Management Information Software (MIS) package provides the production manager real-time information about recipe availability, enabling quick response printing. The integration with MIS also allows detailed ink cost-analysis of each order, and the ability to trace inks used on every job to the original base ink batch number. This substantially saves operator time.

Mr. Anne Lourens, managing director at GSE Dispensing, comments: “It is vital that label and packaging printers implement a lean management system. Reducing ink waste from the work-flow enables printers to achieve a high level of accuracy at lower costs and ensures quality consistency.”

Founded in 1975, and headquartered in Brummen, Netherlands, the company is a world leader in ink dispensing technology, with over 1,500 dispensing installations world-wide.  

Heukäufer Folien (Germany) confirms order for a Titan ER610 slitter rewinder at drupa 2012

Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. is pleased to confirm that it received an order for a Titan ER610 compact slitter rewinder from Heukäufer Folien GmbH during the drupa 2012 exhibition held in Düsseldorf, Germany from 3rd to 16th May.  The company is located in Herten, north-west Germany and will install the new slitter in a new, purpose-built production hall during August this year. 

Heukäufer Folien GmbH has been established for more than 90 years and has become one of Germany’s leading suppliers of specialized printed and composite films and flexible packaging materials, mainly used in the food processing sector.

‘We decided some time ago that we needed to improve our productivity and replace an existing slitter rewinder’, explained Mr. Kurt Barth, Managing Director of the company. ‘The Titan ER610 model is very compact and is a perfect solution for our production requirements.  We took some time to research the market and consider several suppliers but we were very impressed by the high performance of the Titan machine during a demonstration some months ago.  We are looking forward very much to increasing our slitting capacity within the next few months,’ he confirmed.

The new Titan ER610 slitter at Heukäufer Folien will be for materials up to 1350mm wide with a maximum speed of 450 m/min.  Rewind diameters can be up to 610mm with a minimum slit width of 35mm.  The slitter will also be equipped with laser safety scanners, a static control system and edge trim extraction system.

The Titan ER610 has been a great success for Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. with sales of more than 100 machines worldwide.  It is available in two web widths – 1350 & 1650mm and features a 10” touch screen control system.  A pneumatically controlled braking system provides accurate web tension control and a digital edge-guide system controls lateral movement of the unwind reel to +/- 50 mm. 

Slitting systems available include shear knives, rotary razor (burst) or razor slitting in air or groove.  Optional features include laser (line) core positioning and also a shaftless unwind roll pick-up from the floor. 

The Titan ER610 slitter can process a wide range of flexible materials including plain, printed, coated or metallized film from 20 to 200 micron, a wide range of laminates and paper from 30 to 200 gsm.  It is a more environmentally friendly solution with reduced power consumption, no hydraulics for oil-free, hygienic operation, un-lubricated compressed air for zero oil/air emissions and less steel through its compact design. Its ‘one-piece’ construction also enables rapid installation and commissioning.

iSys Label introduces their newest label printer: The EDGE 850

The biggest change in desktop label printing is here. iSys Label is proud to introduce their newest product, the EDGE 850: a digital label press solution printing at speeds up to 9.14 meters/minute (30ft/minute/6ips) for short run label production. Say goodbye to ordering huge quantities of pre-printed labels. Designed for in-house production of labels, users will be capable of printing 2000 labels in less than 20 minutes and have the finished roll ready for immediate application.

The EDGE 850 can print on a variety of die cut, kiss cut or roll substrates. This innovative label press is easy to operate with a front panel LCD interface and an auto adjusting form synchronization re-winder system. Every EDGE 850 comes complete with a rewinder and EDGE2Print label making software. “Probably the easiest, yet most powerful software a user could want,” said Mark Hopkins, President of iSys Label. Advanced features include:
  • Ability to print on conventional, kiss-cut or die-cut rolls
  • Total job costing
  • Cut on the fly and auto cut
  • Manual page width registration
  • 40 GB internal memory
  • Media input width ranging from 152.4 mm (6.0”) up to 216 mm (8.5")
  • Print length up to 213.4m (700')
  • Print quality of 1200 x 600dpi
  • Utilization of separate drums and toners for minimal waste
  • RIP included in the software allows for color management, ICC profiling and Pantone spot colors

“iSys Label has announced that we will begin selling our new EDGE 850 desktop label press worldwide. We are currently soliciting dealers that concentrate on the packaging & graphics market. The EDGE 850 is truly the only continuous feed label printer that fits right at your work station,” said Randy Rickert, Director of Sales, iSys Label.”

The EDGE 850 is designed and engineered to operate with approved consumables and the Certified Media Library that ensures superior quality print after print. Allow our world class printing expertise to meet your label customers’ needs. Look to the EDGE 850 for your beverage, food and consumer product label printing. The EDGE 850 is now available worldwide for shipping in June. 

iSys Label is the innovative developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label presses that deliver production quality labels print after print. Our focus is on developing customized product configurations to fit our customers’ needs and provide effective solutions that meet their highest expectations.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

PrimeBlade to invest huge amount to develop next generation of doctor blades

Swedish based doctor blade producer PrimeBlade Sweden AB is investing approximately € 750.000 to develop the next generation of doctor blades for the flexo, gravure, offset & coating industry.

The printing & packing industry is facing increased demands, where quality, productivity and prices are the main focus in order to meet the future demands. PrimeBlade is investing in the latest grinding technology to increase the quality and productivity even further. Investments also include taking the award nominated 900 Nano I doctor blades to the next level, including the development of Nano II and III.

The next generation of Nano blades will include Nano II (water based inks) and Nano III for the really long life solutions, including solutions for very abrasive inks, like white ink etc.

Very important is to notice is that the Nano products do not include any ceramic particles that could be abrasive towards the cylinders and aniloxes.

PrimeBlade operates via partners and agents on a worldwide basis, with sales and exports to approximately 60 countries.

Daco Combi turret rewinder installation at A & E Supplies

A & E Supplies, Denton, England are manufacturers of plain and printed labels.  Having used a Daco DSI plain label converter since 2007 they needed to increase efficiency of their plain label division further. With increased pressure on margins from the increase in cost of paper and the downward trend in end user pricing A & E needed to become more efficient. Having spoken with Daco, on several occasions about the purchase of a further rotary die cutter with a wider web width to improve throughput, the opportunity for a Daco Combi turret rewinder with a quick delivery time became available.

Having looked at turret rewinders in the past we felt that they did not suit the type of work that we produce.  We produce large rolls on our Edale Beta flexographic label press and need to finish them efficiently offline; we currently rewind them on an inspection slitter rewinder.  Daco explained that the Daco Combi is unique as the turret rewinder has its own built in unwind and slitting.  The Combi can be placed on the end of a flexographic label press or run offline enabling us to choose which is the most efficient and cost effective for the job.  Previously we would have had to choose an inline or offline turret and would have not had the flexibility, inline turrets often slow down the press when running small mandrels but with the Combi we have the option of running either inline or offline commented Andrew Hurford, Managing Director of A& E Supplies.

This made us look again at turret rewinding and the Daco Combi’s unique features fitted in with the type of work and processes we have.  For the small roll production for the 5” diameter rolls for thermal transfer printers we can put it on the end of our DSI blank label converter reducing significantly the downtime created when attaching the web to new cores at each cycle end as this is now fully automatic and the finishing on the end of the Edale Beta or finishing offline reduces time spent on the inspection rewinder.