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Thursday, July 19, 2012

TLMI Announces 2012-2013 scholarship winners

TLMI (Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute) has announced the recipients of association scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. TLMI gives awards scholarships to students on an annual basis within three scholarship categories: the Member Company Employee Scholarship Program, the Four Year College Degree Scholarship Program and the Two Year Degree Scholarship Program.

Member company employee scholarships are awarded to qualified employees to further their studies and strengthen their commitment to the industry. Awards may support coursework toward either an undergraduate or graduate degree. Four year college degree scholarships are awarded to qualified full-time college students who are entering their third or fourth year of study and who are pursuing a degree to prepare for a career in the narrow web industry. Two year college degree scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in a flexographic printing program at a two-year college or a degree-granting technical school.

TLMI scholarships for the 2012-1013 academic year have been awarded to the following member company employees and college students:
TLMI Member Company Employee Scholarship Program:
• Tammy Sue Tlachac – Lakeland College: Belmark, Inc.

Four Year College Degree Program:
• Joshua Keith Boland: Clemson University
• Gregory Daniel DeGross: Western Michigan University
• Angela Sampsell: Pennsylvania College of Technology
• Kate Marie Trenkamp: Ball State University

Two Year College Degree Program:
• Jihyeon Myeong: Augusta Technical College

TLMI is a member-driven, progressive association that provides forums to address issues critical to the success of the tag and label, packaging, and converting industries in the North American marketplace. Details about TLMI’s scholarship programs can be found on the association’s website at www.tlmi.com

Mondi Group to acquire 93.4% of Nordenia International

Mondi Group, a leading international paper and packaging company, announced that it has agreed to acquire 93.4% of the outstanding share capital of Nordenia International AG from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and certain other minority shareholders for a total cash consideration of EUR240 million. In addition, Mondi Group will assume EUR398 million of debt and debt-like liabilities implying an enterprise value for 100% of the Company of EUR655 million.

Nordenia is an international supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions and hygiene components with 12 fully invested operating facilities located in seven countries across Europe, North America and Asia.  Additionally, a wholly owned greenfield plant currently being constructed in China is expected to begin operating in early 2014. Based on Nordenia’s EBITDA and EBIT for the year ended 31 December 2011 of EUR99 million and EUR70 million, respectively, the implied enterprise value equates to 6.6 times 2011 EBITDA and 9.3 times 2011 EBIT.

The EUR240 million cash consideration payable for the Acquisition will be funded from a new EUR250 million two year committed bank debt facility. The Acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to customary completion conditions including the approval of certain competition authorities.

Commenting on the Acquisition, David Hathorn, Chief Executive of Mondi Group, said: "The acquisition of Nordenia offers Mondi Group a unique opportunity to create a leading consumer packaging business, build on long term customer relationships across both businesses and establish a platform to expand further in high-growth emerging markets”.

Nordenia is a leading supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions and hygiene components. Consumer packaging solutions contribute approximately 60% of Nordenia revenues, and include re-closable bags, stand-up pouches, advanced films and laminates for mainly fast moving consumer goods sector. In 2011, sales to the FMCG sector accounted for over 90% of Nordenia revenues.

CCL Industries acquires pharmaceutical label business in Sydney, Australia

CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty packaging solutions for the consumer products and healthcare industries, announced today that it has acquired the assets of the Pharmaceutical Division of Graphitype Printing Services, a privately owned printing company located near Sydney, Australia, for AUD$7 million paid in cash. The acquired business produces labels and patient instructional leaflets for leading pharmaceutical customers in Australia and will complement the existing CCL Label Healthcare operation in Melbourne.

Graphitype's Pharmaceutical Division sales were AUD$7.3 million for the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2012, with EBITDA of approximately AUD$2.5 million. Dave and Kath Morris, the founders of Graphitype Printing Services, will continue to operate their commercial printing business as an independent company. Steve Morris, the business leader of the Pharmaceutical Division, has signed an employment agreement as part of the transaction and will join the Healthcare and Specialty group of CCL Label North America and Australia led by Jim Sellors, Group Vice President. The acquired business will immediately change its trading name to CCL Label.

Geoffrey Martin, President and CEO of CCL Industries said, "The Healthcare sector continues to be attractive for us and we have been very successful with similar acquisitions in this product space in the recent past. The excellent facility in Sydney and the great team assembled by the Morris family while building the business will strengthen our position in Australia with sites now located in both of the key pharmaceutical manufacturing centres in the country."

With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, CCL Industries now employs approximately 6,400 people and operates 72 production facilities globally located to meet the sourcing needs of large international customers. CCL Label is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and film materials for label applications and sells to leading global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare, automotive and consumer durable markets. CCL Container and CCL Tube are leading producers of aluminum aerosol cans, bottles and extruded plastic tubes for consumer packaged goods customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Sprint Print & Packaging increase flexibility with Edale solution for Scratch Card production in Nepal

Sprint Print & Packaging, based in Kathmandu, Nepal have experienced rapid growth and as part of their expansion plans the company installed a seven colour Edale combination UV/IR Scratch Card line with a wide range of additional options.

Sprint, who are from a printing background, were previously in commercial printing for the production of newspaper and magazines. More recently, with the introduction of the new Edale press, the company have expanded into scratch card and label production.

The 510mm wide press is configured with seven UV/IR flexo units, an Edale CR80 card stacker; which takes multiple streams of standard format CR80 cards from a die cut unit and transports them in a continuous stack in discreet lanes, in sequence, and a complete personalisation system including digital variable data printing, data verification , void product logging and tracking.

The Edale system offers a highly productive single pass telephone card production; this latest installation is based on Edale’s Gamma printing and converting line. The Gamma SC-510 is fully servo driven and comes in web widths of 430mm or 510mm with the ability to handle substrates from 12-600 micron. Servo drives on each print head provide pre-register, auto-register and print length control features. This, combined with the revolutionary print head designs, ensures job change times and set up wastage are kept to a minimum with the ability to perform a full station colour change in under 70 seconds.

The Gamma SC-510 can be customised to suit the exact requirements of the customer and this specific machine was designed to combine the multiple processes normally associated with scratch card production, in a single pass. This rationalises the production process, eliminates work in progress and increases the security and traceability of the cards. This single machine has been designed to produce up to 1.5million pins per hour.

“This new press allows us to better serve our customers by utilizing new capabilities and services that go beyond what we could previously offer” stated Shishir Nahata, Director of Sprint. “It also allows us to expand our reach further and be more flexible to our customers changing needs”.

As well as running the scratch card production, Sprint also customised the press with additional special options to allow them to also run ‘normal’ production, so they can also adapt it for the printing and converting of various kinds of labels and cartons.

“The installation of this scratch card line illustrates the high security of the Edale personalisation lines and the latest flexo technology available, eliminating outsourcing and providing our customers with turnkey service, shortened cycle time, and enhanced quality levels on specialized packaging,” said James Boughton, Edale’s Managing Director.

Shishir Nahata says “We decided on an Edale as we were highly impressed with Edale’s engineering skills, and there are no installations in Nepal which can incorporate such a wide range of substrates, this machine seemed infinitely flexible being able to print on 12 – 600 micron substrate and also add additional options to the press at a later date – to us, this makes our equipment completely future proof”.
Flexo press technology is typically used for printing high-quality labels and packaging.

The Edale Personalisation line at Sprint delivers superior productivity and efficiency and is designed to handle very thin film substrates, helping to expand capabilities to include overwraps on collectible trading cards using fin seals, specialized packaging applications, prime labels and unsupported films for bottle wraps.

The newly installed flexo press offers several advantages over traditional presses, including minimal ink usage and reduced waste to support environmental considerations, while the fast make-ready times enhance productivity rates, especially for very large projects.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Torraspapel launches new Adestor website

Adestor, the self-adhesive paper and films division of Torraspapel, part of the Lecta group, is proud to launch an innovative new product tool for its customers. The new Adestor website, featuring advanced product search capabilities and easy access to any element in the product portfolio, is designed to help customers find just what they need, in the fastest way possible.

Detailed information, ranging from product certificates to technical specifications, is available in five different languages – English, Spanish, French, German and Italian - aimed at meeting our customers’ needs. Also featured are the key strategic factors that differentiate the Adestor brand and service, making it clear to potential customers just how Adestor products can help them.

The Adestor mill, located in Almazan, Spain, saw significant investment in 2011-2012, doubling its production capacity. On the other hand, a new converting hub has been opened at the Lecta Group’s Cartiere del Garda site in northern Italy, to further improve service to customers in the central, northern and southern European markets. Investments in both projects have totalled over 23€ million.

The environment has always been a priority for the Lecta Group, leading it to adopt best practices to ensure sustainable industrial development. The Almazan manufacturing site holds ISO 14001 and EMAS Environmental Certifications, FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody Certifications as well as ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification. With a current production capacity of 500 million m2, Adestor is one of the leading self-adhesive material manufacturers in Europe.

The Adestor site will be supported by an innovative communications campaign featuring the tagline “There will always be questions that are difficult to answer. Others can be resolved instantly.”

Heidelberg successfully expands its business in the Asian Pacific Market

Printers in emerging countries increasingly invest in technology made by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). Particularly the market for packaging printing is growing: A recovering economy in various countries in the Asian Pacific region has led to improved consumer confidence and increased consumer spending. Demand for consumer goods, and consequently for their packaging has also increased. Food, non-food and beverages categories registered positive packaging unit volume growth. Increased demand for product quality and safety, have prodded packaging printers to innovate and invest in high quality equipment.

Packaging printers from Vietnam are mainly investing in a press that is able to handle thick substrates: the Speedmaster CD 102.

Viethung Packaging invested in a Speedmaster CD 102 six-color with coater and extended delivery, which was recently installed in Hung Yen. The press complements a Speedmaster XL 105 five-color, installed in 2009. Viethung primarily prints folding cartons for the electronic industry in Vietnam.

Packaging and Label printer Khatoco has installed a new Speedmaster CD 102-6+L in May. Binh-Tan-based Khatoco, one of the leading packaging printers in Vietnam, is producing cigarette packaging and labels for the growing beer label industry in Vietnam. The new press runs alongside a Speedmaster XL 75-LY-6LX, which had been installed in 2008.

As one of the leading printing houses in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Viettel Printing has signed an order for two Speedmaster CD 102-6+L X UV. The presses are to be installed at the company's premises Ho Chi Min City and Hanoi. What's more: The order includes a complete postpress packaging order: Polar systems, two Easy Gluers EG 100 folder gluers and a Variamatrix 105. The company mainly produces boxes for cosmetics, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial, candy and food boxes.

Thailand is growing in high-end printing
Renowned folding carton manufacturer S. Silpa in Nonthaburi started their humble business with a SORZ. Founded in 1958, the company grew fast and is today employing around 300 staff. S. Silpa is continuously developing its quality system. Equipped with a considerable range of Heidelberg presses - one Speedmaster CD 74, three Speedmaster CD 102 presses, and a Speedmaster XL 75 - the latest press, a Speedmaster CX 102 eight-color with coater and UV, will be installed shortly. Part of the deal is a Polar 137 XT Autotrim cutting system. S. Silpa mainly produces folding cartons for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and consumer goods industries.

Printing Solution Company (PSC) specializes in printing plastics for premium boxes for the cosmetic, perfume and healthcare industry. The Bangkok-based printer mainly supplies Japanese manufacturers. The company, established in 2002, is enjoying phenomenal growth resulting in a new Heidelberg press being purchased annually: The recently installed Speedmaster XL 75-8+L UV works alongside a Speedmaster XL 75-6+L UV, a Speedmaster CD 74-6+L UV, a Speedmaster CD 74-5+L UV and a Speedmaster SM 74-5+L UV. PCS's management consults Heidelberg Thailand on a regular basis to brush up their knowledge on the latest technology.

L.L.H Printing & Packaging (LLH) in Samut Prakan, already equipped with a Speedmaster CD 102 six-color with coater from Heidelberg, recently decided to install their second Speedmaster CD 102-6+L in an elevated version. LLH not only opted for Heidelberg because of quality, reliability and Heidelberg Thailand's after sales service, but also because the majority of their international customers insist on packaging products being manufactured on Heidelberg presses.

S. Pack and Print (S. Pack) Company Limited, based in Songkhla, engages in the manufacture and sale of corrugated and duplex board packaging products and also provides offset printing services in two factories. The print shop recently completed the installation of a Speedmaster CD 102-4+L. In the past, the company was equipped with used equipment from various suppliers. After the Japanese company Oji bought a shareholding of S. Pack in 2011, the production was restructured - the used equipment did not meet their expectations. Since S. Pack's customers are satisfied with the performance of the Speedmaster CD 102, the company plans to purchase a second Speedmaster CD 102-6+L for a third factory to be opened early next year.

Green Life Printing, a new Thai print shop established as a partnership project between the companies HN Group and Print City, definitely is a green printer. The customer decided in favor of a Speedmaster SM 102 four-color press and benefits from Heidelberg Thailand's knowledge on green printing and HEI ECO. Green printers project a growingly positive image to the market.

The ideal press for commercial print shops: India's commercial and packaging printers primarily opt for the Speedmaster SM 74 from Heidelberg.

Commercial and packaging printer Ratna Offsets Ltd. installed a brand-new Speedmaster SM 74 four-color plus a Polar cutter 115 XC Plus. In addition, the customer signed for a Suprasetter A 75 to be installed in fiscal year 2013. The Ahmadabad-based company employs a workforce of around 50. The Speedmaster SM 74 is an ideal printing press for commercial print shops focusing on solid growth. Owner Dr. Vipul Shanker Pandya founded his company in 1980.

New-Delhi-based Maatti Design recently installed a Speedmaster SM 74 five-color standard pile machine. The company, founded in 2005, consists of a team of product designers from various fields of expertise. The former competition customer invested in Heidelberg and now works with his first sheetfed offset printing press in their press room. The commercial and packaging printer also decided in favor of a new Polar cutter.

A brand new Speedmaster SM 74-4-H has been installed at Modest Graphics in Delhi. Also a former competition customer, Modest Graphics invested for the first time in Heidelberg. The decision in favor of Heidelberg resulted from two facts: best technology and best value for money. With the new machine installed, the company successfully started its export business.

Agarwal Print Media (Agarwal), a commercial and packaging printer located in the small district Meerut at Uttar Pradesh, has made a big step forward: The company with a workforce of more than 50 has installed a brand new Speedmaster SM 74 four-color, a Suprasetter A 105 and a Polar 115 XC Plus cutting machine. Agarwal, which almost concluded a deal with a competitor, has built a new state-of-the-art building to have their machines running under one roof.

New Delhi-based commercial printer India Offset just installed a new Speedmaster CD 102 four-color. Before the new press was commissioned, the print shop had been running A1 size presses from a competitor. With the new Speedmaster CD 102 the productivity level is now at least four times higher than before. India Offset supplies the government, corporations, and organizations all over India with magazines, annual reports, books, labels, calendars, folders and much more.

Kamala Printing Press is a commercial printer with a workforce of around 30. Based in Varanasi, a district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, the customer has invested in a Speedmaster SM 74-4, which is just being shipped from Germany to India. The Speedmaster SM 74 is the first brand new press in this area and will replace a second hand competition machine.

Malaysia's first Speedmaster SX 102 eight-color perfecting press goes to Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Bhd (PNMB). The wholly owned unit of the Ministry of Finance opted for the Heidelberg press on the occasion of drupa 2012. The growing customer demand for fast turnaround times and excellent quality at a reasonable prize prompted PNMB to invest in Heidelberg's latest technology. Established in 1888, PNMB was incorporated in 1993 becoming wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance in Malaysia. The company's services include general printing, variable data printing, security printing as well as document and imaging management solutions. PNMB is located in Putrajaya, a planned city located 25km south of Kuala Lumpur. Since 1999, Putrajaya has served as the federal administrative center of Malaysia.

Singapore commercial printer Asiawide Print Holdings Pte Ltd. (Asiawide) is committed to delivering high quality by means of latest technology. Following the investment in a Stahlfolder Ti 52 in 2011, the company decided to install a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 in late January 2012. Additional orders include the latest Prinect Pressroom Manager and the Prinect mobile solutions. Reasons for the print shop's choice are manifold: the well-known brand, reliability as well as the expertise of the Heidelberg staff and commitment in providing total solutions.

Marking Labels with value-added benefits

Schreiner MediPharm is now offering a suite of additional innovative functions for its new autoinjector labels that enhance ease of use and safety of these injection aids. A temperature indicator, UV protection for the inspection window, detachable label parts, counterfeit protection features and an abrasion-resistant field for subsequent variable marking can additionally be integrated. Each label is customized for the respective injection system.

The temperature indicator used by Schreiner MediPharm delivers a new value-added benefit. By producing a reversible color shift, it indicates that a defined temperature has been reached. The special ink may change color at a specific refrigeration temperature and the coloration will disappear once room temperature is reached. This provides the user with an indication of the correct storage or dispensing temperature.

To protect sensitive pharmaceuticals from UV rays, the transparent window that allows the content and fill level to be checked is reliably covered. For this purpose, the label features a two-layered design. The top layer provides UV protection for the window underneath which is integrated into the label. To check the content, the user opens the label by means of a starter tab and then simply closes it again. In addition, detachable label parts remind the patient to regularly check whether or not the drug inside the container is still okay. The label parts can also be used for documentation purposes in the patient’s medical file or medication diary. A text field coated with a special varnish allows subsequent abrasion-resistant laser printing of variable data.

Integrated security features such as the special LaserSecure pigment can be used to confirm the authenticity of the pen with the help of a reader. Additional protection against counterfeiting is provided via a security ink showing a color shift depending on the viewing angle.

“The new label characteristics enhance ease of use and patient safety of autoinjectors and can be combined individually. As a development partner, we welcome the opportunity to work together with manufacturers to customize special functions to match their specific requirements,” says Ann L. Merchant, global President of Schreiner MediPharm.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A New M5 press at Clever Etiketten, totaling 8 Gidue presses in 12 years

Clever Etiketten GmbH is a leading company in Germany for the production of self-adhesive labels and labeling solutions with 6 manufacturing plants in Germany, being today one of the 10  largest Label producers in Germany. Clever started its activities during the West-East German Reunification period, and has grown rapidly since then. Mr. Berg, owner, comments: “Business is competitive, to continue our growth we need printing machines with top printing quality and high reliability. We cannot afford to have down-time. Markets do not forgive inefficiency”. Clever Etiketten has focused during the years on printing quality and service efficiency to its customers, serving a wide range of markets (pharma, food, automotive, chemical, logistic etc.)

Clever Etiketten and Gidue started to cooperate in year 2000, and since then regularly every 18 months a new Gidue press was installed. Mr. Federico d’Annunzio, MD of Nuova Gidue S.r.l. comments: “Working several years together with Clever Etiketten helped us to concentrate on Labels and Packaging requests. Mr. Berg and his team know study well in advance their investments, focusing on what is needed by the market. This year they have chosen the “high-end” M5 Full Servo to produce with low wastes and high production speeds, on multiple substrates.” Mr. Berg confirms: ”Gidue presses are reliable, and produce high quality. The M5 has advanced in productivity and in set-up operations. It allows us to print with reduced wastes, at speeds we could not achieve before. Print and register quality/stability have also increased, we can match the HD Flexo standards, up to 100 lines/cm.”

The new full servo M5 370 mm press is equipped with short web path, driven chilled drums, 10 UV flexographic print units, and accessories to produce coupon labels and unsupported films. The new M5 integrates the new “revolutionary” Gidue converting section (NewSnowBall, Bamby) which increases die-cutting and stripping speeds up to minimum 50% faster than traditional methods, Gidue reports.

Gallus Print Shop at Labelexpo Americas 2012

During  Labelexpo  Americas,  which  is  taking  place  from  11  to  13  September  2012  in  Chicago, Gallus is joining forces with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG to showcase the job-optimised  manufacture  of  labels  in  a  hybrid  production  environment. The Hybrid  print  production describes the various ways that conventional and digital printing can be used together.

The focal point  of  the  presentation  at  Labelexpo  is  the  Gallus  Print  Shop  concept,  which  is  using  a  Gallus ECS 340, Gallus ECS C and Heidelberg Linoprint L to show how digital and conventional printing methods can complement each other when used to print labels. The Prinect and CERM workflow solutions from Heidelberg are being used to integrate the different methods.

Heidelberg Linoprint L for digital label printing
To support the digital printing of labels, blister packs and films, Heidelberg is supplying the inkjet systems of CSAT, the digital print specialist it took over in the summer of last year, under the name Heidelberg Linoprint L. The Linoprint L (previously the iTS6oo) is a drop-on-demand system for the cost-effective and sophisticated printing of short to medium label and film runs and applications with variable content. During the fair, Gallus and Heidelberg are exhibiting an integrated, hybrid solution for  digital  label  printing.  Comprising  the  Heidelberg  Linoprint  L,  the  Gallus  ECS  C  processing solution and Prinect and CERM workflow solutions, this solution can be used to execute short runs and print pioneering applications such as smart labels, security printing and trackable labels.

Gallus ECS C is setting new standards in the processing of digitally printed labels
Under  the  banner  of  “high  performance  digital  converting”,  the  Gallus  ECS  C  digital  converting system  combines  the  best  aspects  of  conventional  label  printing  with  the  possibilities  offered  by digital printing. Based on the revolutionary Gallus ECS 340, Gallus has created a digital converting solution  with  the  innovative,  format-free  die-cutter  at  its  heart.  Minimal  changeover  times  and virtually waste-free job changes are made possible by front loading, a sleeve system, chambered doctor blade, presetting and an extremely short web path. The robust design, based on technical granite, and the Gallus register control function combine to ensure exceptionally smooth operation and high processing quality even at very fast speeds. 

A partner of Heidelberg
Developed  to  handle  the  output  of  up  to  two  highly  productive,  commercially  available  digital presses,  the  Gallus  digital  converting  system  can  be  used  whenever  there  is  a  need  for uncompromising productivity at minimal cost per label – and particularly when complementing the Heidelberg  Linoprint  L.  The  modular  structure  also  opens  up  an  unexpectedly  wide  range  of applications.  Almost  any  configuration  is  possible,  from  the  compact  version  consisting  of  a  die-cutter and flexographic printing unit to a multicolour configuration with finishing processes.

The CERM workflow offers label printers fully integrated end-to-end solutions
Today, digital technologies are playing an ever greater role in the entire workflow, from order entry and prepress to actual printing and dispatch. In  the  past,  the  digital  technologies  used  in  label printing  have  primarily  been  deployed  for  production  purposes.  However,  with  ever  shorter  runs leading  to  a  growing  number  of  printing  jobs,  the  amount  of  work  involved  in  managing  and  planning these jobs prior to the start of printing will also grow. As a result, digital order processing will increasingly emerge as a bottleneck in the entire workflow.  Administrative and logistical processes in the print shop also have to be adapted accordingly. CERM offers impressive business management  and  automation  software  that  delivers  customised  solutions  for  all  workflows  along the entire value creation chain of a label print shop.

Gallus ECS 340 – save money without compromising on quality
The  highly  successful  market  launch  of  the  Gallus  ECS  340  will  also  enter  its  next  stage  at Labelexpo Americas 2012. In 2009, state-of-the-art technologies and construction materials new to the  label  industry,  such  as  technical  granite,  led  to  the  creation  of  an  exceptionally  innovative machine concept that boasts a spellbinding design and maximum productivity. The new era of cost-efficient commodity label manufacture that was heralded at the time has now become an integral part of everyday operations for many Gallus ECS 340 users.

Numerous  innovative  further  developments  will  be  on  show  at  Labelexpo  Americas - impressive proof of the close, cooperative relationship Gallus enjoys with its customers. This in turn results in a wider range of applications for the Gallus ECS 340. The range of options for the Gallus ECS 340 is also being expanded by important elements such as automatic register control, hot-air drying and sheet delivery.

The  Gallus  Print  Shop  concept  at Stand  5803  will  give  visitors  to  Labelexpo  Americas  an insight into these impressive end-to-end solutions that cover all aspects of an order from its receipt right through to its fulfilment. Moreover, exhibits including various latest-generation presses will also offer live demonstrations of efficient hybrid production using a whole range of printing methods.

Limited Edition Drink Can shrink sleeve printed at drupa by Color-Logic / HP

At the recent drupa printing exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany, Color-Logic worked with HP to produce a commemorative energy drink can shrink sleeve demonstrating the technology expertise of both companies. Discussing the collaboration, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: “At drupa 2012, Color-Logic and HP demonstrated, live on the HP stand, how the Color-Logic process can produce striking effects on decorative drink cans, using clear shrink sleeve material.  The shrink sleeves were printed on an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press.  In just a few hours turnaround time from job creation to final product, thousands of sleeved cans were produced—each unique and printed using variable data. The printed sleeve material was formed and seamed on a Karlville seamer.  Color-Logic is pleased to have cooperated with HP in this effort.”

Color-Logic develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media.  

DS Smith Packaging Premium installs a Diana X 115 from Heidelberg

French high-end packaging producer DS Smith Packaging Premium is installing a Diana X 115 folding carton gluing machine from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at its site in Cognac. This machine is the first in France to be equipped with the new Diana Inspection Control module unveiled at drupa 2012. Thanks to this innovation, defective cartons are identified at high machine speeds and subsequently removed by the integrated ejector module - for continuous production and perfect quality. This enables the sheet plant, which is part of the DS Smith Group, to ensure the comprehensive quality assurance that is essential for a company specializing in high-quality wine and spirits packaging.

"The quality assurance systems, the flexibility of production, and the outstanding productivity of the machine meet our high demands for manufacturing luxury packaging. This investment strengthens our market position, because the Diana X 115 improves our delivery times and ensures the high level of quality our customers expect from us," stresses Matthias De Christen, Managing Director of DS Smith Packaging Premium.

The Diana Inspection Control module consists of a camera system that is used to check folding carton quality based on reference samples. Defective cartons are identified prior to folding and gluing. The machine's ejector module, which is located after the folding station, then reliably removes them from the machine at high speeds.

The stand-out feature of the machine configuration selected by DS Smith Packaging Premium is its exceptional flexibility in production. Combining a collapsible box module with a lockbottom module, it enables very quick changeovers from lockbottom to four-corner carton production. There are two packing systems to choose from after the compression and delivery section - the Diana Packer for automated packing of straightline cartons and the FAS packing aid for lockbottom cartons. Both options ensure high productivity. Integrated monitoring systems for gluing are also important in ensuring the quality of the folding cartons produced.

The Diana X 115 is a modular machine and each module is powered by its very own servomotor. Further components or add-ons can thus be integrated as required. The machine ensures stable production, even at high speeds. The Diana X 115 achieves far shorter makeready times than previous machine generations thanks to systematic technical improvements to all components. The feeder, featuring belts that can be changed quickly for specific jobs, and fully automatic format setting with AUTOSET Plus are just two examples.

The Diana X 115 enables belt folding down to very small carton formats and, with the longest prefolder and the longest folding station on the market, it also combines top fold quality with maximum productivity. All these features are big advantages for the high-end packaging with sensitive surfaces produced by DS Smith Packaging Premium.

Schobertechnologies GmbH at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago

Schobertechnologies GmbH specializes in the development, design and manufacturing of rotary tools, modules and specialty machines widely used in film, foil, packaging, nonwovens and paper converting industries. This technically superior equipment is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The focus will be on inmould converting technology and the rotary die cutting machine, model RSM-IML/MX will be on display.

This mold is the perfect and economical solution for medium and small production runs. The machine is available in working widths of 260 mm, 330 mm and 410 mm. The MX model features nearly all the proven technologies integrated in the high capacity models such as heavy duty rotary die cutting station, automated web guide, continuously monitored registration, vacuum controlled product flow, static neutralizer  “M”-stack delivery and “S” stack delivery.

Additional optional equipment are an adjustable de-nesting station for several products across, offering reliable product stacking even for off-set product orientation as well as an antistatic device and a gap control system (GCS) for precise wear compensation of the die.

Another highlight will be the high-capacity and high-speed heavy duty rotary die cutting module.

These type of die cutting modules with working width up to 1000 mm and designed for production speeds of up to 300 m/min stand out, especially, for the modular line shaft driven machines as well as hybrid machine concept with individual drive technology. The innovative drive concept of the Schobertechnologies die cutting module offers higher precision and flexibility due to a precise electronically synchronous run and digital servo-drives.

These high capacity die cutting modules feature among all a preset and calibrated pressure adjustment, high-precision bearing assemblies and housings for low temperature running, vibration-free design, micrometric die wear compensation adjustment (GCS) as well as central quick magnetic/anvil disengagement (without loss of registration) in order to ease web threading and consequently shorten the set-up.

Know-How and superior production technology combined with the above mentioned high-tech features ensure that most materials available in roll format can be die cut at highest efficiency and productivity, even with liners (for self-adhesive materials) as thin as 25 micron.

Experience and expertise provide Schobertechnologies with the ability to meet challenging customer demands. By steadily enhancing and improving the converting technology, Schobertechnologies is able to meet ever changing market requirements such as run length, different product shapes, sizes and material.

AVT presents a full range of solutions, including many new products at Labelexpo Americas 2012

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), the world leader in print process control, quality assurance and color control for the label, packaging, folding cartons and commercial print markets, is presenting their complete complement of quality and process control solutions for the label printing and rewinding market at LabelExpo Americas in Chicago from September 11th through 13th, 2012 in  Booth #711.

LabelExpo Americas, held every two years at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois, is America’s largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry.

Commenting on the show, Amir Dekel, Corporate VP Marketing of AVT said: “Visiting the AVT booth at Label Expo this year is an absolute must. We are demonstrating many of our solutions for the first time at LabelExpo Americas and our collection of label solutions offers something important for virtually every printer and application.”

Latest generation solutions will include:

PrintVision/Helios II – This industry leading 100% inspection technology is designed to meet the requirements of any label and narrow web application. It is a sophisticated solution capable of inspecting all print technologies both on press and on rewinder and has many additional tools and modules.

SpectraLab – SpectraLab is a new add-on module to the Helios II family, featuring in-line spectral measurements according to the international ISO standards. It provides absolute color measurements, L*a*b*, and Density readings to match with brand owner’s color standards and design and to help in maintaining perfect color match all through the run. SpectraLab is the only ISO compliant spectrophotometer available on the market for the on press in-line measurement of absolute color and density values of color critical packaging.

PrintVision/Helios Sense – Another new product is AVT PrintVision/Helios Sense 100% inspection platform, which is designed to simultaneously inspect and verify print and transparent varnish faults. Helios Sense can also view and inspect braille in parallel to print.

RLM (Repeat Length Measurement) – RLM is a new addition to Helios II, enabling the monitoring of repeat length and providing alerts for any deviation.

Zero Setup – Answering the market needs for inspection on shorter runs and digital printing presses, AVT presents it’s “zero setup” ability and advanced automation

Workflow Link – Customers will be able to see the well-established WorkFlow Link solution using the information from the inspection on the press to automatically stop the rewinder

ProMIS – ProMIS sends the relevant information from MIS systems directly into the Helios II inspection system shortening setup and preventing mistakes

Other solutions will include Job verification using the original PDF file, Barcodes and Variable data verification, and DeltaE color measurement.

AVT has a large installed base within the packaging market, and is seeing growing demand for inspection solutions on both traditional and digital presses. It was announced recently that AVT was selected to join the HP Partner Program for the Indigo division.

Monday, July 16, 2012

XDI and XLT Anilox Engravings attract crowd at Drupa 2012

The XDI and XLT image engraved roller/cylinder displayed at ALE's booth at Drupa 2012, which was manufactured by global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America, allowed Harper to share its ability to convert printing rollers into pieces of art with the rest of the flexographic industry. The skills and technology demonstrated on this roller generated a crowd of interested event attendees.

"It was a challenge for our graphics and engraving team to create this roll for Drupa," commented Lee Kluttz, Vice President of Operations at Harper Corporation of America. "The industry feedback shows that we met that challenge."

The graphic was designed around a single colored ceramic cylinder. To create the image, varying cell sizes and depths were used. The end result was an innovative graphic depicting a human portrait and other images.

The XDI technology, which engraves ceramic rolls with digital images, is in its seventh year of development. This technology has heightened not only the technological capabilities of the Harper team; it has improved the organization's ability to continue providing the highest in service and quality to its customers.

"We have an ever increasing number of product gravure customers utilizing our technology in ceramic coating and laser engraving," stated Alexander James, the Director of the Harper GraphicSolutions division.

Harper Corporation also displayed its popular Phantom technology, including the Phantom proofer and Phantom QD assembly.

The international exposure afforded by Drupa 2012 has provided numerous valuable opportunities. This year, it allowed Harper's Asian licensee, Harper Asia Pacific of Thailand (HAP), to see the "generations display cylinder." Prasert Vachiraprakarnsakul, President of Harper Asia Pacific, was excited about the advances in ceramic imaging and believes this technology will have many applications worldwide. HAP team members took pictures at Drupa in front of the XDI cylinder.

Indian label industry prepares for Labelexpo Return

Registration is now open as Labelexpo India returns to Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry in South Asia, the sixth edition of the show will be held between 29 October and 1 November 2012.

Set to be the largest show in its ten year history, there will be over 200 local and international press and material manufacturers exhibiting at this year’s fair. New exhibitors include: Color-Dec, Fujifilm Sericol, Heraeus Amba, Jung Chang Machinery, Mastercorp, Mimaki, Rheintacho and Webtech. There has also been a huge increase in international exhibitors with more manufacturers than ever before from the Far and Middle East including Anoop Plastic and Taghleef Industries.

Aimed at labeling and packaging printers/converters, brand owners and label designers, many new product and technology launches are scheduled to take place. As well as the latest advances in label materials, films, sleeves and wraps technologies being showcased, there will be an unprecedented 27 working presses at the show all giving live demonstrations. In addition Labelexpo India will again play host to the LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards.

Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director, commented: “We’re delighted to be returning to India and again look forward to working closely with our partners at the LMAI. Since the show was last held in 2010, India’s label industry has continued to grow at around 7-10%, while business has become more commercialized with international brands such as Carrefour and Walmart entering the Indian wholesale market and in turn driving opportunities for label converters. As printers see their businesses mature, competition intensify and a rise in demand for high quality and specialist printing, visiting this year’s Labelexpo India and seeing the latest innovations available to the industry will be more imperative than ever.”