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Friday, September 14, 2012

Xeikon Signs Marketing & Referral Agreement with Tronics

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that the company has signed a marketing and referral agreement with Tronics, a manufacturer and distributor of efficient, cost-effective, high-tech machines that apply professional labeling, decorating, coding and identification marking to almost any container.

Tronics has a long standing history in the field of heat transfer label applicators; it was in the forefront of  developing this market. Until recently, heat transfer labels were only produced by means of flexo or gravure.

Today, with the need for faster turnaround and shorter run length, there has been a demand for digital printing. Labelexpo Americas attendees will be able to witness Xeikon demonstrating heat transfer label applications at the Package Printing Zone.

By adding Tronics to the Xeikon Aura Partner Network, Xeikon is expanding its Heat Transfer Label Suite. Tronics joins Moss srl, as an Aura partner within the Heat Transfer Label Suite. By using the strengths of this network, Xeikon and Tronics customers can leverage integrated solutions more efficiently.

“Plastic containers such as tubes, cartridges and buckets can be decorated by heat transfer labels as an alternative to direct print and IML (in-mould). In North America, heat transfer labels is a dominate decoration process. Producing these labels digitally provides a fast turnaround solution, with high quality decoration.” said Filip Weymans, Director Segment Marketing and Business Development Labels and Packaging at Xeikon. “With Tronics’ expansive experience in this industry, coupled with the Xeikon Heat Transfer Label Suite, label printers can deliver labels with unparalleled image quality while increasing their profit margins.”

“Our customers expect robust, reliable machinery that works, day-in and day-out,” said Frank Floriano,  Labeling Director of Tronics. “By partnering with Xeikon, our customers can expand their product offerings to tap into new markets and increase revenue. Plus, both Xeikon and Tronics customers will gain new flexibility and adaptability that the print market – and customers – demand.”

Esko launches Automation Engine 12

Esko announces full details of Automation Engine 12, a major component of the Suite 12 software for the packaging, label, sign making and display industries, which was launched at drupa 2012.

Automation Engine 12 takes workflow automation to the next level. Esko has completed the promised integration of its three legacy workflow applications - BackStage, Nexus and Odystar - into one single platform. Customers using these servers can now upgrade to Automation Engine 12 and benefit from its robust and scalable, fully database-driven framework, while maintaining their current workflows.

In addition, Automation Engine 12 achieves standout performance from all other products in the market by being the first to provide full workflow automation for jobs that combine multiple printing techniques. This allows for complete automation of complex packaging print jobs for the first time. Parameters such as trapping, preflighting and distortion can all differ depending on the printing process.  Using Automation Engine 12, a printing process can be assigned to every separation in the file if necessary.

Esko Automation Engine 12 – a new standard for prepress workflow automation
Printing professionals face the daily challenges of needing to increase quality, reduce errors and drive cost out of business and production processes. Automation Engine 12 supports them every step of the way by reaching out to business systems to ensure seamless automation from order to print, while providing dynamic production workflows that are easy to set up and operate. Further specific new features of Automation Engine 12 are:

·         Automated artwork creation of native files through comprehensive scripting support for Adobe applications (for example, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and third party tools such as Alwan.
·         Seamless synchronization between business processes and production through substantially improved integration between Automation Engine and the WebCenter packaging management solution. Also, integration with devices such as Esko’s CDI flexo CTP platesetter has been improved.
·         Complete traceability in the platemaking process - a unique plate ID ensures full  control of plates going to press and guarantees that the correct plate is re-imaged when required.
·         Improved Viewer, making it a full Quality Control tool. Extra Viewer filters allow breakout dots, flexo plate, flexo print, registration error simulation and Total Ink Coverage to be visualized.
·         Fully renewed web-based administration section enables monitoring and intervention from remote locations.

Automation Engine is a backbone component of Suite 12, and integrates interactive applications, RIPs and web tools into a single powerful solution. Customers can also purchase Automation Engine 12 as a standalone product. It delivers increased efficiency and throughput, and saves time and money for packaging and label service providers and their customers.

"Automation Engine 12 takes automation of label production to a whole new level. It is the first server framework in the market to provide full automation for jobs that combine multiple printing techniques,“ says Dries Vandenbussche, Product Manager Server Platforms.  "Its flexible scripting capability for more automated artwork creation, and the automatic synchronization with WebCenter, make Automation Engine 12 the ideal platform for complete automation from business system to plate or digital press.“

Henkel’s international student competition takes off

The sixth annual “Henkel Innovation Challenge” kicks off this September. Students from 25 countries are invited to participate. The task for the participants in the “Henkel Innovation Challenge” is to develop a concept for an innovative and sustainability-related product or technology for a Henkel brand, according to the vision and market needs in 2050. Interested students can register until December 12, at www.henkelchallenge.com.

Coinciding with the start of the new academic year, students are invited to develop innovative ideas in teams of two – for one of Henkel’s business areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care or Laundry & Home Care. New this year: the concepts must be in alignment with Henkel’s sustainability strategy under the theme “Achieving more with less”. Students should consider how their new product or technology will drive progress along the entire value chain – from the selection of the raw materials, through sustainable production and distribution processes, to its use and disposal.

For the first time, the international final will be organized outside Europe, in China, the home country of last year’s winners, as a sign of the growing importance of the emerging markets.

The “Henkel Innovation Challenge” is open to students of all subjects, including economics, engineering and natural sciences. Students from all over the world including teams from 12 European countries, 9 Asian-Pacific countries, 4 Latin American and North American countries will compete for a final place in the “Henkel Innovation Challenge”.

After the application period, selected students in each participating country will develop their project with the support of a Henkel manager and will present it in national or regional semi-finals.  The semi-finals will take place in February 2013. The winning team of each semi-final will get the opportunity to compete in the international final, which will be held on March 18-20, 2013, in Shanghai. The three winning teams will meet the Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted and will receive an additional prize: the winning team will get an around-the-world ticket worth 10,000 euros, the second place will be awarded 4,000 euros and the third place 2,000 euros.

Apart from thrilling learning experiences and plenty of fun, the competition offers young talented minds an opportunity to put their acquired theories into practice and establish valuable personal contacts with Henkel at an early stage in their career. During the Henkel Innovation Challenge, the best teams will be assisted by experienced Henkel managers, who will act as mentors and advisors. Henkel stays in touch with many participants even after the end of the competition; a number of talented past participants have already been recruited in the past years.

Potential participants can gain an initial idea about the competition by visiting the website www.henkelchallenge.com and the dedicated Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/henkelchallenge, which has over 11,000 fans. It also includes videos of the finals of previous competitions.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Acorn Labels buy another Edale machine, taking the count to five!

UK based Acorn Labels have recently installed another Edale Beta flexo press at their factory based in Huntingdon. This machine brings their total number of Edale machines up to five – with the company now owning four Beta machines and an award winning Alpha compact press, all purchased within the past five years.

The company’s most recent purchase was the 330mm wide five colour Beta modular press which they are using for the production of labels for the pre-pack industry.  This latest installation at Acorn Labels now brings worldwide sales of the Beta to over 90 installations.

The Edale Beta has a number of features and benefits such as the unique web up design with a wide viewing area to enable quicker job setup and minimal waste, alongside this, fast job changes are achieved through ease of access, ergonomic design and ‘tool-less’ operation. Whilst Acorn Labels chose a five colour machine, the Beta has the capacity to incorporate up to 14 print stations and three converting stations.

Acorn Labels was founded in October 1994 and now employs 30 people, all based at their Cambridgeshire Head Office. As well as the label manufacturing and packaging side of the business, the company also have a printed tape manufacturing division.

Sam Heneker, Production Manager at Acorn Labels concludes “We purchased our first Edale press over 15 years ago – a 250mm four colour E250S refurbished press and found it extremely easy to use. A couple of years after this we purchased a brand new model, before moving to the Beta range and since then we have never looked back. The fact that Edale are a UK manufacturer is important to us as quality is always second to none; we enjoy a quick turn round in jobs along with consistently high quality precision printing”

New label solutions at Labelexpo Americas 2012

Taking place again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago, between 11-13 September, there are over 400 exhibitors taking part in this year’s Labelexpo Americas making it the ideal place for label converters, brand owners, buyers and decision makers to visit. Underlining the show’s importance to the label industry, the show’s organizers have confirmed there are over 100 new product launches scheduled to take place during the show’s three day run between 11-13 September.

Showcasing the latest in machinery and consumables, the launch highlights include:

Super Web Digital introduces the Super Web DCOMM 100 label press

Super Web Digital (booth 1637) introduced the Super Web DCOMM 100 Label Press, powered by Memjet, at Labelexpo Americas. This is the first in a series of digital printing systems that will be offered for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. The DCOMM 100 Label Press will provide label converting companies with on-demand production flexibility, reduced waste, less inventory, and the ability to attract new business from customers who have a large number of label stock keeping units. The base label press model is roll-to-roll and there are options for running in line with die cutting equipment and to retrofit onto existing flexographic presses.The small print zone makes retrofit adaptations to existing equipment feasible.

The Super Web DCOMM 100 Label Press is powered by Memjet ‘s production-class print engine which features over 350,000 nozzles (70,400 nozzles per color x 5 colors) that deliver millions of drops of ink every second. When configured with up to 5 print heads, its page-wide print head delivers 1,600 dpi native print resolution in both process color (CMYK) and spot color. This Memjet print engine can deliver speeds up to 32 inches per second (160 feet per minute). Each ink color is delivered via a 10-liter ink tank.

AzTech Converting Systems shows Colordyne CDT1600 printing system

AzTech Converting Systems (booth 1511) is showcasing its AzTech Colordyne CDT1600 Printing System with the LaserSharp V400 laser system by LasX. The V400 fits seamlessly into the CDT1600 Printing System, creating a solution that takes labels from blank raw materials to finished products in a single production line. Revolutionize your print production by adding laser processing that reduces costs and increases productivity, all in a small, costeffective footprint.

The V400 uses a 400 W laser beam to kisscut, slit, or perforate label materials, eliminating the tooling costs inherent with mechanical dies while expanding design options to complex, intricate patterns not possible with conventional cutters. This highperformance system has been specifically designed to take advantage of the CDT1600’s speedy print engine. To gain efficiencies the majority of label jobs can be laser converted at the printer’s top speed. Because the system’s workflow is entirely digital, production job changeover times and costs are vastly reduced. Change the job simply by opening a different pattern file. The V400 integrates directly with the AzTech Colordyne CDT1600 Printing System to finish labels after printing and sealing.

Durst announces first solvent free Metallic Silver UV Ink for digital label printing

Durst (booth 5901) has launched the new Tau 330 UV Inkjet Label Press at Labelexpo Americas 2012, as well also announced the first solvent-free metallic silver UV ink for use in a wide range of digital label & package printing decoration applications. The newly designed metallic silver UV ink can of course be used with the new Tau 330, but also with previous Tau models such as the Tau 150-8C, offering excellent print quality on a selected range of substrates, with reliable and consistent print performance, good adhesion and durability.

The new solvent free UV metallic silver ink in combination with the Tau UV inkjet label presses allows printing speeds between 20-30 linear meters (65-95 feet) per minute that go well beyond current available and established digital printing systems.

The arrival of Durst’s solvent-free digital metallic UV inkjet technology makes digital metallic printing & decoration now even economically feasible for short & medium runs, offering converters to produce attractive and creative labels & packaging while addressing the need for customized, personalized printing and respecting at the same time ecological aspects.

Neenah Paper develops authentication label targeted for verification market

Neenah Paper (booth 1553) has delivered again on its commitment to label industry innovation with a new authentication label. In partnership with Prooftag, Neenah Secure Authentication Label papers incorporate a chaometric overt security feature integrated in the paper and authenticated via Prooftag’s innovative and patented verification system. This cost effective security solution ensures that each label, tag or seal is a unique individual fingerprint for authentication. A random fiber orientation in the paper media provides an accessible solution to problems of counterfeiting and forgery enabled by Prooftag’s system for verification, along with many other possibilities for a smart label- such as track and trace and building of brand loyalty with customers.

The new security solution is designed for printers to enable web access for authentication by recording labels made on Neenah Secure authentication paper through the Prooftag LABELrec. This equipment has been specifically designed to permit the printer to handle the label registration process.

Teknek introduces world’s first biodegradable contact cleaning adhesive roll

Following on from the successful Introduction of EcoFilm adhesive rolls, Teknek (booth 1421) has announced another market leading innovation with its new Biodegradable “EcoPaper” adhesive roll at the show. The Teknek contact cleaning process uses sheeted adhesive rolls, which once consumed, have to be disposed of.  After extensive research and testing Teknek is now ready to release its new EcoPaper adhesive rolls. This now means that all Teknek adhesive roll products are environmentally friendly – a world first.

EcoPaper is the world’s first biodegradable clean machine adhesive roll. It retains all the benefits of the Teknek ARBS products – designed for contact cleaning, fully tested, fully traceable - but now it is now “green”.

Codimag unveils VIVA340 Aniflo

Codimag (booth 3429) is demonstrating the VIVA340 Aniflo. Very low plate costs, 10-minute plate making, low waste, and short make-ready make the Codimag VIVA340 with its Aniflo “keyless” anilox offset system the ideal solution for short-run label production. The Aniflo is a very unique offset printing unit on which ink is delivered by an anilox in order to get a constant and regular ink volume. The Aniflo is the right mix of flexo and offset technologies to eliminate variables (such as ink key control for example) and stabilize the print process, reducing waste and make-ready time. With offset quality and anilox stability, the Aniflo allows process stabilization and control, color management becomes more reliable. Booth visitors will have the opportunity to see four complete job changes live during the day, and a wide variety of labels, including a technical sheet with 116 PMS colors separated out of CMYKOGB.

Rotocontrol celebrates successful LeoMat integration

Rotocontrol has announced the successful integration of LeoMat, a major German supplier of processing machines for adhesive labels, foils and paper, since the company acquisition six months ago. Eighteen new LeoMat finishing machine order confirmations have been received including requests for the Digitakt Digital, Booklabel, and Overprinter.

The LeoMat Digitakt SFR is a fully modular, versatile finishing machine with a rich standard feature set and a full complement of optional finishing modules designed to complement digital printing operations. Standard with a fully integrated flexo printing station and a semi-rotary die-cutting unit including high accuracy register control, the LeoMat Digitak is suitable for varnishing, diecutting in register, slitting and rewinding of printed or blank labels.

The Booklabel machine produces booklet labels with variable shapes and formats. Featuring sturdy and solid construction with modular capability, the Booklabel is available in all current working widths up to 510mm and can be designed with numerous options including a waste paper rewind unit for the automatic winding of marked faulty print, shear and razor knife slitting, roll lifter for diameters up to 1200mm, and numerous other optional features. With the Overprinter, texts or symbols can be imprinted to precisely fit on pre-manufactured adhesive labels using flexographic printing. The machine offers reduced setup times with a capability to handle a large variety of material.

Marco Aengenvoort, Managing Director of Rotocontrol comments: "The LeoMat acquisition has proven to be a success, reflected in the eighteen orders confirmed so far. The Digitakt and Booklet machines are built with Rotocontrol S-Drive technology and control software, providing a complete solution that benefits our customers in various production environments. Rotocontrol finishing machine sales also continue to be strong, as we approach our 125th order confirmation."  

Rotocontrol designs and manufactures leading edge finishing machines for inspection, slitting, rewinding, die cutting, overprinting, digital labels and booklet labels for converters in the narrow web industry. Available globally, Rotocontrol offers machines from smaller basic rewinders to feature-rich, sophisticated models with multiple options featuring S-Drive Servo Technology enabling maximum web control for the most delicate film and foil materials.

Headquartered in Ahrensburg (Hamburg), Germany Rotocontrol maintains the highest level of product quality through ease of use, absolute control and flexibility with a focus on operator safety and efficiency. Rotocontrol is the partner of choice in the finishing of label products.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New label solutions confirmed for Labelexpo Americas 2012

Taking place again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago, between 11-13 September, there are over 400 exhibitors taking part in this year’s Labelexpo Americas making it the ideal place for label converters, brand owners, buyers and decision makers to visit. Underlining the show’s importance to the label industry, the show’s organizers have confirmed there are over 100 new product launches scheduled to take place during the show’s three day run between 11-13 September.

Showcasing the latest in machinery and consumables, label solution launch highlights include:

Avery Dennison (booth 119) is featuring a wide variety of new products that have been developed to help converters address an array of end-user market applications. New items include: Avery Dennison Shrink PS which is a pressure-sensitive label for shrink wrap bags utilized in the fresh and processed meat industries. It will also be showing a selection of wash-off labels that easily peel away in the recycling process and a new patent-pending durables film technology which has been created to eliminate the need to combine rolls of facestock and overlaminate.

Dow Corning (booth 3511) will be unveiling two new product lines. As the market continues to increase in demand for liner performance in terms of release after die-cutting and label dispensing to avoid web breaks, as well as the need for a very flat release profile release coating while remaining cost-effective, Dow Corning has developed the Syl-Off SL 181 Coating and Syl-Off SL 581 Coating. These products will allow for a flat release profile, robust cure at very low platinum levels, flexibility in formulating and inhibitor choice. It will also introduce the Syl-Off EM 7934 Coating and Syl-Off EM 7935 Coating, which will enable printers to optimize their release performance, lower costs and avoid the use of cleaning solvents.

Epson America (booth 5713) will be demonstrating its SurePress L-4033AW – a seven-color inkjet digital label press with white ink that makes high-quality, short-run label printing easier and more efficient, even on metallic and clear substrates. Delivering exceptional print quality on a wide variety of standard label substrates, the L-4033AW enables label converters and commercial printers to expand their service offering and improve profitability.

Esko (booth 5202) is participating at Labelexpo Americas with its largest ever presence. On twelve workstations, visitors will discover a wide array of software solutions addressing label and tag artwork, management, design and prepress, color management, workflow automation and process integration. With the release of Suite 12, Esko focuses on adding value for the user by introducing new productivity and efficiency benefits. This is done by closely integrating all flagship tools and engines, by adding rich 3D functionality for a holistic experience, and by enabling mobile collaboration and web-based packaging management.

Flint Group (booth 840) will be presenting its next generation technologies in narrow web print technology. It will be launching EkoCure, the first-ever UV LED ink technology designed for both UV Flexo and UV Rotary Screen applications. In addition, the company will formally launch CombiScreen, a UV Rotary Screen ink, with stunning color strength, excellent printability and perfected for combination printing.

Fujifilm (booth 5621) is displaying its new FLENEX DLE CTP system for flexo plates. The system is set to revolutionize the flexo market, offering an incredibly simple and high quality method of producing flexo plates. The combination of polymer plates and laser engraving technology significantly reduces labor and consumable costs in comparison to all current flexo plate technologies. It will also provide a much more environmentally friendly solution than existing technologies. The show also marks the launch of Fujifilm waterbase flexo inks which have optimized viscosity and pour-and-print characteristics.

Gallus (booth 5803) will be unveiling several new features such as automatic register control, hot-air drying and sheet delivery to its Gallus ECS 340 following its highly successful launch in 2009. In addition Gallus is collaborating with the Heidelberg Group companies CERM and CSAT to showcase the job-optimized manufacture of labels in a hybrid production environment, i.e. with digital and conventional machines and specialized workflow products. The Gallus Print Shop concept will demonstrate how digital and conventional printing processes can complement each other in label printing. Crucial support is provided by corresponding software products that are used to select the most suitable printing method for managing the entire process.

HP Indigo (booth 3223) will demonstrate new offerings for the industry’s best-selling digital labels and packaging solution, the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press—a high-volume narrow web solution for producing any kind of labels, sleeves, tags, flexible packaging, tubes, and folding cartons with full flexibility. Using the new Enhanced Productivity Mode, the press produces the vast majority of label jobs with the industry’s new benchmark in quality at a record speed of 130 linear feet per minute, delivering the industry’s highest digital crossover point versus flexo.

MACtac (booth 143) will be showing a number of new products including a high performance prime paper, next generation pressure-sensitive printing solutions, and FSC certified adhesives.  Key industry leaders, from suppliers to converters to printers, will partner with MACtac to unveil a variety of advanced technologies and give attendees the chance to assess the performance and quality of these cutting-edge developments.

Martin Automatic (booth 811) is exhibiting the newest versions of two of its most popular machines, with running demonstrations of the MBS splicer and the LRD rewinder. The MBS butt splicer, the flagship of the Martin line of splicers for the label and narrow web markets, is known for its versatility in running a wide variety of substrates. The latest version comes standard with a package of features, including ultrasonic sidelay sensors and spiral grooved rollers, for unwinding and splicing many clear film structures.  Its updated LRD rewinder accommodates 800 mm diameter rolls in the standard model, with larger diameter models available.  Enhancements to the in-line slitter package enable quicker set-up, fine-tuning and change-over between jobs.

MPS (booth 927) is presenting four new products for the first time including iStrip its new and tension controlled stripping system. The iStrip technology allows the press to die-cut and strip matrix at very high press speeds. Believing that today’s market place has an intrinsic need to automate press settings in order to drive down the cost price per 1,000 labels, especially for short runs, MPS has introduced Automated Print Control (APC). APC stands for an automated servo control of all relevant press settings. Thanks to APC, also the die-cutting pressure is set automatically, is extremely easy to operate and replicated through job memory, resulting in virtually no set up waste, including die-cuttings.

RotoMetrics (booth 129) will be introducing multiple new products. Featured innovations include its AccuStar Flexible dies for ultra-thin PET film liners. The new addition has been developed to respond to the challenges of die cutting to 23 micron/.00092” PET liner material – and even thinner (.00075”) films.  It is also launching a radically new capability to die cut and clear cavities with diameters as small as 0.06" (1.5 mm).  The new Pin-Eject Solid Die gives converters new options to process designs with small cavities and multiple cavities on the die where spring-eject or vacuum solutions struggle.  In addition, the pin-eject technology solves internal part stripping problems encountered with pressure sensitive applications.

Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director, commented: “With so many product launches going on at this years’ Labelexpo Americas it demonstrates again that it is vital for converters and printers to attend the show to learn about and see first-hand the latest solutions available to the market. There is nowhere better to see the newest technology in action or meet key suppliers who can add true value to their business.”

ExxonMobil introduces new light weight Label-Lyte Film for improved output of conformable, squeezable films

ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced new Label-Lyte 52LLC210 film, a new lightweight oriented polyolefin film which offers excellent converting characteristics, conformability and flexibility for pressure sensitive label (PSL) applications. Robust and clear, the conformability and squeezability of Label-Lyte 52LLC210 film enables brand owners to enhance point-of-sale impact, encouraging consumer “pick-up.”

The conformability of Label-Lyte 52LLC210 film allows high-quality tailored designs that reduce wrinkling and darting of the labels, even after the container is repeatedly squeezed. The film is compatible with multiple print technologies including metalized inks, hot stamp and cold foil decoration, and displays excellent clarity and gloss for an enhanced “no-label” look.

The film is engineered to improve overall output with consistent web handling, reduced curl and die cutting advantages. Excellent “layflat” and high speed matrix stripping help optimize film speed, lower scrap rates and reduce reworking of labeled containers.

“This new conformable film delivers consistent performance throughout the entire life cycle of the product,” said Kevin Frydryk, global labels films market development manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Films Business. “Brand owners can set apart their products and boost point-of-sale impact by choosing different shaped containers, knowing the end user can repeatedly squeeze them without damaging the label.”

This Label-Lyte film is well suited for a wide range of market segments including health and beauty care, household products, beverages, canistered or bottled food, and automotive applications requiring exceptional label appearance. A multi-functional PSL labeling solution, Label-Lyte 52LLC210 film reduces material consumption, and as a polyolefin, is recyclable through existing polyolefin recycling channels.

The Films Business of ExxonMobil Chemical is a global technology leader in the development and manufacture of value-added oriented polypropylene (OPP) films, offering a broad range of flexible packaging and labeling solutions that help customers energize their packaging. The company is renowned for the global supply of high-quality, consistent products which include: Bicor, OPPalyte and Metallyte films for packaging applications, and Label-Lyte film for label applications.

eltromat GmbH introduces world's first digital stroboscope for label inspection

Quality control has to be simple during the finishing process of label webs but most importantly very reliable. On this year’s Labelexpo Americas eltromat introduces the new camera system TubeScan, a powerful alternative to the current methods of quality control.

Conventional methods such as counting of labels with photoelectric sensors or the running web visualization with strobe lights are often reaching limitations and are complicated to use. On the other hand, automatic image inspection systems are oversized and too expensive for many applications. The concept of TubeScan sets a new standard with the intelligent combination of imaging technology and the stroboscopic principle.

TubeScan provides two important functions with which much more process safety is achieved. The function „digital strobe web viewing“ always delivers a steady image and true colour fidelity – regardless of the line speed. Thus, the operator retains in control of the entire production, even during the critical start and stop phases of the machine. With the function „missing label detection“  the system is not only counting accurately labels and missing labels per lane and in total, but detects also remains of label matrix across the entire web width. This can save the use of more expensive sensor technology with their time-consuming adjustments.

TubeScan is the first developed product of the company Nyquist Technology GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between eltromat and Nyquist Systems. "With the new system, we will close the gap regarding quality control of flexible packaging and adhesive labels," says Dr. Krebs, Managing Director of Nyquist Technology. Specific requirements in the design were in addition to ease of use also a high image refresh rate, automatic synchronization, as well as the high-quality image display also of reflective or metalized surfaces. Hereafter a simple image processing functionality for counting labels and the false label control is also important. “TubeScan provides all that reliably,” confirms Dr. Kipp, CEO of eltromat GmbH and further says “We are convinced that our systems will help the user in the market to meet quality standards
and improve processes.”

Datamark UK adds a Daco PLD350 for their plain label division

Following the recent purchase of a Daco D250 rotary die cutter in March 2011, Datamark needed to produce small rolls on 19mm (3/4”) mandrels for mobile printers.  Due to the amount of material on each roll, the die cutter spent most of it time stopped whilst the operator attached the web to the cores.

After exploring the market for turret rewinding solutions, fully automatic machines where just too expensive and did not suit the run lengths involved due to the setup times.  Daco Solutions demonstrated the Daco PLD semi-automatic turret where job setups are all entered from the colour touch screen control and apart from mandrel changes there are no other mechanical settings to be made.  In contrast to fully automatic turrets where many changes need to be made when changing mandrels sizes, the Daco PLD takes no longer to set than a standard die cutter other than the mandrel change.

‘To date it has delivered a 35% reduction in production time on every job we have run.  The simplicity of operation and the facility to store the different job settings are a real plus for quick setting up from different mandrel sizes.   Output from the PLD is quite surprising and has gone way beyond our expectations.  The only problem we need to cover now is how to box the finished product quickly enough’ commented Steve Henshall, Production Director of Datamark UK.

Datamark UK take printed work from their Edale Alpha flexographic label press and all small roll production such as weigh scale labels etc. are finished on the Daco PLD, larger rolls are finished on their inspection / slitter rewinder.  Daco designed the die station to accept tooling form the Edale Alpha and from an existing rotary die cutter they already utilised.

The Daco PLD is available in 250mm (10”) and 350mm (13.75”) and rewind mandrels from 19mm (3/4”) to 76mm (3”).  The machine can be used for rewinding of printed work or with the addition of a rotary die station(s) is a very efficient machine for plain label production.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mark Andy Launches SRL 4.0 Digital Print Solution for shorter runs at Labelexpo Americas

In recent years, Mark Andy has reinforced its commitment to deliver productive and profitable short run flexo printing solutions by offering the Performance Series - a narrow-web flexo printing platform focused on cost savings and profitability for the converter. The company has now further expanded its press product offering to address even shorter runs, launching its newest product, the Mark Andy SRL 4.0. A digital label printer, the Mark Andy SRL 4.0 is specifically positioned for converters seeking an economical, responsive and productive option for short run, high quality labels.

The new Mark Andy SRL 4.0 is an easy-to-operate, roll-fed, full color (CMYK) toner-based printing machine that accommodates 8.5 inch to 12.6 inch web widths and can print on a variety of qualified materials with no pre-coated substrate requirements. It delivers high quality 600 x 1200 dpi images with variable data and high definition output and comes equipped with server and software system for a complete turnkey profit center solution. In addition, Mark Andy has
off-line die cutting and laminating solutions available which provide even more flexibility in a short-run label production environment.  

At a low-capital investment, the Mark Andy SRL 4.0 offers an economical solution that will enable label printers and converters to meet the demands of smaller or fast-turnaround orders they may have previously turned away. This new offering is a complement to the recent initiatives by Mark Andy to supply a broad range of solutions that deliver profit and productivity for converters. 

“We are excited to offer solutions at every run size in the label segment.  The addition of the Mark Andy SRL 4.0 to our product line allows the converter to engage with more customers and seek more opportunities to generate revenue for their businesses,” state Jeff Feltz, director of New Business Development at Mark Andy, Inc.

Currently available to the North American market, the Mark Andy SRL 4.0 will be rolled out globally in 2013. Converters may view the SRL 4.0 along with the innovation award-winning Performance Series flexo press models on the Mark Andy stand (#319) at Labelexpo Americas 2012 (labelexpo-americas.com) to be held 11-13 September in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ahlstrom to divest Label & Processing businesses

Ahlstrom Corp. signed an agreement to combine its Label and Processing business area with Munksjö AB to form a global leader in specialty papers through two partial divestitures: one consisting of the Label and Processing operations in Europe (LP Europe) and one in Brazil (Coated Specialties).

The new company will be called Munksjö Corp. (in Finnish Munksjö Oyj) and its shares will be listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. The transaction enables Ahlstrom to focus exclusively on its value-added business areas: Building and Energy, Filtration and Food and Medical. Meanwhile, the Label and Processing business area can be further developed together with Munksjö.

"During the past three years, Ahlstrom has systematically executed its strategy towards becoming a focused high performance materials company. This transaction of combining the Label and Processing business area with Munksjö is the most significant step in our strategy execution. It allows us to concentrate our resources to the areas where we see the most attractive value-add and growth opportunities," says Jan Lång, President and CEO of Ahlstrom.

"The essence of our strategy is that our high performance materials protect people, purify air and liquids and provide surface and structure to our customers' products. In addition to reinforcing our global leadership in Filtration, we seek growth opportunities in high performance materials for building, food packaging and medical applications," Lång continues.

"We expect this transaction to enhance value for Ahlstrom's shareholders through ownership in two focused publicly listed companies that are global leaders in their respective fields," concludes Lång.

UPM Raflatac unveils digital - inkjet, LED toner-based labelstocks

UPM Raflatac recently announced the launch of a new line of universal ink-jet and LED toner-based labelstocks for print-on-demand applications in the Americas. These innovative paper and film products dry instantly on printing presses, regardless of ink choice, enabling labelstock converters and brand owners to accelerate printing and increase operational flexibility.

UPM Raflatac offers over 15 different water-resistant papers and waterfast films that resist smudging, protecting label imagery throughout the product usage cycle, and are an excellent choice for a variety of consumer, industrial and outdoor applications. These labelstocks, which are available in both matte and gloss finishes, provide aesthetic appeal for prime labeling applications and operational versatility for VIP end-uses. UPM Raflatac’s universal print-on-demand products can be printed via digital ink-jet and toner-based machines; used for short and medium-sized runs; and run roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet, offering customer a complementary choice of flexible materials for any run size.

“UPM Raflatac’s new universal print-on-demand products provide labelstock converters and brand owners with a host of business benefits,” says Linnea Keen, VIP Business Director, Americas, UPM Raflatac. “Customers can use these water-resistant papers and waterfast films to meet a wide array of prime and VIP labeling needs, while driving productivity and profitability to new levels.”

TLP Inc. acquires Stratix’s label division

Tailored Label Products (TLP), a Menomonee Falls-based custom manufacturer of engineered labels and die cut adhesives, has acquired the Label Products Division of Stratix Corporation. Based in Norcross, Georgia, USA, the Label Products Division of Stratix Corp is a custom converter of labels and tags. The purchase will improve both capacity and geographic presence for TLP in an effort to better serve those in the custom label, tag, and adhesive components markets nationwide.

‘Capitalizing on the strengths of both businesses allows TLP the opportunity to support Stratix in continuing their distribution of labeling related services, build up greater support for our existing TLP clients in the region and strengthen our sales team in the greater Atlanta area. TLP’s national growth efforts include new offices in the midwest and south east and will now have an operational base in the greater Atlanta marketplace,’ said Mike Erwin, president of TLP.

Associates of the Label Products Division of Stratix Corp were integrated into Tailored Label Products at the close of the acquisition. A stand-alone facility has been developed in the Atlanta area to house regional production and distribution support. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed