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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Avery Dennison Introduces Wash-Off Labels for Glass and PET Bottles

Avery Dennison has introduced a new portfolio of Fasson Wash-off labels that will help brand owners reduce the environmental impact of their products by maximising opportunities for material recycling. Suitable for both glass and PET bottles, the wash-off labels provide label converters with a simple and immediate replacement for any existing wet-glue product.

“Our responsibility as a producer of wash-off labels extends far beyond our portion of the value chain,” said Jon Maley, vice president, marketing at Avery Dennison Materials Group. We work closely with our customers to develop solutions that reduce the environmental impact of the products we collectively manufacture and consume. Maximizing recycling is a great way to do that for beverage applications. ”

Developed for “no-label look” decoration of returnable beer bottles, the wash-off labels are designed to enhance the brand image of premium beers and support complex label shapes. They are suitable for body and/or neck labelling of both light and dark containers, as well as bottled water in glass and large (gallon) containers of juices and smoothies in recyclable PET bottles.

Wash-off labels have a multi-layer construction consisting of a polypropylene film that delivers excellent clarity, a PET liner and a proprietary wash-off adhesive. The adhesive is formulated for the easy removal of labels when washed in industrial brewery washers. Wash-off labels leave no adhesive residues on the bottle, nor in the washer. Furthermore, they leave no label marks or “ghosting” on the bottle. The labels wash off from 65°C, allowing for lower washer temperatures than the current average of 80°C. The labels are designed to have excellent performance in tropical and/or hot environments and are resistant to UV.

Glass bottles
The new material is ideal for any returnable glass bottle. Due to their innovative duo-layer construction and unique adhesive range, wash-off label’s two film layers expand at different rates in a hot washer. This makes the label curl for easy removal. Both the adhesive and the inks remain on the label, which allows the label to wash off without contaminating the water in the washer.

PET bottles
When Fasson Wash-off labels are used in combination with PET bottles, the high quality PET is suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling, which helps increase productivity and improve cost-effectiveness across the value chain. After use, PET bottles and their labels are shredded, before the resulting mixture is soaked in a hot alkaline solution. The label material then separates from the PET chips, due to a difference in density. During this part of the recycling process, the high-performance washable adhesive stays with the shredded label flakes, which allows 100% recycling of the PET material.

Headquartered in Pasadena, California; Avery Dennison is a global leader in labelling and packaging materials and solutions. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major market and industry. With operations in more than 50 countries, Avery Dennison serves customers with insights and innovations that help make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Asia’s dynamic regional labeling markets: New AWA report identifies potential across the different technologies

AWA Alexander Watson Associates have extended their portfolio of in-depth regional sourcebooks covering the world’s labeling markets with thelatest edition of their Labeling Markets: Asian Market Study & Sourcebook 2012. Providing up-to-the-minute data on all the major labeling technologies, the report provides an overview that will benefit labelstock producers, material suppliers and, indeed all companies involved in the product decoration and identification value chain.Asia’s dynamic regional labeling markets: New AWA report identifies potential across the different technologies

AWA Alexander Watson Associates have extended their portfolio of in-depth regional sourcebooks covering the world’s labeling markets with thelatest edition of their Labeling Markets: Asian Market Study & Sourcebook 2012. Providing up-to-the-minute data on all the major labeling technologies, the report provides an overview that will benefit labelstock producers, material suppliers and, indeed all companies involved in the product decoration and identification value chain.

World demand for labels, by region, is now dominated by the Asia Pacific region, which commands 34% of the market. In the Asia Pacific region, glue-applied labeling technologies still take the major technology share at 38%, although pressure-sensitive labels now claim a 34% share. Prime label applications are the main growth driver, particularly for beverages and food. China (at 42% of the regional market) and India are today the most active markets for labels, but there remains huge growth potential in Korea, Taiwan, South East Asia, and Oceania.

As the largest and one of the fastest growing markets for labels, the Asian market continues to drive global growth in label volumes. The Asian label market is not a homogenous market, but is composed of markets defined by countries that show a wide range of growth rates and sophistication in labeling formats. The New AWA report not only identifies potential across the different technologies but also brings forth the exciting opportunities the Asian label market has to offer.

The AWA sourcebook documents regional preferences in label materials – paper and film – and identifies trends and forecast growth levels in the medium term for glue-applied; pressure-sensitive; heat shrink, stretch, and RFS/ROSO MD shrink sleeves; and in-mold technologies. This data is set in the context of macro market drivers, raw materials price issues, and environmental concerns.

Regional company directory

The report concludes with a directory of companies active within the region in the fields of press, die, test equipment and inks manufacture; label film and paper and release base paper suppliers; and printers. Labeling Markets: Asian Market Study & Sourcebook 2012 is a timely evaluation of a lynchpin in today’s global manufacturing markets. This report details trends in the market by label format, materials and technologies, with particular emphasis on the changing structure and developments within this key business area. It includes sections on pressure-sensitive, glue applied, sleeving and in-mold label technologies. The value chain tool is used to analyse the Asian label market for each of the technologies.

Labeling Markets: Asian Market Study & Sourcebook 2012 also focuses on materials, conversion technologies, application methods, and end uses for all label formats and on the markets and market trends.

Since 1980, AWA Alexander Watson Associates have regularly published comprehensive reports on label and product decoration markets, defining regional and application opportunities for all labeling formats. Labeling Markets: Asian Market Study & Sourcebook 2012 is the third assessment of the label market in this region published by AWA. Priced at Euro 3,800 or US Dollar 4,800, Labeling Markets Asian Market Study &Sourcebook 2012 is available now to order via the AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ website,www.awa-bv.com, where details of all published reports and the company’s complementary schedule of conferences and events are also available.

New ArtiosCAD 12 brings a new dimension to structural packaging design

With the introduction of a new major release of ArtiosCAD, version 12, Esko (www.esko.com/ArtiosCAD) offers a paradigm shift in packaging design from 2D to 3D. Providing tools for 3D design, editing, rendering and visualization, ArtiosCAD 12 assures that the viability of a package is discovered further upstream in the supply chain. It also provides new tools for packaging design and process integration to help users gain productivity and increase efficiency.

ArtiosCAD is the flagship structural packaging design editor in Esko's software suite with over 13.000 licenses sold worldwide. “It all starts with structure. The structural design determines the placement of the graphics. The package converting is determined by the structure. Structure and graphics, as well as structure and logistics, are brought together with the use of ArtiosCAD. Only ArtiosCAD offers end-to-end communication for the entire packaging supply chain,” says Richard Deroo, Esko Product Manager, Structural Design. “Our commitment to continuously improve our solutions for our customers help them fulfill increased demand to push more products to market faster, at the lowest cost, in a global market.”

ArtiosCAD 12 focuses on 3D tools and communications
Supporting Esko’s vision of shifting design from 2D to 3D, ArtiosCAD 12 brings customers many time-saving features. It has integrated the latest native 3D file import libraries from Esko’s technology partner, Spatial. This offers a speed improvement of over 50%, which means designers will spend less time waiting to import 3D models. Users will also benefit from the 3D import preview feature, allowing them to select individual parts from a model assembly. This lets the structural designer quickly and automatically build a carton around the imported 3D parts to be packaged.

In addition, ArtiosCAD helps to assemble multi-part designs and displays with a number of new time savings features. For example, with a single mouse click users can fill a carton, case or tray with the product to be packaged. This saves hours developing multi-part designs. Placement of one design within another is now easier with the new Collision Detection feature, which gives visual feedback when the two designs intersect.

"We have been asking for some of the 3D tools that have found their way into ArtiosCAD 12,” comments Chuck Pomles, Senior Packaging Design Engineer at Premier Packaging Inc. “A lot of the work we do is complex – assembled fabricated foam protective packaging for electronics companies. These can have as many as 15-25 unique components. As part of our design work, we create manufacturing assembly drawings (how to build and heat weld the pieces together) and customer packing instructions (how to use the packaging to protect the electronic components).

Creating these assemblies in ArtiosCAD 3D could take us from 45 minutes to 1½ hours to do. With the new ArtiosCAD 12 Collision Detection feature, with a click, the components are automatically placed in a box. Using the Collision Detection tool along with the Tab Slot tool, these assemblies now only take 5-15 minutes to create. For the projects we have built using ArtiosCAD 12 thus far, I consistently see a phenomenal 75% savings in time."

To accurately communicate printable areas for graphic design, ArtiosCAD 12 is able to show the flap priorities of panels. For Re-Board and multi-wall displays and designs, ArtiosCAD 12 can add edge bands for finished edge calculations and visualization, along with building reverse v-notches with partial cuts for accurate conversion of these materials.

One of the fastest growing trends in the industry is Retail Ready & Shelf Ready packaging. IGD shopper research reported that over 90% of shoppers experienced products hard to find, damaged and unavailable. This is driving retailers toward implementing Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) and Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP).

According to IGD Retail Analysis over 50% of suppliers face an increased demand for those projects. Following these trends, ArtiosCAD 12 lets suppliers quickly and easily build RRP designs and automatically create stunning 3D animations. These can accurately show user-defined perforations and tear-away designs required in RRP packaging designs, in addition to the full set of common perforations. Beta ArtiosCAD 12 customers reported saving hours of time with new automated animations of tearaways and RRP designs.

Enhanced structural design for improved supply chain communication
The concept of Intelligent Dielines in ArtiosCAD 12 is a set of editing tools that enriches an ArtiosCAD file with detailed panel information, such as ‘Copy free’, along with placeholders for barcodes, nutrition facts and other pre-defined artwork. Brand owners can use the Intelligent Dielines features to communicate brand guidelines within their technical drawings, helping to improve communications between structural and graphic designers.

“ArtiosCAD 12 is fantastic. Esko added all the features that I needed, including some 3D rendering tools I suggested to them,” enthuses Peggy Underwood, Graphic Design Manager at Corrugated Container Corp., a company that focuses on POP and displays for product packaging. “I was trained as a graphic designer and knew that Intelligent Dielines would be very helpful as we send structural designs to graphic designers and ad agencies. Before, to assure designs would be correct, I manually placed the art orientation using Adobe illustrator and explained which panels would be printed. Now it’s all done with the click of a button. This probably cuts three-quarters of the time it took in the past.”

“No graphic designer is going to feel so helpless and confused again when looking at flat structure,” adds Underwood. “Some of our projects, including sales kits with many compartments, are very complicated and it is difficult to see which of the pieces are visible in the final layout. Now, there are ‘up’ and ‘down’ arrows to show orientation in the artwork. The 3D views with arrows help designers understand why a panel is in a certain direction. And, with all the 3D tools in ArtiosCAD and Esko Studio, we are able to show our art without having to produce mock-ups. The new Array and Collision tools make packing out our displays very quick and easy, saving us a ton of time.”

Supporting the supply chain downstream, ArtiosCAD 12 supports bi-directional communication between both CAPE and TOPS palletization software packages. This eliminates the need for structural designers to re-enter data into both systems, removing wasted steps and any potential human error. Additionally the full pallet load can be visualized in ArtiosCAD 3D for high-resolution presentations and reports.

Building profitable sign & display business with ArtiosCAD 12 and 3D displays In an industry that is becoming more commoditized, sign and display shops are realizing that the uniqueness of 3D display projects offers higher margins. More and more companies are investing in ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD’s extensive library of resizable display designs helps designers so that they do not have to start from scratch designing new displays. The ArtiosCAD Tab & Slot tool ‘assembles’ components of a display with just a few clicks. The Mate tool helps to build and visualize connected folds and multiple parts. Users can identify glue areas and corresponding targets to quickly connect designs or perform simple assembly of displays. Curved Creases, a patent pending technology only available in ArtiosCAD, makes it easy for designers to work with curved folds and cuts by allowing them to visualize designs with curved creases as part of its 3D module. Support for thicker materials such as Re-board, along with correctly designing V-notches and edge bands makes it easier to visualize and convert designs of this material.

ArtiosCAD Enterprise: sharing structural designs in the cloud
ArtiosCAD is available in two versions: the standard version and ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise, enabling global “cloud” sharing and collaboration with  WebCenter 12. With ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise, all assets are centralized in a corporate private cloud, a secure web-accessible database enabling dynamic online collaboration between design groups, CAD and graphic designers, suppliers, brand owners and production. An easy to use online dashboard provides real-time feedback on project status, task lists and other parameters.  An  embedded design browser  lets users easily search designs on production dies. To maintain file and project integrity, global and template-based project and document auto-numbering and naming allows the organization to uniquely name each asset.

"I am also looking forward to the increased search ability in ArtiosCAD Enterprise, whether it is Internet or intranet based,” adds Pomles. “We have existing designs in our database and using ArtiosCAD Enterprise we now have a very quick searchable reference. While I certainly like getting design requests off the Internet, it is even a greater timesaver to be able to search existing designs. What used to take 10-15 minutes now takes as fast as I can type."

ArtiosCAD 12 is currently shipping, while ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise will be ready for delivery in September. 

PRPflexo releases Online Estimating Program

PRPflexo a prepress services and flexographic printing plate provider based in Indianapolis announced they have released a new online estimating program for their customers. The first company to market Flat-Top-Dot plate technology back in 2004, continues its long history of innovations with a complete plate estimating program giving customers the ability to generate their own estimates, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

According to Chris Green, General Manager of PRPflexo, "We have always taken pride in our responsiveness to our customers' needs, and viewed the development of this program in the same way.   Many of our customers simply do not have time to meet with vendors to get quotes.  By offering the ability to individualize and compare plate and other product choices online 24-7, they can create just-in-time estimates themselves, increasing their productivity levels and reducing stressful timelines.  This can be especially important with today's hurried production schedules."

Harper donates anilox rolls to Clemson University

Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America has provided a donation of $16,000 worth of anilox rolls to Clemson University's Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. These rolls, which are for the Omet VaryFlex 520 press, will assist the educational facility in providing quality training to future flexographic professionals. With this donation the students will be better equipped to conduct high definition printing and specialty ink applications.

Located in Clemson, South Carolina, the Sonoco Institute offers courses in packaging science and graphic communications. The organization aims to provide the skills and knowledge that flexographic professionals need to excel in the 21st century. A one-of-a-kind research and development center, the Sonoco Institute plays a key role in pushing the technology of the flexographic industry forward.

Harper Corporation of America is grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the education of industry professionals. A company founded on innovation and quality, Harper believes that students should train with the best resources possible in an effort to provide them with the skill set that will be required in the working world. Through this donation, Harper Corporation of America demonstrates its dedication to education and its commitment to helping the flexographic community thrive.

A Golden Era for HD Flexo Certification : Southern Africa’s second largest printing and packaging group receives Esko HD Flexo accreditation

Golden Era Group, the second largest printing and packaging company in Southern Africa, is the latest operation to achieve Esko‘s HD Flexo Certification. The accreditation was presented to Managing Director Raj Chhita at the Flexographic Technical Association of SA luncheon on September 14.

“Flexographic printing has improved greatly over the last few years and the quality and productivity we can now achieve is comparable to gravure and litho,” explains Mr. Chhita. “Next to work from Southern Africa we are also winning business from companies in the UK and USA and we expect that to continue to grow as people realize the quality we can achieve. HD Flexo Certification highlights the consistency possible to help us confidently win new work.”

Golden Era is a company that, since it was founded in 1954 as New Era Paper Bags specializing in what was then called "Soweto Bags", has continually reviewed its operations. Golden Era Printers and Stationers was formed a year later manufacturing folding cartons, followed by New Era Plastics, New Era Packaging, New Era Labels and Waxpak for vacuum-formed and thermo-formed containers. Between 1988 and 1994, New Era Plastics was re-structured creating a partnership with Colgate-Palmolive. Acquisitions over the years have included Mondipak Alrode, Mondipak Phoenix, Futura, Press Art and EH Walton.

Achieving HD Flexo Certification is an extension to this and has enabled Golden Era to improve its service while at the same time differentiating it from the competition. “Flexo is a more cost effective method of production. In the last few years the quality has increased as has the variety of substrates that can be printed. We are always looking at ways to enhance our service and HD Flexo has enabled us to do that.”

Mr. Chhita has a strong relationship with Esko distributor Antalis and Roshicka Govinder, marketing coordinator comments: “Golden Era joins a select group of professionals both in South Africa and worldwide who have been awarded HD certification - an outstanding achievement and recognition of the exceptional quality standards which they can obtain.”

Jacques Staelens, Esko Business Manager Middle East & Africa, adds: “Developments in flexo print quality, spearheaded by Esko, have been fast changing and far reaching. We are delighted that Golden Era is yet another high profile operation to see how our HD Flexo Certification helps customers add value in today’s highly demanding market.”

Headquartered in Gent, Belgium with R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India; Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, printing and publishing and the worldwide market leader with software for artwork creation, structural design, preproduction, workflow automation, quality assurance and online collaboration. Esko solutions support and manage the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers and packaging manufacturers.

Greater consumer protection with end-to-end product tracking for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics

Grey market codes combat brand erosion and parallel trading in unlabelled cosmetics and deliver real-time checks for pharmaceutical products. The PMP (Production Management Platform) from Atlantic  Zeiser is a new scalable software solution for controlling modern production and shipping processes for pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging. Being exhibited at FachPack 2012 it is based on comprehensive product tracking (Track & Trace) and measures to combat counterfeiting (Anti-Counterfeiting) and the grey market (Anti-Diversion) to successfully counteract product piracy.

Checking, reporting and comparing: these are the basic steps involved in verifying cosmetic and pharmaceutical products and tracking them throughout the logistics chain. PMP (Production Management Platform), the new software to be presented by the Atlantic Zeiser Group at FachPack 2012, combines brand and consumer security, offering complete product tracking and protection against counterfeiting and diversion. PMP controls the entire production, labeling, shipping and returns process in line with stringent security standards. The packaging carries not only information, but also various codes and other features of branded products. At FachPack in Nuremberg on 25 - 27 September 2012, the company will be demonstrating a range of new solutions in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Find Atlantic Zeiser at Stand 117 in Hall 4.

Grey market products cost the cosmetics industry millions. They may reduce the credibility of, and inflict long-term damage to, a brand reputation built up over a period of many years. When branded products enter a parallel trade, they can be sold by discount retailers at significantly reduced prices. They create undesirable competition for premium sales channels established through major investment, and start to erode brand value.

In the case of pharmaceutical products, the primary concern is the potentially serious consequences for patients. Consumers believe they are buying a genuine product, but if it is a counterfeit, they cannot be sure of its effectiveness or what it contains.

To tell a genuine product from a fake, you need reliable verification features on the packaging that guarantee a product is genuine. PMP uses interfaces to access the relevant data on all levels of a production or logistics system and makes them available as required in real time during the individual process stages for seamless checking. PMP also offers individual reports and audit functions and comes with a built-in random number generator to create unique product ID codes that can be checked during shipping and at the point of sale.

As pharmaceutical manufacturers operate on a global scale, they are required to comply with a variety of coding specifications in different countries. PMP provides the optimum database application for complex code management, allowing the user to generate, manage, verify and track different codes depending on the country and region.

Real-time verification with PMP Track & Trace
The PMP Track & Trace software module logs all actions on every production unit or machine involved in the production process. This ensures that all data and information on ingredients used and their batch numbers, on machines, production lines, factories as well as shipping, final destination and customer can be comprehensively recorded and tracked. In addition, all actions are assigned reliable time stamps providing seamless traceability and reconstruction of the production process. Derived properties such as the expiry date or unique identification features like serialization numbers are linked directly to the corresponding product packaging.

A random number generator ensures the allocation of a unique serial number or a corresponding code. This ensures full product traceability based on the identification features assigned. The packaging data provides sufficient information for the verification process across the entire production and supply chain. The latest interface solutions guarantee secure real-time data exchange.

PMP Track & Trace also provides secure interfaces for the actual verification processes that permit the transmission of exported product codes via various media (e.g. secure Internet connection / dedicated line, GSM, etc.). PMP Track & Trace verifies that the codes received are genuine, and returns the result immediately. The data transfers are securely encrypted and carried out in real time. Modern media such as smartphones can also be used and the verification processes can be initiated from any location.

Extra guarantee with AZ Trust Centre
The services of a trust centre are often used to generate serial numbers or grey market codes, particularly if the carton printing is being carried out by a supplier. Atlantic Zeiser operates its own AZ Trust Center that guarantees unique codes for long time intervals, as well as the secure storage and management of the codes and numbers. This simplifies the processes within the production site considerably as it is not then necessary to generate these codes or ensure that the codes are unique.

To discover the company’s complete range of products, systems and services, visit www.atlanticzeiser.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Weldon Celloplast appointed sole agent by EFI for its Jetrion industrial inkjet systems throughout India

New Delhi based Weldon Celloplast has been appointed by EFI as sole agent for its Jetrion industrial inkjet systems throughout India. It represents the significant rise in interest for next generation technology in the label and converting sector.

EFI’s series of label production systems includes the UV-curable Jetrion 4900 which combines printing and finishing in a single digital platform, in return simplifying shirt and medium run lengths and reducing waste.

Pawandeep Sahni, director, Weldon  Celloplast,  says, “This technology will enable printers  to  deliver  to  their  customers  immediately  with  digitally  printed  labels  on demand.”

Acknowledging the growth potential in this market segment, Frank Janssen, sales development  manager, EFI  Jetrion,  says, “With  Weldon  Celloplast  we have found  the  bridge  towards  the  Indian  label  industry,  and  we’re  looking  forward  to delivering the best partnerships to an industry which is expanding quickly.”

Weldon  Celloplast was established in 1982 and  specialises  in  supplying solutions and  consumables to  print  houses throughout India,  partnering  with  them  to make  the  move  from  analogue  to  digital  production.