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Friday, October 19, 2012

AC Labels claims world record barcode label

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the patenting of the barcode, variable barcode labelling specialist AC Labels in Derby (UK) has produced what is believed to be the world's longest linear barcode self adhesive label.

The monster label, measuring 40m long was constructed using the classic Code 128 linear barcode symbology to say “HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY BARCODE!” in machine readable format on self adhesive label material. The label was printed in just over 2 minutes on a Xeikon 3300 on a single piece of material without any stitching of the barcode image.  The attempt has been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records as a world record attempt.

Dr Adrian Steele, Managing Director of the Mercian Labels Group commented "This exercise was undertaken to test the capabilities of our equipment to address unusual barcode label projects as well as celebrating the barcode's birthday.  Unusually, it is also one of the few labels to leave our factory without knowingly being verified to ANSI standards, but to be honest finding a scanning device up to the job has proved somewhat challenging.  Our best idea so far is to ask NASA to spin the Hubble space telescope around and take a snap."

FINAT innovation award goes to nameplate with integrated pressure compensation seal by Schreiner ProTech

The FINAT judges rated the nameplate-integrated pressure compensation seals (PCS) by Schreiner ProTech as a particularly innovative entry at this year’s Label Award competition and recognized the product solution with a special award in the “Innovation Group.” The functional assembly components reliably compensate for pressure differences in electronic component housings such as bicycle batteries and are applied to the component together with the nameplate in a single process step. This saves material and reduces production time.

At the 32nd Label Competition of the worldwide association of the self-adhesive labeling industry, Schreiner ProTech had the pleasure of being awarded 1st place in the “Innovation” group. “Innovation is an integral component of our corporate values. We continue to subject even proven product solutions such as the pressure compensation seals to further development by combining various technologies,” says Michael Spörl, Product Manager PCS, at Schreiner ProTech. The objective of the award-winning product solution was to merge two separate process steps by integrating marking and ventilation in a single functional component. This saves process times and significantly reduces costs.

The integration of the pressure compensation seal into a BleedStop label forms the core element of the innovation. The film-based labels equipped with a BleedStop system prevent adhesive bleeding and ensure reliable adhesion to rough surfaces. This was particularly important for the part in a harsh production environment. As well as the adhesion substrate consisting of rough metal with slightly oily contamination the salt spray fog test that is used to check the corrosion resistance of components had to be considered.

Employees from product and process management, product development, manufacturing and quality management achieved the solution that was tested with the customer prior to being used in the field. The space-saving multifunctional marking offers flexibility in terms of application and, in addition, has a positive effect on the visual appearance of a product. The nameplates with integrated PCS are delivered on rolls. The customer can directly print and subsequently dispense and apply them in a fully automated assembly process. The specialty labels are also available as pre-printed versions and are suitable for manual application as well.

HP promotes digital labels and packaging at UK events

HP recently announced its participation in a range of UK events to help packaging and label converters learn the benefits of HP Indigo Digital Printing.

With four presses (1) and two future platforms (2) for packaging and label converters, HP Indigo presses offer high-quality colour, fast turnarounds, variable data printing and ability to handle a wide range of label, flexible packaging, shrink sleeve and folding carton media. In a variety of event formats, HP will present its technologies as well as its compelling proposition for digital printing.

At the BPIF Cartons Conference, held on 3rd and 4th October, HP had an information stand where HP focused on its new digital carton press, the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, an effective solution for quick-response, small-order quantities. HP also participated in the discussion, "Cartons in 2020," chaired by Josh Brooks, editor, of Packaging News magazine.

The BPIF event runs alongside Packaging Innovations London, 4th-5th October, at the Business Design Centre, Islington, where there will be complimentary seminars in the learnShops Theatre. Entitled "New Digital Age" Julia Cole presented a seminar on 5 October on how to explore digital label, flexible packaging and folding carton printing that can enable brands worldwide to create individual pieces-on-demand with less waste and meet the demands of today's customers.

Simultaneously, Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo Division, HP, presented the keynote address, "Innovation in Digital Packaging: Using New Technologies to Make an Impact," at the Smithers Pira Digital Print for Packaging Conference, on 24-25 October, at Grange Tower Bridge, London. Bar-Shany's address explore the evolution of digital printing and what it means for labels and packaging and new packaging applications made possible by the latest printing technology.

On 27 - 28 February 2013, HP will exhibit at Packtech 2013, at the NEC, Birmingham. This event continues to grow, attracting converters, print buyers and end-users. HP's digital supermarket is scheduled to be part of the stand, demonstrating the broad range of label, shrink sleeve, flexible packaging and folding carton applications possible with HP Indigo presses. Full details of HP's participation will be available nearer the show.

"Taking HP's digital label and packaging converting message to these events will enable us to engage with our customers on a personal level and promote the benefits of digital print to converters, brand owners and creatives," said Julia Cole, marketing manager, UK & Ireland, Indigo Division, HP. "Our packaing initiative is already underway beginning with our participation in the Ultimate Packaging Open House in Grimsby."

The Open House marked the installation of Ultimate Packaging's HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press. Adding a digital press to conventional packaging converting operations can open opportunities for creatives, support end-users in meeting delivery deadlines, and make it possible for packaging converters to develop new business.

Other benefits of digital packaging include economically viable short runs for both converter and end-user; faster time to market, simplified logistics, reduced storage costs, and the ability to respond more quickly to product demand levels and changes in the market.

While HP is going around participating in a range of UK events to help packaging and label converters learn the benefits of HP Indigo Digital Printing, HP is conspicuously absent from this year’s Labelexpo India although this year’s show is more focused towards digital printing. However, other digital giants including first time exhibitor EFI Jetrion is exhibiting at the show. 

Dow Corning presents latest pressure sensitive solutions at Labelexpo India 2012

Dow Corning, a global leader in the development of silicone technology for the pressure sensitive industry, is introducing innovative new release coatings and pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) at Labelexpo India 2012, scheduled for Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The company will display its solutions in Booth A66.

The new products, which are designed to help label, tape and non-stick packaging manufacturers improve performance, increase productivity, control costs and operate more sustainably, include new Syl-Off brand water-based solutions for coating films and non-stick packaging, along with low-adhesion PSAs for protective films and tapes.

Dow Corning’s new Syl-Off emulsion coatings for non-stick packaging provide a tough, durable and water-repellent surface for food-grade release and packaging paper applications. The coatings offer flat, stable release profiles and fast cure at low platinum levels, which can equal manufacturing cost-savings. The coatings can be applied to a variety of laminate and label stocks.

New thermal-cure silicone Syl-Off emulsion coatings for films can help film coaters optimize their release performance, operate more profitably and reduce their reliance on solvent-based technology. These unique emulsions deliver low and stable release profiles that can add value to finished products. They also offer the potential for low coat weights and can be applied to PET either in-line or off-line.

With low and stable adhesion, optical transparency, and clean removal under challenging environmental and processing conditions, Dow Corning 7651 Adhesive and Dow Corning 7652 Adhesive support the creation of high-performance protective films for mobile device, touch-screen and flat-panel display applications. The adhesives also can be used to produce cost-saving, waste-reducing reworkable films and tapes.

Dow Corning brand hard-coating solutions give surface-protection films greater durability and hardness while maintaining high transmittance. Designed for use on PET films, these innovative solutions offer superior anti-graffiti performance and ink repellency, plus better grease-removal capability. Dow Corning hard coatings also provide superior water repellency and better mar resistance when compared to an acrylate coating on PET.

Dow Corning has a long history of market-driven innovation for the pressure sensitive industry. The company’s Syl-Off Advantage Series is an excellent example. More than 80 coaters in 25 countries have already benefited from the product line’s ability to enhance line speed, improve coating performance and help them protect themselves from unpredictable swings in platinum metal prices.

More information about Dow Corning’s extensive line of silicone products for pressure sensitive applications is available at dowcorning.com/psi.

Lean manufacturing: Gallus Smart Production Concept

Lean manufacturing with Six Sigma and pit stop strategies is becoming increasingly important in the label industry, as in many others. Although high printing quality remains critical, there is now also a greater emphasis on production efficiency as a means of ensuring perfect job processing without sacrificing profit margins, which are coming under growing pressure.

Identifying potential
Regardless of the printing method used, optimum printing quality is a must – and at the lowest possible cost. Regrettably, the full potential of flexographic printing is, in many cases, yet to be realised, even though many print shops could unlock massive potential for improving printing quality simply by implementing a few appropriate measures. Thanks to advances in press engineering and improvements in the quality of all auxiliary printing equipment and materials such as inks, anilox rollers, adhesive tape, printing plates and substrates, flexographic printers can now meet the very highest quality requirements – something that not all that long ago would have only been possible for offset and rotogravure printers.

This potential is not limited to printing quality, though. There is also scope for boosting production efficiency. Optimising production processes also cuts changeover times. Printing presses are an expensive investment and should therefore spend as much time as possible doing what they are intended to do, i.e. print. Setup times should be kept to a minimum. The same principles apply as in Formula 1 racing – a single second more or less at a pit stop can make the difference between winning and losing. Even if the race leader loses just two seconds during a pit stop, he will require an average of over three minutes on the track, driving flat out, to recoup this time. Changing jobs on a printing press is no different. Every minute lost has a negative impact on the end result.

Unlike in highly standardised printing processes – such as offset printing – there are no international standardisation guidelines available for flexographic printing. Despite this, efficiency in flexographic printing can be improved to a significant extent through correct handling and lean processes. The interplay between prepress and press and in particular between the equipment used (plates, plate substructures, anilox rollers, etc.) has a decisive impact on the result.

Gallus Smart Production Concept
Process standardisation with the Gallus Smart Production Concept can eliminate problems from the outset. This does require a certain amount of discipline, but once the in-house processes have been defined, compliance and implementation are easy. Analysing production and the associated processes highlights the possible potential. The focus must be on evaluating printing quality, studying production sequences and examining the production environment.
- Printing quality: Print results are analysed in detail for print errors and overall quality is rated. Consistency must also be ensured, i.e. the analysis examines how consistent the print quality remains over prolonged production periods and whether there is any room for improvement.
- Production sequences: The flow of information and materials in the production scenario is analysed and examined for any inefficiencies. The job changeover system also needs to be scrutinised. For example, simply analysing the routes walked by printing personnel can yield important results. In simple terms, this means working out the distance the printer walks each day away from the press. This clearly shows just how well the printer is “supported” at the press or whether he himself is responsible for procuring all the necessary printing items. Further decisive factors in the production workflow include the setup time required prior to the start of printing and the level of waste involved, which are both directly related to the degree of optimisation.
- Production environment: The production and press environment must be examined to ensure an optimum flow of materials. The work area on and around the press must be conducive to efficient working practices and the working environment around the press must be equipped with the necessary printing accessories to ensure minimum setup times.

Gallus expertise
Based on years of experience in performing print trainings worldwide and in the collaboration with the most successful labelprinters Gallus has identified the importance of lean manufacturing at an early stage. By assessing the process efficiency of the whole production environment with an expertise Gallus provides customers the best advice.

Gallus has developed expertise in identifying potential for improvement and devising appropriate solutions. Proposals are prepared based on interviews and observations and their subsequent presentation enables Gallus to prepare a customer-specific concept for boosting efficiency. 

The main aim of the Gallus Smart Production Concept is to cut job changeover times by as much as possible. This area offers enormous potential for savings. As the example from Formula 1 racing shows, even a small reduction in average setup times of around five minutes per job frees up enough capacity to handle several hundred more jobs each year. This in turn enables print shops to cut the time required for return on investment by up to two years.

Gallus has been performing such analyses for several years and the successes achieved prove that the approach of process standardisation with the Gallus Smart Production Concept is spot on. The Gallus service team has now been strengthened to satisfy the rising demand. Thanks to a unit created specifically for this task, Gallus can scrutinise its customers' label production processes and make the most of the available potential for improvement.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

BST really has no competition in narrow web industry..

Tappan Patel is the managing director of BST Sayona Automations. The company with headquarters in Mumbai, specializes in automation control for printing, packaging and other industries. In a straight talk, Mr. Patel talks about the present situation in the Indian label industry, about emerging trends and the the trends driving the Indian labels market today.

Labels India: What has been the growth of the label industry in India? What areas have changed?
Tappan Patel: The growth of the Indian label industry should be between 17 to 20%. Technology up gradation to a large extent, Servo driven press and UV inks have become the norm these days.

Labels India: How pleased were you with your last Labelexpo India showing? What are your expectations this year?
Tappan Patel: Labelexpo India is still not the same as China or the US. We still need to go a long way. Though the growth is in double digits, the numbers of press sold in India is miniscule as compared to what is sold in China or Europe and hence not many companies are motivated enough to come with machines to India baring the big 4 or 5 giants in the industry.

Labels India: What products/ services are you displaying / launching this year?
Tappan Patel: BST Sayona is launching Q Centre, the most advanced quality assurance system in the world. We have also partnered a new Italian company Renova. We are introducing their products such as brakes, load cells and roll pusher.

Labels India: What are the trends driving the Indian labels market today?
Tappan Patel: Almost all reputed companies are trying to sell themselves off to European and American companies, hence the trend now is to show new technology, good customer base and sell the company at good margins.

Labels India: Which technology according to you will play an important role in label/package printing in future?
Tappan Patel: I expect Barry Landa’s nanography to play a very important role in the near future. Barry Landa NanoInk is comprised of pigment particles a fraction of the size of a human hair. Powerful absorbers of light, these tiny particles deliver high-quality images that are unusually resistant to abrasion. Using a water-based, energy-efficient and eco-friendly process, Nanographic machines print on any off-the-shelf material - from coated and uncoated paper to recycled cardboard; from newsprint to plastic packaging film - without pre-treatment or post-drying. They can print books, magazines, direct mail, labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and more.

These machines have a smaller footprint than other digital presses, and can print in up to eight colors. User-friendly touch-screens indicate how much ink is left, how much time remains to the job, and many other details at a glance. A single operator can manage up to four presses at a time.

“Nanography is a truly ground-breaking development,” For the first time, commercial printers don’t have to choose between the versatility and short-run economics of digital printing and the low cost-per-page and high productivity of offset or flexo printing. Now they can have both.”

Labels India: There is no such thing as NO competition! Who is the competition and what are they doing?
Tappan Patel: BST really has no competition in narrow web industry.

BST Sayona Automations Pvt. Ltd.