7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ninth annual Packaging and Converting Executive Forum to be held in Brussels

Arena International will be hosting the Packaging and Converting Executive (PACE) Forum, scheduled for 12-14 February 2014 in Brussels. At the Brussels event, PACE will be celebrating its ninth anniversary. The 2014 PACE Forum - Packaging Innovation, On Time & On Budget - will shed light on important industry issues that will help attendees step up their game whilst providing an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate and innovate with peers.

With the need to evaluate technological advances from both a functional and strategic viewpoint, The PACE Forum will be looking at how Brand Owners can drive profitability through innovative packaging developments and improved operational efficiency.

“We are pleased to announce that we have secured Aline Clavellina, Senior Vice President of Marketing from Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo as a keynote speaker,” said Mihaela Biti, Head of Conference Programme of Arena International. “Grupo Bimbo markets over 10,000 products in 100 different brands around the globe, and we are excited to have a senior executive of the company on board to share ideas about innovation and market expansion.”

In addition to leading keynote speakers, discussion topics at the event will include:
• Talking About Money. How to fund innovation and general commercial improvement.
• World-Class Manufacturing. Highlighting manufacturing processes that deliver lean and cost-effective packaging.
• The ROI of Sustainability. Calculating the ROI of sustainability efforts and making a responsible market approach pay off
• Retailers Panel Discussion. Retailers from France, Germany and the UK will discuss packaging as seen through the eyes of the retailer.

“Whilst we are still confirming all of the speakers for this important event,” said Mihaela Biti from Arena International, “we are in discussions with a number of interesting candidates. We are very excited about how the programme is shaping up. We encourage FMCG executives and brand owners to contact us for further information about the programme and attendance at the event. PACE 2014 will provide a unique opportunity for brand owners to find innovative answers to issues in design, purchasing, manufacturing and selling of packaging and products.”

Label printers’ role in food regulation and consumer safety

Survival in the food industry comes down to more than price competitiveness: failure to comply with legislation positions the label printer not only as an ‘also ran’ but as a complete non-starter in the end-user’s qualification process. Here (at UPM Raflatac) we strive to promote & educate converters and brand owners alike regarding recent changes in European legislation with regards food packaging materials, of which labels are an integral part.

Finat, in a collaborative effort with its member UPM Raflatac EMEA, reports on the new EU 10/2011 regulation. This regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food came into legal force on 1 January 2013. It replaces Commission Directive 2002/72/EC and national legislation based on that directive. Its purpose is to support brand owners’ and retailers’ duty of care to their customers, and represents an important additional measure in ongoing endeavours to ensure the quality and safety of food. Label printers who supply to the EU food industry have a key role to play.

Direct and indirect food contact
The new regulation applies the same principles as EC No 1935/2004 for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Such materials are required to be sufficiently inert to not transfer their constituents to food in quantities large enough to endanger human health, and to prevent unwanted changes to the composition of the food and how it looks, tastes or smells. While EC No 1935/2004 applies to food packaging in general, the new EU 10/2011 specifically concerns all plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuff, with labels considered an integral part of such packaging. EU10/2011 consolidates 2002/72/EC and seven amendments (these were previous regulations for plastics).The idea of the regulation is to harmonise the different legislation that has existed previously within individual member states. This should make it easier for different countries to deal with each other in terms of the shipping of goods.

Both direct food contact labels furnished with a plastic layer, as well as plastic labels applied to food packaging, now require Declarations of Conformity (DoCs) stating which controlled but authorised substances are present in their make-up.

Only when the packaging material or any layer provides a functional barrier that prevents migration of substances from behind that barrier into food, are labels and other packaging components exempt from EU 10/2011. Material compositions that are purely combinations of paper and board continue to be covered by national legislation or recommendations such as those of the German BfR.

Restricted and unrestricted substances
All authorised substances - both restricted and unrestricted - which may be used in packaging containing plastic in its layers are stipulated on the ‘Union List’ within EU 10/2011. Only restricted substances need to be declared; and as DoCs move downstream within the supply/manufacturing chain, such substances must be clearly identified and documented so that compliance can be optimally tested.

Final responsibility for conformance lies with the end user
It is the end user - packager or brand owner - who has final responsibility for checking that the packaging as a whole conforms to EU 10/2011 (in addition to any extant national legislation for papers, as well as to EC 1935/2004, the Framework regulation for all packaging materials), taking into account the nature of the packaged food, its defined shelf life, and ambient conditions. Label printers are therefore required to provide DoCs for their labels to enable tests for restricted substance levels and migration behaviour in specific environmental conditions to be carried out.

Label printers: responsibilities and risks
Food label printers supplying into the EU therefore need to be provided with DoCs both from their labelstock and ink suppliers to be able to compile their own DoCs, which must, of course, also incorporate conformance information about any curing processes used during label production.

It should be noted that the enactment of these regulations means that printers unable to supply DoCs cannot now be accepted as part of the end user’s supply chain, and may also leave themselves open to the financial repercussions of a product recall. It is therefore essential for label printers to be proactive in obtaining and supplying the necessary documentation if they are to retain their place as responsible and viable links in the broader professional packaging chain.

The benefits of a secure supply chain
Finally, to summarise, all the above points underline the value of DoCs as a form of insurance for a label printer’s business, as a means of retaining existing customer contracts, and as an entry ticket to end users qualification processes for new business - with the ultimate aim of protecting the consumer. Producing DoCs to a satisfactory standard creates a level playing field for all operations – however large or small.

Syrgraf expands its label printing capacity with a Xeikon 3500 digital press and DCoat500 finishing unit

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced the installation of a Xeikon 3500 digital press with DCoat500 finishing unit at Syrgraf in Barcelona, Spain. Founded in 1992, Syrgraf is dedicated to label production and employs 18 experienced professionals who are committed to deliver quality and excellent customer service. Syrgraf's close relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, and its strong presence in the cosmetics and personal care, food and textile sectors enabled the company to establish a solid reputation as label provider that gives timely answers to the changing needs of its customers.

“The only limit to the new applications now possible with digital printing technology is imagination”, comments Rafael Millaruelo, Marketing Director at Syrgraf, referring to the benefits they can offer its customers thanks to the installation of the new Xeikon equipment.

The need to include security properties on labels and the commercial advantages of variable information and personalization motivated Syrgraf’s management to purchase the Xeikon 3500 press and efficiently meet the growing need for short run jobs, in a cost-effective way. “The Xeikon 3500 convinced us by its performance, its high resolution and its excellent color capabilities - which are all aspects that will allow us to handle even the most demanding jobs without any problems”, says Syrgraf's manager José Luis Muñiz.

The Xeikon 3500 is noted for its variable roll width which ranges from 250 mm up to 516 mm, and for its speed up to 19.2 m per minute. These features allow to achieve production volumes up to 594 m² per hour. The extended capacity of the newly purchased Xeikon press at Syrgraf will be supported by a DCoat 500 inline finishing unit, designed for UV varnishing, lamination, semi-rotary die-cutting, slitting and rewinding.

Responding to market needs
The cost-effectiveness of short runs was one of the main economic motivations for the purchase of the Xeikon equipment. However, the decision was also influenced by the capability of digital technology to increase service agility and versatility, reduce response time and offer a wide range of new applications.  Another important factor in the decision was the new possibility to include security elements on labels. These security features make it more difficult to duplicate or falsify labels, a feature that Sygraf's customers in the pharmaceutical industry nowadays demand.

The versatility of digital printing that Syrgraf can offer with its new Xeikon digital press is also useful in other industries such as the textile market as the press is able to integrate elements with variable information on labels. “Transferring part of our production to digital printing is not just an investment in technology, it is also a confirmation of our clear commitment to seek solutions that bring value to our customers”, says Mr. Millaruelo.

Syrgraf has a sales team that handles the distribution operations. To expand its business - until now the company mainly operated locally - Syrgraf has established cooperation agreements with distributors in other parts of Spain. The new opportunities offered by digital production raise interest to extend distribution also to other countries. That is what Mr. Muñiz confirms when stating: "because the future drives on technology, specialisation and financial strength, our efforts will be directed towards export and/or agreements with European companies for whom our services can or could be complementary”.

iSys Label appoints Indian Distributor at Labelexpo Europe 2013

iSys Label, Canadian developers and manufacturers of short to mid run digital label printers have announced they’ve appointed Gujarat-based Caterpillar Signs as their new distributor for India. Comprised of three international offices, Caterpillar Signs will offer iSys Label’s APEX 1290 and EDGE 850 digital label printers both directly and through a dealer network, providing CP Sign customers direct access to the latest digital label printing technology.

Nishant Shah, CEO of CP Signs says “We’ve had a long standing relationship with iSys Label and are glad they chose us as a preferred partner. The EDGE 850 is a great fit for companies wanting to enter in to the label market and the APEX 1290 is a perfect fit for mid to high volume existing label printers and brand owners. We have had a lot of buying interest from companies in India at Labelexpo 2013 and feedback from them is very encouraging.”

Randy Rickert, Director of Sales says “Nishant and his team came to meet us in Brussels to see how much excitement there was with our innovative short to mid run digital printers and he walked away from the Labelexpo show more excited than ever. India is a very important market for iSys Label and we are thrilled to pair up with the CP Signs team.”

The EDGE 850 and APEX 1290 are short to mid run digital label printers that were developed by iSys Label in Calgary, Canada. Designed with the user in mind, these digital label print solutions are suitable for all sorts of applications whether it be custom water bottle labels or stickers for a special event. Innovative features such as quick changeover technology, coupled with fully integrated software allow operations to stage and print jobs in minutes rather than hours.

Both printers utilize a full featured, easy-to-use label software package developed exclusively for the company’s digital label solutions. The Harlequin RIP software provides full color management tools and a built-in Pantone Library. Also offered is the variable data software, iVDP. Fully compatible with the APEX2Print and EDGE2Print label software packages, iVDP provides the user the ability to combine static and dynamic content to create varying multi-graphic labels containing variable text, images and barcodes. iVDP layouts can be easily set up and configured to run variable portions in both horizontal and vertical dataset formats enabling the user to quickly create highly-targeted, professional digital label designs.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stork Prints celebrates 50 years of innovation at Labelexpo!

Stork Prints demonstrated its unrivalled expertise in rotary screen and digital UV inkjet printing for labels and packaging at the Labelexpo Europe in Brussels (Hall 6, booth H40). Since Stork Prints was the first to introduce rotary screen printing at the ITMA Hannover in 1963, it celebrated 50 years of innovation at the Labelexpo this year with great shows, samples and a happy hour every day. There were plenty of demonstrations that visitors could witness the advantages of Stork Print’s total system solutions first hand as well meet Stork experts and see how Stork’s expertise and products could work for them!

Brilliant, rapid and low-cost labels with the DSI
One of the main attractions at the Stork stand was the DSI UV inkjet label printer as Stork prepared a historical show for this runner up in the digital label printing market. This digital printing press produces eye-catching labels with excellent colour strength and brilliance, at speeds up to a remarkable 700m2/hour, while keeping costs low. The DSI is modular in design, and therefore suitable for everything from stand-alone digital printing to use in complete lines with in-line (semi-rotary) converting.

Multiple demos were given each day for markets such as personal care, food and industrial. Besides their own demos Stork Prints also participated in the official Labelexpo Inkjet Trail showing printed labels for Pharma, Food and Industrial sectors!

Introducing variLEX direct laser exposer
Stork Prints presented the innovation in digital exposing, a hybrid direct laser exposer for digital pre-press. The new system is called the variLEX, referring to its versatility in product applications, such as rotary screens, flexo and dry offset plates. The variLEX delivers top quality exposing with an unmatched productivity. The machine was presented at the Labelexpo 2013 where its unique features were demonstrated. Stay tuned; more information will follow shortly!

50 years of rotary screen technology
This year Stork Prints celebrated its special 50 year anniversary of rotary screen technology - it was the year 1963 that Stork introduced the very first rotary screen for the textile printing industry at the ITMA show in Hannover. Stork’s rotary screen caused a revolution in the printing industry and offered a big step forward in volumes and design freedom for printers. With RSI (Rotary Screen Integration), label printers could produce special effects and access extra functionality that cannot be achieved by any other printing process. Reliable and economical value-added production of the 'non-label look', metallic and opaque colours, glitters, tactile warning symbols, texture varnishes, scratch-off inks and many other effects can be applied using Stork’s RSI technology. 

“Looking back in time I am proud to say that Stork Prints products and innovations created a standard in the textile and graphic printing industries. As of today our products create an added value solution in optical and functional design for end users. Looking at global trends in the market I am confident to say that we have chosen the right direction in the past and more importantly, for the future in digital and rotary screen printing,” said Bas Hoijtink - Commercial Manager - Stork Prints.

Mark Andy shines Bright at Labelexpo Europe : Wins Global Label Award for Innovation along with Flint Group

Mark Andy Inc. continues to expand their technology offering and are being recognized for their efforts in moving the industry forward and building collaboration among key suppliers. During Labelexpo Europe, held this week in Brussels, Belgium, the company was honored with the prestigious Award for Innovation for delivering a UV LED curing system, ProLED. Flint Group also won an Award for Innovation for their development of EkoCure UV LED printing inks. Both companies have spent nearly two years in joint development of the technology, making it an available mainstream technology for converters printers worldwide.

This Award for Innovation marks the fourth innovation award in the past three years. In 2011, the Performance Series line of printing equipment won two innovation awards for its exclusive and unique print station design, and the new Quick Change Die Cut (QCDC) was recognized earlier this year for its high-speed, extremely accurate die cutting technology.  Mark Andy Inc. continues to expand their technology offering and are being recognized for their efforts in moving the industry forward and building collaboration among key suppliers. During Labelexpo Europe, held this week in Brussels, Belgium, the company was honored with the prestigious Award for Innovation for delivering a UV LED curing system, ProLED.  Flint Group also won an Award for Innovation for their development of EkoCure UV LED printing inks.  Both companies have spent nearly two years in joint development of the technology, making it an available mainstream technology for converters printers worldwide.

“We are very happy to receive the Award for Innovation this year for Mark Andy ProLED. We are proud of the successful collaboration with Flint Group. Working together through joint cooperation has a truly positive impact on the industry as a whole, and we hope to see more of this among other industry suppliers,” stated PJ Desai, president of Mark Andy Inc.

In addition to the award, this year’s Labelexpo proved to be one of the best exhibitions yet for Mark Andy and Rotoflex. The company launched several new technologies in Europe - ProLED and Quick Change Die Cut for the Mark Andy flexo press line, and URC 2.0 advanced control system for Rotoflex inspection rewinders.  Thousands of visitors made their way through the Mark Andy and Rotoflex stands to witness all the new technologies in live action, which has already led to increased sales and new customers.

Bumper Labelexpo Europe reflects growing market optimism

Labelexpo Europe 2013 has reported its largest ever edition with record-breaking attendance figures. The show, which took place 24-27 September, covered seven of Brussels Expo’s exhibition halls for the first time and attracted 31,795 visitors (up 11% on 2011) from 158 countries (up from 123 in 2011) and just under 600 exhibitors (up from 550 in 2011). Underlining the show’s importance to what is the fastest growing sector of the wider print industry, Labelexpo Europe occupied 31,000sqm; its largest show floor size in its 33 year history.

As the label and package printing industry’s major platform for product launches, Labexpo Europe 2013 saw the unveiling of over 150 new products including presses, ancillaries and consumables. Big launches included Epson’s Sure PrecisionCore technology and its Surepress L-6304 UV ink label press, Mark Andy’s flexo printing solutions including the Performance Series P3 and P5 narrow-web presses, Ritrama’s Core Linerless Solutions system and Stork Prints new DSI® UV inkjet label printer.

Numerous market leading exhibitors increased their presence at 2013’s event including Avery Dennison, Durst, EFI, Gallus, HP Indigo, Mark Andy, MPS, Nilpeter, UPM Raflatac and Xeikon. By the end of the show, 86% of the space had already been rebooked for the 2015 edition – the highest ever onsite rebook rate.

Labelexpo Europe 2013 also welcomed the successful debut of several new busy feature areas. The Package Printing Workshop showcased the opportunities both digital and conventional printing can bring to folding carton, lid laminate and stand up pouch decoration. The Inkjet Trail put the different available inkjet technologies under the spotlight and compared their results when producing identical label designs on the same label stocks.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series remarks: “With the Eurozone now out of recession, confidence and optimism is beginning to return to wider global industry and converters are starting to invest in their businesses again. This year's Labelexpo Europe is without doubt another world-class event! Seeing our manufacturers and suppliers making sales here confirms that Labelexpo Europe is the best-selling platform in the label and package printing industry with printers prepared to spend high on capital equipment.”

Milburn concludes: “Continued innovation across the various product groups and strong, sustainable growth in demand across the labeling and package printing market are being translated into sizeable order books. We’ve again had excellent feedback from exhibitors underlining that Labelexpo Europe is the show to secure significant sales with numerous reports of many presses being sold.”

Erhardt + Leimer’s vision technology aroused a strong interest among visitors at LabelExpo Europe

The new Elcam Missing Matrix and Label Detection system is a special solution for the narrow web label industry. With typical set up times of less than 5 seconds and no moving parts to adjust, it is an impressive, low cost alternative to the traditional time consuming set-up procedure of conventional sensor arrays. 

The system is easy to install, easy to use, and very robust in operation. Thanks to this new development, label printers are able to avoid waste and improve product quality. Additionally, due to the very quick setup times, machine productivity will increase significantly. The system consists of the smart vision camera Elcam in combination with LED light sources, a small controller to handle stop signals for the production process (if needed), and a touch screen panel with an intuitive graphical user interface.

Nyscan 100% Print Inspection continued to impress attendees with its fast and easy set-up, clear presentation of defect data, and the ability to integrate an entire production process into its Workflow concept. By using data obtained during print inspection, Erhardt+Leimer’s RollScheduler system can control a finishing machine by automatically and accurately placing defects at the splicing table. Further, this is achieved without the need for special marks, flags, or labels. From prepress through finishing, E+L’s Workflow solution provides the tool for quality control.

Elscan remains the premium solution for web viewing and attendees were clearly impressed with the image quality presented by the system. Elscan OMS 4 uses two cameras with fixed focal lengths. Using digital zoom the system switches imperceptibly between the two cameras, allowing for delay free zooming and navigation. By means of delay-free zooming using the mouse wheel, it is possible to display any section of the repeat and then select an overview of the entire repeat just as quickly. Also, a simple click on the required point on the repeat will move the camera to this position allowing the print quality to be checked as quickly as possible.

High performance presses a huge success in Brussels

The Nilpeter Bell rang 24 times, each time one of the Nilpeter presses was sold at Labelexpo Europe 2013. Receiving its European debut was the sleeve-based FA-4 for high-end labels and packaging, and the high-performance FB-3 UV-flexo press delivering the highest level of print reproduction as well as unparalleled registration performance. The new MO-5 offset platform, a wider 520 mm-version for labels and package printing, also created much interest among the premium-quality converters in Brussels.

Nilpeter also experienced a strong interest for the new inline Quick-Change magnetic die-module, the QC-Die. Recently developed, the system allows operators to ergonomically change cylinders in less than 10 seconds, which was demonstrated time and again during the show. Solid die-cutting cylinders can also be incorporated. Another attraction was the inline flatbed unit for hot foil and embossing unit, the FP-4, and the inline gravure unit for printing metallic inks and other coatings, the G-4.

Jakob Landberg, Sales & Marketing Director, says, “Two years ago there was less hype and it was not such an exciting exhibition. Now the hype is back and the show is vibrant and positive. This year we have had customers come on the stand and have enthusiastically made a purchasing decision on the spot. Instead of concentrating solely on efficiency, the accent this year has been capacity. Heavy metal is back!”

Product quality, assembly verification and package inspection by Cognex full range of Inspection and ID Solutions

In addition to improving material handling and logistics efficiency and flexibility, product quality and yield, and package safety and integrity, machine vision can also be implemented on the processing side to reduce scrap, improve productivity and quality control, as well as enhance brand image.

For example, vision systems can sort food and beverage products by color or shape. It can detect defects, verify proper assembly, detect fill levels, count and provide guidance for robotic pick and place or palletizing operations to achieve improved manufacturing and packaging flexibility.

Another application is orienting bottles based on shape when they enter the machine in random positions. Machine vision can identify correctly facing bottles and allow them pass through. Incorrectly facing bottles are detected by the vision sensor which signals an actuator mechanism to rotate the bottle to the correct orientation.

Process Control and Supply Chain Management
The better and more precise the track and trace system, the faster you can identify and resolve problems. If profit margins are narrow, reduced manufacturing and supply chain costs can often be the difference between profit and loss.

  • Improves management of work in process
  • Reduces inventory
  • Optimizes availability and use of production tools
  • Minimizes distribution of non-conforming products

Full Range of Inspection and ID Solutions
Cognex offers the widest range of vision and ID products available from a single source to provide you with a solution for every application and budget.

Application Examples
  • Verify presence of caps and safety seals on bottles
  • Color sorting and inspection
  •  Automate production with the ability to sort products or orient them for filling or packaging
  • Detect presence of inserted or attached leaflets on packaging
  • Check for missing, incorrect, or damaged product
  • Inspect for particulates or flawed product in bottles and other packaging
  • Check label position

Color-Logic Goes to Europe: Labelexpo Europe, Packaging Innovations London

Color-Logic--developer of the Process Metallic Color System recently participated in two European shows: Labelexpo Europe 2013 in Brussels, and Packaging Innovations in London. At Labelexpo Europe 2013, Color-Logic exhibited in the HP booth.  An HP Silver Partner, Color-Logic was on the HP stand, near the HP Indigo machines which enable printers to product striking metallic labels and packaging. Commented Color-Logic Chief Technical Officer Richard Ainge: "From the show opening until the close, label producers were queued up to see how they can quickly and consistently produce metallic folding cartons and labels using our software."

At Packaging Innovations London 2013, the Color-Logic process was on display on the Mirri stand, where packaging experts and manufacturers of luxury goods could see firsthand how metallic substrates can be used to produce incredible metallic boxes for high-end products.

Commenting on the European foray, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Many printers and brand managers in the Europe and the Middle East already use Color-Logic to enhance their products, and we continue to be pleased at the excitement Color-Logic produces in the marketplace."

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

eltromat launches new generation of 100% print inspection system

eltromat launched twin_check 2.0, it´s improved 100% print inspection system, for the first time at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The new camera unit doubles the resolution and leads to a brilliant image quality. And with the new illumination unit the customer is able to inspect on opaque as well as on high reflective materials. eltromat also experienced strong interest for the iPQ_solutions with its modular design approach. It allows the combination of web viewing, 100% inspection, spectral color measurement and workflow solutions to increase the productivity as well as the printing quality.

twin_check 2.0 is based on a new patented camera and illumination unit. The new RGB line-scan cameras come with triple line sensors with 4096 pixels each and a line frequency of 85 MHz. This results in a much better resolution and brilliant image quality. Another improvement has been achieved with regard to the illumination, which now allows best inspection results on different materials. "With only one illumination unit our customers are able to inspect holograms, all typical opaque and high reflective materials without pseudo errors," states Dirk Volkening, Product Manager at eltromat. The weight and size of the inspection unit has been reduced. Additionally, the camera and illumination unit can be mounted either horizontally or vertically.

This results in a market leading flexibility of machine integration. With this solution for print inspection eltromat responds to the needs of customers in the packaging and label, as well as decor and wallpaper printing industry.

The established webvideo_star, also on show, is now equipped with a new processing unit, which makes the system completely scalable. Customers can choose to add different modules such as a barcode or sample inspection system; or the webvideo_star can simply be upgraded with a complete twin_check 2.0 or the inline color measurement system inco_check. With the modularity of iPQ_solutions customers stay flexible and efficient because they only buy the hardware solution which their needs require.

Boise Inc. joins hands with Narsingh Dass Group to distribute Boise’s pressure sensitive products in the Indian market

Committed to delivering excellent value while managing our businesses to sustain environmental resources for future generations, Boise Inc. announced an exclusive collaboration with Narsingh Dass Group to distribute Boise’s pressure sensitive products to the Indian market. Headquartered in New Delhi and with offices at strategic locations across the country, Narsingh Dass Group has been servicing the printing and converting industry in India for over five decades.

“We are excited about being associated with Narsingh Dass in India, given the importance of the market to Boise,” said Kwong Li, strategic sales manager for Asia. “We are confident that our collaboration will provide the world-class service Boise is known for, including high-quality products, leading technical expertise, superior logistics support, and an enduring commitment to the success of our customers.”

Boise, a global producer of pressure sensitive papers, is proud to support growth in the Indian market. Boise’s technically expert and collaborative support team has been supplying the global pressure sensitive industry with quality products for over 40 years.

The development of innovative products like Boise AvantEdge PLUS, an exciting enhancement to Boise’s AvantEdge line of label release papers, has given Boise the ability to provide the highest level of support to domestic and global customers. Boise AvantEdge PLUS offers high strength, excellent apparent density, exceptional die-cutting performance, and superior cure and holdout characteristics.

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Boise Inc. manufactures a wide variety of packaging and paper products. Boise's range of packaging products includes linerboard and corrugating medium, corrugated containers and sheets, and protective packaging products. Committed to delivering excellent value while managing our businesses to sustain environmental resources for future generations, Boise's paper products include imaging papers for the office and home, printing and converting papers, and papers used in packaging, such as label and release papers. 

Loftware Releases Revolutionary Enterprise Labeling Solution - Loftware Spectrum

Loftware, Inc., the global leader in Enterprise Labeling Solutions announces the general availability of Loftware Spectrum, a revolutionary new enterprise labeling solution. Loftware Spectrum is the first all-in-one solution designed to address the complex labeling requirements of large organizations via a completely browser-based interface. Building on Loftware’s unmatched history of innovation, Spectrum is the most robust solution in the industry offering incomparable label design, true enterprise integration, a powerful business rules engine, sophisticated device management, intelligent on demand printing, and high performance native printing in a single software solution.

“We are thrilled to introduce Loftware Spectrum to the market,” stated Robert O’Connor Jr., Loftware’s President and CEO. “Spectrum is the ultimate next generation enterprise labeling solution and it stands alone by delivering functionality and technology that is simply unrivaled. We are confident that Loftware Spectrum will change the face of enterprise labeling.”

Loftware Spectrum extends the power of enterprise labeling across the supply chain with ease by equipping users to benefit from instant, browser-based access to unprecedented capabilities including:

Industry’s First Browser-Based Label Designer: Spectrum offers new levels of collaboration and usability by empowering users to improve customer responsiveness with unlimited access to label design and version control capabilities. World-class WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) design functionality simplifies the design process while label specific business logic provides users with unlimited flexibility. What’s more, Spectrum’s innovative Universal Templates dramatically streamline label maintenance by allowing a single template to output to any printer while leveraging the speed and efficiency of native printer drivers.

Unrivaled Integration to Leading Enterprise Applications: Designed to meet the integration needs of all enterprises, Spectrum provides unsurpassed connectivity to any source of label data via the latest web services technology and touts certified integration to SAP Applications as well as pre-built integration to Oracle®. At the same time, Spectrum allows infinite flexibility by enabling data to be pulled from any JDBC data source while still maintaining a single source of truth for labeling. All integration connectivity is easily managed within Loftware Spectrum’s user interface.

Limitless Flexibility of Business Rules: Companies can quickly and nimbly adapt to evolving enterprise labeling requirements driven by regulations, customers, and geographies via Spectrum’s unrivaled business rules engine. Spectrum enables powerful business rules to be defined and applied to all integrations and sources of label data without requiring expensive and time-consuming coding in external applications. Users can easily define rules to dynamically select printers and templates, populate label data, and apply conditional formatting to labels based on the incoming stream of data.

Unsurpassed Visibility to Label Printing: Spectrum affords new levels of visibility to both print and job status that can be tailored for each user to share specific status information based on their location or role. Sophisticated capabilities allow subscription to “feeds” that proactively inform users about issues with printers and print jobs. At the same time, robust search and saved search capabilities offer users the ability to pinpoint specific transactions or printers to gain immediate visibility to status information.

Built for Global Deployment: Large and geographically dispersed organizations can dramatically simplify the deployment and maintenance of enterprise labeling by harnessing the power of Spectrum’s browser-based interface. The flexibility of this interface combined with unlimited user licensing empowers administrators to give immediate access to any user involved in the labeling process regardless of where they are located. In addition, Spectrum equips users with full Unicode support while providing for full localization of the user interface. This permits users to select their preferred language of English, French, Spanish, German, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese with more languages forthcoming.

Added Intelligence to On Demand Printing: Companies can significantly reduce manual effort and attain new levels of accuracy by using Spectrum’s unrivaled on demand print capabilities. Spectrum allows users to configure sophisticated business rules and add logic directly to forms which streamlines the on demand print process while markedly reducing labeling errors. The end result is more accuracy and less data entry as the software determines what label templates to use, what printers to print to, and what validation rules to apply.

Print Without Boundaries: The power of native drivers enable Spectrum customers to print labels at the highest volumes to all leading printers while maximizing print speed, optimizing network traffic and leveraging built-in printer capabilities. Additionally, companies can improve operation efficiency and reduce requirements to re-label incoming goods by extending label printing throughout their supply chain. Companies can empower their customers, partners, and suppliers to securely access and print labels to their local print devices all using Spectrum’s browser-based interface.

Architected for Your Enterprise: Spectrum complements its unmatched capabilities with a world-class architecture that is designed for enterprise-class deployments. Its 100% browser-based interface changes the rules when it comes to the flexibility to centrally deploy, manage, and maintain users across a global organization. Support for both Windows and Linux based operating systems enable Spectrum to align with corporate standards while LDAP authentication makes user management simple. At the same time, Spectrum provides disaster recovery and high availability options that companies require to maintain their mission-critical operations.

While Loftware Spectrum is being publicly announced today, customers have been in production for over 6 months on limited availability releases of the solution. “The general availability release of Loftware Spectrum represents the culmination of years of customer collaboration, design, development, and testing,” noted Josh Roffman, Loftware’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “It was essential for us to have Spectrum deployed and running successfully in customer environments before we introduced Spectrum to the market. We look forward to sharing our customers’ stories of success.”

Loftware has a rich history of innovation and setting the standard when it comes to enterprise labeling. VDC Research, the leading analyst firm covering the AutoID and Data Capture marketplace, commented on the positioning of Loftware in the industry and the impact of Loftware Spectrum on the market. “Loftware is uniquely positioned in the barcode labeling software market. Their focus on the enterprise market, industry expertise and go to market approach aligns well with the emergence of labeling as a strategic imperative for large enterprises,” said Mike Liard, Vice President, AutoID & Data Collection for VDC Research. “We think that Loftware Spectrum further strengthens Loftware’s leadership position in enterprise labeling. The innovative technology that makes labeling accessible to users across the supply chain combined with its overall depth of capabilities makes Spectrum a real differentiator for Loftware.”

The public release of Loftware’s revolutionary Enterprise Labeling Solution - Loftware Spectrum represents the final installment of the Loftware Delivers program. This program profiles Loftware’s commitment to customers in delivering Unparalleled Support, Unmatched Reliability, Unrivaled Services, Unsurpassed Solutions and Unleashed Innovation.

Loftware, Inc. is the global market leader in Enterprise Labeling Solutions offering the industry’s most comprehensive labeling solution. Loftware’s enterprise software integrates SAP, Oracle and other enterprise applications to produce mission-critical barcode labels, documents, and RFID Smart tags across the supply chain. Loftware’s design, native print, and built-in business rules functionality drives topline revenue, increases customer satisfaction, and maximizes supply chain efficiency for customers. With over 25 years of industry leadership, Loftware’s enterprise labeling solutions and best practices enable leading companies to meet their customer-specific and regulatory requirements with unprecedented speed and agility.

Grafotronic to deliver triplets to the Ajanta Packaging: Global Graphics Machineries effects the sales to Ajanta’s factory in India and abroad

After a successful installation of Grafotronic 440HI Slitter/Rewinder at the Baddi factory of Ajanta Packaging last year, its pouring orders for Grafotronic! Global Graphics Machineries Pvt. Ltd., the Indian agent for Grafotronic has clinched the triple orders of Ajanta Packaging.

Ajanta Packaging with its head office in Mumbai, is a multi-location Indian company with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in India and Asia which are equipped with most modern and sophisticated printing, converting and finishing equipments. Ajanta uses varied printing processes like waterless offset, conventional wet offset, flexography and silk screen with combination presses as well, which propels them as the only Indian label converter to adopt such leading technologies under a single roof and giving an edge in printing higher quality labels.

At the Grafotronic booth during the Labelexpo Europe 2013, Brussels, Ajanta Packaging confirmed a repeat order for the Grafotronic 440HI Slitter/Rewinder to be installed at the Baddi factory as well as two new orders for similar machines, one for the Sharjah factory and another to be installed at an upcoming factory for which the location is still un-disclosed.

The Grafotronic HI-SERIES (Horizontal Inspection) has a modern design with an innovative web path integrated inside the machine. This unique web path is very stable and allows the machine to run and stop in high speeds. The Ajanta Packaging machines will be equipped with the Grafotronic semi-automatic turret rewinder which has been installed previously in more than 100 machines.

“As we continue to grow and expand, to augment our label slitting and inspection capacity we preferred Grafotronic in whom, we believe that we have found the right partner to support us with new technology solutions to improve our quality control,” says Chandan Khanna, CEO, Ajanta Packaging.

Mattias Malmqvist, Vice President of Grafotronic, said “our Slitter/ Rewinder/ Inspection machines have been very well received in the region and to get this kind of recognition from one of the most important players is very pleasing and shows that we have the right Naalin Sharma, Director, Global Graphics Machineries Pvt. Ltd. adds, “the uniqueness of the Grafotronic HI series is their ergonomic design wherein the inspection system is mounted below the working table. Apart from the semi-turret, we offered some well designed functionalities on the Grafotronic HI to Ajanta which makes these machines more purposeful.”

Grafotronic is a Swedish company producing quality label converting and finishing machines built to the highest European standards coupled with optimized price/performance ratio. The gamut of machines for the narrow web industry include servo-driven slitter/rewinders with 100% inspection systems and high-speed die-cutting apart from sophisticated machines for digital and booklet labels as well as customized solutions for high-end applications. With a customer base spanning more than 30 countries across the world, Grafotronic is known for robust machinery designed to last with heavy duty construction.

Global Graphics Machineries Pvt. Ltd. specializes in providing printing & converting solutions to the graphic industry. The company represents foreign label printing & converting machines manufacturers including Grafotronic - Sweden, Bang Sung Machinery - Korea, Weigang Machinery (formerly Ruian Donghai Machinery) - China and Hontec - China as their exclusive agents for the Indian sub-continent.

Mergers & Acquisitions : Labelmakers acquires Kolibri Labels

The Labelmakers Group has acquired Kolibri Labels as it looks to broaden its range of self-adhesive labels while strengthening its position in the pan-European market. Both Kolibri Labels and The Labelmakers Group are based in the Netherlands.

Kolibri Labels specializes in the production of high-quality labels for the cosmetic, chemical and beverage markets. The Labelmakers Group is comprised of Telrol, Peha Labels, BioLabel, HACCP Label, LMG Ribbons, Jac-Stick and now Kolibri Labels.

Hoessein Hadaoui, managing director for The Labelmakers Group, said: ‘The company focuses on offering a high level of customer service and expertise in the markets it serves, which makes Kolibri a perfect fit for The Labelmakers Group.

‘The acquisition falls in line with our strategic plan for the future, as we look to acquire label companies that share our philosophy of providing high-quality labels and superior customer service. With the massive growth of Telrol, the acquisitions of Peha and Kolibri Labels, the future for The Labelmakers is now.’

ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polymers and CMD’s converting technology deliver premium refuse bags

Films made from ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and specialty elastomers coupled with advanced converting technology from CMD Corporation can produce refuse bags that meet a wide range of customer expectations. Visitors to K2013 can see CMD Corporation of Appleton, Wisconsin, operate two bag converting lines for refuse bags that use less material and deliver excellent end-product performance.

Line A will run Exceed and Enable mPE resin-based film on a CMD 1270GDS Global Drawtape Bagmaking System and 0330HSW Global High Speed Bag Winder. The line delivers high-speed conversion of premium-quality drawtape refuse bags on overlapped rolls for one-at-a-time dispensing.

“Working with ExxonMobil Chemical, we developed this solution for premium quality bags that use less material to meet customer requirements concerning product performance, sustainability and cost,” said Lisa Kain, corporate market manager, research and communications, CMD Corporation.

Line B will run PE resin-based film with Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomer on a CMD 864 Global Bag Machine and Winder. The line displays high-speed bag converting and winding of bottom-sealed bags in one economical, easy-to-operate system.

“We developed this solution to meet customer needs for utility bottom-sealed bags. It is well suited for growth markets for bags that can be converted on a low-cost, high-speed bag machine and winder that is easy to own and operate,” said Kain.

For both lines, ExxonMobil Chemical and CMD identified the film formulation and procured processors to extrude the film. CMD tested the films to ensure machineability and product quality.

“Our testing has proven the outstanding machineability of the films made with ExxonMobil Chemical’s resins,” said Kain. “The result is a more stable, efficient process, less scrap and machine downtime, and greater throughput. This can result in lower unit costs.”

The CMD 1270GDS Global Drawtape Bagmaking System and 0330HSW Global High Speed Bag Winder is an industry standard for drawtape converting. It can deliver high-speed converting of downgauged material while maintaining the premium quality.

CMD overlapped-bag winding technology can provide process efficiencies and sustainable benefits for shipping/packing compared with-folded products. The CMD 864 Global Bag Machine and Winder is a compact, all-in-one system. It features patented CMD rotary bag sealing technology for high-speed, quality bag converting. It is an affordable, easy to own and operate system.

Additional details on both machines, as well as the film formulation and resins being used, will be available at the CMD booth, G05 in Hall 3 at K. For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013