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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Positive feedback for Label Summit Indonesia 2014

Label Summit Indonesia 2014 which took place at Jakarta’s Balai Kartini between 18-19 June saw nearly 50 market leading companies showcasing their products and services to 297 attendees. 

Held for the first time in Jakarta, the second edition of two-day conference and pop-up exhibition comprised a mix of real life business case studies, panel discussions and technical presentations highlighting the latest printing technologies.

Event highlights included Xeikon’s Filip Weymans’ keynote presentation. Weymans opened the conference with a thought provoking account of how personalization is growing in importance around the world and why packaging is playing an increasing role in triggering positive emotions between brands and the consumer. Weymans outlined how trust in brands is growing at a local level as brands use social media to create and form communities in particular regions.

Another highpoint was the free and frank exchange between the printer panelists Andy Arto of Satyamitra Labeljaya Pratama, Ajanta Packaging’s Ramesh Raju and Ben Testa from Labelhouse. Sharing common challenges they discussed how best to supply end users in different parts of the region by forming strategic partnerships and the difficulties faced in sourcing raw materials compared to other markets such as Europe. Prompting many questions from the audience, they also talked about the pros and cons of digital printing.

Day one’s content was heavily focused on the latest in new printing technologies and applications. Chris Bodger of Mark Andy and Nilpeter’s John Andersen’s presentations on making an informed decision when selecting flexo and combination printing were well-received by delegates. Highlighting the challenges and opportunities, they gave an insightful look into how to optimize the conventional printing and decorating processes whilst achieving production efficiency and reducing operational costs. There was also a series of short presentations exploring the latest in niche technologies including a look at the latest developments in low energy UV systems by Alpha-Cure’s Steve Haines.

The second day covered topics including package printing, next generation materials for high performance and functional labels and branding and design. Stand out sessions included Marco Ogliengo of Zalora Indonesia’s top tips on how to transform your business by using online marketing and social media platforms. He gave his advice on understanding the process, pitfalls and benefits and convincingly demonstrated how the internet can enhance an existing business model.

Also popular was the event’s closing session on best practices to make your company more sustainable. Jouni Komulainen of UPM Raflatac talked about the importance of managing natural resources and measuring the environmental impact across the label supply chain. Ditto Santoso of Tirta Investama (Danone Aqua) shared details of Danone’s worldwide sustainability culture and policies; explaining how the brand had adopted numerous procedures such as reducing water consumption and the weight in its bottle packaging to cut costs and operate more efficiently.

Jade Grace, event director explains: “Label Summit Indonesia 2014 has been useful for visitors and exhibitors alike. The printing industry here is very fragmented and is still in its infancy compared to the western label market. There is a real desire to learn more about and understand what is going on in the global market place and the Summit has provided a good opportunity to find out about the latest technologies and trends. It has also served as a valuable networking platform; enabling printers to open up alliances with one another and also with new suppliers.”

Quotes from exhibitors and speakers:
Eddy Kusnady, P.T Avery Dennison Indonesia: "Label Summit Indonesia was a well-organized event to meet all customers and related industry partners."

Geert Van Damme, Cerm: “Label Summit Indonesia gave us the opportunity to introduce our MIS solution to the Indonesian label printers without entering their comfort zone. Any interested visitor could listen to our public presentation and he could have a chat afterwards in our table top space. Meanwhile we could meet other suppliers and talk about business opportunities in the region, common projects and collaboration. We started new long lasting relationships with several visitors and participants thanks to this Summit.”

Marcus Greenbrook, GEW: “Label Summit Indonesia gave us the opportunity to present and discuss with customers, face to face, the latest in energy efficient UV systems. The feedback from customers is that rising energy costs are a great concern for them and the need for energy efficient UV systems are paramount to them.”

Jack Malki, Jet Technologies: “Jet Technologies enjoyed a successful Label Summit Indonesia, with the largest representation at the event. Supported by overseas partners Kocher + Beck, Pulse Roll Label, SMAG, OMET, SPG Prints and Ruco, clients had the opportunity to meet and speak with global experts in their respective fields in a relaxed format. Clients had been telling us that they want serious partners who are able to support their business. The local market is developing rapidly and clients have told us that their biggest hurdle remains the technical expertise of their teams and ensuring that they are able to implement world-class solutions in their market.”

Ben Testa, Labelhouse: “Label Summit Indonesia gave us the opportunity to get a snap shot of the global, regional and local markets from a variety of perspectives. The other speakers I spoke to were very informative and comfortable to provide additional information on their topics in private. As a label printer I found the environment more conducive to developing relationships with suppliers than other events as it is more intimate and focused. As a speaker I found the process to be very rewarding and have quickly developed relationships with other speakers in the panel I was involved with.”

Doren Teh, Siegwerk: “It was a great experience and success participating in the table-top exhibition at Label Summit Indonesia 2014. Most of our visiting attendees especially companies from the label segment maximized their time to network with our peers - working in alliance, sharing ideas and exploring major new benefits. The panel discussions constituted pertinent information in global and market trends in SEA, emerging opportunities in packaging concepts and generating a good idea of label technology trends.”

Marco Ogliengo, Zalora: "Great experience. Event is organized to maximize networking and knowledge sharing opportunities."

Filip Weymans, Xeikon: “Indonesia is an important member of the Asean growth area, a region which is open to new technology such as digital printing. The summit has enabled us to speak with the leading label printing companies and highlight the capabilities of our technology and was also the ideal platform to inform people of the success of existing digital print users.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Xitron Launches Flexo/Packaging Workflow

Details about Navigator F/P released in advance of ExpoPrint 2014 in Sao Paulo

Xitron, the leading independent developer of RIP and workflow products for the printing industry, is unveiling Navigator F/P, a prepress workflow and tool kit designed specifically for flexographic and packaging applications. Continuing the Xitron standard of prepress independence, Navigator F/P is compatible with virtually every output device used in flexographic and package printing companies worldwide.

“Looking at the high cost of software currently available, we recognize an opportunity to provide an economical alternative to a growing user base,” said Karen Crews, President of Xitron. “Applications similar in scope to Navigator F/P are typically priced two to three times higher, putting them out of reach for small and mid-sized environments.”

Navigator F/P combines the stability of the Harlequin RIP, the performance of the Navigator workflow, and the power of an Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create film- or plate-ready artwork in logical, efficient steps. The Illustrator plug-in provides tools familiar to the operator while the intuitive workflow GUI offers start-to-finish control over each job from any workstation.

Precise, automated step-and-repeat with bleed control, nesting, .dxf import, and custom bearer bars are part of the standard feature set in Navigator F/P. Also included is integrated, raster-based trapping. Optional vector-based tools offering superior control and versatility are available.

Navigator F/P will be introduced to Xitron’s North American dealer network through a series of scheduled meetings. Latin American customers will be able to find out more at ExpoPrint 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Xitron will be part of the NPES stand, number 09-G.

Flint Group Narrow Web commercializes a range of EkoCure UV LED Coatings

The market has asked for coatings that will provide value-added attributes - innovative products that bring increased productivity and lower maintenance, print solutions that are sustainable, and technology that is safe for handling and safe for the environment. Flint Group has responded with a new line of UV flexo coatings for UV LED curing under the EkoCure brand name.

Flint Group’s EkoCure Coatings are developed using specially selected raw materials that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output, and are the first commercially available UV LED coatings available in the market.

The main advantages with UV LED can be summarized as economical and ecological:
Economical benefits include:
  • Quality assuredness brings increased productivity and press uptime
  • Energy costs will be significantly reduced
  • Expanded capability to run heat sensitive materials with less heat management costs.
Ecological benefits include:
  • Energy will be saved and UV LED lamps are ozone and mercury free.  Printers can realized improved worker and environmental safety
  • Printers looking for low maintenance lamps need to consider UV LED technology.  UV LED lamps are nearly maintenance free with no mercury bulb replacement and disposal costs 
The range of EkoCure UV flexo coatings available include:
  • Gloss Coating
  • Matte Coating
  • Product Resistant Coating
  • Low COF Shrink Coating
  • Cast and Cure Coating
  • Rotary Screen Tactile Coating
  • Primer Coating for non-topcoated films
  • Primer Coating for various shrink films
  • Non-Yellowing Coating
  • Coatings with or without optical brighteners 
This is only the beginning!  Flint Group can develop a coating to meet the specific requirements of almost any narrow web printer using their EkoCure UV LED technology. 

In September 2013, Flint Group Narrow Web won the Award for Innovation at The Label Industry Global Awards in Brussels for its EkoCure UV LED ink technologies.  Flint Group was named joint winner alongside co-supplier and development partner, Mark Andy. 

The judges’ comments were, “UV LED, mercury and ozone free ink technology, from Flint Group now offers a commercially viable option with its new EkoCure inks providing improved cure response, cost and productivity savings, waste reduction, energy savings and enhanced safety that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the future of the label industry.” 

Flint Group’s EkoCure UV flexo and screen inks are the first-ever narrow web printing inks developed for use in combination printing. These inks perform to the highest standards and bring economical and ecological benefits to the market. First launched in the U.S. in 2012, these inks are now globally available through Flint Group’s extensive distribution network.

EkoCure technology and the UV LED process is a true game-changing innovation that will lead our industry into the future.  EkoCure products are available in a complete range of UV flexo inks, from all base colours in the Pantone base range, as well as UV rotary screen whites designed for combination printing. The EkoCure ink range also offers a complete portfolio of metallic inks, and varnishes with more exciting developments on the horizon.

Ankit Graphics adds up Dainippon Screen Flexo CTP for the first time in India

One of the leading suppliers of Flexo Printing Plates in Western India and based out at Ahmedabad, Ankit Graphics caters the needs of flexo printing plates since 1987. Recently Ankit Graphics upgraded its inventory by adding up a Dainippon Screen flexo CTP device - the Screen Platerite FX 1524, which also is the first installation in India.

Ankit Graphics was founded in 1987 by Bakul M Darji who is a gold medalist in printing technology from R C Technical, Ahmedabad. He is into the flexo plate making business since 1982. Ankit Darji is the son of Bakul Darji.

The PlateRite FX1524 streamlines processing and improves print quality for a wide range of flexo printing applications, including labels, flexible packages, cartons and corrugated cardboard packages. Equipped with an innovative, high-output exposure head, the PlateRite FX1524 handles flexo plates, letterpress plates and thermal ablative film up to 42" x 60". What's more, the easy-loading mechanism securely mounts large-size flexo plates, increasing prepress efficiency and productivity.

The reason for selecting platerite Fx1524 is many, cites Ankit Darji who joined the company in 2008 after completing his Engineering in Polymer from Napier University, Scotland. He says, “After a lot of deliberations, we opted for the Screen Platerite FX 1524. Apart from giving us a proud feeling to have a Dainippon Screen machine installed for the first time in the country, this machine enables us to image plates at 4800 Dpi resolution, which is the highest anyone can offer at present.”

The PlateRite FX1524 features a 64-channel laser imaging head and newly developed screening technology. It offers a maximum imaging resolution of 4,800 dpi and a maximum plate output of 4 square meters (43.75 square feet) per hour. Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening, Screen's halftone dots developed especially for flexo and letterpress printing, creates highlights that are optimized for plate-making and printing. Once a press result is available, we can analyse the samples and put in values of dot gain in our software which
helps giving each client a consistent result throughout in their jobs.

He added, “Before zeroing in on this machine we did check all the possibilities available in the market. With other options available in present market, Dainippon Screen FX1524 has distinct features which enabled the user to use any plates at a best resolution. The other best part about this machine is that we can reproduce the same data present in the artwork onto the plates without doing any sorts of modification. We have been able to reproduce dots of 0.5% at screen 150LPI at 4800dpi using flexo dots using linear curve. With these distinct features, our clients enjoy a quality product which helps them eliminate problems faced during printing of Vignets. Our clients have praised our new digital products quoting about the smooth tonal range and printing their artwork without worrying about the breakage of screens in highlights and shadow regions.

With this new machine, we are now capable to provide flexo plates with ruling from 120, 133, 150, 175, 190 and 210 LPI.

The installation was successfully carried out on 26th May and for training purpose, Dainippon Screen has appointed a local engineer along with a specialized engineer from Singapore, mentioned Ankit. He also mentioned that they have got packaging software called PACKZ from Hybrid Software through Malhotra Graphics. “This software enables us to carry out pre-press correction for output of the files for flexo plates. We are again the first one to book this software in India. Also, we have state of the art plate processing equipments from Degraf (formerly known as Mekrom) Italy. We have got an exposing machine which is all in one (built in water cool bed, dryers and curing facility) as well an inline processor for washing digital plates from same company. All our machines are PLC controlled, added Ankit.

The PlateRite FX1524 accommodates a number of screening methods for consistently exceptional results. These include standard AM screening, Screen's Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening and Spekta 2 hybrid screening. A Multi-Screening module that employs a different type of screening for each object being printed is available. The PlateRite FX1524, along with Screen's EQUIOS Flexo Series workflow, screening technology, high-resolution output devices and a full complement of proofing software and hardware, is a component of Screen’s Packaging Solution offering.

“Any requirement in flexo and we have a solution present with us that can cater to the requirements of narrow web label printers, wide web CI flexo, corrugated box printers, flexible film converters, container printers, and many more. Our foresight is to capture all segments in the market where ever plates made in our machine has got its application. Currently we are targeting all local and nation level narrow and wide web flexo printers who we were not be able to without this machine. Next five years plan of ours is to add Cyrel in the round sleeve flexo plate making facility installed,” signed off Ankit.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MCC acquires Multiprint Labels in Ireland

Multi-Color Corporation is pleased to announce it has acquired 100% of Multiprint Labels Limited in Dublin, Ireland effective from 1st July 2014. Multiprint specializes in Pressure Sensitive Beverage labels for Ireland and the UK.  They have common markets, technologies and supply chain with MCC's Glasgow UK operation.  Multiprint will continue to be run by Mr. John Woods, reporting to our UK President, Mr. Alex Mulvenny.  Multiprint revenues are approximately USD 7 million per annum.

"We are delighted to have John and team join MCC and provide us with a local operation in Ireland to serve our existing and potential customers there, as well as in the UK," said Nigel Vinecombe, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ideal Labels offers complete digital flexo solution with the help of Esko and Williamson

Esko CDI 2350 flexo plate imager and DeskPack software give leading pressure-sensitive label provider productivity and quality boost 

Esko announces that Ideal Labels Inc., a leading provider of pressure-sensitive labels for print companies and print brokers, is delivering a complete digital flexo solution and boosting productivity and quality with the Esko CDI 2350 flexo plate imager and DeskPack prepress software modules, sold and installed with the help of Williamson Printing Materials Limited.

Family owned and operated since it opened its doors in 1994 in Scarborough, Ontario, Ideal Labels leverages its technical expertise and high level of service to meet customers’ demanding requirements. A big part of its success these 20 years is its ability to deliver quick turnaround, with a large selection of dies and in-house platemaking capabilities. Now, with Esko’s technology at the forefront, Ideal Labels is able to fulfill these requirements minus some of the difficulties that it experienced previously.

Eliminating the use of film, Esko’s CDI Spark 2530 technology images directly onto photopolymer plate material, allowing Ideal to print four-color process labels in greater detail—up to 200 lpi and dots as fine as 1% in size, says Amar Kailas, Vice President at Ideal Labels. CDI Spark 2350 images digital flexo plates up to 25 x30” (635 x 762mm) and an EasyClamp II drum for easier and faster plate loading. They are imaging on Toyobo Cosmolight water wash plate material, which is an environmentally responsible choice. Coupled with Esko imaging technology, the plates offer Ideal Labels a nice competitive edge they need in a very competitive market.

Consistency challenges solved
“Film did not offer much consistency, due to the ever changing chemistry and other variables such as laser intensity, film density and temperature,” Kailas says. “Plates would come out differently within one job, and from job-to-job, depending on the state of the chemicals. Now, with the CDI we are consistent from job to job.”

“We wanted to have a more competitive edge over the local print shops in our area and produce a final product to the best quality flexo printing would allow. That meant implementing Esko's CDI to our workflow to create highly detailed plates with accurate dots and easy repeatability from job to job,” Kailas continues, reflecting on the reason for the CDI installation. “With films and chemistry, dots may vary in size and become smaller or larger, even lf you are imaging the same job. The CDI eliminates a majority of the variables associated with film and as a result the plates are always consistent, which means the jobs look the same. The settings also remain the same. In fact, nothing changes unless we change it ourselves.”

The CDI also gives Ideal Labels the ability to image different line screens simultaneously. “I can image jobs of different line screens all at once on one large sheet of plate material,” Kailas says. ”We used to have to produce them one at a time. For instance, we had to image 100 lpi screen jobs separately from 133 lpi or 150 lpi screen jobs. Being able to gang up images with different line screens on the same sheet of plate material saves us time and allows us to begin prepress for other jobs while the CDI runs.”

Faster makeready, faster to press
Ideal is able to devote the time it used to spend in prepress and platemaking to actual production. The CDI solution also gets plate material to the press faster. As part of its Esko technology solution, Ideal uses Esko’s DeskPack modules, including trapping and preflighting. The DeskPack collection of packaging prepress plugins for Adobe® Illustrator® and Adobe® Photoshop® provide a full-fledged packaging prepress application for label providers.

“We were using Illustrator for a majority of the prepress and trapping, and Quark Xpress for the step and repeating,” explains Kailas. “Before we had DeskPack, everything was done manually,” he adds. “It was extremely cumbersome to set up a job. With DeskPack, we preset everything for automatic trapping, and, depending on the job, can have multiple presets. Previously, for every job, I had to take my time and meticulously examine each label to figure out what had to be trapped in order for the label to be printed as easily as possible. It was the same with step & repeat. With the Preflight, PowerLayout and Power Trapper modules, a job can be ready to go with a few clicks of a button in just minutes without any guesswork or the fear of mistakes being made.” DeskPack allows Ideal to set multiple presets simultaneously, with rules and exceptions to trap the file according to each job’s specifications.

“Because we aren’t trapping manually, what used to take us up to six hours from start to finish for four or five complex jobs now barely takes any time at all,” says Kailas. “Now, we are more capable of meeting the quick turnaround times of today's demanding customers who needed their order yesterday, which is the bulk of our work. Esko's software and CDI simplifies our work and doesn't compromise quality for speed.”

Pleasing customers
Customers, too, are happy with the results. “We were only able to run 150 lpi, which was okay for their needs, says Kailas. “Now, our standard is 200 lpi, and they are more than happy with the quality. The color preproduction is excellent and the dot gain is very minimal for flexo printing, due to CDI’s capability of creating very crisp lines and no distortion in the sizes of the dots. Distortion was an issue when we used film. Our plates are very accurate and can be reproduced very easily, from job-to-job.”

Kailas, who runs Ideal Labels with his brother and father, trained for a week-and-a-half, learning the ins and outs about digital platemaking. At the shop, he takes care of prepress and platemaking, and his brother and father handle the bulk of the print and production. Kailas also works in the printing area, mostly for process color jobs.

Ideal Labels purchased its CDI and DeskPack Tools from Williamson Printing Materials Limited in Grimsby, Ontario. “Williamson has been very reliable and helped us every step of the way,” Kailas comments. “They fingerprinted our presses and helped us set the dot gain curves. They were there to help when Esko came in to set up, making sure everything was okay.”

Kailas notes both Esko and Williamson were very helpful. “Whenever they are in the area, their salesmen and field technicians double-check our system to see if it is running properly,” remarks Kailas. "They just drop by to see how things are going.”

Overall, using the Esko system and workflow has meant a much simpler process to get a job out. Going forward, Ideal Labels plans to look into new DeskPack modules that will help further maximize efficiency for its workflow.

As for its current Esko solution, says Kailas, “It’s a lifesaver. Basically if you want to draw up more time for production, and want to ensure consistent jobs, invest in it. It will definitely improve the quality of the work you do and make it look more professional.”

The best part of the Esko technology solution? “We aren’t putting in unnecessary late hours to work on prepress and platemaking,” Kailas says. And customers are getting a better product.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Microscan Introduces the World’s Smallest Machine Vision Smart Camera with Embedded Ethernet

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the availability of the Vision MINI Xi industrial compact smart camera with embedded Ethernet. As part of Microscan’s award-winning AutoVISION® machine vision product suite, this tiny powerhouse is packed with features for close-range industrial auto ID, inspection, and other machine vision applications.

Microscan’s new industrial Vision MINI Xi is the world’s smallest fully-integrated smart camera with embedded Ethernet, measuring in at 1 in (25.4 mm) x 1.8 in (45.7 mm) x 2.1 in (53.3 mm) and weighing 3.2 oz (91 g). The Vision MINI Xi features both Ethernet and serial connectivity, a 24-volt interface, and optically isolated I/O in one compact package.

Manufacturing engineers looking for robust inspection, color matching, symbol decoding, or OCR can count on the Vision MINI Xi to fit into tight spaces in assembly line manufacturing and component tracking applications. The Vision MINI Xi can handle dot peen marks on power-train components, laser markings on medical devices or PCBs, as well as traditional printed barcodes on packaging and labels.

Together with the easy-to-use AutoVISION machine vision software, the Vision MINI Xi is the ideal solution for manufacturers who need to read barcodes, but require the flexibility to add additional inspection capabilities to their processes using a single hardware device. All Microscan smart cameras run on the same vision software with easy job portability, or upgrade to Microscan’s advanced Visionscape® platform with 50+ machine vision tools without the need to switch cameras.

Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications. Founded in 1982, Microscan has a strong history of technology innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the 2D symbology, Data Matrix. Today, Microscan remains a technology leader in automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability and inspection ranging from basic barcode reading up to complex machine vision inspection, identification, and measurement.

As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company recognized for quality leadership in the U.S., Microscan is known and trusted by customers worldwide as a provider of quality, high precision products. Microscan is a Spectris company.

Masterwork launches the Mk1060ERS Die Cutter

Masterwork Graphic Equipment has expanded its product line-up following the launch of the MK1060ERS, an automatic platen die cutting machine with stripping and blanking facilities. Die cutting is the core technology behind much of its equipment and Masterwork is constantly pushing forward the boundaries of what can be achieved with the process. The MK1060ERS offers even greater accuracy, speed and stability than previous models while also being easier to operate.

The MK1060ERS incorporates five processes - feeding, die cutting, stripping, blanking and waste conveying - allowing one operator to turn printed sheets into finished products in a single pass. Optional devices include pre-stacking and stripping preparation stands. The timing belts incorporated into the feed table improve the presentation of stock to the front and side lays, while the slow-down device enables thin paper to be controlled accurately.

Continuous feeding is aided by the high level of automation, with sheet detectors and control devices reducing waste. Masterwork has equipped the stripping unit with a quick locking facility for easy operation and fast positioning of the stripping board. The high quality transmission mechanism and smooth cam movement ensure stability and accuracy. Separation sheets can be inserted automatically in the non-stop blanking unit at pre determined quantities.

The MK1060ERS can handle sheets from 400 x 350 mm to 1,060 x 760 mm, and offers an impressive die cutting area of 1,060 x 745 mm with an accuracy of 0.075 mm. The machine can be used with paper/board between 0.1 – 2 mm thick and corrugated board up to 4 mm. High productivity is aided by speeds of up to 6,500 sph. The feeder and delivery pile heights are 1,550 mm and 1,200 mm respectively.

“Our R&D teams and engineers are extremely experienced in every area of die cutting and this allows us to continually develop and test new ideas,” says European sales manager Ken Farnsworth, who heads the European office in Wakefield, UK. “All our machines are built to be highly productive, easy to operate and robust - the MK1060ERS offers a die cutting force of up to 260 tons.

“Masterwork now has the most extensive product range of die cutting machines in the world, many of which incorporate multiple finishing processes. The company is rapidly expanding into Europe as well as many countries around the world such as Brazil, Israel, Australia and Canada. Several customers have installed more than one machine, with a leading packaging printer in France recently investing in its eleventh Masterwork line, while we have clients in Turkey, Brazil and Russia that have also purchased several models. It’s an exciting time for us and we expect to be announcing further additions to our range during 2014.”

Masterwork Graphic Equipment Limited was established in 1971 in Taiwan and in 1995 the company opened manufacturing facilities in China. A 100,000 sq metre factory in Tianjin, China, was opened in 2011 and this was extended during 2013 by an adjoining 60,000 sq metre plant. The company makes an extensive range of industry-leading post press equipment for folding carton production, including die cutting, embossing, foiling, stripping and inspection systems. Masterwork has a turnover of around $100m and employs some 800 people in China. Customers operate in areas such as cosmetics, greetings cards, cigarettes, book covers, labels and magazines. Sales, service and support for customers in Europe plus selected areas of the world are co-ordinated by the company’s European headquarters in Wakefield, UK.

Merasia presents solution to digital printing cleaning issues at Labelexpo India

Merasia, the master distributor of Teknek’s market-leading contact cleaning equipment in South East Asia, will be showing a range of innovative solutions  to clean before digital printing at Labelexpo India.

There has been a huge increase in the use of digital printing in recent years especially in Asia, as the technology has evolved to offer high quality, low volume print on a variety of materials from labels and film to packaging and wallpapers.   Digital printing equipment is particularly vulnerable to contamination as Richard Meredith, director of Merasia explains: “The presence of dust or other contaminants can potentially scratch, block or damage the print head.  When you consider that a new print head can cost up to four figures it makes it easy to calculate the short return on investment for a Teknek cleaner.”

He added: “The solution is to ensure the web is 100% free of contamination.  Teknek’s high performance cleaning rollers make direct contact with the substrate gently lifting particles down to one micron.  When the web is cleaned it eliminates the possibility of particles damaging the print head.  We currently work with leading digital printer manufacturers who integrate a Teknek cleaner into their press as a standard option.”