Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Label Printers participates at UL Brand Protection Conference

The Label Printers’ was invited to participate at UL’s recent Brand Protection Summit in Los Angeles, California as an Interactive Round Table Leader. The Summit included UL “clients, key law enforcement partners, invited guests, and a select number of brand protection service providers/specialists.”

The Label Printers’ topic was “Product Security Solutions – Facing Operational Realities”, and Lori Campbell, The Label Printers’ Chief of Operations was the Round Table Leader.  Key Note speaker for the conference was Mr. Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

UL outlined the Event’s purpose and benefits in their Registration/Welcome materials, “For over 15 years, UL has taken an aggressive stance against product counterfeiting through a comprehensive program involving enforcement, education and partnerships with key IP crime stakeholders from around the world. As a leader in product safety testing and certification, as well as a rights holder, UL knows the detrimental effects IP crime can have on a company’s resources, reputation and to its corporate goals.

As part of our public service and safety-oriented mission, UL is organizing the 2013 Conference to serve as a catalyst to strengthen and enhance brand protection programs, provide best practices for combatting IP crime and to strengthen global partnerships against this growing threat. International, national and local experts will be on hand to provide a dynamic two-day training forum with innovative learning sessions that will include; operational workshops, interactive roundtables and a networking lounge. Additionally, we will offer rights holders the opportunity to set up exhibition tables where they can provide product identification training to law enforcement attendees. This benefit will also be extended to service providers so they may provide participants with the latest brand protection solutions.

The 2014 Conference will provide participants with the following key benefits:
  • Will increase effectiveness to combat intellectual property crime
  • Provide the tools required to design, implement and/or strengthen brand protection programs
  • Highlight best practices for working with law enforcement agencies and service providers
  • Develop stronger strategic and tactical international partnerships and networks
  • Gain confidence by learning real cases shared by IP Crime experts and practitioners
  • Provide the opportunity to develop operational partnerships with UL, other rights holders and law enforcement agencies to undertake joint IP crime investigations, enforcement projects and training initiatives.”

William J. Kane, Chief Executive of The Label Printers thinks that the conference has value to a wide range of organizations and companies interested in the latest information on brand protection.  “Between the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we always hear really interesting information about cases they’re prosecuting. The FBI is deeply engaged in the investigation and prosecution of [counterfeiting] criminals, and they emphasize how the buyers of counterfeit goods fund terrorists and organized crime. We heard about a really interesting case involving Nike shoes where the counterfeiter’s excuse was ‘I didn’t know’ – which worked the first time, but not the second.”  He feels that there are always really excellent speakers at the event, such as Therese Randazzo who is the Director of IPR Policy and Programs with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, whose speech at the conference opening on “Effective Enforcement Strategies – Working With Customs and Border Protection” highlighted Customs’ herculean task of inspecting 250,000 packages every day.

Said Campbell about her Round Table, “The workshops and roundtables allowed attendees to engage further with one another on various topics.  My roundtable discussion was one of facing operational realities and how to increase the buy-in from departments within one’s organization.”

About the conference in general, Campbell said “It’s clear that UL’s influence in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting continues to grow, as evidenced by the increasing number of brand owners in attendance that aren’t UL’s direct customers.  UL’s Brand Protection Summit continues to improve every year.  I felt there was a distinctly practical approach to all of the key presentations offered to attendees – geared towards educating rights holders on everything from training to Customs inspection and clearance process to investigations to litigation of criminal and civil cases.”

Conference participants included brand owners such as Altria; solution providers such as The Label Printers and; government and law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Interpol, Europol, the FBI, and Homeland Security; and many other intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting experts.

Mark Andy Print Products introduces experienced sales support

Mark Andy Print Products is proud to announce the hiring of Joseph Ray as a Technical Flexo Specialist. Joe comes to the job with nearly twenty-five years’ experience in the print and packaging industry as well as a long-standing track record of success in B2B sales. He has an aptitude for identifying business opportunities and emerging technologies as well as an intuitive knack for forming lasting partnerships between companies.

Joe has spent his career selling flexographic printing products and equipment and comes to Mark Andy Print Products with extensive knowledge of print consumables and the printing industry. He is also skilled in technical support and problem-solving, giving him the edge necessary to match pressrooms with the perfect consumables for their unique needs.

After nearly a twenty-year run as Territory Manager for Pitman Company in Bloomingdale, IL, Joe worked as the Director of Business Development - Emerging Technologies for All Printing Resources Inc. where he was responsible for developing strong relationships with manufacturers and customers.

”We are excited to have Joe join us. He has such a passion for the industry and forming strong partnerships. He will complement our mission to be the total solutions partner in the label and packaging industry,” stated Joe Calmese, Director of Flexo Consumables.

MAPP continues to evaluate and review additional consumable and supply offerings for converters in North America, and will continue to expand our team of qualified technicians. The MAPP Flexo Team looks forward to supporting the industry in effective and efficient ways.

QuadTech announces partnership with the Gallus Group

QuadTech announced a new partnership with the Gallus Group to provide QuadTech closed-loop color control and color measurement systems for its offset, flexo and gravure presses. Utlizing QuadTech technology, Gallus customers can now quicken make-ready and offer ultimate print quality and productivity, with in-line color management.

With a typical ROI of less than two years, QuadTech color control systems are now an essential consideration for many web printers looking to meet changing customer requirements and demands for high color standards, with consistent repeatability from run-to-run and site-to-site.

Dr. Thomas Weber, Supplier Relationship Management at Gallus comments, “Gallus has vast market experience and the widest customer base in the label printing industry. However, we recognized the opportunity to partner with QuadTech to provide our customers with state-of-the-art spectral color measurement and color control systems, with the automation to drive further reduction in make-readies and savings in valuable substrate waste.”

Designed for offset printers, the QuadTech Color Control System with SpectralCam provides automated, in-line, closed-loop color control. On-the-fly and at full press speeds, it adjusts ink keys to maintain specified color targets, preventing avoidable waste and operator inaccuracies.

Flexo and gravure printers can also benefit from the QuadTech Color Measurement System with SpectralCam, which enables in-line monitoring of all packaging substrates, including challenging translucent, transparent and reflective films. Color variations are sent to the operator in real-time to change color specifications, eliminating press stoppages and the manual process of removing sections of the web to measure color.

The ability to control color on problematic substrates such as films has been a significant objective for the printing industry. QuadTech has been able to solve this, by utilizing its web stabilizer to remove common issues of web movement and substrate corrugation. The QuadTech web stabilizer measures substrates over a certified BCRA ceramic tile, for a constant known backing, and momentarily stabilizes a small surface area of the substrate with a high pressure vacuum. This enables accurate color measurement on very thin, transparent and translucent films – ideal for self-adhesive labels, monofoil labels, wet-glue and laminates.

Stephan Doppelhammer, QuadTech Market Manager for Packaging, says, “Gallus and QuadTech are perfectly aligned in the drive to create solutions that maximize customer benefits and profitability. We are delighted to offer a faster way for Gallus customers to achieve and maintain perfect color, for guaranteed high-quality output, optimal performance, cost savings and fast ROI.”

QuadTech introduced the technology to the Gallus’s worldwide sales force during the world sales meeting and will showcase the SpectralCam systems at Gallus Innovation Days, September 23rd-25th 2014.

Xeikon Receives Prestigious 2014 InterTech Technology Award for its Breakthrough ICE Toner

Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that it has received the prestigious 2014 InterTech (TM) Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America (PIA) for its breakthrough ICE toner, which is specifically designed for heat-sensitive substrates, such as Polyethylene (PE) face stocks, thermal transfer labels and In Mold labels (IML).

The InterTech Technology Awards recognize ground-breaking technologies that are predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. According to PIA, more than 80 percent of the technologies that have received this award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. The PIA is the largest graphical arts trade association, representing an industry with about 1 million employees and thousands of member companies.

Xeikon's ICE toner was selected based on its innovative attributes for printing on heat-sensitive substrates and the likelihood of advancing the performance of the graphic communications industry. InterTech Award recipients will be recognized at the Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards gala on Sept. 28, in Chicago, IL.

Xeikon has received the InterTech Award multiple times in the past. Most recently, Xeikon had received the award in 2012 for its Xeikon X-800 VariLane technology, which allows label converters to create digital imposition templates for labels of different SKUs, and different sizes, within the same print run, thereby reducing material waste and increasing productivity.

"This is a great honor and a huge credit to our entire organization, from research and development to sales," said Todd Blumsack, Xeikon's VP of Sales and Marketing - North America. "All of our innovations, including the ICE toner, are customer-driven. Label converters wanted dry toner technology to be capable of printing on heat sensitive substrates, while retaining our 1200x3600 dpi imaging resolution, full rotary imaging, food safety and the capability to print on conventional substrates without the need for any pre-treatment. We're extremely happy to see that the judges have recognized our efforts."

Based on Xeikon's proven QA toner technology, the ICE toner is perfectly compatible with all the press models of the Xeikon 3000 Series of label and packaging presses.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dscoop Annual Conference call for speakers is open

Do you have solutions that are bold, breakthrough and brilliant? Be a part of Dscoop’s 10th Annual Conference education program! The Dscoop Annual Conference brings together 2,000+ of the best HP Graphic Arts users, digital print professionals and industry partners under one roof for three days of learning, networking and fun!

We’re looking for education sessions on a variety of topics, experience levels and non-traditional formats that will leave participants armed with actionable solutions for achieving their business objectives. If you or someone you know is ready to step up and step outside of the box to deliver a bold, breakthrough and brilliant session, we want to hear from you!

Hosting an education session at the Dscoop conference is a unique opportunity to position yourself as an expert and extend your reach to new audiences - including business owners and managers, press operators, and sales and marketing employees. Plus, it’s the best way to share your do’s and don’ts with fellow HP Graphic Arts users!

The Dscoop Annual Conference call for speakers is now open.

The Labeltape Group installs Epson SurePress

Epson America, Inc. today announced that The Labeltape Group, Inc. has purchased and installed the Epson SurePress L-4033AW for its label printing services. The Labeltape Group owns and operates two label printing companies – Labeltape in Caledonia, Mich. and A-Flex Label in Willowbrook, Ill. The Epson SurePress is installed at the A-Flex facility, producing labels for both locations that serve a broad range of markets, including medical, food, industrial, specialty, wine, and personal care. A-Flex features a list of capabilities and services offered using the Epson SurePress and its other press solutions on its website.

“Up until now we have run flexo presses in both locations, which lends itself nicely to medium and larger-run jobs. However, the industry has changed dramatically over the past several years, and we were seeing a greater need for a digital solution that would produce shorter-run jobs with quick turnaround and higher color quality,” said Tom Carroll, president, The Labeltape Group. “We started our search for a digital solution and knew of a couple other shops that had purchased a SurePress. We evaluated all the solutions available, from the low end table top presses to the high end expensive solutions, and found the Epson SurePress to provide a robust offering with a great value proposition, and something that fit within our price point.”

Designed for prime label converters and commercial printers, the Epson SurePress L-4033AW is an easy to operate seven-color inkjet digital label press with White ink that makes high-quality, short-run label printing easier and more efficient, even on clear and metallic substrates. Delivering exceptional print quality and accurate color reproduction, as well as innovative printing features, the L-4033AW is a cost-effective and reliable solution that allows printers to expand their service offerings and improve profitability.

“One of the great things about the SurePress that is unlike other offerings is its demonstrated ability to print on almost any substrate it’s presented with – so far there hasn’t been anything it hasn’t been able to do well, and with great accuracy and color registration,” said Carroll. “We also purchased the DC330-Mini from Grafisk Maskinfabrik – a digital finishing machine that couples perfectly with the SurePress, providing a fully integrated converting line for labels. This combination gives us the ability to do great short-run work for our clients.”

In addition, driving the SurePress L-4033AW is the included Wasatch RIP and Print Management Software. The Wasatch SoftRIP is a sophisticated RIP solution designed to save time and money by including superior color management options, efficient layout features, powerful workflow tools, variable data printing, and contour cutting, all while producing excellent quality color. “The Wasatch software that comes with the press, is simple to navigate and it has a very diverse range of applications,” said Curtis Feipel, A-Flex’s Epson SurePress operator. “The greatest attribute of Wasatch though is its seamless communication with the Epson SurePress.”

Whether it’s with existing customers or a new client, the SurePress offers Labeltape a way to introduce brands to short-run capabilities, and as they grow, move into higher speeds and larger runs with their flexo offerings. “As we’ve shifted our shorter-run flexo work to the Epson, our customers are noticing the difference in color quality and asking what’s changed,” continued Carroll. “And just as Epson promised, we can compose a job, load the printer and walk away – it has the ability to monitor itself, saving us man hours of someone having to stand right next to it.”

Additional Epson SurePress features include:
  • High Quality Labels: Epson’s acclaimed MicroPiezo® ink jet technology with variable-size droplets as small as three picoliters provides ultra-precise drop formation and placement to deliver smooth gradations, remarkable color quality, and sharp detail for easy bar code readability, plus crisp small type and line work
  • Industrial Quality Inks: Seven-color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Orange, Green, and White), durable, water-based, resin-coated pigment inks provide superior adhesion and reproduce a wide range of colors
  • Versatile Substrate Support: Prints on a range of standard, off-the-shelf materials including gloss, semi-gloss, matte, film, and clear, and metallic substrates
“We are proud to work with companies like the Labeltape Group that are dedicated to providing superior labeling and packaging solutions to its customers,” said Mark Elsbernd, North America region sales manager, Epson America. “The SurePress L-4033AW was designed to print short-run, high-quality labels on various substrates, which gives Labeltape the ideal, most cost-effective solution for creating prime labels for their clients.”

In addition to the SurePress L-4033AW and L-4033A without White ink, Epson also recently expanded its digital label press product line with the introduction of the Epson SurePress L-6034VW and L-6034V – Epson’s first single-pass industrial presses, the first to use Epson’s new PrecisionCore™ linehead technology, and the first to use Epson’s new LED-cured UV ink with in-line digital varnish technology.

Microscan welcomes new regional sales director for Asia-Pacific

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces that Eu-Gene Ng has joined Microscan in the position of Regional Sales Director for the Asia-Pacific region.

Ng joins the Microscan management team reporting to Scott Summerville, President. In his role, Ng will have responsibility for all sales and applications engineering activities for Microscan in Southeast Asia, South Korea, India, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Ng has 18 years of experience in the electronics industry including sales, sales management, and product management. For the past 14 years he worked with Kemet Corporation, a global passive electronic component company. Ng has also worked with Panasonic and Rohm Electronics. Ng has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He will be based in Singapore where he currently resides.

“Eu-Gene is a very people and collaboration-oriented leader with strong analytical skills. His experience in the electronics industry as well as his dual background in sales and product management will position him well at Microscan,” said Summerville. “I am looking forward to working with Eu-Gene and having him lead our team in this important region of the world for Microscan.”

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.

Polyonics Introduces new black and TrueWhite laser markable label materials (LML)

Polyonics has introduced new black and TrueWhite laser markable label materials (LML), tested to the GMW 14573 and GM 6121M performance requirements for automotive under-the-hood label applications. These unique materials can be easily ablated by a wide variety of low power lasers, provide flexible, high temperature alternatives to polyester and acrylic LMLs and are more durable than traditional thermal transfer printed label materials.

Polyonics new family of laser markable label materials represents the next generation label technology for high temperature and harsh environment automotive ID and tracking applications. The LML materials are available in black (XF-670) and TrueWhite (XF-671 and XF-672) versions. They include high temperature polyimide films, durable cross linked polymer coatings, low surface energy (LSE) pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) and liners for ease of handling and die cutting. The LML materials can be easily ablated by most low power CO2, YAG, fiber diode, UV and Vanadate lasers with the aggressive PSAs adhering to a wide variety of surfaces including metals, plastics, ceramics and resins.

High Temperature Alternative to Polyester and Acrylic LML Materials
The Polyonics polyimide LML products provide a higher temperature and more flexible alternative to the polyester (PET) and acrylic LML products currently used in automotive LML applications today. Polyimide is the number one choice for label applications involving exposure to high temperatures and harsh chemicals allowing the Polyonics LML products to provide a higher degree of dimensional stability and have greater resistances to harsh chemicals than polyester (PET) and acrylic LML materials. In addition, the Polyonics LML materials do not exhibit the same brittleness associated with acrylic LML materials.

Superior to Thermal Transfer Printed Labels
The weak link in traditional thermal transfer printed labels (TTP) tends to be the ink. This is particularly true in automotive under-the-hood applications due to the high temperatures, harsh chemicals and high levels of abrasion. The Polyonics LML products have been tested to the GMW 14573 and GM 6121M label performance requirements. The results of this rigorous testing show the LML materials provide high temperature, chemical and abrasion resistances as well as superior weatherability when compared to thermal transfer label materials.

LML Features and Benefits
  • Flexible, high temperature alternate to PET and acrylic LMLs for harsh environments
  • No overlaminates required due to enhanced abrasion resistance versus TTP labels
  • Increased long term durability compared to TTP label materials for harsh applications
  • Easily ablated by low power CO2, YAG, UV, Vanadate and fiber diode lasers
  • Produces high definition 2D and linear bar code images and alpha-numeric characters
  • Black (XF-670) and TrueWhite (XF-671 and XF-672) LML options available
  • Low surface energy PSAs with liners for ease of handling and die cutting
  • Tested to the GMW 14573 and GM 6121M under-the-hood automotive label performance requirements
  • Rework and/or re-positioning of laser marked images
  • XF-670 offers antistatic (10^4 to 10^9 Ohms) feature and low peel voltage (<100v)
  • Halogen free, REACH and RoHS compliant 
Polyonics manufactures high performance polymeric materials for harsh environments. These include printable and laser markable label materials, single and double coated engineered tapes and flexible substrates with highly reflective and printable top coats. Polyonics materials are used by OEMS and specialty die-cut converters worldwide. The ultra-thin polyimide, polyester and aluminum materials are designed expressly for high temperatures and harsh environments plus provide flame retardant and static dissipative performances for electronics, automobile, aerospace and medical components.

Pressure sensitive tapes market worth 50 billion square meters by 2018 says a new research report at ReportsnReports.com

Worldwide demand for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape is projected to exceed 50 billion square meters by 2018. This represents a considerable improvement over the 2008-2013 period, which included the recent global economic slowdown. As tape technologies continue to improve, they will take additional market share away from non-PSA tapes, standalone adhesives, staples, and other mechanical fasteners in packaging and other applications.

Carton sealing tapes to benefit from increases in manufacturing activity
Strong demand in the dominant carton sealing tape segment will be bolstered by overall increases in manufacturing activity, including in the key processed food and beverage market, which is the largest single user of corrugated boxes and the tapes used to seal them. The turnaround in manufacturing activity will be most significant in North America and Western Europe, two of the largest regional tape markets. The growing popularity of online shopping will result in more direct shipping of purchases to consumers, boosting tape demand.

Strong opportunities will also lie in the electrical and electronic, double-sided, and medical tape segments, although these applications are considerably smaller. Tapes demand will benefit from continued growth in electronics production, although the more salient dynamic within that market will be the continued shift of activity to the Asia/Pacific region; and within the region, a shift to new manufacturing sites in Vietnam and other countries. Double-sided bonding tapes will further supplant alternative joining and sealing techniques in a host of industrial applications, while PSA medical and surgical tapes are expected to continue to replace traditional bandages in some medical procedures.

Asia/Pacific region to remain largest market, lead gains
In Asia/Pacific, the largest regional markets will exhibit the fastest gains due to large and growing manufacturing industries. China and other rapidly developing Asian economies are not expected to replicate the potent growth of the past decade, but will continue to outpace the rest of the world. Overall, the fastest growth will be seen in India, China, and Indonesia. In particular, China alone will account for close to half of global pressure sensitive tape market volume gains in the forecast period. Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and the Africa/Mideast region will also experience healthy growth, though advances will stem from much lower base levels.

North America and Western Europe, where markets are more established, are both expected to register slower growth than the global average. More significant, though, is the extent to which the market in each region will improve, coming off declines in manufacturing and construction activity, which contributed to a sluggish market for tape.

The US, which accounted for about 18 percent of sales volume in 2013, will remain the second largest national pressure sensitive tape market in the world, after China. Other large, but generally mature markets include Japan and Germany. Nonetheless, good opportunities will still be found in developed countries, especially for technical tapes, due to the development of newer specialty applications such as conductive adhesive tapes for use in telecommunications equipment.

This study analyzes the global pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA, or selfadhesive) tape market. Products covered include single- and double-coated tapes with plastic, paper, cloth, rubber, and other (e.g., glass fabric, foam, foil, and nonwoven materials) backings and/or release liners.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

225 plus exhibitors confirmed for PrintPack 2015

The Indian printing and packaging market is expanding by leaps & bounds. In the fast growth of Indian economy, the printing industry too has to play its part to sustain the growth. In recent times amazing production capacities have been created. New benchmarks set up in quality as a result of huge investments in technology, machinery, honing of manpower and joining hands globally. Print Pack India is a unique platform for the industry showcasing today, tomorrow’s technology and equipment.

Looking forward to the show, PrintPack 2015 is all set to be a major success and likely to exceed expectations. It is forecasted to become a much larger show than all previous editions. As per the last released a list of confirmed exhibitors, more than 225+ exhibitors have already registered for PrintPack 2015 that will be hosted from 11-15 February at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida.

Print Pack India 2015 is one of the Asia’s biggest exhibitions, where not only Indian companies but world’s majors into printing and allied machinery mark their presence. Some of the major exhibitors who have confirmed their presence at the show are Autoprint, Bobst India, Kurz India, Kohli Graphic Systems, Muller Martini, Multitec Aids, Innovative Flexotech, Webtech Engineering Sona Commercial and others. India’s pioneering magazine for the labels, converting and package decoration industry - Labels India - is the media partner for Print Pack India 2015. 

Diversified Labeling Solutions moves to a new space

Diversified Labeling Solutions, Inc., a leading converter of pressure sensitive labels sold through distributors in a wide range of industries including: logistics, packaging, medical, consumer goods, industrial and distribution, has announced it will move its office and manufacturing facility from its current location in Reno, NV to new, larger quarters in the same city. The move is effective July 14, 2014.

According to Diversified’s CEO, Jim Kersten, the move was necessitated by significant growth the company has realized in the last few years. "As our products and solutions have become better known in the industry; demand has quickly risen" said Kersten. "Our new office and manufacturing space is 130% percent larger than our previous facility and offers a more efficient layout. It will support our continued growth and expansion, and provide a better work environment for current and future staff. It underscores our ongoing commitment to both our customers and our employees."

The new 34,625 square foot facility will enable Diversified to more than double its Reno manufacturing and distribution space in order to better serve its West Coast distributor clients. Kersten further said the building's close proximity to Interstate highways and major shipping companies like UPS and FEDEX will also benefit customers and employees.

Diversified Labeling Solutions, Inc. prides itself in partnering exclusively with label distributors. The company understands that its success is based on its clients’ success and values the long term relationships it enjoys with its distributor base. DLS is committed to investing in new equipment, technologies, systems and personnel. By staying on top of key industry trends and always focused on growth, the company remains ahead of the business curve, and that means their clients do as well. The DLS motto is "We Only Succeed When You Do." The company lives by that motto every day as it works diligently to support clients’ efforts and help them capitalize on label selling opportunities.

LabelLock achieves ISO 17712 certification

ISO17712 LabelLock tamper proof tape croppedLabelLock, the world renowned brand of security labels, has achieved the ultimate security certification that is ISO 17712:2013. “As a result of recent upgrades to in-house security systems, and further investment in chemistry and design, the decision to move towards certification of the new security seals standard was an easy one”, said Adrian Steele, managing director of Midlands-based Security Labels International, part of the Mercian Labels Group.

“As a business, we are completely committed to the integrity and quality of our indicative security labels, and are constantly seeking ways in which we can improve, and demonstrate our determination to manufacture a world class product. The LabelLock brand is the envy of the industry, so it seemed only natural to underline its popularity in the security sector with the benchmark security certification,” he added.

LabelLock is designed to ensure that nothing is added to or removed from packages or secure areas, and is often used to determine the secure integrity of aircraft, vehicles, buildings as well as panels, cabinets and street furniture.

‘We are completely dedicated to providing our international client base with the best product available’ added Hugo Gell, Sales Director. ‘ISO17712 adds value to the product and confidence for our customers. Security cannot be compromised. There are too many poor quality seals available in the marketplace, too much potential for counterfeiting. LabelLock is designed to perform better in every respect, lending reassurance to anyone who comes into contact with the leading brand of security seals.’

In what is believed to be an industry first, the full range of Label Lock security labels and tapes are now available to conform to the latest ISO17712:2013 “I” standard for  Indicative seals, and are said to be the only security label and tape products worldwide manufactured to the new standard.

Security Labels International chose to update and improve the physical security at its manufacturing plant in Staffordshire as well as undertaking 100% security vetting of all staff to meet the new standard.  New tamper evidence testing protocols were also been developed to systematically test product quality, and further improvements made in design and tamper evident performance to meet the exacting new standard.

The accreditation was only achieved following an external inspection by independent auditors who tested conformance of the products and business processes to the new standard as part of the company’s existing UKAS accredited ISO9001:2008 quality assurance certification.

LabelLock is available worldwide through a carefully selected network of distributors, and is used by governments, police, transportation, chemical, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Xeikon to demonstrate industry's widest range of digital solutions for labels and packaging at Labelexpo Americas 2014

Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, will have a major presence at Labelexpo Americas 2014, showcasing a range of press models and applications designed to help label and packaging converters grow their business.

Labelexpo Americas, the industry's premier trade show for label and package printing in North and South America, will be held from Sept. 9-11, 2014, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Xeikon is exhibiting at booth #6135 in Hall F. Xeikon will also hold a press conference on the opening day of the show to make a series of exciting product announcements.

Xeikon's presence at Labelexpo includes the following highlights:
  • Demonstrations of unique pressure-sensitive label applications for several different vertical markets at its booth.
  • Strong presence at the Package Printing Workshop, where experts will show how to produce folding cartons using digital technology.
  • Broad array of samples and collateral that highlight its solutions for in-mold labeling (IML) and heat transfer applications.
  • Demonstrations of its ThermoFlexX digital platemaking systems for the flexographic market.
Furthermore, Xeikon experts will be available throughout the show to discuss the capabilities of digital printing technology and the distinctive attributes of Xeikon 3000 Series of presses. The Xeikon 3000 Series represents the widest range of digital label and packaging presses available on the market today, with entry-level as well as high-productivity models. All the entry-level models can be field-upgraded to higher-productivity models as the user's business grows.

In partnership with its Xeikon Aura partners, the company also offers a series of complete solution suites for specific applications, including pressure-sensitive labels, folding cartons, IML and heat transfer labels. The Xeikon Aura partners include leading suppliers of print media, equipment, software and consumables.

"Whether you are looking to make a foray into digital printing, or you're already established and are looking to grow your digital business further, we've got insights and innovations to share that you won't want to miss," said Todd Blumsack, Xeikon's VP of Sales and Marketing - North America. "Over the past few years we've significantly grown our portfolio of digital solutions for labels and packaging, and we encourage converters and brand owners alike to come check out what's new."

Seikodo Company Ltd. installs first nyloflex APP in Japan

In April 1959, the tradeshop Seikodo Company Ltd. was officially founded in Chuo City, a region in the East of Tokyo. However, the Japanese company has been producing stamps long before that time. In those days, stamps were engraved in laborious handwork by skilful specialists. Only after investing in a laser engraving system, the production could switch to rubber printing plates. Cast-molding for rubber material was implemented in 1970, and in 1980 they started with processing liquid-polymer and solid plates. In October 1984, Seikodo installed the first flexo CTP system in Japan, and in February 1985, the era of digital flexo prepress began for the company.

Since then the company has grown constantly. Over time, production sites were founded, and in the year 2006, the headquarters were moved to the Chuo-ku district in Tokyo. There, and at the three additional sites in Chiba, Maebashi, and Oyama, about 100 employees serve clients not only in Japan, but also in China, Korea and Taiwan. More than 80% of the customers are in the corrugated business, many of them in the preprint area. An additional 15% are supplied with ITR technology or plates which are already mounted on sleeves, and the remaining percentage of printing plates is sold to customers in the solid segment, particularly for printing beverage packaging, labels, etc.

Seikodo has every intention to offer their customers top quality and precision at all times. This ambition is also mirrored by the company name: SEI implies preciseness, KO stands for constancy and DO means production company. As a consequence, it is extremely important for the enterprise to always be technically up-to-date. This is the reason why they decided at the end of 2013, to acquire a nyloflex Automated Plate Processor (APP) of the latest generation.

With the nyloflex APP, Flint Group has developed a fully automated processing line with premium equipment, as well as outstanding productivity and consistency, including a washer, dryer and light finisher. The efficient automation and advanced level of standardisation leads to a considerably improved plate and printing quality. Waste and failure rates can be minimised, effecting significant cost savings. The high performance processing line has a capacity of up to 110 printing plates/295 m² per day. Across all tested plates, the nyloflex APP shows a significant reduction of the processing time of more than 35% compared with stand alone devices. The productivity can be increased by 25%, thus reducing labour costs.

In terms of standardisation, automation is a big step forward, which enables trade shops and printers to minimise process tolerances. At the same time, mistakes can be reduced with the result of a lower complaint rate and reduced costs. The user friendly handling enables an easy control of all operations.

“Especially because of its efficiency and high level of standardisation, we decided for the nyloflex APP“, states Kenji Shimazaki, President and CEO of Seikodo. “Flint Group offers printing plates of excellent quality and is on an outstanding technological level. That’s why we want to further intensify the good cooperation between our businesses“.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nilpeter Asia Pacific Selling TruPoint Doctor Blades and Wash-Up Products in Southeast Asia

Flexo Concepts has announced that Nilpeter Asia Pacific is now representing the TruPoint line of doctor blades and wash-up products to all printing markets throughout much of Southeast Asia. A close partnership with Flexo Concepts began earlier this year when Nilpeter started shipping all new FB Series press installations worldwide with the TruPoint Orange doctor blade.

The current agreement includes TruPoint doctor blades, the QuikWash System and wash-up blades in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Local support is provided through service outlets in Indonesia and Vietnam as well as Nilpeter's regional headquarters in Thailand.

Flint Group launches two new UV Led rotary screen whites

Flint Group Narrow Web North America has commercialized two new Uv Led Rotary Screen Whites to compliment the already industry leading innovative products included in the Ecocure brand. This first-ever technology is a leading product for our industry. This product is best known for its exceptional ability to be used in combination with multiple ink technologies.

Flint Group now introduces two new UV Led Rotary Screen whites – available are…
  • A “first down” UV Led rotary screen white with improved adhesion to many newer films in the marketplace today.  Along with its outstanding opacity and whiteness, this opaque white cures and prints smoothly at higher speeds than traditional products.
  • A “second down” white, which is used when a white is needed in a print sequence that is “trapped” between other print layers.  This white will print over UV flexo colours and then be able to be printed upon by other print technologies and will yield good print quality along with excellent adhesion and scratch resistance under severe test conditions.
These new Ecocure products are currently only available in the North American region.

In September 2013, Flint Group Narrow Web won the Award for Innovation at The Label Industry Global Awards in Brussels for its Ecocure 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 Ecocure 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 Ecocure 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.

FSEA Offers White Paper: An Initial Study into the Impact of High-Visibility Enhancements on Shelf Presence

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has released a white paper detailing an initial study on the effect of high-visibility enhancements on consumer purchasing behavior. As noted in the white paper, the study showed clear advantages to foil stamping on packaging, in terms of attracting attention faster and retaining attention on packaging longer than identical packages without foil stamping.

Processes that increase visibility, stimulate attraction, hold attention and convey an image of value are known as high-visibility enhancements. The list of high-visibility enhancements incorporates several processes, including foil stamping, embossing, specialty UV coatings and metallic finishes. At the recent FSEA·IADD Joint Conference in Milwaukee, WI, Dr. Andrew Hurley unveiled the results of the first study developed to observe the effects of high visibility enhancements and test the hypothesis that embellished packaging would increase attention to the product when compared to the same product without enhancements. Dr. Hurley is a professor at Clemson University and leads the CUshop Consumer Experience Laboratory.

The CUshop Consumer Experience Laboratory at Clemson's Sonoco Institute utilizes a four-step research process to improve sales based on brand packaging. For this study, three separate packaged product categories were analyzed and tested through eye-tracking methods over a three-day period. The results of the study were revealed for the first time at the FSEA·IADD Joint Conference, and the white paper now is available to those wishing to encourage the use of packaging enhancements, including foil stamping.

For more information or to request the white paper, visit www.fsea.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tharstern targets rapid growth after MBO sale

Tharstern Ltd, a pioneering specialist software house with over 550 worldwide installations, has been sold in a management buy-out (MBO) for an undisclosed sum. The people at Tharstern behind the deal are Managing Director Keith McMurtrie, Technical Director Antony Lord and Sales Director Lee Ward. They are supported by a combined debt and equity package from Mobeus Equity Partners.

The three have acquired a significant ownership stake in the business and will retain direct day-to-day running of the business in their current roles after the purchase from the family of the original founder, who originally set up Tharstern 30 years ago.

Tharstern Ltd has a £4million turnover and employs 46 people, of whom 30 work from the headquarters at Colne, Lancashire, in the UK, with the rest field-based. Tharstern will remain in its 10,000 sq ft recently refurbished premises.

Mr McMurtrie said: “This is fantastic news for Tharstern, our loyal staff and customers, many of whom have been with the company for many years and who are vital to our continued success going forwards. The deal will provide security and continuity, and ensures that Tharstern retains its brand and identity as a recognised world leader within the printing and allied industries.”

He added: “This move retains our independence and gives us even greater confidence for the future. It also gives us an even stronger platform for rapid growth in what we know is an expanding market.  Mobeus has proved itself to be a supportive investment partner and we will be working together to invest in Tharstern and continue the development of our market-leading product suite.”

Tharstern Ltd, which has strong ties to all the major printing vendors, has been providing workflow and Management Information Systems (MIS) to the global commercial printing and graphic arts industry for 30 years. It has been at the forefront of innovation, being the first to recognise the importance of many technologies that are now recognised as standard and is entrusted by over 10,000 users worldwide.

Kocher + Beck to offer Lüscher Multi DX UV CTP in the USA and Canada

Kocher + Beck USA L.P are pleased to announce the recently signed agreement with Lüscher Technologies AG, to sell the Multi DX UV CTP systems within the USA and Canada. Lüscher is well known for its high quality precision devices for the electronic imaging of offset and flexographic plates, in addition to textile and screen printing. With more than 2400 installations in 60 different countries, Lüscher is one of the key players in the graphic arts industry.

Kocher + Beck a globally recognized market leader in the field of rotary-die cutting technology introduced its “Tec Screen” silk screen material in 2009, followed by an entire range of equipment and consumables for processing screen plates. “We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to partner with Lüscher” says David Morris. President Kocher + Beck USA, “as such we are able to offer the USA and Canadian markets a complete screen solution, and bring a much needed alternative to all screen consumers within the industry.”

Kocher + Beck will be concentrating on the Lüscher MultiDX UV CTP 220 and 240 systems, which were developed for label printing and applications in industrial printing, as the UV laser diodes allow ultra-fast imaging of all offset and screen print forms.

Efi acquires DirectSmile GmbH

Efi announced that it has acquired DirectSmile GmbH, an award-winning provider of software solutions for cross media marketing automation.Based in Berlin,DirectSmile’s technologies extend Efi’s offerings and will give customers expanded, fully integrated capabilities with data-driven digital print, web, e-mail, social media and mobile marketing workflows.

DirectSmile invented image personalization in 2001 and today makes media personalisation and automation software that streamlines sophisticated marketing and production tasks for corporations, agencies and printing companies.

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, it is not expected to be material to Efi’s Q3 or full year 2014 results. DirectSmile employees, including co-founders and former principals Christoph Schacht and Christoph Clermont, have joined Efi’s Productivity Software Web2Print Solutions Group.

“Web to print is one of the fastest-growing parts of the printing and marketing software segment,” said Gabriel Matsliach, senior vice president and general manager, Efi Productivity Software. “This acquisition gives us the ability to further address this segment with additional, best-in-class variable data and cross media technologies. DirectSmile’s customer base, which has a large proportion of agencies, corporate marketing departments and designers, is also highly complementary to Efi’s core client base, which opens the door to new growth opportunities.”

“Efi has always been a top industry innovator, and we have partnered with Efi on many past projects to help customers bring more value to their variable data and cross media marketing efforts,” said Christoph Schacht, DirectSmile’s co-founder. “Efi is the worldwide leader in digital printing workflow and being a part of the Efi portfolio is a great opportunity to expose our technology to many more companies. DirectSmile customers will be able to achieve higher levels of automated, targeted marketing success as well as gain important new efficiencies through integrations with Efi Fiery digital front ends, Efi Digital StoreFront and other products.”

Efi will continue to develop, sell and support DirectSmile products as standalone software for the agency, enterprise and print industry markets. DirectSmile’s technology also will be integrated into Efi’s web to print and eCommerce offerings, Efi Digital StoreFront. Efi is currently incorporating DirectSmile technology into a new variable-data printing product that will make its debut at the Graph Expo tradeshow in Chicago, September 28-October 1.

Pamex to be held in December 2015 in Mumbai

Pamex once again comes to Mumbai next year. Moving out of Delhi, the tenth edition of the show in 2015 will be hosted in Mumbai from 9 to 12 December 2015. The last Pamex held in Mumbai was in the year 2006.

This announcement was made during the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) governing council meeting in Sivakasi. To ensure a professional show, the ninth edition of Pamex hosted in 2013 at the India Expo Centre & Mart, NCR Delhi was co-organised by Tafcon. This edition will be co-organised by Print-Packaging.com along with the AIFMP.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Color-Logic moves Design Suite to HTML5 Architecture

Color-Logic - developer of the Process Metallic Color System has announced that in August it will convert its Color-Logic Design Suite to HTML5 architecture. Announcing the conversion, Color-Logic Chief Technical Officer Richard Ainge said: "When our Design Suite was developed, it was based on Adobe Flash. With the move of Adobe Creative Suite to the cloud, we are converting to the latest HTML5 architecture. The conversion is expected to be transparent to Color-Logic users."

Developed for brand managers, product managers, corporations and advertising agencies, the Process Metallic Color System gives licensees the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition by simplifying the design and print production process and implementing eye-catching decorative effects into their branded products and associated collateral. The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure processes. It is ideal for labels, shrink sleeves, packaging, pouches, and much more.

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. 

Huhtamaki to acquire Positive Packaging for Rs 2,009 crores (EUR 247 million / USD 336 million)

Huhtamaki has entered into an agreement to acquire Positive Packaging, a privately owned flexible packaging company with nine manufacturing facilities in India and the United Arab Emirates as well as significant business in Africa and other export markets. With the acquisition Huhtamaki continues to implement its strategy of quality growth and strengthens its position in the fast-growing emerging markets.

"I am extremely pleased to announce this acquisition," says Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj. "It further enhances our position in India and provides us with much improved access to the fast growing markets of Africa and Middle East. Many of our global customers are investing heavily to grow in these markets, and now we are even better resourced to help them grow."

The annual net sales of the business to be acquired are approximately Eur 220 million and it employs approximately 2,500 people in India and UAE as well as in the sales offices in seven countries. Huhtamaki will acquire Positive Packaging for a debt free purchase price of Eur 247 million (USD 336 million). The business will become part of Huhtamaki's Flexible Packaging business segment.

"Together with Positive Packaging Huhtamaki will become a leading flexible packaging provider in the fast-growing emerging markets," says Shashank Sinha, Executive Vice President, Flexible Packaging. "With the acquisition we expand our flexibles manufacturing into Middle East and double our sales in Africa with an unmatched footprint," he continues. "In addition, Positive Packaging's expertise in high quality printing and cylinder making, as well as their strong focus on innovations are a perfect fit for Huhtamaki's growth strategy."

Part of the Enpee group of companies with nine manufacturing facilities in India and the UAE as well as significant business in Africa and other export markets, Positive Packaging was set up two decades ago and had embarked on a successful route right since its inception. PPIL manufactures multi-layer laminated, printed, and metallised films using bi-axially-oriented poly-propylene, polyester film, and aluminium foil. It also manufactures rotogravure-printing cylinders and laser-engraved printing cylinders, metallised films and cast poly-propylene (CPP) films. It might be of interest to know that Positive Packaging had acquired Bengaluru-based label printing firm SGRE Labels in 2012. 

The transaction is subject to the approval of competition authorities and other regulators and it is expected to be finalized in the fall.

With its head office in Espoo, Finland, Huhtamaki Group is a leading manufacturer of consumer and specialty packaging with 2013 net sales totaling Eur 2.3 billion. Foodservice and consumer goods markets are served by approximately 14,400 people in 61 manufacturing units and several sales offices in 30 countries.