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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Topflight Goes Hybrid with DICEweb Inkjet Engine

Topflight Corporation, an industry leading label printer and specialty converter, is the latest company to install a DICEweb color inkjet system from Prototype & Production Systems, Inc (PPSI) of Plymouth, MN. Running at double the speed of many stand-alone digital printers, DICEweb is the new generation of PPSI’s inkjet color engines for adding quality digital color capability to narrow-web presses.

Based in Glen Rock, PA, Topflight has been meeting the needs of demanding customers in the medical device, pharmaceutical and personal care industries for over 60 years. With its experience in combining innovative technology with conventional printing and finishing processes, Topflight turned to PPSI to supply a custom-designed DICEweb system to provide digital printing capability in-line with one of its more than 20 flexographic presses.

DICEweb is a 1-6 color add-on UV inkjet print engine that can be retrofitted to an existing flexographic printing press. Because it mounts on the press, the printer can make use of existing investments in finishing equipment as well as laying down primer, white or varnish with the flexo units. This gives the printer the best of both digital and analog worlds: digital printing for short runs and variable data, accurately registered to conventional flexo printing and inline finishing.

According to Topflight’s Director of Operations, Tonya D. Nye: “We saw the need to go digital because we are getting more customers who want short runs and variable data labels. We looked at some stand-alone printing systems, but we have several million dollars’ investment in dies, so we wanted to be able to print digitally without having to invest in new tooling. The DICEweb system gives us the 4-color digital printing capability we wanted, while making use of one of our custom flexo presses to apply primer and to die-cut.”

Adds Plant Manager Brian Litvak: “Our operators have been through the DICE training and we are getting a good understanding of how to get the most from the system. We’re a lean manufacturing plant, and we’re organizing the workflow to maximize throughput. The printer runs at over 160 feet/minute, which is faster than most digital printers, so getting the set-ups and job queuing right is important.”

Chuck Raymond, President of PPSI commented: “We’re delighted to have Topflight as a customer for our newest product. We added features like an automatic printhead cleaning station with quality-focused users like Topflight in mind, and we are looking forward to a long relationship as our technology develops to keep pace with their needs.”

Topflight Corporation is a privately held, ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified company which manufactures primary and secondary labels, precision die-cut components, shrink sleeves and conductive parts for the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Personal Care, Electronics and Durable Goods industries. Headquartered in Glen Rock, PA, Topflight also has locations in Switzerland, Venezuela and Australia.

Prototype & Production Systems, Inc is a digital printing and custom automation design & manufacturing company based near Minneapolis, MN. In business for over 25 years, PPSI delivers roll-fed and conveyor-based inkjet printing equipment and inks to the printing and packaging industry, and to major brand-owners.

Ingersoll Paper Box benefits from in-house premedia production department running Esko software

Esko announces Ingersoll Paper Box Co., Ltd, a leading folding carton manufacturer based in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, has selected a full suite of its premedia technology to help reduce turnaround times and increase overall control to the prepress process.

Esko’s DeskPack, Plato, Automation Engine, FlexRip, FlexProof, and Color Engine, up and running since March, are helping Ingersoll Paper Box maintain its dedication to continuous improvement, a hallmark of its operating philosophy.

Always moving forward
Evolving toward bigger and better pursuits is part of the company’s DNA. Established in 1922 by CEO Sarah Skinner’s great grandfather, Robert Skinner, Ingersoll Paper Box began as Ingersoll Cone and Paper Box. The company’s initial foray into box manufacturing was to pack the ice cream cones the company made. Sales of the box took off, and the company soon ceased making ice cream cones.

Now, with a staff of 65, Ingersoll Paper Box offers the full range of services necessary to produce high quality folding cartons, with custom and design solutions created using computer-aided design (CAD), printing, die cutting, embossing, and folding/gluing. Today, pharmaceutical packaging represents about 75% of Ingersoll’s product mix. The remaining 25% serves consumer and food packaging.

“When we decided to upgrade our printing press (to a new 41-inch seven-color offset press), we were interested to see if we might change the entire process,” explains Skinner. “If we were going to make a change, we wondered, ‘How about all of it?’ We thought about bringing all premedia in-house and considered if it might be a good solution for us and our customers.”

Deciding that it made complete sense, Ingersoll invested in an Agfa platesetter to complement its new offset press. Along with the press came a new workflow system based upon Esko technology, because it was more user-friendly.

The move to bring premedia in-house was not so much a quality issue for Ingersoll Paper Box—but of economics and speed. Skinner explains, “We are a small run, quick turnaround shop. After reviewing our entire process, we felt moving more in items in house would speed up our process, and offer quicker turn-around time for our customers”.

It was a seamless transition to bring the prepress system in-house. “This software is not only the top level of technology, but it’s also easy to use,” Skinner comments. “A year ago we were afraid to bring the platemaking and pre-media workflow in-house, because we were concerned about how difficult it would be. However, the entire process is very user friendly. We were surprised how quick and easy it was to get up to speed with it.”

Total control of premedia
Turnaround times are reduced and overall control improved, as DeskPack, Plato, Automation Engine, Color Engine, FlexRip, and FlexProof/E, pack a lot of power into the workflow. DeskPack, which operators run in Adobe® Illustrator®, contains a preflight system that tracks down errors early on in the workflow and makes changes and edits, reducing time and costs.

FlexProof provides color-accurate contract proofs, working hand-in-hand with Color Engine color management and ink profiling technology, to create a consistent brand color database across all applications. Color Engine ensures that the final color is accurately represented on the proof, no matter the print process. “Having a color management system in-house, lets us check fingerprinting so that the color control is the same across all our devices and presses,” explains Skinner. “We know that the profile will be perfect for the press used for the particular job.”

Plato makes it easy to step and repeat jobs, bringing optimal plate layout, conserving time and materials. FlexRip, a flexible, device-independent RIP, drives the platesetter, implementing quality control tools to generate plate consistency and accuracy. Automation Engine, which automates all the workflow tasks in the background, delivers simple operation and control.

Bringing prepress house with Esko technology, Ingersoll Paper Box accomplished its goal of getting jobs on press faster. “If there is a correction, it can be done immediately, instead of having to wait for the outside source to fix it,” says Skinner. ‘If there is an artwork change on a repeat job, there is a seamless transition to the new plate being made - there’s no wait time.”

An added benefit, notes Skinner, is that the entire staff’s knowledge about prepress has improved. When prepress was sent outside, it was easy to not pay attention to how the process worked. “Now, everyone’s involved,” Skinner notes. “We see all the work as it runs though the workflow. We have a better understanding about what is supposed to happen. We can talk with our customers and troubleshoot the issue at hand, internally and immediately. There’s a lot more ‘hands on’ with all of our jobs, and with that, comes knowledge. Having the prepress in-house, we now have job ownership and expertise. From my perspective, it is exciting to talk about.”

Save the Date for TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration: An historic once in a lifetime event

Save the date for an historic once in a lifetime event celebrating TAPPI’s 100th Anniversary. The Centennial Celebration, April 18-25, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia is a week-long event highlighted by a Gala dinner on April 20, 2015.  The week’s activities will encompass a wide range of items including a celebration of innovations in the industry and the debut of a coffee table book “Celebrating a Century of Achievement". Cutting edge programming on topics ranging from coating, pulping and papermaking to nanotechnology and nonwovens is being provided by the efforts of multiple TAPPI Divisions for this unique event.

“We’re very excited about the many events planned for TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration next year. This once is a lifetime opportunity celebrates the history, people and accomplishments of the pulp, paper and packaging industry and TAPPI over the last century,” notes Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO.  “This noteworthy event showcasing the proud history of our industry and TAPPI shouldn’t be missed, and I urge one and all to mark the week of April 18-25, 2015 on their calendars and plan to join us in Atlanta for the celebration.”

A year-long series of events beginning January 1, 2015 will celebrate TAPPI's 100th Anniversary and includes outreach events, educational offerings, as well as events at all of TAPPI’s conferences and meetings, showcasing the proud history and promising future of the global pulp, paper, packaging and related industries.  In addition, local PIMA and TAPPI section and student chapters will hold a number of events including a student competition and much more.

Sponsors of the 2015 TAPPI Centennial Celebration include:  ABB, Ashland, BrightKey, Buckman, Cascades Sonoco, Domtar, Dow Chemical Co., FM Global, Georgia-Pacific, GL&V, Green Bay Packaging, Hood Container, Imerys, Ingredion, Jedson Engineering, Kadant Inc., Kruger Inc., MWV, MICA, Nalco, New Page, Optest Equipment Inc., Packaging Corp of America, Penford Products Co., Poyry, SAPPI, Shepard Exhibition Services, Soundview  Paper, Sun Automation Group, Sun Trust Bank, Valmet, Yates, and Wausau.

New 17” Omet XFlex X4 will debut at Labelexpo Americas

Omet celebrates its 13th ongoing participation in Labelexpo Americas with the introduction of the most efficient press in its class, the XFlex X4 in width 17’’ (440 mm). The XFlex X4 offers high efficiency for the everyday converter, by combining Omet’s patented Chilled Impression roll print head design with top-rated electronic equipment, including Omet’s famous “Vision” fully automatic (MD & LD) register control system, twin servo-motors on each printing unit that deliver industry leading label and thin film printing capabilities.  The addition of the extended width to the XFlex X4 project was developed for American printers that want to produce both short/medium runs of labels and long runs of flexible packaging.

Omet has the credentials to be a reliable partner in the American territory with a wide expertise in the printing market and proven high-level technologies plus rapid US-based customer support, including immediate troubleshooting, as well as fast parts and service support from the Omet Americas facility located in Des Plaines, IL.

The XFlex X4 will not be alone at booth #3123.  At its side, an XFlex X6 530 in 10 colors will give proof of its modularity, flexibility and multi-process capabilities, since long considered a benchmark for the printing industry. During the show days, the XFlex X4 will demonstrate the rapidity of changeover and the excellence in self-adhesive label printing for the wine and spirits sector. On the XFlex X6, shrink sleeve printing will alternate with self-adhesive converting to demonstrate the potential of the machine in terms of versatility and highly consistent results.  Both machines deliver outstanding performance on many products to include film printing, self-adhesive, special papers, shrinkable materials, in-mold labels, aluminum and special applications.

Weldon Celloplast Ltd. is Omet’s exclusive agent in India and South East Asia.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Burnishine announces New Deletion Pen for IBF plates

Burnishine Products has announced the immediate availability of a new two-tip deletion pen formulated specifically for use on IBF plates.  Announcing the new product, Burnishine Products President Roger Giza said: "Our new deletion pen for IBF Million DV, Negfast, Eco-T, and Million SR plates is the latest in a Burnishine line which includes deletion pens for Kodak and Fuji plates as well as the very popular CtP1000 deletion pen for most CtP plates.  Burnishine deletion pens effectively remove unwanted images and often eliminate the need to make new plates."

Since 1887, Burnishine Products has manufactured a broad line of pressroom and related chemical products, including plate chemicals, blanket and roller cleaners, fountain solutions, and a line of related cleaning products.  All Burnishine products are manufactured in the United States.

Avery Dennison Q2 Earnings Rise, Tops Estimates

Avery Dennison Corporation announced preliminary, unaudited results for its second quarter ended June 28, 2014. All non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this document are reconciled to GAAP in the attached tables. Unless otherwise indicated, the discussion of the company’s results is focused on its continuing operations, and comparisons are to the same period in the prior year.

“Second quarter results were in line with our overall expectations for both sales and earnings,” said Dean Scarborough, Avery Dennison chairman, president and CEO.

“Pressure-sensitive Materials delivered better-than-expected sales growth, driven by strong volume growth inEurope and the emerging markets. Adjusted operating margin was back above 10 percent, within our long-term target range, and we are on track with our consolidation of operations in Europe,” Scarborough added. “While sales were down modestly for Retail Branding and Information Solutions, reflecting soft market conditions in the U.S., the RBIS team continued to make solid progress against its long-term margin improvement goal, and reported another quarter of strong earnings growth.

Pressure-sensitive Materials (PSM)
  • PSM segment sales increased approximately 6 percent. Within the segment, Label and Packaging Materials sales increased mid-single digits. Combined sales for Graphics, Reflective, and Performance Tapes increased low double digits.
  • Operating margin declined 320 basis points to 7.3 percent primarily due to higher restructuring costs. Adjusted operating margin declined 60 basis points as higher employee-related expenses and the impact of changes in product mix more than offset the benefit of higher volume and productivity initiatives. Transition costs related to the restructuring actions in Europe impacted results by 25 basis points in the quarter. 

Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS)
  • RBIS segment sales decreased approximately 1 percent, with increased demand from Europe-based retailers and brands more than offset by decreased demand from U.S.-based retailers and brands.
  • Operating margin increased 120 basis points to 6.8 percent as the benefit of productivity initiatives more than offset higher employee-related expenses and the impact of lower volume. Adjusted operating margin improved 110 basis points.

QRT Graphique moves its adhesive labels printing business forward with Domino’s N610i digital press

Since it was founded in 1977, new technologies and searching for the optimum way to deliver print have been at the heart of QRT Graphique’s development strategy. The company, which is located on a 10,000 m2 site in the suburbs of Alès, has become one of the major players in the adhesive labels market by increasing investment and developing an unsurpassed know-how that is recognised throughout France.

Every year, QRT Graphique prints tens of millions of labels for its clients – covering the agri-food, Chemical and cosmetics industries – on a dozen production lines that include flexo, typo, offset and screen. However, the print managers had closely been monitoring digital printing as a potential growth driver mainly for short runs.

“For several years, we had been following the evolution of digital presses – in particular those from Domino – waiting for the one that would be a perfect match for our production requirements in terms of productivity,” recalls Christophe Quirantès. “At the start of 2013, we went to see the N610i in Domino’s demonstration centre in Cambridge, England. We ran printing tests on various materials. The results were conclusive, both in terms of the quality printing and the speed of execution.”

QRT Graphique also reviewed other devices, but Christophe is confident they made the right choice: “We knew we could deliver larger runs with the innovative technology developed by Domino compared to the standard digital presses offered by other manufacturers.”

A few months later, the N610i digital press with four colours + white became the first to be installed in France. Says Christophe: “The choice to include white was motivated by the need to print on transparent synthetic gold and silver substrates, whereby white is essential to give correct colour matching. This allows us to get good opacity and it brings out the colours giving the label a vibrant appearance.”

Where short runs of 50 to 10,000 labels were previously associated with digital production, this has now extended to runs of thousands of copies. “With the piezo ink jet technology, we are now looking to replace our rotary typos because the N610i is just as efficient on medium run lengths. We have already printed a run of 400,000 labels in production,” he continues.

Christophe believes that Domino’s piezo ink jet technology is the future for his sector. Furthermore, the QRT printshop can rely on the service and expert advice from Domino to ensure its digital press is always running smoothly and providing valuable input into the development of new products for its customers.

A dramatic reduction in lead times
With digital, the pre-press process is eliminated, which translates into substantially reduced production lead times. And that’s without taking into account the ease and speed of switching from one job to another; all you have to do is send the files to the press to start printing.

Christophe says: “With Domino’s N610i, the labels are already printed by the time we would have finished plating up on the typography press.” The result is that, combined with the productivity of the N610i, which runs at 50 m/min in high definition, digital printing is proving unbeatable when it comes to execution speed. And, that doesn’t include the savings made on waste that is produced during plating up in flexo.

“Since we’re running at a constant speed, it’s easier to organise our production planning and plan ahead,” emphasised Christophe, whose print shop produces around 20 million m2 adhesive labels a year.

A wider market reach
Its first investment in digital allows QRT Graphique to position itself in new markets. For example, with medium size runs of multi-reference labels, the company can now produce the same label, but with different visuals, barcodes or Datamatrix codes. This could not previously have been achieved with flexo printing.

Christophe Quirantès unveils another strength of Domino’s N610i digital ink jet press: “We are attracting new customers, as UV inks produce a screen-printed likeness. It gives the impression of being thicker to the touch, and provides increased abrasion resistance compared to traditional printing. There are a number of sectors where these qualities are extremely important, for example with the transportation of products in boxes and ensuring that the labels are not damaged on arrival.”

The proof is in the product
QRT Graphique’s introduction of digital has even led to modification of the company’s sales policy. Now, when sales personnel visit a prospective customer, they do not spend a lot of time talking about the quality of the new press, and rather ask for a test file and return a printed copy of the label within 48 hours. “This technology is enabling us to get our message across to prospective customers, as they can have their own product in their hands extremely quickly,” adds Christophe Quirantès. “We are bringing something new to the market and differentiating ourselves, which is essential with nearly 300 labels manufacturers in France.”

After an initial expansion drive in 2011, which included acquisition of a print shop and establishment of a sales office in Paris, QRT Graphique is preparing for the next stage. The N610i’s productivity and print quality allows the company to conquer new markets across France during this expansion period, and stand its ground against the competition.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

PrintPack India 2015 surpasses previous record : 26,000 sq. mtr area booked

6 months before to curtain off, 12th Edition of PrintPack India has surpassed the eralier booking record of 11th PrintPack India. If the flow continues for next four months, it is sure to take PrintPack India 2015 to newer heights unachieved before. 

Other side of the coin, outcome of exhibition depends on visitors. Aggressive promotion of exhibition and simultaneous result had already delighted to the exhibitors of previous PrintPack India. Previous efforts and experience will be added advantage to ensure the Massive footfall of visitors in PrintPack India 2015. Dialogues are on with sister associations to mobilize visitors and encourage delegations to visit PrintPack India 2015. Agreements made with fraternity’s overseas associations in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, UAE, US, Germany, Malaysia, Italy, China, Korea and other countries for mobilizing visitors from overseas. For the convenience of visitors, elaborate arrangements have been made for on-line registration etc.

For making the event more purposeful and business oriented, Seminars and Workshops have been planned every day from 11-15 February, 2015 along with NPES and other renowned workshop event organizers. PrintPack India 2015 will showcase the world’s latest technologies. It will be a promising show with great opportunity provider to all segments of the Industry.

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.

For latest information of total participants, layout, service render, tie-ups etc, visit www.printpackipama.com or email: admin@ipama.org.

Tresu Group highlights productivity-boosting ink supply and chambered doctor blade technology at Labelexpo Americas

Tresu Group, the global supplier of flexo technology will present ancillary products that improve ink flow at Labelexpo Americas 2014. Highlights include ink supply systems, chambered doctor blade systems and plate cleaners.

The F10 iCon ink supply system automates ink pressure, viscosity and temperature control in flexo printing machines.   This, in turn, ensures a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate and prevents air from contaminating the ink chamber.

Sealed, pressure-controlled chambered doctor blade systems enable direct, bubble-free transfer of ink / coating to the anilox cells. This ensures a clean, blister-free printed image with fast drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values, whether on paper or film. Also, the automation of ink flow greatly reduces the need for manual intervention during the production run.

Chambered doctor blade systems include the FlexiPrint IMW E-Line, for web widths up to 1800mm (70.8”) and speeds up to 500m/min (1640ft/min); and the closed-cassette FlexiPrint reservoir, which needs no pump and operates at press speeds of up to 300m/min (984ft/min). The E-Line system, including clamp, allows for safe blade changeover in less than two minutes. Tresu’s patented Rubber Seal System ensures an airtight closure, eliminating the chance of leakage and allowing long-term storage of ink, for instance when production is interrupted during weekend shutdowns. 

In addition to ancillary products, Tresu offers flexo coating systems for integration into digital sheet-fed folding carton lines, under its DigitalSolutions division, and custom-built flexo machines via its Solution division.  The Tresu iCoat coating system has been adapted specially for HP Indigo 10000 and HP Indigo 30000 presses. Together, the Tresu and HP systems offer a complete printing folding carton production line - for printing, full surface or selective coating and stacking.

Kodak celebrates manufacturing milestone with the installation of its 20,000th Kodak SquareSpot Thermal Imaging Head

Kodak has reached the installation of its 20,000th award-winning Kodak SquareSpot Thermal Imaging Head, the industry’s gold standard in imaging technology. As the developers of thermal CTP technology, Kodak makes the only CTP Systems that utilize Kodak SquareSpot Imaging Technology, giving customers the competitive advantage needed to reach a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within their operation.

SquareSpot Imaging Technology has been a successful and long-lasting part of Kodak’s portfolio, and the print industry, for almost 20 years. The technology was first introduced as the viable alternative to visible-light CTP systems and today remains the first choice for printers looking for superior imaging technology capable of premium offset print quality. Kodak Trendsetter, Magnus, and Generation News Platesetters with SquareSpot Imaging Technology help to reduce chemistry usage, plate waste, remakes and make-ready times supporting customers’ sustainability goals.

Edwards Brothers Malloy, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers both offset and digital book printing and binding, delivering more than 60 million high-quality books and journals a year. With more than 700 employees at facilities across the U.S and Europe, Edwards Brothers Malloy has selected the Kodak Magnus VLF Platesetter for its diverse organization in order to increase stability and accuracy on both short and long runs.

“We’ve benefited firsthand from Kodak’s technology in both our offset and digital operations. By selecting the Magnus VLF Platesetter with SquareSpot Imaging Technology, we have been able to capitalize on our diversity while reducing our operational complexity,” said Peter Shima, Director of Digital and Prepress Operations, Edwards Brothers Malloy. “Our business is based on agility and adaptability and Kodak helps us keep the quality bar high, productivity streamlined and our customers happy.”

SquareSpot Imaging Technology is adaptable to various Kodak Platesetters, providing customers with multiple size, imaging and automation options. Accuracy in imaging is critical for consistent, repeatable high quality printing and wide color gamut. SquareSpot Technology delivers 10,000 dpi laser-imaging for commercial printing and 5,000 dpi laser-imaging for newspaper printing to provide the most accurate imaging. Competitive imaging technology is typically in the 1,600 dpi range.

“The announcement of the 20,000th Kodak SquareSpot Thermal Imaging Head installation further validates this technology in the industry and places it in the ‘hall of fame’ of print technology,” said Rich Rindo, General Manager, Worldwide Graphics Marketing, and Vice President, Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Film (GECF). “SquareSpot Technology remains one of our most durable technologies, continuing to add value to customers and delivering measurable results.”

As a long-time customer of Kodak, the company also owns several Kodak Nexpress Digital Presses and uses Kodak Prinergy Workflow software across its facilities.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

InnoMark Communications Targeting Efficiency in Comprehensive Production with EFI Radius Software

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, announced that InnoMark Communications has selected EFI Radius ERP software to unify and manage business data and operations across its 11 facilities. Fairfield, Ohio-based InnoMark selected the packaging and converting industry’s #1 ERP system based on its best-in-class tools for streamlined, multi-plant management and the technical capabilities Radius gives users to direct an extensive range of finishing and fulfillment processes.

Radius ERP software, which will be implemented in phases starting later this year, replaces a series of programs and spreadsheet applications in use at various InnoMark plants, legacy systems that were in place at the individual companies InnoMark has acquired over the past 15 years. After examining software options in the marketplace, an evaluation team led by InnoMark Communications ERP Implementation Director Joseph Roberts determined that EFI Radius offered the best capabilities to unify the company's decentralized business workflow structure.

“EFI Radius's multi-plant capabilities, and the ability it will give us to seamlessly transfer jobs between facilities, were key factors in our decision,” said Roberts. “We found that Radius had the most accurate and efficient technology for tracking revenue across plants, and that will help us better serve customers.”

Radius will be especially beneficial for managing many of the large, national retail signage and packaging jobs InnoMark produces, as those jobs all transfer from different screen, litho, flexo and digital print facilities to a main hub for die-cutting, lamination, kitting and fulfillment. The software modules and features InnoMark has with its purchase, including EFI Process Shipper software and integrated support for Esko ArtiosCAD 3-D design software, will allow the company to be even more prepared for its extensive finishing workload and complex fulfillment requests.

Flexible estimating and scheduling for enhanced customer service
Streamlined scheduling and management across all of the company's facilities will help reduce turnaround times and facilitate faster, more accurate billing. Radius software also will help the company enhance its sales and marketing efforts, ultimately creating a centralized platform for estimating and scheduling that will make it easier to compare print methods to find the best solution based on client deadline, budget or run length requirements.

EFI Radius inventory management tools, including shop floor data collection, will help InnoMark get substrates where they need to go for less press downtime. “Turnaround times in this industry are quick, so it was important that the solution we picked is strong in inventory management,” Roberts said. “If we need a particular type of board or a 100 lb. text stock in one plant and we have it in another plant, Radius will give us the information we need to identify those situations in advance, move substrates where they need to go and eliminate production delays.”

Tracking down trends using better business intelligence
The company also will use the data it collects from its operations to give senior managers better, real-time information about operations using EFI’s award-winning Business Intelligence module. “The Business Intelligence module will be an important feature,” said Roberts, “because it will give us the big picture information we need to track down trends.”

With its robust technology for planning and managing nearly every converting, die-cutting, laminating, folding and gluing process, EFI Radius is the leading business software for the package printing industry. Those comprehensive features can provide substantial benefits for InnoMark – a leading print, fabrication and fulfillment provider that produces large-format, die-cut, laminated point-of-sale displays for some of the world's best-known retail brands and performs high-volume folding carton and label converting work for the cosmetics, software/gaming and pharmaceutical industries.

“We are very excited to be working with a company that has the manufacturing scale and expertise that InnoMark Communications offers,” said David Taylor, general manager, EFI Radius. “Our recent product development, particularly with the Business Intelligence tool, will allow InnoMark to take control of its operations, smooth the business workflow and deliver higher returns. Visibility into the transactional data is the key to increased profitability.”

EFI Radius is part of a complete EFI Productivity Software portfolio of print MIS/ERP software, eCommerce and web-to-print solutions. Printing and packaging companies across the globe rely on EFI Productivity Software products to proactively manage their businesses and become more streamlined, efficient, informed and profitable.

iSys Label Receives GHS BS5609, Section 3 Certification for the EDGE 850 Label Printer

iSys Label and iSys–The Imaging Systems Group Inc., the Canadian developers and manufacturers of short to mid run digital label printers, has announced that the EDGE 850 digital label printer is officially Section 3 Certified to print GHS-compliant drum and chemical labels* according to BS5609 standards.

In order to print fully-compliant drum and chemical labels; the facestock, adhesive and printed graphic all need to meet the requirements for sections 1, 2 and 3 of BS5609 standards and be independently tested and certified by PIRA (the Print Industry Research Association). The printed labels are exposed to artificial weathering, tape removal and abrasion resistance tests to ensure they are capable of withstanding the harshest environments and prove their durability. During this process, iSys Label partnered with MACtac to find two suitable solutions for substrates; a PET, and a BOPP – both of which passed certification and can be purchased in rolls from iSys-appointed converters in the United States. In addition to the certification, GHS also requires users to conform to labeling standards that use the black and red pictogram system in conjunction with precautionary text warning of the dangers and risks of the material.

The EDGE 850 “GHS Solution” is a roll to roll digital label printer and comes complete with the printer, feeder, rewinder and EDGE2Print software. With easy-to-use drag and drop software and print speeds of 4.33 m/min and 9.13 m/min., iSys Label makes simple work of printing full-color chemical labels on demand. Users will eliminate the need for ordering pre-printed labels, reduce inventories and wait times by being able to customize their labels with variable information and full color - all in a single pass.

Mark Hopkins, President of iSys, says “iSys is very excited to be fully certified and in compliance. The combination of the materials, toner and printing process have proven their durability and is sure to add value to supply chains, large and small, around the world.”

iSys Label will be showing the EDGE 850 GHS label printer in booth #6413 at Labelexpo Americas, taking place September 9-11th in Chicago, IL. For more information on the EDGE 850 or to set up a demonstration time, please email ghs@isys-label.com

Titan Slitter Rewinders celebrates 50th Anniversary with U.K. open house

Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. is celebrating 50 years of excellence in slitting and rewinding technology for its range of TITAN slitter rewinders with an open house event to mark the occasion. The open house is being held at Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. in Bedford (U.K.) on Sept. 17, when the latest Titan slitter rewinder technology will be presented and demonstrated. Guests will include customers and prospects, certain suppliers and representatives from the converting media, the converting industry and some Titan company veterans.

Partner suppliers of Titan will also be participating at the event and will include presentations by Koch robotics, Dienes slitting technology, BST web guiding and inspection systems and GaVo core cutting solutions. A guest speaker has also been invited to the event and an Anniversary Dinner will be held on the evening of Sept. 16 in the historic center of Bedford.

Invitations have been emailed worldwide and the number of guests at the open house will be limited, so participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible by sending an email to tracey.stagg@atlasconverting.com to avoid disappointment. 

BDT Media Automation, Fuji Dimatix and Phoseon to develop complete printing solution for packaging market

BDT Media Automation GmbH, a market leader for B2 format feeders in digital printing, FujiFilm Dimatix, Inc., one of world’s leading providers of inkjet printheads for commercial and industrial printing, and Phoseon Technology, a leader in UV LED curing solutions for commercial and industrial applications have agreed to work together to develop a complete digital printing solution for packaging applications. The system will take ad-vantage of the flexibility of the BDT Tornado media handling technology and the versatility of UV printing provided by Fuji-Dimatix and Phoseon. The first demonstration of the solution will be at the Pack Expo International in Chicago, Nov. 2-5, 2014.

The Tornado-based Product Feeder (TPF) and Print-system will be able to perform off-line pro-cessing of standard packaging materials including coated and uncoated cardboard, corrugated board, and paper stock, as well as more exotic packing materials such as metallic foils and plastics. The solution will feed, align, print, cure and stack – all with minimal user intervention and greatly shortened job set up times.

“We are very pleased to be cooperating with Fuji Dimatix and Phoseon, two market leaders in their respective fields, to bring the TPF system to market. This development will bring the best of material handling and UV digital printing to package manufacturers”, said Ralf Hipp, Vice President of Print Media Handling at BDT. “Our goal is to enable higher shop profitability by en-abling our customers to achieve unprecedented packaging job flexibility.”

“FujiFilm Dimatix is the world’s leading supplier of piezoelectric drop-on-demand ink jet products for industrial applications,” said Howard Baldwin, Vice President of Sales at FujiFilm. “The synergy of material handling, printing and LED curing together will deliver an optimal industrial solu-tion for both end users and OEM’s.”

“Phoseon Technology is excited to support BDT’s TPF system by providing leading-edge UV LED curing capability,” said Chad Taggard, Vice President of Marketing at Phoseon. “The combination with Fuji Dimatix and BDT showcases how industry leaders can work together to enable customers higher productivity solutions with improved quality.”

The TPF system can be seen at the Pack Expo International in Chicago at the BDT booth – E-9705 in Lakeside Lower Hall.

Monday, July 28, 2014

EskoWorld US exceeds expectations, again

Esko announces that it recently concluded another successful EskoWorld user group meeting. The event, held June 15-18 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels in Orlando, FL, was host to more than 700 users, industry partners, product specialists and support staff, who exchanged ideas along with product and application knowledge. Sessions offered insight into the breadth of the Esko experience, including flexo platemaking, packaging prepress, color management, structural and 3D design, brand management, digital label and large format print and digital finishing.

The curriculum of more than 90 sessions included special guest speaker contributions from the Disney Learning Institute, Wallace Church Agency in New York City and selected customer presentations.

“EskoWorld had an expanded audience this year by appealing to more companies, but also by encouraging companies to send more participants. They see the value in this event,” comments Carsten Knudsen, Esko President and CEO. “EskoWorld continues to offer an opportunity for our customers to converse with each other and interact with Esko product management. We are very careful not to make this event a sales show, but rather a user event—a learning experience where people can develop a better understanding of the business we are all in. We have always focused on printers, converters and tradeshops, but this year we made a specific effort to expand the program to include useful tracks for brand owners. We had a large group of brand owners at EskoWorld for the first time, focusing on their workflow and approval cycle challenges they face every day.”

Key presentations focus on customized package design and importance of branding
“Esko has significantly changed our company from where we were a few years ago to today. This was my fourth EskoWorld. EskoWorld always offers a great opportunity to network with people, who give me great ideas to bring home to my company,” notes Amanda Webster, Pre-Press Production Supervisor at the Bowling Green, OH based Century Label. “I felt that a significant focus was made to bridge the communication gap between the brand owners and print providers in the supply chain. Some of the relevant technologies were Esko’s 3D solutions, and the ability to use PantoneLIVE to match brand owners’ color expectations with print capabilities. I also had a chance to see the new Automation Engine 14 and learn what changes were being made in the software structure – and I highly appreciated the opportunity to provide input during the roadmap sessions. Esko listens to its customers and seriously reviews concerns that are translated into fixes and software updates.”

EskoWorld hosted two very powerful presentations from Wallace Church and Disney. They both covered important topics facing all partners of the supply chain: How to engage consumers on a personalized basis, and how to maintain brand loyalty.

Rob Wallace, Chief Brand Advocate at Wallace Church, a Manhattan and San Francisco-based brand identity strategy and package design consultancy, offered the Keynote 'Hyper Customization - Engaging Consumers with Personalized Package Design'. It explained how new advances in digital printing make it viable for marketers to engage consumers on a truly individual basis. Church offered a next generation vision for how brand messaging can be hyper customized.

Another highlight was presented by The Disney Institute, ‘Disney’s Approach to Brand Loyalty’, providing their perspective about managing the Disney brand.

EskoWorld also provided a number of sessions from brand owners that provided their unique perspectives about how they view the packaging supply chain.

Exceptional networking event with Esko industry partners
EskoWorld’s Partner Zone allowed Esko supply chain partners to explain how their products enhanced the use of - and work seamlessly with - Esko tools. Companies included CHILI Publish, Color-Logic, Dupont, EFI, Enfocus, Global Vision, HP, MacDermid, Meta Communications, Southern Lithoplate, The Quick Brown Fox GmbH, Western Computer, and X-Rite Pantone.

Focused demo lab area
Esko also staged a demo lab where users could speak with solution experts or sample the latest software. The labs also housed two Kongsberg tables including the new Kongsberg C Series—the largest fully functioning table in the industry.

“I attended EskoWorld to review a lot of new technology,” explains Tim Gustafson, Press/Prepress Manager, Professional Image, Tulsa Oklahoma. “I specifically wanted to see the new RIP in Suite 14 that uses an Adobe kernel rather than an Esko Kernel. I also liked many of the color management sessions—for example, the class about PantoneLIVE. Matt Furr offered a very good presentation about his Clemson master’s thesis research with 7-color extended gamut printing. I’ve returned to our company with a good idea how to use Max GCR to color manage easier and to synch profiles to run GRACoL and connect them together. It was definitely worthwhile to attend EskoWorld.”

The next EskoWorld event is planned for June 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Meech targets international labelling market at Labelexpo Americas 2014

Meech CyClean
Labelexpo Americas ’14 (9th - 11th September, Rosemont, Illinois) will see Meech International reaffirm its position as the world’s leading provider for static control and web cleaning technologies. Visitors to stand 1515 will be able to view first-hand the company’s range of systems, including the Hyperion static bars and CyClean non-contact web cleaner, as well as a series of new enhancements to be announced closer to the show. All of these products are employed extensively in the labelling industry.

Matt Fyffe, VP/General Manager of Meech Static Eliminators USA Inc states, “We are very much looking forward to be back at Labelexpo Americas this year. Meech is aware that the labelling market is growing considerably on an annual basis and the show always draws an international visitor base. In that respect, not only is Labelexpo an excellent launch pad for new products, it is also a podium where we can network and market our services to a wide variety of businesses from around the world.”

Over the course of the past decades, Meech has successfully established a strong presence in the static and web cleaning markets on a global scale. Aside from the USA, the company also has offices in China, India, as well as Central and Eastern Europe, which service these regions directly. Additionally, Meech’s British headquarters services an even greater number of countries across the world, including Brazil, Israel, Australia, Japan and South Korea. All of this export resulted in the company being twice presented with a Queens Award for Enterprise: International Sales.

Meech TakClean
“Our strong international presence bears testament to the fact that we are able to communicate best practice and services to the high number of our customers that are spread in various locations throughout the globe,” comments Matt. “As we’re constantly looking to expand our business in all of the regions we deal with, our aim is to capitalise on the show’s popularity and demonstrate that we can provide our customers and prospects with the very best levels of service and technology that have become synonymous with the Meech brand.”

Among the systems displayed on the Meech stand will be the CyClean, a product that has proven to be highly popular in the labelling sector. A compact, non-contact, double-sided blow and vacuum-based web cleaner, the CyClean is capable of removing contamination to below 1 micron and can be used with all substrates, improving the flexibility of the press. Unlike a tacky roller system, it is not affected by high contamination levels and has no consumable costs.

Also on exhibition is the complete range of Hyperion static control bars, comprised of the 971, 971IPS and 929IPS. The two latter bars in particular were developed as a response to customer feedback and provide efficient ionisation from a 24v power supply. Both systems provide high-standard static elimination, while the bars’ default settings allow quick and easy installation and use on label production lines.

“Labelexpo Americas is set to be a great opportunity for Meech,” concludes Matt. “We will effectively be showcasing to an international audience the most comprehensive range of web cleaning and static control technologies we have to offer, and we are confident they will attract a great amount of interest at the show.”

Available immediately, Meech’s complete static control and web-cleaning ranges will be on display on the Meech stand (1515) at Labelexpo Americas, Rosemont, Illinois from September 9th to 11th, 2014.

Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance Select supports packaging innovation at The Sherwood Press Group

Packaging specialist The Sherwood Press Group has chosen an Acuity Advance Select HD4006 with roll-to-roll option and a Kongsberg XN digital cutting system, both supplied by Fujifilm, to increase its competitiveness and produce packaging samples in a more efficient way.

Sherwood Press selected the Fujifilm wide format device as part of its ‘Smartcentre’ project, which refers to the recent launch of an innovation hub located within the company’s Nottingham site to showcase the wide range of applications and services it can offer.

Jeremy Bacon, CEO at Sherwood Press, explains: “We have been traditionally producing packaging samples using the litho presses, but we recently considered the introduction of a digital print device to improve our time to market.” He continues: “The Acuity Advance Select appealed to us due to the quality of its output and its ability to print four colours plus white directly onto a variety of rigid and flexible materials, including corrugated board. What’s more, the opportunity to print spot varnish is crucial for the packaging industry and was a key selling point of the Fujifilm machine.”

The Kongsberg system will be used to cut intricate shapes following a CAD profile, complementing the high quality print produced on the Acuity. Both machines will broaden Sherwood’s in-house capabilities and product portfolio, including short-run prototype samples and low volume production of POS products.

Jeremy Bacon concludes: “The strength of the Smartcentre will encompass the central values of Sherwood Press in providing excellence in everything we do. Not only will this be reflected in the creativity and technical experience of the Smart team, but also in the capability of both new machines which will enable us to provide the highest quality mock-ups and prototypes, on any stock with almost any finish.”

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Domino’s coding technologies combine innovation with tradition at the UK’s largest privately-owned confectioners

During its 164 year history, balancing tradition with innovation has been a constant challenge for Joseph Dobson & Sons, one of the country’s most successful and historic manufacturers of traditional confectionery. So, when the company was looking to address the latest coding and marking requirements for its range of boiled sweets, lollipops and branded throat lozenges, it turned to Domino to help keep its boiled sweets, lollipops and panned confectionery range up to date.

Established in Yorkshire in the 1850s, the family-owned business has worked hard over the years to preserve its original values and traditional sweet recipes while constantly adapting to the demands of the modern world, including the need for greater coding and identification of its products. This has seen the company, which is one of the largest privately-run confectioners in the UK, invest in a range of technologies from Domino. These include four V-Series Thermal Transfer Overlay (TTO) solutions, two G-Series i-Tech thermal ink jet (TIJ) printers, as well as one of Domino’s best-selling A-series ink jet coders.

“Working with Domino and its range of coding technologies has really helped us to grow as a business,” says owner and Managing Director Stephen Walshaw, who along with his wife Miriam, has helped to spearhead a successful expansion of the company over the last few years.

Gaining the British Retail Consortium (BRC) global certification for food safety and quality was a real turning point for Joseph Dobson & Sons Ltd, giving them the scope and credibility to expand the business. This has seen the company invest in new premises, new technologies and automated processes to sit successfully alongside some of its traditional sweet-making machines.

For Joseph Dobson & Sons, coding has become a key part of their production process, which was originally being handled manually using another brand of ink jet printer. Confides Stephen, “Using the previous system was a very slow and messy process; if you didn’t get the tubes aligned on the old printer, you’d end up with ink spray everywhere. We needed technology that would fit into our new automated packing and bagging lines and most importantly, print clear sell by and batch codes without interfering with production output.”

The company turned to Domino, initially trialling its V120i Thermal Transfer Overlay (TTO) printer, but soon decided to increase its investment to three additional V220i models. The V-Series TTO printers are installed on a series of high speed, multiform feeding and sealing lines which print sell by dates and batch codes onto the bagged sweets.

Domino’s V-Series i-Tech Ribbon Drive offers four ribbon save settings, including an ‘economy mode’ which facilitates a saving on ribbon usage of up to 60%. In addition, downtime related to ribbon break is virtually eliminated thanks to its unique ‘dancing arms’ which constantly monitors ribbon tension.

“The V-Series printers are perfect. They can easily cope with our high production speeds while producing extremely high quality, clearly defined print. In addition, the economy mode on the ribbon drive enables us to use every millimetre of film, eliminating wastage and significantly reducing our consumables costs,” explains Stephen.

Adding to its portfolio of Domino technology, Joseph Dobson & Sons also has two G-Series thermal ink jet printers integrated into its Rotech friction feeders for coding onto the primary carton packaging of its well-known brand of throat lozenges.

“The G-Series is a fantastic piece of kit; it just keeps running and running,” enthuses Stephen. “We’ve had one of our G-Series in place for the past four years, operating 16 hours a day five days a week and to date, we have had zero maintenance issues. What’s more the quality and flexibility of the print and capability to add extra graphics and 2D bar and QR codes will enable us to adjust to any additional coding requirements should we need to in the future.”

The company has also replaced its old ink jet printer with Domino’s world leading A-Series ink jet solution to work with its hand packed sweets. “It’s a far cry from the unreliable, messy product it replaced and my staff love it. It’s easy to use, clean, efficient, and starts up every time.”

Says Stephen, “Maintaining and indeed successfully expanding a business that is nearly 200 years old isn’t always easy. But when you can work with a supplier like Domino that not only delivers in terms of the reliability and efficiency of its technology as well as the excellent onsite support to oversee and guide us through installation, it certainly helps.”

“The Domino technology has surpassed all our expectations and has without doubt helped us as a business to achieve our goals.”

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Sun Chemical introduced packaging innovations that help packaging stand out on store shelves

Visitors to the Sun Chemical stand at ExpoPrint Latin America 2014, discovered a broad portfolio of packaging solutions for all markets from Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC that help packaging stand out on the shelf.

“Brand owners need their packaging to make an impression on the shelves - grab attention,” said Fernando Tavara, President, Sun Chemical Latin America. “Packaging that stands out has a better chance of being handled and purchased. It is also important that the brand’s colors are consistent across all packaging so that it is recognizable. During ExpoPrint, we introduced our guests to a full range of solutions that help maintain color consistency on all packaging substrates, offer special effects on packaging and enhance productivity in the supply chain.”

Sun Chemical to Demonstrate SunLase Laser Marking Solutions
Visitors of the Sun Chemical/DIC booth were introduced to SunLase laser marking solutions, a coating that enables brand owners to add information to both secondary and primary packaging information after the filling and closure of the pack, whether for practical supply chain purposes or as a late stage pack differentiator.

The SunLase solution prints a transparent or tinted coating onto a packaging substrate during the printing process. After the packaging has been sealed, variable coding graphic information, such as barcodes, QR codes, and “Use By” dates or branding, can be created using a low power CO2 or fiber laser to change the color of the patch to black where marked, with no risks to the packaged product.

Guests could see how SunLase works first-hand with live demonstrations which showed how a collection of images, such as QR codes, barcodes, logos, text, and serial numbers, appear on various substrates, including corrugated board and film.

Special Effects Coatings Help Draw Attention to Products on the Store Shelf
Sun Chemical showed visitors how they can make their products stand out on shelf and engage consumers with special effects printing using SunInspire specialty inks and coatings. Guests were shown the impact SunInspire inks and coatings can make to consumers with the samples that were on display. Some of the samples included various metallic effect options. The metallic effect is most commonly used in packaging to communicate premium positioning. It also delivers on demand effects, optimizing productivity, cost, and waste, compared to metallized substrates or hot/cold foil stamping.

Sun Chemical’s wide range of SunInspire specialty coatings offers a variety of visual special effects that help packages increase their shelf prominence, including high brilliance metallic silver, gold and polychromatic, fluorescent, pearlescent, iridescent, interference, tactile and relief.

Maintaining Color Consistency on all Packaging Substrates
Sun Chemical showed guests how to use PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based color service that gives brand owners, designers and printers alike the ability to accurately predict how their brand spot colors will reproduce on a wide variety of print processes and substrates.

As X-Rite/Pantone’s preferred partner, Sun Chemical is already fully aligned with PantoneLIVE and ink formulations behind PantoneLIVE are already known through its Global Shade Library, a database of colors that increase both the consistency and accuracy of ink color matches. Every PantoneLIVE color request to Sun Chemical can be created using this global platform to maintain color consistency on all packaging.

Sun Chemical Shows Metal Decorating Options for Packaging
Visitors were also introduced to Sun Chemical’s specialized solutions for metal decoration including its SunDuo, SunTrio and SunAltec inks.

The high value, flexible, and robust SunDuo ink range offers high speed decorator performance suitable for printing on steel and aluminum cans. SunDuo features excellent printability at high speeds and good adhesion in both varnishable and non-varnishable ranges. Such features allow for impressive mileage and a high pigment load for printers producing two-piece metal cans.

SunTrio inks are versatile, flexible, cost effective and highly resilient—suitable for all types of metal cans and closures, from crowns to pails, aluminum pilfer proof caps, aerosols, food cans, drawn fish cans, and more. Able to efficiently produce metal packaging with excellent press performance, the SunTrio ink series features low misting and good adhesion between layers and to the substrate. The line also includes a low migration ink series available for food and other sensitive packaging. With excellent printability at high speeds, the SunTrio ink series provides an effective solution for three-piece metal deco applications.

The SunAltec product range offers excellent performance, superior quality, highest productivity, and highest adhesion properties for monobloc aerosols, monobloc drink bottles, and aluminum collapsible tubes. The line can be used across multiple platforms and offers flexible alternatives, including thermal, catalytic and UV drying.

Full Range of Solutions on Display for Narrow Web Printers
A wide range of solutions were also on display for narrow web printers, including the SolarFlex Nova SL range of UV flexo inks. Intended for the printing of labels, tags, sleeves, tickets and other applications typically found in the narrow web market, SolarFlex Nova SL features flow optimization for press performance, low odor for sensitive applications, fast curing for higher press speeds, and a color strength that has been increased for finer anilox choices. Formulated without any volatile organic compounds and compliant with the Nestlé regulations, the SolarFlex Nova SL range can increase color gamut and/or lower ink consumption.

Narrow web visitors at Sun Chemical’s booth also had the opportunity to learn about its SunCure Flexo UV product range which provide UV light-curing inks and coatings for packaging printers that efficiently meet changing job requirements on a wide variety of paper and board. SunCure inks and coatings provide a wide color gamut, excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates, fast cure response, and UV light curing for paper and board and sensitive applications. It is suitable for in-line or off-line coatings.