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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Take the Codimag short run Challenge Aniflo Live print tests at Labelexpo

Are you looking for a solution for printing short runs that is more profitable than digital and faster than flexo? Are you tired of watching practiced demos at trade shows? Codimag announces that they will be running customer jobs Live at Labelexpo on their Viva 340 press with Aniflo keyless anilox inking technology. Either bring your files on a memory stick to booth # 5803 or send your files to us at then watch  your  job go from file to printed labels in 30 minutes or less.

Codimag will print a proof of your job then print your job using 6-color expanded gamut using Esko Equinox technology all at Labelexpo! Watch  LIVE how quickly and easily the Viva press with Aniflo keyless anilox inking technology can  deliver unbeatable print quality that is predictable & repeatable with inline finishing!

Codimag Viva’s many advantages:
  • Low cost ($4) plates.
  • Quick 5 minute CTP plate making,
  • No click charges,
  • No print or die cylinders to change,
  • No Impression settings,
  • No sticky back tape,
  • No Priming required, Use standard substrates,
  • No expensive/proprietary digital inks, low cost inks from multiple ink suppliers,
  • Low waste,
  • Rapid changeovers,
  • Inline finishing (screen, hot foil with saver, cold foil, emboss, lamination, die cutting),
  • Excellent profitability for short to medium production runs!
  • True offset print quality and predictability!

Take the Codimag short run Challenge - run your job LIVE at Labelexpo and compare print quality, job costs and process efficiency with digital & flexo!

Toyo Ink group opens second factory, expands operations in India

The Toyo Ink Group continues to expand its manufacturing foothold in India, one of the fastest growing economies in the region. Just last month, the company inaugurated its second production site in the country, in Dahej, Gujarat state, along the eastern coast. The new US$17-million (1.7 billion yen) facility has commenced production of offset inks to satisfy demand in the rapidly growing printing market in India. With a production capacity of 10,000 m. tons—nearly three times that of the company’s first manufacturing facility in Delhi—the Gujarat plant strengthens the Toyo Ink Group’s ability to meet local demand while ensuring a consistent supply of high-quality products on a global level, particularly to neighboring markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“Growing demand has pushed production at our Delhi plant to capacity,” explained Shingo Nishikaze, chairman of Toyo Ink India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Toyo Ink Group. “With the establishment of a second inks plant, we are well-positioned now and in the future to support our customers’ growth in India and its neighboring regions. This is an important step in implementing our SCC-III mid-term growth strategy. Toyo Ink is working to expand our worldwide operations while enhancing our global supply capabilities to respond quickly and effectively to our customers’ evolving needs.”

Since the establishment of Toyo Ink India in 2007, the Toyo Ink Group has steadily created an infrastructure on which it has built a broad production, sales and logistics network. Toyo Ink India first began manufacturing offset inks at its Delhi plant in 2008. To meet growing local demand, it expanded production to include inkjet inks in 2011 and gravure inks for the food packaging sector in 2012. Its three branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai are strategically located to support sales and distribution activities as well as serve customers throughout the country with technical support such as color matching and blending services.

In 2013, the Toyo Ink Group established a manufacturing joint venture for azo pigments with Heubach Colour Pvt. Ltd., a leading producer of organic pigments. Located in Ankleshwar, also in the Gujarat state, the production site for the new alliance Heubach Toyo Colour Pvt. Ltd. is expected to come onstream soon with an annual capacity of 2,000 m. tons. Heubach Toyo Colour will supply the Toyo Ink Group to meet its internal consumption requirements for high-quality and cost-competitive materials as well as offer pigment products to its global customers.

With its proximity to emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, India is ideally positioned as a strategic hub for the Group’s manufacturing and global supply chain needs. Going forward, the Toyo Ink Group plans to strengthen its local presence and diversify its business in the country.

“India is a market that holds immense potential for the future for us,” said Bodi S. Kampani, CEO and managing director of Toyo Ink India. “In the current fiscal year, Toyo Ink India intends to boost our gravure inks production capacity and scale up our inkjet inks operations with further enhancements to the Delhi plant. In addition, in Gujarat, we plan to install new equipment for the manufacturing of resins and adhesives and expand production of plastic colorants, with the aim of later creating a production base for compounds developed in conjunction with Group products. The Toyo Ink Group is working to develop a multi-faceted operation to help meet burgeoning demand and contribute to the enrichment of life and culture of the people in India and surrounding areas.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

Labelexpo Americas to host Craft Beverage Day

Labelexpo Americas 2014 will feature the Craft Beverage Day on September 11, the final day of the show, to provide details of how to create labels that ‘stand out in a crowded marketplace’. The program, which takes the form of a half-day conference and is only available for breweries, distilleries, and wineries, is designed to increase understanding of all aspects of label production, from materials used, the machinery involved, adhesives and the latest design trends.

Danielle Jerschefske North America editor of Labels & Labeling will introduce the morning program, before Roman Artz, technical project manager at Inland Label, presents a ‘Craft Beverage Labels 101’ presentation reviewing different types of labels and trends that sell more products, label processes and design tips to differentiate brands on-shelf, and options for labels on aluminum cans and glass bottles.

Clara Meinen, owner and creative director of One Sweet Design, will present a session entitled ‘Designing labels for brand consistency and shelf impact’, in which she will look at labeling design for print efficiency and brand consistency, communicating with designers and print providers to meet expectations, and leveraging the power of print technologies to increase sales, drive brand awareness and growth.

A tour of the Labelexpo Americas 2014 show floor will then take place, including stops at HP Indigo, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials and the Smart Mart feature area, before a networking lunch, converter panel discussion and Q&A session conclude the Craft Beverage Day program.

The expert beverage label converter panel will include: Inland Label’s Artz; Craig Bakken, vice-president of innovation at Smyth Companies; Travis Pollard, vice-president of sales and marketing at Paragon Label; Dan Muenzer, vice-president of marketing at Constantia Flexibles; Kevin O'Brien, director of food and beverage at Multi-Color Corporation; Jonathan Cates, plant manager at CCL Portland; and James Stone, technical business development manager at G3 Enterprises. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees can continue exploring Labelexpo Americas 2014.

Craft Beverage Day is sponsored by Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials, Delta Industrial, Flint Group, Green Bay Packaging, HP Indigo, Xeikon, Sun Chemical, Henkel, CGS Publishing Technology, K Laser, Wausau Coated Products and UPM Raflatac.

Avery Dennison adds five new products to its wine labeling range

White is the most-used colour in wine labels, with different shades

needed to reflect specific application needs and brand images. These White Rainbow materials broaden wine labelling range still further, and offer unique opportunities to differentiate.

White is the most-used colour in wine labels, with different shades needed to reflect specific application needs and brand images. Avery Dennison has added five new products to its wine labeling range to extend the number of white label materials, which it said are ‘by far the dominant label color for wine and spirits producers’. With these White Rainbow label materials, Avery Dennison now offers brand owners and designers an opportunity to broaden their wine labelling range still further, and offer unique opportunities to make their products really leap out from a retail shelf, and communicate a very pronounced brand identity.

New extra-white papers gives optimal colours when printing - the brighter the white, the greater the contrast. They also deliver improvements to the appearance of fine details. New textured papers are available too, allowing to create unique labels with a strong brand presence. All five White Rainbow papers will ensure impact on the shelf: this range of papers takes its inspiration from global trends, and fits a variety of consumer targets.

The five new White Rainbow products include two paper-based products (Rustique Extra White FSC and Martelé Extra White FSC), the ‘tree-free’ Pure Cotton material, True Linen FSC and Pampa FSC.

Rustique Extra White FSC’ and ‘Martelé Extra White FSC are said to give designers a new whiter-than-ever shade, while Pure Cotton has been evaluated at 30 percent higher whiteness when compared with other 100 percent cotton fiber wine labels on the market today. True Linen FSC is said to have a natural and elegant textile finish and Pampa FSC a ‘rich and luxurious feel’ due to its micro diamond shape.

Avery Dennison said the new range will be valuable to a large proportion of brand owners as 80 percent of wine labels are currently white, ‘in no small part because the color conveys a sense of authenticity and premium quality’.

First MPS EXL-Offset Press for Ulrich Etiketten

A worldwide, well-known and high-quality brand of UV flexo and offset press solutions for label and packaging printers, MPS today announced the sale of an EXL-offset press with 8 colour UV print stations and a web width of 430mm to Austrian label printer Ulrich Etiketten. The EXL-offset press will expand their production of self-adhesive, booklet and other specialty labels and marks the 7th MPS press for Ulrich Etiketten, joining six installed MPS flexo presses.

Ulrich Etiketten, a fifth-generation family business since 1868, is an Austrian market leader and highly reputable throughout Europe for the production of self-adhesive labels. The company selected the MPS EXL-offset press based on innovative technology, attractive price point, and reliability with the successful performance of their existing six MPS EF flexo presses. The EXL-offset press built with variable sleeves combines six offset print with two flexo print stations, and will be equipped with various converting units such as multi-lamination and de-lam/re-lam for the printing of booklet labels.

M.A. Florian Ulrich, CEO of Ulrich Etiketten comments: “We are very happy with MPS. The quality of MPS presses and our long-term relationship led to our decision to once again opt for an MPS press.”

Eric Hoendervangers, co-founder of MPS comments: “We see it as a great compliment that a quality-oriented Austrian company such as Ulrich Etiketten has opted for our EXL-offset press. MPS has a very high rate of repeat customer sales, however when a loyal MPS flexo customer adds a first MPS offset press to its machine park, it confirms that our technology, service, and printing knowledge helps label printers in their success. In general, we have noticed a growing interest at an international level for our EXL-offset presses since its initial launch at Labelexpo Europe 2011.”

Ulrich Etiketten produces high quality product packaging for all industries in an impressive production area of 13,000 m2 using state-of-the-art printing machines that cover all areas of printing technology such as UV offset, UV flexo, UV letter press, UV screen printing and digital printing as well as hot stamping, and cold stamping. Particular areas of focus are pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, the food industry, beverage production, electronics, EDP and logistics.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CTI dedicates team to bringing innovation to label industry: Launches innovative sun-powered inks for label industry

Chromatic Technologies Inc. has announced the introduction of its Sunlight Inks (photochromic) for such applications as paper, film and pressure-sensitive labels.  Sunlight Inks are a breakthrough in chemistry that now offer the first photochromic inks that provide (1) fast kinetics which turn on rapidly when sunlight hits it, (2) repeatability which enables the ink to turn ‘on and off’ forever, (3) a broad color spectrum offering, as well as (4) durability in the sun.

In development for two years, Sunlight Inks are the result of Chromatic Technologies’ (CTI) proprietary technology which makes CTI the world’s leading supplier of specialty inks and chemistry for consumer packaging.

The new ink offering is capable of securing a substantial role in the use of labels and packages throughout the world as well as CTI’s Sunlight Inks offering a refreshing look for the industry’s existing offering of labels.

“We are committed to helping brands win the summer, tailgating and other popular outdoor usage occasions,” explained Patrick Edson, chief marketing officer for CTI.  “Sunlight Inks create ‘theater-in-the hand’ for a brand’s audience: a consumer walks outside and, in seconds, the Sunlight Inks transform from clear to a colorful reminder to apply sun tan lotion, or several garnishes recommendations appear for cocktails, or a surfboard is revealed with a secret code for a mobile app.

“CTI’s chemists and inventors have a dedicated team innovating in the label markets.  Our goal is to ensure every label in the world is interactive with a consumer and that it dramatizes a brand’s positioning,” Edson added. Sunlight Inks can be applied to a label itself or the package container itself and are available for export across the globe. “Sunlight Inks scored high in consumer purchase intent (“definitely will buy”) across multiple product categories. Consumers noted it’s a great way to entertain guests and give them an excuse to take something new and interesting to a party,” Edson continued.

Owing to its growth and considerable success over the past two decades, CTI now offers custom innovation incubators for customers that incorporate invention, design, consumer testing and prototyping.

Fujifilm brings industry-changing technology to flexo platemaking at Brady Corp.

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division introduces Clarity, the latest industry-changing technology expressly developed for flexo printers. Clarity Water Washable Flexo Plates provide the highest flexo print quality at the fastest production times, while significantly lowering cost-in-use compared to thermal, solvent or other water-wash technology.

Brady Corporation, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based identification solutions manufacturer transitioned to Clarity water washable flexo plates in 2013 after running extensive plate trials.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our productivity and efficiency in order to best serve our customers, and after representatives from Fujifilm visited us and installed the new Clarity plates, we received a lot of positive feedback from our press operators who were impressed with the quality, fast production time, durability and ease of clean-up,” said Theresa Narveson, manufacturing engineer, Brady Corporation.

Clarity, which is compatible with Brady’s current CTP imaging equipment, reduces platemaking processing time to less than 40 minutes, 300 percent faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water technologies. Faster plate making means more time on press and a dramatic increase in output per shift, while freeing printers to redeploy labor costs to more value-added activities.

Clarity’s innovative water wash chemistry does far more than simply eliminate the need for solvents and wicking cloths – it delivers longer runs while producing a consistent 200 lpi at 4,400 dpi, 1 percent process dot structure for print quality never before seen with flexo plates.

“With Clarity, we are able to reduce our processing time and use the plates longer than our previous plates,” added Narveson.  “Our print quality is improved and our productivity is up.  It’s a winning combination that enables us to better serve our customers,” she concluded.

New Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1 Drives Further Prepress Simplification

Kodak’s industry-leading print production workflow software continues to raise the bar in prepress automation and simplification with the release of Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1. This new version of Prinergy Workflow continues to build on the software’s history of prepress innovation with an improved web-based interface and easy job management tools including a scenario builder, job intent window, part and section views and a separation list.  Together these updates offer customers ease of use and increased control for enhanced consistency and efficiency in their prepress operations.

“The release of Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.0 was about ease of use and automated control for both entry-level and skilled users of Prinergy Workflow,” said Mike Tedesco, Kodak’s Worldwide Product Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions. “Our commitment to customers was that every subsequent release of Prinergy Workflow would build on its foundation with additional tools to make job creation as simple, automated and as error-free as possible. Prinergy Workflow 6.1 is the result of customer driven improvement, the most critical component in our development process.”

Customer driven improvements to Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1 Workspace
  • Scenario Builder - a new production automation tool that facilitates the creation of workflows from intent to output - simply and quickly.
  • Job Intent Window - a single location, where users define high-level job specifications in one menu that describes the completed product.
  • New and updated Part and Section views - Users can change properties quickly, resulting in fewer errors and faster turnaround times.
  • Separation List - as requested by customers, new in the Production tab is the Separation List view. With this simplified view, operators can streamline output for separations, providing them greater efficiencies.

iSys Label to showcase GHS BS5609-compliant label printer at Labelexpo Americas 2014

At the upcoming LabelExpo Americas tradeshow in Chicago iSys Label will be having live demonstrations of the Edge 850 and Apex 1290 digital label printers in booth #6413. During the show, iSys Label will be showcasing the Edge 850, a roll to roll digital label printer for printing full color BS5609-compliant chemical drum labels on demand. With recent “BS5609 Section 3 Certification” by PIRA (the Print Industry Research Association), the Edge 850 makes easy work out of printing GHS-compliant labels. Die-cut labels printed on the Edge 850 deliver outstanding stability and resistance to water, chemicals, fading and smudges when exposed to the harshest of elements. With print speeds of 4.33m/min and 9.14m/min, the Edge 850 will allow users to eliminate the need for ordering pre-printed labels, reduce inventory and wait times, and allows users to customize each label with variable information in full color - all in a single pass.

Developed for the short run label market, the Edge 850 will prove its versatility by also printing on a variety of substrates in die-cut, kiss-cut or continuous rolls for the label market. This innovative printer is easy to operate using the Edge2Print software and an auto adjusting form synchronization rewinder system. This allows operations to stage a job in minutes. Designed for in-house production of labels, users will be capable of printing 2000 labels in less than 20 minutes and have the finished roll ready for immediate application or to be placed on the finisher.

In addition to the Edge 850, iSys Label will also be showing their flagship product, the Apex 1290 - a digital label press for short to mid run production. With media print widths ranging from 3” to 12.9” wide, users can print 28,000 production-worthy labels in less than 37 minutes.

Visit booth #6413 and see why the Edge 850 and Apex 1290 are the ideal digital workflow solutions for in-house label printing.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Amcor announces revolutionary LiquiForm technology

Amcor announced the launch of a revolutionary new technology LiquiForm - a breakthrough blow molding and filling manufacturing technology which uses consumable, pressurised liquid instead of compressed air to form plastic containers. LiquiForm uses the consumable liquid instead of compressed air to hydraulically form and fill the container on one machine simultaneously. By combining the forming and filling processes into one step, LiquiForm dramatically simplifies the manufacture of rigid plastic containers for a wide range of consumer products.

Amcor developed the LiquiForm concept in 2006, and subsequently set up a joint venture which owns the patented LiquiForm technology and related intellectual property. The joint venture has signed agreements with Sidel, an industry leading manufacturer of bottling machinery, Yoshino Kogyosho Co, Japan’s largest plastic bottle manufacturer, and Nestle Waters. Amcor and Sidel each own a 50% interest in the joint venture.

For consumer product manufacturers, this breakthrough is expected to reduce capital costs and improve operating efficiency and product quality. LiquiForm delivers a reduction in operating costs of up to 25%, reduced manufacturing risk and greater flexibility in container design.

The joint venture will issue licences allowing machine manufacturers to produce and sell equipment using the LiquiForm technology. Global demand for new blow molding and filling machines for which LiquiForm would be suitable is estimated to be approximately 800 machines per annum. The joint venture will target a significant portion of that annual demand for conversion to the LiquiForm technology, and the first full scale operation is expected to be commercialized in two to three years.

Amcor’s Managing Director and CEO, Ken MacKenzie said: “I have been in the packaging industry for over 20 years and in my opinion, LiquiForm has the potential to be one of the most important breakthrough technologies in liquid packaging. This technology will transform the rigid plastic container manufacturing industry, providing significant benefits to all players throughout the value chain."

“LiquiForm is an outstanding example of how Amcor is translating its deep understanding of the needs of customers and consumers into new and improved ways of operating. Innovation is a core value for Amcor, and this break through further establishes the Company as an innovation leader in the packaging industry,” he added.

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.

New Peel & Reveal Label Press for CS Labels

CS Labels announced the installation of a brand new label machine designed to finish and process ‘peel and reveal labels’ or ‘multi-layered’ digital labels. The West Midlands digital label leader is the largest digital printer in Europe to use Xeikon technology and has continued to grow 20% year-on-year. This next investment comes swiftly after the last announcement in March this year where the company invested another six figure sum, created an extra four jobs and increased capacity by 25%.

The finishing machine was designed and specified by the company themselves. It was commissioned due to an increase in demand for digital peel and reveal labels, which CS Labels already produce on an existing machine. Peel and reveal labels are popular as they enable clients print a large amount of information, instructions or different language translations on to a label where space is limited.  Clients can also find out more and read a ‘getting it right first time’ guide on the product summary of CS Labels website.

The new unit adds extra capacity CS Labels existing capability, in addition to extra features made possible by the machine:
  • Printing text and images onto the actual adhesive, for example on a packaged meat product where the cooking instructions are on the reverse of the ‘peel off’ label. 
  • Printing marketing and product information on to the backing paper of the label, which offers extra space to fit product information or marketing information to increase sales.
  • A very accurate sensor gap capability that prints a black line / eye gap between each label. This allows the label to be used in a label applicator machine requiring this functionality, so that labels can be automatically applied to each product without manual intervention.
Simon Smith, CS Labels Managing Director said: “We listen to our customer base closely, and are already catering for most of their needs as regards peel and reveal labels. This new investment adds an extra layer of icing to the cake and responds to their needs. Customers like the labels as they know that can fit more information in a smaller space, such as a multitude of languages, sales promotions, instructions and much more. And when you combine these factors with the advantages of digital labelling in general, such as the option of shorter print runs, less stock holding (less waste), fast turn-around times, lack of plates or unwieldy origination, better environmental factors and the opportunity to personalise labels or ranges of labels due to each label effectively being inherently unique, the end piece of packaging can be very powerful.”

Sales Manager Nathan Daniel, who recently presented a seminar on peel and reveal at this year’s Packaging Innovations show had this to say: “I think one of the most powerful case studies we have seen lately is from a chemical cleaning manufacturer that came to us with four different labels, printed in the traditional way. They had exactly the same label design and information, but with several different sets of languages on each label. With our help they have consolidated this costly exercise into one very attractive and extremely functional peel and reveal label. Because the labels offer an excellent use of space, they could also afford to include additional countries to reflect the new markets they plan to enter. And this is all in addition to the obvious benefits that going digital brings. For them, it was simply game-changing.”

Conference speaker line-up unveiled for Labelexpo Americas

Labelexpo Americas 2014 will again feature a two-day conference program as it returns to Rosemont in September. This year’s conference includes leading figures from the label and package printing sector who will debate a host of themes including design and branding, new technologies and industry trends; as well as impart strategic insight into how label converters can embrace the challenges they face in their business.

The conference schedule will get underway with two high profile panel discussions. The opening CEO panel discussion with take an in-depth look at the business strategies employed by some of North America’s most successful converters. Panelists including Nigel Vinecombe from Multi-Color Corporation, Stephen T. Stewart of Brook & Whittle, Outlook Group’s John M. Cappy, Joel Carmany of Consolidated Label Company, Spear Group’s Rick Spear and Scott Fisher from Smyth Companies will share their advice on how to drive down costs while offering value and creating new opportunities for growth and profitability.

The second panel will explore the ‘Internet of Things’ and assess how the industry’s future will look. Considering the right tools to adopt to grow a business, the panel will also look at how to integrate process automation, innovation and creativity. Confirmed participants include Avery Dennison’s Dean Scarborough, Alon Bar-Shany of HP Indigo, EFI’s Guy Gecht, Niall Murphy from EVRYTHNG and Auburn University’s Dr. Bill Hardgrave.

The afternoon on day one will be split into two streams: digital printing and design & branding for the converter. The digital printing sessions will include a look at investing in digital as well as the latest in inkjet technologies. The other stream will focus on eye tracking technology for consumer shopping behavior and smart products that encourage consumer interaction and influence spending habits.

Day two will also commence with two panel discussions. Editors from some of the leading label printing trade publications along with Retail Leader will look at bringing the supply chain together. They will weigh up how the market has evolved in the last two years as well as deliberate what the changing retail environment means for converters. The converter panel will focus on various issues facing the label and package printing sector with panelists including Lofton Label’s Micheal Lane, Tom Carroll of Labeltape, John McDowell of McDowell Label and MATLET Group’s Ed Wiegand.

The afternoon will again be broken into two streams: label trends & technology and package printing. Label trends & technology will include presentations on new market opportunities in Latin America, brand protection and the latest developments in flexo technology. The package printing sessions will include an overview of the newest materials for flexible packaging and cartons and expert advice on moving from printing labels to flexible packaging.

Tasha Ventimiglia, event director for Labelexpo Americas commented: “This year’s conference program offers a fantastic line-up of cutting edge speakers and thought leaders. It will also provide the perfect opportunity for label converters to facilitate business partnerships and knowledge sharing with their colleagues. Designed to be beneficial for their everyday business, the conference will give delegates a number of new perspectives on specific aspects ranging from how to diversify, to being more efficient to how to maximize adding value for customers.”

Pre-booked conference sessions cost from $135 and reservations can be made online at www.labelexpo-americas.com. Entry to the exhibition is free when one or more conference sessions are booked and further discounts apply for multiple bookings and for association members of TLMI, ACOBAN, AIMCAL, AMETIQ, FSEA, FTA and TAPPI.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PrintPack India 2015 launches Android App

In a first of its kind move, Ipama and PrintPack India 2015 has launched an Android App to keep exhibitors and visitors abreast of the latest happenings regarding the show as well as provide a 360° view of the Graphic Arts Industry. A unique platform for the buyers and sellers of Pre-press, In-press, Post press, Finishing, Converting, Digital & Signage and Packaging Machines, PrintPack India is an excellent forum to deliberate and explore for joint ventures and exchange of technological know-how with leading manufacturers from all over the Globe.

While, time-tested and traditional Color Printing, Packaging, Post-press and Finishing shall continue to be the centre stage, Digital & Signage will be visitor pullers. However, indigenously designed, devised and produced world class equipment & machinery will be the highlight of the Show.

To be easily downloaded from Google Play as well as Apple app store and installed, this app will be a trend-setter for the future, through which you can get all the updates related to PrintPack India 2015. You can grab your stall online, have a look at the companies who have already booked their stalls, get all the important information on travel, connectivity, sponsorship, FAQs and more and more importantly, if you have a query or any feedback, you can directly contact via the contact form in the app.

SMI Coated Products and Kohli Industries bag India’s Top SME 100 Awards 2014

In line with the strategy to groom promising SMEs, the India SME Forum, a not for profit initiative was formed to propel the SME movement, by nurturing entrepreneurship and support innovative, globally competitive, SMEs in India. With a mission to foster development of a flourishing entrepreneurial culture and a competitive SMEs sector to support economic development, every year Top 100 SMEs are chosen and awarded. The Top 100 SMEs are selected through a rigorous process on the basis of both financial and non-financial indicators. Out of the 63,819 nominations received this year, SMI Coated Products Pvt. Ltd. and Kohli Industries made to the list of winners.

SMI Coated Products Pvt. Ltd. has grown in sync with the dynamic growth the label industry has witnessed in recent years. With a strong customer-partnership orientation, they have always maintained a proactive flexibility in offering solutions for existing & emerging packaging challenges through our label stocks. Their customers' achievements & needs are the operating drivers on the basis of relevance. This customer focus is incorporated as a resolve in SMI’s stated positioning of: "Consistently Relevant Solutions", something that stays as a vivid operating & service reminder with all of team SMI, headed by the company’s Managing Director, Ajay Mehta. As a registered Pvt. Ltd. company since July 2004, SMI has moved into a fast growth track that has in its blueprint, not only expanded geographical across India & several other markets, but also focused on an approach to offer innovative solutions on the cutting edge of market needs. An ISO 9001:2000 certification & a highly efficient ERP network assure that among other things including customization, SMI delivers on quality & specifications precisely on time, every time. The stock will be exactly the same as before, calibrated to the finest detail.

Kohli Industries, on the other hand, is one of the leading Indian manufacturer of printing and converting machines used in the flexible packaging industry. Their product range includes Rotogravure Printing Presses, Coating Machines, Lamination Machines and Slitting Machines. Following a strict Quality Management System (ISO 9001-2008), their machines are successfully running all over India and nearly 50% of their sales are exported to Italy, England, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and many other countries. In 2009, the company signed a technical agreement with Uteco S.p.a, Italy to manufacture printing presses having the latest European design and technology.

Jury member Vijayalakshmi R, Iyer - C&MD - Bank of India, said, “The India’s Top SME 100 awards are aimed at celebrating India’s top performing SMEs, marketing the capabilities of the winning SME’s to regional and global investors, providing opportunities for SMEs’ to network and raise capital and identifying a continuous and sustainable pipeline of SME’s for a potential secondary listing of SME’s (IPO) that can attract equity capital for growth. In line with the strategy of India SME Forum to propel the SME Movement by nurturing entrepreneurship and support innovative globally competitive SMEs in India: the India SME 100 Ranking will act as catalyst to identify and recognize such SME’s for eventually large global oriented companies. The Awards also hope to inspire, willing and able SME’s that have the potential to be the world class enterprises and offer them the platform to promote themselves to investors and partners top sustain growth.”

We heartily congratulate both the companies on their achievement.

Awa announces acquisition of data transcripts self-adhesive materials and markets bulletin

AWA Alexander Watson Associates, global market research and consulting group specializing in the paper, film, packaging, coating, laminating, and converting industry, have acquired Data Transcripts Self-adhesive Materials and Markets Bulletin. The long-established and respected monthly information source will continue under the AWA brand name from September 2014.

Comments Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates: ‘AWA view this acquisition as an opportunity to add more value for our clients and enhance our delivery of market research and data utilizing a different format that complements our current portfolio of market studies, private client consulting, and extensive events schedule.’

Data Transcripts Self-adhesive Materials and Markets Bulletin is available online from AWA Alexander Watson Associates for an annual fee. Full details are posted on the AWA website, www.awa-bv.com, or may be obtained from Ms Priscilla de Groot, Market Research Manager, at p.degroot@awa-bv.com.

Toray Plastics to feature packaging solutions at Pack Expo

Toray Plastics (America), announces that it will feature new, leading-edge, high-barrier flexible packaging materials that are made in America and creative packaging solutions at Pack Expo International 2014, McCormick Place, Chicago, in November. "Toray Plastics is the only United States manufacturer of precision-performance value-added polyester, polypropylene, bio-based, and metallized films," says Milan Moscaritolo, Senior Director of Sales."Sourcing advantages, performance, value, technical support, and sustainability all influence the end user's and converter's decision when choosing film. We look forward to meeting Pack Expo attendees and explaining how Toray Plastics brings those key elements together to help the customer grow his business." Moscaritolo notes that among the technologies that will be of special interest to attendees are ultra-thin, ultra-high-barrier BOPP; heat-sealable metallized BOPP; an expanded line of advanced PET lidding films; sealant technologies; metallized PET; PVdC-free and solvent-free films, and bio-based films. 

Some of the films to be highlighted are:

An expanded and enhanced line of LumiLid brand of dual-ovenable polyester lidding films, which meet FDA standards and may be used with oven temperatures of up to 400øF for 30 minutes.  LumiLid films incorporate specialty performance film and sealant layers, delivering specified performance and seal-strength characteristics. They are available in clear, white, or metallized options for refrigerated and frozen side dishes and entrees.

New Torayfan CBS2 film, an economical, environment-conscious, PVdC-free, clear, high-oxygen- and moisture-barrier BOPP film designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, crisp salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes, and confections, as well as pet food and treats and non-food items. Heat-sealable CBS2 BOPP film is also the more economical choice when compared with aluminum oxide (AlOx)-coated films.

New Torayfan PC5 metallized BOPP film, an ultra-high oxygen- and moisture- barrier film usable in tri-laminations, as a foil replacement, and as an overwrap lamination or wrapper. PC5 film is a durable, cost-effective replacement for foil in a typical paper/PE/foil/PE packaging structure. In addition, it is ideally suited for use as the inner barrier web of a tri-lamination in gas-flushed stand-up or flat pouches and can also be used as a cold-seal layer and as part of a lamination for high-quality overwraps.

New Torayfan MWX6 metallized, bright white cavitated BOPP film, designed with a proprietary, "ultra-barrier" layer on one side for superior moisture-barrier and excellent oxygen-barrier functionality. The other side is an improved hermetic, heat-sealable layer. New MWX6 film can be used as a monoweb or a lamination.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Flexo Gurukul to have its Second edition just prior to Labelexpo India at Pragati Maidan

FlexoGurukul - an ongoing flexographic print training program launched by New Delhi based Fasco Printech Pvt. Ltd. will be having its Second edition on 27th and 28th October 2014 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. FlexoGurukul is a seminar-based technical training programme for printers in the flexo and narrow web industry or are looking to enter into the narrow web flexo printing industry.

The two day seminar will see the international flexo expert, Frank Burgos taking the centre stage and talking on controlling colour in the flexo pressroom. Frank Burgos is President of USA based FlexoExchange.com, a company based in USA and recognized for training services provided by them in the field of flexographic printing. "Colour is one of the most critical part of the printing process and Burgos would be covering the various challenges a company faces in the flexo press room for managing color and how to overcome them," Pawadeep Sahni of Fasco Printech, said.

The previous edition of the Flexo Gurukul programme was held at Khar Gymkhana in Mumbai from 28 to 29 April, 2014 and covered the importance of inks in the flexo process. The seminar dwelled on the three main types of inks namely, solvent-based, water-based and UV-cured inks, their composition and functions. It also included various tools and methods for monitoring basic ink properties and problems related to ink and the importance of measuring as also controlling pH and viscosity of ink. The first edition also covered topics like photopolymer plates, both analogue and digital and problems related to plate defects, plate mounting tapes and anilox rollers and empahsied the need for their maintenance procedures. 

Chief mentor Harveer Sahni says: “The programme is an attempt to train and strengthen the people in the flexo printing industry in India and South Asia. We would like the training and education part to grow up to become an institute. We have a vision and hope to accomplish it substantially some day for the benefit of the flexo printing industry. Flexo Gurukul, which starts from basic level, will gradually progress to the advanced stage of flexo printing.”

Heidelberg boosts speed of VLF Speedmaster XL presses for high-volume packaging

Heidelberg has increased the maximum running speed of its 57" Speedmaster VLF XL 145 and 64" Speedmaster VLF XL 162 presses by up to 20 percent. Targeting the folding carton market, this next level of efficiency is enabled by the new "Packaging Speed Performance" (PSP) packages. Heidelberg's Speedmaster XL 145/162 PSP printing presses are now available with increased maximum speed and top productivity up to 18,000 sph for the Speedmaster XL 145 and 16,500 sph for the Speedmaster XL 162. These speeds lead the industry and confirm that the newest press platform available is also the fastest.
Perfect for High-Volume Producers
Heidelberg's new PSP speed class presses are designed for converters requiring maximum throughput and minimal waste. Key applications include conventional long runs in VLF packaging, e.g., pizza and cereal boxes, frozen foods, confectionery, pet food, and electronics. Superior Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE), a measure of makeready time, makeready waste, average net production speed and level of utilization, is critical to the success of this business model. By optimizing all of the components of OEE, the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 145 PSP drives performance to new heights. Calculations confirm that a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 145 VLF with PSP package, working three shifts per day, six days per week, produces twice as many sheets as a 2007 packaging press running at a maximum rated speed of 15,000 sph. The Speedmaster XL 145 with Packaging Speed Performance can produce 70 million or more sheets per year.
Many innovations enable the Speedmaster XL 145/162 to achieve top speeds consistently. These include an updated feeder, improved sheet guidance, and a 32-foot delivery optimized with Heidelberg's patented high-performance dryers. Not only do the Speedmaster XL 145 PSP and XL 162 PSP feature the longest drying sections on the market, but also unique-to-Heidelberg, round air nozzle technology that ensures efficient drying for the coating. The dryers are also equipped with seven slide-in units to ensure smooth production and complete drying at maximum speed.
When print quality is a priority, the high-performance inking and dampening system of the Speedmaster XL 145/XL 162 sets standards in color consistency throughout the run, i.e., the form rollers are smoothly transitioned onto the plate (no bending required), rather than hitting the front bend of the plate, often leading to stripes. Especially at higher machine speeds, Heidelberg's Prinect Inpress Control spectrophotometric inline measuring and control system provides a major assist for operators by adjusting color and register on the fly.
The Evidence Is In
One year ago, key innovations on Heidelberg's Speedmaster XL 145/162 VLF press series platform were recognized with the 2013 InterTech™ Technology Award from Printing Industries of America-the first press ever in the 57"/64" class to be so honored. Heidelberg became the U.S. market leader in VLF packaging presses for the first time in 2014, and has sold multiple Speedmaster VLF XL 145/162 models with the new PSP option to demanding customers in three U.S. locations to date this year. 

Since the start of series production in 2009, more than 100 VLF Speedmaster XL 145/162 presses have been sold worldwide. Some 70 percent of these are used in package printing. Exacting customers in North America and abroad also have placed multiple repeat orders for Heidelberg's VLF XL presses after seeing their initial investment exceed expectations in terms of availability, capacity, and print quality. Currently, Heidelberg is recording the highest volume of orders since the start of production.

Q.I. Press Controls partners with Perretta Graphics

Again Q.I. Press Controls invests in expanding its offerings to the market. In April this year Q.I. Press Controls acquired the business and assets of EAE, the control and automation specialist for printing machines. Now Q.I. Press Controls proudly announces they have entered into a partnership with Perretta Graphics.

Perretta Graphics Corporation is an American organization and global leader in the development and sale of remote ink and register control, ink pre-set systems, register motorization and more. The complete product portfolio of Perretta Graphics will be added to the already extensive portfolio offered by Q.I. Press Controls’ world wide offices and agent network.

“With this partnership we can offer our customers an even more comprehensive solution,” states Menno Jansen, Chairman of Q.I. Press Controls. “Efficiency improvement will be one of the many advantages of offering such a broad portfolio. Not only because of the joint understanding and management of this greater part of the production process but also as customers can rely on one partner to coordinate that complete process.”

“The fundamentals of Perretta Graphics, innovation, quality and customer service are in line with ours. Given the know-how and abilities of all involved new innovations are bound to arise in the near future. This together with the availability of our strong standing global office and agent network to service and support the market, makes us confident. Confident in once again having set another step to realizing our goal of simplifying the steadily growing complexity of the printing process and being able to offer our customer a “one stop” total solution”, Menno Jansen concludes.

Flint Group Narrow Web commercializes EkoCure UV LED Metallics

The Narrow Web market is continually looking for products – products that will go above the must-have print quality and performance; innovative products that will also provide value-added attributes – increased productivity and lower maintenance, sustainable solutions, and technology that is safe for handling and for the environment.  Flint Group has responded with its EkoCure brand of UV LED technologies – and further adds to its portfolio UV LED Metallics!

Flint Group’s EkoCure Metallics are developed using specially selected raw materials that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output and provide both environmental and economical benefits:

  • Increased productivity and press uptime with quality assuredness
  • energy costs are significantly reduced and energy is saved;
  • manufacturing space is increased;
  • UV LED lamps are nearly maintenance free with no mercury bulb replacement and disposal costs;
  • Printers will experience an expanded capability to run heat sensitive materials with less heat management costs
UV LED lamps are ozone and mercury free – promoting improved worker and environmental safety.
These EkoCure Metallics are available as one part press ready inks.  They are provided in Silver; 871 Gold; and 875 Gold.  Mixing formulas for the other base shades will be provided upon request.  Truly amazing as it sounds – these inks have run commercially at speeds of 750 fpm!

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

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

Barcodes West gains versatility with scalable line of Colordyne Production Class Digital Printing Presses

Within the last 26 months, Barcodes West, LLC (BCW) has taken advantage of the scalability offered within Colordyne Technologies' (CDT) Production Class digital printing presses. BCW started out with an entry level printing system, the CDT 1600-PC Sprint, later added rotary die-cut finishing, converting it to a CDT 1600-PC Rotary Pro, and most recently transitioned to laser die-cut finishing, into a CDT 2600-PC Laser Pro.

"Barcodes West saw a great opportunity to expand our digital print offerings with the high resolution and fast speed of the Colordyne Production Class line," said Glenn Allen, general manager of BCW. "We have been digital in one form or another for over 25 years. With our demanding customer base, we always have to be on the look-out for better, faster and unique printing and converting technologies. The Colordyne Production Class is that technology."

BCW purchased a CDT 1600-PC Sprint in May 2012. The company highly valued the 1600 x 1200 dpi resolution the Memjet™ print engine presented with its four printheads containing 70,400 nozzles each giving the print quality a true flexo-like look and feel. The CDT 1600-PC Sprint runs at print speeds up to 160 feet per minute (49 m/min), which at that time, was the fastest speed at the lowest capital cost.

After a year into using the CDT 1600-PC Sprint, BCW needed to further enhance its manufacturing capabilities and in June 2013, elected to add in-line rotary finishing leveraging its current inventory of rotary dies and years of experience with rotary equipment. This decision turned BCW's existing unit into a CDT 1600-PC Rotary Pro. This model expands the Sprint into a full-featured, in-line digital label and tag system, including printing, laminating, varnishing, rotary die-cutting, slitting and rewinding.
The addition of the in-line finishing on the CDT 1600-PC Rotary Pro resulted in BCW being able to deliver jobs to customers faster by eliminating the need for off-line finishing. The Rotary Pro could also maintain its fast print speeds and high resolution, making it even more cost efficient.

BCW's decision to upgrade its existing Rotary Pro to the CDT 2600-PC Laser Pro was seen as a key business strategy. The CDT 2600-PC Laser Pro gives BCW capabilities that set it apart from competition. The 2600 Series print engine is Memjet's latest, most advanced technology that increases the print speeds to 225 feet per minute (69 m/min) and the print resolution to 1600 x 1375 dpi. It also delivers improved print quality and usability driven by industry-standard Harlequin RIP (HDS) Frequency Modulation (FM) screening and an improved PDF workflow.

"The Laser Pro's ability to add high-end color graphics and high density variable barcodes at the quick speeds of the Colordyne equipment keeps us in a great position to expand our offerings for our customers," said Allen.

BCW is able to deliver improved services to its customers at lower costs because the CDT 2600-PC Laser Pro complements the other digital manufacturing capabilities available at the shop. Overall turnaround time is reduced when moving from rotary die-cutting to laser die-cutting, especially when it comes die maintenance and rework. The Laser Pro's capabilities greatly increase BCW's opportunities because it instantly brings a wider range of finishing options for its customers.

"Barcodes West took a somewhat unique approach with its adoption of Colordyne technology as they have been able to gradually increase their investment in the technology while simultaneously realizing increased revenue and bottom line profitability," said Gary Falconbridge, president and CEO at CDT. "With the recent transition to the CDT 2600-PC Laser Pro, they have acquired an even stronger platform for Colordyne digital technology going forward."

Based out of Seattle, Wash., Barcodes West is the label, tag and systems industry leader providing high performance print, identification and data collection solutions to its customers globally. BCW offers integrated software, scanners and on-demand label systems to many industries, including retail, electronics, manufacturing, warehouse, automotive and medical.