Thursday, August 14, 2014
Flint Group Narrow Web is introducing a new range of UV flexo adhesive technologies for UV LED curing under the EkoCure brand. These adhesives will be the first commercially available products designed specifically for UV LED curing. EkoCure products are developed using specially selected raw materials that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output.
This is in response to the increasing need for improved profitability, sustainable print solutions, innovation, higher productivity, value added technology, increased press uptime, lower maintenance technology, safer technology, etc. The main advantages with UV LED can be summarized as economical and ecological:
- Quality assuredness brings increased productivity and press uptime;
- Energy costs will be significantly reduced;
- Manufacturing space is increased;
- UV LED lamps are nearly maintenance free;
- No mercury bulb replacement and disposal costs;
- Expanded capability to run heat sensitive materials with less heat management costs.
- Energy will be saved;
- UV LED lamps are ozone and mercury free (improved worker and environmental safety).
Flint Group has partnered with industry leading suppliers and has been able to develop inks, coatings and now adhesives for UV LED curing – all which have been validated for our industry under commercial production conditions.
The range of EkoCure UV flexo adhesives available include:
- Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
- Lamination Adhesive
- Cold Foil Adhesive
Flint Group can also develop the UV LED adhesive to fit your needs. Printers who want to align themselves with the future of narrow web, and with award winning innovative technology, should align themselves with UV LED technology and Flint Group.
Flint Group’s EkoCure UV flexo and screen inks are the first-ever narrow web printing inks developed for use in combination printing. These inks perform to the highest standards and bring economical and ecological benefits to the market. First launched in the U.S. in 2012, these inks are now globally available through Flint Group’s extensive distribution network.
EkoCure technology and the UV LED process is a true game-changing innovation that will lead our industry into the future. EkoCure products are available in a complete range of UV flexo inks, from all base colours in the Pantone base range, as well as UV rotary screen whites designed for combination printing. The EkoCure ink range also offers a complete portfolio of metallic inks, and varnishes with more exciting developments on the horizon.
GMG GmbH, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, is celebrating 30 years shaping the color management landscape – three decades “converting, standardizing, reproducing, maximizing, controlling, sharing and evolving color,” in the words of co-owner Robert Weihing.
It was in 1984 that Robert and brother Joerg (now fellow co-owners) joined the business founded by their father Ewald Weihing, initially to supply sign-cutting plotters. In 1989 the company expanded into inkjet, buying one of the first then-revolutionary IRIS 3047 A0-format inkjet printers, and in this purchase lay the seeds of the color management business.
“Our father had the foresight to see the potential impact of the IRIS on the signmaking industry,” recalls Robert. “Signmaking was very labour- and materials-intensive, because you needed a separate foil for each layer, but the IRIS could print a sign in a single pass. One day, however, we printed an image from a slide and noticed that many of the browns printed as green. That was when we realized we had to learn about color management!” Four years later, the company’s first product, GMG ColorProof, a proofing and color management solution for the packaging sector, found a ready market for its automation of consistent color reproduction, especially of spot colors.
ColorProof went on to become an industry classic and, like other GMG solutions such as ColorServer and SmartProfiler, can rightly claim to have redefined the possibilities and extended the boundaries of color in the graphic arts. Today the company offers a suite of 15 world-class color management products, including a number of award-winners, and has over 11,000 solutions installed worldwide in a wide range of customers and for a wide variety of applications, from advertising agencies and prepress houses to offset, flexo, gravure, digital and wide-format printers.
Robert and Joerg Weihing are especially proud of GMG’s record of continuing to keep pace with (and often anticipate) changing trends in graphic arts and develop successful solutions for customers. Says Robert: “When we started, proofing was a kind of proprietary world ruled over by the likes of Cromalin and Matchprint. The IRIS began to change that. Since 2000 we’ve seen the transition from expensive, slow continuous-inkjet hardware to fast, much cheaper drop-on-demand technologies.
“As our customers’ needs have developed, so we have expanded our portfolio to serve the different requirements for color-managed results in different sectors. Today, our portfolio targets creative designers or photographers, through agencies and prepress houses, to printers using traditional presses or digital output devices. We are now looking forward to another 30 years developing color management solutions to help these customers achieve profitable, efficient production throughout the value chain, from concept to creation.”
The 2014 International Specialty Papers Conference, October 23-25, 2014, in Shanghai, China, covers all aspects of one of the pulp and paper industry’s most dynamic and rapidly growing markets. Featuring a program jointly organized by TAPPI and China Technical Association of the Paper Industry (CTAPI) the conference provides access to potential Chinese customers, business intelligence for the Chinese market and the latest technical innovations originating in China and from around the world.
“The 2014 Specialty Papers Conference features the most in-depth technical program available covering this rapidly growing, diverse market including discussions on unique functional materials developed in China and special additives and coatings appropriate for the Chinese market,” notes Chuck Klass, president of Klass Associates. “It also features numerous networking and social events providing the opportunity to interact with potential customers in China and from around the world and a trade fair covering the latest developments in technology. This is a must attend event for anyone interested in the specialty papers business in Asia.”
The conference is targeted toward Asian specialty paper mill and corporate staff (technical managers, product development, and business leaders), suppliers and consultants and students interested in specialty papers. The two-day technical program encompasses a wide range of topics including: outlook for and market trends in China’s specialty papers industry, opportunities and risks in future markets, the latest in manufacturing technology, developments in wet end chemistry, bio-based latex binders and other developments in coating for specialty grades. The conference includes a tour of APP's Gold Huasheng Paper Co. mill which is located in Suzhou and produces packaging, specialty and communication papers.
Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital colour printing technology, announced the delivery and installation of its high-performing Xeikon 8600 digital colour press at Bassett Direct, headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Bassett Direct is one of the most well-known and experienced providers of direct marketing services and variable-data printing programs in Canada. The installation coincides with Bassett's 20th Anniversary celebrations - and will be used to help grow its successful one-to-one marketing services.
Bassett's customer base spans a variety of industries throughout Canada. They range from banks and insurance companies to non-profit organizations and advertising agencies. Although each partnership is unique, they all rely on Bassett for leadership, innovation, counsel and valuable input on their specific direct marketing projects. "Our greatest strength is our team's total commitment to customer service," says Rich Bassett, President and Owner of Bassett Direct.
Adding to Bassett's substantial arsenal of Xeikon equipment, the versatile and powerful 8600 is a leader in its sector in terms of quality and productivity. Customers across the globe depend on it for a wide range of applications in an array of standard and non-standard formats, boasting nearly unlimited image lengths.
Mr. Bassett adds, "The Xeikon 8600 has given us the ability to do something in our shop that very few companies in North America are doing. The press is a powerful tool for the growth of our variable colour, one-to-one marketing applications. It's the right technology to produce the volume and quality our customers expect. In addition, we can take advantage of Xeikon's ability to handle unique format sizes and substrates."
The Xeikon 8600 prints at 1200x3600 dpi resolution and is capable of handling monthly duty cycles of up to 6 million pages. The press prints on both sides of the substrate simultaneously and can handle web widths of up to 20.2". The press is also capable of handling media weights from 27-lb text all the way up to 350-gsm/130-lb. cover.
"We're proud to partner with a leader like Bassett Direct," said Todd Blumsack, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Xeikon America, Inc. "They've been at the top of their game for two decades and their innovative use of Xeikon technology is validation of our team's position in the market."
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
One hundred industry professionals gather at Nilpeter’s Technology Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 31 July for an in depth overview of the Expanded Gamut process. Guests were shared the journey Nilpeter and its partners have taken to bring this technology to narrow-web converters. After presentations from Actega, Harper, Tesa, Flexografix, and Esko, visitors witnessed the entire process come to life on the Nilpeter FB-3 servo driven flexo press.
The FB-3 offers the highest level of automation in its class. With total job save capabilities and automated plate cylinder positioning, the FB-3 can recall all operating parameters of previous production runs. This is a perfect fit for the Expanded Gamut fixed color set process. The primary seven colours stay in the press to build spot colour and process graphics thus reducing wash-ups, make-ready, and downtime. A simple plate change and job recall allows the press to be up and running quicker, more repeatedly with higher profitability.
Chris Baldwin, Nilpeter’s Technology Center Manager in the USA, “I was very pleased with the overwhelming turnout we had at our Expanded Gamut Printing seminar. Our partners gave very in-depth presentations and our guests walked away with the knowledge to help them explore deeper into the world of Expanded Gamut. With the advancements in the flexo process in combination with the FB-3’s ability to hold extremely tight register and perform automatic job recall, digital printing has even less of an argument against the flexographic printing process.”
Mark Samworth from Esko also shared the day’s experience, “Esko very much values the opportunity to partner with Nilpeter and participate in their Expanded Gamut open house. It’s a great feeling to be presenting in a “packed to capacity” room to an audience that has the potential to realize enormous quality and economic benefits from Expanded Gamut. We particularly value a press company partnership because Equinox EG technology is only as good as the quality of your printing.”
Ken Pavett from Flexografix sums up the day’s events perfectly, “Nilpeter has a "no compromises" approach to integrating Expanded Gamut. Their intention is to educate their customers on using Expanded Gamut as a tool to compete with digital printing. As a result of Nilpeter's commitment to that intention, and the alignment of their chosen suppliers, we were well-prepared to educate open house participants on the process and the tools we used to integrate Expanded Gamut. The program's turnout was great, as was the audience's interest and their level of engagement. It has been a real pleasure to work with the professionals at Nilpeter. Based on the conversations I had afterwards, the participants were excited about the program's quality and with the results we achieved.”
You can witness the process in action at LabelExpo USA, at Nilpeter’s booth in Hall B, booth nos. 3105 & 3205, September 9-11 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
MPS today announced their recognition of three customers, Doga Etiket, Pragati Pack, and Arca Etichette, all award winners at the recent 34th FINAT label awards competition in the marketing/end-uses group for labels printed on MPS flexo presses. In addition, nine labels also printed on MPS flexo presses received highly commended awards. The award ceremony was held during the Finat Congress 2014 program in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Turkish printer Doga Etiket was a winner in the cosmetics category for their “Elsève Extraordinary Oil” label, printed using flexo and screen printing in 5 colours plus hot gold foiling and a varnish. Indian printer Pragati Pack won the pharmaceutical category for their “OrthoZen” label printed on a metallised substrate using flexography and screen printing in 4 colours, which includes an opaque white background. The winner of the booklets category was Italian printer Arca Etichette for their “Pivetti Impasta & Vinci” label printed in four colour process colours using flexography for the total label including the inside pages.
The nine highly commended awards in the marketing/end-uses group were presented to Pragati Pack (two awards), Doga Etiket (two awards), Skanem Willich, Germark S.A. and Label Apeel. Uniflex, and Doga Etiket also received highly commended awards in the printing processes group. All labels were printed on MPS flexo presses.
MPS commercial director/co-founder Eric Hoendervangers comments: “MPS is very proud of all the group winners and highly commended awards. It is a recognition of our customer’s outstanding label design and an honour for MPS that they were printed on our presses. We congratulate our customers for these well-earned achievements.”
The total number of entries for this year’s competition was 241 with 49 companies from 25 countries submitting samples for the judges to examine. The jury panel was led by acting chairman Mike Fairley with the remaining panel of Rik Olthof from Cartils, a well-known Dutch design agency, Bernard Plat, past president of the French label association UNFEA, Murat Sipahioglu from Turkey, Steve Wood from the UK, and this year’s media judge Bill Bruce.
Enfocus today announces PitStop FontFix, the new Adobe Acrobat Pro and Standard plug-in that checks and replaces fonts missing from PDF files. PDF is an extremely popular file format used by a wide range of markets worldwide, including graphic arts, government, corporate, office, financial and medical. To celebrate the release, Enfocus is making the Font Fix solution available to customers for free. To get their copy, customers simply share their thoughts on social media.
As PDF files have grown in popularity, so has the problem of missing fonts. Users in all of these markets experience the challenge that comes from managing a PDF file that is missing correct fonts.
PitStop Font Fix is the result of an agreement between Enfocus, the leading software developer of tools to control the quality of PDF files, and Monotype, a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise. With the new PitStop Font Fix plug-in, users can check their PDFs for missing fonts and make simple corrections. If fonts are missing, users can simply embed them from fonts available on their computer system, or by downloading them from Monotype Baseline, a cloud-based font library. Here’s how it works:
- Visit the Enfocus PitStop Font Fix link (www.enfocus.com/en/products/pitstop-font-fix ) and click the “Get It Now” button.
- Write a personal message or use the Enfocus' suggested post: “I fixed fonts in my PDF file with PitStop Font Fix!” Then share the update on social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+, xing en vkontakte).
- Download and install the plugin (Macintosh and Windows) into Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Acrobat Standard.
Once users have installed the plug-in and registered for a free Monotype Baseline account, they can embed as many local system fonts as they want. By creating an account on the Monotype Baseline platform, users get access to a massive font library. This Monotype library holds over 60,000 fonts of various types, including Adobe Type 1 fonts. As a start, users receive 10 free tokens enabling them to embed 10 fonts absolutely free of charge. After that, additional fonts can be purchased via the Monotype website at $0.39 per font. This exceptional promotional offer is valid until the last day of this year.
Beauty brand managers and entrepreneurs looking to accelerate their business are in for a treat at this year’s Packaging Innovations London and Luxury Packaging, taking place at the Business Design Centre, London on 30 September & 1 October. The shows will once again feature The Beauty Symposium.
Run in association with The Red Tree Consultancy, this year’s theme is ‘The Outer Face of Beauty’. The speakers are an impressive who’s who of industry experts from the world of cosmetics, beauty and luxury, who will be discussing how to stand out and build a successful beauty business.
Stirling Murray, CEO and Founder of The Red Tree, said: "The Beauty Symposium is delighted to be back at Packaging Innovations London and Luxury Packaging. Last year we had over 250 people attending the seminars, which was fantastic. We have an equally strong and eclectic speaker line-up this year, who are looking to share their inspiring ideas on beauty, packaging and luxury.”
Wren Holmes, Brand Manager at UrbanVeda, will be sharing her expertise into ‘Summing up your story in three seconds; a mass brand's search for instantaneous shelf presence.’ Holmes will explore what makes a consumer and retailer buy products and how to maximise cut-through on a crowded shelf. She will also talk about early brand development, the trials and tribulations of translating your vision with designers and packaging errors to avoid.
Continuing the theme, Janet Tarasofsky, Product Development Expert at Sarah Chapman, will be talking about ‘Avoid the avoidable errors of packaging.’ With over 15 years’ experience in the beauty industry, creating products and marketing them, Tarasofsky wants to inspire people within the industry to create the extraordinary. She will discuss how the most common errors in packaging development are easy to avoid, once they are known.
Nick Ellis, Creative Partner and Founder at Halo Media Communications will provide insight into ‘Mainstream success: the death of ambition.’ With over 18 years of experience, Ellis has worked as the creative lead on numerous household names and challenger brands. He will be talking about how the only hope for mainstream creativity lies in the hands of brand managers and accounts teams.
Diana Verde Nieto, CEO and Founder of Positive Luxury.com will be discussing ‘Don’t judge a book by the cover - trust is the new currency when it comes to branding.’ She will explain that the rise and fall of social media is raising the issue of what and who we can trust; plus she will also touch upon why a company’s actions are more important than what a company says.
Farooq Chaudhry, Director and Co-Founder of Su-Man Skincare will be presenting ‘Packaging design - balancing identity, integrity and visual impact.’ With an arts and dance background Farooq will show how he successfully transferred principles and ideas from these fields over to the cosmetics industry. He will explain how his search for ‘awesome simplicity’ was discovered by a series of beautiful accidents and a total commitment to creative integrity.
In addition to The Beauty Symposium, Packaging Innovations London and Luxury Packaging will feature a Luxury Packaging Conference, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, Harrods, Procter & Gamble (Prestige Brands) and Godiva Chocolatier. They will be exploring the vital role packaging has to play in positioning and promoting luxury and prestige brands.
Luxury Packaging and Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, Lions’ Lair, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic, and The Drinks Symposium.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The stunning new interface is completely redesigned with the user in mind. The first thing operators notice about the new system is ease of navigation in the modern UI. It’s more intuitive, perfectly organized, and a pleasure to view. During the design phase, we conducted exhaustive user tests to ensure that it met our goals, which were to deliver a simpler and more effective system to our customers. The new Nyscan is also designed to provide a consistent user experience across all of our vision products. This assures cross-functional users can more easily adapt to our technology whether it be 100% Print Inspection, Web Viewing, or Missing Label Detection. Features such as touch screen compatibility, sizable windows, and flexible screen resolution are but a few of the benefits you will notice.