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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day Two of Kyoorius Designyatra Concludes on a Creatively Stimulating Note

Day two of Kyoorius Designyatra ended on an inspiring note. Staying true to this year’s theme, ’What If’, the second day of this creatively stimulating conference, broke conventions and opened up a whole new world of possibilities and untapped opportunities.

Attended by almost 1500 delegates including designers, chief marketing officers, brand managers, students and young professionals, it facilitated radical and divergent ideating through formats ranging from talks and workshops, breakout sessions to portfolio reviews, allowing the audience multiple levels of interaction.

Jonathan Ford kick started the day describing Pearlfisher’s emphasis on building Challenger brands and Icons. Simon Manchipp and David Law of SomeOne spoke about the need for brands to be playful and liminal – exploring the opportunities at the edges of design and talked about building Brand Worlds - extensive kits that brands can adapt and apply to a multitude of applications rather than creating brand manuals. David Berman from David Berman Communications emphasized the need for designers to not just do good design, but to do good – being honest about their work and creating design that is sustainable, ethical and doesn’t harm the planet. Natasha Jen’s talk focused on ‘the price of creativity’ and Pentagram’s pro-bono work, highlighting that a big design fee doesn’t necessarily imply better design. Kayonaaz Kalyanwala from Video Volunteers spoke about this incredible initiative that empowers people from rural and marginalized societies to tell their own story and making technology available to all. Global musician Karsh Kale closed the day with a short talk and an impromptu concert, along with the Dharavi Rocks - a dance troupe composed of kids from Mumbai’s Dharavi, whom he has been collaborating with.

The day of talks was followed by professional side sessions conducted by lawyer Kushagra Shah, who explained the intricacies of the laws that govern designer’s work and lives. In a separate session, Hyper Island’s Maria Eriksson explained the four pillars of digital.

Rajesh Kejriwal, Founder CEO of Kyoorius, commented, “We started off with a bang at Kyoorius Digiyatra and have continued the momentum with day two of Kyoorius Designyatra where we saw some brilliant designers and creatives challenge the audience to think differently about design and to be conscious about their impact on the world. We look forward to hosting a new series of stimulating workshops and seminars tomorrow.”

The Label Shoppe acquires Screen Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press shown at Labelexpo Americas 2014

Ryan Gaytan was already sold on the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV long before he saw the high-quality inkjet label press in action at Labelexpo Americas 2014. Gaytan, vice president of Gaytan Foods in City of Industry, Calif., knew the innovative narrow-web printing system would deliver. So much so that Gaytan Foods’ sister company, The Label Shoppe, will take delivery of the new machine with white ink soon after the label and package show’s close on September 11.

“We are excited to begin this new chapter in our business,” Gaytan said. “The entire Label Shoppe team - management, press operators, prepress and sales - unanimously supported the purchase. Management will gain margin and higher customer satisfaction rates. Press operators are excited to learn new technology. Prepress loves the idea of being able to print existing customer files with less retouching. The sales team is simply drooling over the opportunity to sell new print products.”

Gaytan Foods is a family-owned snack food manufacturer specializing in fried pork rinds, cheese puffs and related items. Gaytan Foods used to buy lots of labels from outside vendors, but the cost was high and the delivery slow. The Label Shoppe was founded in 1991 to get the work done in-house faster and at a lower cost.

Using four flexographic presses, The Label Shoppe prints custom pressure-sensitive labels for private label products and Gaytan Foods’ various branded snacks. Obviously, food is the top market for the shop’s labels, with beverages a close second. Orders for labels and tags also come in from manufacturers of cosmetics, electronic components and automotive parts.

“Because we follow the mantra of ‘continuous improvement,’ I am always looking for ways to reduce lead times, improve quality and increase margins,” Gaytan said. “I have been following the evolution of digital label printing technology since I became general manager of The Label Shoppe in 2001. Disappointed, I always arrived at the same conclusion: The right combination of capital investment, operating cost, print quality and throughput never materialized.”

That is, Gaytan added, until he viewed samples printed last spring on the Truepress Jet L350UV.

“Something was different compared to other competitive drop-on-demand inkjet print samples I had evaluated over the past several years,” he said. “Gradients were smooth, and solids were dense and free of pinholes and streaks. Most of the digitally printed samples were virtually indistinguishable from their analog counterparts.”

One of the key benefits of the Truepress Jet L350UV is its high running speed. At 164 feet per minute, it enables maximum productivity in the minimum amount of time. With a printing width of up to 12.6 inches and the ability to print on material from 3.9 inches to 13.7 inches wide, the Truepress Jet L350UV provides productivity of 173.2 square feet per minute.

“After a very thorough internal analysis, we determined that the Truepress Jet L350UV was a profitable fit for at least 57 percent of The Label Shoppe’s jobs,” Gaytan said. “More specifically, even if I didn’t pursue one extra dollar of incremental sales, I would capture enough additional margin on our existing jobs to justify the lease payment. The math was a no-brainer.”

Xeikon Cheetah sets a new speed benchmark: Smashes speed barriers for label printers

Xeikon announced the most important advancement for the digital label market in 15 years, the Xeikon Cheetah digital color press. The press is a staggering 60% faster than any other model in its current press portfolio. The new digital press is dedicated solely to self-adhesive/pressure sensitive label production and can output high quality labels at 98 ft/min (30 m/min), making it the fastest five-color digital label press in the world. Visitors to the company's booth at Labelexpo Americas 2014 (Booth 6135) can see live demonstrations of the new press throughout the exhibition. The new Xeikon Cheetah will be available commercially during 2015.

"This increase in speed represents a huge leap forward in digital press technology. It will enable Xeikon label printers and converters to embark on a new era of productivity and efficiency, with much greater flexibility to react to their clients' requests for shorter time-to-market," says Patrick Van Baelen, VP-WW Marketing at Xeikon. "The Xeikon Cheetah narrows the gap between digital printing and traditional flexo/offset methods for producing labels. In addition, the increase in speed also results in a lower total production cost."

The quality benchmark just got faster
Xeikon now offers six presses in its label and packaging portfolio, providing solutions from entry-level to high capacity production. This is the broadest press portfolio of label and packaging presses available on the market today.

The Xeikon Cheetah can handle substrate widths of up to 13 inches (330 mm) with a true print resolution of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi. It utilizes full rotary printing where the press speeds are independent of the number of colors used and/or the repeat length of the job. Full rotary printing also makes step-and-repeat and subsequent finishing operations straightforward. Furthermore, the Xeikon Cheetah offers all the renowned benefits that make the Xeikon 3000 Series unique, including the use of dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass.

Xeikon presses are based on dry toner electro-photography. This enables the use of conventional substrates that do not have to be pre-treated. Extremely high toner light-fastness and truly eco-friendly printing (no VOC's) are some of the other industry leading features of the Xeikon presses for digital label and package printing. The presses offer easy integration of third-party workflow software and converting/finishing solutions. Furthermore, they incorporate professional color management capabilities.

In addition to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station on the Xeikon Cheetah can be used to print gamut expansion colors or security toner. The press also includes automatic in-line register and density controls. The imaging width is up to 12.7 inches (322 mm) while the repeat length is variable from 0 - 180 ft (0 - 55 m). Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm.

"It's difficult to overstate the importance of this advancement," says Patrick Van Baelen. "The Xeikon Cheetah is a significant breakthrough for high capacity production. It's a tremendously exciting time for Xeikon, as well as for the digital label printing market. We're looking forward to welcoming people to our booth at Labelexpo Americas 2014 so that they can witness the beginning of this industry revolution."

EFI recognizes quality and innovation in first-ever Jetrion label contest

During a special reception at the Labelexpo Americas trade show, EFI announced winners in its first label printing contest for EFI Jetrion inkjet narrow web press users. Four companies have been recognized in EFI’s first-ever Jetrion Label Awards contest, a competition that recognizes the highest-quality and most innovative print uses for EFI Jetrion presses, the leading narrow-web inkjet technology in the global label converting industry.
         
Nixa, Mo.-based Ample Industries won the 2014 Label of the Year award for a beverage label printed with process colors plus white ink on silver material. Honorable mention in the category went to Canadian company Factor Forms & Labels in Edmonton, Alberta.

GSI Technologies in Burr Ridge, Ill., won the 2014 Most Innovative Application of the Year award for a heat-resistant blanket warming oven decal printed CMYK plus white on film with laser cut outs. Repacorp Inc., a label converter headquartered near Dayton, Ohio, won honorable mention in the category.

“We have seen such outstanding and innovative work from our Jetrion customers that we decided a contest to recognize them in two categories was in order,” said Stephen Emery, vice president of EFI's Jetrion and ink businesses. “The contest participants certainly did not disappoint, and it was hard to come to a final decision. We look forward to making this an annual event.”

The winning entries are on display in EFI’s booth, #6423, at Labelexpo Americas.

Xeikon label producer succeeds with metallics

CS Labels - a label printer using Xeikon digital presses is the subject of the latest Color-Logic case study. The study documents how CS Labels uses the Color-Logic process on their Xeikon presses to provide customers with sparkling metallic images and special effects.

Discussing the case study, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "CS Labels is a shining example of how digital printers can use the Color-Logic process to gain new business as well as expand services to existing customers. CS Labels is a showplace of the latest Xeikon technology, and has been used by Xeikon to show other printers Xeikon capability. This new Color-Logic case study details the CS Labels success and shows how Color-Logic facilitates label production.  A copy of the case study may be seen at http://ow.ly/B8P5v."

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

Color-Logic develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media.


Microscan launches Verification Monitoring Interface (VMI) to grade barcodes and monitor trends in quality in real time

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the availability of the Verification Monitoring Interface (VMI), a new software solution specially engineered for monitoring the quality of barcodes as they are produced on parts, labels, and packaging.

Unreadable barcodes can lead to costly scrap, downtime, and errors in the supply chain and at the point of sale. This is why more and more retailers are issuing mandates to their suppliers regarding minimum barcode quality, which leaves suppliers facing possible fines for unreadable codes and disqualification for non-compliance. Microscan has developed easy-to-use verification solutions to meet the need for inline (directly after products are marked) and offline verification to ISO and AIM barcode quality standards, even in high-speed applications, to help manufacturers meet customer demands and ensure efficiency throughout the supply chain. These solutions are tailored to meet ISO and AIM requirements and combine Microscan machine vision technology, including Vision HAWK smart camera models, Nerlite industrial lighting, and AutoVision Machine Vision Software.

The new VMI software plug-in provides a custom Runtime window in AutoVision Machine Vision Software for visualizing the results of ISO barcode quality verification as well as fluctuations in barcode quality over time. As VMI operates on the production line, manufacturers can use this live data about their barcodes to set alarms or trigger actions based on low barcode quality, which may indicate degradation of the printing or marking system such as jammed print heads, low ink, and more. By implementing barcode verification as a preventative measure, and with VMI running in real time as products are marked and labeled, poor and unreadable codes are prevented from entering the supply chain. Thanks to the solution, manufacturers can greatly improve product quality, operational efficiency, reduce scrap and unplanned downtime, and avoid costly fines associated with poor or non-compliant barcodes.

For more information on Microscan’s new Verification Monitoring Interface (VMI) and AutoVision Machine Vision Software, visit www.microscan.com.

Friday, September 12, 2014

#KDY14 kicks off with IAA Kyoorius Digiyatra, 2014

Kyoorius Designyatra being held from 11th until 13th September, 2014 concluded the first day dedicated to digital - IAA Kyoorius Digiyatra, 2014. The second edition of IAA Kyoorius Digiyatra brought together some of the world’s most influential experts to showcase the future of digital, breaking conventions and defying boundaries to explore this year’s theme, ‘What If’.

As digital marketing has grown to be one of the most effective platforms to create brand awareness and brand engagement, this day dedicated to the digital age brought together industry stalwarts who participated in talks, workshops and breakout sessions.

Patrick Burgoyne, Editor of Creative Review, and this year’s moderator, kickstarted the day with his usual wit and energy. The full day of talks began with Gaston Legorburu Executive Director & Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, SapientNitro on storytelling and how companies need to create worlds instead of creating ads. Christian Etter, Founder of Etter Studio explored new avenues of being social online, with his collaborative game ‘Drei’ where players are encouraged to build basic structures, working together. He shared insights about how brands can use gamification to connect with audiences.

During the MIT Media Lab session, Dhairya Dand and Deepak Jagdish wowed audiences with their explorations in digital technology – asking people to re-think their perceptions of smart devices and new ways to interpret their own lives through data visualisation. Content strategist Elizabeth McGuane develops ways to structure a company's story and make digital more human. A common thread throughout the day was storytelling and how brands need to find ways to create meaningful connections with their audiences online.

Another was the importance of collaboration in gathering multiple perspectives to create holistic digital experiences. Tim Malbon- Founding Partner of Made by Many, asked several relevant ‘What If” questions while at the same time giving an overview of the current state of digital and what to look forward to in the future.

Maria Eriksson of Hyper Island closed the day, highlighting the four fundamental pillars of digital – people, companies, learning and change. She emphasized the need to develop a culture in which change is accepted and celebrated.

The audience of 1500-odd professionals and students were exposed to a variety of perspectives – one of the themes that emerged was how storytelling is a powerful tool for companies to connect with their consumers, and speakers offered multiple approaches for brands to create interactive and emotional digital experiences. The two MIT Media Lab Designer/Researchers – Deepak Jagdish and Dhairya Dand, revealed their radical experiments with technology and data visualisation.

IAA Kyoorius Digiyatra will be followed by Kyoorius Designyatra and Kyoorius Design Awards to be hosted on 12th and 13th September, 2014.

Rajesh Kejriwal, Founder CEO of Kyoorius, commented, “Now in its second year, IAA Kyoorius Digiyatra has been a great success once again. There were a lot of interesting insights and discussions throughout the day about how to humanize digital, and thinking beyond social media. We are looking forward to the next two days of Kyoorius Designyatra and pushing people to think beyond clich├ęs and to give shape to new ideas.”

Since 2006, Kyoorius has galvanized the design community in India. A not for profit initiative by Transasia Fine Papers, Kyoorius has created and curated one of the world’s biggest and best annual conferences on design - Kyoorius Designyatra. Alongside, the Kyoorius Magazine is now the most celebrated publications on design. Distributed to over 3000 corporates - the biennial Kyoorius Showcase Book is the only and most comprehensive directory - bringing together over 150 design studios from across the nation. After 15 years of distributing and marketing premium fine papers, Papers by Kyoorius is Transasia's foray into launching definitive fine paper collections under the Kyoorius brand.

Esko announces two key executive appointments with Udo Panenka and Jon Giardina

Esko is pleased to announce two executive appointments. Udo Panenka is joining Esko as Senior Vice President Sales, and Jon Giardina is joining Esko as Vice President Americas. Both previously held executive roles at Danaher companies.

“We are delighted to have executives with this high competence level joining our management. They bring a wealth of expertise to position Esko for even greater success in achieving its global growth ambitions, and help retain its unique positioning to answer the increasingly evolving market needs,” states Carsten Knudsen, Esko President and CEO. "With Udo's strong sales, marketing and general management skills, we are confident he will accelerate the changes being implemented in our go to market organization benefitting our customers. As critical will be Jon's role in leading the Americas region. Esko has a state-of-the-art product portfolio that continues to expand to meet the many challenges faced by operations worldwide. Under the skilled leadership of these experienced managers, we look forward to helping our customers surmount these challenges while increasing profitability."

Udo Panenka assumes worldwide sales, service and marketing responsibility In his new role as Senior Vice President, Panenka has responsibility for the global Esko sales, service and marketing organization. He replaces Christian Korte, who is leaving Esko to pursue other career opportunities. Prior to joining Esko, Panenka was Vice President and General Manager for Kollmorgen’s Industrial Automation Business for Europe and India. Since joining Danaher in 2008, he has held a number of other executive positions within the company. Prior to Danaher, he held key sales, marketing and general management leadership positions with ABS Deutschland, RITZ Pumpenfabrik and New Haden Pumps. Panenka has a BA degree in Management from Berufsakademie located in Heidenheim, Germany.

Jon Giardina takes the lead for Esko Americas as Vice President Americas, Giardina will lead the Esko organizations in North and Latin America. Most recently Giardina was Vice President & General Manager for Danaher’s Dynapar and West/PMA businesses. He joined Danaher in 2006 and has filled key sales, marketing and general management roles over the past eight years. Giardina has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, as well as a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Giardina replaces Tony Wiley, who previously managed Esko’s business in the Americas.

Abbey Labels installs their first MPS EF UV flexo press

MPS announced the installation of an EF UV flexo press into Abbey Labels, a new MPS customer based in the UK. Abbey Labels, one of the UK’s leading label manufacturers located in the East Anglia region installed an EF UV multi substrate flexo press, the 8 colour full UV machine that has a web width of 340mm. The press will be equipped with an “APC” automation extension package, which contains servo positioning motors to automatically set the desired print pressure settings. he press has been installed successfully last month at Abbey’s factory in Bury St Edmunds, UK.

Chairman Tom Allum of Abbey Labels comments: “Innovative technology, ease of operation and the ability to print on a wide range of substrates are the three main reasons why Abbey Labels opted for MPS. Every operator is able to work with the press, as the print operations and settings are self-explanatory. In addition, the press touch screen and controls are simple to operate delivering consistent print and productivity results time and time again”.

Nick Tyrer, sales director of MPS Systems UK commented: “We are pleased to receive this new order from a reputable label printer in the UK. For Abbey Labels, their first MPS EF flexo press will contribute significantly to a growing demand for flexo labels in their vast portfolio of label production and printing services. MPS is privileged to provide their flag ship press.

With 20 years of experience, Abbey Labels is one of the UK’s leading label manufacturers offering label production and printing services in various markets including food, beverage, cosmetics, industrial, security and pharmaceutical. Abbey Labels has far-reaching experience in all types of labels from custom, peel and reveal, scratch off, baggage tags to serial number labels and more. Their project leaders and production staff work with brand managers, and sales and marketing directors to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability.

Xeikon launches SuperBlack toner for luxury labels and folding carton applications

Visitors to the Xeikon booth at Labelexpo Americas 2014 (booth 6135) will be able to witness the company’s latest development in toner technology, called the SuperBlack toner. Normal black toner produces a density of 1.8, while the new SuperBlack provides a density of 2.2-2.4. SuperBlack is a spot color that can be applied using the fifth color station of a Xeikon digital press.

“A solid, dense black on the packaging of a product conveys a sense of quality and high value, and is very appealing to companies selling luxury items,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director – Product Management at Xeikon. “As a result, this effect is used often by brand owners in the wine and spirits markets as well as in the folding carton sector.”

Xeikon dry toner is already the preferred technology for wine and spirit labels, which often utilize structured label substrates. The toner particles follow the substrate’s surface, covering the peaks and troughs evenly to create excellent print quality. Xeikon has gone a step further with the development of SuperBlack, which provides a cost effective and easy solution for printing labels and packaging that incorporate full black tones or large areas of black.

“Xeikon is constantly looking to expand the scope of digital printing. Developing specific toners based upon the needs of the market is one way of meeting this goal. Just last year, we launched ICE toner for pressure sensitive PE labels and IML substrates. The ICE toner has been received extremely well by our customers. We are convinced that the benefits and opportunities offered by the new SuperBlack toner will be embraced by luxury brand owners everywhere,” adds Van Bauwel.

As with all Xeikon toners for the labels and packaging market, SuperBlack meets FDA regulations for food contact. SuperBlack toner will be available immediately following its launch at Labelexpo Americas.

Monday, September 8, 2014

More than 80% space booked @ PrintPack India

IPAMA - Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association is organizing the 12th edition of its biennial PrintPack India exhibition, slated to be held from February 11 - 15, 2015 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, NCR. The exhibition is proposed to be organized on a gross area of 40,000 square meters, consisting of four exhibition halls on the ground floor and 5 Hangars to be constructed in the open space. The Hangars will be constructed strictly as per international standards and equipped with all modern facilities.

The new feature added to the exhibition is the exclusive “Printers Pavilion” which has been specially created to showcase the finished products and facilities available with the Medium and Small level Printers & Publishers fraternity. IPAMA is also extending special discount in space rental to the participants of Printers Pavilions, the details of which have been posted on the IPAMA web-site.

Success or otherwise of any exhibition depends on the footfall of visitors. For mobilizing visitors for PrintPack India 2015, it is proposed to use various mode of advertisement. Apart from releasing Advertisement in various Trade Magazines, it is proposed to harness maximum potential of Electronics media.  Mass publicity through Press conferences, Road Shows, e-mails etc. Arrangements for online Registration of Visitors have already commenced. IPAMA will start organizing Road Shows in select cities, wherein local industrialists, prospective exhibitors & business visitors will be invited in addition to the Press/media to extend mass publicity for the Event.

As a part of visitor promotion, IPAMA will provide complimentary Bus/Shuttle service from Botanical Garden Metro Station to Expo Centre during exhibition hours.  The exhibitors / business visitors coming from different parts of the country or from overseas can avail the facility of hotel bookings, Air & Rail reservation etc. from the official service provider of IPAMA, the details of which are also available on IPAMA's web-site.

Current status of Space availability
More than 80% of the space has also been booked, 260 Indian and foreign participants have already been allotted space in the Exhibition Halls and the Hangars.  The total gross area allotted to the exhibitors till date has reached 27,500 square meters.  Barring a few sites, no space is available in the Halls for allotment to the exhibitors. The booking of space in the 5th Hangar has also commenced. IPAMA may not accept fresh applications for allotment of space after December'2014, as it will not be possible to construct more Hangars, keeping in view the limitation of space at the Expo Centre. It's advisable to firm-up your requirement at the earliest and let the organisers have your preferences of the available space as the next edition of 'Print Pack' will be held in 2017.