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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Avery Dennison’s tire labeling portfolio wins Innovation Award at Label Industry Global Awards


Avery Dennison’s new portfolio of materials for labeling one of the toughest products to brand - tires - was named winner of the Innovation Award for companies with over 300 employees at the Label Industry Global Awards Tuesday, September 9. The award recognizes the new portfolio’s ability to boost brand image, ensure tracking ability and adhere more securely.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for an innovation that addresses real challenges in the marketplace,” said Don Nolan, president of Avery Dennison Materials Group. “We are committed to developing unique products that create value and meet demanding needs for both our customers and end users, and this portfolio an example of that promise.”

First in the portfolio is the Point-of-Purchase (POP) Tire Label, which features a film and adhesive construction with production-friendly gum patterns that increase conversion speeds. The POP label material incorporates a special back coating on the polypropylene film, which resists the migration of low molecular-weight components and processing aides from the tire surface - a common problem in the industry. The barrier prevents materials from bleeding through the surface of the label, preventing label curl and maintaining outstanding print quality and brand appeal.

“Tires are one of the most difficult of all labeling applications because of their ‘low-energy’ surfaces, which are inherently resistant to labeling,” said Mark Pickner, Durables segment director for Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials North America. “We developed this portfolio in close consultation with tire manufacturers, who helped us understand their pain points and identify effective new solutions. This kind of collaboration is a key part of our innovation process, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

The tire portfolio also features Vulcanized Tire Labels specifically designed to aid product identification. These constructions provide heat and abrasion resistance needed to withstand the extremes of the tire’s vulcanization process. As brands serialize their tires for tracking and safety reasons, the label material can be applied during the final stages and remain integrated and resistant to severe environmental conditions.

The Label Industry Global Awards, organized by Taursus, are held annually, alternating between Labelexpo Americas in Chicago and Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The Innovation Awards are awarded to two companies - one with more than 300 employees and one with less than 300 - for a specific innovation in technology or business practice introduced in the label industry. Award entries were judged based on degree of innovation, practical impact in the marketplace and economic and environmental aspects.

More information about the tire label portfolio and other innovations Avery Dennison featured at Labelexpo this year can be found on the company’s virtual trade show at virtuallabelexpo.averydennison.com Innovation experts will be available via chat to provide more information on September 16 and 17 on the virtual trade show site.

Gidue wins the Label Industry Award for Innovation

Following the nomination as finalist in the shortlist of the 2014 Label Industry Global Awards, Gidue is proud to announce that it has been awarded with the Label Global Award for Innovation for the Digital Flexo Excellence Project, the latest revolutionary technology launched by Gidue for the Labels & Packaging industry. Following the nomination as finalist in the shortlist of the 2014 Label Industry Global Awards, Gidue is proud to announce that it has been awarded with the Label Global Award for Innovation for the Digital Flexo Excellence Project, the latest revolutionary technology launched by Gidue for the Labels & Packaging industry.

The Label Industry Global Awards have been founded in 2004 to celebrate innovations and excellence and during the last 10 years it has become the highest label industry’s accolade, judged by the most important Label Associations (FINAT and TLMI) and the 3 main technical magazines of our industry. Sponsored this year by Flint Group, the Award for Innovation rewards a specific innovation, introduced during 2013, by a supplier or converter company in the label industry.

On 9th September, the label industry awards gathered together some of the sector’s leading companies and individuals at the Label Industry Global Awards 2014 to celebrate the most advanced technologies of the Industry. Held as part of Labelexpo Americas 2014, the awards ceremony and gala dinner took place at the main Ballroom of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Gidue won the Innovation price for 2014’s edition with the Digital Flexo Excellence Project, the latest technology launched for the Labels and Packaging industry. Digital Flexo Excellence is a system of technologies developed to make the workflow, set-up and run of a flexographic press “digital” and fully automated. Digital Flexo Excellence presses are designed to deliver high productivity, costs reduction, flexibility and consistent quality, with “digital” efficiency, repeatability and ease of operation. With faster changeover times, higher press up-time, and minimum waste, it projects flexography into a new era in the label and packaging industry, challenging Digital printing on quality, efficiency and profitability also in micro and short runs.

Federico d’Annunzio, Gidue President, affirmed: “We are proud that Gidue Team work has been recognized with this Innovation Award. Since the year 2000, Gidue technologies introduced many concepts and innovations, which today have become the standard for our industry. This award is a high incentive for Gidue to continue developing new technologies for the benefit of the Labels and Packaging.”

Matteo Cardinotti, MD of Gidue, commented: “Digital presses in combination with advanced automated flexo presses are the future for the next generation converters. We are happy that judges have understood the Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence concept in this important moment of our industry. “Excellence“ in Digital Flexo automation grants coverters very high profits and extreme flexibility.”

Cristina Toffolo, Gidue VP Marketing, added: “This award is dedicated to the entire Gidue Team that in these recents years has worked hard to confirm and strengthen its role as an Italian innovative manufacturing company. We want to deeply thank all our customers in the world that have supported Gidue with continuous trust and confidence by investing in our new technologies; and our suppliers and distributors for their tight partnership and constant commitment.”

Maurizio Trecate, Gidue VP Sales, concluded that Digital Flexo Excellence presses have already been installed in Europe and soon in Middle-Eastern countries. “We believe that Gidue Digital Flexo and Excellence technologies will increase the manufacturing efficiency of many Labels and Packaging converters in the world. A new Digital Era for Flexography was born.”

Gidue is represented in India by Reifenhauser India Marketing Ltd.

Bemis agrees to sell its Pressure Sensitive Materials business to Platinum Equity

Bemis Company, Inc.  has reached an agreement to sell its global Pressure Sensitive Materials business (known as “MACtac”) to Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm, for a purchase price of $170 million.  This transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Company plans to use the proceeds of the sale to fund the growth of its flexible packaging business.  Commenting on the pending transaction, William Austen, Bemis Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Bemis is now positioned to dedicate all of our resources to accelerating strategic growth in our core flexible packaging business.  Our focus on increasing sales of value-added products for high barrier, medical, and pharmaceutical applications around the world will support our improving performance metrics as well as our organic and inorganic growth objectives.”  Further, Austen commented, “This transaction will provide an opportunity for the Pressure Sensitive Materials management team to execute its growth strategy as part of the Platinum Equity portfolio.”

The Pressure Sensitive Materials business segment includes manufacturing facilities located in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Indiana; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Soignies, Belgium; and Genk, Belgium, along with offices located in Stow, Ohio, and a worldwide sales and distribution network.

“We have developed a great relationship with Bemis and are pleased to have crafted a divestiture solution that meets their needs, while setting MACtac up for long-term success,” said Platinum Equity Partner Louis Samson, who leads the Platinum Equity team pursuing the acquisition.  “We believe the company is well positioned for growth, both organically and through prospective add-on investments.  We will provide MACtac the resources, support, and focus it needs to thrive as a standalone company.”

Platinum Equity has a highly specialized focus on business operations and 19 years of experience owning and operating businesses that have been acquired from large corporate parent companies.  Transactions Platinum Equity has completed over the last two years include carve outs from AP Moeller Maersk, CBS, Emerson, and Volvo.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor and Baker & McKenzie LLP is acting as legal counsel to Bemis Company.

QuadTech presents portfolio of press control technology and highlight customer successes at Eurasia Packaging 2014

QuadTech, together with their Turkish agent Inpak, are presenting print quality and waste saving solutions for packaging converters, as well as local customer successes, on its stand (Hall 7, Stand 709C) at Eurasia Packaging 2014, 18-21 September, (Tüyap Fair Convention & Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey).

"This twentieth staging of Eurasia Packaging demonstrates the strength and dynamism of the region's packaging industry," said Stephan Doppelhammer, QuadTech Market Manager for Packaging. "With growing interest from international brands for consistent, fast turnaround packaging, quality demands can be high and margins tight. QuadTech automation can help packaging converters improve profitability and competitiveness by streamlining production.

"Our theme for the show is 'The Power of Better: People + Technology = Solutions‘. This emphasizes the importance of local industry knowledge from our Turkish agent Inpak in combination with QuadTech's automatic, on-the-fly, inspection and color measurement technology for every packaging application."

Highlighted on the QuadTech stand will be systems for flexo, gravure, and offset packaging applications. These include in-line inspection and spectral color measurement and control solutions for films, foils, papers and laminates that reduce make-ready times, accelerate throughput, provide quality assurance and ensure customer satisfaction.

The QuadTech Inspection System inspects 100% of the web 100% of the time, providing total quality assurance. This system is designed to maintain print quality and deliver defect-free output and was recently installed by Arimpeks Aluminium Ltd. (Gebze, Turkey). Chosen for its ability to inspect challenging thin and reflective substrates, the Inspection System was installed on the company's pharmaceutical gravure printing lines. Five months later, Arimpeks says it has reduced waste while increasing print quality, productivity and job turnaround, enabling the company to deliver customers' products to market faster. More information about Arimpeks' successes will be available on the QuadTech stand.

ARİMPEKS also utilizes QuadTech DataCentral for Inspection, a powerful database that stores job, raw material use, and defect information from all inspection equipped machinery on site. Benefits of this system include the ability to show customers consistent results and statistics, as well as the option to control waste removal. For example, with the QuadTech Waste Management System, defective material can be pinpointed and automatically found on the roll on converting processes or in finishing to advance to where removal is needed, saving operator time and valuable substrates.

Offering an integrated in-line solution for color control is the QuadTech Color Quality Solution (CQS). The CQS combines spectral color measurement, ink formulation and dispensing technology. From customer-defined color targets, through X-Rite's Ink Formulation software, to ink dosing, on-press adjustments and until the final printconverters and brand managers are assured that precise color specifications have been met.

A vital component of the CQS is QuadTech's Color Measurement System with SpectralCam HD, which collects in-line, live spectral data and compares it to the customer targets at full press speeds. Any deviations are captured automatically and sent back to the Ink Formulation software for the required ink recipe. This allows the operator to quickly take remedial action, thus reducing waste and press downtime.

Additional options for end-to-end assurance include the QuadTech Web Viewing System that can be used as a stand-alone system, or in conjunction with the Inspection System. The Web Viewing System provides real-time digital viewing of the moving web and has solutions such as barcode verification to keep print accuracy and the press running uninterrupted. QuadTech PDF Verification compares the original customer artwork against a printed copy to verify correct press setup and ensure ultimate print quality.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Integrated Prinect Packaging Workflow optimizes sheet layout and color consistency

For small commercial print shops through large industrial packaging environments, Heidelberg offers complete integration through its Prinect Packaging Workflow, the first and only fully integrated workflow for packaging printers.
 
Beginning with the introduction of the Prinect Packaging concept at drupa 2008, Heidelberg has steadily added special functions that extend the functionality of its flagship Prinect software suite. By adding a single module to their existing Prinect commercial workflow, both commercial and packaging printers can enjoy comprehensive integration of all print shop processes to accommodate the development and production of folding cartons and labels.
 
"Favorable To Our Customers"
Inland Label (LaCrosse, Wis.) is a satisfied, longtime user of Heidelberg's Prinect workflow solution. The custom label printing company currently operates three generations of Heidelberg's flagship Speedmaster XL 105 presses, in addition to a recently installed Speedmaster XL 106 9-color press.
 
"Heidelberg's Prinect Workflow provides Inland with tools to establish and maintain a custom color management system," said Amy Jungerberg, Inland's Prinect Prepress Manager. "This system has given us the knowledge and opportunity to reduce the number of spot colors printed on press by replacing these colors with 7-color process. This is becoming more and more favorable to our customers as it helps them reduce costs."
 
Family owned and operated for three generations, Inland Label has been exclusively dedicated to package decoration since the 1970s. Product offerings include cut-and-stack, pressure-sensitive, in-mold, roll-fed and shrink labels. The company produces more than 25 billion premium offset and gravure-printed package labels annually.
 
"Prinect is used by several departments at Inland, from planning layouts for single and combo runs in Prinect Signa Station, to imposition and plating through Prinect Cockpit and our Suprasetter CtP systems," Jungerberg continued. "The pressroom also benefits from the use of Prinect since all ink information is available for every job, helping to reduce makeready."
 
Like Inland Label, other Prinect users can easily change custom Pantone colors into 7-color process with the MultiColor Tool inside of Heidelberg's Prinect PDF Toolbox, and print every job with ink that is already in the press. The addition of orange, violet, and/or green lets packaging and label printers create hundreds of custom colors with less makeready time and lower waste. To learn how the Prinect MultiColor Tool can save money in your pressroom, watch a demo here, or contact your Heidelberg representative.
 
Collect, Re-Use and Repeat
The concept behind Prinect Packaging Workflow stems from the fact that the majority of work performed by folding carton and label printers consists of repeat orders. Because packaging from different production batches often winds up side-by-side on store shelves, every effort must be made to ensure that precisely the same quality standards apply to each batch. As bulk goods, packaging materials also must be manufactured as economically and quickly as possible, sans error, and without wasting expensive materials.
 
Heidelberg's Prinect Packaging Workflow deploys a variety of tools across prepress, press and postpress to re-use data automatically in order to improve quality and productivity. Entering data only once reduces error, saves money, and optimizes makeready time. Because Prinect enables custom configurations for all types of packaging jobs, users also benefit from flexible job management, reliable costing and maximum production reliability despite growing cost pressure.
 
Heidelberg's Prinect offering integrates the prepress department with the pressroom by providing the press with up to 28 separate preset parameters, in addition to ink key presets. An important benefit of this capability is time saved. Ten minutes saved on makeready for a 57" or 62" Speedmaster XL VLF press running six or more colors represents a considerable savings-one that also comes with significant error reduction, better consistency and repeatability. Prinect also includes powerful calibration, profiling, and quality control tools for consistent, reproducible color quality and matching with approved print sheets.
 
Consult A "Pro"
The heart of Prinect Packaging Workflow is Packaging Pro, an add-on option to the Prinect Signa Station imposition and sheet assembly tool. With multiple functions to support the manufacture of labels and folding cartons, Prinect Signa Station Packaging Pro enables the import, processing and export of CAD data; preparation of complete signatures including all color marks and control elements; definition of clippings on the sheet with automatic or interactive conflict resolution in case of overlapping; and the optimum calculation of gang forms for various print run volumes. Once a sheet layout has been created, users can generate an interactive, three-dimensional soft proof of the carton that can be shared with the customer via email, eliminating the need to produce a costly physical sample first.
 
Any Way You Want It
Prinect Packaging workflow is flexible enough to accommodate commercial printers that produce some packaging work and are already familiar with the Prinect platform; packaging converters like Inland Label that operate from one to three production sites; or very large packaging concerns that may or may not have a global presence. The most economical configuration offering the greatest benefit would derive from the interplay of Prinect Sign Station Pro (imposition), Prinect Prepress Manager and Prinect Pressroom Manager (data preparation and output) and a Heidelberg Speedmaster press.

Modular, scalable and open, Prinect adapts to individual requirements and can grow with the customer, even where components from other manufacturers are already in use. Many businesses initially use Packaging Pro as an independent solution, and then proceed to expand their packaging workflow with Prinect, step by step, until all areas are fully integrated.

Labelexpo Americas Marks 25th Anniversary with Record Edition

Labelexpo Americas 2014 closed last week after enjoying its most successful ever edition. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the show registered a 12% increase in footfall with 16,029 show visitors and achieved an 83% onsite rebooking rate for 2016’s event.

Boasting over 440 exhibitors, Labelexpo Americas again played host to several hundred product launches. Highlights included new digital presses such as HP’s WS6800 and the Cheetah from Xeikon. Other major launches included Mark Andy’s Digital Series hybrid inkjet/flexo press and Nuova Gidue’s M5 UV flexo press. In addition numerous new inks, ancillary products and label stocks were unveiled including new point-of-purchase and vulcanization tire label portfolios from Avery Dennison, Flint Group’s expanded EkoCure UV-LED range, Sun Chemical’s new Solaris System and UPM Raflatac’s thinner PET film label stocks.

As well as a bustling show floor, Labelexpo Americas 2014’s new feature areas were well received by show visitors. The twice-daily Package Printing Workshop sessions presented by Delta Industrial and Xeikon were well attended by label converters looking for new ways to diversify and grow their business. The interactive Smart Mart demonstrated some of the latest developments in active and intelligent labels and packaging with the newest advances in augmented reality, QR codes and scanners, RFID and NFC-enabled smart tags, temperature indicating packaging and films that prevent food spoilage all showcased.

The conference program attracted almost 1,100 delegates (its highest ever number) and consisted of 16 different sessions and 64 individual moderators, panelists and speakers. Highlights from the conference program included the CEO and converter panel discussions as well as the ‘Internet of things’ and inkjet technologies presentations.

Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas’ event director commented: “Thank you to everyone including the TLMI, all of our exhibitors and industry partners who have helped make our 25th year the best and biggest yet! The show’s success underlines just how much confidence has returned to the American label and package printing industry. People were there to do serious business and from the feedback we’ve had, we know many exhibitors have enjoyed healthy sales as well as generating a high volume of good quality sales leads.” 

Roastar purchases HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press at Labelexpo for Coffee Packaging Business

Custom coffee packaging printer Roastar is growing their HP Indigo portfolio with the purchase of an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press at Labelexpo 2014. Roastar’s customers already love the flexibility and short-lead times afforded by HP Indigo digital technology and with the wider format and gravure-matching print quality of the new press, the company plans to deliver faster turnaround times as well as target new markets. The 30-inch width will also allow the company to create a more dynamic end product with new bag designs and packaging styles they were previously unable to produce digitally.

“At Roastar, we are committed to offering our customers quick turnaround times at quantities they actually need,” said Will Reif, president, Roastar. “With the wider-format of the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, not only will we be able to offer faster turnaround for on-demand client orders, but the press’ 30-inch width also provides the opportunity to create new coffee bag designs and styles to enhance our offering to the market.”

Experiencing strong market acceptance since its commercial availability in May 2014 – now with 10 worldwide customer installations already completed – the 30-inch HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press enables label converters to target new markets and larger, specialty applications.

Label Traxx strengthens global sales and service team

Label Traxx, the label industry’s leading supplier of print management software, has announced it has bolstered its sales and service capabilities with two new appointments. To meet the needs of it’s growing international customer base, the company has added Debbie Marx and Chris Raby. 

Marx, who will be based at the company’s Milwaukee, Wisconsin headquarters, will be responsible for Label Traxx’s Latin American customer base. “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this great team and really looking forward to making a real impact on the efficiency of our customers’ business with such a robust program as Label Traxx,” Marx says. “I’m continually impressed with how well it fits into any customers’ business module and excited to be able to marry together my degree in Spanish along with my technical support skills.”

Raby has joined the UK operation, and will be focused on Label Traxx’s fast growing UK and European customer base. Raby brings to Label Traxx over ten years of experience working with HP Indigo customers, and has a vast amount of experience in facilitating a successful training and implementation program for software in the print industry. He comments, “I am thrilled to join the Label Traxx team and to be able to incorporate by experience and knowledge of digital printing and software implementation with the label industry’s leading print management system supplier. I look forward to bringing Label Traxx products and enhancements to both new and existing customers.”

Label Traxx President Ken Meinhardt comments: “With our growing customer base in Latin America and Europe in particular, we are adding two exceptional individuals to the Label Traxx family. Both Debbie and Chris have the skills, experience and knowledge to support our new and existing customers, and we’re excited to have them on board.”

hubergroup to merge two German companies into the new hubergroup Deutschland GmbH

hubergroup boosts its activity to sustainably meet the highly competitive business in a market environment with all its constantly growing challenges. As announced today, hubergroup will further align sales structures and strategic segments by merging its two largest entities in Europe.

hubergroup will merge the two German companies Michael Huber München GmbH and Hostmann-Steinberg GmbH into the new hubergroup Deutschland GmbH. In this merger, redundant structures will be eliminated and processes will be noticeably optimised. In addition, the two producing factories in Celle and Munich will be organised along specific product lines, enabling hubergroup to focus on specific market segments for quickest response time in order to maintain and improve customer satisfaction.

In addition to the activities in Germany, hubergroup will also bolster its market presence in Switzerland so they can adjust better to the regional requirements. Stehlin+Hostag AG and the just acquired AMRA Farben AG in Rapperswil-Jona will merge to hubergroup Schweiz and service the Swiss market entirely from Rapperswil-Jona.

hubergroup says this activity will expand its position as a service-oriented, quality-ink manufacturer. "The upcoming steps are means to ensure sustainable business in a highly competitive market. Shortly after arranging re-financing under improved conditions, our financially solid company now focuses on long-term organisational layout so we will be ready for the future," explains Heiner Klokkers, Member of the Board of MHM Holding GmbH. "As a reliable partner to our customers, quality and service is of highest priority to us. We will continue to set the standard as a supplier of printing inks, printing varnishes and printing products that meet the highest demands," he says. "To ensure all this, we will substantially improve the efficiency of our processes."

Although these measures will create noticeable strengthening of the sites in Germany and improve sales structures of hubergroup Schweiz, job cuts will be unavoidable. Due to its close-down, the Swiss site in Lachen will have to bear the major burden, while the German sites are only affected with minor cuts. To keep the impact socially acceptable, the management of each site is in close contact with the workers' council.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Color-Logic shines throughout Labelexpo 2014

The power and value of digital presses with white ink was clearly demonstrated at Labelexpo 2014, where several press vendors showed labels printed on metallic substrate using the Color-Logic process.  Xeikon and Domino both printed Color-Logic labels live at the show to demonstrate the capability of their latest presses.  Durst, EFI Jetrion, and Screen also had Color-Logic samples available.  Show attendees were impressed with the impact the Color-Logic technology could provide their brand customers on store shelves, and took many samples away with them.

Discussing the success at Labelexpo 2014, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said:  "Printers attending the show saw the striking special effects that can be created with the Color-Logic Design Suite.  With our software, graphic designers or prepress personnel can do with one or two mouse clicks what now takes hours or days, quickly producing metallic label designs for their brand clients while eliminating the tedious task of creating white ink masks using traditional methods.  The Color-Logic Design Suite is available for $200 from any Premium Color-Logic printer."

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.

Flexo Concepts to feature TruPoint doctor blade innovations at Corrugated Week 2014

Flexo Concepts will feature its line of TruPoint doctor blades for corrugated printing applications at this year's TAPPI/AICC Corrugated Week in Long Beach, CA. The flagship corrugated product in the TruPoint line is the company's DuraPoint doctor blade. DuraPoint is made from an exclusive high density formulation UHMW which delivers superior blade life compared to standard UHMW.

Flexo Concepts' president, Kevin McLaughlin, will present the company's newest blade innovation at the show's "What's New" session on Monday, September 29. He will explain how the company is combining recent advances in blade materials and tip engineering to produce polymer substitutes for steel blades in high-end graphics applications.

Visit Flexo Concepts' booth #353 at the show or go to www.flexoconcepts.com to learn more about TruPoint doctor blades or to request a blade sample.

The Label Printers Talk Brand Protection at Labelexpo

The Label Printers’ Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell, was invited to make a presentation on the subject, “Brand Protection: Maintaining Credibility and Integrity” at Labelexpo Americas biennial Expo and Conference in Chicago. The presentation moderator was Michelle Garza, DantexRBCor’s Vice President of Operations. The presentation topic covered a wide range of brand protection issues of interest to virtually everyone in this era of rampant counterfeiting.

The conference and Ms. Campbell’s presentation were attended by label and packaging converters, suppliers, and brand owners, so her speech had to speak to everyone’s interests.  She chose to take the point of view of building a brand protection strategy, rather than discussing individual solutions.  As the Chief of Operations of a label converter that has been in the brand protection business for nearly two decades, working with multiple anti-counterfeiting technologies/solutions and their inventors/suppliers, she is uniquely qualified to take that point of view.  As she says, “Converters are positioned to “vet” all of the different solutions, and we tend to be a practical bunch. For us, it’s ink on paper. So it’s more important to understand a brand owner’s problem and their existing supply chain.” She goes on to say, “There’s an ugly rumor that brand protection is expensive.  It doesn’t have to be.  It just has to be right for the job.”

To prepare for her presentation, Campbell says, “I started out with the assumption that there were naysayers in the audience or at least people that don’t yet recognize the scope and the size of the problem. So I talked about how consumer behaviors have changed over the years, especially with the advent of the internet. And I gave [attendees] a list of 30 counterfeited products that had been posted by the brand owners – and the list was just ridiculous – stuff like chainsaws and fake medicines, but also zippers, and Rubik’s Cubes. My point was if there’s a price tag on something you can bet there’s a counterfeit version somewhere.”

The challenge for solution providers is to get businesses to discuss their brand protection problems.  For many of them issues such as diversion, the “gray market”, “parallel trading”, etc. are becoming a bigger problem than counterfeiting.  Campbell’s presentation included a discussion of the three “typical” layers in an anti-counterfeiting solution – Overt, Covert, and Forensic – and some of the many tools – such as holograms, microprinting, security papers, nanotext, and forensic or molecular taggants – that are available to solution providers. The presentation also pointed out that brand owners have to consider the cost per application, the ease of integration, durability, flexibility, lack of availability, reliability, level of security, authentication ease, and the cost of devices.

Campbell concluded, “Companies have to understand the impacts beyond the technology and the problem, which cost $X. They also have to look at the organizational impact – training, marketing, the use of confidentiality agreements, etc. Virtually the entire organization needs to be a part of the process - legal, marketing, operations, quality, purchasing, logistics, supply chain, and human resources. Counterfeiting is a big problem, and it needs a complete solution.”

Sappi becomes Gold Sponsor for TAPPI’s 100th Anniversary

TAPPI is pleased to announce that Sappi has been added as a Gold sponsor for its Centennial Celebration.  Sponsorship contributions support the 100th anniversary of TAPPI including events and activities throughout the year.

“As a company dedicated to innovation in the paper, packaging and pulp sectors, we’re happy to support TAPPI’s valuable purpose of increasing and disseminating knowledge of our industry,” said Sappi Group Head of Corporate Affairs, Andre Oberholzer. “TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration will highlight the critical role of this world-class informational resource in sharing best practices for success in the constantly changing paper and pulp industry.”

“Sappi has always valued TAPPI as a trusted partner and we understand the significance of this year-long anniversary celebration,” said Sappi Group Head of Technology, Andrea Rossi. “We are honored to continue growing awareness of the technical advancements in this industry by supporting TAPPI’s 100 years of continually striving to bring all of its members the latest updates and standards to meet emerging requirements.”

The 100th anniversary celebration will feature a year-long series of outreach events and educational offerings showcasing the history of the industry as well as looking toward the future. Activities and items will include local PIMA and TAPPI section and student chapter events, a student competition, an online calendar highlighting industry innovations each day and a coffee table book: “Celebrating a Century of Achievement”. The celebration will be highlighted by a Gala dinner on April 20, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

TAPPI invites you to be a part of this historic event and become a sponsor.  For more information on the Centennial Celebration and sponsorship opportunities please visit the TAPPI 100 Years website.

Arimpeks strengthens market leadership with second QuadTech Inspection System

Arimpeks Aluminium Ltd., Gebze, Turkey, has installed its second QuadTech Inspection System to its pharmaceutical and blister pack gravure printing lines. Bolstering the company's market-leading position, the QuadTech system is not only reducing production costs, but increasing customer service flexibility and enabling pharmaceutical manufacturers to deliver products to market much faster.

Installed at the company's Gebze plant in April of 2014, QuadTech's 100% web inspection and data management software now enables Arimpeks to deliver defect-free output, as required by customers. It has been able to do this on challenging thin and reflective substrates, further reducing waste while increasing print quality, productivity and job turnaround.

Mr. Noyan Özler, Arimpeks general manager, explains, "With our new QuadTech Inspection System, we are now able to enjoy significant production savings in both time and cost. This has meant that our customers can speed up product time-to-market. But also, through the QuadTech systems' ability to maximize saleable print and reduce expensive substrate waste, we can now offer even faster and more competitive service to our customers.

"This not only ensures that customers receive consistent print quality for a wider range of jobs, but for us, it opens up many new business opportunities. With the confidence and competitiveness provided by our QuadTech Inspection Systems, we are also now targeting work outside of Turkey."

Established in 1987, Arimpeks is the leading pharmaceutical packaging printer in Turkey, with a remarkable market share. As the company grew, the requirement for an automated inspection system became essential to ensuring consistent quality standards and maximizing productivity. In 2013, Arimpeks installed its first QuadTech Inspection System and QuadTech Data Central reporting software, on one of its pharmaceutical gravure lines.

Mr. Noyan Özler, continues, "When inspecting for defects manually, while our operators are highly skilled and able to identify many defects by eye, this process could never be perfect. As a result, faults were sometimes missed and others not quickly rectified. This led to production waste that we were keen to eradicate.

"In addition, as pharma packaging substrates are often reflective and very fragile-for example 20µm lacquered aluminium foil for blister packs-this also makes them difficult to examine and handle manually, which added further waste to our process."

After installing the first QuadTech solution on its gravure press, waste at Arimpeks was significantly reduced. Following this, the company was very eager to improve the performance on its other gravure pharmaceutical line. Since its second QuadTech installation, the company reports significant improvements to this line as well.

QuadTech's Inspection System ensures print product consistency, inspecting the entire substrate 100% of the time at full press speeds. The equipment also utilizes LEDs with a closed-loop temperature control system for stable, high quality light output that can be configured for any substrate thickness and material transparency.

QuadTech Data Central for Inspection enables the operator to evaluate jobs and the Inspection System's findings. It integrates seamlessly into any existing equipment and provides a central location for QuadTech inspection systems to store, report and audit data for optimal control. Importantly, stored data can be used to showcase print quality, to show customers the consistent results that are achieved. The data can also be used for waste removal.

"We are very pleased with our QuadTech systems and their contribution to our growth. We are already looking at additional ways to improve what we do, and are currently investigating QuadTech's Waste Management System. We have exciting times ahead," concludes Mr. Özler.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Xeikon's SuperBlack toner to meet the specific needs of luxury labels and folding carton applications

Visitors to the Xeikon booth at Labelexpo Americas 2014 were 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.

Kodak Opens New Asia Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai

Kodak opened its new Asia Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai to bring together the company's breakthrough technology platforms for the printing industry in Asia. The facility, which kicked-off construction in early 2014, combines demonstrations of Kodak's leading printing platforms and solutions, a training center for employees, customers and printing sector partners, and showcases through winning applications, successful new business models.

Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke said, "It is a great privilege for Kodak to serve our customers in China. With the opening of our new technology center in Shanghai, we commit to continuously deliver to our commercial imaging and printing customers breakthrough capabilities that add efficiency, quality, reliability, and sustainability to your operations, while introducing creative business models that add value to your enterprise."

The range of technology on demonstration at the new 1000 square meter Center includes Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates, Kodak Trendsetter 800, Kodak Flexcel NX System (5080W), Kodak Nexpress Digital Production Color Press, Kodak Prosper S10 Imprinting System, and Kodak Prinergy Workflow Print Production Software 

"The debut of the Kodak Technology Center reinforces Kodak's commitment to our customers and to advancing the growth and sophistication of commercial imaging," said Lois Lebegue, Managing Director, Kodak Asia Pacific. "We hope that our customers and other printing professionals will find the immersive and educational experience at the center inspiring, as they explore how advanced imaging technology is creating profitable new business models."

Visitors to the Center, which is located on the ground floor of the Shanghai headquarters of long-time Kodak customer, Jielong Industry Group, will be able to work one-on-one with Kodak technology specialists. With a focus on learning, the specialists will provide visitors with interactive demonstrations of groundbreaking technology, like Sonora Process Free Plates and Kodak Prosper S10 Imprinting System. Innovative new applications, including printing security solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Food Labeling sectors, will be on showcase for visitors to explore and be inspired by what's possible for the future growth of their businesses.

Bing Wang, Managing Director, Kodak China, commented: "Shanghai is an ideal location for our technology center, providing quick access to our customers across China and Asia Pacific. We are extremely grateful to our strategic partners and the government agencies who have helped Kodak realize this important initiative. The Center also expands on our commitment to the market, including our state of the art manufacturing facility in Xiamen, where we recently expanded the sites capabilities to produce Sonora Plates. China is also home to a significant number of R&D professionals, a reflection of the immense talent in this market, who are contributing to major technology advancements in commercial imaging technology."

Increase your beauty business bottom line with exceptional color accuracy

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced the availability of a free educational webinar with a special offer for attendees. The Color of Beauty will provide valuable information to brand, marketing and technology innovation professionals in the retail cosmetics industry that can help improve brand perception while increasing customer satisfaction and growing revenue.

Two sessions will be conducted on September 24th, 2014 at 11 AM Eastern Daylight Time and 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Webinar attendees will not only benefit from the educational opportunity but will also receive free access to "Color Theory: Understanding the Numbers of Color" eLearning and be entered for a chance to win one of 5 Pantone Thermo Cups (per session) in 2014 Color of the Year "Radiant Orchid."

“Next-generation color measurement technology can capture and analyze skin tones in seconds, improving the customer experience by ensuring that beauty consultants recommend the best color match foundation for each individual,” said Matthew Adby, Retail Market Manager of X-Rite. “By using this advanced, yet affordable, technology, retail cosmetics professionals can instill confidence in customers that the products being recommended are customized to their individual needs. The process is fast and simple, and in our experience, often leads to increased sales per visit. We are excited to share this innovative technology along with business strategy ideas with the retail cosmetics industry.”

Register Today
• September 24, 2014, 11 AM EDT, 16:00 GMT (London), 17:00 CEDT (Paris)
• September 24, 2014, 2 PM EDT, 19:00 GMT (London) 20:00 CEDT (Paris)

Erhardt + Leimer’s vision technology arouses strong interest among visitors at LabelExpo 2014

Erhardt+Leimer’s Nyscan 100% Print Inspection System captivated attendees with its newly released user interface. The stunning new interface has been completely redesigned with the user in mind. “The first thing attendees noticed about the new system was the ease of navigation in the modern GUI. It’s more intuitive, well organized, and a pleasure to view”, says Gordon Grissom, E+L’s inspection division manager. “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”. 

Attendees also observed that the new Nyscan was designed to provide a consistent user experience across all of Erhardt+Leimer’s vision products. This assures operators can easily adapt to E+L’s technology whether it be 100% Print Inspection, Web Viewing, or Missing Label Detection.

With its fast set-up, clear presentation of defect data, and the ability to integrate an entire production process into its Workflow concept, Nyscan can provide a solution for most any production environment.  By using data obtained during print inspection, the system can control a finishing machine by automatically and accurately placing defects at the splicing table. Further, this is achieved without the need for special marks, flags, or labels. From prepress through finishing, E+L’s Workflow solution provides the tool for quality control.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kodak and Packz to Offer Customers Powerful PDF Editing Capabilities

Kodak will offer the Packz Professional PDF Editor, which provides high-quality editing of packaging and labels, with its rich suite of packaging software solutions, including Kodak Prinergy Workflow. The powerful Packz software will provide Kodak packaging workflow customers with an easy-to-use, high performance option for the rapid handling of complex files for large packaging jobs.

With its multi-core, multi-threading 64-bit architecture, running under OS-X and Windows, Packz is not limited by the performance constraints of other plug-in packages. Packz provides a complete set of pre-press and editing tools, such as trapping, white underprint facilities, separation handling, barcode creation and recognition, plus the formation of dynamic information panels and marks. The operator also has the use of quality-assurance tools, while optional features include tabular and nested step-and-repeat, 3D visualisation and warping facilities. Packz has been designed for easy and quick manipulation of native PDF content and maximum performance.

“For Kodak to offer Packz as part of its production workflow solution is further confirmation of Packz Software’s dedication to creating a complete, native PDF workflow for labels and packaging,” says Packz Software CEO Christopher Graf. “Kodak Prinergy Workflow and Packz are a perfect fit because they are both based on native PDF technology, meaning there is no need for any conversion in the packaging lifecycle.”

In addition to Kodak Prinergy Workflow for packaging, Kodak has added Packz to all Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions, including Kodak Pandora Step-and-Repeat Software, Packaging Layout Automation Software for Prinergy Workflow, Kodak ColorFlow Workflow, Kodak Spotless Flexographic Solution, PDF Tools (Compare & Merge, DotShop Software, Kodak Prinergy Plate Building Software), Advanced Screening solutions (Kodak Maxtone Screening, Kodak Digicap Screening and Kodak HyperFlex Ready Imaging Software) and Arden Impact.

“In keeping with our mission to provide world-class software solutions to the packaging industry, we partnered with Packz to continue to offer high quality products, while keeping it easy to use for both entry-level and skilled users,” says Mike Tedesco, Kodak’s Worldwide Product Manager, Production Workflow. “This relationship simplifies the use of Packz, while providing Kodak customers with significantly more powerful tools for interactive editing of native PDF files.”

Meech launched new Distance Sensor and Feedback System at Labelexpo Americas 2014

Meech International used Labelexpo Americas '14 as a podium to showcase a new distance sensor and feedback system, the latest enhancements to its Hyperion range of static control systems. Compatible with the 971IPS and 929IPS bars, the add-ons are designed to help monitor and control static with greater precision in a variety of applications, including labelling and packaging.

"By updating our technologies, we showcased Meech's commitment to providing the best static control solutions possible for our customers, whose feedback plays a significant role in the development of our new systems," explained Matt Fyffe, VP/General Manager at Meech USA. "In that spirit, we are very pleased to exhibit our latest innovations at a prestigious show such as Labelexpo Americas".

Distance Sensor
The Distance Sensor is to be used in combination with Meech's 971IPS static elimination bar, which is employed for long range ionisation. The enhancement's main function is to enable a change in frequency when the distance to the static surface is either increased or decreased. This means that the sensor will adjust the neutralisation according to the varying distance of the static surface.

The Distance Sensor can be attached directly to the 971IPS bar via an end cap and comes with a cable that extends from 300mm to 3000mm. Its nimble and innovative design ensures that the sensor does not interfere with the performance of the bar no matter how close it is positioned to its emitter pins. Once the sensor is connected, it overrides the frequency the bar is set to and adjusts it according to the detected distance.

"In order to provide the most effective control, the distance sensor selects the optimum output frequency based on the proximity to the material, which is especially useful on rewinds where the distance to the surface of the reel decreases as it is wound," explained Matt. "Furthermore, automatic adjustment of the frequency ensures optimum static control is maintained throughout the entire wind."

Feedback System
Marking the second innovation in the company's Hyperion range is the introduction of "feedback-enabled" bars, which aim to provide high accuracy static control in production environments with the ability to output the voltage level for remote monitoring.

The feedback-enabled systems are fitted with a 3 pin M8 connector and upgraded software. By connecting an industry standard remote voltage sensor and positioning it over the web, a closed-loop feedback circuit is created. The output of the sensor informs the Hyperion bar whether more positive or negative ions are required to obtain a complete and accurate neutralisation of all charges on the material.

"It is vital to ensure that the level of static on webs is kept to a minimum, especially the ones entering potentially hazardous areas, in order to avoid the risk of igniting solvents," explained Matt. "While our static bars can do this quite reliably, Meech has taken this technology to a more advanced level by integrating an electrostatic voltmeter sensor that helps achieve higher levels of neutralisation."

With an approximate cable length of 5000mm, the feedback sensor can be installed downstream of the ionising bar, in a position that is not directly acted upon by the static control system. At 50mm installation distance, the sensor has a measurement reach ranges between -20,000V and +20,000V.

"We are always looking into ways to perfect our static control offering," said Matt, "and the launch of these two new enhancements mark an important step forwards for Meech's Hyperion range of static control solutions. Showcasing these new additions allows us to demonstrate how our ever-evolving range of static control technologies are able to meet the needs and demands of the labelling sector," he concluded.

Epson introduces first industrial ColorWorks label printer with PrecisionCore print chip technology

Private label branding, regulatory compliance and supply chain optimization are driving the increased use of product pictures, logos, color warnings and variable data elements. To help industrial manufacturers and label converters overcome these challenges, Epson America, Inc., is introducing the ColorWorks C7500 Label Printer with Just In Time Color (JITC) Labeling. Powered by PrecisionCore print chip technology, the durable, bench top printer will introduce greater efficiency, productivity and cost savings – up to 50 percent in total labeling costs – for higher volume industrial and manufacturing applications.

The C7500 system is designed to efficiently and cost-effectively meet the needs of industrial manufacturers fulfilling high mix label requirements and variable printing demands. Epson’s patented PrecisionCore technology is a critical feature that enables the new printer to deliver speed, economy and print quality to manufacturers. The modular print chip merges enhanced print speed, image quality, ink durability and color resolution with the flexibility to cost-effectively scale up production as needed.

“Whether it’s chemical compliance or private labeling of hardware goods, manufacturers everywhere are facing new labeling challenges and rising costs,” says Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager at Epson. “The integration of PrecisionCore technology into our new ColorWorks printer will deliver improved performance, productivity and cost savings to a wider group of manufacturers facing these issues.”

The C7500 is Epson’s first ColorWorks industrial printer with a print head configured in a linehead configuration. This new linehead technology delivers a higher image resolution of 600 x 1200 DPI at faster speeds with very precise dot placement and high-speed media handling. The 4-color printer delivers the same low cost per label and high image durability of previous ColorWorks labeling solutions while increasing print speed by as much as 430% and ink capacity tenfold. The printer is constructed with an industrial grade metal casing for added durability in demanding manufacturing environments.

Enhanced operating features on the new system enable fast, easy transition from inefficient, legacy printers and existing pre-printed label stock. The ColorWorks C7500 comes equipped with ZPL II programming compatibility to allow direct plug-in replacement for manufacturers operating two-step printing with traditional thermal transfer printers. In this application, the printer can produce full color labels from blank stock by automatically merging “color pre-print” images in memory with existing monochrome data streams.

“Inventory and cost management is a central concern for plant managers and label converters looking to cost-effectively integrate multi-product, short run label production but the idea of switching to a new process may seem costly and daunting.” adds Scherz. “The ColorWorks C7500 makes this transition easier, enabling companies to realize the benefits of on demand color labeling sooner.”

The Epson ColorWorks C7500 and portfolio of ColorWorks label printers were showcased at Labelexpo Americas 2014. To learn more about Epson’s latest ColorWorks technology and JITC labeling solutions, visit http://www.epson.com/colorworks, or emailcolorworks@ea.epson.com.

Carey Color responds to market demand with investment in second Kodak Flexcel Direct System

Carey Color, an Ohio-based full service prepress provider, is preparing to install a second Kodak Flexcel Direct System. The company installed its original Kodak Flexcel Direct System three years ago, and is now responding to strong market demand with a second installation as flexographic printers have increasingly learned the benefits of printing with direct engraved elastomers. Carey Color has seen demand for in-the-round sleeves increase significantly.

With multiple locations, more than 100 employees and a reputation for delivering dynamic solutions for their customers, Carey Color serves the packaging segment with a deep knowledge of elastomers for flexographic printing. The company has helped a broad and growing base of clients realize the quality and print production benefits that the technology has to offer.

"We've seen steady growth in demand for sleeves," said Adam Smrdel, Director of Flexography, Carey Color Inc. "In addition to the overall growing popularity of continuous designs in flexo, we are experiencing demand for larger repeats. This is accomplished by building up material wall thickness while simultaneously maintaining inside diameters, something that cannot be achieved with photopolymer technology. Most importantly, however, printers are starting to request sleeves for all colors in the job, rather than just the single sleeve they may have used in the past. They are starting to really appreciate the quality, run length, productivity and waste reduction that the elastomer in-the-round sleeves enable."

Carey Color also works on numerous projects that involve a transition from rotogravure to flexographic production. With ever-increasing changes in graphic design and the frequent need to load balance between flexographic and gravure processes based on run length, flexographic printing with elastomer sleeves offers a cost-effective alternative to gravure with excellent quality, print speeds and durability.

When asked about the decision to invest in a second Kodak Flexcel Direct System, Smrdel cited fast engraving speeds, the ability to quickly change sleeves and the built-in quality control features as key deciding factors. "We love the Kodak technology," he enthused. "The engraving quality and exceptional speeds have allowed us to really drive this market forward. In fact, we like the technology so much we are also making plans to transition our dry offset business to elastomer engraving as well. The second unit will give us the ability to achieve that while continuing to support the growth in the flexo side of the business."

The Kodak Flexcel Direct System features innovative, energy-efficient, high-power semiconductor laser imaging technology, Kodak-formulated press-ready elastomers and workflow software for accurate image reproduction. This outstanding combination of technologies offers sleeves and plates for flexographic printing superior in both quality and productivity potential. In the round (ITR) platemaking for flexographic printing, which was once labor intensive, is now made much simpler by the Flexcel Direct System.

"We're proud to be installing a second Flexcel Direct System at Carey Color, because it demonstrates how the market has realized the value in its innovative imaging quality and productivity benefits," said John O Grady, Managing Director, United States & Canada Region and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. "Carey has been extremely successful at driving the adoption of elastomer technology with flexo printers and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with them."

To learn more about Carey Color's adoption of the Kodak Flexcel Direct System, watch a video interview with Girard Moravcik, CEO of Carey Color Inc., at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtSCHDNudAY



Monday, September 15, 2014

Xeikon launches the Web Varnishing Module that brings major productivity and optimization improvements

Xeikon Web Varnishing Module
Xeikon has expanded the inline finishing options available for its digital presses with the development of the Web Varnishing Module, an extremely versatile unit that can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates. These substrates include self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. This new and compact unit will have its worldwide launch on the company’s booth 6135 at Labelexpo Americas 2014 and will be commercially available from early 2015.

“The label and folding carton industries employ a wide range of varnishes, from matt to super gloss, and these can have a huge impact on the appearance, feel and quality of the final printed product,” says Filip Weymans, Director - Business Development and Marketing, Labels and Packaging, Xeikon.

One of the big advantages of the new inline module is that the operator can see the results immediately and can make any corrections, if required, in order to achieve the desired effect. This eliminates the high expense and job delays when varnishing is done off-line and the entire job has to be reprinted if the end result is not acceptable.

The web varnishing module runs inline with the Xeikon 3000 Series of presses (at full press speeds) and the print roller can be changed easily to match the repeat or width of the job being printed. In addition to applying the flood or spot varnish, the unit can be upgraded with a UV dryer and/or aqueous dryer.

“We are constantly expanding the components of our Label and Packaging “Suites”, which include defined sets of software, equipment, consumables and/or substrates to complement our digital presses. This enables our customers to pick and build the best digital production solutions for their specific business needs,” says Weymans. “The Web Varnishing Module is an important addition to our Suites, enabling further optimization of the processes and workflows used by printers and converters. We are convinced that the ability to apply spot aqueous varnish makes the module the ideal fit for folding cartons, which require varnish-free areas for glue strips and production data. The module is an extremely compact solution to apply spot varnish. In addition, we expect most users to also install the optional cutter and use the Xeikon stacker to create a phenomenally efficient production line.”

For the self-adhesive market, the application of flood UV varnish in combination with Xeikon VariLane, simplifies the entire production process. This is because the off-line die-cutting can be carried out at the full speed of the die cutter. Xeikon’s VariLane software enables different sized labels to be printed in lanes on the web with the greatest optimisation of material and press capacity. When used in combination with the Web Varnishing Module, it is possible to apply varnish with one roller across the entire width of the substrate, as opposed to having to swap between different rollers when the process is carried out off-line.

Visitors to Labelexpo Americas will be able to see demonstrations of a Xeikon 3500 digital press equipped with a Web Varnishing Module in the Package Printing Zone. The unit will apply aqueous spot varnish, inline with a cutter and stacker. On the Xeikon booth, visitors will be able to watch a Web Varnishing Module apply flood UV varnish, inline with the new groundbreaking Xeikon Cheetah press.

Entertainment reaches fever pitch at London’s Packaging Show

Those attending London’s biggest packaging show can expect an abundance of educational, creative and inspirational show floor entertainment from the moment the doors open. Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London returns to the Business Design Centre on 30 September and 1 October 2014 and welcomes three new show features along with some returning favourites.

Firstly, the Luxury Packaging Conference, sponsored by Raison Pure NYC, will debut at the show, 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.

The second feature being unveiled at the show will be the Drinks Symposium run in association with TheDrinksReport.com, where a panel of expert speakers will outline case studies on how original thinking and creative packaging design can create a strong brand identity and build desirability. The speakers include Felicity Murray, Editor of The Drinks Report, Daniel Szor, Owner of the newly opened Cotswolds Distillery, and his brand and packaging designer Craig Mackinley, Founder of Breeze Creative. Also speaking will be Stephen Marshall, Bacardi Global Marketing Manager for single malts, Ivan Bell, Group Managing Director of Stranger and Stranger talking about their complex packaging and brand development project for a portfolio of Scotch whiskies. Sharon Crayton of Ardagh Glass will also talk about Absolut vodka’s unique bottle designs and the logistics of executing these creative ideas.

The third new feature, the Innovation Gallery, brings innovative packaging to the forefront of the exhibition. Upon arrival visitors will be able to see the crème de la crème of packaging from exhibitors at the show, preselected by an independent panel of packaging experts.

Show favourite The BIG Packaging Debate is back by popular demand and will see a panel of packaging professionals debate the controversial topic ‘Is legislation stopping you innovate?’ This interactive debate takes place on day one of the show, Tuesday 30 September in The Keynote Theatre at 15:30. This unmissable feature encourages visitors to share their ideas and questions with the panel.

Also amongst the returning features will be The Beauty Symposium, run in association with The Red Tree Consultancy, whose theme will be ‘The outer face of beauty’. The speakers are an impressive who’s who of industry experts from the world of cosmetics, beauty and luxury, including UrbanVeda, Halo Media Communications, Su-Man Skincare and Positive Luxury.com.

The show will feature a free-to-attend learnShops programme, including speakers from Mamas & Papas, Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Taylors of Harrogate, Kimberly-Clark and Kingfisher Group. The two day seminar programme will see these inspirational industry speakers, offering real-life stories, advice and providing valuable insight into the latest developments, technologies and research sweeping the industry.

The popular Lions' Lair competition is back with new technologies, innovations and concepts being pitched to an expert panel. This competition will be run in front of a live audience with the winner announced live from the show floor. The Packaging Consultancy Clinic returns, offering one-to-one personalised advice on any aspect of packaging. Visitors will also be able to see the winning innovations from the Starpack Awards, which recognizes the UK’s very best in innovation in packaging design and technology.

There will be a Breakfast Networking Event for Brand Managers, Directors and Marketing Directors, providing an opportunity for networking with peers, sharing successes and also share any challenges faced in design and branding. Finally there will be a Networking Drinks, which allows visitors to catch up with colleagues, exhibitors and any new contacts made at the show.

For further information visit www.easyFairs.com/PI-LONDON  or contact +44 (0)20 8843 8800