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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Toyo Ink Unveils Total Packaging Solutions at Tokyo Pack 2014

Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. (President Katsumi Yamazaki) announced today that it, together with Toyo ADL Co., Ltd., Toyo FPP Co., Ltd. and Toyo-Morton Co., Ltd., will introduce package processing innovations based on the concept “Total Packaging Solutions of the Future” at this year’s Tokyo Pack. Covering material procurement, manufacture, distribution, sale, consumption, disposal and recycling, Tokyo Pack is one of the world’s largest trade exhibitions for packaging-related businesses. The exhibition will run from October 7 to 11, at the Tokyo Big Sight in Japan.

Located in booth 2-28, East Hall 2, Toyo Ink will showcase a comprehensive array of products and services under four solutions categories: Color Management, Environment and Safety, High Performance and Advanced Design, and Global Market Solutions.

Color Management: Due to increasing globalization of the flexible packaging business, color management has become an industry hot topic. To address the issue, Toyo Ink will feature two live presentations on color management support for process printing and color management solutions on stage at its booth. The company will also hold live demos of its latest ink dispensing system for the labeling market.

Environment and Safety: Toyo Ink solutions for flexo printing have been attracting much attention of late. Thus, the company will showcase a complete product lineup based on its water-based flexo inks, from prepress to post-printing. In addition, it will introduce case studies of innovative solutions that combine its water-based inks and water-based adhesives, and offer a hands-on display of its solvent-free adhesive mixing device.

Under the High Performance and Advanced Design category, Toyo Ink will showcase advanced packaging and design techniques based on a wide array of Toyo Ink high-performance materials, such as ultraviolet (UV) coatings, overprint varnishes, functional screen inks and hot-melt adhesives. In addition, the company will introduce a completely new lineup of UV inks.

Under the Global Market Solutions category, Toyo Ink will highlight packaging products and services that support its customers as they increasingly foray into international markets. The company will introduce packaging ink solutions representative of those the Toyo Ink Group has launched in markets all over the world. A comprehensive lineup of food packaging inks compliant with the Swiss Ordinance will also be on display.

Moreover, Yasuyuki Kawada, manager of Toyo Ink’s Graphic Solution Center, Technical Center, will deliver a presentation on“Color Management for Package Design” on October 10 at 2:00 p.m., at the seminar room in East Hall 6. Mr. Kawada will provide details on Toyo Ink’s color management system architecture with the aim of improving color quality and operational efficiency throughout the package production workflow. He will also introduce Toyo Ink’s first color management system based on the International Color Consortium (ICC) profile format.

For more info on Tokyo Pack 2014, see http://www.tokyo-pack.jp/en/.

Dainippon Screen launches UV Inkjet Label Printing System

Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. will launch its new Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label printing system in October. In addition to delivering the highest level of printing performance, the system is able to handle security printing, providing solutions to various needs currently being experienced by the label printing industry. With the Truepress Jet L350UV, Screen is expected to further accelerate its expansion in an industry that is enjoying remarkable growth.

Due to the continuing diversification of product packages and other trends, the global label printing industry is projected to grow from the approximately 31.5 billion dollars earned in 2012 to nearly 40 billion dollars by 2016.* Meanwhile, as label printing companies seek to differentiate themselves from competitors, they have experienced a growing requirement for systems that can provide greater product diversification and higher added value with shorter turnaround, without using specialized technical skills. This has led to a significant increase in the market for on-demand printing (POD) systems, which largely satisfy these needs. At the same time, successive annual growth in illegal copying and counterfeiting has also created a growing requirement for a new label printing technology that can ensure product authenticity and resolve related issues.

In 2012, Dainippon Screen developed the Truepress Jet L350UV, a digital inkjet label printing system that delivers industry-leading printing speed of 50 meters (164 ft) per minute. Screen then introduced its technologies at various international exhibitions and conducted ongoing market research to build a clear picture of industry requirements. Based on this investigation and its many years of accumulated knowhow, Screen was subsequently able to make several major improvements, including the development of a proprietary printhead control technology, wide gamut UV inks, and color management technology. In addition to the excellent throughput mentioned above, the Truepress Jet L350UV provides more stable printing capabilities coupled with higher image quality. The ability to connect inline to post-processing devices** such as those for die-cutting and surface processing like varnish printing also enables uninterrupted production from input of digital data to output of finished labels. Importantly, the Truepress Jet L350UV also provides a solution*** to security printing requirements with its ability to output the special codes required for Advanced Track & Trace’s Seal Vector authentication technology and support for the dot codes used in counterfeiting prevention and distribution management systems.

Dainippon Screen plans to begin sales of the Truepress Jet L350UV in October. Its launch is expected to accelerate Screen’s expansion in the label printing industry, as it continues to show strong growth. Screen is firmly committed to supporting the diverse needs experienced by the industry and will continue to provide a wide range of solutions to help printing companies enter new business areas, thereby contributing to the expansion of the overall industry.

Since being established in 1943, Dainippon Screen has grown significantly in the printing and prepress fields and is currently a leading company in the thermal CtP recorder and on-demand printing system industries. By leveraging its core photolithographic (photo etching) technologies, Screen has developed a large number of products that hold top shares in a variety of fields, including those for semiconductor, flat panel display, and PCB production equipment. Screen continues to expand these business areas.

Agfa Graphics to present broad inks portfolio at The Inkjet Conference

At The Inkjet Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany (September 30–October 01), the most important players in industrial inkjet engineering will meet to evaluate and discuss developments in industrial printing. The conference is an initiative of the European association for specialist printing manufacturers of screen, digital and flexo technology (ESMA). Agfa Graphics, ESMA member since early 2014, will present its expertise in developing inkjet inks targeted to specific applications as well as discuss ink integration in industrial applications.

As emphasized at last year's InPrint show in Hannover, Agfa Graphics is committed to being the partner of choice for system integrators developing an inkjet printing solution. The company keeps a close track of the latest developments in inkjet printing, including solutions best suited for LED curing, inter-color pinning, white ink and other specialities.

Thanks to many years of expertise in color technologies and know-how in the field of dispersion technologies, Agfa Graphics’ key competence lies in tuning ink formulations to specific print systems and applications. Examples include inks for (product) decoration, packaging, label printing and more. Agfa’s low-migration ink technology was awarded during Fespa 2014 (Munich, May 20-23) with the European Digital Press Association (EDP) award 2014 for the most environmental ink technology.

Marc Graindourze, Business Development Manager Industrial Inks, is one of the speakers at The Inkjet Conference. He will discuss the importance of integrating ink development in the design of complete printing solutions.

"Agfa Graphics' inks are known for their high and consistent performance in relation to the functional requirements of specific applications," says Marc Graindourze. "During The InkJet Conference in Düsseldorf we will demonstrate these high-performance inkjet inks for different applications."
The Agfa Graphics booth will display print samples and there will be time to discuss new projects and applications.

Visit the Agfa webpages on inks (www.agfagraphics.com/inks) and fill in the contact form ‘industrial inks’ if you have specific requests related to industrial inkjet inks.

Color-Logic joins Harlequin partner network

Color-Logic, developer of the Process Metallic Color System, has joined the Harlequin Partner Network as an initial partner. Discussing the partnership, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "The Harlequin is one of the most popular and widely used RIPs in the printing and converting industry, and Color-Logic has worked with Harlequin since the Color-Logic process was introduced. Harlequin OEMs and their customers benefit from the Color-Logic technology when utilizing white or metallic ink in various printing processes which we both support. It is a privilege to be an initial member of the Harlequin Partner Network."

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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Heidelberg unveils new digital press for the growing label market

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is unveiling a new digital press for the growth market of digitally printed labels. This represents the next milestone in the company's strategic realignment, particularly in terms of significantly expanding sales in the digital sector over the medium term.

The rapid progress in rolling out the digital strategy shows that the partnerships Heidelberg has nurtured with various suppliers are proving highly successful when it comes to developing new digital printing systems for industrial applications. For example, the Gallus Group, which was recently taken over in full by Heidelberg, has held a customer event to present the forthcoming Gallus DCS 340 (DCS = Digital Converting System) digital label printing press, which is based on inkjet technology from Fujifilm. Heidelberg and Gallus jointly developed the digital production system for industrial label printing in less than one year. Heidelberg is to manufacture the inkjet unit at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, while the flexo and converting units for the new press will be produced at the Gallus plant in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The system is slated to enter series production in the coming year and will meet growing demand for the cost-effective production of short, medium, and versioned runs in label printing.

"We are pursuing a growth strategy in our digital printing operations," says Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. "Today, less than twelve months after we started our collaboration with Fujifilm, we can stand alongside Gallus and unveil the first print-ready system. The only way to rapidly leverage growth potential in digital printing is through partnerships. This helps us get a lot closer to our medium-term sales targets in the digital sector."

Having completed its takeover of Gallus Holding AG in the summer, Heidelberg has reinforced its commitment to the growth segment of digital label printing. Ferdinand Rüesch, former owner of Swiss-based Gallus Holding AG, supports the strategic realignment that Heidelberg is pursuing. With a total stake of around nine percent, he is the company's biggest individual shareholder.

"It was the right time to take this step. It is only by working with a strong partner such as Heidelberg that Gallus can overcome the long-term challenges facing digital printing in our sector and still make full use of the potential that is out there," says Rüesch.

Digital printing drives change in the growth segment
The newly unveiled digital printing system has been designed for the self-adhesive labels market. The global print volume for these labels is growing by around four percent a year. Although only around five percent of this volume is printed digitally, this figure is rising rapidly. Indeed, digital printing is driving change in this highly promising market segment. It is anticipated that, in the medium term, just under half of the presses sold in this sector will be digital. By launching this new technology, Heidelberg and Gallus will be actively shaping change in the business models used in this segment and offering users a versatile and cost-effective solution.

"Heidelberg has reached another milestone in its realignment in the digital sector. The next steps to develop additional digital printing systems as part of the collaboration with Fujifilm are already being taken," says Linzbach. 

Ryobi MHI Packaging Edition Press redefines the economics of package printing

Ryobi MHI 750G Packaging Edition offers an affordable, fully automated press; delivers what many commercial and packaging printers need - high-margin, special-effects printing for thick packaging board and light weight sheets. One veteran printer says the Ryobi 755 XLG Packaging Edition is the most productive and cost-efficient press for premium short run package printing in North America. 

The 6 Up Ryobi MHI 750 Packaging Edition series press will be highlighted at Graph Expo 2014, where printers entering or expanding into package printing can learn how the press will dramatically expand their product offerings.  Packaging runs become profitable in as few as 500 sheets with Ryobi Smart Instacolor technology and Ryobi LED UV curing system which allow print jobs to move quickly from print to finishing.

Graphic Systems North America reports the fully automated, 31-inch, 16,000-sph Ryobi 750 Packaging Edition series press fits commercial printers who are entering package printing or growing that segment of their business.  In addition, the press is earmarked for U.S. and Canadian packaging printers who are grappling with the shorter run demands of their customers and aren’t sure that inkjet or digital will match their quality and durability needs.  A unique Blister Pack configuration is also available in the 750 Packaging Edition.

The press is available in up to eight colors to provide maximum Pantone color matching and multiple spot color versatility, easily accommodating up to 31-point board and a wide variety of synthetic substrates along with specialty treatments including chemical embossing, cold foiling, opaque whites over foil, and much more.

For added profitability, the 6-up 750 Packaging Edition press is available with the Ryobi UV Casting and Foiling System, which delivers a wide range of special effects printing, including Cast & Cure holographic effects and inline foiling for high security, specialty decorating and high-impact retail packaging.

In-depth discussions of the 750 Packaging Edition press together with finished print samples will be available in the GSNA Commit to Print Booth at Graph Expo 2014, McCormick Place Booth #4404, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, in Chicago.  Visitors are also encouraged to attend the Ryobi Printers Panel presentation in the CPP Theatre for a lively discussion of trends in short run packaging on Monday September 29 at 11:30 AM.

Key features of the Ryobi MHI 750 Packaging Edition include:
  • Remotely adjustable shell type skeleton transfer system provides the versatility printers need to ensure mark-free printing on thick paper and plastics as well as lighter stocks that benefit from the support of a transfer cylinder.
  • Ryobi Smart Instacolor technology achieves ultrafast makeready with minimal paper waste.
  • Two inches of additional paper size versus competing German and Japanese presses allow for greater operating flexibility, image stability, print quality and multiple up formatting.
  • Ryobi’s LED UV Instacure technology is ideally suited to short run packaging since the press sheet is immediately cured and ready for finishing and no powder is required.
  • Smart Ryobi Plate Changing system provides simultaneous plate changing in roughly two minutes.
  • Ryobi High Grade Feeder assures stable, high-speed sheet feeding across all stock weights.

The Ryobi MHI 750G Packaging Edition press has successful placements worldwide and saw its debut U.S. placement in May 2014 at Graphic Edge Printing & Packaging in metro Milwaukee.  Veteran commercial printer Dale Skinkis, owner of Graphic Edge, reviewed all comparable presses before deciding on the Ryobi MHI 755 packaging press. “This is the most productive and cost-efficient press for premium, short-run package printing in North America,” he said.

Putting ink on packaging board and labels has a bright future, with continued growth expected in the $170 billion North American packaging market.  Much of the fastest growth in package print is coming from small and mid-size manufacturers of consumer products who need short run packaging to sell their products.  Large consumer products companies look to versioning and targeted packaging runs to grow their market share.

High-speed offset remains the highest quality and lowest-cost of production for folding cartons, labels and some flexible packaging - regardless of run length and nothing compares to offset for package durability.

The Ryobi MHI 750G Packaging Edition press greatly expands capabilities for commercial and packaging printers as it reduces total manufacturing cost in this high value add segment of the print market.  The press accommodates a wide range of paper, plastic and specialty substrates, from super-thin sheets to heavy board, delivering the precision, power and stability these stocks require.

All Ryobi presses are backed by quick-response service from GSNA’s local, factory-trained technicians in the U.S. and Canada, together with engineers from Ryobi MHI headquarters in Japan.

Versatile press also excels at general commercial and specialty printing
“The Ryobi 750G Packaging Edition press delivers what many commercial printers are looking for today,” said GSNA Chairman Don Barbour.

“The Packaging Edition is a highly versatile workhorse,” Barbour said. “It brings new cost savings and capabilities to a very broad range of general commercial printing and specialty package printing.  In addition, for dedicated package printers, it’s robust and fast enough to handle all their shorter runs at the same quality they currently deliver to their customers.”

Added Karl Belafi, Jr., GSNA co-founder:  “In head-to-head matchups for functionality, print quality and total cost of manufacturing, the Ryobi 750 Packaging Edition series press outperforms any other 6-up press on the market today and digital can’t come close for image quality and durability.”

Standard Register Wins Masters of Quality Supplier Award from Daimler Trucks North America for Its Specialty Labels

Standard Register, a leader in workflow, content and analytics, has been honored for the tenth consecutive year by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) with the Masters of Quality Supplier Award for its specialty labels. The award was presented by DTNA's Sean Taggart, supplier management quality engineer, to employees at the company's Radcliff, Kentucky, specialty label printing facility.

"A label is just a critical component on the truck, and if it's not right or ready to go, it stops their production line," said Joseph Klenke, President, Product Marking and Decoration, for Standard Register. "We have worked hard over the past 20 years to help ensure Daimler Trucks remains competitive, and are proud to be viewed as a role model for the commercial vehicle supplier base."

The Radcliff facility produces pressure-sensitive labels in several ways - including digital printing, screen printing and with flexography. Standard Register digitally produces an array of safety-focused labels to protect the commercial vehicle operator from on-the-job hazards. The company's expertise in materials science helps ensure these durable labels last for the life of the vehicle.

Ultra high-speed, high-quantity flexographic printing is used for items such as shipping labels, statement-form label combinations, price stickers and packing lists. In both processes, the label construction is multi-web and can be multiple-sided, with inline printing and lamination of the various webs.

As a Masters of Quality supplier, Standard Register has been judged by DTNA to provide top quality components for its Freightliner and Western Star truck brands, as determined on a Balanced Scorecard covering quality, delivery, technology and cost performance. Standard Register produces 15 million labels per day for a wide range of uses, including product marking, shipping, safety and work in process.

London’s Premier Packaging Show packed with creativity

Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London opens its doors next week and is guaranteed not only to enthuse, but also inspire. The show has completely sold out, with more than 180 exhibitors, over 130 product launches, exciting new show features and an array ofeducational and informative seminars.
Exhibitor highlights include:
  • MASSILLY (stand GB34) is launching a tin canister for 'magnum' sized bottles.
  • SACO Ltd (stand D19) is unveiling its new Jar Cap range, with an innovative ‘rolled edge’.
  • Abbey Labels (stand C27) will be showcasing its new self-adhesive labels.
  • AEGG (stand VG1) is launching three new products: a sundae pot, midi pagoda pot and a thin walled PP pot. 
  • Set to wow the beverage industry is Airpack Systems (stand A14) with its new beer bottle inflatable packaging solution.
  • Benson Box (stand D7) will be launching its revolutionary meal solutions carton packs.
  • Lighting up the show will be Leo Luxe (stand E17) with its new luxury packaging ranges, Eclipse and Imperial, utilising Haptic Magic technology.
  • Solutia Packaging (stand E45) is set to unveil its 100% recyclable folding eyewear cases, made from paper, lined with telate and scratch papers.
  • For visual merchandising SERAM (stand B5) is launching a service to help its customers decorate shop windows according to their packaging.
  • Celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary is Label-form Limited (stand A7) for supplying self adhesive labels to the packaging industry.
  • MJS Packaging Services Ltd (stand C9) is showcasing its new model - Mini VFFS.
  • Strand Paper & Board/Eska Graphic Board (stand F21) is proud to announce the introduction of Eskablack - a premium black dyed solid board.
  • Richmond Containers CTP Ltd (stand GB32) will debut its premium beauty collection by Richmond to the UK market.
  • Desjardin (stand F35) will present its new range of aluminium screw-lid tins manufactured and made in France for the cosmetic industry.
  • Croxsons (stand F3) is launching a new range of ultra-premium spirit bottles.
  • Innavisions Ltd (stand C5) will be showcasing a 125ml paperboard single serve ice cream pack with plastic lid and spoon.
  • Vetroplas Packaging Ltd (stand A3) is launching EZR Foamer, a completely new concept to dispense instant foam, from a flip top cap.
  • Procos GmbH (stand GB47) will debut its bag and box combo - the Luxury Carrier Box.
  • Smurfit Kappa (stand A16) will be exhibiting for the first time KARTONFLUTE, a development of Smurfit Kappa’s T-Flute, high-quality microflute board.
In addition to new products and services, visitors to Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging will be able to grab some exclusive show offers and take part in competitions.
  • Papeteries De Montsegur (stand Gb29) is offering 10% off its printed goods to visitors at the show.
  • The Box Office (stand D22) is also offering 10% discount for all orders placed at the show.
  • Reproflex (GB44) is running an interactive competition at show ‘The PackQuest’. Using the app Packlinc visitors to the show have to scan for hidden codes around the show to win an iPad.
  • Connect Packaging Limited (stand GB14) is offering a show discount of 15% for any enquiries or orders placed during this show.
  • ESC Packaging (stand E65) is offering a 10% discount if you use the promo code ‘LONDON2014’ when shopping online. The code will go live 29th September and is valid until the end of October.
As well as a packed exhibition hall there will be a whole host of show features including:
  • The Luxury Packaging Conference – New for 2014
  • The Drinks Symposium – New for 2014
  • Innovation Gallery – New for 2014
  • learnShops seminar programme
  • The Beauty Symposium
  • Lions’ Lair
  • The BIG Packaging Debate
  • Packaging Consultancy Clinic
  • The 56th annual Starpack Awards
  • Networking Drinks Party

Germany’s first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV goes into action at Labelprint24

Germany’s first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press has been commissioned at Labelprint24 (www.labelprint24.com), one of the country’s leading online label printers. The immediate benefits of the 4-colour + white inkjet web Truepress Jet L350UV, supplied and installed by Dantex, include doubling the production capacity at Labelprint24’s 100%-digital facility in Großenhain, Saxony.

“In addition, the Truepress Jet delivers everything today’s label buyers expect from a leading manufacturer - personalisation, fast turnaround, first-class quality and, combined with our intelligent systems, affordability,” says Managing Director Stefan Harder.

Labelprint24 is recognised as one of the most innovative label printers in Germany, producing a wide range of sheet- and roll-mounted labels for leading companies across the full spectrum of industries, including cosmetics, healthcare, food and manufacturing. Labels range from simple to highly complex products incorporating multi-layer informational booklets, all of which can be ordered online.

Stefan Harder
Labelprint24 is part of the Harder group of companies, which was founded over 50 years ago as a general commercial printer firm. In 2009 Harder decided to pursue an all-digital strategy focused on the labelling and packaging sectors, launching Labelprint24 a year later as the 24-hour web-to-print B2B portal customers use to order labels. Today Labelprint24 sells its products to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Czech Republic. Labels represent a significant part of the group’s turnover and this looks set to grow when Labelprint24 expands into France, Italy, the Netherland and Belgium later this year.

Explains Stefan Harder:  “Several key trends persuaded us this was the right path to follow.  One was the steady move from offset to digital printing.  The other was the growing demand for labels to perform more sophisticated functions in industries such as food and pharmaceuticals.  Today labels do much more than just identify products — they are vehicles for marketing promotions, for regulatory information, and so on.  Add in factors such as greater product diversification and shorter lifecycles, and our customers want us to print shorter runs, faster, and to the highest quality.

“With the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV we can meet all these demands.  Because the press is incredibly flexible, it can handle short, medium and long runs and can print on a range of substrates including transparent film and metallic foil.  Its print speed makes it one of the fastest label printing machines in the sector, without any compromise on quality - text is pin-sharp, and images totally photorealistic.  It’s easy to look after too - the automatic printhead cleaning function cuts maintenance to no more than 15 minutes a day.”

Voted “Best Label Printing Solution” in the 2014 European Digital Press Association Awards, the 322mm print-width single-pass Screen Truepress Jet L350UV press is specifically designed to meet brand owners’ increasing demand for value-added packaging to increase product differentiation.  Printing at speeds up to 16.1sqm (173.2sqft) per minute, the innovative inkjet printing system leads the industry for productivity.
Labelprint24 is a trademark of harder-online GmbH. The company is one of the most innovative, owner-operated label printing operations in Germany. Based in Grossenhain (Saxony), Labelprint24 turns out a diverse range of printed, sandwich and booklet labels. The service provider’s e-commerce portfolio also includes special print items, such as printed sticky notes. Its success rests on three pillars: an Internet shop system with immediate price calculation, an automated workflow from order-taking to shipping, and high-tech digital print, finishing and post-press technologies. This approach cuts costs significantly compared to other label printers, and the company passes on this cost advantage directly to customers. With additional sales offices in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Poland and the Czech Republic, as well as sales partnerships, for example with Famo Druck AG in Switzerland, the company can respond to the unique needs of regional markets and secure continuous growth. Labelprint24′s goal in the medium term is to become the German market leader in Internet-based label sales. harder-online GmbH was founded in 2003 and is excellently positioned in the market with its Internet shops and trademarks: labelprint24.com, labelprint24.ch, unserdrucker.de and haftnotizblock.de. harder-online GmbH has been certified to ISO 9001 since February 2009.

Since being established in 1943, Dainippon Screen has grown significantly in the printing and prepress fields and is currently a leading company in the thermal CtP recorder and on-demand printing system industries. By leveraging its core photolithographic (photo etching) technologies, Screen has developed a large number of products that hold top shares in a variety of fields, including those for semiconductor, flat panel display, and PCB production equipment. Screen continues to expand these business areas.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GMG in partnership with Epson and Studio404 show the value of colour control at Packaging Innovations

GMG Color is teaming up with leading innovative technology company Epson and specialist packaging design graphics studio Studio404 at Packaging Innovations (stand GB3). On the stand, colour management software experts GMG will show the importance and benefits of managing colour from packaging and label concept all the way through to the finished product – every time, anywhere, on any material, and by any printing process.

Using the latest technology to produce innovative and colour consistent artwork, GMG will demonstrate GMG ColorProof, the industry leading proofing solution, with Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 large format printer producing contract-level proofs for complex packaging applications. The 24-inch Epson printer uses CMYK + white ink to deliver highly accurate package proofs and is ideally suited to the GMG ColorProof software which offers precise and predictable spot colour simulation.

Alongside, Studio404 will be demonstrating its unique streamlined workflow process which takes creative packaging design concepts and turns them into engineered solutions that are ready to be printed – all enabled by GMG technology.

GMG OpenColor has been a vital technological breakthrough for Studio404, enabling the company to measure colours spectrally, rather than taking traditional colour measurements. Brand owners have very high colour accuracy expectations, no matter where something is printed, and GMG OpenColor is designed to address this complex and error prone problem in package production.

“Packaging Innovations presents GMG with the perfect opportunity to show the importance and benefits of managing colour from concept to creation, onto supermarket shelves and into the consumers’ homes,” says Toby Burnett, MD, GMG Color. “Teaming up with Epson and Studio404 enables us to demonstrate to prepress specialists, print firms, agencies, and brand owners how they can produce consistently better colour simulations, across different substrates and print technologies, and reduce time and costs during the production process.”       

Flint Group launches dayGraphica 4100 UV Red Blanket for commercial and packaging UV offset printers

Newly developed UV blanket technology from Flint Group offers commercial and packaging printers the benefit of better blanket performance, longer life and greater versatility. The new product, dayGraphica 4100 UV Red, works with a wider variety of UV inks and washes and is more durable than many existing UV blankets in the market. The product is an ideal match for commercial or packaging printers looking for improved solid reproduction and a more durable UV blanket, in particular when running heavy-gauge stocks.

Bill Branson, Flint Group’s Business Director – North American Blankets, credits the Flint Group technology team for addressing two major challenges facing UV printers: blanket swell and durability. “The team was able to reduce swelling with a unique rubber formulation and increase durability by developing a compressible carcass that can better withstand the pressures and damaging effects of smashes.”

Mr. Branson notes that dayGraphica 4100 UV Red is designed specifically for a dedicated UV ink and wash environment. In that setting, printers experience superior ink transfer without embossing on coated and uncoated stocks, less edge cutting from heavy stocks, and faster sheet and web release.

“Users of the dayGraphica 4100 UV Red blanket also get the benefit of Flint Group’s full-rounded expertise,” adds Mr. Branson. “Because our ink, blanket and chemical teams work together, we can help customers choose inks and washes that optimize the performance of this newly developed UV blanket.”

Printware launches iJetColor label press addition to iJetColor press family powered by Memjet Technology

Printware, the leader in prepress and digital solutions, will launch the iJetColor Label Press at Labelexpo Americas 2014, taking place September 9- 11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL and Graph Expo being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 28-October 1.  The iJetColor Label Press is a high performance, low total cost of ownership, inkjet digital color press powered by Memjet technology developed exclusively for label packaging applications. The iJetColor Label Press will be on display in the Anderson & Vreeland booth 929 at Label Expo and the Printware Booth 1949 at Graph Expo.

The iJetColor Label Press is a compact, table top, 4-color inkjet press suitable for supporting production label stocks for product packaging personalization, variable data barcoding, shelf labels, product labels for retail and industrial applications. The system features:
  • Roll-to-roll printing
  • Fan fold printing
  • Continuous label printing
  • Integrated cutter
  • 60 feet per minute speed
  • Gap mark sensing
  • Black mark sensing
  • Production quality Harlequin RIP Workflow
  • Advanced spot color matching application
  • Variable data-enabled workflow
  • Integrated touch-screen user control system 
“The iJetColor Label Press adds new capabilities to in-house manufacturing and packaging operations and to print shops of any size,” commented Tim Murphy, President of Printware. “The addition of a label press to the iJetColor family of products was based on customer requests for an easy-to-use system with color matching and variable data capabilities at a cost that provided significant economic advantages to bring label packing applications in-house – especially shorter run more complex color work that is highly profitable”

Memjet technology was designed to deliver speed by bringing the fastest inkjet technology of its kind to the market. Using a completely re-envisioned printhead design along with a custom controller chip and software, each component was engineered to deliver printing speeds unheard of in the inkjet world.

The iJetColor Label Press is offered exclusively with a comprehensive package that includes an easy to use workflow, expert color matching software built in for a wide variety of readily available inkjet stocks, variable data enabled tools, proven Harlequin RIP technology, professional installation, 24/7 support and a no-finger pointing quality guarantee.

“An iJetColor Press system brings new revenue opportunities to print shops, making it extremely affordable to produce 4-color label jobs and to also capitalize on new shorter run packaging opportunities. The iJetColor Press provides low cost, personalized printed images in print volume as low as one unit,” commented Murphy.

Printware was awarded a “Must See Em’ Best in Category during PRINT 13 and a “Game Changer” at Graphics of the Americas 2014 for its iJetColor Envelope Press and Workflow.

GMG brings a wide range of color management workflow and proofing technologies to Labelexpo 2014

GMG, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, will be showing a complete complement of color management and proofing systems for label printing at booth 6511. Being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL from September 9-11, Labelexpo Americas is the continent's largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry.

“While matching brand colors has always been of paramount importance, the ongoing trend of printing labels on digital presses - as well as traditional offset, flexo and gravure presses—has made color management even more critical. It is now a matter of ensuring that color from any print process matches that of any other process. It is also critical, as the print supply chain extends itself, that color always matches no matter who is working on a file, by accessing an image file from a master color space. GMG is looking forward to demonstrating our expertise in just about any facet of color management—from proofing to workflow,” comments Joseph Varone, GMG Americas vice president of sales. “Specifically, we look forward to showing our expertise in creating predictive proofing for spot colors and overprints with our award-winning GMG OpenColor, and building complete, late-binding RGB workflows with GMG ColorMaster.”

GMG OpenColor: Precisely predict the color appearance of printed inks
A major highlight at the GMG booth is GMG OpenColor, the 2013 recipient of a Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award and an InterTech Technology Award. A continuing trend in label printing is the increasing complexity of jobs and the use of multi-color printing. Many labels require different combinations of inks, substrates, screening, and other variables. One of the most difficult challenges facing a converter is accurately and reliably communicating color to the supply chain. Until now, to accurately communicate a mix of colors, every combination would require a specific test chart showing the different combinations—a costly process that involves color fingerprint charts, the making of plates, and lengthy testing.  GMG OpenColor is a proofing technology that precisely predicts the color appearance of printed inks, particularly spot colors and ‘overprints’—inks printed on top of each other. This allows the previously unattainable ability to assure a proof will accurately simulate a printed result. GMG OpenColor resolves this complex problem and provides highly accurate color profiles, with less information.

The spectral color engine of GMG OpenColor 1.1 is now capable of creating up to 15 channels profiles without fingerprinting the press. The software automatically averages data, especially helpful when importing data collected at different press run times. As a result, any possible deviation is included in the final profile calculation. Flexo prepress companies, particularly, will profit from the new color intensity and dot gain adjustments. Users can define a target dot gain from a specific printing process or adjust dot gain measurements to compensate for possible faulty printing conditions, which can occur during reference print runs or color standard productions. GMG OpenColor also has a connection to spectral color information from Colibri (matchmycolor) and PantoneLIVE (X-Rite). GMG OpenColor allows those who adopt Expanded Color Gamut Printing to create 5-, 6- or 7-color profiles from just a few patches or with the help of multicolor test charts.

GMG ColorMaster 2.1: Keep images in an RGB space until you need them
RGB data storage and workflows have become increasingly popular, particularly with the use of a wider variety of media and print processes. GMG ColorMaster is attractive for companies—such as ad agencies, repro shops, prepress businesses and print buyers—that want to keep their data in the RGB color space as long as possible. It also helps those who process print globally—such as brand owners or global converters—who need to consider different standards. GMG ColorMaster helps provide a color-accurate late-binding RGB-workflow, meaning that images are not converted from their RGB space until needed.

By viewing images in the GMG ColorMaster color space, content originators—typically photographers—can make image adjustments early before storing files into the database. Unlike other RGB workflows, GMG ColorMaster offers viewing on a virtual CMYK color space, which guarantees WYSIWYG for print—either previewed on a monitor, or a GMG ColorMaster hard proof. Once the image has been retouched within the GMG ColorMaster color space, the ‘master’ RGB file can be output to any industry standard with confidence of its color accuracy. It offers a high degree of automation, and prepress departments can experience up to 50% timesavings. GMG ColorMaster 2.1 offers a process-neutral workflow and extremely flexible format for image data storage. It supplies predefined settings and optimized profiles for most popular target color spaces and a color space that covers all common printing gamuts—including the ability to accurately convert CMYK files to RGB. Using GMG ColorMaster assures once-only color correction, regardless of the ultimate output standard and direct output to any media standard, without further file alterations. With GMG ColorMaster, printers can experience shorter print makeready times, and consistent print quality.

A complete resource of color management of proofing solutions
Many other GMG products will be available for demonstration at Labelexpo. They include:

GMG ColorProof 5.5: With the most recent version of the popular proofing software, users will not only find much quicker startup and job creating times, but some helpful user interface improvements – particularly within the new Manual Job Manager. Customers working with packaging will benefit from the enhanced handling of white ink and transparent areas when proofing on foil, along with enhanced integration with GMG OpenColor. GMG DotProof users will find a much sharper dot. GMG ColorProof now alerts the administrator when attention is needed—for example, to load paper, calibrate a printer, or fix a job error. Full 64-bit support allows for the use of more RAM, significantly boosting the processing power. For packaging, GMG ColorProof 5.5 also offers optimized white printing and improved quality control of spot colors for label companies.  A remote proofing edition is also available for supply chain partners to review hardcopies of proofs in their offices.

GMG ColorServer 4.9: A recently updated version of the popular color management software, GMG ColorServer provides superior, easy-to-use color management, delivering consistent and repeatable color results to all output processes—print as well as online digital displays. New for GMG ColorServer 4.9 is support for the PDF/VT-1 variable-data printing (VDP) file format. Part of the challenge of variable-data printing is the often extremely fast file processing requirements to ensure just-in-time delivery to the latest generation of high-speed digital printing presses. GMG has addressed this issue from two directions. First, the current 32-bit version of the application has been greatly optimized. Second, for even faster performance, GMG is releasing a 64-bit native version, which offers almost unlimited file processing capabilities. GMG ColorServer 4.9 also offers an extremely accurate CMYK to RGB lossless conversion process that enlarges the color space back to the file’s original RGB values. This allows for color space normalization within an RGB-based image database, only performing the device/process specific CMYK conversion at the final output stage. The Paper Adaption Tool in GMG ColorServer lets print service providers recalculate a file’s color data against a particular support material, even if the particular proof simulates a different final stock.

GMG CoZone, a modular production environment based in the cloud, is an indispensable control center for every online production workflow. Content 100% safe; there is no more email forwarding. Users can create configurable download access, with easy to manage permission options. GMG CoZone integrates the cloud and project collaboration with high-quality color management toolsets. The GMG CoZone Collaborate module allows project participants to manage, review, proof and approve graphic arts content. The latest version of GMG CoZone offers unique and intuitive mark-up tools for online proofing. The GMG CoZone pricing model is ‘Pay per job’, which means that licensing for unlimited number of users is available without causing any additional costs.

“GMG is being adopted by many label printers and brand owners who require matching colors on any substrate,” adds Varone. We look forward to advising printers how to achieve accurate, repeatable color for labels, no matter the workflow or print process,”

Kodak Highlights label and package printing innovations and key customer success stories at Labelexpo Americas 2014

Furthering its commitment to bring new innovations to package printing, Kodak rounded out Labelexpo 2014 by highlighting customer successes and a new collaborative effort with Packz Software. At the largest label show in the Americas, Sept. 9-11 in Rosemont, Illinois, Kodak presented the latest advances in its packaging portfolio including live demonstrations of the recently released Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1, explanations of how Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology is changing the landscape for high volume package customization, and the latest enhancements to the award-winning and industry leading Kodak Flexcel NX System.

Customers including G3 Enterprises and Label Print America were highlighted in the Kodak booth along with other global customers who openly shared their individual experiences with the Flexcel NX System, and the various business benefits they have been able to achieve since implementing Kodak’s technologies:

“To this day there are jobs that I would absolutely refuse to take if we did not have Kodak plates,” said James Stone, Technical Business Development Manager, G3 Enterprises, Inc. “We get outstanding results with no need for complex file manipulation. You just can’t say the same for the other technologies.”

“Kodak Flexcel NX Plates have given us the ability to serve our customers with consistent quality improvements, at a consistent price,” said Tony Yemma, President, Labelprint America. “Our business is about customer retention and is built around long-standing customer relationships, high quality and value. Kodak’s technology has allowed us to innovate, grow our customer base and continue to deliver value-added services.”

Packz Software also joined Kodak onsite to discuss the addition of Packz Professional PDF Editor to Kodak’s packaging workflow customers, enabling them to take advantage of more powerful tools and interactive editing. In addition to customer successes and newly announced offerings, attendees who stopped by Kodak’s booth had the opportunity to speak with several Kodak representatives, who provided additional information regarding Kodak’s continued commitment to packaging in areas that include offset, digital print solutions, functional printing, and security solutions for label and package printing.

“Label Expo was an excellent platform for showing attendees how our packaging solutions can help increase efficiencies and further automate digital capabilities,” said Dr. John Anderson, Kodak’s Sales and Marketing Packaging Manager for the U.S. & Canada Region. “The flexographic printing market is a dynamic one and is primed for major growth – Labelexpo 2014 was a great stage for us to communicate the value of not only the core Kodak Flexcel Systems and Plate offerings, but also our broader package printing portfolio including unified workflow, offset, digital and imprinting solutions.”

For more information about Kodak Solutions and to read about the latest Kodak customer success stories in the label segment, please visit: Kodak.com/go/packaging. Also check out Dr. Anderson’s blog, FlexoGlobal, which highlights recent innovations and happenings across the global flexographic industry. His latest posts address tips for making older presses more productive and profitable, as well as outline the advantages of open standards in packaging.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sun Chemical Showcases Solutions for Corrugated Printers

During Corrugated Week 2014, Sun Chemical will show corrugated printers a wide range of solutions that can help graphics pop and improve pressroom efficiency. Visitors of Sun Chemical booth #417 will be introduced to high-definition plate technology, inks, and pressroom consumable products which offer sharper images, superior print quality, and efficiency to avoid many of the common printing defects that corrugated printers face.

“Corrugated printers are looking for solutions that enhance productivity, improve pressroom performance and help the final packaging pop off the shelf,” said Tony Renzi, Vice President of Product Management Packaging Inks, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “Our range of solutions on display during Corrugated Week does just that. We can take corrugated printers from concept to consumer with design, pre-press, color management, ink, coatings, and plates.”

Packaging that Jumps off the Shelf
By partnering with Sun Chemical SunGraphics, corrugated printers will have access to high-definition plate technology utilizing Esko HD software to print with an image quality of up to 4,000 PPI, resulting in more impactful graphics that jump off the shelf. Combining HD quality with flat-top dot plate technology increases capabilities by offering an expanded tonal range and wider color gamut.

Sun Chemical HD plates also creates a uniform height printing surface between the screens and solids versus conventional digital plates. The uniform surface allows for more even impression across the plate.

The system sharpens images even further, allowing for smooth screen transitions to zero, reduction or elimination of hard edge highlight screen breaks, and decreased dot gain while minimizing the fluting effect, a printing defect especially noticeable in corrugated printing.

Inks that Provide Strong Color Strength and pH Stability
Converters looking for inks that provide high print quality and color strength can benefit from Sun Chemical’s SunVisto Advantage HS, an ink that delivers both superior print quality and the pH stability needed for corrugated stocks.

SunVisto Advantage HS inks provide for higher color strength for use with higher line aniloxes and eliminate the need for special GCMI color matches when added strength is required to hit GCMI color targets. The Advantage HS inks are also 40-50 percent stronger than conventional mid-grade GCMI inks.

The ink line increases pressroom productivity by reducing the need for pH adjustments during long press runs. Contrary to typical water-based inks which lose pH during long press runs and lead to dirty print and ink build-up, SunVisto Advantage HS inks eliminate the concern of pH control from the beginning to the end of a production run.

Designed for mid-level to high-end graphics for most paper stock, SunVisto Advantage HS inks provide exceptional print quality for both single and multi-color jobs on standard corrugated linerboards and substantially increase the ease of  clean-up compared to similar inks.

Laser-Marking Coating Solutions Allows for Variable Coding of Graphic Information
Visitors can also see live demonstrations of Sun Chemical’s SunLase laser marking solutions, a coating that enables brand owners to add information to both secondary and primary packaging information after the filling and closure of the pack, whether for practical supply chain purposes or as a late stage packaging differentiator.

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

Sun Chemical’s Complete Line of Pressroom Consumable Products
Sun Chemical offers a complete line of pressroom consumable products, including fountain solutions that are specifically formulated to meet the needs of individual press requirements, blankets, silicones, conditioners and pressroom washes for end use applications.

One new consumable technology on display will be the SunVisto Anilox Renew and the SunVisto Power Scrub and Anilox Renew. The SunVisto Anilox Renew is a highly concentrated cleaner designed to provide a deep cleaning foam that brings heavily soiled plates and anilox rollers back to their “like new” condition. Anilox Renew minimizes or eliminates the need for sending anilox rollers out for cleaning. By applying it weekly, most anilox rolls will not require bi-weekly removal and blasting, eliminating costs and improving overall quality.

SunVisto Power Scrub uses the same technology built into Anilox Renew at a more economical price and can be used on any surface. The non-corrosive foaming technology of Power Scrub allows a customer to control the amount of cleaner being applied, reducing the amount of wasted wash.

Nilpeter demonstrations a success at Labelexpo Americas

Visitors in large numbers accepted Nilpeter's invitation to “Join” the company’s display of UV-flexo presses for producing high quality labels and package printing at LabelExpo in Chicago. The main exhibits were the Nilpeter high-performance FB-3 and the highly innovative FA-4*.

“We saw visitors on our show floor really wanting to take advantage of the automation on these presses”, said Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing in North America. “We presented a flexografic solution to meet the digital challenge and affect the cross-over point between flexo and digital. Now with a simple recall of a job, fast change of plate cylinders, with full automation resetting the job, we are back into impression and register with zero waste, and that is highly competitive.”

The company also experienced strong interest in the inline QC-Die, Nilpeter’s value-adding magnetic die unit. This module allows operators to ergonomically change cylinders in less than 10 seconds. “The guards come up, the new die slides in, the guards come down, and the automation does the rest. People were really pleased to see that, because the converting is at the same LEAN level as the rest of the press”, Paul Teachout explained.

Other attractions was the Expanded Gamut process demonstrated on the FB-3 UV-flexo press, which produced impeccable labels for the health and beauty sector, as well as Juice Label shrink sleeves. Also the FP-4 flatbed unit for hot foil and embossing on the FA-4* created much interest among premium-quality wine label converters.

The FA-4* is now offered in 17” for the North American flexible packaging market, and with all the automation benefits, this press becomes very attractive to the segment. Nilpeter has invited many of the exhibition visitors into its Technology Centers in Slagelse, Denmark, and in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they will be given the opportunity to design their very own demo day

Adobe Acquires Aviary to Fast-Track Creative Cloud App Development

Adobe announced that it has acquired privately held Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs (Software Development Kits) for the delivery of creative apps. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps and thousands of developers using Aviary’s SDKs, across mobile platforms, the acquisition accelerates Adobe’s strategy to make Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK. Currently under development, Adobe Creative SDK is a software library that enables developers to tap into Adobe’s creative technologies to build mobile apps and drive new connections between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services.

“Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We're thrilled to leverage Aviary's technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe. “This is great news for developers because thousands of mobile apps will have the opportunity to become compatible with industry-defining desktop tools like Photoshop CC, as well as new Creative Cloud services."

Adobe Creative SDK gives third-party developers access to Adobe APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), previously only available to Adobe’s internal engineering teams. Examples include: browsing files stored in Creative Cloud; extracting elements from PSD files; Adobe’s “Touch Slide” software for straight-line drawing; and cloud image-editing services like Content-Aware Fill and Upright. Adobe Photoshop Mix, a recently launched mobile app for iOS, utilizes these new APIs and offers some of Adobe’s best imaging technology for applying Photoshop looks and compositing images. Adobe Creative SDK is currently being tested by developers and a beta launch is expected in the coming months.

"Aviary was founded to bring creative freedom to the world,” said Avi Muchnick, Aviary’s co-founder. “We're excited to join Adobe and tap into their incredible wealth of creative technology and supercharge our collective SDK offering. Together, we will help nurture the next generation of third party creative apps.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Mahalaya to all our readers...

Mahalaya, signifies the end of Pitri Paksha and the beginning of Devi Paksha. 
It is said that Devi Durga begins her journey from Kailash to her paternal home on this day....
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Rotocontrol secures booklet machine order at Labelexpo Americas from Power Press

Rotocontrol, a manufacturer of leading-edge slitter/rewinder inspection machines, today announced the receipt of an order placed at Labelexpo Americas from Brazilian label printer Power Press for a Rotocontrol booklet machine. The order was led by Marcelo Zandomenico of MZ Maquinas, the local Rotocontrol agent in Brazil, and accepted on-site during the exhibition by Marco Aengenvoort, Managing Director of Rotocontrol.
The Rotocontrol high-speed booklet machine has full electronic control, provides a feeding unit for dispensing the inserts, is available in all current working widths up to 510 mm and produces booklet labels with variable scopes and formats. The booklet machine is equipped with a Longford International OS700X booklet feeder for the creation of extended content labels. The OS700X has proven production speeds of up to 35,000 pieces per hour with a placement tolerance of +/-0.5mm.

Power Press produces a range of self-adhesive labels for the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, aluminum and plastic industries including barcode labels, pre-printed thermal labels, tags for clothing, booklet labels and more.

Hederson Monteiro, Director of Power Press comments: "We are pleased to award Rotocontrol an order for a booklet machine. Their impressive machine technology and configuration design provides the solution we need to further expand the finishing phase of our booklet labels, to supply the growing demand in the Brazilian market."

Headquartered in Trittau (Hamburg), Germany Rotocontrol maintains the highest level of product quality through ease of use, absolute control and flexibility with a focus on operator safety and efficiency. Rotocontrol is the partner of choice in the finishing of label products. Rotocontrol designs and manufactures leading-edge finishing machines, including the LeoMat brand, for inspection, slitting, rewinding, die cutting, overprinting, digital labels and booklet labels for converters in the narrow web industry. Available globally, Rotocontrol offers machines from smaller basic rewinders to feature-rich, sophisticated models with multiple options featuring S-Drive Servo Technology enabling maximum web control for the most delicate film and foil materials. 

Pro Mach to be Acquired by Affiliates of AEA Investors LP from The Jordan Company

Pro Mach, Inc., announced that affiliates of AEA Investors LP (“AEA”) are acquiring the packaging machinery leader from The Jordan Company. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014, and is subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pro Mach is a leading manufacturer of integrated packaging and processing equipment solutions, and provider of training, installation, parts, and service for customers worldwide. Through more than 25 brands in Bottling & Capping, Primary Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Material Handling, Identification & Tracking, and End of Line Packaging, Pro Mach provides automated solutions that drive efficiency and increase packaging line performance for diverse food, beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and industrial goods companies.

“We are proud to announce our new ownership under AEA,” said Mark Anderson, Pro Mach President and CEO. “AEA understands our business, shares our vision, and will provide significant support for Pro Mach and its management team as we continue to grow our company and fulfill our highest priority – serving our customers. Our outstanding management team will remain intact and continue to lead our growth and execute our strategy. With AEA’s support, we look forward to continuing our expansion in world markets and building on our position as the premier provider of integrated packaging, material handling, and processing solutions in North America and beyond.” 

“Personally I’m very proud of all our employees and the hard work they put in every day to strengthen Pro Mach’s reputation as a leading integrated solutions provider and make us a success,” added Mr. Anderson. “We couldn’t do what we do without them and we are very fortunate to have such great teams at all our brands.”

Pro Mach’s brands include Allpax, Axon, Benchmark Automation, Brenton, Currie by Brenton, Dekka, Edson, Federal, Fowler, ID Technology, IPak, KLEENLine, Matrix, Orion, Ossid, Pace Packaging, Rennco, Roberts PolyPro, Shuttleworth, Tekkra, Wexxar/BEL, and Zalkin. Pro Mach’s Flexible Packaging Group also sells, integrates and supports Toyo Jidoki, Inever, and FLtècnics brand equipment.

“By providing a single source for integrated solutions and a wide range of stand-alone products, Pro Mach strategically solves important packaging, processing, and material handling challenges for a diverse range of customers worldwide,” said Tom Pryma, Partner, AEA. “Pro Mach and its brands have an excellent reputation for manufacturing exceptional products and delivering exemplary customer service. We look forward to working with the management team to expand Pro Mach’s capabilities and grow the company.”

Brian Higgins, Partner at The Jordan Company, said, "We are proud of what Pro Mach has accomplished in the marketplace and the success of our partnership. Their excellent management team has consistently grown the business, expanded their capabilities, and delivered superior products and services to its customers. We wish the Pro Mach team continued success under AEA’s ownership."

Color-Logic enables variable data printing on foil substrates

Graphic designers find it nearly impossible to incorporate variable data in a foil area to be overprinted with CMYK inks, because a separate white ink mask must be created manually for each data variation. With Color-Logic software, however, white ink masks are created automatically as the file is processed.  The proprietary Color-Logic process permits designers to incorporate variable elements throughout a design-from simple personalized text to more complex variables such as sequential numbering and variable images.

Describing this unique feature of the Color-Logic software, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Graphic designers and advertising agencies typically shy away from using variable data when printing on foil substrates because creating white ink masks can be tedious and may require lots of time.  But a simple plugin in the $199 Color-Logic Design Suite does the job automatically.  A new brochure on the Color-Logic website or at http://ow.ly/Bxpxf describes the process in detail.  The Color-Logic Design Suite is available from certified Color-Logic licensed printers."

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.

Essel Propack standardizes globally with Esko CDI

Essel Propack, the largest global manufacturer of laminated tubes, has adopted Esko’s pre-press and workflow software, as well as its CDI digital flexo plate imaging, for producing flexo and letterpress plates in-house. Headquartered in Mumbai in Western India, Essel Propack, part of the Essel Group, has a 33 percent market share in its specialized domain, producing high-quality print on laminated tubes using flexo, letterpress and digital printing.

As part of its continuous modernization and standardization, Essel Propack has chosen to implement Esko’s pre-press and workflow technology. Essel Propack has implemented Esko CDI in six locations across its plants in India, Poland and China. The company is using Esko’s pre-press software, including Color Engine, and adopted Esko’s Full HD Flexo for its CDI Spark imagers with in-line UV2.

M Ram Ramasamy, vice-president of Essel Propack, said: ‘Packaging print is all about consistency and predictable results. We at Essel Propack have adopted flexo, letterpress and digital print processes and Esko’s solution delivers the consistent high quality results very well across all our printing processes.’

Ramasamy added: ‘Esko’s CDI is the most versatile flexo/letterpress CtP where you can use any brand or type of plate and still be assured of the output quality. With innovations like Esko’s Full HD Flexo using Esko’s in-line UV2 on the CDI imagers, the quality has moved to the next level. We now have standardized the Esko workflow across all our units in India (Vashind, Wada, Nalagarh, Goa) and across the globe in Poland and China.’

Further, Essel Propack is continuing to expand its capacities in India and internationally as it anticipates increased demand from old and new customers. The company sees tremendous growth potential in all the three sectors in which it is present: beauty and cosmetics; pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; and health and food.

Ramasamy emphasizes that the company’s global operations require alignment with an integrated supplier across technologies and across locations, and said: ‘The support structure, flexo expertise at Esko and its global presence is in line with Essel’s requirement.’