Saturday, October 4, 2014

Avery Dennison announces new section of its website dedicated to Consumer Electronics labelling

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials - North America today introduced a new section of its website dedicated to consumer electronics labelling. The new website, www.label.averydennison.com/ce, offers support for brand managers, product engineers and label converters involved in selecting proper label solutions. Users can view product suggestions by label material, type of application or material innovation.

As a global leader in labelling and packaging materials, the business has developed new web content to reflect its commitment to deliver solutions that meet the performance, design and compliance demands of consumer electronics’ labelling and packaging applications.

According to Rick Neiman, global director, digital marketing, Materials Group, the new site will prove particularly beneficial for brand owners. “We’ve formulated a portfolio of label and packaging solutions, including tapes, adhesives and facestocks, designed for the demanding identification, information, tracking, branding and functional labeling needs of consumer electronics,” he said. “Many of these materials are UL®-recognized to streamline and speed the qualification process. What’s more, brand owners can search the site by electronic device to access a complete listing of applicable labels and packaging materials, making their job easier.”

The site organizes the portfolio by label material for battery, branding, security, compliance, high temperature, promotional, tracking and warning labels, as well as protective films and customized electrical and thermal conductivity solutions. Relevant product data sheets can be instantly downloaded for each category, and a section on recent label material innovations keeps converters on the cutting edge of new, more efficient converting processes and label material developments.

Should visitors have questions, Avery Dennison materials experts can easily be contacted through the site.

Polyonics antistatic label solutions for electronic device manufacturers

Today, electronic device manufacturers face device failures that can be caused by an electrostatic discharge (ESD) event at the circuit board level.  ESD damage affects production yield, product reliability and profitability. As electronic devices become smaller and more complex the more sensitive to ESD they become.

Polyonics antistatic label materials, XF-781 (1 mil) and XF-782 (2 mil) were designed to address two major ESD concerns that standard labels can present. First, they reduce the charge generated when the label is removed from the liner that can discharge and destroy sensitive components during application.

Polyonics antistatic label materials provide peel voltages of less than 100 volts. This significantly reduces the electro-static charge generated when the label is removed from the liner (known as tribo-charging) that can discharge and destroy sensitive components during label application. Second, after the label has been applied and during the label life these materials are designed to prevent significant charge build-up on the label surface which can result in a static discharge event.

With a label surface resistance between 1.0 x 108 and 1.0 x 1011 Ohms these labels are in the dissipative range. This means after the label has been applied and during the label life, the label is designed to prevent significant charge build up on the label surface (Induction) which could later result in a static discharge event at the board level.

Applications for antistatic materials include:
  • Identification of static sensitive PCB's
  • Tracking of static sensitive electronic components
  • Static sensitve ESD packaging
  • Static sensitive warranty labeling


Polyonics antistatic labels use TriboGard technology to produce low peel voltages (<100v) when their liners are removed. This helps prevent the generation of electrostatic charges during assembly that could lead to a discharge (ESD) and potentially damage the component or device.

The Ricoh Pro C9100 and C9110 - A new generation of durable high volume digital presses

Ricoh announces the Ricoh Pro C9100 series for the graphic arts sector - a new generation of durable high volume digital presses. They are especially suited for larger commercial printers seeking to start up or expand their hybrid digital and offset workflow and will easily integrate into existing operations. The new additions are productive from the first page out and deliver high volume, personalised print runs, with fast turnaround times.

With these new models, Ricoh is now delivering a more affordable digital colour production printer that has higher productivity, greater media handling capabilities and print quality than previously available in this class, breaking down previous cost barriers of entry for clients looking to enter the digital colour production space at these high speeds.

With speeds up to 130ppm, a maximum monthly volume of up to one million A4 sheets and a duty cycle of 1.75 million A4 sheets, the Pro C9100 series fills a void for customers who have demands for such turnaround performance. At the same time, for those who don’t have the high monthly volumes needed to justify the cost of competing printers, the affordability of the Pro C9100 series means that these printers are no longer penalised for not meeting monthly print volumes. The digital print market is expanding rapidly and without a lower cost of entry for clients, they may be unable to compete with other providers that have larger budgets. This platform levels the playing field – not only from a cost perspective, but also for colour quality and an expanded feature set.

Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe, said “While technology led-change is driving a new future for the graphic arts market, the necessity to enhance client value and increase client satisfaction remains at the fore of every business. Alongside that, the need to drive profits is essential to ensure a stable business that can continue to support its clients into the future. We are really excited to launch the Ricoh ProTM 9100 series of digital production powerhouses to help our clients achieve these goals. They can invest in confidence in Ricoh’s services and software, and our technology which was the number one choice for colour, digital cut sheet presses in Western Europe for 2013. The Pro C9100 series gives clients options they have not had at this price point in the past, bringing positive disruption to a previously static market.”

Print services providers seeking to expand the services they provide to clients will be able to quickly take on a wide range of new commercial applications with the Pro C9100 series capability to print onto uncoated, textured and coated media from 52gsm to 400gsm, duplex banner sheet printing up to 700mm and even speciality media such as super-gloss, magnet, metallic, transparent or synthetic. This allows them to quickly extend their expertise to include light packaging, direct mail, books, promotional materials, brochures and business cards.

Print quality is assured with the inclusion of Ricoh’s enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology providing image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi. Productivity levels are high with print speeds up to 110ppm for the Pro C9100 and 130ppm for the Pro C9110. All speeds are maintained, regardless of paper weight, and productivity is further increased for A3 due to minimal processing adjustments, enabling 75ppm for A3 or 150 ppm A4 equivalent. Daily use is also optimised with the sturdy and durable design of the presses and the Operator Replaceable Units (ORUs) that enable trained users to increase uptime and performance. The expansion of Ricoh’s unique media library allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to ensure image quality and reliability, including different ICC profiles for front and back of a sheet. The Pro C9100 series is available with either the EFI E-43 or the faster and more powerful E-83 print server. The Pro C9100 series is available in EMEA early in 2015.

Ricoh’s continuing commitment to innovation means that commercial and corporate print clients can select the optimum blend from the company’s fast expanding portfolio of production-oriented products and solutions to support the profitable evolution of their businesses. The introduction of the Pro C9100 series enhances the existing portfolio of colour cut sheet presses which, together with the Pro C7100X series, offer greater productivity and creativity to commercial and graphic art users. The recent launch of the Pro VC60000 extends the Ricoh range of continuous feed inkjet presses, and the hardware portfolio is completed by wide and large format printers, configured for graphics and for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Ricoh’s software solutions deliver supreme connectivity and performance across the spectrum of workflow needs that professional production printers have, whether in mixed or digital only environments.

Ricoh Pro C9110 Series Features Summary
  • Highly productive with print speeds up to 110 ppm for the Pro C9100 and 130ppm for the Pro C9110 based upon A4 (150ppm A4 equivalent when running A3)
  • Media support up to 400gsm in both simplex and duplex at rated engine speed.
  • Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi with Ricoh’s Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology
  • Both presses have a maximum standard sheet size of SRA3
  • Duplex banner printing up to 700mm
  • Maximum monthly volume of 1 million based on A4
  • Duty cycle of 1.75 million A4
  • Automatic image feedback system gives colour density correction of engine calibration
  • Precise sheet-to-sheet and front-to-back registration is achieved with an enhanced mechanical registration system
  • Reliable throughput of the wide range of supported media is ensured by the use of Ricoh’s new vacuum feed technology.

Epson Announces New SpectroProofer: Expanded SpectroProofer product line developed jointly with X-Rite supports M1 standard

Epson announced the SpectroProofer-UVS, a new in-line spectrophotometer for its 17-, 24- and 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro printers. Developed jointly with X-Rite, and driven by industry leading supporting RIP technology, these optional SpectroProofers provide automated color management and verification-related tasks in a wide variety of proofing applications.

The new SpectroProofer-UVS models support the M1 measurement illumination standard and are UV selectable between M1 and M2. Additionally the UVS models support up to 50 percent more patches per scan and slightly faster measurement times. The SpectroProofer series allows for color consistency between Epson 17-, 24- and 44-inch printers, making them ideal for commercial graphics, package proofing, and remote proofing applications. Current SpectroProofer owners have the option to upgrade to the new ILS30EP component of SpectroProofer-UVS models to ensure full compatibility with the latest industry standards.

“The new SpectroProofer-UVS models were designed based on direct feedback from customers, and build on the more than five years of success of the current SpectroProofer series,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Combined with the industry leading color gamut of the Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set used in the Epson Stylus Pro 900-series printers, Epson continues to be the number one choice for serious prepress proofing professionals.”

The new SpectroProofer-UVS will be shipping in late-October 2014. For more information, visit proimaging.epson.com.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Harper Corporation of America Wins Golden Cylinder Award

Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America is proud to announce that it has won a coveted Golden Cylinder award from the Gravure Association of the Americas (GAA) for its cutting-edge QDTM Ink Proofing Flat Bed Multi-Process Printing System. Companies from across the country submitted their best technology in the gravure industry for consideration. All entries were judged by an expert panel of designers, educators, publishers, and other professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. After two days of tough scrutiny and deliberation, Harper Corporation was selected as an award winner for meeting or exceeding the standards in its class.

The QDTM Ink Proofing Flat Bed Multi-Process Printing System is the most versatile flatbed lab printing system available. It is available in a standard 2.75-inch as well as a 5-inch print width and can simulate direct and offset gravure, imaged and full coverage, along with direct gravure laminating of two sheets. It can also provide full coverage and imaged ITR (in the round EPDM) and plate flexo printing processes. This versatile system has either a manual or motored flatbed table which can be configured with several different printing process heads. The gravure heads are supplied with Harper Corporation’s exclusive XDI laser-engraved ceramic cylinders custom engraved with the customer’s design.

Harper Corporation of America was honored to accept this prestigious award during the GAA Technical Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 18, 2014. Harper Corporation is committed to providing exceptional printing technology as a leader in the industry and is an active member of the GAA and supports its mission.

APR Partners with Nuova Gidue

All Printing Resources is excited to announce a technical partnership with press manufacturer Nuova Gidue, recent winner of The Award for Innovation at The Label Industry Global Awards 2014. This relationship includes the installation of Gidue’s revolutionary M5 UV flexo press at APR’s Technical Center located in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

The M5 flexo press includes the latest innovations from Gidue, and fully automates the workflow, setup, and running of the press to achieve unsurpassed process consistency, efficiency, and cost reductions. This press, when combined with state-of-the-art expanded-gamut technology, allows flexo to compete on very short runs with digital presses.

APR is hosting the Gidue M5 17-inch-wide UV press in its Glendale Heights, Illinois, tech center, and the press will be ready for customer demonstrations beginning October 13th. APR is also offering technical support when needed to maximize the benefits seen from this revolutionary technology, including training and support for expanded-gamut printing.

“We are very excited to have the M5 press in our facility and really feel this is a way for flexo to cost-effectively compete with digital technology for short runs while still offering all the advantages of flexo printing. We look forward to having customers visit our facility to see for themselves the benefits of Gidue’s technology and believe our Technical Support Group (TSG) can add value to assure customers a return on their investment in Gidue,” says Dave Nieman, CEO, All Printing Resources.

APR is hosting, along with Gidue and their REVO partners, an Open House at their Glendale Heights facility on November 12th and 13th. Live demonstrations of the M5 press will be presented, along with other innovative technologies.

First edition of The Inkjet Conference exceeds expectations Impressive line-up of industry leaders reveal innovations in inkjet technology for industrial markets to 300+ attendees

As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference’ (www.theijc.com), sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014.

“The interest in inkjet for industrial applications has been overwhelming." says Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference on ESMA's behalf. "An impressive line-up of industry leaders will share their insights with over 300 attendees - all interested in the further opportunities this great technology has to offer. We anticipated that our conference fills a void in the market today but are extremely happy with the buy-in and confidence of these great firms - 37 exhibitors have registered ranging from well-known names in print to totally new players entering this market. The two conference days are well filled with 41 speakers so the rooms will be buzzing with ideas and propositions on inkjet. ”

Steve Knight further comments: “Inkjet is the fastest growing area of print. The rapid evolution of core technologies is driving cross market adoption of digital imaging with huge economic benefits, and while some market sectors are still in the 10’s of machines, others are in the 1000’s. Digital print in automotive interior is to be expected next year and so is direct printing on beverages and secondary packaging. Furthermore, labels, ceramics, textiles and packaging are all fast-growing sectors and represent a multi-billion euro business that is expanding rapidly.”

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA comments: “Technical advances in inks, printheads software and electronics are being aided by a growing integration know-how. In turn, improvements in image quality are being driven by further research in inks and surface treatments, curing and drying. As a result, this improved image quality is driving further market adoption.”

The inkjet conference brings together industry and academic leaders in their fields to speak about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print and offers a great networking opportunity to meet both the presenters and the market leaders from their respective industries. The two-day, multi-subject educational conference has been developed specifically for inkjet equipment manufacturers. It includes:
  • A focus on inkjet engineering and the placing of a million drops that will feature hardware and software aspects of equipment design and manufacture. Areas touched on will include fluid systems, precision engineering, printheads, digital asset management, RIPs, colour calibration and workflow.
  • A review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks.
  • An academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.
Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa: “The conference supports precisely our “Touch the Future” focus, theme and claim of drupa 2016. It is responding to the rapid market changes and is stimulating new and important visitor target groups with state-of-the-art technologies and new solutions.”

Martin Stegelmeier, Senior Project Manager for PEPSO (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) of Messe Düsseldorf, points out that “PEPSO connects seamlessness with inkjet technology. Many new materials and application developments are connecting with this upcoming conference and are a springboard towards drupa 2016!”

The conference consists of over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as:
  • Membrane Pumps in Inkjet Printers – a success story, Andreas Hauri (KNF Flodos)
  • UV-LED Systems and Integration, Patrick Montali (PrintabLED)
  • Piezo Inkjet for Precision Dispensing of Functional Materials, Steve Liker (Trident)
  • System Integration: an Ink Point of View , Frank De Voeght (Chemstream)
  • Improving Inkjet Industry by Implementing Intelligent Sensors, Martin Kurtz (Balluff GmbH)
  • Industrial Inkjet for Packaging- Beyond the Box, Holly Steedman (Indujet GmbH)
  • Limitations and Benefits of Industrial Inkjet Printing, John Corrall (Industrial Inkjet Ltd.)
  • Utilizing the Full Power of the Computer Hardware, Frédéric Soulier (Caldera)
The academic track also displays the latest in inkjet technology:
  • Advanced Drop Watching (iPrint Institute, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)
  • Carbon Nano-Forms Suspensions for Inkjet Printing Energy Applications (Department of Chemistry, University of Torino)
  • Silver micro size distribution and printing technique influences on coatings for flexible electronics
  • Inkjet printing of functional materials for energy applications
  • Inkjet printing and sintering techniques of functional layers for electronic applications

iSys Label announces partnership with Konica Minolta

iSys Label, Canadian developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label printers, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Konica Minolta through their North American distributor, IntoPrint Technologies.

Beginning in the Fall of 2013, iSys Label and IntoPrint Technologies worked with Konica Minolta to broker a deal to add the IntoPrint EDGE 850 and IntoPrint digital finisher to the Konica Minolta product portfolio, starting in North America with plans to expand on a global front in the future. Randy Rickert, Director of iSys Label, states “I can’t tell you how excited we are to have Konica Minolta representing the Intoprint EDGE 850. By using Konica Minolta’s existing vertical markets, we will be able to reach a larger demographic with our short run label printers in a more effective and efficient way.”

The EDGE 850 digital label printer was developed for the short run, on-demand label market. Compact enough to sit on a desk, it can print at speeds up to 9.14 m/min. and makes light work of printing on self-adhesive label stock, tag stock, approved films and synthetics with a media width range of 6.0” up to 8.5” and print lengths up to 700 feet. Designed for in-house production of labels, users will be capable of printing 2000 labels in less than 20 minutes and have the finished roll ready for finishing equipment. And because the EDGE 850 is renowned for printing single-pass, die-cut label labels, you can also go from printer to applicator in one step.

The digital cutter is a label finishing system that delivers accurate single point registration cutting with lamination, waste matrix removal, slitting and rewinding. Built for the short run, on-demand label market, the digital cutter complements the EDGE 850 and allows for a complete workflow solution. “The demand for finishing equipment has intensified, especially in the digital environment. Pairing iSys’s label printing technology with the latest technology in finishing equipment results in a label that looks great but is also protected from the elements and has extra durability for repeat handling,” said Mark Hopkins, President of iSys Label.

The official launch will take place in the upcoming weeks, with Konica Minolta showing both products in booth #1231 at the upcoming Graph Expo show taking place in Chicago, IL, from September 28th to October 1st at McCormick Place.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

3rd Specialty Films and Flexible Packaging Global Conference meets a resounding success

The Two day, 3rd Specialty Films and Flexible Packaging Global Conference 2014 was held at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbai on 25th, 26th September 2014. The conference was organised by Elite Plus Business Services (EPBS) & The Chemicals & Petrochemicals Manufacturers Association (CPMA), with over 750 participants representing 340 companies from over 21 Countries in attendance.

Flexible packaging and speciality Films consumes approximately 3 MMT of polymers per annum and valued at approximately US $ 8 Billion. The sector is growing at over 10% CARG and likely to grow even at higher rates as the retail way of life is setting in India. The Global packaging Industry is valued at approximately US$ 695 Billion out of which Flexible plastic packaging accounts for US $ 138 Billion. Other forms of packaging are Board, Rigid plastics, Metal and Glass.  North America, Western Europe and Asia each have approximately 25% share of Flexible packaging.

The Conference brought the Leaders from Leading companies across the world, to share the latest innovations driving the market.  They highlighted the emerging technologies in the packaging industry that are expected to increase shelf life, reduce cost and are lightweight.

Opening session Keynote speakers were doyens of Indian and International packaging industry. Machinery and raw material suppliers , such as Peter Steinbeck, Managing Partner, Windmöller & Hölscher ; Laurence Fraser Jones, Vice President, Marketing Centre - Film & Fibre, Borouge Pte Ltd. ; Harpreet Singh Tibb, Director, Marketing, India & South Asia, Kellogg and Atul Bhatia, Director- Research, Development & Quality, Mondelez International.

The key note address by them covered diverse topics such as Expanding Role of Plastics in Packaging World ; The Trends in the Converting World ; Technological Innovations for Economical Film Production ; Trends in Flexible Packaging;Packaging and the New Age Consumer; Emerging Technical Challenges for Flexible Packaging Applications; Challenges and Opportunities for the Flexible Packaging Industry; Responsible Growth; The Story of Haldiram, its Growth and the Relevance of Packaging in this Journey and FMCG Challenges & Role of Packaging.

A Lively Panel Discussion on “End User and Convertors – Two Sides of the Same Coin” was one of the highlights of the conference. The panellists were the leading convectors and the end users of the industry.

The presentations were thought provoking, generated lots of ideas and take away for the participants. The topics covered included:  Polyolefins in Flexible Packaging; Developments in Speciality & Barrier Polymer; Developments in Film Processing Technology; Property Enhancement and Converting Technologies; End Users’ Perspective; Film Applications for Specialized Retail; Package, Printing & Converting; and Special Packaging Processes & Applications

The conference brought together under one roof, all sectors connected to the Speciality Films and Packaging sector from resin producer to end users. Niche segments of Commodity polymer, Specialty Polymer, Functional additives, Primary processing machinery, Secondary processing machinery, Lamination and Printing, Cutting and slitting Machines, sustainability Experts, Brand Managers of FMCG and Food & Dairy Products, and End consumers etc., all participated in huge numbers.

Global giants in the manufacture of plastic converting machinery were present in full force and demonstrated new range of high throughput machines, which are now available. These machines conserve energy and provide better tolerance to the finished product. Advances in digital printing were showcased. Digital printing enable constant online change on batches to have shorter runs of a few hundred meters of film as well as reduces considerably time required to prepare sample output and are ideally suited for test marketing of packaging with very small runs of end product packs.

Dr. Devdutt Patnaik, Management Guru addressed the important Issue of “Organisation Culture as Key to Success” in the evening speech. Dinner speech by Mr Ashok Chaturvedi, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Ulfex Ltd. was the special highlight. He dealt in detail on how an entrepreneur struggles in the beginning to establish himself. Survival is the priority over R.O.I. After a certain point, innovations, CSR and resource utilisation takes over. He talked about recyclability of plastics and how his company is making innovative products from recycled plastics. He was very optimistic about the growth of Indian Economy.

The organizers also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Peter Steinbeck, Managing Partner, Windmöller & Hölscher recognising his contributions globally to Innovations in Flexible Packaging machinery. W&H has a 145 years long history of innovation and excellence. Overall, 32 speakers , 11 panelists and 9 session chairpersons addressed all aspects of this vibrant industry and provided tremendous insight into the bright future for sustained growth of this industry.

This 3rd Specialty Films and Flexible Packaging Global Conference – 2014 was a resounding success. Delegates were delighted with the presentations content and the opportunity it provided to network with industry peers. All look forward for the 4th edition in 2015.

Telrol Group chooses Xeikon for the third time in a row

Xeikon announces that Telrol Group, one of Europe's largest producers of labels, has commissioned a third Xeikon 3300. The new machine is equipped with ICE toner. Telrol Group's head office is in Almere in the Netherlands. Over the years, Telrol has grown into a group of companies (Peha Labels, Biolabel, HACCP Label, LMG Ribbons, Kolibri Labels en Q-Tronics) by means of suitable acquisitions. Telrol was partly taken over in August by Hansol Paper, a conglomerate quoted on the stock exchange. The group, with a turnover of 150 million euros, continues to be run by its joint owner and CEO Hoessein Hadaoui.

Telrol produces a broad range of labels for various sectors, such as food, retail, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, household and personal care, logistics and chemicals. The group has more than 70 printing presses and finishing machines. Its state-of-the-art machines consist of equipment for digital, flexographic, screen, offset, book and rotogravure printing, among others. Telrol serves its clients throughout Europe from various distribution centers in different countries.

The company installed its first Xeikon 3300 press, equipped with QA-I toner, in 2009. A second one followed in 2011. A decisive factor in choosing these machines was that QA-I toner, just like ICE toner, is suitable for food packaging applications according to FDA standards and also meets European packaging standards. A major part of Telrol's turnover comes from labels that are used in the food sector.

Hoessein Hadaoui explains why Telrol has bought a third Xeikon press: "We are very satisfied with the performance of the Xeikon 3300 machines. We have therefore started a process for installing Xeikon digital printing presses. With the installation of the third machine, which is equipped with ICE toner, we have additional capabilities in comparison with QA-I toner for expanding our use of Xeikon technology in other locations in our group."

“That a leading company such as Telrol, the benchmark in Europe, has chosen Xeikon for the third time in a row, shows that our solutions satisfy the needs of this market", says Filip Weymans, Xeikon's Director of Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. "This also confirms that we have made the right choices so far, and that motivates us to raise the bar even higher."


Global Vision joins Enfocus Crossroads programme to provide quality control tools for Enfocus customers

Global Vision and Enfocus announced that Global Vision has joined the Enfocus Crossroads programme as a Technology Partner. The partnership kick-off is marked by the introduction of the Global Vision BarProof PDF barcode verification module, an off-the-shelf tool that smoothly integrates with the Enfocus Switch workflow automation solution.

"Global Vision is a renowned provider of industry leading prepress quality control tools for artwork, text, Braille and barcodes. We're very pleased to welcome them as a complementary technology partner. With the launch of the BarProof configurator, we will be able to offer significant time savings to Enfocus Switch users when it comes to barcode verification in prepress workflows." says Angelo Manno, Global Accounts Manager Partners & OEM, Enfocus.

Global Vision provides automated quality control solutions designed for prepress and printers to verify artwork, barcodes, Braille and text to ensure accuracy of components within packaging artwork. BarProof is the industry's first barcode verification module that automatically locates, decodes & grades barcodes in PDF files to provide detailed reports on barcode quality, including bar width reduction and magnification values.

Enfocus Switch is a modular and open software solution that is built to give organizations of all sizes a seamless way to manage the documents they need to support their business. Switch easily integrates with an organization’s existing systems and connects the third-party applications they use to create, produce, and share documents. Once connected, Switch becomes the glue that seamlessly pulls these applications together into a customized production workflow. No matter who creates the document, what format it is in, or how it will be output, the workflow connected by Switch ensures users can process it in less time, with less effort and at less cost.

"With thousands of artwork files to be processed each day, time savings is of the essence for prepress and printers,” explained Reuben Malz, President, Global Vision. “With the BarProof configurator for Enfocus Switch, we are providing further automation capabilities to Enfocus Switch users to verify barcodes within PDF files and proofs as part of their prepress quality control while reducing overall inspection times."

Crossroads is a tight-knit network of Enfocus Switch users and vendors. Switch easily integrates and then automates functionalities derived from applications like Global Vision's BarProof. A visual flow editor assists users in easily creating automated workflows from scratch or import predesigned flows from the Enfocus Crossroads community website.

Global Vision will be releasing future configurators for other applications including ArtProof, the first Mac-based artwork inspection solution, to automate artwork inspection for prepress PDF files including booklets.

Global Vision and Enfocus will be showcasing the new BarProof configurator at Graph Expo 2014 in Chicago, IL September 28 - October 1, 2014.

Sun Chemical launches new SunGraphics Rubber Flood Plates for the Corrugated Market

In order to accommodate printers that need to print large sheets for POP displays and other applications without joining together multiple smaller plates, Sun Chemical introduced its new SunGraphics Rubber Flood Plates for the corrugated printing market.

The SunGraphics Rubber Flood Plates allows printers to use a one-piece plate and eliminate joining together plates to meet the larger sizes required by end users, while maintaining solid continuous uniform color throughout large displays or sheets.

“Corrugated printers have come to us needing to flood coat large sheets for corrugated displays, but wanting to remove the join lines that occur when two small plates are put together,” said Kreg Keesee, Vice President, Graphic Services, Sun Chemical. “Our new Rubber Flood Plates allow customers to meet that requirement and eliminate the need to join smaller plates together. Not only do they produce a better product that meet brand owner requirements, it also improves efficiencies and reduces lead times and costs for our corrugated printer partners by not having to outsource.”

The Rubber Flood Plates work with a conventional press set-up, requiring no special configurations for the press, and are a one-piece flood coat plate that can provide coverage up to 62” x 110”. A glue-free system that uses standard materials and normal mounting procedures, Rubber Flood Plates are recommended for water-based ink applications as they are made of natural rubber, which provide strength, resilience and abrasion resistance.

To learn more about Sun Chemical’s SunGraphics Rubber Flood Plates, visit booth #417 during Corrugated Week from September 28-October 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Long Beach Convention Center or visit www.sunchemical.com.

Alwan Color Expertise releases the latest version of its Multicolor PDF server and G7 Process Control solutions on GraphExpo

Alwan Color Expertise, a leader in color control and standardization technologies announces the release of version 5 of its color management & control suite of Software guaranteeing color accuracy and consistency across printing technologies. The interconnection of the complete software solution optimizes the print production workflow connecting Alwan ColorHub, Alwan PrintStandardizer and Alwan PrintVerifier. This optimized workflow now enables print buyers and printers to agree on aims and tolerances for each print job and make sure that visuals and brand colors are reproduced accurately and within agreed upon tolerances.

The new Alwan Suite offers numerous and unique advantages for each print application:

Packaging Printing
Consumer Products Companies can define their brand colors using CxF/X-4 spectral color definition. A description of the expected color for each printing process and media can be included in the CxF/X-4 metadata. Alwan Color Suite can carry this information throughout the workflow, color manage it for optimal proofing and printing on 4, 5, 6 & 7 color process HiFi output, and assess its reproduction conformance based on standard or custom tolerances.

Specialty Printing
Printing processes that are different from ink on paper such as textile, ceramics, etc. require specific color management. The new Alwan Suite embeds technologies that allow printers to calibrate, characterize and maintain the stability of any printing process using any colorant and any substrate with virtually no limit. All color operations performed by Alwan Suite are documented by PDF, XML as well as online reporting systems that can be shared among supply chain stakeholders.

Commercial Printing
Print Buyer's can choose printing aims from US CGATS TR.21 seven standard Color Reference Printing Conditions ranging from small (newspaper) to large (digital). They can also choose printing tolerances for a job from 3 levels of conformance, stringent (level A), normal (level B) or relaxed (level C). Once printing aims and tolerances are chosen, they will be used by Alwan Color Suite's Color Management with Alwan ColorHub, Process Control with Alwan PrintStandardizer, and Color Conformance with Alwan PrintVerifier, ensuring that agreed on aims and tolerances are achieved. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hybrid Software license IC3D Suite from Creative Edge Software for 3D Packaging Applications

Hybrid Software are pleased to announce that they have licensed the IC3D Suite of 3D packaging simulation and design applications from Creative Edge Software to bring 3D into the packaging production lifecycle. 

“3D modelling and visualization have been important in the packaging design process for years, but it took a fresh perspective and a lot of collaboration to integrate 3D directly into the packaging production workflow,” explains Nick de Roeck, Director of Software Development for Hybrid Software. “Once we saw the power of the IC3D Suite, it was an easy decision to fully support IC3D in our Cloudflow workflow and our PACKZ native PDF editor.”

The IC3D Suite recently won the prestigious InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America for innovative excellence in the graphic arts industries, while PACKZ 2.0 was awarded a MUST SEE ‘EM award, which will also be presented at Graph Expo in Chicago.

“The integration of two award-winning products provides tremendous synergy to our customers and complements IC3D’s position in the design and creative space,” says Nick Gilmore, CEO of Creative Edge Software. “We are very pleased to partner with Hybrid Software to bring 3D into packaging production.”

Visit Hybrid Software in booth # 4620 at Graph Expo, September 28 – October 1, 2014, McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

NewPage Platinum Sponsor for TAPPI’s 100th Anniversary

TAPPI is pleased to announce NewPage is a Centennial Celebration Platinum sponsor. In addition to supporting the celebration, NewPage’s contribution helps promote the future of global pulp, paper, packaging and related industries through student and young professional initiatives. The celebration will feature a year-long series of outreach events and educational offerings showcasing the history of the industry as well as highlighting forthcoming advancements in technology.

“NewPage has benefitted tremendously, as have multiple others, from the many contributions TAPPI has made to the growth and development of the pulp, paper and packaging industry over the last 100 years,” said George F. Martin, president and chief executive officer at NewPage. “TAPPI provides a wide range of educational and information services that have been key to the growth and development of our industry and our employees. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to and be a part of this celebration highlighting TAPPI and our industry’s proud history of innovation and sustainability and its bright future.”

TAPPI invites you to be a part of this historic event and become a sponsor. As a sponsor there are many opportunities for recognition of your company, its products and key innovations.  For more information on the Centennial Celebration and sponsorship opportunities please visit Tappi website or contact Mary Beth Cornell at mcornell@tappi.org

Microscan CloudLink interface enables users to monitor machine vision inspection from any web browser

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the latest innovation as part of its award-winning AutoVISION machine vision suite, CloudLink web HMI. A machine vision visualization tool for AutoVISION, CloudLink enables users to monitor live machine vision inspections performed by AutoVISION software and smart cameras in an interface that is accessible via web browser on any web-enabled device (such as PCs, HMIs, tablets, and smart phones).

Machine vision inspection jobs in AutoVISION are uniquely portable across hardware, software, industrial systems, and mobile platforms and devices. The CloudLink web-based HMI greatly expands AutoVISION’s cross-platform flexibility, giving users the freedom to view inspection operations from anywhere at any time. Based on a machine vision inspection job created in AutoVISION Machine Vision Software, CloudLink can display values from the inspection job that have been linked to a shared data service over industrial protocols by AutoVISION’s one-click connectivity tool, Microscan Link. These values include images taken by the machine vision camera and the results of tools applied to the image by the software, such as Measure, Count, Decode, Verify, and more. As values are received, (such as the pass/fail results of a Count tool that counts shapes on a part), they can be displayed in CloudLink in image, text, or graphical format depending on how the user has tailored their CloudLink view.

The fully-customizable CloudLink Dashboard provides users with default widgets for the easiest way to create a tailored window of inspection results within a single view in a browser. Widgets can be added to the Dashboard to display values in different formats, from images to data to charts & graphs. Historical data and images are logged by Filmstrip, Chart, and Log widgets so users can review past inspection results, such as the reason for a failure. Alternatively, CloudLink API (Application Programming Interface) allows the CloudLink technology to be added to any custom software for visualizing inspection results on the user’s preferred platform.

Since it is web-based, CloudLink does not require any software to be installed on the device that is used to monitor inspection operations. From PCs to tablets to smart phones and more, users can access CloudLink via web browser to remotely monitor inspection jobs as they are performed by any machine vision camera on the factory floor. Using the URL of an AutoVISION smart camera or PC-based Gigabit Ethernet camera, the CloudLink interface can viewed in a browser to monitor inspection results clearly and immediately as inspections occur.

The AutoVISION product family continues to be the industry’s most flexible machine vision solution, allowing users to build a complete inspection system from a range of tools. Portable and scalable across cameras, software, industrial systems, and now mobile devices using CloudLink, AutoVISION provides a single, adaptable vision system to simplify every inspection challenge.

For more information about CloudLink, visit www.microscan.com/Products/NewProducts/cloudlink.aspx.

Highcon and Xeikon continue collaboration at Graph Expo

At Graph Expo 14 (Chicago, September 28-October 1), Highcon will be continuing its collaboration with Xeikon to present the results of a completely digital workflow, from prepress through printing to digital finishing, on the Highcon Euclid. Following a successful first time appearance at the Xeikon Café in May of this year, Highcon will be digitally cutting and creasing folding carton packages printed on the Xeikon 3500 digital press.

Visitors to the show will be able to see the printing of folding carton boxes on the Xeikon booth (#841). These printed samples will then be finished on the Highcon booth (#1262) by the Highcon Euclid.

According to Eitan Varon, Executive VP, Highcon, “Xeikon and Highcon solutions focus on the importance of digital technology throughout the production process. We firmly believe that this collaboration will benefit printers who want to enter the packaging market and enable converters to cope with shorter runs. We welcome visitors to the show to see the fruits of our collaboration with Xeikon.”

Filip Weymans, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Labels and Packaging at Xeikon said, “Our Folding Carton Suite includes different components that are built around a Xeikon 3000 Series press to form turn-key solutions for producing short run folding carton jobs. Highcon is an important partner for our Folding Carton Suite as their equipment is unique in its ability to create digital creases. Visitors at Graph Expo will be impressed to see a full-fledged digital production solution for folding carton packages.”

Rotocontrol partners with AVT at Labelexpo Americas

Rotocontrol, a manufacturer of leading-edge slitter/rewinder inspection machines, today announced their participation in the AVT stand at the recently held Labelexpo Americas. Showcased at the show with live printed label material demonstrations was the Rotocontrol RSP-V series pharmaceutical finishing machine equipped with the AVT Helios II automatic inspection station.
 
The Rotocontrol RSP-V (vertical) series machine is designed for compliance with the most demanding security label inspection and finishing applications. It incorporates a fully integrated 100% vision inspection system, such as the AVT Helios II, which stops the machine when a fault is detected prior to slitting or other post-inspection operations. Once the fault is corrected, the web is rewound back to where the fault was detected onto a high capacity rewind for re-inspection prior to slitting for 100% compliance requirements.

AVT's Helios is a superior line of automatic 100% print inspection solutions designed exclusively for labels and narrow web printing. Helios II can be seamlessly integrated into rewinder/finishing equipment to create a designated automatic inspection station for post print processes. A highly-reliable, market-proven solution, Helios II has been successfully installed worldwide on hundreds of presses and rewinders. Quickly and easily integrating on any press or rewinder for online quality assurance and process control, Helios II supports AVT's large and far-reaching global install base.

Marco Aengenvoort, Managing Director of Rotocontrol comments: "It was an honour to participate at Labelexpo Americas once again in the AVT stand, and to demonstrate our RSP-V pharmaceutical finishing technology with the AVT Helios II automatic 100% print inspection solution. Our long-standing partnership with AVT, which dates back to the inception of Rotocontrol, has been instrumental in providing finishing equipment with complementary and innovative technologies that benefit narrow web printers and converters."

AVT (Advanced Vision Technology Ltd) is the world leader in print process control, quality assurance and color control for the packaging, labels, folding cartons, metal decoration and commercial print markets. AVT's products are sold to leading printing press suppliers, packaging, labels, commercial, semi-commercial, metal decoration and specialty printers in the web printing markets. More than 3,000 of AVT's signature systems for automatic inspection of packaging and labels converting are installed worldwide. In addition, more than 900 of AVT's Clarios closed loop color control systems are installed around the globe, showcasing the company's commercial sector prominence. AVT's global presence also includes 3,300 installations of Mercury color management and reporting software, and remote digital ink control systems. 

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. 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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Labels India magazine moves with the times: Launches its android app

India's pioneer magazine dedicated to labels, packaging and converting industry - Labels India has officially released its android app for bringing its readers on an engaging digital content platform and to keep them abreast of the latest news and happenings in the narrow web labels and the converting industry. The free-to-download app is available on http://www.appsgeyser.com/1248709? The app can also be downloaded by scanning the QR Code given here and on the right side of the website.

The first magazine in India to be aimed directly at the narrow web labels and the converting industry, Labels India provides label printers with relevant information on trends and technologies, as well as the latest news and affairs on what's happening in the global labels, packaging and the converting industry with a special emphasis on India.

Speaking on the launch, Associate Editor Mahua Mazumdar says, ““It was time for a change and be in tune with the moving times. We needed something dynamic and attractive to connect to our readers and create an interactive communication platform. Nothing can get better than this app to keep keep abreast of the latest technologies even while on the move.”
The app will be a trendsetter as it will bring all the topical information and news items on companies, associations, economics, markets, products, services and events as well as technical features right into your mobiles and tablets. Created by Bangalore based Pranshu Kulshreshtha, this app meets all requirements and is very easy to manoeuvre and use. And it also takes less time to navigate as compared to browsing on a site. But the biggest advantage of this application is that it comes free.

Tanushree M of Labels India concludes: "We are all very excited by this new app as it offers a great social functionality. It does more justice to our coverage skills and talents, and we are now ready for the new communication challenges ahead! Should you have any difficulties downloading the app or have any query or feedback, you can directly contact via the contact form provided on the site and we will be more than happy to serve you.

Providing a comprehensive understanding of the technology, Labels India covers topics requiring an extensive knowledge of the industry. It includes materials, adhesives, printing methods, application technologies, inspection systems, new innovations, including smart labels, RFID, indicator labels and chipless tags, brand protection and security, as well as the related areas of tickets and tags.

TrojanLabel launches TrojanTwo - Mini digital label press powered by Memjet Technology

TrojanLabel, manufacturer of full color label printers, today announced the availability of its next generation label printing press, the TrojanTwo, powered by Memjet's industry leading printhead technology. Memjet is the global leader in digital color printing technologies bringing high speed and affordability to the label printing industry.

The TrojanTwo is an affordable mini digital label press, offering all the speed and capabilities of a larger and more expensive system, but housed in a surprisingly compact industrial design. Other product benefits provided are:
  • Ability to run up to 5000 feet of media without breaking the web
  • Less manual intervention is required for make-ready, cleaning, while cutting and splicing label media is practically eliminated
  • Printhead maintenance is completed in-line, so jobs print faster
  • 1600 dpi full color printing to provide both vivid and accurate color on a wide assortment of media
  • High productivity 60 feet/minute (18 meters/minute) print speed
  • New user interface proven both easy to learn and operate
  • Unit is self-contained in a stainless steel cabinet, thus providing the most effective use of valuable floor space
  • New automated servicing system is included, thus maximizing up-time
"We saw strong interest in TrojanOne, due to its robust feature set and affordable pricing, and with the TrojanTwo, we continue to offer that same level of affordability but now with less manual intervention, all contained in a new compact industrial design," said Mikkel Wichmann, CEO of TrojanLabel. "Leveraging Memjet technology, it offers us a leg up in digital color printing, and jointly we look forward to showing the value and new levels of efficiency the TrojanTwo press offers the converter community."

"With the great success of TrojanOne, we're excited to see the TrojanTwo mini digital label press released to the market. It provides customers with an high productivity labeling solution for small batch label runs, featuring the newest Memjet technology." said Judd Quimby, VP of business development at Memjet. "As the demand for customized, full-color materials continues to grow, converters and printshops can answer that need without incurring huge capital investment -- something the market desperately needs."

Trojan Label has innovation nests in Denmark, Hungary and Dubai with a powerful staff of engineers, all of them with a deep experience developing high-tech printing solutions. Highly modern production in China ensures the company deliver products of a high assembly quality, but at a cost that both small and medium-sized enterprises can afford. Products are distributed solely through exclusive distributors who have gained significant market share and have a proven track record of growth and fast adoption of new technologies.

TrojanLabel products differentiate from other solutions in their very robust industrial design highly inspired by the bigger and significantly more expensive digital printing solutions, which is currently used by market leaders in medium to high volume label production.

The TrojanTwo is available now for $40,000 USD. More information can be requested at contact@trojanlabel.com or www.memjet.com.

World premiere of a new generation of digital machines for label printing – the Gallus DCS 340 impresses with 1200 dpi

During the “Gallus Innovation Days 2014”, which are taking place from 23 - 25 September, Gallus is unveiling its future machine generation for digital label printing. During a world premiere, a pre-series model of the digital printing system will be presented to the industry for the first time. Gallus DCS 340 (Digital Converting System) is the designation of the new digital inline label printing system, which has been developed in cooperation with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and Fujifilm and will set new standards in digital label production.

The market is changing
“Due to continuing growth in short-run label production and personalised, versioned labels, we are seeing investment on the market steadily shift towards printing presses that utilise digital printing. The growth potential for this printing method is considerable and we expect to see high growth rates over the next ten years,” says Stefan Heiniger, COO Label Business at Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG.

Despite this, many label printers have not yet taken the decision to introduce digital printing – in part due to the compromises that are associated with this process in label printing. Slow printing speeds, the inability to print some spot colours, inadequate workflow solutions and a lack of true inline finishing and embellishment capabilities can result in additional process steps or undesirable compromises when it comes to label features. What’s more, current digital printing press solutions often result in less efficient production and poor compatibility with additional printing and embellishment processes.

The next generation sets new standards in printing and register quality
Thanks to the collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and its partner for inkjet technology, Fujifilm, the new Gallus DCS 340 digital inline label printing system features a printing module with next-generation inkjet printing heads. The unique print head design enables several heads to be joined together for a greater print width, without visible transitions. A native resolution of 1200 dpi delivers print quality that is unmatched in UV inkjet printing today. This technology – combined with the speed of flexographic printing and the efficiency of digital printing – results in the new Gallus DCS 340 digital press, and of course Gallus is also staying true to its high standards in register accuracy on this digital machine.

Process flexibility and productivity on a whole new level
Digital technology makes it easier to handle variable data and versioning when producing labels and thus supports the cost-effective production of short runs. This gives label printers the flexibility that their customers expect from them. By combining the strengths of digital printing with an inline finishing process that has been specially optimised for digital printing, the Gallus DCS 340 gives users the chance to varnish, embellish and further process labels inline – from the roll to the finished die-cut label in a single production operation.

Automated prepress workflow
The standardised, user-friendly interface of the Gallus DCS 340 makes sure that label printers benefit from the speed, quality and consistency they need in digital printing. The Heidelberg Prinect Digital Front End is used to automate the prepress workflow and thus ensure data is prepared efficiently, complete with comprehensive colour management. The printer also benefits from functions such as spot colour matching, the PDF Toolbox and Prepress Manager for even greater efficiency.

A perfect combination of digital printing technology and conventional further processing
Digital printing offers benefits in terms of reducing order-related fixed costs and costs for versioning and personalisation, while the conventional printing functions in this machine system open up additional embellishment options and enable inline finishing such as coating and die cutting. With seamless integration of conventional and digital processing steps, data preparation is a simple and efficient process.

The Gallus DCS 340 has been developed jointly with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and Fujifilm to meet the requirements of the future and offers label printers the ultimate in quality, productivity and flexibility. “Thanks to the Gallus DCS 340, label printers will be able to enjoy the benefits of efficient digital production and a full range of functions, even when handling short runs and personalised jobs – just as they have come to expect from Gallus machine systems,” says Heiniger.

Gallus ECS 340
A Gallus best seller with a new direct matrix stripper
The new, innovative functionality of the high-performance matrix stripper on the Gallus ECS 340 represents a masterpiece of mechatronics by Gallus development engineers. To date, the direct matrix-stripping systems on the market have already brought a number of advantages over standard matrix strippers. Using a path roller to guide and support the matrix over just a short distance results in far fewer matrix tears and thus delivers greater process reliability. Complex die-cutting formes – with recessed edges, for example – remain problematic, however. The new Gallus high-performance matrix stripper was developed specifically for matrix removal with highly complex die lines at maximum speeds and enables a stable matrix removal process at all times. The test and development engineers at Gallus have taken a close look at the matrix-removal process and improved its functionality, its stability and thus its productivity with a new type of matrix stripper.

The new Gallus RCS 430
A benchmark for professional label printing
For the first time ever, visitors to the “Gallus Innovation Days” will be offered a unique insight into ongoing development work. The “Looking over the developers’ shoulders” part of the programme will provide a one-off opportunity to get an idea of what the new Gallus RCS 430 – the new benchmark in narrow-web label printing – is going to be like.

For the first time since its market launch, the Gallus RCS is being completely revamped. The machine system is being equipped with a state-of-the-art control platform so as to be ready for future market requirements and advances in technology. This control platform is already in use in the Gallus ECS 340 and Gallus EM S machine systems, and promises printers potential synergies in terms of providing a standardised technology platform for a range of machine systems. Reduced complexity is a further advantage. Having a common control platform simplifies the training of press operators and means staff can easily be assigned to different machine systems as they are already familiar with the user interface. Many of the spare parts for different machine types are also the same, which makes servicing work more straightforward.

Furthermore, various technical adjustments have been made to the hardware based on Gallus RCS users’ feedback and experiences. Examples include improvements to web transport, a higher register accuracy and optimised inking units in the offset printing unit, which exhibit enhanced colour stability.

Innovative screen printing
Gallus Screeny A-Line : A stands for advanced
The main feature of the new A-Line is its exceptional robustness, which is particularly advantageous when handling screen printing plates both inside and outside the press. The Gallus Screeny A-Line is therefore ideal for maximising the number of times plates can be re-used. This higher re-utilisation rate is also the quickest way to significantly cut costs per screen-printed label. However, robustness is just one of the requirements a good screen printing plate needs to satisfy. Excellent print results, optimum image resolution, a wide range of possible applications, a perfect ink flow and straightforward final checking of the imaged screen printing plate are further factors that have been taken into account during the development process of the Gallus Screeny A-Line. All this makes the Gallus Screeny A-Line the best and most cutting-edge screen printing plate that Gallus currently supplies to the market.

Metallic doming - the unique metal relief effect
Metallic doming is a unique combination printing process in narrow-web label printing. The first step is to apply the print image using rotary screen printing. A metal foil is then laminated onto the screen print. At the “Gallus Innovation Days”, this new combination printing process will be demonstrated live to label printers for the first time on the Gallus RCS 330. The special feature of metallic doming is that it enables users to apply a metal relief effect on transparent self-adhesive materials or tube laminate. An embellishing effect of this kind on mono material or clear material is a true innovation. Naturally, metallic doming can also be applied to all standard self-adhesive paper substrates.

Gallus Customer Services offers new consumables
Twinlock coating and new doctor blade
The revolutionary full-area and thus seamless self-adhesive Twinlock printing cylinder coating solves virtually all the problems associated with applying the flexographic printing plate to the printing cylinder, because it dispenses entirely with the need for flexographic adhesive tapes and all the associated drawbacks. The new Twinlock coating is available in various thicknesses on both synthetic sleeves and aluminium cylinders.

Gallus now offers three different high-quality doctor blade types for all Gallus presses. They are supplied in a practical cardboard dispenser box and are already cut to exactly the right final dimension of the relevant press. The new Gallus doctor blades are available in three different qualities.