Saturday, October 18, 2014

Epson to exhibit Surepress L-4033AW digital label press at Labelexpo India

Epson (stall A38) will be demonstrating the SurePress L-4033AW at Labelexpo India. It is the new breakthrough innovation in short-run digital label presses. With Epson’s highly acclaimed Micro Piezo™ Technology, you can now create outputs with incredible color quality and smooth gradations. The L-4033AW uses a seventh white ink to print the transparent ‘no-label’ look, as well as metallic labels catering mainly to the cosmetic, health and beauty markets. On the other hand, the opaque white printing on materials such as clear film and metallic substrates, gives you the flexibility of printing white first or last.

The SurePress L-4033AW comes with automated printhead maintenance, and ink cartridges that can be replaced without stopping the press, providing maximum uptime. It is also kinder to the environment, as it does not require chemicals, plates or films, and all inks are water-based.

The L-4033AW isn’t limited by any pre-treatment or top coating, making a variety of standard off-the-shelf substrates usable at variable web widths of up to 13 inches. This impressive substrate versatility, and compatibility with industry-leading manufacturers in every aspect from color management to media and finishing options, gives you the freedom to make short-run label printing more profitable than ever before.

Epson’s SurePress is powered by the included RIP and Max Print Pro from ISI Graphics. This offers intuitive workflow controls, and with the optional X-Rite Photo spectrometer enables the creation of custom ICC profiles for a specific substrate, ensuring consistent, effortless and repeatable printing results.

Now deliver a wide color gamut for precise color matching and accurate reproduction of spot colors, economically with green and orange inks with higher color saturation and lifelike shades that make labels literally pop-out!

TRESU Group introduces enhanced coating, ancillary and flexo press technology at Labelexpo 2013

Tresu Group is a global supplier of flexo technology, including ancillaries, coating systems and printing lines. The company introduces a flexo coating system specially designed for integration into a digital sheet-fed folding carton printing line. An open platform capable of high-performance alongside several major digital printing systems on today's market, Tresu Digital Sheet Coater will enable converters to combine the benefits of small volumes, short lead-times and variable information associated with the digital process, with the ability offer full and spot UV or water-based coating features, productively, in a single printing pass. The unit is designed to be situated after the printing system in the production sequence and can also operate as a stand-alone system if requested.

A version of the Coater for the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, under the name iCoat 30000, will be exhibited in the HP stand in hall 9. Live demonstrations of the coater working with the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press will be held.

Tresu Ancillary innovations enable constant, automated control of the ink flow. The new F10 iCon ink supply system ensures automated flexo ink pressure, viscosity and temperature control in central impression (CI) flexo printing machines. Constant viscosity ensures stable ink density on the printed substrate, while constant pressure prevents air infiltrating the anilox chamber. Sealed chambered doctor blade systems enable direct foam-free transfer of ink / coating to anilox cells, ensuring uniform blister-free laydowns with improved drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values on paper and film. Minimal manual intervention is needed.

Chamber systems for narrow-web users include FlexiPrint IMW E-Line (for web-widths up to 1800mm, 70.8" and speeds up to 500m/min, 1640ft) and closed-cassette FlexiPrint Reservoir that needs no pump (speeds to 300 m/min, 984ft). The ‘E-Line' system with clamp enables safe, one-minute blade-changeover. The rubber Seal System forms a perfect, airtight closure, allowing faster printing speeds without leaks and long-term storage of leftover ink.

Tresu Concept offers a modular, uniquely configured mid-web printing and converting line for label, film and carton and packaging in widths up to 1300mm or 51.2". ‘Flexo Innovator' offers an unlimited number of print stations and numerous added-value options, including reverse-printing, cold foil, diecutting, laminating, embossing, sheeting, screen and gravure. This platform provides a single-pass alternative to labour-intensive sheet-fed or CI-printing situations and allows converters to deepen customer relationships by becoming a single-source packaging supplier, especially to food retailers.

HP Scitex FB7600 Reduces Time and Packaging Design Costs for Connect Packaging

HP announced that Connect Packaging, of Benfleet, Essex, UK, has installed an HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press for cost-effective short-runs and limited edition production, as well as to accelerate the packaging design process.

Connect Packaging, part of the CBS Packaging Group, installed its HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press to provide digital printing services to the corrugated packaging sector and develop a clear competitive advantage. The press installation with a Kongsberg digital cutter from HP finishing partner Esko has given Connect Packaging a completely digital production alternative, from design through printing and finishing.

“Typically, it could take packaging buyers up to six months to make decisions – largely because of the cost involved in developing new packages,” said James Newton, sales and marketing manager, Connect Packaging. “We are seeing this period cut to a matter of weeks, and the cost of short-runs and prototypes reduced significantly; these are important factors that help reduce time-to-market. The HP Scitex press is a step change for our business and a real game-changer for our customers who understand the benefits digital can offer. It’s encouraging to see customers get on board with digital printing and share our excitement at the vast potential for future collaborations.

“A key to our success is that we have one of the best structural design teams who can create innovative packaging solutions,” continued Newton. “Their designs meet the demands for strength, product protection, and efficient material use, and these characteristics add up to a competitive advantage, as does the ability to see prototypes and samples quickly and affordably. The digital press and plotter cutter have enhanced the services and products we can now offer.”

A major factor in making shorter run packaging financially viable is the digital workflow that eliminates plate-making, plate mounting, its associated chemistry, waste and registration. For short-runs, these analogue processes are expensive and time-consuming, whereas, depending on the size of the package, substrate and the desired resolution, substantial medium runs can be printed digitally.

The company’s new HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press handles media up to 25mm thick and can print in up to seven colours at speeds up to 95 full-size sheets(1) per hour. Cost-effective short-runs for trials, special editions or localised versions, including store details, QR codes and runs of one, can be quickly produced enabling design decisions to be made on the spot.

“Jitha Singh, managing director of CBS, had the vision for Connect Packaging to develop digital printing services in the corrugated packaging industry,” Newton said. “He saw the opportunity to build on our experience and established business, develop the power of digital printing and take it to our customers. The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press was seen as the means to make that vision a reality, and it hasn’t disappointed.”

Connect Packaging has 60 years’ history as a manufacturer of corrugated packaging and is proud of its heritage and pedigree. Offering an end-to-end service from package design to fulfilment, Connect Packaging provides in-house case-making, flexo printing, die-cutting, stitching, gluing, and now, digital printing services. Typical products include transit packaging, retail and shelf-ready packaging, counter display units, dump bins and point-of-sale displays. Enquiries for screen and litho printing are also accepted and handled within the group.

“Once customers fully appreciate the concept and its implications, you can see their excitement build,” Newton said.” Very often they’ll say, ‘Now I can do something with that idea that we’ve been playing with for years!’ And it’s not just short runs that are stimulating interest; already I’ve been asked for a quote to produce up to 2,000 packages. For our customers and for us, the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press opens a new world of revenue-generating opportunities,” Newton concluded.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence with REVO Digital Flexo Revolution technology at Labelexpo India

Gidue will take part to the next Labelexpo India 2014, one of the most important events for the Labels and Packaging Industry in Asia, since its launch in 2002. It will take place from the 29th October till the 1st November, 2014 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi (India).

Federico d’Annunzio, Gidue President, Matteo Cardinotti, Gidue Managing Director, and Maurizio Trecate, Gidue Vice President Sales, will be glad to welcome all visitors at Gidue Stand J25 in Hall 11 to introduce the new revolutionary Digital Flexo Excellence concept, one of the latest Gidue Technologies for the Labels and Packaging industry, recently awarded with the Global Awards for Innovation 2014.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence will be presented together with the REVO Digital Flexo Revolution technology. REVO is the name of a Project Team, which collects 8 industry leaders, cooperating to drive flexography towards the new “digital” world of Printing and Converting.  Process consistency, efficiency and cost reduction are the main objectives of REVO Digital Flexo Revolution, to win the Labels and Packaging challenge for short runs, global quality and total flexibility.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence, played a strong role in the REVO Project, by providing to the project a particular system of technologies developed to make the work flow, set-up and run of a flexographic press for Labels and Packaging “digitized” and “automated”. Digital Flexo Excellence presses are designed to deliver high productivity, cost reduction, flexibility and consistent quality, with “digital” efficiency, repeatability and ease of operation.

With faster change-over times, higher press up-time, and minimum wastes, Digital Flexo Excellence projects flexography to a new era in the Label and Packaging industry, challenging Digital printing on quality, efficiency and profitability also in micro and short runs.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Come and visit Gidue in New Delhi at Stand J25 in Hall 11.

Friday, October 17, 2014

HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press enables Ultimate Packaging to connect brands and retailers with customers in new ways

HP announced that Ultimate Packaging, a leader in the production of printed flexible packaging for the food industry, is enabling brands and retailers to connect with consumers in new ways with the installation of an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press.

With 300 employees, an annual turnover approaching £50 million and an end-to-end capability for the design and production of high quality flexible packaging, Ultimate Packaging is an approved supplier to all of the UK's food retailers and many major brands. The company manufactures between 60-70 million metres of food packaging every month from its traditional flexo-print business as well as its expanding digital business.

“Packaging is the only interruptive media left, and global brands are starting to recognise that digital print allows them to connect with their customers like never before,” says Chris Tonge, Sales and Marketing Director, Ultimate Packaging. “Going digital has allowed us to engage with global brands on personalisation and customisation projects on flexible packaging, opening up both existing and new markets, and giving us a unique position in the UK, Europe and beyond. The HP Indigo 20000 means we can talk to brand owners about strategic marketing campaigns rather than continually discussing price and production.”

Ultimate Packaging installed an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press about three years ago to prepare for the wider HP Indigo 20000. A 30-inch wide roll-to-roll printer, the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press has transformed the company’s capability to digitally produce flexible packaging jobs on-demand with no make-ready and minimum waste. It enables the company to meet growing requirements for shorter run lengths, shorter lead time and higher print quality while incorporating customised, personalised variable data printing.

The HP Indigo 20000 can handle substrates from 12-100 microns, which allows Ultimate Packaging to digitally print a full range of food-approved packaging, resulting in a portfolio of exciting new products.

“As customers worldwide adopt the HP Indigo 20000 and other HP solutions, we continue to drive the analogue to digital conversion of labels and packaging printing,” says Julia Cole, UK & Ireland Marketing Manager, HP Indigo. “The volume of labels printed on HP Indigo digital presses is growing at a rate of 30 per cent year over year in a market that averages just 5 per cent yearly growth.”

UV Graphic Technologies to introduce New Led UV Curing Systems

UV Graphic Technologies (stall H23) will launch its all new LED UV curing systems that will be offered for flexo, offset, gravure and letterpress.

The company now has an option to upgrade existing conventional mercury UV lamp systems that are powered with the EPS to an LED UV system. On display will also be a new web video inspection system which now supports color distinguishing features with high speed reading capabilities of RGB / CMYK values at the substrate with real time values displayed. Amongst other equipment, the visitors will also see the new Combi Plate Mounter which works with a wide variety of cylinders to go on conventional systems as well as the latest machines. It can accommodate conventional shafted cylinders as well as cylinders from the latest machines with rings and bearers. The company will launch advanced flexo presses later this year. At Labelexpo India, a glimpse of two stations of this press will be offered.

Khushboo Scientific to demonstrate equipment for quality checking of adhesives at Labelexpo India

Khushboo Scientific will be demonstrating a variety of equipments for quality checking of adhesives at their stall G11 at Labelexpo India. On display will be AR-1000 adhesion release testing machine which is designed to perform PSTC, ASTM, TLMI, FINAT and AFERA adhesion and release testing procedures with the speeds varying between 6 and 1200 inches per minute. Other equipment include PA-1000-180 degree peel adhesion; LT-1000 loop tack to quickly and efficiently determine the tack or grab of an adhesive; PT-1000 Polyken Probe Tack for measuring the tack of pressure sensitive adhesives. A precision ground 5.0 mm diameter flat probe contacts the adhesive, reverses direction and pulls away from the adhesive. The maximum force required to break the adhesive bond is recorded and displayed. S-HT-30 high temperature 30 bank shear performs shear tests in ovens, humidity chambers or freezers; and RBT-100 rolling ball tack tester provides an easy method of testing the tack of an adhesive.

Private label pushes for high-end beverages

Private label drinks products, such as own brand ranges from supermarkets, are known for low prices at the expense of quality. However, more and more private label drinks products can be found in supermarket aisles reserved for ‘premium’ name brands, a new report by Canadean finds.

According to the report, private label soft drinks are seeing notable success in the Western European premium market, with ready-to-drink iced coffee drinks forecast to grow by 8% in 2014. Michael Wiggins, analyst at Canadean, says: “Ready-to-drink coffees were traditionally considered to be premium and therefore private labels used to struggle to achieve the same sales numbers as branded products. This is largely due to the image that private label products are of lower quality which made it difficult to attract consumers who would be willing to try the drinks.”

Shift to premium to do with pricing
Canadean‘s report further reveals that this trend is caused by retailers realising that the soft drink market can be approached by up-scaled product ranges. Wiggins adds: "The trend towards premium private label drink products has a lot to do with pricing. Consumers expect private label drinks ranges to be lower in quality because of the low price point. However, once the price and packaging of private label ranges are up-scaled, consumers feel that the quality gap between branded and private label products decreases. The appeal of entering the premium market to retailers is undeniable, given the higher profit opportunities these products offer."

Evolving super-premium market

As Canadean reported recently, it will not be too long before first products will be personalised to consumers’ unique needs. This means that there will be a brand new super-premium end to markets which will allow the price of all products to drift upward as the price frame of the market is changing. Wiggins adds: “Over the longer term it will be interesting to see the effects of these trends on private labels. On the one hand this will allow private label producers to gain a larger price advantage, but, on the other hand, it may be harder to achieve that initial push in convincing consumers of the product’s quality.”

DuPont Packaging Graphics installs 150th Cyrel DigiFlow Flexographic System at Sonoco Trident

DuPont Packaging Graphics (DuPont) recently installed its 150th DuPont CyrelDigiflow flexographic printing system at Trident U.K., part of the $4.2 billion packaging organization Sonoco Trident that supports some of the world's best-known brands.  The Cyrel Digiflow system gives Trident U.K. the capability to deliver superior quality results, quickly and cost-effectively to meet the needs of its high-end consumer packaged goods (CPG) clients.

“The brand managers that Sonoco Trident works with have extremely high expectations,” said Julia Cox, senior commercial manager, Trident, U.K. “They demand precision in the printing process for absolute consistency and superior quality results that set their brands apart in the marketplace.  Innovative solutions like Cyrel Digiflow allow us to offer our clients speed and flexibility, without sacrificing quality, and we’re confident in the technology based on our 20 year record of success working with DuPont.”

DuPont Cyrel DigiFlow is a digital workflow enhancement designed to expand the capabilities of digital Cyrel and digital Cyrel FAST to deliver superior print quality and productivity. It adds a chamber that allows the creation of a controlled atmosphere during the main exposure allowing one-to-one reproduction of image elements on the plate.  This one-to-one reproduction is critical to optimizing the effects of solid screening patterns. The Cyrel DigiFlow exposure units are designed for use on an ‘as-needed’ basis, and can easily be switched off when the standard digital dot is the preferred result. Because of the low cost and the flexibility of Cyrel DigiFlow, it is recommended as the simplest and most cost-effective solution for those flexographers desiring the ability to seamlessly switch between standard and flat top dots.

By combining the unique capability Trident U.K. had already developed in High Definition digital printing with the DuPont Cyrel Digiflow flexographic printing system, they optimized their ability to deliver quality results for their valued clients.

“The installation was very well-coordinated.  A representative was on site to help with the installation, provide advice, guidance and training which substantially reduced trial and error on our part,” said Cox.

Based on the trial success of the new unit, Sonoco Trident is considering expanding their use of the Cyrel Digiflow system globally.  They also are considering a trial of the newest Cyrel Performance Plate series of products from DuPont.

Founded in 1993, Trident is a growing business with sites across the U.K., USA and Asia. Its parent company Sonoco provides Trident with invaluable momentum, supporting its growth.  Its client portfolio includes names behind the world's best-known brands.  The company is passionately committed to technical development and investment is key to its business, enabling consistent improvements for customers and colleagues alike.

DuPont Packaging Graphics, celebrating its 40th year of innovation, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of flexographic plate-making systems in digital and conventional formats, including DuPont Cyrel photopolymer plates, Cyrel FAST processing equipment, Cyrel round sleeves, mounting and finishing products.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mark Andy Print Products Offers New tesa Softprint Secure Tape Line

Mark Andy Print Products, the supplies and consumables division of Mark Andy Inc., has announced the addition of the tesa Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes to its offering of top-performing pressroom products. Label and packaging printers face many challenges to maximizing their process efficiencies without the loss of quality. Reducing downtime and waste created in prepress processes is essential as is the ability to work at higher press speeds. Consequently identifying technology that improves these functions is a necessity to every profitable pressroom today.

tesa Softprint Secure is designed to handle two major challenges for narrow web printers: plate lift and long run lengths. With the newly developed adhesives on both the plate roll/sleeve and plate side of the double-sided foam tape series, it effectively prevents plate lift on small repeat cylinders and sleeves while maintaining a strong, secure bond. Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes are the ideal solution for faster printing speeds and longer print jobs as well as suitable where plates are mounted with minimal seams. Securely holding down the plates leads to less edge-lifting which in turn results in less downtime and waste.

SNAP-ON Feature
tesa Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes don’t just hold down plate edges effectively. tesa engineers have developed a bonding agent which also offers easy plate mounting and demounting characteristics. This Snap-on adhesive is patented by tesa for its unique chemical formulation.

The tesa Softprint Secure
The tesa Softprint Secure is a double-coated foam tape, designed specifically for print process security in wide-web flexographic printing. The revolutionary adhesive system is extremely solvent resistant, holds the edges, even of thick, photopolymer plates down on minimal diameter sleeves or cylinders. This makes this product the ideal solution for faster printing speeds, longer print jobs and designs that require minimal joins.

The open side adhesive is designed to function on steel and sleeves. The covered side of adhesive is different and very solvent resistant. The medium foam makes this the ideal solution for printing combinations of screens and line work.

Foam properties
  • Highly compressible foam, with superior recovery behavior for excellent print quality
  • Long lasting recovery characteristic for extended and high speed print runs
  • Low thickness tolerances for quick print preparation and reduced waste
Adhesive properties
  • High solvent resistance that allows for in-press plate cleaning
  • High bonding to plate to avoid edge lifting or plate movement
  • High bonding on open side to steel cylinder or sleeve to avoid plate movement or compound lift
  • Ideal bonding power for demounting of plate and tape
  • Very cohesive adhesive structure for demounting without adhesive residues
Additional properties
  • The structured PP-liner prevents the formation of air pockets when the plate is mounted
  • The purple color marking indicates the medium-hard foam
Mark Andy Print Products is the official and leading distributor of the tesa Softprint Secure tape for narrow web. The consumables division of Mark Andy Inc. has immediate availability of all narrow web sizes and hardness levels (hard, medium, soft) in blue, red and yellow-logoed rolls.

Difficulty in opening tinned food will drive demand for alternative types of packaging

A new survey by Canadean finds that one in five (22%) consumers consider tinned food difficult to open. With British consumers spending over £8 billion on the most convenient food products, manufacturers will increasingly adopt easier to open packs such as pouches for vegetables, soups, meat, and fish.

Young adults are most likely to look for an easier to open pack
Of British consumers, 22% find tinned food difficult to open. However, young adults are the most frustrated when it comes to opening their tinned tuna or beans: 28% of 25 to 34 year olds find tinned food difficult to open, compared to 16% of over 55s. Ronan Stafford, senior analyst at Canadean says: “Consumers want instant convenience, particularly young adults looking for a quick lunch or dinner solution. While there’s a minimal amount of time saved between opening a food can, and opening a bag or a pouch, young consumers simply don’t want the hassle of finding a tin opener or struggling with a ring pull.”

Packaging needs to reflect the growing demand for convenience in food markets
In addition to studying consumer perceptions of different packaging, Canadean tracked the influence of different motivators when consumers select what to eat. Across food markets British consumers selected over £8 billion worth of food in 2013 because it was the most convenient product. Stafford adds: “Consumers feel increasingly time-scarce and stressed, which makes 30 seconds saved in the kitchen a big deal. While food cans will remain a staple of supermarket shelves because of their low cost, I expect to see pouches and cartons grow in popularity as an easy to open alternative for office-workers and young families.”

Demand for pouches for ambient fish will almost double between 2013 and 2018
Ambient fish is one category where demand for easy-to-open packaging will drive a shift away from food cans and towards packs such as pouches. Demand for pouches in this market will grow from 8.7 million packs in 2013, to 15.1 million packs by 2018. Stafford comments: “While pouches’ market share will still be niche compared to the share held by food cans, their rapid growth shows how offering a more convenient pack format can revitalise sales among younger consumer groups. Brands such as Heinz and John West have led the way in developing new pack formats for tinned food, others will quickly follow.

Canadean provides in-depth market research across the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, including food, packaging, ingredients, soft drinks, beer, retail, foodservice, wines & spirits and cosmetics & toiletries. Canadean specialises in conducting online survey panels, producing in-depth market insight country reports through qualitative and quantitative research. Canadean surveyed 2,000 British consumers in October 2014 about their attitudes to packaging in different food categories. New packaging formats by John West, combining ambient fish with sauces, make for a more convenient product sought out by time-scarce and stressed consumer.

AzimutPrint expands capacity with a new 7 colour EF UV flexo press from MPS and the second in the facility

MPS announced the successful installation of an EF 430 flexo press for Russian label printer AzimutPrint. The EF press, a second MPS flexo press for AzimutPrint, will primarily print industrial, food and commodity self-adhesive labels. AzimutPrint previously purchased an MPS EF 410 flexo press with 10 colours and Automated Print Control (APC), which prints and converts comprehensive designs for oil, pharmaceutical and cosmetic labels. 

AzimutPrint’s second EF press is equipped with 7 colours, UV dryers, a die-station, matrix rewinder, web video and a low tension control rewind system. Another feature of the EF flexo press is gearless technology; as there is no connection between the plate roller and the impression cylinder there is no friction, resulting in no gear marking.

Superior performance from their first MPS press along with exceptional after-sales service and support from local MPS agent Ogard led to AzimutPrint opting for a second MPS flexo press investment. AzimutPrint’s printing manager Mr.Artem Volkov comments: “Our first MPS EF press proved to be a versatile printing press: stable print quality, flexibility and performance are a given on this press. Even when running more challenging print jobs, we achieved optimum production results. We also valued the availability of local sales and service support from Ogard, who is always quick to respond with any advice or assistance we need. It just simply made sense to invest once again in MPS.”

Founded in 1996, AzimutPrint specializes in the production of self-adhesive labels, wraparound labels, carton board and synthetic tags. Highly qualified and experienced staff and the latest high-tech machinery has led to Azimut’s strong position in the Russian market of high-quality self-adhesive labels. AzimutPrint employs 90 people and is located in Yaroslavl city, an industrial region North-East from Moscow. 

WhiteFX recognized as One of the Top Packaging Innovations of 2014

Last week, CSW, Inc. was named one of the top three winners at the PAC Symposium Packaging Innovators Competition for it’s game-changing WhiteFX technology. Seven companies were short-listed to present their packaging innovations to a crowd of about 180 packaging professionals and industry leaders. Attendees voted in real time to determine the winners.

Marek Skrzynski, CSW’s Director of Graphics R&D, discussed the impact that the company’s WhiteFX Ink Transfer Solution has on one of the “dirty” little secrets of flexible package printing: the difficulty in achieving smooth laydown of white ink without wasting time, money, and material. Attendees enjoyed a demonstration that reviewed “dirty whites” on packaging currently in-market, against WhiteFX print samples that showcase better ink laydown, reduced mottle/pinholing, and improved color vibrancy.

Along with submissions from other finalists, CSW’s innovation will be on display at PackEx Montreal in November, PackEx Toronto in June, and will be entered into the PAC Leadership Awards Competition for 2015.

Dupont Packaging Graphics to features new flexographic plate and equipment technologies at Labelexpo India

DuPont Packaging Graphics (DuPont) (stall B52) is highlighting new flexographic plate and equipment technologies for the tag and label market Labelexpo India 2014. Shown for the first time at Labelexpo India, these new featured products include the DuPont Cyrel FAST DFUV plate, the DuPont Cyrel FAST 1001 TD processor and the DigiFlow 1000 EcLF exposure-unit, all designed to deliver quality, productivity and sustainability benefits to tag and label printers.

The new Cyrel FAST DFUV flexographic printing plate is designed specifically for the narrow web printer who needs a high-performance plate for use with ultraviolet (UV) curable inks.  It is a thermal process plate that comes up to color quickly minimizing startup waste and prints smooth and dense solids, without compromising dot gain, highlights and resolutions.  This new plate can improve solid ink density, reduce waste, save time and cost in applications involving high-end substrates such as pressure sensitive and self-adhesives labels.

For narrow web printers who want a more efficient and more sustainable solvent-free processor, the new Cyrel FAST 1001 TD is a small format thermal platemaking system that has been redesigned and streamlined for improved dimensional stability and efficiency.  The Cyrel FAST 1001 TD uses a unique thermal management system and multiple roller design to improve clean-out, provide more consistent relief depth and a more uniform floor, especially with thin gauge (.045”) plates often used for tag and label applications.

For narrow web printers who want to deliver superior print quality and productivity, Cyrel DigiFlow 1000ECLF is a powerful tool to improve solid ink densities and print contrast, while maintaining the outstanding image quality typically associated with Cyrel, all within the existing digital workflow.  The Cyrel DigiFlow 1000ECLF exposure units were designed for use on an ‘as-needed’ basis, and can easily be switched off when the standard digital dot is the preferred result.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HoMAI becomes ASPA - Authentication Solution Providers’ Association

Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HoMAI), which was founded sixteen years ago on 1st December 1998 as the world’s second and Asia’s only Association representing holography, has now been re-launched this year with a broader mandate as Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA). By helping check counterfeiting, ASPA helps protect consumers, unlock revenue realization for brand owners and governments, as well as ensure steady growth of its members and the industry in general.

Says ASPA President Mr. Manoj Kochar, “According to Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the impact of the counterfeit and pirated goods on the global economy today stands at a staggering $1 trillion. Like terrorism, counterfeiting is becoming a sophisticated and global menace that can have a crippling impact in any part of the world irrespective of its country of origin. We must develop a unified global strategy with powerful industry linkages and knowledge sharing platforms in order to stop this illegal trade effectively. ASPA is a call to unite various authentication solution providers across the world to galvanize our forces and strengthen this shield univocally. ASPA re-aligns our objectives to more accurately represent the transformation of products and services offered by our member companies. Our broader scope also covers a wide array of authentication technologies that have evolved over the years.”

Counterfeiting today impacts various industries including pharmaceuticals, FMCG, finance, electronics, automobile parts, entertainment, apparel, software, manufacturing, tobacco, liquor and others. ASPA members already protect over 10,000 brands worldwide through the identification of genuine products and documents. As the world’s first and only industry body of its kind, ASPA aims to comprehensively cover the broader interests of the entire authentication solutions industry worldwide, including, but not limited to, holograms, optically variable devices (OVD’s), taggants, security inks and substrates, watermarks, nanotechnologies, RFIDs, barcode/ QR code-based digital tracking and verification solutions, security and tamper-evident labels and any other brand protection and authentication solutions.

ASPA’s tagline – ‘Diverse Technologies, Common Goal’– summarises its vision to become the global voice of the authentication solution providers that facilitate brand protection through anti-counterfeiting, anti-tampering and tracking and tracing measures.

Mr. Anil Rajput, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, ITC Limited, and Chairman of FICCI Cascade (Committee against Smuggling & Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), says, “I am glad to note the re-launch of ASPA, which will represent an even broader interests of the entire authentication solutions industry. Counterfeiting and smuggling plagues almost all industries and leads to loss of trust, money, lives and livelihoods. Proper authentication solutions are a must to help validate genuine products. On the technology vendor side, ASPA complements FICCI Cascade’s consumer and industry efforts in curbing counterfeits, by bringing together all types of authentication solutions on one platform. I hope that this move will help in rapid adoption of anti-counterfeiting, anti-tampering and tracking and tracing solutions, which will yield significant direct and indirect benefits in the form of increased revenues, brand perceptions, reduced litigation costs, and greater customer retention.”

Welcoming the move, Prof. (Dr.) N C Saha, Director of the Indian Institute of Packaging, an autonomous body under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India said, “It is heartening to note that HOMAI is reinventing itself as ASPA to take a higher responsibility to fight against counterfeiting in packaging. I remember when it was started in 1998 with an objective to promote the significance of hologram as an anti-counterfeiting device in the packaging industry. However, over a period of time, there have been rapid changes, and consumers’ behavior as well as their perception has become very complex in the modern marketing scenario. At the same time, the market has also become highly competitive which, too, leads to the demand of innovations in the field of anti-counterfeiting to protect the consumer interest. As a result, it will be a great move to amalgamate multiple authentication technology providers under a single umbrella to offer strong brand protection."

Prof. (Dr.) N C Saha added: "I believe ASPA is poised to play a much-needed and vital role in consolidating the entire gamut of authentication solutions, and catalyzing their adoption in various kind of packaging across all industry segments. Authentication of a product is invariably carried out through integration between the authentication technology and the packaging, and Indian Institute of Packaging welcomes this move. I am confident that ASPA will meet the demand of modern consumers to effectively fight against the counterfeiters.”

ASPA works closely with world-leading peers and authorities such as International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and Interpol. It actively participates on matters on policy, and also plays a constructive role in ensuring that its members uphold a high pedigree of business ethics and values as prescribed by the ASPA Code of Conduct. ASPA lays down guidelines to encourage adoption of best practices, quality standards and usage of advanced technology to provide truly customised, cost-effective and consistently reliable solutions. It also actively analyses industry trends and provides updates on global news, knowledge resources and best practices to its members. Members are bound by to ensure that they observe high standards of integrity and business ethics at all times.

ASPA has also launched a brand new website – www.aspaglobal.com – which includes educational material on various types of authentication solutions, tips on selecting the most relevant and effective authentication solution, case studies, whitepapers, industry news, member profiles, details of activities being undertaken by the Association, reference material and access to ASPA’s quarterly journal, The Authentication Times.

Authentication Solution Providers' Association (ASPA) – {earlier HoMAI} is a self-regulated, non-profit organization of authentication solution providers. Founded in 1998 as Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HoMAI), it has been re-launched as ASPA to more accurately represent the transformation of products and services offered by its existing member companies. The broader scope of ASPA also covers a wide array of other technologies that have evolved over the years. As the world’s first and only industry body of its kind, ASPA aims to comprehensively covers the interests of the entire authentication solutions industry worldwide, including, but not limited to, holograms, optically variable devices (OVD’s), taggants, security inks and substrates, watermarks, nanotechnologies, RFIDs, barcode/ QR code-based digital tracking and verification solutions, security and tamper-evident labels and any other brand protection and authentication solutions. ASPA works closely with global authorities such as International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and Interpol. ASPA members protect over 10,000 brands worldwide through the identification of genuine products and documents. For more details, visit: www.aspaglobal.com

Westernisation in the Chinese retail market will lead to a change in packaging needs

In recent years, China has seen significant changes in eating habits, shopping behaviours, and lifestyle habits, as consumer behaviour responds to Western influences. Consumer packaged goods providers will capitalise on the trend of Westernisation for new experiences and integrate more Western groceries onto their shelves, Canadean predicts.

As the Westernisation of the retail market is fairly new, products that are considered to be mid-range are more likely to be offered as premium products in China. Western commodities also serve as symbols of modernisation and provide a sense of elevated status for consumers. As a result, Western brands of products such as fragrances, chocolates, coffee, cheese, ice cream, and carbonated soft drinks are becoming prevalent in Chinese retail markets.

Packaging manufacturers need to keep abreast of changes in the market
A typical Chinese supermarket in a developed urban area will stock more varied products in comparison to an equivalent US or Japanese store, thus increasing the choice available and offering more opportunities to choose Western products. This is an important trend for packaging companies. Also, domestic companies need to match the standards of Western packaging so they stand out against their counterparts.

According to Catherine O’Connor, senior analyst at Canadean: “Despite China’s growing interest in Western brands, foreign offerings do not always find it easy to integrate into the Chinese retail market. Earlier this year, Revlon and L’Oréal both pulled back from China, misunderstanding the needs of this lucrative market.” Consumer Packaged Goods' (CPG) providers will attract more custom by localising products to Chinese tastes, for example, KFC has introduced a ranged of breakfast soups, and Oreos are altered in China to have flavours such as green tea, as consumers found the originals too sweet.

As well as reformulating products for the Chinese market, companies need to modify packaging to influence them at the shelf edge. O’Connor explains: “In particular, the use of colours is of paramount importance for the Chinese. Yellow is seen as royal colour and red is chosen for good luck and happiness. However, these bright colours are mostly preferred for food products, while pastel or white shades are preferred for household items and personal care products.”

IML Labels takes digital leap with Xeikon 3500: Sets industry standards

The Xeikon 3500 is increasingly becoming the technology of choice for companies looking to print in-mold labels digitally, with installations taking place around the world on a regular basis. The latest company to invest in the Xeikon technology is IML Labels. The company is based just north of Montreal, Canada and has added a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to complement its “Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75 percent of them are involved in the food business,” says owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. “As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, color matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.”

IML Labels has grown rapidly since its formation and today it employs more than 50 people. The company provides a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ service including pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels’ client base includes molders and direct customers, many of whom are leading names in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.

“We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging. In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren’t economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers.”

The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner, which is now the standard toner for printing in-mold labels. The Xeikon 3500 can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm / 20.3 inches. This format flexibility enables the production of a broad range of label formats. Xeikon’s extensive finishing range for its digital presses provided IML Labels with several converting options for their labels. They have installed a UCoat finishing unit, which allows inline flood aqueous coating and provides cut-to-sheet capabilities. Die cutting of labels is done on their existing equipment used for offset printed labels.

“The Xeikon 3500 has proved to be the ideal sales and marketing tool,” says Mr. Caron. “Orders from new customers are printed digitally as these invariably involve shorter runs. Consequently, we have eliminated the waste and inefficiencies we used to encounter on our traditional presses. When orders reach a certain size, they can easily be switched to offset.”

Mr. Caron adds, “We intend to take advantage of the ability to print variable data on the Xeikon press to incorporate features such as sequential numbering. Today, the market is demanding a level of production flexibility that only digital printing can provide. However, every situation is different and we worked closely with Xeikon to develop a solution that met our specific requirements.”

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing, Labels & Packaging, comments, “The production of in-mold labels with digital technology is proving to be a powerful tool for brand owners. Now, they can easily undertake test marketing projects, trials and short runs. It is only a matter of time until more brands embrace this opportunity. Xeikon has invested a lot of time and resources in developing this technically complex application. We were able to execute it successfully in real production environments due to the expertise and guidance of customers such as IML Labels Canada.”

The First Inkjet Conference proves tremendous success with excellent ratings from attendees and speakers

“An excellent collection point for today’s experts in the world of digital printing.” That is how Stefano Corradini, Sidel SpA, described ESMA’s inaugural The Inkjet ConferenceTM (www.theijc.com) held earlier this month and sponsored by enabling partner drupa, in Neuss (Düsseldorf).

Rick Hulme, Sun Chemical, said it was a ‘new and exciting conference which has brought the industry together to discuss inkjet, its capabilities and opportunities both now and in the future’ while Ian Clark of Intrinsiq Materials described it as ‘a varied and wide-ranging conference highlighting applications and the future’.

The two-day, multi-subject educational conference brought together industry and academic leaders in their fields who spoke about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print. It included a focus on inkjet engineering, a review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks and an academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

There were over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as UV-LED systems, piezo inkjet for precision dispensing of functional materials, system integration: an ink point of view, improving inkjet industry by implementing intelligent sensors, and industrial inkjet for packaging.

Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference was overwhelmed by industry interest with more than 300 attendees hungry to learn about inkjet for industrial applications from 38 exhibitors and 41 speakers. “As well as the updates on the significant technological steps being made by suppliers and experts in this arena, the event also presented the wealth of opportunities for collaboration, inter-industry developments and cross-market adoption.”

 “A great starting point to follow the developmental course of DOD and nano-particles throughout the next exciting upcoming years,” was the view of attendee Luc Van damme, while Mark Stephenson, from Fujifilm, said it was: “A good start and hopefully many more to come.” Jason Remnant, Xaar, welcomed the range of attendees to ‘help broaden customer opportunities and networking options’ and Yair Kipman, of Imagexpert, said the conference was excellent ‘with many of the appropriate players in the inkjet market’.

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA concludes: “The energy and buzz surrounding the first edition of The Inkjet Conference is indicative of the excitement we are seeing across the industry regarding the capabilities the new technology is offering. It is so interesting to be a part of the conversation that is exploring what the next steps could and should be.”

To see more on The Inkjet Conference, go to: www.theijc.com.

India SME Financial Summit aims to bridge investors and entrepreneurs

The India SME Financial Summit to be held on 16th October, Thursday at Hotel Leela in Andheri from 8:30 am till 5:30 pm, will bring investors and entrepreneurs together with the purpose of sharing knowledge and experiences on building robust financial models for businesses. The Summit aims to focus on investment, risk advisory and tips to build robust financial models for business growth

The summit, organized by business consultants, Dreams IMC, will highlight key challenges faced by SMEs in raising funds to fuel growth. It will also throw light on the importance of better financing and accounting practices in infusing new funds for growth, either through banking or through private equity.

The Speakers at the Summit include renowned personalities like Mohit Jain - Vice President, Corporate Catalyst; Sekkizhar Balasubramanian - Senior Director, Deloitte; Sridhar Sankaraman - Principal, Multiples Alternate Asset Management Pvt. Ltd.; Ajay Thankur - Head BSE SME, Vijay Kalantri - President Indian Industries Association, Bankim Mistry - President Bombay Small Scale Industries Association and Sanjay Gaggar - Partner IXCFO.

Speaking of the upcoming summit, Ganesh Lakshmanan, Founder-Director, Dreams IMC said, “To support the promising SMEs, the conclave will focus on Listening, Sharing and Advocating a Pro-Business Environment and Identifying, Enabling and Seeding Innovative Start-ups.”

Participants at the summit would gain insights on the subjects that include:
  • Managing Financials, Accounting & Business Costs
  • How to Tap on Innovation to give businesses a Competitive Edge
  • How important it is to secure one’s Company Network
  • How to Streamline Retail Business Processes for Exponential Growth
  • Boosting growth through modern Marketing practices

Mridul Sharma, Managing Director, Dreamz IMC adds, “The Indian economy is brightening and is looking up. S&P has also upgraded our Economy from negative to stable and organizations and various countries are looking at India for investments. The major part of growth comes from the SME sector and for their growth they need funds. This summit is aimed to address the key issues when you go investments or funding.’

The summit would also cover strategic initiatives, policies and frameworks initiated by the government and financial institutions to help SMEs maximize financing avenues and build a strong growth trajectory.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rapid, space-saving IML automation by Beck Automation: Camera inspection system ensures more quality and security of supply

At the Engel booth of the Fakuma 2014, Beck Automation is presenting a highly dynamic IML system. The manufacturing cell consists of a fully electric injection moulding machine Engel e-motion 440/160 and a 2-cavity injection mould by Glaroform. The feed and removal system for in-mould labelling is to be considered a reference with regard to speed, footprint, availability and process security for IML automation. The system is equipped with an Omron high-grade camera inspection system for quality control of the containers produced, designed and integrated by Beck Automation.

The IML automation by Beck Automation is designed to be extremely space-saving and features a small footprint. "This IML system is compact and yet very easily accessible, meaning user-friendly" explains Daniel Merki, Sales Manager at Beck. "Thanks to our construction principle and the various tests we run prior to delivery, we can keep the installation time on site at our clients very short. We don't just talk about "just in time", we mean it." As usual at Beck Automation, this involves a high-speed application (total cycle: 2.9 seconds,intervention time 0.9 seconds). Equipped with the latest in control and drive technology, the system is operated via a touch screen. The integrated remote access allows for dialling into the system from outside, in order to provide support to the user in a timely and cost-effective manner.

High QA level due to integrated camera inspection
The quality of the highly dynamic process is assured by a vision system. The high-grade FZ3 camera system comes from Omron in Japan. Engineering and integration are coordinated to the specifics of every application by Beck Automation."The structure and number of camera inspection modules depend, among other aspects, on the control requirements of the packaging unit, cycle speed and the number of cavities", explains Daniel Merki. It is the job of the Omron FZ3 vision system to identify defective parts. To accomplish this, 1 to n cameras and the necessary illumination are integrated into the IML automation. The specific number of cameras needed is defined in detail by various factors:
a) By the product that is to be monitored (shape, size, test criteria, etc)
b) the quantity of products (number of cavities and cycle time) as well as
c) place and time of the inspection within the process

The preliminary clarifications and system definitions are extremely important and have a great impact on the cost structure and options or capabilities of such a system. Longstanding experience with IML applications and the specific systems integration by Beck Automation offer IML users a reliable basis for expert consultation and support for the implementation of a process-oriented solution. There is an option to expand the system shown by a QA module (Q-SORT LINE), which can be retrofitted at any time. Daniel Merki notes, "This separation of good and bad parts, and the subsequent stacking unit in one highly dynamic system, provides the processor with an even higher level at which to secure his efforts to achieve high quality and an enhancement of efficiency in the IML process."

IML technology in the reference class
As IML is a highly dynamic process, profitability is derived from the level of all system components. In an initial step the labels are drawn in from the label hopper. In a second step, the labels are placed on the cores and held with vacuum. The automated cores move into the cavities to transfer the labels. In this stage the labels are blown against the vacuum, electrostatically charged and thus placed and held in the cavities so they are form-fitting. This makes the level of process design and quality of the label key factors in process stability, reproducibility, unit quality and economic efficiency.

Swiss-made thin-wall technology by Glaroform
Glaroform AG, Näfels (CH) is showing a high speed injection mould on a fully electric injection moulding machine Engel e-motion 440/160 with 2 cavities for a food container with a round-oval size of 500 ml. The mould features a proprietary hot runner system with a pneumatically operated valve gate nozzle. The moulded part is decorated at its side wall by IML. The mould is equipped with a conformal and high-efficiency cooling system, to guarantee a very rapid cycle time with simultaneous reproducible product quality. The conformal cooling also effectively reduces any warping in the part. In order to also guarantee the very long service life of the moulds for which Glaroform is well known, the mould is manufactured with the latest surface coating processes for outstanding process stability and the highest precision within tight tolerances. The thin-walled product has an average wall thickness of 0.4 mm and features a part weight of approx. 11 g.

Product Communication with high-quality labels
The labels used consist of a 60µ EUP orange peel film made of a material called Treofan by Viappiani Printing Segrate (Italy). The rounded oval shape of the food container requires labels that are, on one hand, stamped out with a high degree of precision and on the other hand, ensure observance of the short cycle time due to a good electrostatic charge. The sheet offset process guarantees superb printing quality both for four-colour photographic images and Pantone colours. Viappiani can print IML labels in up to 8 colours, including varnish coating. This gives users access to a wide range of options to enhance their product communications at the POS with a visually high-value appeal and in this way emphasise features that may influence purchase decisions.  

Bobst & Partners' packaging roadshow conferences draw huge audiences in Indonesia

The first Asian Conference of the Bobst and Partners' 2014 World Roadshow went with a bang in August 2014 in Indonesia. Held at the Shangri-la hotel in Jakarta over two days dedicated to flexible packaging and folding carton packaging respectively, the event welcomed 273 guests from the local industry.

"The level of interest and participation of Indonesia's printing and converting industry surpassed our expectations", commented Eric Pavone, Business Director of Bobst Business Unit Web-fed. "This speaks volumes about it becoming a premier industry event where technology updates meet networking".
The now well-established Roadshow formula provides a value added forum that brings together leading equipment and consumables manufacturers and top management of packaging companies. Both the flexible and carton programmes dedicated to the presentation of innovative technology were completed in Jakarta by the insightful presentations of the guest speaker from Nestlé Indonesia who spoke about packaging needs and trends from the brand owner perspective.

The focus of day 1 was on the latest innovations in flexible packaging converting solutions from raw materials to finished products. These were presented by Bobst and Partners - Atlas Converting, Coim, Daetwyler Graphics, Daetwyler SwissTec, Kodak, Macchi, Rossini and Schmid-Rhyner. The event was co-hosted by Rotokemas Indonesia and Mr Felix Hamidjaya, Chairman of the association that groups the country's flexible packaging companies, delivered a welcome address.

"The flexible packaging market is one of the most dynamic in Indonesia" explained Laurence Dy, Zone Business Director SEA, Bobst BU Web-fed "The higher disposable income of Indonesian consumers fuels demands for better quality packaging and different packaging formats. This relates to both the food-industry, as well as other segments that are rapidly growing in popularity such as beauty & personal care, and pet food where flexible packaging solutions are on the increase."

The enhancement of carton packaging through value added processes was covered on the second day of the Roadshow by Bobst and partners, IST, Schmid-Rhyner and Sunchemical, with industry and product insights from Nestlé Indonesia. Indonesia being the 5th largest tobacco market in the world, the morning sessions were dedicated to this premier segment of the packaging industry.

"The local tobacco industry requirements are very exacting and target superior quality output and productivity. By bringing to the industry advanced solutions that meet the continuously evolving needs of this high-end market, Bobst has established itself as the benchmark in the region for the quality of equipment performance" said Eric Pavone.

The second part of the day started with Bobst superior technical solutions in CI flexo printing and continued with technology around the value added processes, this time involving sheet-fed methods. The graphic and tactile enhancement of packaging in the cigarette, cosmetic and heath care industries is well established and new technologies are always well received.

Various aspects of offline converting solutions were explained keeping in mind technical complexities of multistep processes as well as viability of investments in the context of developing economies. A thought provoking presentation with a tag line of “What drive competitiveness, lower investment or better efficiency" by Subhasis Roy, Zone Business Director SEA, BU Sheet-fed, was well appreciated by the audience as it put the whole discussion in the right perspective.

With the largest range of both sheet and web-fed equipment and services to cover the requirements of flexible packaging and folding carton packaging manufacturing, Bobst has built a large customer base in Indonesia and numbers hundreds of installations.

"Based on the complimentary comments we have received from the participants, I trust that together with our industry partners we succeeded in presenting value added processes and technical solutions aimed at optimizing the quality and profitability of converters' operations through both new equipment or upgrading of installed machines and systems for all the different end-users market segments" concluded Eric Pavone.

Tilia Labs releases Phoenix 4.0 expanding upon the powerful folding carton and label imposition and ganging tools

Canadian company Tilia Labs Inc. announced today the 4.0 release of their flagship imposition and planning solution, Phoenix.  Phoenix 4.0 expands upon the powerful folding carton and label imposition and ganging tools found in earlier versions with new features for streamlining signage and greeting card work.  Wide Format presses are now fully supported out of the box across all editions, including new mark types and increased sheet capacity.   Combined, these enhancements allow Phoenix 4.0 to not only unite imposition and planning, but to do so across all press types for virtually any job.

Auto ganging capabilities in Phoenix have also been greatly enhanced, providing an unprecedented level of automation during layout creation.  Highlights include:
  • Nested Ganging – Optimal, tightly nested layouts for irregular shaped products, making Auto Impose and Auto Optimize modules ideal for auto ganging folding cartons as well as non-rectangular labels, cards and signage.  Nested layouts can be exported as CFF2, PDF or PostScript for cutting.
  • Optimized for Post-press – Guillotine-based layout generation of rectangular products now minimizes the number of sheet turns needed wherever possible, reducing costs and time during post-press.  Sheet turns are reported in results with lower complexity cuts being favored.  Nested ganging is also tuned to favor lower layout complexity.
  • Simultaneous Gang Runs - Auto Impose and Auto Optimize can be run simultaneously across multiple jobs.  Results are available in a persistent panel allowing users to apply ganged layouts to any job at any time.
  • Lock Bottom Cartons – Lock bottom folding carton pairs are automatically detected and grouped during ganging.
  • All ganging enhancements are included in Auto Impose and Auto Optimize tools.
Sagen de Jonge, CEO of Tilia Labs “From the start our goal has been to automate the imposition process as much as possible for all non-commercial work. Phoenix 4.0 is a huge step in this direction with the addition of nested ganging and Wide Format support.  One key aspect of this solution that makes it so unique in the market is the ability to create optimal layouts in seconds but still be able to drill down and control every aspect of the job with our extensive set of existing tools, something that is crucial when eliminating errors, especially with non-rectangular work.”

Phoenix 4.0 is available for trial and purchase now.  For more details and a complete list of features available please visit http://tilialabs.com.

X-Rite Pantone to exhibit at Labelexpo India: To showcase solutions that enable label converters to measure, manage and communicate color

X-Rite Pantone will be exhibiting at LabelExpo India, taking place 29 October - 1 November in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. X-Rite Pantone will be exhibiting with their Partner Esko in Hall 12, booth B52. At the event, X-Rite will be showcasing its suite of offerings that enable closed-loop color measurement and management for label converters.

“In India, as in other parts of the world, label converters are being required to do more with less,” says Francesco Tomasello, X-Rite’s Vice President, EMEA Sales Channels, Retail and India. “That’s why we are excited to be showcasing our range of solutions at LabelExpo India. Our products are proven to help label converters reduce time at prepress, save money in their production costs and, most importantly, provide better service to their customers.”

In the Esko stand, X-Rite will feature PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based color management service that was developed by X-Rite Pantone and is also offered as part of Esko’s Color Engine software. With PantoneLIVE, the digital brand color lives in a secure, centralized cloud ecosystem where it’s accessible to everyone involved in label production process. This unprecedented level of access facilitates color standards across all phases of production, regardless of the printing technologies or substrates that are used.

In addition to PantoneLIVE, X-Rite Pantone will also highlight their entire range of color management products that can work individually or together to ensure color quality in every step of the label production process. Products highlighted at LabelExpo India include:
  • ColorCert - ColorCert provides procurement and brand owners with a process control for monitoring and managing color across a large and diverse supply chain. ColorCert simplifies color communication from the artwork phase of projects through separation, the ink room and pressroom.
  • X-Rite eXact The X-Rite eXact is our next generation spectrophotometer that is designed to support a wide range of applications. eXact enables printers and label converters to understand, control and manage color, ensuring the utmost in color accuracy and avoiding costly reprinting and rework.
  • eXact Scan - eXact Scan extends the functionality of the X-Rite eXact by adding unmatched speed, flexibility and new quality control for the printing and packaging industries.
  • InkKeyControl – Combining eXact Scan with InkKeyControl software from X-Rite enables color management at a low cost of entry. InkKeyControl allows printers to achieve faster make-ready and improve quality control by controlling the ink keys.
  • InkFormulation 6.2 – With new features and enhancements, the latest version of InkFormulation gives users more flexibility in the way they handle the software. InkFormulation 6.2 creates formulation for all colors of a PantoneLIVE library and other Color Libraries with a single click. In addition, it allows ink film thickness calibration for offset printing, and simplifies the formulation for the reuse of ink leftovers.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence with REVO Digital Flexo Revolution technology at Labelexpo India

Gidue will take part to the next Labelexpo India 2014, one of the most
important events for the Labels and Packaging Industry in Asia, since its launch in 2002. It will take place from the 29th October till the 1st November, 2014 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi (India).

Federico d’Annunzio, Gidue President, Matteo Cardinotti, Gidue Managing Director, and Maurizio Trecate, Gidue Vice President Sales, will be glad to welcome all visitors at Gidue Stand J25 in Hall 11 to introduce the new revolutionary Digital Flexo Excellence concept, one of the latest Gidue Technologies for the Labels and Packaging industry, recently awarded with the Global Awards for Innovation 2014.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence will be presented together with the REVO Digital Flexo Revolution technology. REVO is the name of a Project Team, which collects 8 industry leaders, cooperating to drive flexography towards the new “digital” world of Printing and Converting.  Process consistency, efficiency and cost reduction are the main objectives of REVO Digital Flexo Revolution, to win the Labels and Packaging challenge for short runs, global quality and total flexibility.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence, played a strong role in the REVO Project, by providing to the project a particular system of technologies developed to make the work flow, set-up and run of a flexographic press for Labels and Packaging “digitized” and “automated”. Digital Flexo Excellence presses are designed to deliver high productivity, cost reduction, flexibility and consistent quality, with “digital” efficiency, repeatability and ease of operation.

With faster change-over times, higher press up-time, and minimum wastes, Digital Flexo Excellence projects flexography to a new era in the Label and Packaging industry, challenging Digital printing on quality, efficiency and profitability also in micro and short runs.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Come and visit Gidue in New Delhi at Stand J25 in Hall 11.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Did you advertise in the Indian Label Directory? Do it now or wait for the next edition after two years...

Did you advertise in the Indian Label Directory? Do it now or wait for the next edition after two years. Yes, the next edition of the Indian Label Directory will come only in 2016.

After the stupendous success of the earlier three editions of the Indian Label Directory, Eon Infomedia, the publishers of Labels India - India’s pioneer magazine for the labels, packaging and the converting industry is pleased to bring to you the Fourth edition of the directory. The Indian Label Directory is a one-stop reference manual for the Indian label industry, giving one instant access to information on equipment manufacturers, materials and services suppliers and printers operating globally with a special emphasis on India and Asia Pacific.

As the Indian Label Directory has firmly become a standard reference tool for business, it's time to take a good, hard look and decide on advertising in the directory that offers a fast track to success. A bible for the Indian Label industry, already Mark Andy / Flexo Image Graphics, Sericol Fujifilm, Bostik, R K Machine Tools, S Kumar, Taiyo, Standard Printers Providers, SMI Coated Products, Kohli Graphic Systems, Convertech, Kaygee Loparex, Label Planet, BST Sayona and others have confirmed their pages in the directory. Moreover, the directory has a shelf life of TWO years and will be circulated at all the major industry trade fairs and events, apart from promoting the same through our own magazine.

The Indian Label Directory will be a comprehensive resource of the industry’s major suppliers of consumables, equipment and services that one can use to make their purchasing decisions in an easy to use “handy” format. It will list and evaluate all relevant data for the label industry, clearly arranged according to product areas, thus enabling rapid access to competent information offers. This is an unprecedented opportunity for industry suppliers to be listed in a directory targeted exclusively to their customers as the directory will offer an in-depth look at prominent suppliers to the narrow web industry.

For more details, contact
Gargi Bhattacharya on +91-9004330381 / gargi@labelsind.com