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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Rotatek to launch its new SmartFlex at Labelexpo India 2014

Rotatek (Stall B36) will launch its new SmartFlex at Labelexpo India 2014, a last generation flexo shaftless printing press. SmartFlex is designed to reduce the web path (saving space and material wastage) and to print on any available substrate in the label and flexible packaging markets. This press ensures maximum productivity, short change over times and the highest flexo printing quality.

The new printing press is highly adaptable by the customer, simple and easy to adjustment allows quick job change and minimum set-up time. Moreover, the new house-inside electronic and exhaust duct systems reduce greatly the used space.

The SmartFlex incorporates a new automatic register system “Rota Sniper” developed by Rotatek, which offers a great stability and accuracy during all printing process. Besides, is equipped with a rail system for turning bars and/or cold foil stamping units, providing great flexibility to the operator. The die cutting unit is equipped with a cutting depth regulation system with micrometric adjustment, maximum accuracy is achieved. Fast set-up times are also possible due to the magnetic cylinder system. The production line is prepared to run up to 150-200 meters/min for one or two side printing in a single pass and can be easily controlled from the digital panel.

Esko launches i-cut production console operating platform for Kongsberg digital finishing systems

The increasingly growing demand for ever more sophisticated production tools has inspired Esko to develop the i-cut Production Console. This newly developed front-end operating system will be the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems. It combines the feature set of the XL-Guide tailored for packaging applications and i-cut Vision Pro, the industry standard front-end for cutting and short run productions. Designed for all operations on all Kongsberg tables, the i-cut Production Console forms a solid foundation for any future developments.

The i-cut Production Console (iPC) drives all functionality found on Kongsberg tables, such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration and tool adjustments. “These tried and tested features are industry favorites, and are now incorporated into a much more intuitive operating system for users,” explains Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. “We want to help customers simplify their approach so they can maximize their capabilities. Ease of use is about making complex tasks easy. A good portion of accomplishing this is hidden in great software design created completely from scratch, consulting with user interface specialists to build an efficient system. The iPC instinctively supports the machine operator and displays colors with a meaning, which draws focus to the right area at the right time. It will change the way operators finish a job, and allow them to get even more out of their machine: they will get up to speed faster while improving the output quality. It all leads to less downtime and more efficiency - with less training or service intervention.”

Assuring the most stable operating system
The i-cut Production Console is ingeniously designed to guide and support the operator, and incorporates a number of logical, user-friendly features: from its icon-based graphical interface with color coded alerts and updates, to the ability to follow production progress from a distance. “This enables one operator to do other tasks while overseeing the production on a Kongsberg table,” explains Naess. “With clear display functionality and easy to understand icons, every step of operation can be readily identified for a smooth process.”

The legacy of i-cut Vision Pro software along with the Esko XL-Guide that operated previous generations of Kongsberg tables has created a firm base for theiPC to deliver on Esko’s Highest Flexibility promise – one common user interface for all tables and all applications, allowing users to easily understand how to expand the capabilities of their machine into different business areas. “It's a platform designed to help operators get jobs done faster and easier, with more options,” explains Naess. “For example, they can pause a run, complete an urgent job or quick prototype, and return to the first batch of work. The result is maximized capacity and uptime with increased efficiency.”

Extended versatility
"As Kongsberg users work with a greater variety of production tools, they want to be prepared for any job and be more efficient, whether they are working on packaging or wide format displays,” concludes Naess. “The development of the i-cut Production Console is also based on extensive input and testing from our users who contributed to the system’s specifications. Their experience was very valuable to identify particular user features that bring ease of use to a next level. The iPC will add even more to the already high popularity of our tables and help customers become more productive than they already are.”

The i-cut Production Console is available now, worldwide through all Esko sales and distribution channels for Kongsberg XN and V Series tables. Beginning in 2015, it will become available for most Kongsberg models, including upgrades for existing customers.

Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries. Esko products and services drive profitability in the packaging and printing supply chain by reducing time-to-market and raising productivity.

IML Labels & Systems goes for a second BGM Elite High Speed Finishing System

IML has a long history in label manufacturing dating back to 1936, having established a forte for highly durable labels and tags IML became a leading supplier to the local steel giants of Sheffield.  The labelling of metals, particularly at high processing temperatures, remains a key influence for IML; innovation and expertise propels the company forward and fortifies its position as a global leader within this highly specialised field.

IML’s Managing Director: Shaun Higgins comments: Having established a speciality in high performance labels and tags the company has, over the years, diversified into other specialised markets where product identification and traceability are vital in very demanding, and sometimes hostile, applications. IML’s aim is to consult with each customer to guarantee the best possible labelling solution tailored to their individual requirements.

Shaun further comments: It is imperative that the die cutting & inspection slitter rewinding equipment we use in this demanding market enables maximum productivity. The BGM Elite Die cutting & Inspection slitter-rewinders have proven to be outstanding, especially in achieving very high speeds with very difficult substrates. From the very first installation to the most recent one, the reliability of the BGM machines has been outstanding. The quality achieved from BGM’s equipment is exceptional; production staff running the equipment find it to be very user friendly and easy to operate.  Being a specialist manufacturer it is essential that we meet our customers’ very high demands. Service, backup, and technical knowledge has also enabled BGM to shine through as a leading supplier to IML Labels.’

Daniel Carr, Sales Manager at Bar Graphic Machinery, added: ‘We are delighted with IML’s purchase of our latest Elite 410 SRi 16” 410mm wide High speed Inspection Slitter Rewinder system.  We are equally delighted that Shaun placed his order during an onsite to BGM following successful demonstrations using his difficult substrates. We look forward to further supporting IML and are proud, as a supplier, to be a part of their future expansion plans.

Sappi and PrintCity win the prestigious PrintStar 2014 Bronze award in the packaging category.

The goal of this innovative project was to demonstrate the possibilities of "Value Added Packaging" in as realistic a way as possible: The El Drago sample packaging was used to provide branded product manufacturers, designers, printers and print finishers with inspiration about how today’s technologies, substrates and processing solutions can be used in an optimised and efficient manner throughout the entire packaging value chain. The polygonal premium packaging design used for the El Drago submission validates that it is not out of the realm of possibility to produce an exclusive design with exceptional shelf appeal in an industrial inline production environment.

Complex finishing begins with the substrate
Sappi, whose 350 g/m2 Algro Design SBS carton was used for one of the two packaging options, believes beginning with a bright white carton board is the key to delivering a high quality finish and lower transport volumes while ensuring sufficient rigidity of the box to withstand handling and protect the product. The special shape of the packaging, with its filigree bevelled and inwardly curved sides, provides the ideal backdrop for the special-effect finishes with reflective features that were used in this project.

In producing this package, materials and surfaces such as leather, aluminium, chrome and gold were reproduced as realistically as possible. A silver laminate, hot foil stamping, multicolour pigments, gloss and matte varnishes, structural embossing and raised/blind embossing were extremely effective in highlighting exotic dragon motifs. "The El Drago sample packaging is perfectly designed to raise brand awareness and enhance the perceived value of the product it contains,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi. “The packaging must appeal to all of a prospective buyer’s senses, and that's exactly what it does!"

"Congratulations and thanks go to all the people who have contributed their significant passion, creativity and expertise in a successful collaboration to produce a wonderful example of Connection of Competence in practice," enthuses Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of PrintCity GmbH. "Third place in such a competitive environment is good, but it is also an incentive for all of us to improve even further with a goal of getting the gold next year! We've still got a few more interesting concepts up our sleeves."
PrintCity is a strategic alliance of well renowned companies operating in the fields of printing, packaging and publishing via a 'connection of competence' across the entire value chain. PrintCity’s mission is to promote and support the value of print and packaging.

Sappi Europe is the leading European producer of coated fine paper for premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. With a head office in Brussels, Sappi Fine Paper Europe is known for innovation and quality. The range of graphic paper grades includes Magno, Quatro, Vantage, Royal, Galerie, GalerieArt and Jaz. Algro, Fusion, Leine and Parade are the brands for special labels, top liners, packaging paper as well as boxes. Sappi papers are manufactured in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified factories and all our plants in the EU are EMAS-registered. The Sappi Europe factories have product chain certifications in line with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programmes for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Sappi Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sappi Limited has over 14,000 employees and production sites in seven countries on three continents, sales offices in 50 countries and customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Labels India to release a "Limited Edition" of the "Indian Label Directory" during Labelexpo India

After the stupendous success of the earlier three editions of the Indian Label Directory, Eon Infomedia, the publishers of Labels India - will be releasing a Limited Edition of the Indian Label Directory during Labelexpo India at New Delhi. This Limited Edition will be put up for SALE just during the expo and only limited copies will be printed for circulation. 

Speaking about coming out with this Limited Edition of the Indian Label Directory, Mahua Mazumdar says: “This is a deliberate attempt on our part to come out with only a Limited Edition of the Indian Label Directory during the Labelexpo as we wanted to also incorporate major changes that may take place during the show and include even the new entrants into the industry. Labelexpo India has over the years has undoubtedly become the most important window on the Indian and International label printing field. And no label printer or converter can afford to miss it. The main print vesion of the directory will be released at the end of 2014 or in January 2015.”
The all in one source for your label and converting solutions and a bible for the Indian Label industry, 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.

This easy-to-use, quick reference guide publishes all the information you need to access Indian label printing and converting industry and featuring manufacturers, dealers, and most importantly, major suppliers of consumables, equipment and services that one can use to make their purchasing decisions in an easy to use “handy” format. It lists and evaluates 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.

Hurry Up. Bookings have already started. For Booking your COPY and/or for pricing and other details, contact: Gargi Bhattacharya on +91-9004330381 / gargi@labelsind.com

UPM Raflatac is ‘Engineered with Raflatouch’ at Labelexpo India

UPM Raflatac’s label experts welcome visitors to stand A16 in Hall12 at Labelexpo India on 29 October to 1 November. Under the theme ‘Engineered with Raflatouch’, UPM Raflatac is highlighting the company’s world-class technology, quality and performance, combined with industry-leading environmental sustainability and customer service.

Newly appointed South Asia Country Manager for UPM Raflatac, Mr Pravin Varshney, explains: “We are proud to provide our customers the first-class technical expertise and service by our local operations and customer service professionals. We view the relationship with our customers as one of business partners. Together, we’re delivering leading-edge labelling solutions to brands in a way that builds success for everyone.”

Solutions for pharmaceutical and home & personal care labelling
Product highlights for UPM Raflatac at Labelexpo India include the thin Raflex MDO label film and the ‘RafCare’ wet wipes range for personal care labelling, and the RP 31 Purus adhesive for pharmaceutical end-uses.

Raflex MDO is a machine-direction oriented film with excellent conformability and flexibility for contoured and squeezable containers, and supports a pristine brand image throughout the product lifecycle. The RafCare range offers special adhesives and label faces expertly combined for a precision match to specific wet-wipes applications – personal care, home care and industrial.

The RP 31 Purus adhesive is specially developed for pharmaceutical labelling where migration safety is a must. Critical applications for RP 31 Purus include labelling for liquid drug preparations packed in plastic containers and LDPE droppers.

Visitors to the UPM Raflatac stand are also invited to see how the new Label Life tool can aid them in making more sustainable choices. Label Life provides an easy to use, tailored service which informs label converters and brand owners about the life cycle impacts of different label stock products and helps them obtain credible information on the environmental performance of their labels.

Esko Full HD Flexosolutions for Labels at Labelexpo India

At booth #B52, Esko will be displaying its digital flexo plate making workflow at Labelexpo Delhi, held from October 29 to November 1st 2014. Highlights include demonstration of CDI 2530 and viewing of Suite 14, along with Equinox and Full HD Flexo, technologies that have recently received industry-wide acclaim.

Suite 14: The most complete collection of preproduction software tools for labels and packaging
A major emphasis of the booth will be Suite 14, an update of the world’s most complete collection of preproduction software tools for packaging and sign & display production. It supports and manages the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers, packaging manufacturers and print service providers. Suite 14 focuses on five key directions supporting the future of packaging workflows:

Superior quality: The prepress operator’s focus shifts entirely to quality checking: once to obtain customer design approval and again just before the press starts. Interactive tools dedicated to check quality simplify the task.

Task driven interactive editing: Quality checking, exception handling and building smart templates are the prepress operator’s main tasks. New cross platform software apps provide a task-driven user experience. Intelligent wizards guide the operator through expert processes.

Improved workflow automation: Smart workflow tickets route designs automatically to a press-ready printing plate. Workflow automation stretches beyond printing and finishing and integrates with logistics. Operator interaction is limited to exception handling and quality checking. Open industry standards enable integration with business systems and data silos, regardless of location. Cloud based packaging management systems interface with prepress workflow servers openly and transparently.

Smart templates: The basis for a lights-out workflow, smart design templates separate content from creation: the designer determines the looks of the pack “by example” and within a brand guidelines framework. Critical content resides securely in the cloud-based packaging management system of the brand owner. No more ‘copy and paste’ in Adobe Illustrator but linking smart objects to secure and approved content in a database. This guarantees brand consistency and legal compliance at maximum productivity and shortest time to market.

Online supply chain integration: Smart templates and workflow tickets connect prepress to all stakeholders. Operations run virtually anywhere in the world. Integrated packaging-savvy production and asset management systems dramatically improve time to market and reduced cost.

Full HD Flexo for Labels
Esko will be showing examples of Full HD Flexo for Labels. Full HD Flexo is the recipient of a 2014 PIA InterTech Technology award. Full HD Flexo for Labels features adapted screening and standard operating procedures for the label and tag industry, and delivers very high quality with impactful solids, smoother highlights and expanded color gamut. Full HD Flexo for Labels delivers enhanced print stability as well as a reduction of gear marks when using gear-driven presses.

At the Esko booth, will be exhibiting an Esko CDI Spark 2530flexo plate imager - for the tag and label market, folding carton and small volume flexo plate producers - with inline UV and Full HD Flexo. Visitors can learn about HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo through real-life production samples that demonstrate the quality and extended color gamut made possible by incorporation of Esko solutions.

Esko with DuPont at LabelExpo India
Esko and DuPont will be sharing booth #B52 and exhibiting an Esko CDI 2530 plate imager - a perfect size for smaller, narrow web presses that produce labels with DuPont’s Products.

Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries. Esko products and services drive profitability in the packaging and printing supply chain by reducing time-to-market and raising productivity.

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers, packaging manufacturers and print service providers. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and the production of signage and displays. The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy. Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is part of Esko.

Leading Canadian supplier to the food and beverage industry taps into complete suite of Esko premedia technology

Massilly North America, a leading manufacturer of high-quality metal twist closures and sealing machines for the food and beverage industries, has successfully installed Esko (www.esko.com) preproduction technology, delivering full process control of the prepress workflow to leverage the benefits of the company’s recently acquired computer-to-plate system. Installed in May, Automation Engine, DeskPack, Plato, FlexRIP, and FlexProof are driving the workflow for Massilly North America’s recently installed computer-to-plate system, following the company’s decision to bring platemaking in-house to slash costs and turnaround times.

Massilly North America, based in Ontario, Canada, is a subsidiary of The Massilly Group, a leading global supplier of closures, food cans, decorative tins, and aerosol cans through 20 subsidiaries located around the world. The mission of Massilly North America Inc. is to be the best manufacturer and supplier of metal twist closures and sealing machines for the food and beverage industry.

The North American company turned to Esko for a packaging-centric workflow to drive their CtP system, purchased when they decided to bring prepress capabilities in-house. “For starters, we wanted a one-click step & repeat operation, from a one-up image to a full sheet layout, integrated with print production controls, such as color bars and trim marks,” says Julius Stampacchia, Quality Assurance Manager, Massilly North America. “We did not want to manually manipulate files of all artwork sizes to make a plate. We wanted something that was quick, consistent and repeatable.”

Adds Stampacchia, “While we did review a couple other workflows, it was evident that Esko had a complete set of packaging tools that no other vendor could offer. We wanted a workflow that integrated with Adobe® Illustrator®, with supporting plug-ins. Adobe Illustrator is used for design and trapping, driven by Esko DeskPack PowerTrapper for Illustrator. Automation Engine then takes the file and drives the rest of the process. Plato automatically conducts the step & repeat functions, providing optimized sheet layouts. FlexProof provides color-accurate contract proofs. Device independent FlexRip delivers flexibility and quality control tools to ensure plate consistency and accuracy during RIPping, sending the final file to the platesetter.”

The installation process was excellent, says Stampacchia. “Esko training was intense because the software is so powerful,” he adds. “It took us a couple of weeks to understand the system and customize it to meet our industry and process. The Esko trainer was excellent and supported us, even after the training was complete, which doesn’t happen all the time.”

“We envisioned, and are now implementing with Automation Engine, the best process for management of the CTP workflow,” says Stampacchia. “Overall, turnaround time is greatly reduced for plates and artwork. Using the Esko workflow, there is very little heavy lifting for our graphic artists. They check dimensions, trapping, and step & repeat files created by the Esko system, which sends the resulting files to the CtP. With Automation Engine, the artist basically has to hit the submit button.”

When Automation Engine was first installed, Stampacchia didn’t realize all of the features the shop was getting. “I was very surprised with the power of Automation Engine and its ability to develop whatever you can conceive,” he says. “For example, we are able send email messages to the customer (or larger supply chain groups) to approve the artwork with a link to the files - saving the file to a folder to wait for reviews. Automation Engine can deliver whatever you can dream.”

Automation Engine also builds in preflighting to the workflow. “We are also able to check the diameter of one-up images, check color accuracy, make sure filenames match up, and that all corrections have been applied,” Stampacchia explains.

Esko’s software has improved the quality of plates delivered to the pressman. Prepress staff can quickly and easily add production controls, such as a legend and color bars to sheets, ensuring the ability to better measure color during a run - something that Massilly wasn’t able to do before.

Still another benefit is turnaround, realized through the new, in-house capabilities. “We used only one outside vendor, but they were not able to turn them all around the same day,” Stampacchia says. “Now, we can turn around every job the same day.”

Looking ahead, Massilly North America is pushing forward to integrate work with corporate headquarters in Massilly, France, which has operated Esko software for many years. “We want the synergy to interface directly with the same artwork process,” Stampacchia explains. “The idea is to produce the plate files here, and then send them to the corporate Massilly system, where they can be output from their platesetters to print the same jobs locally in France. They also want the reciprocal process here.” To tackle the enterprise production workflow, Massilly is looking to WebCenter, Esko’s collaborative web-based project management system.

For now, Massilly North America is taking advantage of the Esko workflow on a daily basis. “Just recently, one of the reps sent a memo about a new order that arrived on a Wednesday; the customer needed four pallets of product produced and shipped by that Friday,” recalls Stampacchia. “We couldn’t have accepted the order before, because we wouldn’t have received plates fast enough. Now, with a workable file, we can send it through Automation Engine and make a plate in minutes.”

Esko’s software, says Stampacchia, is the “Cadillac of prepress packaging software. It’s an invaluable tool, a must have, for any prepress department in this industry. Attempting to do what we do in the packaging industry would be cumbersome with any other workflow. We shake our heads, thinking about where we were just two months ago before we installed the system.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meet Labels India at Stand F21 - Hall 12 at Labelexpo India

Parksons Packaging installs India’s first Kongsberg V sample-maker at Chakan

Parksons Packaging, India’s leading monocarton company has diversified into the production of SoliQ branded corrugated carton trays under license from BillerudKorsn√§s (Sweden). Designed specifically for fruit and vegetables, the special SoliQ marked corrugated boxes are manufactured according to stringent quality standards ensuring that the contents are protected throughout their supply chain.

Parksons Packaging’s diversification into this new vertical of branded corrugated cartons, means investing in new equipment for corrugation, multi-color flexographic printing and slotting and creasing at the Chakan plant in Western India. However, its design and sample-making infrastructure was already in place, Parksons is a long-time user of Esko software including ArtiosCAD for the structural design of folding cartons. Parksons Chairman Mr. Ramesh Kejriwal says, “The Esko prepress system with ArtiosCAD software helped us in building our packaging design facility into a vibrant innovation centre called Design Park.”

The diversification from offset to flexography and the change from folding cartons to printed corrugated trays have been smooth because of the familiarity and confidence in Esko software tools and sample making hardware. Parksons Packaging was the first Indian packaging converter to install a Kongsberg XL series sample maker when it was launched in 2001. Having found the first Kongsberg XL most reliable, the saga of trust has continued with Parksons’ installation of the Kongsberg V20 sample making table for the new diversification project.

Parksons Packaging Chairman Ramesh Kejriwal, says that, “The new sample maker was essential because of the larger size needed for the sampling of corrugated cartons.Its ts immense robustness and flexibility means that it can cut and crease samples and short runs of both folding cartons and special corrugated cartons. The Kongsberg V20 can handle materials of sizes up to 1750 x 1650 mm. Its flexibility means that we can cut rubber blankets that are needed for the spot varnishing of folding cartons but we can also cut flexographic plates for mounting on our new multi-color flexo printer slotter. Our familiarity with the use of multiple Esko sample makers at our several plant locations made it a natural progression to the Kongsberg V20 when we were contemplating sample making for the corrugation business.”

Parksons has the complete prepress and workflow software from Esko to drive both folding carton and corrugated carton production. Mr. Kejriwal explains, “The Esko prepress software has been the backbone of our folding carton production. Thus the prepress and design infrastructure was in place and our familiarity and confidence in the appropriate tools and particularly in ArtiosCAD, helped us with our diversification. With the knowledge that Esko has of the flexo workflow we were encouraged to extend their prepress system to our diversification in the corrugation business. It’s simply a combination of leading edge software and in the case of the sample maker, hardware - reliability and trust.”

Srihari Rao, Esko’s Director of Sales for India recalls the strong relationship with a pioneering and ever-growing partner, “We highly value our long relationship with Parksons Packaging. As this company continues with expansion and diversification to new locations and new segments, it can count on us at Esko as trusted partners. We’ll help Parksons Packaging to leverage its human resource and investment in our prepress and workflow technology”.

Vinsak to display new variable data printing and inspection system at Labelexpo India

Vinsak (stall J11) will display LVPI 250/330 variable data printing and inspection system at Labelexpo India 2014. When it comes to printing personalized security labels with fully variable information, or frequently changing print the Vinsak LVPI is the unique solution. With installed Vinsak VIS 1200, UV drying unit and camera on the Vinsak rewinder, this makes possible to print personalized data digitally onto various offset papers, coated papers, gloss papers, PET, BOPP etc. It also offers 100% code verification for security labels to avoid counterfeiting for track and trace.

The LVPI offers both flexibility and high performance. The unique design of this label printing and inspection rewinder includes a quick make ready rotary scissor slitting unit with knife separation and lateral adjustment. A color touch screen HMI operator interface enabling quick and easy job setups, control of the various counting facilities, automatic web advance, taper tension control and end of roll features.

Kodak Highlights Industry Relationships and Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1 at Annual GUA Conference

Attendees of the ninth annual conference of the Graphic Users’ Association of Kodak Solutions (GUA) gathered in Sofia in the first week of October, where connectivity, workflow and integration were the topics under discussion at the highly successful three day event.

More than 120 Kodak customers and GUA community members attended the event, which showcased the release of Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1 with the full Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions portfolio. As part of a twin-track conference agenda led by worldwide and regional experts, the Prinergy Workflow product roadmap was explored in detail. Alongside product presentations, customer board members hosted in-depth sessions with Kodak’s product support teams to share the opportunities afforded by improved MIS connectivity, increased automation and Prinergy Workflow’s market leading support of industry standards. A focus on industry relationships with vendors including EFI, Compris, PrintVis, Arden Software and the recently announced agreement with PACKZ, further underscores Kodak’s commitment to customers and the connectivity of their solutions.

Incorporating industry insight, technology innovations and live demonstrations held at the Innovation Technology Lab, the programme was structured to help maximise customer return on investment and provide unrivalled networking and learning opportunities. The GUA board lead the delivery of a diverse agenda of valuable content, whilst attendees were also able to participate in live panel discussions for the first time in the event’s nine-year history. Another first for the event saw the inclusion of a session by GWG to share the latest thinking on PDF best practice and standardisation with Peter Claes being on hand to answer customers’ questions for the entire conference and help translate theory into practice.

In addition, the GUA Board took the opportunity to reveal its new members. Samer Sabri Abdel Qader from Masar Printing & Publishing and Johan Vanoeteren from Roularta Media Group join the board alongside the addition of Peter Hulsmans(Kodak’s Regional Marketing Manager Output Devices & Workflow Systems) and Katleen Verbeeck (Kodak’s EAMER Marketing Communication Manager UWS, PS and Packaging). Mr Qader, from the United Arab Emirates, is the first representative on the board from outside Europe.

Making his debut as president of the GUA this year, Stephen Lavey, GUA Board President said: “We’ve been delighted to meet with both new and familiar faces at this year’s conference and welcome our new board members. We also say farewell toDietrich M√§gerlein (Eukerdruck), Erwin Danis (Roularta Media Group) and Gudrun Alex (Kodak). On behalf of the board we would like to thank them for their huge commitment and contribution over the past nine years.”

The GUA conference provides fantastic opportunities for Kodak and its customers and partners to enter into a dialogue over product innovations and developments in addition to providing unrivalled networking that otherwise simply would not be possible.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended for their contribution to our first ever live panel discussions, and to the keynote speakers for sharing their insight with us.  GUA is now increasingly becoming a forum for our partners to participate in creating world class workflows for customers and we would also like to extend our thanks to our packaging vendors and the partners representing MIS for their contribution to the event. Users were able to explore how to connect an entire network from web shop to production and discuss the potential benefits. As we all look for the ultimate workflow, this technology can facilitate the drive to remove surplus processes, unnecessary steps and communications; it’s what the industry is calling for.”

Gudrun Alex, Kodak’s EAMER Marketing Director, added: “This year’s GUA conference was particularly significant for me, not least with the unveiling of Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1, but as I prepare to step down as a member of the board. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to stand as a board member since the GUA was formed 9 years ago and I look forward to continuing to act as an honorary member in the future. ”

Microscan unveils simple, multi-camera software for packaging inspection at Pack Expo 2014

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces that it will unveil a new software solution in its line of automated machine vision inspection products at two booths at this year’s Pack Expo 2014, taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, from November 2-5. Microscan partner companies Electronic Solutions Company (Booth #523) and High-Mark Systems (Booth #6761) will showcase Microscan machine vision and barcode technology at the show, including live demos of the newly-released Visionscape I-PAK VH Software.

I-PAK machine vision software, which began as a dedicated label inspection system in 1988, has been continually developed by Microscan machine vision engineers to address a range of challenges faced by a broad range of applications. Since its release, I-PAK has become one of the most widely-chosen package inspection systems in industries from pharmaceuticals and beyond. This is due largely to its 21 CFR Part 11 compliance and packaging-friendly toolset for ensuring label accuracy, date/lot code validation, package integrity, and other image-based inspections for data tracking and quality control.

Now equipped with the full range of inspection capabilities offered by Microscan’s advanced machine vision platform, Visionscape, and supported on the latest Microscan machine vision smart camera, Vision HAWK, I-PAK VH Software is the most versatile and powerful version of I-PAK released to date.

I-PAK VH will be unveiled in two live demos at this year’s Pack Expo 2014. Microscan partners Electronic Solutions Company and High-Mark Systems will demonstrate the capabilities of I-PAK VH, from controlling and visualizing the inspections of up to four machine vision smart cameras at once, to advanced label inspection such as text print quality and barcode validation (to ensure ISO or GS1 compliance), to grouping and rejecting items based on color. I-PAK VH Software maintains the product’s familiar feature set such as the ability to set up and save complete inspection jobs to the user’s PC, which can be loaded quickly to Vision HAWK cameras in case of line changeover or new inspection criteria. It also features a database of password-protected usernames, enabling manufacturers to gate access to certain software capabilities and identify an audit trail of inspection job changes made by logged users.

Alongside I-PAK VH, Microscan staff and partner staff at each booth will showcase additional barcode and machine vision inspection solutions for packaging. High-speed barcode reading will be demonstrated by the MS-3 laser scanner, which is capable of rapid product identification and tracking to match speeds of production. Barcode print quality verification will be demonstrated in a custom user interface, the new VMI (Verification Monitoring Interface) plug-in for the company’s award-winning AutoVISION Machine Vision Software. In addition, members of Microscan’s dedicated Packaging Solutions team will be available throughout the show to discuss packaging automation challenges with visitors to either booth.

For more information about Microscan, visit www.microscan.com or stop by booths #523 or 6761 at Pack Expo 2014. Schedule a booth meeting with a Microscan barcode and inspection expert at this year’s show and receive a promotional code for free registration (valued at $60).

Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications. Founded in 1982, Microscan has a strong history of technology innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the 2D symbology, Data Matrix. Today, Microscan remains a technology leader in automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability and inspection ranging from basic barcode reading to complex machine vision inspection, identification, and measurement.

As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company recognized for quality leadership in the U.S., Microscan is known and trusted by customers worldwide as a provider of quality, high precision products.

GMG announces the integration of DIC ColorCloud with GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof

GMG GmbH & Co KG announces that DIC ColorCloud will be integrated with its award-winning GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof platforms. GMG OpenColor was developed to facilitate high quality spot color based proofing dedicated for packaging applications. It precisely predicts spot-to-process overprints and saves costs by reducing the number of press fingerprints or press trials required and reducing lengthy make-readies. The core of this technology is based on spectral-based algorithms. Color information selected through DIC ColorCloud contains spectral data of real inks. By adding spectral data of substrates and printing process information, customers can realize accurate color reproduction and spot color overprint prediction of the target color using state-of-the-art inkjet printers paired with GMG Proofing Media.

GMG ColorProof has established itself as the most professional software solution for producing absolutely color-accurate digital contract proofs. GMG ColorProof contains all the components needed for high-end proofing applications, including calibrations and color profiles. The printing result is accurately simulated using GMG’s DeviceLink technology. By connecting several GMG ColorProof systems, the same spectral color data can be reliably used for profiling and production at different company locations with consistent results.

With this new workflow utilizing DIC ColorCloud, customers can gain unparalleled improvements in color management among preproduction steps from concept, design and mock up, to prepress and printing. Thanks to DIC ColorCloud, all operators from planning to printing can reference and use the same spectral color database and can share the same color data, globally, no matter where they are.

“We are excited to offer our packaging customers the ability to connect our award winning spectral proofing solution to DIC’s ColorCloud, which is being developed by one of the largest ink manufacturers in the world,” comments Victor Asseiceiro, Director of the Packaging Business Unit at GMG. “One of the most difficult challenges facing brands is accurately and reliably communicating and providing spectral color definitions to all players in the packaging supply chain. DIC ColorCloud and its integration within GMG products provides customers the most complete and accurate platform for color proofing and management on the market today.”

DIC ColorCloud service is scheduled to commence in 2015.