7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Keynote presentation and conference program announced for Labelexpo South China

Details of the keynote presentation and conference program have been announced for Labelexpo South China 2014. Being held 3-5 December 2014 at Guangzhou’s Pazhou Exhibition Center, the two day conference will also be supported by a daily Live Technology Clinic.

Day one will explore subjects including flexo technology and smart products as well as include the keynote presentation being given by Jari Haavisto, vice president, Greater China, UPM Raflatac. A comprehensive guide to flexo technology, materials and performance will include presentations from Steven Fan of Gidue China, Jason Zhao of DuPont and Flint Group’s Sam Chen. The day finishes with a look at smart products which are being used to encourage consumer interaction and spending and will feature a look at RFID by Henrick Quek of Top Print Labels as well as an overview of NFC by Peng Cheng Li Cultural Technology and conductive ink solutions for electronic packaging by Sun Chemical.

The second day will tackle digital printing and anti-counterfeiting. The digital printing session will consist of presentations by Yajuan Liu of Beijing Founder Electronics who will highlight the importance of prepress and workflow automation for profitable printing. She will be followed by a comparison of technologies and printing processes from Xeikon and a roundup of how to optimize print finishing by Brotech Graphics. Meikei Printing will conclude the conference by discussing the latest security solutions for brand protection with a look at new technologies, counterfeit and tamper-proof options and instant verification for product authenticity.

Labelexpo South China 2014 will also see the debut of the Live Technology Clinic. The hour-long sessions will be held on the first two days of the fair and give show visitors access to one to one discussions with a panel of label and package printing experts. At the clinic, experts from companies including Kinglabel Adhesives and Beijing Hengli’an amongst others, will be available to give advice on all aspects of label and package printing technology as well as help printers realize their potential, solve challenges and increase their opportunities. Topics will include: digital printing, in-mold labeling, RFID/smart labels and conventional printing processes.

Bringing together label, packaging and general printers, brand owners and label designers, the exhibition will feature some of the industry’s leading Chinese and international press and material manufacturers. Participating exhibitors include Brotech, Label Source, Nuova Gidue, Omet, Soontomax Label Material Co, UPM Raflatac, Weifang Donghang Graphic Technology Inc, Xeikon, Zhe Jiang Wei Gang Machinery Co and Zhongtian Machinery.

John Davy, divisional director of Labelexpo South China commented: “This year’s conference program and technology clinic offer South Chinese printers an incredible educational and valuable networking opportunity. The individual conference sessions have been devised to act almost like mini master classes so that delegates get a topline, but comprehensive overview of the latest technologies and hottest industry issues and trends surrounding them and how they can advance their businesses accordingly.”

Entry to the show is free and visitors can pre-register by visiting www.labelexpo-southchina.com.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Microscan offers advanced optical character recognition for machine vision with New IntelliText OCR Tool

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the latest innovation from its award-winning AutoVISION machine vision suite: IntelliText OCR. With advanced optical character recognition (OCR) functionality, AutoVISION’s IntelliText OCR tool is capable of converting human-readable characters into machine-readable characters with the most aggressive algorithms available. Allowing user control of customizable parameters, IntelliText OCR can be quickly adjusted to recognize characters regardless of marking or printing method, including low contrast text on poor backgrounds.

Optical character recognition is a process by which software converts human-readable text into characters that can be stored, interpreted, and segmented by machines. Optical character recognition technology has been used extensively in commercial applications since the 1970s, and today plays a role in the automation of tasks from document processing to consumer goods packaging (batch codes, lot codes, expiration dates) to clinical applications. OCR is accomplished when an image captured by a camera is interpreted by OCR software, such as a machine vision system, which has additional capabilities such as barcode reading and product inspection.

With the release of Microscan’s latest user-friendly machine vision software, AutoVISION 3.0, Microscan has introduced the IntelliText OCR tool with advanced OCR functionality for reading the most difficult characters on parts and products in automated identification, tracking, and inspection applications. IntelliText OCR is capable of reading text printed by various methods, including inkjet, Drop on Demand (DOD), direct part marking, and more. The tool’s multi-neural network allows it to train on character variations and store these in a font library for increased OCR speed as the library grows. Advanced character segmentation in IntelliText OCR allows the software to easily parse characters regardless of uniformity of each character or the precision of the print region (useful when print consistency, label placement, or text location is subject to variation). To aid segmentation in difficult reading environments, IntelliText OCR offers image pre-processing, enabling the software to run filters on an image taken by a machine vision camera to produce the cleanest image possible for OCR.

Unique to IntelliText OCR is the software’s image binarization process, which converts the grayscale image taken by the camera to a binary image. The binary image allows the user to see the image features that the software is able to recognize as characters and gives users the ability to set tolerances that determine how much of the image is in view. This allows the most difficult text to be adjusted for and read with ease. With adjustments to image binarization, users have the power to tailor the software to anticipate and enhance dark text on dark backgrounds, light text on light backgrounds, text on damaged surfaces, or even text printed on challenging surfaces such as transparent packaging. The tool can even interpret rotated text in cases where product codes are printed or labeled at variable angles.

IntelliText OCR supports advanced string matching, which is the process of comparing an interpreted string of text to match an expected string. This includes using regular expressions (TRE) as a match string. A regular expression is a standardized way of defining variable text, for instance when checking the proper formatting of a date code. The regular expression match string can be set to check a range of acceptable numerals for an expiration date, including limits for year numerals and limits for the initial character in a month or date numeral (for instance, a month numeral beginning with 0 or 1).

The AutoVISION machine vision family continues to be the industry’s most flexible machine vision solution, allowing users to build a single, scalable vision system from a range of tools. Now with IntelliText OCR, AutoVISION also offers the industry’s leading character recognition technology.

Agfa Synaps XM synthetic paper certified for use on Kodak NexPress digital production color presses

A leading provider of functional foils in a wide variety of application markets, Agfa Specialty Products announced that its synthetic paper Synaps Xerographic Matt (XM) has been certified as a qualified substrate for use on Kodak NexPress digital production color presses by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

The RIT Print Applications Lab conducted a number of evaluations to determine the optimum engine dependent settings for Synaps XM135. Selection criteria for the different settings are based on: dry ink adhesion, color density, overall image quality, sufficient discharging, and no artifacts such as excessive curl or blistering. As a result it was confirmed that Synaps XM135 functions as expected under the evaluation conditions and is qualified for the Kodak NexPress 2100 Classic through SX platforms with appropriate corresponding NexStation DFE software.

“We are very pleased with this certification as it confirms Synaps as a most easy-to-use solution for print houses who wish to switch seamlessly from print jobs on paper to synthetics using their standard printing technology - be it digital or offset.”, said Ivo THYS, Global Sales Manager Synaps at Agfa. “It means that customers can start working with Synaps with almost no learning curve to quickly reach print quality and productivity as with paper.”

Weatherproof and unmatched tear resistant, Synaps XM and Synaps Offset Matt (OM) are both polyester-based and respectively coated for toner and offset printing. Uniquely, for a number of applications Synaps XM also allows for pre-printing fixed data with offset and subsequently individualizing with variable data via dry toner printing. It is available in weights of 135 gsm, 230 gsm, 300 gsm and 450gsm.

Thanks to its versatility, proven performance and consistent quality, Synaps’ reputation in the market is growing as a cost efficient alternative to lamination and becoming the preferred choice for an ever growing multitude of applications requiring lasting durability.

UPM Raflatac developes series of removable label materials for energy labeling

UPM Raflatac has developed a series of removable label materials to meet the requirements of EU Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU, which requires the efficiency of products which have a significant impact on energy consumption to be clearly labeled to guide decisions by purchasers.

White goods like refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, as well as TVs, window glazing and air-conditioning units have been included in the scope of the Energy Labelling Directive for some time. More product groups are gradually being included, with vacuum cleaners among the most recent products to require energy labels.

UPM Raflatac new series of removable label materials have been designed to suit the directive, and to meet brand owner requirements for full functionality, end-user convenience and visually high quality. They also fulfill brand owners’ increasingly rigorous demands for environmentally sound labeling alternatives, UPM Raflatac said.

UPM Raflatac’s energy labeling products offer filmic, coated paper and digital label faces with a choice of removable and ultra-removable adhesives selected for different types of surfaces and levels of smoothness or texture. Once the label is removed, sensitive surfaces remain free from adhesive residue.

Advanced water-based and UV acrylic adhesives offer more environmentally sound alternatives to solvent-based products and have equivalent or better performance in numerous applications, UPM Raflatac added.

Multi Packaging Solutions consolidates and standardizes business processes with EFI Radius

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, announced that New York City-based Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) is standardizing its entire multi-national production operations on the newest version of EFI Radius ERP software. The ERP upgrade will consolidate and integrate operations following MPS’s February 2014 merger with Chesapeake Corp., creating a comprehensive, efficient infrastructure to manage the value-added print and packaging offerings MPS provides to many of the world’s leading consumer product and healthcare companies.

Both MPS and the former Chesapeake Corp. have been long-time EFI Radius users but operated using their own, unique deployments across their various facilities, something that will now change as MPS establishes highly flexible, albeit consistent, business management processes using the packaging industry’s leading ERP system. MPS has signed a new contract for Radius ERP software, services and training that give the company the flexibility to expand from a standard platform and quickly adapt to its rapidly changing markets.

“The merger MPS and Chesapeake completed this year creates many new opportunities for growth and operational synergies,” said Nancy Smith, MPS’s vice president of customer systems. “Standardizing all of our operations on the latest EFI Radius platform will help us streamline management for our global operations, reduce waste, and service our customers more effectively, giving our customers even more value in their packaging supply chains.”

“MPS is now one of the world’s largest users of EFI Radius MIS/ERP software, with EFI Radius installed at more than 40 MPS facilities across three continents,” said Marc Olin, EFI’s chief operating officer. “We are happy Radius software has helped MPS facilities manage profitable growth in the past, and we are excited to be partnering with this valued customer to take its global converting operations to a new, higher level in automation, efficiency and productivity.”

Streamlined integration for production efficiency across three continents
With Radius, MPS has streamlined, end-to-end business management from the point of job submission, through estimating, scheduling, production, billing and fulfillment. The software is uniquely capable at handling complex multi-plant and multi-national packaging operations; MPS has Radius installed in different languages to handle business in the U.S., China and across Europe. Radius also handles estimating, billing, financial reporting and other features at MPS facilities using different currencies based on country.

The newest upgrade at MPS will provide more-robust, centralized management and reporting tools for MPS’s New York City headquarters, assembling and standardizing data from across the company to provide accurate, up-to-the-minute information on global operations using advanced business intelligence features.

“The business management infrastructure we are helping MPS create will give the company the ability to standardize operating procedures throughout the entire company. As a result, MPS will have a solid foundation that it can use to extend its competitive advantage by doing business more efficiently,” said David Taylor, general manager, EFI Radius.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Letra Graphix bags 3 Gold, 1Silver and Jury Award for Best of the Best too. Wintek Flexo bags 1Gold

Its time for the Indian label industry to celebrate again. Ahmedabad based Letra Graphix Pvt. Ltd. won 3 Gold, 1Silver and as well the Jury Award for Best of the Best category at the 13th Asian Packaging Excellence Awards 2014 held at the Grand Ballroom of the Pullman Hotel at Kuala Lumpur. Apart from a trophy, the prize for Best of the Best also carried a cash prize of USD 2000. At the same time Wintek Flexo bagged One Gold Award at the ceremony. The awards apart from highlighting the success of these label printers also highlight the technological advancement of our Indian label industry.

Based on the quality, creativity and functional offering of the labels submitted, as well as the technology involved in the production process, Letra Graphix got GOLD in three categories. It received the “Best of the Best” award in the Flexo category. Wintek Flexo Prints bagged One Gold in the Combination Printing category where it left behind Letra Graphix to pick a Silver. While Nirav Shah collected the awards for Letra, the award for Wintek Flexo Prints was collected on their behalf by Mohan Das of Labels India.

Paul Callaghan says: “The night was a resounding success. We would like to offer our huge congratulations to all of the winners and especially to the Indian packaging as well as the label industry and look forward to more entries in the coming years. The awards also reflect how the industry has gained technical brilliance in recent years and the judges also commented on the high standards of all the entries received.”

Fujifilm introduces the FLENEX series, a flexographic plate system for package printing

FujiFilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division announced its successful Clarity Water Washable Flexographic Plate will be included as part of a new line-up of FujiFilm Flenex flexographic plate systems. The water-washable system (digital and analog) previously known as Clarity Water-Wash Flexo Plates, will be transitioned and marketed as Fujifilm Flenex Water-Washable Plates (FW).

The Flenex FW water-washable LAM and analog plate system is able to form flat-top dots without any additional equipment, and reproduce 200lpi with halftone dots from one percent to 99 percent. Additional advantages include very good ink transfer, superior compatibility with UV, water-based, and solvent inks; wear resistance and the ability to consistently maintain good product quality even when printing long-run jobs. Compared to solvent processing, drying time is greatly reduced, productivity is increased, and there is a reduced impact on the environment. The innovative water wash system eliminates the need for solvents, wicking cloths, and thermal equipment. 

“We will transition the Clarity brand to Flenex FW Series Flexographic Plates over the coming months,” said Jon Fultz, business development manager - Packaging, FujiFilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Clarity has been an industry changing technology, advancing image quality while eliminating solvents and thermal processing. Our customers have been able to dramatically reduce their processing time while increasing productivity; that’s a winning combination. With the inclusion of flexo plates and offering platesetters through our new agreement with Esko, along with our industry leading flexo inks and also the Graphium, a digital inkjet press, this truly demonstrates our commitment to be the leading supplier in the packaging industry,” added Fultz.

“The water-washable plate system from Fujifilm is 75% faster compared to our previous plate making system,” said Ron Cowhick, flexographic supervisor, Universal Products, Inc. “It provides a much cleaner print.  The plates are more durable, not brittle.  This processor is user friendly, and we really like the way it works. If someone is still using the old plate-making method, I highly suggest they change,” added Cowhick.

Gulf Print & Pack 2015 signs up Heidelberg

The organizer of the MENA region’s definitive print event – Gulf Print & Pack – has announced that Heidelberg has signed up as an exhibitor for the show’s next edition which takes place 13-16 April 2015 at Dubai’s World Trade Centre.

One of the biggest players in the global printing industry, Heidelberg will be using Gulf Print & Pack to unveil a raft of top quality and ground breaking new developments. It will be focusing on its Prinect workflow integration between pre-press, press, post-press and digital as well as showcasing its integrated solutions for commercial and packaging printing that are tailored to the very latest market requirements.

The show is also being used for the launch of the Heidelberg Linoprint digital lineup. In addition, visitors will be able to see the developments made by Heidelberg and Gallus promoting the future of packaging printing and gaining an edge through the latest offset, flexo and digital technologies and knowhow.

Mazen El Tibi, member of the board, Heidelberg Middle East commented: “We are combining state of the art offset presses with digital printing technologies so as to be able to offer print shops solutions that bring economic benefits. Heidelberg will always prove its leadership making sure that the customers make the best return on their investments. Heidelberg will also show Fujifilm plates and chemicals. Fujifilm will take part of a total pre-press and digital solution during the event. Unique products and services will be presented and demonstrated that offer high quality, more customer economical benefits, cleaner environment and higher productivity.”

Mike Simmonds, event manager at Gulf Print & Pack said: “The exhibitor line up for Gulf Print & Pack 2015 is getting more formidable every day and we are delighted to have Heidelberg, one of the world’s leading manufacturers, taking part at 2015’s show. The show is the MENA region’s only major print event and as such gives printers there an unrivalled opportunity to see and meet international suppliers and learn how to grow their businesses, leverage their expertise and skills and add value to the customer.”

Aimed at printers, brand owners and designers, Gulf Print & Pack 2015 will feature key suppliers from across all facets of the printing industry who will be presenting their latest products. 2015’s edition will also present new and exciting feature areas that will highlight  cutting-edge technologies and print processes including a closer look at interactive print, with the latest smart and intelligent labels and packaging technologies and a 3D printing feature hosted by the 3D Printshow.

Entry to Gulf Print & Pack 2015 is free and pre-registration can be made by visiting www.gulfprintpack.com.

i-Sub Digital presents Digi-Foil and Digital Packaging Proofing Systems at dedicated Open Days

i-Sub Digital is following the success of its recent open days with two additional dates dedicated to the print specialist's exclusive Digi-Foil digital foiling system and digital packaging proofing systems.

Taking place on Tuesday November 25th and Wednesday November 26th 2014 at Hybrid Services' headquarters in Crewe, the event will see i-Sub Digital partner with foil supplier Foilco and exclusive UK and Ireland Mimaki distributor Hybrid Services to demonstrate the Digi-Foil end-to-end system.

By combining a Mimaki UJF desktop printer with foil and a heated applicator, foil effects can be achieved in minutes without the time and cost involved in preparing traditional dies and foil presses. For print houses specialising in packaging mock-ups, this can cut weeks or even months off project times as decisions based on colour-accurate prototypes can be made immediately. Foil can be applied to areas as small as 4pt text or dot size of 0.3mm, dramatically reducing material wastage and enabling the creation of eye-catching designs.

In addition to metallic colours, Digi-Foil can achieve holographic, patterned, multi-coloured, opaque and foil embossed effects and security markings – making the system ideal for the packaging and promotional products markets.

The November open days will also feature the recently launched Kebab add-on for the Mimaki UJF-6042HG desktop printer with higher clearance. Offering 360° direct printing and foiling, the Kebab enables personalisation and intricate decoration of cylindrical items such as candles, bottles, packaging and gift items in just five minutes.

"Our Digi-Foil system, particularly paired with the Kebab tool, has attracted huge interest at every event we've shown it so we felt it deserved its own open house event," says Andy Spreag, Director of i-Sub Digital. "From packaging companies and dedicated packaging prototype designers to signmakers and print houses, it has sparked the imagination of everyone who's seen it.

"The two open days in November will offer an opportunity to see Digi-Foil in action and get in-depth Mimaki knowledge from experts from i-Sub Digital and Hybrid Services plus advice from materials specialist Foilco. We're looking forward to seeing what new ideas our guests will come up with."

The Hybrid Services demonstration suite also features a huge range of Mimaki wide-format printing equipment, including the recently launched Mimaki JV300 range of solvent printers and print and cut systems. Visitors will be available to see these at the Digi-Foil open house.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The five biggest trends in FMCG in the next five years

A new report by Canadean analyses future trend scenarios for the FMCG sector, identifying the best opportunities in consumer markets over the next five years. Ronan Stafford, analyst at Canadean, explains why emerging economies will play such a huge role in the years to come. 

The value of emerging economies
According to Canadean, the next wave of emerging economies will have one of the deepest impacts on global consumer markets in the next five years. The impact of changes in consumer behaviour and industry practices in countries such as Mexico, Thailand and Egypt, and innovations from these countries that are transferred back to developed economies, will be worth up to US$1.66 billion worldwide in 2018. Ronan Stafford, analyst at Canadean, says: “Companies have already seen the value in setting up innovation centres in emerging economies to help tailor their products to consumer needs. However, innovations from emerging economies are now also transmitted back to developed countries.”

Frontier for new packaging and flavours
Canadean finds that brands see the new markets in Latin America, Asia and Africa as a frontier for packaging innovation and exciting new flavours. “We increasingly see pack formats developed to keep costs low in emerging economies used to target austerity-minded consumers in Europe. Meanwhile, consumers are now highly aware of global culinary trends and want more experiential flavours. This means that Far Eastern and African flavours and ingredients are high in demand,” Stafford says. "The more big brands invest in targeting consumers in Lagos, Jakarta and Hanoi, the better they will meet the value and experience-seeking needs of consumers in New York, London, Madrid and Sydney," he adds.

Low income, 45+ women are early adopters
According to Canadean, women aged 45 and over from low and middle income households in urban areas will be early adopters of innovation arising from companies investing in the next wave of emerging economies. Stafford says: “The low incomes of many early adopters in the next emerging economies means that manufacturers need to simplify formulations. This includes strategies such as using fewer ingredients to lower costs or investing in lightweight packaging that is still robust enough to withstand poor quality supply chains.”

Companies need to target the next emerging economies now
In addition to measuring the value of targeting early adopters in 2018, the Canadean report evaluates the likelihood and impact on business practices of each scenario. When all three dimensions are analysed, one scenario rises head and shoulders above the rest: The deep impact the next wave of emerging economies will have on consumer markets. Stafford adds: “These opportunities in the next emerging economies need to be targeted now, or companies will lag behind their competitors on not just opening up new markets, but in better meeting the needs of their current customers.”

Methodology
In order to identify the best opportunities in consumer markets over the next five years, Canadean analysed 14 different scenarios across three dimensions: The value of successfully targeting early adopters in each scenario, the likelihood of it occurring, and the impact it would have on business practices. Canadean studied the consumption habits of over 30 different consumer groups in order to identify the early adopters of innovative products arising from the evolution of each scenario.

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. All numbers used in this text are based on Canadean's report 'Early Signals: Future scenarios that will drive consumption and product innovation over the next five years.'

UK consumers demand for antibacterial packaging

Antibacterial packaging that is designed to delay the development of germs and bacteria in canned products is set to become a hit with consumers, a new survey from Canadean reveals. The research finds that over half of Britons are worried about bacteria on the outside of a can more than the presence of dirt and dust, or if it is dented or discoloured.

UK consumers are concerned about the transportation and storage of grocery products. Moreover, there is also a growing concern about the presence of bacteria and germs on everyday items and the impact that it can have on health. According to Canadean, a total of 55% of Britons either say they are “concerned” or “very concerned” about germs on the outside of cans. There is a clear correlation between age and levels of concern, with those aged 18-24 years old the least likely to view bacteria as an issue (49%) and those aged 55 and older the most (63%). Males are more likely to be worried about bacteria (57%) compared to females (53%).

UK consumers are more worried about the presence of bacteria on canned products than signs of dirt on packaging (42%), or dust on a can (32%). When it comes to the presentation of cans, consumers are still more worried about bacteria, but less about the deformation of a can (46%) or if a label is discoloured (48%). It is only if canned food looks like it has been previously opened which makes Britons worry the most (82%).

According to Michael Hughes, lead analyst at Canadean: “Consumers are becoming more conscious about the distribution and storage of grocery products and the implications this has on the safety and quality of food. As such, there is a clear demand for products that have antibacterial packaging to help reassure consumers. This will be particularly true with products that are purchased on-the-go and from retailers that consumers are unfamiliar with and where they are less confident about the safety and quality of products”.

“Given that older consumers are most worried about the presence of bacteria – which can be linked to a greater level of concern about immunity and maintaining health, the demand for antibacterial packaging will only intensify in the future as society continues to age”, Hughes concludes.

UPM Raflatac introduces new Vanish range of ultra-thin, truly invisible clear film label stocks

UPM Raflatac announces the launch of Vanish - a new range of ultra-thin, clear films for beverage, personal care and food package labeling in the Americas. These innovative products challenge current industry standards for the no-label look on glass and other clear rigid containers.

Invisible never looked so good
UPM Raflatac’s new Vanish range of clear PET films redefines how companies can maximize brand representation while boosting quality and performance to new levels. Featuring a 0.92 mil face stock, these thin, yet robust products are the perfect canvas for innovative imagery previously considered unattainable by creative designers. Additionally, their dimensional stability, excellent ink reception and dispensing properties allow manufacturers to embrace new productivity gains and realize packaging material reductions throughout their processes.

A disappearing act for beverage labels
By utilizing Vanish film label stocks rather than pre-printed bottles and cans, companies in the beverage industry can lower investment costs – and increase storage space. Manufacturers will no longer need to maintain large inventory levels with the risk of a sudden change in messaging or graphics, and these products will allow for new decorating methods (raised textures, scents, glow-in-the-dark inks or UV fluorescent imagery) and increase the capability to create small batches, seasonal brews or even spur-of-the-moment, event-specific options. Additionally, UPM Raflatac’s Vanish label stocks feature a water-whitening resistant adhesive to help ensure bottles and cans retain a high-end, no-label look in the ice chest or cooler as well as on the shelf.

Hungry for change in food package labeling
In food package labeling, a segment that has traditionally relied heavily on paper labels, Vanish films allow manufacturers to showcase the most important element – the actual product. Utilizing Vanish on glass or rigid plastic containers gives designers and brand owners increased flexibility to incorporate the product into graphic designs while maintaining an emphasis on the brand and company logo. In a sea of paper labeling on the retail shelf, this bold approach can create “a clear advantage” to positively influence consumer purchasing decisions.

The clear advantage in personal care
For decades, the true no-label look has been highly sought after in the personal care industry – and Vanish takes it a step further. With even thinner PET face materials paired with high-performance adhesives and clear PET film liners, companies can increase the dramatic effect of their visuals on clear glass and rigid PET containers and boost product quality impressions with few, if any, design setbacks. Vanish label stocks also open new doors for creative teams, as graphics can now genuinely fit brand owner needs. With these clear-on-clear products, square halos and cut corners are no longer visible; circular or irregular patterns are possible; and new opportunities for transparency, metallic accentuation and opaque lettering are emerging.

“The industry standard for the no-label look is shifting, and a new era of labeling is here,” says Patrick Goss, Head of Marketing & Innovation, Americas. “Our Vanish products are a remarkable achievement in labeling that you’ll have to see to appreciate. It’s just that, ironically, you won’t really see the label at all.”

IIP-Delhi to organize two days National Workshop on Package Design And Current Trends In Printing

IIP-Delhi is all set to organize two days National Workshop on Package Design and Current Trends In Printing from November 13-14, 2014 at Multipurpose Hall, IIP-Delhi. The main objective of the workshop is to provide the insight of package design to the participants with added benefits to enhance the brand value of the product by using an efficient package structure and graphic design. The workshop will also highlight the current trends in package design and printing. Case studies on few unique package designs and its printing will also be discussed during the workshop.


Expecting about 100-120 delegates from Packaging and Printing Industry, the official spokesman from IIP Delhi said that personnel from Production, Quality Control, Purchase and Marketing Design, Prepress and Post press will have the opportunity to interact with the eminent experts of this field and to have an updated knowledge and information on package design and current trends in printing.

For details and participation, contact: Dr. Tanweer Alam (Joint Director, IIP Delhi) on +91-9310601300

Countdown begins to Labelexpo South China

The countdown is on as Labelexpo South China prepares to return to the Pazhou Exhibition Center in Guangzhou between 3-5 December 2014. Formerly known as the South China Label Show, the new look expo is set to underline its position as the region’s largest event for the label and package printing industry with over 150 exhibitors.

Showcasing the very latest in new printing technologies and materials, Labelexpo South China will also offer a live Technology Clinic and conference program that have been expertly designed to keep South Chinese printers/converters ahead of their competitors. Show visitors will be able to learn about how to add value to their business, create new opportunities for clients, boost efficiency and productivity, reduce costs and increase profits.

Aimed at label, packaging and general printers, brand owners and label and packaging designers, it is expected to attract over 5,000 visitors. The exhibition will again feature some of the industry’s leading Chinese and international press and material manufacturers with exhibitors including: Brotech, Label Source, Nuova GIDUE, OMET, Soontomax Label Material Co, UPM Raflatac, Weifang Donghang Graphic Technology Inc, Xeikon, Zhe Jiang Wei Gang Machinery Co and Zhongtian Machinery.

John Davy, divisional director of Labelexpo South China commented: “It is no wonder that we have decided to rebrand the event as Labelexpo South China following the meteoric success of our first two editions. The show has very quickly and convincingly become the must see event for printers looking to grow their business, contacts, expertise and success. China is the world’s largest and fastest growing emerging market and with nearly 60% of China's total printing output coming out of Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, Labelexpo South China is perfectly positioned to serve the specific needs of South Chinese printers operating in this lucrative growth sector.”

Entry to the show is free and visitors can pre-register by visiting www.labelexpo-southchina.com.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nilpeter showed gravure and extended gamut for the first time: Sells four presses at LabelExpo India

The Indian-built FB-3300S flexo press with inline gravure was a great success at LabelExpo India. The global press manufacturer also demonstrated the Extended Gamut printing process.

With its customary focus on high performance presses, Nilpeter showcased its Indian top-seller: The FB-3300S. The 8-colour servo flexo press with short web path featured a gravure unit built at the Nilpeter India factory in Chennai. Andy Thomas stopped by the Nilpeter stand. “This unit is very big news for the show”, the Tarsus group editor concluded.

The value-adding gravure unit printed a white as the first down on a metallic beer label. “Gravure has come into the Indian market in a big way in the latest six months. Converters have started using gravure for metallic decoration, special coatings, and whites”, says Sales Manager Manish Kapoor.

The press was also equipped with Corona treater, web cleaner, chill drums on all units, and a 100% print defect inspection system. The servo function covers all operations from tension-setting of roll to supplying power to the printing units, and enables the press to operate at a speed of 225 meters a minute.

Nipeter India sold its first press in 2009 - delivered in 2010. Nilpeter assembles ten presses each year at its Chennai plant, and has over thirty FB-3300 presses installed in India. “In the last two years, Nilpeter has been the most successful global press manufacturer in India”, says Manish Kapoor. ”The footprint we have made is very decent, and we are confident that we will make more installations than our competitors this year”, Kapoor concludes.

Nilpeter sold four presses at the show.

INX International highlights food packaging expertise, special effects and digital printing technologies at Pack Expo

The INX International Ink Co. booth (E-7657) figured to be a busy place at Pack Expo when the event took place November 2-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At a time when food packaging protocols are being revised and updated regularly with little to no leeway when brand identity is at stake, INX directed attention to its Low Migration inks and coatings expertise, Special Effects and Digital Printing technologies.

“This was the first time we exhibited at Pack Expo.  Brand integrity is a key issue, and since standards and guidelines are subject to constant change here in the U.S. and overseas, I think it’s great timing based on what is taking place in the packaging industry,” remarked Rick Clendenning, President and CEO of INX International Ink Co. 

“Our team has studied the factors impacting migration for over a decade to develop a complete portfolio of safe inks and coatings. Being at the forefront of new developments means we can support the packaging chain with a wide range of print processes and applications, including special effects packaging. We also have a new Troubleshooting Guide App that instantly helps and educates, another reason why visitors should visit the INX booth during Pack Expo.”

INX Low Migration inks and coatings for non-food contact surfaces are created in a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility to meet stringent government regulations and compliance requirements.  Experts will be in the booth to discuss various energy curable flexographic and offset inks; UV hybrid inks for flat sheet metal decorating; high performance sheetfed inks; energy curable coatings and FDA approved water-based coatings; and oil resistant gas barrier coatings.

First impressions do make a difference, and one way for a brand to break through the clutter is with the use of special effects in the printing process.  INX inks and coatings in this category include soft touch, pearlescent, raised glitter and spot gloss coatings; reticulation varnish; and fluorescent, foil stamp and metallic inks.

Earlier this year, INX teamed with Chromatic Technologies Inc. to offer customers chemistry that can help drive purchases, ensure freshness, increase safety and prevent fraud. The special effects offerings available at Pack Expo include temperature reactive, glow-in-the-dark and color change photochromic inks, plus reveal and security inks.

INX understands the importance to printers of limiting any downtime, and that’s one of the advantages of the new Troubleshooting Guide App. The instant information resource helps printers select and save the most common printing problems. Easy to use, it recognizes symptoms, determines probable causes and finds solutions for many printing applications. Available for download at iTunes (iOS), Google Play Store (android) and Microsoft (Windows Phone and Windows Surface Tablet) stores, learn more by visiting www.inx4help.com.

Matching gravure quality with flexo using Esko’s full HD flexo solution

Ahmedabad-based Shilp Gravures has recently installed Esko’s Full HD Flexo solution, a combination of inline UV2 technology on its CDI 4260 digital flexo imager and special screening. Esko Full HD Flexo allows flexographic printing to compete with offset and gravure quality. “This was the only technology that gave us the best flat top and round top dots in the same flexographic plate, with results close to offset and gravure quality. We have been waiting for years to achieve gravure quality with flexo plates as it is a faster, more flexible and cost effective process. Finally Full HD Flexo gives us this breakthrough so it’s now possible to move the highest quality work from gravure to flexo which is what some of the leading brand owners want,” says Mr. Gajanan Bhavsar, Shilp Marketing Director.

Shilp’s mastery and expansion in flexography parallels its mastery of gravure by continuous investment in leading edge technology. The Esko CDI 4260 installation with inline UV2 provides the Full HD Flexo solution with its combination of special micro screening for smooth vignettes, sparkling highlight detail, vibrant brand and spot colors and high solid densities.

For most of its 25-year history, Shilp Gravures has been acknowledged as the leading Indian gravure cylinder trade house. In 2009, Shilp acquired a leading flexo trade shop – an existing user of Esko prepress and digital imaging for flexographic plates. As narrow and wide web flexography grew in the country and even gravure printers added wide web central impression cylinder (CI) flexo presses for flexible packaging, Shilp was there with the best technology from its long-time partner. The company was amongst the earliest to invest in Esko software products such as Flexo Tools and HD Flexo imaging in 2012. By adopting innovations like Esko Full HD Flexo inline UV2 on its CDI imager, and with its own comprehensive knowledge in flexible packaging, Shilp has been able to move flexo quality to the next level for leading packaging and label printers and converters.

Since 1997, when the first Esko system was installed at Shilp, it has been an exercise of constant growth, expansion and new technology and refinement for both the companies. As the flexible packaging industry grew in India, the global quality standards required by the consumer product companies had to be met and Shilp continued to exercise its leadership position in the industry by adding the latest technology in prepress and electronic engravers. In fact, the company became an exhibitor at drupa as a supplier and exporter of engraved cylinders. This latest development of cutting edge flexographic platemaking at Shilp is the natural outcome of a fruitful relationship of 18 years with Esko.

Microscan introduces EtherNet/IP for the world’s smallest machine vision smart camera

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the availability of EtherNet/IP communication on its ultra-compact machine vision smart camera, Vision MINI Xi. One of several cameras in Microscan’s award-winning AutoVISION machine vision product suite, the Vision MINI Xi offers a complete machine vision tool set for high-speed identification, inspection, and other automated tasks with the optimal size and shape for space-constrained machines.

With the release of the Vision MINI Xi Smart Camera in March, Microscan introduced industrial Ethernet TCP/IP to its miniature smart camera line, enabling integration with machines designed for Ethernet connectivity. With the release of AutoVISION 3.0.2 software, the Vision MINI Xi now supports communication via EtherNet/IP for use in industrial environments. To install Vision MINI Xi within a networked automation system, users can rely on AutoVISION’s built-in EtherNet/IP support and one-click connectivity tool, Microscan Link, to connect machine vision tools, inspection values, and settings from the camera to PLCs and other control systems.

Compared to RS-232 (also supported by Vision MINI Xi), fully-integrated Ethernet in machine vision smart cameras offers several unique advantages in the communication of data from the camera to other machines networked on a line. The first advantage is speed: as devices are required to capture and store high-resolution images, Ethernet offers data transmission over high-speed connections without impacting production speeds. An Ethernet system can also span longer physical distances without losing transmission speed, using point-to-point connectivity over Ethernet hubs and allowing manufacturers to remove control systems and PCs from the floor and co-locate them in a controlled environment. This remote device management allows tasks on the smart camera to be controlled from anywhere a network connection is available. A process engineer can, for instance, troubleshoot an MES without leaving the office. The engineer can also save integration time and cost with Ethernet devices that enable native integration with MES and ERP systems, which are network-based and communicate over Ethernet. Finally, the growing use of Ethernet as the common data transmission protocol in computers and workplaces allows data to be collected at more points throughout the manufacturing process. One network interface card (NIC) in a single computer can connect to a nearly unlimited number of Ethernet devices with independently addressable connections. This allows more tasks to be performed in parallel, improving productivity and cycle time.

The AutoVISION family includes several options for networking systems over EtherNet/IP, from the Vision HAWK Smart Camera with integrated liquid lens and the Vision HAWK C-Mount Smart Camera (both featuring EtherNet/IP and PROFINET I/O support), to the updated Vision MINI Xi Smart Camera. Manufacturers can look to the Vision MINI Xi for the smallest footprint in networked machine vision for embedded and close-range applications. Measuring 1 in. (25.4 mm) x 1.8 in. (45.7 mm) x 2.1 in. (53.3 mm) and weighing 3.2 oz. (91 g), Vision MINI Xi is the world’s smallest Ethernet-enabled smart camera for inspection, color matching, symbol decoding, OCR, and other vision capabilities. Vision MINI Xi also features corner-exit cabling for flexible mounting, serial connectivity, a 24-volt interface, and optically isolated I/O in one compact package.

Vision MINI Xi is the ideal solution for manufacturers working in limited integration environments who require Ethernet speed and connectivity as well as the flexibility to expand to advanced inspection tasks if necessary, all with a single device. All AutoVISION hardware and software offers unique scalability and job portability to change cameras without switching software or inspection jobs. Users can also upgrade to Microscan’s advanced Visionscape software without switching cameras. With AutoVISION and the Vision MINI Xi Smart Camera, manufacturers can incorporate powerful machine vision inspection into virtually any environment to meet a range of dynamic requirements.

For more information on Microscan’s new Vision MINI Xi Smart Camera visit www.microscan.com.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What exhibitors had to say about Labelexpo India 2014

Aimed at label and package printers, brand owners and label designers, 2014’s show saw the leading Indian and international manufacturers showcasing their cutting edge technology. Now lets see what exhibitors had to say about Labelexpo India 2014

Ajay Mehta, SMI Coated Products: “SMI Coated Products Pvt. Ltd. has its roots truly entrenched in India. Despite the growth in exports, India has been the centre of our focus and Labelexpo India is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our products, firm commitment and gratitude to the Indian label industry. The four days at the show were very busy and extremely fruitful. Over the period of years the show has progressively improved and the quality of the large number of visitors is truly amazing. Our friends in the industry evinced keen interest in our ever expanding wide range of products as well as the new tools we have introduced at the show. Our new specification sheets, curved diameter indicator and brochures for the seven different types of industry are path breaking tools to help the industry. And last but definitely not the least; Labelexpo has truly made the show of an international standard and hats off to them!“

A Appadurai, HP India: “Labelexpo India was the ideal platform to showcase the new HP Indigo WS 6800 digital press for the first time in India. One of the major attractions at our booth was the digital supermarket, where visitors could see first-hand, the various application possibilities for label and packaging converters. Our key highlight was the Brand Innovation Summit, where we were able to share insights with brand managers and owners, helping them understand the challenges and opportunities of the label industry. We were thoroughly pleased with the visitor engagement we had at the expo.”

Jitesh Mehta, Avery Dennison: "Labelexpo India has been very successful for Avery Dennison. A large number of customers visited our booth who were keen to know about our offerings in durable, home and personal care and pharma segments. The 14 innovations we showcased this time earned the spotlight at the exhibition. Labelexpo gives us a platform to demonstrate to customers how we can help them grow."

Ashish Anand, LinkSmart Technologies: "Labelexpo India was a successful event for introducing smartDNA based new technology and solution for tamper-evidence, anti-counterfeit coupled with track & trace. Our fundamental differentiator of insider threat protection was something of great interest for visitors and other exhibitors as well. LinkSmart witnessed interest for various end-customer applications and at least three licensing opportunities in multiple geographies. Similarly our reusable tamper-evident, duplication-evident and remote-monitorable flexible packaging again based on smartDNA was received with great enthusiasm. To summarize there were more opportunities at Labelexpo than we had expected while doing ground-up architecture, design and development of smartDNA labeling technology."

Atul Gandhi, Macart: “This is the first time we have participated at Labelexpo India and we are very much satisfied with the inquiries generated. We got visitors from all over India and also some international visitors.”

Sanjeev Chada, Memory Repro Systems: “This was our first participation at Labelexpo as for the past four decades we’ve been in pre-press and post press in offset printing. We got tremendous response to our flexo cleaning machine because printers were really looking for one such machine. Labelexpo India gave us exposure and we are sure to gain out of it. Our rough estimate is to get business worth 3-4 million. The enquiries that have gone into the pipeline are serious and we will turn them into orders in the near future.”

Pravin Varshney UPM Raflatac: “We enjoyed the four extremely busy days at Labelexpo India. The atmosphere was great and we had a pleasure to host a successful gala dinner for over 300 customers, industry partners and other stakeholders. Labelexpo is definitely is the best place to meet the people working in the labeling industry and to see where the business is moving. We are seeing overall healthy organic growth in India and across South Asia due to a rapid increase in pre-packaged food products, pharma sector growth and the massive appetite for personal care products. In addition, Indian companies are increasingly becoming aware of environmental issues and that’s why our Label Life concept was of interest to both label printers and end-users. We’re proud to work in India along the same principles of world-class technology, quality and performance, environmental sustainability and top class customer service as we do everywhere else.”

Martin Kugler, GEW: “Once again GEW participated as an exhibitor in this year’s Labelexpo India to demo the latest product developments. For GEW the show was an international platform to announce the availability of the RHINO electronic power supply for UV-printing systems that was launched in production following three years of intensive development and rigorous testing. RHINO sets the new benchmark in effective UV technology and includes a series of innovative features with reliability and energy efficiency at the top of the list. Visiting the GEW stand, existing customers and new prospects alike were excited about the benefits of 24x7 reliability, energy savings, ease of use and embedded service support. The combination of the rugged RHINO power unit and the E2C UV-lamphead has made an extremely favorable impact and customers are insisting that OEMs incorporate these systems from GEW in their scope of supply.”

Luc Dehandschutter, Arets Graphics: “Arets Graphics and Toyo Ink India, both subsidiaries of Toyo Ink Group, introduced a new series of UV flexo inks at Labelexpo India 2014. The new series, Steraflex, is designed to address the high-end needs of UV flexo customers. This is an ideal product, for customers who are looking for high strength and yet low viscosity, maintaining high curing speeds for quality and productivity. Steraflex is a high strength, fast curing UV flexo ink system ideally suited for label and flexible packaging markets. With the launch, Arets hopes to improve its share of UV flexo ink market in India.”