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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Aluminum can manufacturers collected 217,350 Pounds of beverage cans in industry recycling challenge

Rexam's Beverage Can North America (BCNA) Chicago office received first place in the Great American Can RoundUp (GACR) Industry Challenge by recycling more than 78,000 pounds of aluminum cans, which equates to more than 2.7 million beverage cans.  

The GACR Industry Challenge, sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), collected and recycled 217,350 pounds of beverage cans, raising more than $179,400 for local charities across the United States.

Rexam's corporate headquarters recycling efforts raised more than $45,300 for various local charities. As the winner of the challenge, the facility receives an additional $2,000 to donate to charity.

The Whitehouse, OH, Rexam plant took the second place spot, receiving an additional $1,000 to donate to their charity of choice on top of the more than $10,000 raised by collecting and recycling more than 14,600 pounds of aluminum cans.

"We're proud to align with the can-making industry to show how easy it is to recycle and take strong steps to support the community and the environment," said Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA. "I'm proud of our Rexam teams for once again setting a favorable example in our communities, and utilizing the product we make to demonstrate the inherent value of recycling while supporting local charities."

Ball Corporation's Findlay, OH, facility came in third place by recycling 35,323 pounds of cans and raising more than $24,700 for charity.

"Beverage cans have significant benefits and, thanks to their infinite recyclability, are the most recycled beverage packaging around the world," said Jim Peterson, vice president of corporate affairs at Ball Corporation. "As part of our ongoing global sustainability initiatives, we're proud to be a part of the metal packaging industry's efforts to promote recycling while raising money to make our local communities better places for all to live and work."

CMI sponsors the GACR Industry Challenge annually to promote awareness around the environmental benefits of recycling aluminum cans. The nine month competition involved 51 facilities, including plants and corporate offices. Participating U.S. can manufacturers are Rexam BCNA, Crown Holdings, Inc. and Ball Corporation, as well as the two aluminum supplier companies, Novelis and Alcoa. The plant facilities partner together with their local schools, charities and other organizations to spread the recycling message and give back to their community. Proceeds from the Industry Challenge will benefit a variety of charities, including but not limited to, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots and St. Jude Research Center.

"This challenge is an excellent platform for our members to come together and be great environmental stewards by recycling the same product they produce," said CMI President Robert Budway. "Aluminum is a highly valued commodity that greatly benefits from the economically and energy efficient process of recycling.  Can manufacturers provide customers and consumers with the beverage package with the highest recycling rate. Through this competition, can manufacturers and aluminum suppliers are able to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of this great package, while also raising money for local charities around the country."

Since its inception, the GACR Industry Challenge has recycled 6.82 million pounds of aluminum cans, equating to nearly $5 million raised for charities around the country.

CMI also sponsors other competitions under the GACR umbrella in order to promote and engage recycling within various communities around the country.  Raising environmental awareness about the importance of recycling cans is one of CMI's main initiatives. For more information about the Great American Can RoundUp, visit www.cancentral.com/roundup.

Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) CMI is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 124 billion food, beverage and other metal cans; which employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $17.8 billion in direct economic activity. Our members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers.

Sun Chemical introduces new high performance cleaner offering

Printers looking for a high performance and environmentally-friendly cleaning solution which effectively helps scour heavily soiled plates and anilox rollers, can now use Sun Chemical’s newest consumable technology, the SunVisto Anilox Renew and the SunVisto Power Scrub.

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

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

Power Scrub is also environmentally-friendly as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are less than five percent using Method 24.

“There are a variety of things that could cause a printer to need our new SunVisto Anilox Renew and SunVisto Power Scrub,” said Dennis Sweet, Vice President, Rycoline, Sun Chemical. “These range from printers needing to send out their anilox rollers to be cleaned or soda blasted, losing production time with a press down due to the inability to match color, experiencing dirty print caused by contamination on the printing plates, to simply taking a long time to clean press parts and plates. It is a difference-making solution which can easily wipe away build up and contamination that accumulates during the print process.”

SunVisto Power Scrub and Anilox Renew come in a quart container with a foaming applicator, a two-gallon pump sprayer, a wall mounted foam generator, a foaming wand, and wall mounted dilution units. Each cleaning solution can be used in flexo, corrugated, folding carton and other printing processes, and in commercial coating and UV applications.

Gruppo Cordenons launches Papermilk at LuxePack

Gruppo Cordenons have launched Papermilk at LuxePack in Monaco. Papermilk was an original idea by Susanna Bonati - a leading Italian creative director. Gruppo Cordenons immediately recognised its potential, approved the concept and invested in developing this new paper. Papermilk is incredibly tactile with a smooth velvety feel. It can be printed using offset machines as well as by thermography, foil stamping, embossing, and laser printing.

Papermilk is produced with milk fibres, cotton fibres and woodfree primary pulp from responsible sources. It is FSC certified. Papermilk is available in 72 x 102cms and in a range of 140, 250 and 350gm. Papermilk wants to be a primary element in the communication process, just as milk is a primary element of our diet.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SmartSoft Launches PressWise Cloud-based Print MIS in Canada

SmartSoft, the provider of industry-leading workflow solutions for the printing, postal and data quality markets, today announced the Canadian launch of PressWise. The PressWise print management platform was designed to help printers grow their business while eliminating touches from their workflow, through an all-in-one, cloud-based MIS and print automation platform that includes Web-to-print Storefronts, Estimating, Order Management, Production Automation, Shipping and Fulfillment, and Mail Processing. This is the first time that the service has been launched outside of the United States.

“Since PressWise was first launched in the United States there has been growing demand for the service from other markets”, said Eric Wold, VP of SmartSoft. “Expanding your offering into other countries can take a lot of resources, both in planning and execution, whereas our focus has been on developing and refining the core PressWise product itself to best serve the needs of our customers. We have been following a clear product roadmap over the past few years, building our team and enhancing the service we offer.

“We have now reached the point where we are looking at other markets that PressWise can serve and Canada is the next logical step for us. We already have a Canadian office, and have been selling and distributing our mailing software and address quality products there for many years, so are familiar with the market.

“In fact we already have a few PressWise customers in Canada that saw so much value in PressWise that they have been using PressWise for a long time already, primarily to make their workflow more efficient and push orders through their shop quicker and more efficiently, with fewer touches. Launching PressWise in Canada will enable us to serve them even better and help Canadian printers in general to meet the challenges of the modern print industry and grow their business.”

PressWise by SmartSoft will be demonstrated for the first time in Canada at the upcoming PrintWorld show in Toronto from November 22nd -24th 2014. SmartSoft can be found in Booth 838 and are offering free passes to the show to anyone that wants to come and view the software.

To find out more about the PressWise print management system, please visit www.PressWise.com

Trident North America attributes growth to continued success with MacDermid’s LUX Technology

Two years after the installation of the LUX Plate Processing System in its North American premedia operation in Mississauga, Ontario, Trident reports using the LUX Process on more than 80% of all customer orders. Trident’s strategic decision to invest in MacDermid’s LUX plate processing technology in 2012 stemmed from a desire to deliver higher quality and more consistent Flexographic print. “LUX technology delivers a consistent flat-top dot solution, as evident in the positive feedback from our CPG customers who are seeing that improvement in quality” stated Edward Broadhurst, Director of Manufacturing at Trident.

“Our mission is to provide our customers with compelling, consistent brand execution, and LUX is one piece of the puzzle that helps us to better deliver on that promise, through high-quality and consistent print,” stated Mark Sherman, Production Manager at Trident Toronto. Additionally, he noted, “LUX is the only flat-top dot solution that allows for an engineered plate surface to reduce mottle and improve solid ink density.”

The LUX platemaking process is a simple and easy-to-use technology which produces flat-top dots on flexo printing plates, thereby enabling printers to substantially improve their print quality and consistency, making flexo more competitive against digital, gravure and offset printing processes. To date, more than 200 LUX installations have taken place across the globe.  

Color-Logic file format supported by CGS

The Color-Logic file format necessary to print the widely used Process Metallic Color System is now supported by CGS 3D visualization software.  Brand managers and their designers using the CGS system can see the dramatic Color-Logic special effects and metallic colors on their monitors and can visualize package prototypes and other materials as they will appear on the finished product.

Discussing the collaboration, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "The power of the CGS IC3D Suite visualization software can be seen at http://ow.ly/Ek6tz, showing a direct mail envelope designed using the Color-Logic software.  Time to market is a huge issue for brands and the combination of the Color-Logic system and the IC3D Suite speeds up design time by reducing the production of 3D mockups and prototyping."

Staying competitive in today's fast-paced packaging world is tough.  Brands need to set themselves apart, and being able to take a product package from concept to shelf as quickly and smoothly as possible is vital to staying relevant and profitable.  IC3D Suite is the world's first 3D real-time packaging simulation and design application to combine multiple packaging disciplines in one product-revolutionizing package creation, reducing the time spent on 3D mockups and prototypes by at least half.   For more information on the CGS system, go to www.cgsusa.com.

Developed for brand managers, product managers, corporations and advertising agencies, the Process Metallic Color System gives licensees the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition by simplifying the design and print production process and implementing eye-catching decorative effects into their branded products and associated collateral. The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure processes. It is ideal for packaging, pouches, direct mail, point-of-purchase material, signage, postcards, literature, booklets, labels, shrink sleeves, calendars and much more.

Color-Logic develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment.  

CDT to join LasX's at Print World 2014

Colordyne Technologies will be joining LasX Industries in Toronto, Canada this weekend (Nov. 22-24) at Print World 2014. Visit booth #422 for live equipment demonstrations and the newest laser technologies for digitally produced folding cartons and printed materials.

Find out more information on the LaserSharp Laser Die Cutter used in Colordyne's 3600 Series Laser Pro! Partnering with LasX has allowed us to apply high-speed laser finishing to the press, that seamlessly integrates in-line variable cutting with the Memjet engine's variable data printing abilities. Being able to chain jobs together eliminates material waste and set-up times.

Sonoco Display & Packaging recognized with 4 Design of the Times Awards

Sonoco Display and Packaging, the point-of-purchase (POP) display and packaging services business of Sonoco, has been awarded four Design of the Times 2014 awards, including a gold award, by the Path to Purchase Institute.

The Design of the Times award celebrates the most inspiring and creative in-store activation tactics and campaigns and recognizes their key role in the discipline of shopper marketing. Sonoco Display and Packaging was recognized with:
Gold Award: Unilever's St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotions Launch (National/Regional In-Store Campaign)
Silver Award: Chattem, Inc.'s Nasacort National Launch In-Line Media Tray (Interactive Display/Kiosk)
Silver Award: Unilever's TRESemmé Salon Inspired Endcap (Co-Entrant: Barrows North America)
Bronze Award: Unilever's Toni&Guy Hair Meets Wardrobe Launch (Retailer-Specific In-Store Campaign)

"Our team is highly committed to developing innovative and effective in-store solutions that connect with shoppers and ultimately promote and sell products for our consumer packaged goods customers," said Jeff Tomaszewski, division vice president and general manager for Sonoco Display and Packaging. "It is very rewarding to have our talented group recognized for effectively demonstrating Sonoco's ability to deliver on the promise of providing superior retail merchandising and shelf appeal for our global customers. We're proud and honored to again be recognized for our dedication to creative excellence with these Design of the Times awards."

Sonoco's entries made it through two rounds of judging during the competition, including a first round in August 2012 at Target Corp.'s headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. Judges evaluated hundreds of entries from eight retail channels based on the Four C's of Effective in-store Activation:
  • Command attention,
  • Connect with the shopper,
  • Convey information, and
  • Close the sale. 
Judges scored entries on a scale of one to five for each attribute and chose 85 finalists, based on average point total, to move on to the second and final round, held on Oct. 16, at the Shopper Marketing Expo. Finalists were awarded bronze, silver, gold, platinum or Best of the Times status. Finalists with the top average score in each retail channel received platinum status, and the finalist with the highest score overall won "Best of the Times" for 2012. 

The 2014 winners were announced at the Design of the Times awards reception and ceremony during the 2014 Shopper Marketing Conference & Expo. Photos of these award-winning displays can be downloaded at https://app.box.com/s/0iy1d0783hr95th2b5rk.

Sonoco's global network of strategically located service centers provides the display and packaging expertise and capacity to effectively manage a wide range of services for leading consumer products companies.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New regulations sprouting from Brussels set to hit print and packaging industry

The print and packaging industries across Europe are “in for a nasty shock” when European Commission regulations come into force next month that are designed to help consumers understand more about the food they eat. The strict new rules for food packaging cover a multitude of requirements ranging from details of ingredient lists, nutrition information and contact details, as well as the food source and font size.

Many printers and packers have been in the dark about the regulations that will have far-reaching impacts on brand owners, end users and supermarkets, and that will change the face of packaging across Europe. And for many, it will involve upgrading standard business procedures to cope with the Euro directives.

The relevant documentation comes under Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, becoming applicable from 13 December 2014, which will replace the current requirements for the labelling of foodstuffs set out in Directive 2000/13/EC and the nutrition labelling requirements of Directive 90/496/EEC.

Translated down to the printer, run lengths are likely to become a fraction of what they were and set-up costs for traditional flexo or litho printing will go through the roof. Suddenly, digital print looks attractive and will become a “must have” investment for thousands of printers across Europe, yet many won’t want to invest in complete new systems, so that’s where Cambridgeshire, UK-based Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ) can help.

John Corrall is a world expert and managing director at IIJ that develops tailored industrial inkjet systems to customer requirements across the world – including for labels and general packaging – and is the official sales and technical support centre for Konica Minolta industrial inkjet.

He said: “Five years ago we were engaged by one of the world’s foremost chocolate manufacturers that was concerned by the impact of these new regulations. It knew it needed to increase font sizes on its packaging. This meant it was no longer possible to squeeze the text for more than one language on each package. One language per package means more variation – shorter runs of different artwork. It meant that run lengths would halve or quarter so they realised the economic solution would be new digital production systems in house.

“Even though this global brand purchased trial equipment it didn’t really progress beyond that, which I take to mean that when the new regulations come in from December the problem falls on the shoulders of the current external print suppliers.  My feeling is that food companies regard it as somebody else’s problem, so printers and packers and others in the supply chain are going to be in for a nasty shock.

“The regulations apply to the food producer, but, to me, it seems as if the right people don’t know enough yet about the regulations and their widespread impact. Do they care? Have they thought about the impact on the poor packaging suppliers?”

John Bambery, Chairman of the BPIF’s (British Printing Industries Federation) Labels Group, said: “Countless artwork has to be changed to meet the deadline in December. Morrison’s is one supermarket chain that  went on record more than a year ago to confirm that it will need to change 10,000 details on product labels alone. My take is that the only way of doing it cost effectively is digitally, which creates a massive business opportunity for those with digital equipment.”

He added: “While many printers will be supplied artwork by their customers, some will be asked to produce designs, and their designers need to be aware of what is acceptable and what is not. I’ve raised questions relating to the liability printers faced and it has been confirmed that the name and address of the producer of the product has the legal responsibility for ensuring that the information on the label or packaging is correct.

“As I understand it, the UK has a voluntary code that complies with the EC rules. So if they don’t comply they are not actually breaking the regulations as they haven’t been enshrined into UK law.”

Microscan’s Image Lock technology prevents user access to photos taken by barcode imagers

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, introduces Image Lock technology on its latest handheld barcode readers, the HS-41X and HS-51X. Image Lock is the only commercially-available feature in image-based barcode reading that ensures photos taken by a reader’s camera are never accessible by users or software, protecting sensitive information.

Developed in the 1990s, barcode imaging technology has grown rapidly in popularity for its ability to read a variety of code types (or symbologies) in a wide range of environments. Barcode imagers use rows of CCD or CMOS sensors arranged in a two-dimensional array to generate an image of a symbol. This method of image processing allows the reader to decode in both 1D (linear) and 2D symbols. 2D symbols, such as Microscan’s own patented Data Matrix, have been adopted in industries like electronics and automotive manufacturing because they allow large amounts of data to be encoded within a small physical area. Data-dense 2D symbols are also ideal for marking small items that must be tracked throughout a product’s lifecycle – a process known as direct part marking or DPM. Not only can barcode imagers decode DPM symbols, but Microscan’s aggressive imaging algorithms allow even damaged, distorted, or low-contrast symbols to be read consistently on any substrate.

From laboratories to electronics manufacturing environments, aerospace facilities, and automotive plants, companies are realizing the benefits of imaging for simple, accurate, and efficient part identification and traceability in their operations. In industries like these where sensitive information is processed on a daily basis, many companies have adopted strict security measures for guarding confidential products or processes, trade secrets, and sensitive customer information protected by privacy laws. Barcode readers that use cameras to capture images of symbols on products – with the ability to capture images of anything within the reader’s focal range – pose a security risk should photos be leaked from the device’s camera via configuration software or by operator misuse.

Image Lock technology is a recent advancement in barcode imaging offered by Microscan with the introduction of the HS-41X Handheld DPM Reader and HS-51X Wireless DPM Reader – the only commercially-available readers featuring Image Lock. Developed for customers with strict security requirements, Image Lock secures captured images within the device, where images are automatically deleted once a symbol is decoded. Since the images are deleted, they are not made available to connected barcode setup or configuration software user interfaces (such as Microscan’s ESP® Easy Setup Program Software), nor are they directly accessible by users to view or download from the device. This prevents unintentional or deliberate leaks of sensitive material, safeguarding a company’s competitive advantage and reputation by securing information such as unreleased consumer electronics designs, sensitive patient information, or government and DoD technology.

Glow in the Dark Sleeve Brings the Shine to New Brand

Special glow in the dark sleeves from CCL Decorative Sleeves are helping to convey the day and night image of a unique new water brand that is ‘Ibiza personified’.

WhiteWater comprises spring water with natural caffeine and electrolytes.  With no calories, additives or preservatives, it is the ideal drink to energise, replenish and rehydrate, whether exercising or relaxing during the day or partying throughout the night.  The brand was launched at the Dalt Vila music festival in Ibiza in May and is using its reputation and popularity in the ‘White Isle’ as a springboard for a wider launch.

The name WhiteWater conveys energy and movement and this needed to be reflected in the packaging along with the fact that the drink is also for relaxing and that it is ideal for both day and night consumption.  The sleeve design therefore features a cyan blue background with a “tattoo” at the top incorporating Yin and Yang, along with an island motif and palm trees that reflects its more chilled side. In darkness and in particular, exposure to UV light, the pack is transformed, glowing electric blue to create an aura of excitement and night time energy.

This special finish is achieved by gravure printing in four colours including a UV glow in the dark and luminescent ink effect.  The 360° coverage of the sleeve maximises the available landscape of the attractive curved 500 ml bottle to help create a strong brand identity.

“CCL Decorative Sleeves have done a brilliant job,” comments Antony Harrison of In2 Rehab Brands, who developed WhiteWater. “We needed to create a pack that reflected the values of our brand and conveyed its 24 hour nature, in particular the change when day turns into night. The glow in the dark effect works fantastically well and creates a great buzz among party-goers.”

 In2 Rehab has plans to further develop the WhiteWater range in the coming months with additional varieties being introduced.

“When it comes to pack decoration, we will look no further than CCL,” concludes Antony.  “We have been really impressed with what they have delivered for us so far.”

Enter the "All Eyes On Digital Packaging!" Competition

Highcon to take package design to its limits
Highcon, Creativ Verpacken, Schindler Parent, Xeikon, Antilope, Iggesund, and rlc packaging group, are running a competition where package designers, brand managers, printers and finishers have until 28 November to showcase the most important advantages of the digital workflow through their own packaging designs. The judging criteria will be creativity, unique design and the production process.

The winner and the winning package design will be presented in the February issue of "Creativ Verpacken" and promoted on the sponsors' websites and social networks. The prize includes an exclusive 500 package production run.

The "All Eyes on Digital Packaging" competition, sponsored by Creativ Verpacken, Schindler Parent, Iggesund, rlc packaging group, Xeikon, Antilope, and Highcon, aims to demonstrate and prove the extreme design flexibility made possible by digital print, cutting and creasing.

Digital solutions are only just beginning to make headway into the packaging industry and up until Highcon, there have been no such solutions for cutting and creasing. Customers have had to decide on a design and manually produce an individual die. This process is associated not only with high costs and slow production, but also with warehouse bottlenecks and environmental pollution. Moreover, of course, any subsequent design changes translate into a repeat die production.

The Highcon Euclid has revolutionized this process.  Highcon founders Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer developed the world's first digital cutting and creasing machine, and introduced it at drupa in May 2012.  It has since been installed in a dozen sites worldwide.

The machine dramatically reduces production time compared to an analogue finishing process. Conventional dies are completely replaced by the combination of Highcon's unique patented DART (Digital Adhesive Rule Technology) and a high quality laser array that performs complex cutting and etching that simply could not be achieved conventionally

Design flexibility, faster response times and more cost-effective production are just some of the advantages of the Highcon Euclid. The machine also offers shorter set-up times, easy personalisation, profitability in short runs and minimal environmental impact. Alongside the growing number of digital presses, Highcon is closing one of the last gaps in the digital workflow.

Further information can be found at: www.AllEyesOnDigitalPack.com

UV and EB are established core curing technologies – but are they completely safe for use on food packaging print?

The perfect recipe for radiation curing for food packaging has not yet been proposed or defined by the EU legislators. All that exists today are the GMP and Framework Regulation, as well as Swiss Ordinance, respected and now widely adopted across the food packaging supply chain, but still something less than the definitive answer. This situation was the driving force behind the Food Packaging Seminar held in Stuttgart in September by RadTech Europe, the regional association promoting the radiation curing technologies across all markets. The event drew together around 90 participants – all experienced specialists from the various disciplines related to the food packaging value chain (raw materials, printing inks, equipment, materials, and brand owners) -- to discuss and debate the proper use of radiation curing in food-safe printing, with the aim of enabling this technology -- which delivers a broad platform of benefits -- to achieve its well-deserved maximum potential.

Market overview
Stephen Harrod, author of many specialist market reports for Smithers Pira on aspects of packaging and print, set the scene with an overview of the global packaging market and its current ‘megatrends’. He forecast 2014 growth in the revived global economy at ±3.5%, and annual global growth to 2018 at 4%. Food packaging – a €55 billion market in 2013 – will, he said, show 2.1% real annual growth to 2018, led by the meat, fish and poultry; chilled foods (including ready meals); and fresh food and vegetable sectors. UV curing, in this dynamic environment, has much to offer: good environmental credentials (no VOCs or solvents); fast turnaround; and high performance. Barriers to its use are currently cost – in terms of inks, varnishes, and energy usage; perceived lack of ease of use; heat from standard UV lamps; healthcare ‘scares’ involving migration of print through the packaging substrate; and recycling challenges.
Summarising, Mr Harrod drew attention to the strong growth in inkjet print. UV inkjet is already enjoying a CAGR of 14.8%, and there are considerable and continuing refinements in the technology base – printheads, inks, curing systems, android integrations, and presses. ‘Packaging is a great opportunity’, said Mr Harrod, for this versatile print technology.

The applied chemistries
Francis Bergiers, technical service and development specialist at Allnex, then provided a comprehensive overview of the applied chemistries involved in printing and packaging. The partner UV and EB curing inks must deliver viscosity, pigment wetting, cure speed, adhesion, flexibility, scratch resistance; and resistance to chemicals such as solvents. For food packaging print, additional requirements are low odour, no taste transfer, and low migration. All this must come, he underlined, at an acceptable price. Mr Bergiers highlighted recent innovations with particular relevance for food packaging, such as self-curing acrylates; acrylates that deliver higher purity; acrylates with an improved compromise between high molecular weight and viscosity; and the ability to achieve higher acrylate functionality whilst using lower viscosity systems.

‘Think like a food company!’
With the technology base clearly explained, it was time to hear from the customer: Dr Stephen Klump, Global Head of Packaging Quality and Safety, for Nestlé. His subject was ‘Managing Risk’. He outlined the many risks associated with the many different materials which come into contact with food items. Conveyor belts, plastic moulds, pipes and hoses are among the risks involved in food processing; and packaging materials – paper, board, plastic, metal, glass, coatings, inks, and adhesives -- are risks to finished or semi-finished products, as are a host of auxiliary items, such as straws, ice cream sticks, drinks dispensers.

Dr Klump said that ‘consumers are very aware that there are problems out there with their food’ – highlighting the recent horsemeat scandal, and reminding participants that governmental, NGO, and media coverage means that the consumer focus ‘goes viral’. In such a complex supply chain, involving many specialist suppliers of chemicals and raw materials as well as converters, packers, brand owners, and retailers, a publicly- identified safety problem can have serious consequences for a brand. Nestlé’s outstanding and continuing commitment to mitigating such brand risk through its packaging safety and compliance programme is long-established and proven, and Dr Klump adjured the assembled seminar participants to join him and ‘think like a food company’.

The Nestlé CoC
Suppliers across the value chain do not always deliver what they promise. If there is a problem, he said, it is the supplier’s responsibility to ‘find out before someone else finds out for you’. He listed the problems his company has experienced in the packaging arena since 1991 – a list which, of course, includes mineral oils, BPA and ITX, and odour issues. He detailed an agenda through which suppliers can ensure that they perform to the standards of the Nestlé certificate of compliance, in parallel with EU and FDA regulations and directives. All the CoC’s requirements are clearly and transparently communicated to the supplier base, and all are regularly updated.

Testing and legislation
The next seminar session focussed on the current status of legislation and testing, and the opportunities and threats they represent. Dr Andreas Grabitz, technical and legal expert at Eurofins Consumer Product Testing, presented two scholarly and instructive papers: the first on the principles and specialities of analytical testing of UV inks and coatings in a variety of situations; and the second on the extant diverse legal requirements relating to food packaging from a safety viewpoint, including detail on the Swiss and upcoming German Ordinances.

European Printing Inks Association’s viewpoint
Putting the science into action was the topic addressed, appropriately, by the Chairman of the European Printing Inks Association’s Energy Curing Work Group, Nick Ivory, who is also Technical Director of Sun Chemical. EuPIA is actively supporting the ongoing use of energy curing products in food packaging print. In this regard, he welcomed the work being done by various acrylate and photoinitiator suppliers on Dossiers for submission under the Swiss and German Ordinances, a move that will help establish more lenient migration limits for common photoinitiators and acrylates. This initiative is supported by EuPIA by supplying migration data. After detailing all the practical concerns and issues, he expressed the difficulties the industry has in pinpointing the correct way forward in the imprecise legal framework. ‘In the absence of recognised EU legislation’, he remarked, ‘it’s a bit like global warming!’ He concluded, however, that energy-curing products CAN safely be used in food packaging scenarios as long as their suitability is fully assessed.

Low-migration inkjet inks
Dr Marc Graindourze of Agfa Graphics focussed on low-migration inkjet ink technology for printing food packaging which, he said, is offering a whole new raft of possibilities for today’s brand owners, and is also environmentally friendly. Opportunities include mass customisation, just-in-time printing, promotions, and variable data printing – all using a print technology that is versatile, fast, reliable, and whose setup can be customised for specific applications. Agfa Graphics’ low-migration ink technology is delivering a printed result that is ‘testing positive’ for eliminating migration and set-off in a variety of food and pharmaceutical packaging applications and is a solution for direct print on to a packaging substrate – a coming solution, he said, because adding a label to packaging involves three steps, whereas direct print takes just one. The new Agfa Graphics inks will, Dr Graindourze concluded, constitute an element in an integrated system involving partnership along the supply chain.

The carton industry speaks
BPIF Cartons’ Technical Director, John Wilson, who is also Product and Applications Manager at Sun Chemical, completed the formal programme with a view from the mainstream packaging industry on the safe use of radiation curing. Printers in the food packaging arena choosing to take the radiation-cured low-migration inks route are facing a number of new challenges – and many questions for which they need answers both from their brand owner/retailer and their own suppliers. The BPIF are actively supporting their members with the creation of a low migration questionnaire which they can use with their suppliers as a discussion document, creating a technical focus at meetings, and exploring the new ‘barrier boards’ that the board mills are now introducing to the market. Mr Wilson admitted that BPIF Cartons are also closely following the Nestlé and EuPIA guidelines – proof that, in an industry sector where there is still no legislative clarity, the supply chain is taking the initiative and creating its own consensus.

Summing up
General Secretary Mark Macaré concluded that the RadTech Europe seminar ‘brought the industry closer to achieving full clearance for UV/EB curing in the food packaging segment.’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Esko announces Leadership Transition: Udo Panenka to succeed Carsten Knudsen as President

Carsten Knudsen
Udo Panenka
Esko today announced that Udo Panenka, Senior Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing will succeed Carsten Knudsen as President on 1 January 2015. Over the near term, Carsten Knudsen will continue to support Esko and Danaher in an advisory role.

"Under Carsten’s leadership, Esko has built a loyal and growing customer group, created world class technology, and with a strong team, driven excellent growth and established itself as a leader in its served markets”, said Joakim Weidemanis, Vice President and Group Executive for the Product Identification Platform, Danaher Corporation.

Udo Panenka joined Esko from Kollmorgen, another Danaher business, earlier this year, where he was Vice President & General Manager for Industrial Automation in Europe and India. Udo joined Kollmorgen in 2008 and has served in several key leadership roles with increasing responsibility.

“We want to thank Carsten for his leadership and tremendous impact on the success of Esko” said Joakim Weidemanis

M&H Plastics creates metal look with wrap around labelling solution

M&H Plastics, part of the RPC Group of companies, has created an eye-catching, cost-effective, luxury metal look for tubes with a new, full-length wrap around labelling solution. The labels give a metallised, clean, sophisticated look, suitable for numerous decoration options and will be the brightest product on the shelf. Available in various sizes, the tubes have an additional benefit of being able to remain dent free and return to their natural shape during use, unlike some other laminated tubes.

Providing award-winning plastic packaging solutions for global clients in Health & Beauty Care, Food & Nutrition, and Industrial Chemical for over 40 years, M&H Plastics offers a portfolio of over 1,300 products and an innovation-led philosophy sees over 100 new standards being released each year. Products are manufactured at three factories in the UK and America which, in total, employ over 800 people, produce nearly a billion bottles, over 150 million jars and more than 50 million tubes per year. Virtually everything is conducted in-house, on site from concept design, through tool-making, production, artwork and decoration. M&H Plastics prides itself on flexibility and customer service providing a truly total packaging solution from concept to completion and is part of the RPC Group of Companies.

Orient wins double gold at Asian Packaging Excellence Awards 2014

Xeikon digital label press proves to be perfect match for letterpress
At the Asian Packaging Excellence Awards 2014, organized in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) November 10-11, Orient Quality Print Pte Ltd. won two prestigious awards: one for digital labels and the second for letterpress. A panel of judges, each of them known for their thorough knowledge of the industry, examined each submission for many variants including perfect register, color consistency across the print and web repeats, quality of half tone reproduction and perfect dot reproduction. Orient’s award-winning digitally printed label is an industrial self-adhesive label for a lubricant, printed on a metalized PP, with an additional laminate.

"Congratulations to Mr. Alex Tan and Mr. J Te and their team,” comments Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific. “The fact that Orient won two gold awards, one each for digital label production and letterpress label production, proves that these two technologies are a perfect match. Rather than competing technologies, they are complementary. There is no doubt that Orient will continue to grow and that other Asian converters will discover the power and opportunities offered by of digital printing through Orient’s market leadership."

Perfect match delivers ultimate flexibility
Catering to the growing demand for variable content, extremely short lead times and production efficiency in Singapore’s high-cost labor market, Orient installed a Xeikon 3030 digital press two years ago for labels and packaging production. Today the Xeikon 3030 plays a crucial role in Orient’s business, perfectly complementing the firm’s letterpress equipment. In addition, Xeikon Color Control software makes it possible to accurately reproduce colors and match them with colors printed on the letterpress. The printer can decide what press should be used for each job: short run jobs or jobs with a tight deadline are produced digitally; longer runs of labels that can easily be scheduled into production planning are printed on the letterpress.

A relatively young company, Orient Quality Print produces and finishes letterpress and digital labels for various vertical markets, including the health and beauty, food and industrial segments. Orient is a dynamic, hands-on company that thinks out of the box, and that is open to site visits and collaborations. Several local conventional printers are already taking advantage of Orient’s outstanding services to supplement their own production capabilities.

Josep Roca, Sales Manager at Xeikon, adds: “The relationship with Orient is a clear example of how Xeikon works with its customers. They are our valued business partners and we work closely together, sharing a digital journey that benefits everyone. Our cooperation with customers like Orient enables us to understand the market and forces us to constantly improve our products. Thank you, Orient, for our fruitful cooperation!”

Compared to other digital printing technologies, Xeikon offers the advantage of a la carte click-free consumable procurement; direct fully rotary electrophotography; best-in-class lightfastness properties; safe FDA compliant toner without any mineral oil or photo initiators for direct food contact; and best quality white opacity. Furthermore, there is no need to pre-treat substrates to make them printable on a Xeikon press.

Call for Papers: Radtech Europe Conference’s Programme 2015

RadTech Europe (RTE), the European association for UV- and EB-curing technology, is inviting industry professionals to submit papers for the 2015 RadTech Europe Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for October 13 – 15 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Conference Chair Dawn Skinner comments: “The RTE Conference and Exhibition is the place to find out about the latest developments in UV- and EB-curing. Under the theme “UV/EB NOW: new place, new format, new applications” our event will focus on the latest innovations, applications and trends in radiation curing, as well as relevant legislation.”

The deadline for submission of titles and abstracts is February 11, 2015. The conference program committee will select proposed presentations based on the scientific significance and potential value added to the industry. The best paper will be awarded the prestigious Paul Dufour Award 2015. For additional information on submitting abstracts and the event itself, visit www.radtech-europe.com/events/radtech15.

RadTech Europe (RTE), founded in 1988 in Switzerland and headquartered in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the European industry association that promotes the development, use and benefits of UV/EB curing technology for the markets of Graphic arts, Adhesives, Electronics, Industrial Coatings, Automotive, Medical, Dental, Cosmetics and an array of new emerging applications. RTE membership provides access to a collaborative platform, for knowledge transfer at educational, and networking events and achieves effective representation as a body in public affairs initiatives. www.radtech-europe.com

New MPS EB Press garners broad interest at Labelexpo India

Genius Flexo Machinery, representing MPS in the Indian subcontinent, presented the EB label solution and EF multi-substrate flexo technologies in their stand C37 to numerous label printers.

MPS, a worldwide, well-known and high-quality brand of flexo and offset press solutions for label and flexible packaging printers, today confirmed a broad interest garnered by the new EB label solution press at the recent Labelexpo India. Genius Flexo Machinery, representing MPS in the Indian subcontinent, received numerous label printers in their stand where the new MPS EB label solution and the EF multi-substrate flexo technologies were presented. An order for an MPS EF multi-substrate flexo press was confirmed at the show.

Vijay Pareek, director of Genius Flexo Machinery comments: “This was by far the best label show we had in India. With the introduction of the new EB press, we can now offer a mid-range press solution built with MPS quality and robust engineering, at a very affordable cost. We see a huge market potential in India for the EB, which was confirmed by the number of EB quote inquiries received during the show. The highly automated MPS EF-multi-substrate press also generated interest, with one EF press sold at the show to a new MPS customer in Bangladesh. MPS has at present 10 installations in the Indian sub-continent Bangladesh”.

The EB is engineered with innovative MPS Crisp.Dot Light, iSet and iStop technology to minimum set-up waste, set-up time and optimize operator user-friendliness, while reducing the initial investment and overall printing costs. The EF multi-substrate press is designed for both label production and flexible packaging printing. With the use of servo-drives, all press settings are automated in the EF, which reduces set-up waste and offers simpler machine operation. The EF combines automation, superior print quality and ease of operation.

With more than 12 years’ experience in implementing end-to-end solutions, Genius Flexo Machinery specializes in providing turnkey solutions for high quality printing and converting of narrow/mid web projects. Genius Flexo is led by director Vijay Pareek and works together with renowned partners including MPS, Kocher&Beck, PamarcoGlobal, EyeC, Raantec and Codimag.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gidue to attend Labelexpo South China 2014 in Guangzhou

Gidue will attend the next Labelexpo South China 2014 , the largest event for the Labels and Packaging Industry in China, that will take place from the 3rd to the 5th December, 2014 at the Pazhou Exhibition Center in Guangzhou (China).

Federico d’Annunzio, Gidue President, together with Matteo Cardinotti, Gidue Managing Director, Maurizio Trecate, Gidue Vice President Sales and the whole team of its certified distributor Gidue China, will be happy to welcome all visitors at Gidue Stand C19 in Hall 15 to introduce the revolutionary Digital Flexo Excellence Technology, recently awarded with the first prize at the Label Industry Global Awards for Innovation 2014.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence concept will be presented in combination with REVO Digital Flexo Revolution technology. REVO is a project team which collects 8 industry leaders (AVT, Adare, Apex Group of Companies, Dupont, Esko, Flint Group, Gidue and UPM Raflatac) that gathered to launch a complete UV Flexo package that allows conventional print to fight back against digital on short runs. REVO Technology uses UV Flexo Inks, Digital Automation “from pre-press to printing process” and extended color gamut, that allows the achievement of repeatable and predictable PMS shades without changing Anilox and Inks. The most important benefits of REVO Technology are the repeatability and predictability of the printing results, short set-up times and waste, total graphic flexibility to reproduce unlimited colors on the same job and fast change-overs that no need any manual intervention from the operator.

Gidue Digital Flexo Excellence played a strong role in the REVO Project by providing this particular system of technologies, which have been developed to make the work flow, set-up and run of a flexographic press for Labels and Packaging “digitized” and “automated”. With faster change-over times, higher press up-time, and minimum wastes, Digital Flexo Excellence projects flexography to a new era in the Label and Packaging industry, challenging Digital printing on quality, efficiency and profitability also in micro and short runs.

Steven Fan, Gidue China responsible, commented: “Today, Gidue presence in the Chinese market is solid: we have already 32 working presses. All the installed machines have been able to satisfy printing requirements very different one from the other, ranging from the label business and the carton, to the security one. In very recent years, those highly technological printing machines were set with the very best of Gidue expertise: Digital Flexo, Snowball, combined printing tools (made of offset, flexo and digital inkjet applications). “

Visit Gidue in Guangzhou at Booth C19 in Hall 15.

Investment in digital imaging technology improves problem solving capabilities and speed-to-market at Michelman

Michelman has invested in new digital imaging technology that allows chemists to view coating and substrate samples at nano-level magnification.  The new technology is part of Michelman’s investment in the Michelman Advanced Materials Collaboration Center that was officially opened on October 2, 2014 at the company’s global headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The new state-of-the-art imaging technology is not widely available in the packaging coatings and specialty chemicals industries, and allows Michelman to quickly and thoroughly analyze surface characteristics that are critical to development of successful coating systems for paper board, corrugated, flexible packaging, wood, metal, plastic, concrete and numerous other industrial applications.  The information gathered includes high resolution 3-D and topographical views using non-destructive sample preparation and roughness measurements.  Multiple samples can be quickly recorded and compared using various analysis modes.  The rich information and wealth of data are then used to trouble shoot, improve or develop coating technologies.

According to Robert Turnbull, Global Technology Manager, Printing & Packaging, “Our new digital imaging technology is allowing us to help customers troubleshoot problem formulations, and bring effective new or reformulated products to market faster than ever before.  Analysis that was previously impossible, or that took weeks to perform can now be done in a fraction of the time compared to Scanning Electron Microscopy or other high resolution techniques.”

GMG releases GMG ColorProof 5.6, the latest version of its popular, award-winning software

GMG, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces the availability of GMG ColorProof 5.6, the latest release of the company’s popular, award-winning proofing software.

“With the popular adoption of optically brightened papers, a problem arose. The papers improved image appearance and tended to be cost-effective to purchase. However, they were out of conformance with proofing standards. Users will find that GMG has conducted a lot of research and testing into helping customers who print with optically brightened media to achieve color consistency,” explains Birgit Plautz, GMG Director Business Unit, Graphic Arts. “We have also added features to connect and work even better with prepress-workflows, and operate more efficiently with RIPs and printers. For example, print facilities with existing systems in place will find that they can use a new hotfolder interface system (API) to easily plug GMG ColorProof 5.6 into their workflows.”

GMG ColorProof 5.6: Dedicated to supporting new technologies and standards; particularly optically brightening agents
Most significant for proofing accuracy is the new GMG solution for optically brightened media. Until recently, measuring devices and the light in viewing booths had not been subject to any standards regarding how they measured or illuminated print media that contains optical brightening agents (OBAs) to increase the “whiteness”. With the recent revisions of those ISO norms and eventually the updated ISO 12647-2:2013 several changes have been made to address the color matching problems caused by OBA enhanced media. Welcoming and reflecting these changes, GMG ColorProof 5.6 provides new proof standards, full support of the new M0/M1/M2 measuring conditions, and the new enhanced proof paper “GMG ProofPaper semimatte 250 OBA” to achieve highest quality and a good proof-to-print match.

Dedicated to working more efficiently with workflows
GMG ColorProof 5.6 has new features to make it work more efficiently with workflows and in multiple-site operations. For example, GMG has created new smart hotfolders and job ticket hotfolders with an XML interface that allows operators to use one hotfolder for multiple printing standards and provide an easy connection to external workflow systems.

In addition, GMG has made it easier to operate centralized color management that oversees multiple locations or remote sites. These companies must organize and distribute their color profiles to many facilities. Usually, there is one main site, where a production or color manager creates all color critical assets and is responsible for their usage on all locations. To reduce the manual effort, GMG designed a file distribution system that can connect to multiple installations and download new or altered color management files automatically, or on-demand—from a source location to one or more target locations.

A more efficient way of running a proofing system
With parallel ripping and reassigning jobs to different printers, ColorProof 5.6 is even more efficient.

To accelerate the ripping process, PDF files can be ripped in parallel. While the GMG ColorProof 5.6 license includes one RIP, users can purchase additional RIP instances according to their hardware configuration: depending on the amount of cores, printers, etc. This reduces the delay between ripping and printing jobs, resulting in faster speeds and greater production.

ColorProof 5.6 can also re-assign jobs to different printers for continuous productivity. The new option has been integrated to automatically move pending jobs from one printer to another compatible printer in case the current printer cannot print (for example, because it has run out of ink or paper). This eliminates a backlog of files that are waiting for the printer to be attended to.

Individual working space for higher user-friendliness
With an individual working space, the customer decides which resources are displayed in the software. Instead of working through extensive lists of color management items, a clearly arranged view now helps to immediately spot what one is looking for. “ColorProof has always been noted for its exceptional color accuracy,” concludes Plautz. “ColorProof 5.6 makes the process even easier.” ColorProof 5.6 is available immediately through the company’s extensive global network of resellers.

Xeikon innovative digital production solutions exhibited for the first time at Emballage 2014

Xeikon will be showcasing a host of innovative technologies for its first time attendance at Salon de l’Emballage 2014. Located on stand 6 E 110, the company will demonstrate its enhanced Folding Carton Suite along with its recently launched Web Varnishing Module. The company will also be cooperating with partners Zünd, CERM and customers Imprimerie Bouley and 5Sept Etiquette to present a wide range of applications specifically developed to address the changing needs of brand owners and packaging converters. The Salon de l’Emballage is taking place November 17 to 20 at Paris Nord Villepinte.

“Over the past few years our portfolio of digital solutions for labels and packaging has significantly increased, and we encourage converters and brand owners alike to come check out what we have on display at Emballage. We will be thrilled to meet up with them and engage in some insightful conversations,” comments Filip Weymans, Director Segment Marketing and Business Development Labels & Packaging at Xeikon.

Enhanced Folding Carton Suite
At the show, Xeikon will be showing its enhanced Folding Carton Suite that now offers a basic press configuration where the print stations are equipped with orange toner, in combination with CMYK. The extended color gamut achieved with this configuration ensures the accurate production of a wider range of brand colors. Producing folding cartons digitally is perfect for specific seasonal packaging, intensive test marketing, just-in-time delivery contracts and customization of shorter runs and appeals to smaller geographic and demographic market segments. With the Folding Carton Suite, Xeikon offers a ready-to-use package, making it easy for customers to configure an efficient and cost-effective set-up for the digital production of folding cartons. It is the ideal solution for packaging converters who need to add high quality cost-effective short runs of folding cartons to their mix of offerings as well as for commercial printers looking to enter the packaging market.

“Our strategy is to pursue growth in the folding carton market and we are thrilled at being able to demonstrate for the first time the continuous enhancements we have made to the Xeikon Folding Carton Suite at Emballage 2014 in Paris,” says Weymans. Eager to provide the best end-to-end digital printing solutions to the market, and address the changing needs of brand owners and packaging converters, our Folding Carton Suite allows them to digitally produce the same high quality packaging but for a whole range of new applications, allowing them to build new revenue streams with higher profit margins.”

Compact inline varnishing module for major productivity and improved optimization
At Labelexpo Americas earlier this year, Xeikon expanded the inline finishing options available for its digital presses with the launch of the Web Varnishing Module. This extremely versatile unit can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates making the module the perfect fit for folding cartons, which require varnish-free areas for glue strips and production data. The module is also an extremely compact solution to apply spot varnish on a large variety of substrates including self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. The new inline module enables the operator to see the results immediately and to make any corrections, if required, in order to achieve the desired effect. This eliminates the high expense and job delays when varnishing is done off-line and the entire job has to be reprinted if the end result is not acceptable. Finally, the Web Varnishing Module is an important addition to the Xeikon Suites, enabling further optimization of the processes and workflows used by printers and converters. At Emballage 2014, the Web Varnishing Module will run inline with the Xeikon 3050 Digital Press, fully equipped with unwinder and in a roll-to-sheet configuration.
Close partnerships and cooperations

At Emballage, Xeikon will also be printing wet-glue wine and champagne labels in cooperation with its customer, Imprimerie Bouley, a family-run label converter located in the heart of Burgundy that specializes in wine, spirit and beverage labels. With ever shorter print runs and delivery requirements, Imprimerie Bouley switched from offset to digital beginning 2013 and opted for a Xeikon 3030 Digital Press – upgraded now to a Xeikon 3300 – and the results have been outstanding. The benefits of wet-glue labels include high quality graphics, high speed applications and volume runs and the ease of label removal on returnable containers.

On display will also the very popular Clics Boxes from Belgian toy manufacturer Clics. These folding carton toy boxes can be customized with photos and text, making an original gift for kids. They will be produced by a folding carton suite powered by a Xeikon Digital Press and finished by digital cutting specialist Zünd.

Finally, Aura Partner CERM, a solution provider in business management and automation solutions for the labels and printing industry will also display an offline Xeikon X-800 Digital Front-End and integrated workflow configuration with MIS system while French customer 5Sept Etiquette will showcase to attending visitors samples printed on its Xeikon 3300 Digital Label Press, acquired last year.

Monday, November 17, 2014

R K Label Printing Machinery sells 6-color UV flexo press to Shree Ganesh Prints

Reputed manufacturer of letterpress and flexo machines, Ahmedabad based R K Label Printing Machinery sold a 6-color UV flexo press to Shree Ganesh Prints at the recently concluded Labelexpo India. The RK F-320 flexo press sold to Shree Ganesh Prints has five printing units with IR dryer and one color with UV and IR dryer. Other features include a lamination unit, turn bar, three set printing cylinder, auto tension control for winding and unwinding, two rotary die-cutting units – one for die cutting and the other for sheet cut with conveyer belt drive. This press runs at a speed of 50m/min and has a maximum print width of 310mm.

Based at Hapur in Uttar Pradesh, Shree Ganesh Prints is in the printing of labels used on utensils.  However, this is the converter’s fourth purchase from R K Label Printing Machinery. Mukul Gupta reasoned his loyalty to the company saying that the bought his first press from this company five years ago and are happy with the performance. The presses are low on maintenance and value for money. This is one of the major reasons to add up the fourth press at his facility that is spread across an area of about 1,900 sq. ft.