Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Color-Logic releases Metallic Separation Tool

Color-Logic has released Image-FX, a software plug-in that automatically creates a metallic ink separation for conventional printing or a white ink separation for use with metallic substrate. The Photoshop plug-in is available to Adobe Creative Cloud users and produces images particularly effectively in wide-format and UV printers.

Color-Logic Chief Technical Officer Richard Ainge, commenting about the introduction, said: "The Color-Logic Image-FX plug-in analyzes photographic images and automatically calculates the required metal effect for different tonal regions. This automated tool eliminates the costly and time-consuming hit-or-miss approach of integrating metallics into an image. In conventional printing, metallic ink is used only where required, thus cutting ink consumption. When printing on metallic substrates, the tool eliminates the tedious task of cutting white ink masks. Designers requiring vector treatment of their images, or any of the other dramatic Color-Logic special effects, can upgrade to the full Color-Logic Design License at any time."

The Color-Logic Image-FX tool may be downloaded from the Color-Logic website, www.color-logic.com, for $699 per year, or $75 per month.

With the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, brand managers, product managers, corporations, and advertising agencies can differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition. Color-Logic tools simplify design and print production, creating eye-catching decorative effects for use on branded product packaging and associated collateral. The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure. It is ideal for packaging, pouches, direct mail, point-of-purchase material, signage, postcards, literature, booklets, labels, shrink sleeves, calendars and much more.

Tresu develops integrated pouch printing solution to enable detergent industry’s compliance with European safety directive

Danish flexo technology provider Tresu Group has introduced a customised flexo printing solution for integration into a water-soluble detergent pouch filling and converting line.  Developed in collaboration with a large global consumer goods manufacturer with plants at several locations, the new integration solution enables household detergent manufacturers to comply with a new European safety directive requiring individual capsules to carry warning messages. The ruling is a consequence of injuries suffered by children who mistake the brightly coloured capsules used in washing machines or dishwashers as sweets, and ingest them.

Allan Sander, Sales Director of Tresu Solutions, the business area for integrated printing innovations, comments: “The resulting solution will ensure brand owners can meet the new safety regulations, promote consumer protection and maintain seamless, uninterrupted single-pass production with no extra handling required.”

Contained within a space-saving printing module before the pouch-filling stage, the multi-colour servo-driven solution offers operator-friendly, fully automated ink flow and job setup, making it ideal for operation without in-house flexo experience.

The integrated Tresu F10 iCon ink supply system constantly feeds the printing units and maintains optimum viscosity, temperature and pressure. Sealed, pressure-controlled chambered doctor blade systems enable direct, foam-free transfer of ink or coating to the anilox rollers, ensuring a consistently clean printed image. To enable the brand owner to integrate the process, Tresu Solutions optimised the unit to operate at only 10m/s – a relatively low speed necessitated by the subsequent pouch filling process.

To further reduce manual intervention, a register module after the printing stations maintains precise positioning of fine text automatically, on the fly. Furthermore, a control system stores and, in the case of repeat jobs, instantly recalls job recipes, so no re-entry of ink and calibration data is needed. 

Accommodating multiple pouches in the cross direction, the unit prints in-line on the substrate, ensuring integrity of the printed message through the packing or logistics process. In compliance with stringent end-user requirements to assure consistent quality at several locations around the world, the machines feature identical components and procedures.

Allan Sander comments: “Following the beta-testing of a machine at the customer’s locations in Europe Tresu Solutions has supplied the customer with a further two digit number of machines.  We have been able to develop a global solution within a short time frame, despite heavy demands on process technology.”

Chicago to Host Concurrent Mega-Event for Processors, Packagers, Printers, and Converters

Chicago's McCormick Place will host an unprecedented expo combination with Graph Expo 15 running September 13 through 16, 2015 in the South Hall with the co-located CPP Expo show, and Process Expo running September 15 through 18 in the North and East Halls. With trending industry issues and innovations related to food packaging design, migration, and expiration, the concurrent events will offer a first-of-its-kind opportunity for printers, packagers, processors, and converters to intermingle and explore the global scope of these vital facets of the graphic communications and packaging/processing industries. During the two-day overlap, attendees at either event will have all-access admission to the exhibit halls for all events.

"Industry convergence has been a hot topic and driving force for many years," said Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) President Ralph Nappi. " Graph Expo and the co-located CPP Expo are geared to the graphic communications and packaging industry segments while Process Expo and the co-located International Dairy Show and InterBev Process shows are targeted at processing and packaging innovations in the food, dairy, and beverage industries. For the first time, processing, packaging, printing, and converting will all converge in one location."

Billed as "The Global Food Equipment and Technology Show," Process Expo is owned and organized by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. Show co-location partners include InterBev Process, a capital goods trade show event covering the entire beverage industry value creation chain, and the International Dairy Show, owned and organized by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), which features packing, processing, technology, ingredients and distribution solutions for the global dairy.

" Process Expo, together with our show partners, is the Western Hemisphere's leading food and beverage technology event," according to David Seckman, President and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association. "With over 1,000 exhibiting companies included in the joint Process Expo, InterBev Process, and International Dairy Show, attendees will see the latest innovations for the ever-changing food, dairy, and beverage industries."

"We are delighted to come together with Graph Expo and our show partners to offer unique all-access admission this fall," said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president, finance, administration and trade show. "We are looking forward to an exciting 2015 event, packed with innovation and this is just one more opportunity for our exhibitors to showcase their products and solutions to an even larger audience."

Graph Expo is operated by GASC and is recognized as the most innovative and comprehensive exhibition in the Americas of digital, offset, inkjet, flexo, gravure and hybrid technologies, products, and services for the commercial, transactional, converting and package printing, publishing, mailing, in-plant, photo imaging, marketing and industrial printing industries. The co-located CPP Expo serves the converting and packaging materials industry segment.

Highcon expands into Americas: Vic Stalam to head North and South operations

Following a successful launch at Graph Expo at the end of last year, Highcon is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Vic Stalam to the position of President, Highcon Americas. Vic will be leading Highcon's team in Canada, North and South America and building the American operations. Vic has vast industry experience spanning technology, imaging, business information systems and services. He spent many years in management roles of increasing responsibility at Kodak, and X-Rite/Pantone (a Danaher company), among others, leading cross-functional global teams to build new business.

Aviv Ratzman, CEO of Highcon: “We are delighted to have been able to recruit Vic to join our team and to lead our operations in the Americas. His in-depth understanding of all aspects of printing and packaging technology, particularly in the digital arena, will bolster our commitment to investing in the world's largest market.”

Vic Stalam, President, Highcon Americas: “I am excited to be joining Highcon at this particular stage of the company's growth. The introduction of digital technology into the post-print and packaging market completes the missing link in the digital printing workflow. I believe in Highcon’s vision of transforming “finishing” into a value adding process. The Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine offers printers and converters an innovative and productive solution to the demands of their clients.”

The award winning Highcon Euclid is the first fully digital cutting and creasing machine for converting paper, labels, folding carton and microflute. The Euclid incorporates Highcon’s patented ‘DART’ (Digital Adhesive Rule Technology) to produce creases, and high-speed laser optics to cut a wide range of substrates. By eliminating the conventional die-making process, Highcon delivers the innovation and differentiation that printers, converters, trade finishers, brand owners and retailers have all been waiting for.