Thursday, April 2, 2015

Monotech Systems installs first Jetsci VSRI unit in India

Monotech Systems has successfully installed its first Jetsci VSRI at a security printer’s facility, with the second press in the process of being installed. Jetsci VSRI was launched at Labelexpo India 2014 and this order was booked during the show.

Monotech Systems that unveiled its new avatar of Jetsci variable data printing (VDP) inkjet system at Labelexpo India 2014 on 29 October. VSRI stands for variable data printing, slitting, rewinding and inspection, and the machine, Jetsci VSRI 330, was on display at the company’s stall at the expo. Jetsci VSRI is designed for label and security printing jobs such as tax stamps, and comprises a slitter, rewinder, UV inkjet printing system, UV curing, camera inspection and verification system. Variable data printed on each label gets verified by the camera inspection system. 

The Jetsci systems are available in two variants - Y and M series. The M series is a new product with speeds over 150 metre per minute either with UV curable ink or water-based ink, depending on the applications. The machine with Kyocera printing heads and GEW UV drying lamps, is capable to print through both water-based and UV inks.

Monotech Systems has also installed a total of 18 Jetsci inkjet VDP monochrome machines. Of these, 14 were installed during the 2014-15 financial year.

Rotocon secures second Screen Truepress Jet L350UV sale in South Africa

HP Labelling, one of South Africa’s largest self-adhesive label producers, has invested in the Screen digital label production technology
Rotocon, a provider of consulting and service to South Africa label converters in the narrow web industry today announced the sale of a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV to HP Labelling for their Cape Town manufacturing facility. The order was led by Pascal Aengenvoort, sales director of Rotocon and marks their second sale of the Truepress Jet L350UV in South Africa since being appointed reseller of the inkjet label press less than one year ago.

Photo-realistic quality, fast job turnarounds and stable output are standout features of the innovative Screen  Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label printing system. The high-speed press prints at up to 50m/min on a 350mm web. Using Screen’s proprietary high-definition CMYK+W UV inks, the Truepress Jet L350UV produces a wide-gamut of vibrant colours and smooth tones at high resolution. Voted "Best Label Printing Solution" in the 2014 European Digital Press Association Awards, the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV press is specifically designed to meet brand owners' increasing demand for value-added packaging to increase product differentiation.

Decision makers from the HP Labelling Cape Town management team were David White, general manager and Andrew Mantell, operations manager. During the decision process, numerous print trials were completed at the Screen Demo Center in Amsterdam and delivered to the HP Labelling team for evaluation. “Andrew and I were extremely pleased with every printed label sample Screen provided,” said David White. “The high print quality, fast operating speed, machine throughput, and a positive ROI analysis led to our decision to invest in the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV, to complement our flexographic printing expertise. It was also important that reliable technical support was guaranteed through Rotocon, who locally represents the Truepress Jet L350UV in South Africa.”

Bringing over 50 years of experience, HP Labelling is one of South Africa’s largest label producers offering expertise in flexographic printing of a vast variety of self-adhesive labels, in addition to the production of nursery & log tags, automotive metal labels, plain label manufacture & thermal ribbon supply, and thermal printing machines & systems. HP Labelling serves customers across southern Africa with two dedicated manufacturing plants in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and sales offices in Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.

Pascal Aengenvoort, sales director of Rotocon comments: "It has been an exciting 10 months since we began representing the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV in South Africa. We are pleased to secure our second sale and honoured that Chris Bobbert, CEO of HP Labelling flew to Cape Town to officially sign the order, in addition to a celebratory visit by Brian Filler, president of Screen Europe and Mark Sherman, area director of Screen Europe. With our field technician receiving extensive training on-site at Screen for the Truepress Jet L350UV, we are well positioned to locally serve customers in South Africa with a digital solution for short-run label printing.”

Berco Labels expands business with Xeikon 3030 digital color press

Quebec-based company focusing on digital production of food and beverage labels
Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that Berco Labels, a Quebec City, Quebec-based printer of pressure-sensitive labels, has successfully expanded its business and production capabilities after purchasing and installing a Xeikon 3030 digital color press.

Founded more than 40 years ago, and part of the Group Magnitude family of companies, Berco Labels is the only printer in Quebec offering three printing technologies - digital, offset, and flexographic. Berco installed the Xeikon press in late 2012, and has become a pioneer of Xeikon label printing technology in the Quebec area.

Manon Leclerc, president of Berco Labels, said that the addition of Xeikon 3030 has opened up new applications that the company could not have handled cost-effectively using flexographic technology.

"Xeikon digital technology allows us to produce short and medium runs profitably. We were not able to do so with flexo technology. The Xeikon 3030 has enabled us to be a much more complete and diverse supplier to the market," Leclerc said.

The bulk of Berco's digital label production is for the food and beverage industries. Xeikon label presses shine in producing these applications with their industry-leading imaging quality as well as FDA-compliant toner. Xeikon label presses also offer a 'one-pass' opaque white toner that's ideal for Berco's production of high quality wine and spirits labels on clear substrates.

The Xeikon 3030 is the entry-level narrow web press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. It offers a high level of productivity due to its full rotary printing, which is independent of the number of colors being printed as well as the repeat length of the label. It also offers true 1200 x 3600 dpi imaging resolution, with a media width of up to 13 inches, and can handle a variety of substrates without pretreatment or priming.


"It's been impressive to watch Berco take advantage of our digital printing capabilities and further strengthen their business," said Todd Blumsack, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Xeikon America, Inc. "Xeikon label solutions offer an unbeatable combination of print quality, flexibility, versatility, and productivity, and are helping Berco meet the growing demands of its customers," he added.

Label Works earns Certificate of Excellence at 2015 American Package Design Awards

Minnesota-based leader in wholesale label printing honored by Graphic Design USA in their packaging awards competition.
Label Works, a leader in wholesale label printing based in North Mankato, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that they have been honored by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) in the 2015 American Package Design Awards.

For more than fifty years, GDUSA has sponsored design competitions, and the American Package Design Awards is the fastest-growing competition in this decade. This year’s competition received over 2000 entries, of which roughly 15 percent were recognized as winners.

Label Works was honored with a certificate of excellence for a series of Whiskey Bottom Candle labels printed for Octavo Designs. The three label variations included were for the Hot Tottie, Whiskey Barrel, and Cranberry Smash candle varieties, and a back label was also included.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Graphic Design USA,” said Bill Rose, General Manager. “We’re proud of every order we produce, and we appreciate being recognized for our efforts. What matters most is that our customers can continue to put their trust in us as their print partner.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Toyo Ink Group to feature eco-friendly packaging inks, can coatings at Gulf Print & Pack

Toyo Ink (Middle East) FZE. and Toyo Ink Arets Middle East FZE., both wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Toyo Ink Group, today announced that they will jointly exhibit their latest offset inks, UV inks, packaging materials and can coatings at Gulf Print & Pack 2015. The trade show will run from April 13 – 16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE. Gulf Print & Pack 2015 is the leading event for commercial and package printers in the Middle East and North Africa.

Located in Hall 4, stand A4, the Toyo Ink Group will have on display its long-running Toyo King Nex and VOC-free Toyo King Hyplus NV 100 series of offset inks as well as its eco-friendly gravure ink series for food packaging, MultiStar, and Toyo Ink Arets’ UV inks and UV-related materials. MultiStar and Arets’ UV inks are Swiss Ordinance-compliant and formulated to meet strict industry or legislative guidelines for food packaging.

Another featured product is the fast-curing Steraflex UV flexo ink, a highly rated brand particularly in Europe. This series is ideally suited for label and flexible packaging markets.

To meet growing Middle East demand for food cans, Toyo Ink will highlight its Finishes high-performance can coatings used in various types of metal food and beverage cans. Toyo Ink Arets will also showcase its VOC-free NewsCure series of UV inks for newspaper printing.

“The commercial package printing market in the Middle East and North Africa is on an upswing, fueled by increased consumption levels and a booming construction sector. The Toyo Ink Group is looking to capture new business opportunities and further expand our presence in this important growth market,” commented Yasushi Namise, president of Toyo Ink (Middle East).

Established in 2000, Toyo Ink (Middle East) FZE. (Dubai, UAE) is a marketer of commercial printing and packaging inks and materials, and related products. Toyo Ink Arets Middle East FZE., headquartered in Sharjah, UAE, is a marketer of UV inks and UV varnishes for folding carton, paper label and plastic film printing applications. Both companies are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Toyo Ink Group.

Walcher & Rees speed up their work with Polar LabelSystem DC-11plus

Walcher & Rees GmbH in Heidenheim is one of the leading suppliers of labels in the German-speaking region. By their own account, this 200-strong, family-run company produces nearly 16 billion labels each year. To successfully meet the growing demand, they have put the second Polar DC-11plus Label System into service.

Describing the strategy leading to the introduction of the Polar machine, managing director Fabian Walz says: “When the economic situation at Walcher & Rees GmbH became more difficult in 2010, we decided to restructure the company". In this regard, attention focused on the five die-cutters which had seen better days and in the management's view no longer conformed to the level of performance which is both possible and necessary to achieve in today's market. The idea was that by deploying new units equipped with the latest technology the overall number of machines could be reduced whilst significantly increasing productivity.

Close Cooperation with Polar 
At just the right moment, while it was searching for a partner with whom to implement these ideas, the company received an offer from Polar. The engineering company had presented the prototype for a new die-cutting system at drupa 2012 and was itself looking for a partner with the facilities for installing and testing the machine under production conditions. As many years of collaboration with Polar in the field of cutting machines had seen nothing but positive results and since there was a feeling that the existing suppliers of die-cutting machines had fallen behind the Hofheim company both in terms of technology and performance, there was nothing to be said against the concept or to prevent Walcher & Rees from awarding the contract to Polar.

Many positive effects
Today, production is arranged so that the labeling material is first cut into strips with a Polar high-speed cutter. Two strips of labels arranged side by side are then cut into individual label stacks. These are separated and then transported one by one to the DCplus system die-cutter. After die-cutting, the label packs are automatically carried onto the BDplus single-head bander and banded together. Thanks to the revised processes, the DC-11plus today handles up to 24 packs per minute whereas its predecessor's peak was 16 packs per minute. As regards production at Walcher & Rees, this means that, depending on the order, up to nine million labels can be produced in one shift, whereas previously only six million was possible under the same conditions.

A particular advantage in this regard is the machine's ability to cut two stacks at once. Walz: "We currently use the machine particularly for print runs in the tens of millions and we are extremely happy with it."  

Flexibility 
What managers also appreciate is the flexibility of the machine when it comes to formats and their uses. "We are now able to process hundreds of the most varied formats accurately and reliably with very rapid retooling," says Walz. The large table, which by contrast with the earlier models is significantly easier to load and can hold a pre-buffer of up to three layers, is a contributing factor, as is the fact that, compared with the earlier models, there is greater scope for adjustment, for example as regards tilting, rotating and distortion handling. Walz: "And, in this regard, we shouldn't forget the stability and construction of the machine itself. Once the production parameters have been set, the cut product is transferred smoothly and steadily into the die-cutting room to be further processed. You can practically let the machine run on its own."

Color-Logic and HP SmartStream Designer Simplify Variable Metallic Data Design

A new video released by Color-Logic--developer of the Process Metallic Color System--shows how, when used together, the Color-Logic system and HP SmartStream Designer enable graphic designers to automatically produce white ink masks necessary for printing variable data in metallic using digital presses. 

Discussing the technique, Color-Logic Chief Technical Officer Richard Ainge commented: "Producing metallic images, text, vector graphics, or sequential numbers with digital presses on a metallic substrate necessitates producing a white ink mask for every variable data field in a design. This means that variable data printing in metallic was virtually impossible until Color-Logic developed a foolproof technique, enabling HP SmartStream Designer to automatically and effortlessly produce the required white ink masks with a simple click of the designer's mouse. A video on the Color-Logic website shows how to prepare files using Color-Logic with HP SmartStream Designer."

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MPS UK has a successful Open House

On March 18 & 19 the MPS UK office in Wigan welcomed printers and converters to watch live demonstrations and presentations of the new cost-effective MPS EB flexo press.
MPS announced recently having a successful open house that took place March 18 – 19 at the MPS UK sales and service office in Wigan. During the open house, live demonstrations and presentations of the new cost-effective MPS EB flexo press were held to printers and converters. MPS’ sponsoring partners Avery Dennison, Tesa, Paragon Inks, Cheshire Anilox Technology and Reproflex 3 were also on-site to present information about their various press-related products and technologies.

The live demonstrations and presentations showed open house visitors the advantages of the following innovative technologies featured in the new MPS EB flexo press:
Crisp.Dot Light, which guarantees predictable high-quality label printing with no gear marking
iSet, a new MPS technology which features intelligent pressure settings and easy operation
iStop technology, providing zero waste at roll change

During the press demonstrations, MPS printed two different jobs on various types of material, including cold foil. The change-over time was only minutes and less than 25 metres of waste was produced. One of the top advantages of MPS presses, especially the new EB press, is the ease of operation. The operator-friendly controls and operator touch panels enhance interaction between the press operator and the press. Open house visitors experienced first-hand the control of the machine and the operator interface as unequalled benefits in press operation.

Nick Tyrer, MPS UK Sales Director comments: “We were enormously pleased to see such an enthusiastic turnout for the launch of the EB press at our open house event in Wigan, including printers who attended from as far as Jordan. Visitors’ reactions were very positive, especially with the cost-saving iStop technology that optimizes stops and starts during printing, leaving zero waste. The iStrip Matrix technology, which allows the press to die-cut and strip matrix at very high press speeds, even when the label shape and material are very difficult to strip, was also seen as very advantageous for increasing productivity.”

Hank Arnold of Limbus Labels, owner of the demonstrated EB press and first EB customer in the UK commented: “We chose the MPS EB flexo press simply because there is nothing else at the price point with that level of sophistication. We produce a lot of short to medium run high-quality work, and with the EB pre-setting features, short web path and iStop, we will achieve massive material savings. There is also the benefit of reduced power consumption, which we calculate will be half of our current machines.”