Monday, April 20, 2015

L9 announces the 2014 World Label Awards category winners

Best of the Best to be announced at Labelexpo Europe
The L9 label associations are pleased to announce the results of the 2014 L9 World Label Awards competition judged by an international jury just before Labelexpo Americas in Chicago in September 2014. The L9 is an alliance of global label associations for the purposes of formulating polices and gathering strategic information in connection with global matters affecting the worldwide label industry.

The current class structure includes 22 classes covering all the principal printing processes and markets. The results are listed in class order with the Winners announced first followed by the Honourable Mention (HM) awards.

“The World Label Awards are seen as the technical Oscars of the global label industry with members of the L9 group showing off the best labels from their own ‘domestic’ competitions. Every year we see technically excellent labels from around the world which tend to reflect the technical advances within the international label industry. As judges we see “new” applications being presented especially in the Innovation class,” comments Tony White, chairman of the judging panel. “The final icing on the cake is the selection of the entries for Best of the Best awards which represent the five main printing processes”.

The associations participating this year were FINAT (Europe), JFLP (Japan), TLMI (North America), SALMA (New Zealand), PEIAC (China) and LATMA (Australia). The judges for this year’s competition included Mike Buystedt (Temporary chair) TLMI, Kurt Walker FINAT, Andrew Maxwell LATMA, Tony Wheeler SALMA, Teru Hama JFLP, Qiu Xiaohong PEIAC, ABIEA supplied a judge also.


The Results
Class 1: Flexo Line
Winner TLMI: McDowell Label & Screen Printing, USA for “Sweet & Sexy Bronzer”

Class 2: Flexo Line Screen/Tone
Winner TLMI: Hammer Packaging Inc., USA for “Right Guard Xtreme Fresh”

Class 3: Flexo Colour Process
LATMA: Multicolor (QLD), Australia for “Lite n’ Easy Sesame Beef Noodles”
HM FINAT: Permapack AG, Switzerland for “Crème d’or Special 750ml”

Class 4: Flexo Wine/Spirits
Winner FINAT: Stratus Packaging, France for “Marquise Blanc Magnolia”

Class 5: Letterpress Line
Winner JFLP: Tokiwa Seal Printing Co. Ltd., Japan for “Headgear 03FATYO”

Class 6: Letterpress Line Screen/Tone
Winner PEIAC: Shanghai Tungkong Security Printing Co. Ltd., China for “Sticky Sealing on Cigarette”

Class 7: Letterpress Colour Process
Winner JFLP: Shimokuni Co. Ltd., Japan for “Japan Tea”
HM FINAT: Ҫiftsan Etiket, Turkey for “Carjen Hand & Body Cream Moisturising”

Class 8: Letterpress Wine/Spirits
Winner JFLP: Sankyo Tac Label Co. Ltd., Japan for “Date Craft Beer”
Winner LATMA: Signature Labels, Australia for “Stockwell Creek £King Shot” Shiraz

Class 11: Offset Colour Process
No winner
HM JFLP: Fuji Mark Co. Ltd., Japan for “LINA Health Plus”

Class 12: Offset Wine/Spirits
Winner JFLP: Seieido Printing Co. Ltd., Japan for “tojuno”
HM LATMA: CCL (SA) Australia for Rymill “The Dark Horse”

Class 13: Combination Line
Winner JFLP: Kansai Takara Printing Co. Ltd., Japan for “Marudaizy Soy Sauce”

Class 14: Combination Line Screen/Tone
Winner PEIAC: Wenzhou Haoge Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Co. Ltd. China, for “Labels for Guyue Longshan”

Class 15: Combination Colour Process
Winner JFLP: Miracle Industrial Co. Ltd., Japan for “Tiger for iPhone”
HM FINAT: Omnipack AG, Switzerland for “Braumeister Speck”
HM TLMI: ASL Print FX, USA for “Sunny and Share Citrus Saison”

Class 16: Combination Wine/Spirits
Winner TLMI: Collotype, USA for “Girl & Dragon 2013 Malbec Argentina”
HM FINAT: Collotype Labels, Australia for “Griffith De Bortoli Wines – La Boheme”
HM JFLP: Seieido Printing Co. Ltd., Japan for “Toukou”

Class 17: Digital Printing
Winner FINAT: Gráficas Varias, Spain for “Miss Tela ”
HM JFLP: Maru-Sin Inc., Japan for “Organic Shampoo”

Class 18: Digital Wine/Spirits
Winner LATMA: Collotype (SA), Australia for “Montepulciano”
HM JFLP: MSP Inc., Japan for “TSUGANOKI”

Class 19: Screen
No winner
HM JFLP: Sibel Industry Co. ltd., Japan for “Face Wash”

Class 21: Booklets
Winner LATMA: Multicolor (QLD), Australia for Beef Casserole Coupon

Class 22: Innovation
Winner FINAT: Schreiner Group, Germany for “Pharma-Tac Plus Label”
Winner JFLP: Keiyusha Co. Ltd., Japan for “Glass Coating Indication”

Best of the Best
In the past two years 5 additional L9 Global awards representing the “Best of the Best” entries from the principal printing processes. The awards will be presented at Tarsus event which will be held during Labelexpo 2015 in Brussels in September 2015. The winners are selected from the winning entries in the L9 World label Awards competition from the following classes: Flexography, Letterpress, Offset Litho, Combination Printing, Digital Printing. The identities of the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony and are perceived as the “Oscars of the Oscars” of the international label industry. The judging for the 2015 L9 WLA competition will take place on the 28th September 2015 in Brussels at the Labelexpo venue.

EFI elevates the print buying experience with newest-version Web-to-Print/eCommerce Platform

Newly released Digital StoreFront software extends end-to-end workflow management capabilities through the certified integrations of EFI’s Productivity Suite 
The newly released version 8 of EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print and eCommerce solution - part of EFI’s comprehensive Productivity Suite of certified, integrated workflows – creates unprecedented new capabilities to help print providers streamline, simplify and improve the print buying experience. EFI will showcase the updated solution at two upcoming industry events in Las Vegas: the ISA International Sign Expo (April 9-11) and the PODi AppForum (May 11-13).

This upgraded version of EFI’s award-winning, flexible web-to-print solution provides industry-leading capabilities, including new, EFI DirectSmile options that extend the types of variable-data and personalized direct mail campaigns corporations can successfully create online. Print providers can profitably produce more work using the industry’s top online job submission solution integrated with a complete Productivity Suite offering real-time, bi-directional integration and data sharing with EFI MIS/ERP and EFI Fiery digital print workflows.

Corporate and content tools for integrated, expanded one-stop shopping
Print providers can strengthen customer loyalty and improve their service capabilities by offering new, value-added features that give their customers more flexibility and capabilities. With the web-to-print software’s new Enterprise Model, print providers can subdivide a client’s single Digital StoreFront license into different interfaces to serve different franchises or subsidiaries within client’s organization. Print providers can also offer their clients more-convenient, one-stop-shopping for a range of services using a new marketplace sales offering that can incorporate content partners such as copywriters, photographers and graphic designers, in a single online ordering interface.

The software also streamlines and enhances the web-to-print ordering process with single sign-on (SSO) authentication for multiple users within the same organization, more-accurate shipping estimating using UPS CONNECT rate look-up tools, and support for online purchasing of ebooks or other electronic content.

“Print providers can become very efficient in their work with corporations, creatives and agencies, moving creative concepts through to successful execution using a platform that manages the many important details,” said David Minnick, EFI’s product management director for web-to-print and value-added products.

The print industry’s preferred web-to-print solution
EFI Digital StoreFront is part of the complete EFI Productivity Suite of printing and converting MIS/ERP, web to print and eCommerce workflow solutions for small, medium and enterprise businesses. EFI’s premier web-to-print offering also includes the advanced technologies that have made it print providers’ preferred online job submission solution for reliable and secure end-to-end workflows, including standardized, JDF-based automation and streamlined job routing to copiers, printers, digital presses, and prepress/platesetting systems from major equipment manufacturers.

Printing and packaging professionals across the globe rely on EFI’s portfolio of workflow products to manage their businesses and become more streamlined, efficient, informed and profitable.

EFI is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in Silicon Valley, with offices around the globe, the company's powerful integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide, wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow, web to print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.

Jeco Plastic Products hosts U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly

Jeco Plastic Products-designer and manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries since 1973-recently hosted U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly for a tour of the Jeco facilities. Donnelly, one of two United States senators from Indiana, visited Jeco as a stop on his "Donnelly Days" program. "Donnelly Days" are an ongoing series of events where Donnelly works alongside employees in a variety of jobs and professions in communities across Indiana to gain a greater understanding of the issues most important to Indiana workers. During his visit to Jeco, Donnelly learned about Jeco efforts to export its precision plastic pallets to the worldwide printing and automotive industries, as well as the Jeco role in developing sophisticated plastic materials for aerospace and military applications.

Commenting about the event, Jeco CEO Craig Carson said: "Jeco Plastic Products is honored to have been chosen by Senator Donnelly to learn about our technology and its role in the global manufacturing process. We are grateful for the opportunity Jeco staff and production employees had to show our rotational molding and thermoforming capability to one of our nation's leaders."

Located in Plainfield, Indiana, Jeco Plastic Products designs and manufactures extremely durable high-tolerance pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries, as well as other industries handling heavy product which must be protected from damage. Other Jeco capabilities include the ability to produce large plastic structural components made with continuous carbon fibers in a variety of engineering thermoplastics. Jeco designers employ complex internal reinforcement to impart dimensional stability and structural integrity to their products. Jeco production facilities include rotational plastic molding and thermoforming capabilities unique in North America.  

Microscan Machine Vision Cameras chosen for UR5 Inline Robotic Inspection System

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, has been selected by Cross Company’s Automation Group for an integrated robotic inspection solution using the Universal Robots UR5 robotic arm and Microscan Vision HAWK Smart Camera. The vision-guided robot is a turnkey inspection system that provides final quality inspection of large components like automotive engines or large electronic sub-assembles where multi-point inspection of the part is required in three dimensions. The solution combines easy-to-use machine vision components with easy-to-use robotics, solving complicated inline inspection applications simply and safely for manufacturers.

In order to perform quality inspection of large components, multiple machine vision cameras are typically required because the component may be too big for the available number of pixels in a single machine vision sensor to capture all part features and complete all inspections in one image, or the inspections must be made from several angles around the component. This type of inspection is therefore not commonly automated because of the requirement for excessive equipment, mounting space, and complex configuration of all necessary tools. But this is where robotics, like the UR5 robotic arm, excel in simplifying all equipment into a single automation solution. The UR5 system uses one machine vision camera in a dynamic application, where robot and camera communicate data in order to navigate to the necessary inspection points on all sides of the component.

In Cross Company’s UR5 robotic inspection system, the inspection locations for a given part are communicated by way of a SKU that is read from a component as it enters the inspection point on the manufacturing line. This SKU initiates a machine vision job on the Vision HAWK Smart Camera containing all of the prescribed inspection steps for that component. As the UR5 robotic arm moves to the correct position, a command is sent to the Vision HAWK camera for the correct sub-inspection to perform at that location. The system keeps track of the cumulative results of all inspections and this collective pass/fail data is combined into an overall quality report for the component. The system can then perform new sets of inspections for new components coming down the line based on the unique SKU of each component, indicating specific inspection tasks. This modular process ensures automated quality control can be incorporated without downtime on the line, enabling a fully inline inspection step that is easily incorporated at any stage of manufacturing.

Microscan’s Vision HAWK Smart Camera was selected for Cross Company’s UR5 inspection system because of its fully-integrated design, bringing together powerful inspection tools, image processing, advanced optics, liquid lens autofocus, and LED lighting all within one compact industrial machine vision camera. The camera integrates easily into equipment via RS-232 or Ethernet connections and can communicate over serial, Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, and PROFINET I/O protocols using the Microscan Link industrial connectivity tool, available across all Microscan machine vision systems. Part of Microscan’s AutoVISION family of machine vision products, the Vision HAWK Smart Camera takes advantage of a full suite of inspection capability and user-friendly technologies from Microscan’s legacy of machine vision innovation. This includes the new CloudLink Web HMI, which is used in the UR5 robotic inspection system to display inspection results on a wireless tablet or smart phone using a web browser.

Cross Company’s UR5 robotic inspection system was recently demonstrated at Automate 2015 in Chicago, where Microscan Machine Vision Promoter Dr. Jonathan Ludlow hosted a Video Showcase of the live UR5 robotic inspection demo, organized by machine vision global media source Vision Systems Design. More information about the UR5 robotic inspection system solution is available at cross-automation.com, and from Product Manager Paul Carter in the Cross Company Blog.

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

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