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Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Conference returns on May 2nd-3rd to Bangkok, Thailand

Packaging is the fastest growing industry in Asia and has been tipped to lead the packaging industry growth until 2020. As the Packaging Industry continues to grow, it’s more important than ever that you keep ahead of trends, technology and more than ever your competition. To keep abreast of the latest trends, technology and more, the 16th Annual Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Conference returns in May 2nd-3rd to Bangkok, Thailand. With the best line up of speakers from around the world, this year’s conference will show you over two days all that you need to be one step ahead. This year’s conference speakers are from Europe, USA, Australia and Asia, and will present topics that cover every area of Packaging Production.

Combined with the Asian Packaging Excellence Awards, the conference will be held at Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 2nd-3rd, 2018 and the Annual Awards Gala Dinner will be held on the 3rd May, 2018. You cannot afford to miss this event. To make sure you are up to date on the latest trends, register for the conference immediately.

Hybrid Software schedules orders at Belgium Label Printer

When the printing capacity at Accent Etiketten outstripped the ability of the company’s production scheduling software, the Belgium label printer called on the services of Hybrid Software. The solution came in the form of a customised production scheduling tool within the industry-leading workflow software CloudFlow.

“We operate HP Indigo digital presses and flexo presses,” says Christophe Beke, quality assurance and project manager. “We had originally written our own software for scheduling jobs, which operated within the ERP environment and had performed quite adequately. However, recent investment in our press department meant that the workload demands had overtaken what our package could handle and we estimated that to rewrite it would have taken us more than a year.

“Instead, we started examining what was available on the market and when we looked at the products from Hybrid Software we were immediately interested in the company’s potential to meet our needs. We liaised closely with its specialist team of developers in order to tailor its existing production scheduling tool to our particular requirements and this cooperation enabled us to reach our current position.”

The family run business specialises in supplying self-adhesive labels to customers throughout Belgium, France and Holland. It employs more than 60 people and operates HP Indigo 6600 and 8800 digital presses as well as eight and ten-colour flexo presses. These are in use around the clock five days a week and in addition to scheduling their workloads Accent Etiketten wanted to include its cutting and packaging facilities.

Bert Van der Perre is Sales Manager Benelux at HYBRID Software and has been heavily involved in the project. “In the new environment, job information is sent from Accent Etiketten’s MIS system directly into CloudFlow using XML files,” he says. “We set up a device manager within CloudFlow to define the relevant details of each machine, providing parameters that include minimum run time, setup time, production speed, number of print stations, time to change rolls and cleanup time. The solution incorporates an ‘availability calendar’ that takes into account factors such as staff holidays, maintenance, potential for extra shifts etc.

“Based on the technical details of a job and its due date as described in the XML, CloudFlow checks the machine’s availability and assigns the job to the press or equipment as well as providing a given time slot. As with all of our CloudFlow-based solutions, what we have created for Accent Etiketten is available as an HTML5 web interface, so this is readily accessible to other companies,” says Bert Van der Perre.

The advantages to Accent Etiketten have been numerous, with optimised scheduling of orders leading to improvements to delivery times and greater productivity. The company is a leading label printer in Belgium and during Labelexpo Europe 2017 HP Indigo presented Accent Etiketten with its award ‘Fastest Growth Champion in Northern Europe’.

Christophe Beke picks up the story. “All of our pre-press operators use Hybrid Software’s Packz editing software, so we already had a connection with the supplier,” he says. “Being able to liaise directly with its software engineers on this new project was excellent as this meant we benefited from extremely fast replies and solutions.

“We implemented the Hybrid Software package in two phases and have been using it with our digital presses and cutting equipment for about four months. The set up of our flexo presses is more complex so we left this for phase two, which started a few weeks ago. The training and installation have all gone well and we’ve achieved great transparency of the delivery process throughout the organisation. This new scheduling tool helps us to remain at the forefront of technology and can be utilised with any future investment made in the pressroom,” says Mr Beke.

Uflex Chemicals Business becomes India's First NABL Accredited Entity

In a big development, Chemicals Business of Uflex Limited has become India’s First NABL accredited entity in the field of combined manufacturing of Packaging Inks and Lamination Adhesives. National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a Constituent Board of Quality Council of India. NABL has been established with the objective of providing Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme of Conformity Assessment Body’s accreditation which involves third-party assessment of the technical competence of testing including medical and calibration laboratories, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers.

Chemicals Business of Uflex that recently made to the TOP 25 Club of International Companies on the basis of global ink sales (ref. Ink World; August 2017) enjoys an irreproachable reputation as a manufacturer of world-class quality inks, adhesives, speciality coatings and polyols that are required in the converting process for packaging.

Some of the highly acclaimed and much in demand products by Uflex Chemicals are Laminating Solvent based Adhesives, Solventless Adhesives, Water-based Adhesives, PU Adhesives, Ink Binders, Flexo, Gravure Primers, Top Coats, Inks, Heat Seal Coatings, Energy Curable Coatings, UV Coatings, Solvent Borne Coatings, UV LED Coatings, etc.

Expressing delight over this development, Mr. Rajesh Bhasin, Business Head, Chemicals at Uflex Limited said, “With this, the Laboratory of Chemicals Business has been formally recognized by an Accreditation Body in line with the internationally laid down principles and is now authorized to issue results (within defined scope) for customers as a third party for outside samples in accordance with ISO/IEC17025:2005. Reports issued by an NABL accredited laboratory are internationally accepted owing to its tie up with International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC).”

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.

Congratulating Team Chemicals at this remarkable feat,  Mr.  Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “This accreditation by NABL further testifies the quality conscious approach governing the manufacturing processes at Uflex Chemicals. Upholding our overarching Brand Promise across our business portfolio, we remain committed to offering value-added best-in-class flexible packaging solutions for our esteemed clients across the globe.”

Uflex is India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company and an emerging global player. Since its inception back in 1985, Uflex has grown from strength to strength to evolve as a truly Indian Multinational with consumers spread across the world. Uflex today has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of around 100,000 TPA and has packaging film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico Egypt, Poland and USA with cumulative installed capacity in excess of 337,000 TPA.

All Uflex plants are accredited with ISO 9001, 14001, HACCP & BRC certifications. Uflex caters to markets spanning across the globe in over 140 countries like USA, Canada, South American countries, UK and other European Countries, Russia, South Africa, CIS, Asian and African nations. Integrated within its core business profile are allied businesses like Engineering, Cylinders, Holography and Chemicals which further give Uflex a superior edge above competition.

Uflex Limited is also a part of the D&B Global Database and winner of various prestigious national and international awards for its products’ excellence. Uflex offers technologically superior packaging solutions for a wide variety of products such as snack foods, candy and confectionery, sugar, rice & other cereals, beverages, tea & coffee, dessert mixes, noodles, wheat flour, soaps and detergents, shampoos & conditioners, vegetable oil, spices, marinades & pastes, cheese & dairy products, frozen food, sea food, meat, anti-fog, pet food, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, garden fertilizers and plant nutrients, motor oil and lubricants, automotive and engineering components etc.

Some of Uflex’s clients on the global turf include P&G, PepsiCo; Tata Global; Mondelez, L’ Oreal, Britannia, Haldiram’s, Amul, Kimberly Clark, Ferro Rocher, Perfetti, GSK, Nestle, Agrotech Foods, Coca Cola, Wrigley, Johnson & Johnson among others.

Xeikon to head to Labelexpo Asia with innovative digital label solutions

Xeikon will head to Labelexpo Asia with innovative digital label solutions this time. Xeikon will be joined by the Flint Group’s Narrow Web and Ink divisions at Labelexpo Asia 2017, scheduled for 5 to 8 December 2017 in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The companies will be located on Stand G21 at the show. By combining Xeikon’s digital printing expertise with the wide range of conventional narrow web offerings from the Flint Group, visitors to Stand G21 will find solutions that address all label converter needs for self-adhesive and heat transfer labels. In addition to a Xeikon 3500 roll-to-roll digital press configuration, the stand will also feature a ThermoFlexX integrated plate production system for flexo and letterpress.

“There is huge growth potential in the Chinese market for digital label production, and it is an important market for Xeikon,” said Bent Serritslev, Xeikon’s Managing Director of Xeikon Asia Pacific. “With the broadest range of digital label printing solutions in the market, Xeikon has doubled its market share in China over the last two years, a growth rate we expect to continue. This expectation is validated by the fact that Xeikon customers are experiencing strong volume growth on their digital presses, indicating there is no shortage of volume suitable for digital production.”

Serritslev points out that customers in China appreciate the quality and reliability delivered by Xeikon presses, but they also value timely, responsive service and support when issues do arise. “To that end,” he added, “Xeikon has invested heavily in the establishment of a quality direct sales and service organization in China. Our objective is to make the customer experience as seamless and responsive as possible in order to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction and equipment up-time.”

The Xeikon 3500 roll-to-roll digital label press prints on web widths up to 516mm (20.3”) at 1200 dpi, and at speeds of up to 594 m2/hour. It uses high lightfastness QA-I or ICE toner. As Xeikon’s flagship wide web label press, the Xeikon 3500 enables shorter runs, faster delivery times, and the utmost in production flexibility. It’s highly functional X-800 digital front end with VariLane imposition software minimizes prepress activities, allowing label converters to easily combine different jobs on one substrate – even if the labels are of different heights and widths and with different run lengths. Last-minute adjustments to artwork or the addition of variable data is fast and easy, further increasing profitability for label converters. This type of out-of-the-box thinking and unique value-add sets Xeikon apart in the world of digital label printing.

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Registration opens for FTA Forum and Infoflex

Registration is now open for Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) Forum & Infoflex 2018, which will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana from May 6-9. Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) has announced that registrations for the 2017 Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition are officially open at the FTA Store. The Trending Now Forum will take place April 30 – May 3 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel in downtown Phoenix, AZ. More than 2,000 trend-setters, representing every segment of the supply chain will be there.

The Forum event themed Bringing It All Together: Processes, People and Potential is set to be hosted at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Across the Skywalk, Infoflex will be themed ‘Where the Worlds of Package Printing and Converting Technologies Successfully Intertwine’ at the Indiana Convention Center on May 7 and 8.

‘The growth we are seeing in flexible packaging has been phenomenal,’ said forum chair, Bob Coomes, Plastic Packaging Technologies. ‘This makes it even more important for those serving within the industry to identify trends in the consumer space; keep up with the latest in technology; and raise up a strong, productive work force that will meet tomorrow’s challenges today. I believe that the session speakers at Forum 2018 will provide many ideas, insights and solutions that are relevant to those attending. It’s also a great opportunity to hear from industry experts and network with others within the flexo-family. There will be something for everyone.’

Sessions will cover topics including the future of flexo, process improvements, equipment purchasing, understanding the customer’s customer, the importance of the press approval process, the role company culture and leadership play in a successful work environment, and more. Registration includes Forum’s nine technical sessions, a seat at the annual awards banquet, entry to walk the show floor at Infoflex and the Monday evening social.

SPGPrints presents complete rotary screen printing workflow for added value labelling and packaging at Labelexpo Asia 2017

SPGPrints Printing Systems Wuxi Co., SPGPrints’ China subsidiary, will show rotary screen printing and laser imaging systems for creating high-quality labels and packaging in a streamlined, efficient workflow at Labelexpo Asia 2017, (Stand F10) 5 – 8 December, Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

SPGPrints’ rotary screen solutions displayed at the show cover every step in the workflow, providing a cost-efficient, productive way of applying numerous eye-catching and functional effects that add brand value. These include the no-label look, raised varnishes, fine linework, small text, metallic foil, security features and Braille up to 250 micron thick, in a single pass.

The company’s programme of Rotary Screen Integration (RSI) printing modules, using 100 per cent nickel re-imageable RotaMesh and re-usable RotaPlate rotary screens, enable smooth incorporation of the process inline with flexo, gravure, offset and letterpress processes. SPGPrints has a close partnership with many of the world’s leading press manufacturers, to install the technology on both new and, through retrofitting programmes, on existing presses, up to at least 900mm width.

Expanded, durable nickel screen programme for high-value effects
With a unique hexagonal hole structure, SPGPrints’ seamless nickel RotaMesh screens offer precision, durability and long-term value. They withstand handling and several imaging cycles, and remain stable at printing speeds of up to 150m/min. The nickel RotaPlate screens also offer significant reusability and stability at relatively high speeds.

Samples covering the complete range effects possible with both screens will be available for visitors to appreciate the visual impact and aesthetic appeal achievable.

SPGPrints has recently expanded its RotaMesh programme of rotary screens. The RotaMesh 405 was introduced to meet the demands of the Chinese market for sharp reproduction of small han, hanzi and Western text, down to 3-points. The ultra-high mesh count gives brand-owners the natural vividness of rotary screen, with the ability to provide more information, clearly, on a label. Also new is the RotaMesh Glitter Screen for glitter, lustre, shimmer and optically variable inks.

High-definition CtP Laser imaging solutions for multiple processes
The variLEX processor is a high-definition digital imaging solution for flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress printing formes – combining ablating and exposing in one machine. Offering resolutions of up to 5080dpi, variLEX features multi-beam diode lasers that ablate the black mask and/or directly expose UV-sensitive screen materials. The flexibility of the variLEX means that it is easily adapted to customers’ plate and dot-shaping specifications.

For dedicated rotary screen imaging, SPGPrints also offers rotaLEN 7511, a direct CO2 laser engraving system with resolutions up to 5080dpi, without using film, chemicals or water. SPGPrints’ software optimises control when creating fine positive and negative images.

Additionally, there will be information about SPGPrints’ new Dev & Dry developer and washing system for RotaPlate screens, providing a fast, automated imaging solution with minimal manual input and outstanding reproducibility, without risk of error.

Jimmy Cao, sales manager label printing, SPGPrints Printing Systems Wuxi Co., comments: “Retail goods manufacturers seek distinctive packaging for their brands, to convey the quality expected by consumers. We are experiencing a growth in demand for our rotary screen technology, as brand owners see a workflow centred around RotaMesh and RotaPlate as the solution to meet brand-owners’ quality demands, combined with a low cost of ownership and the support of SPGPrints’ global network. Our experienced technical sales team will be available at Labelexpo Asia to explain how these advanced technologies are the ideal platform for meeting the Asian market’s needs.”

PrintReleaf partners with PRT Group

PrintReleaf has partnered with PRT Group--a major mailing house and commercial printer based in Italy.  Discussing the partnership, PrintReleaf Founder and CEO Jordan Darragh said:  "Our partnership with PRT Group marks the further expansion of the PrintReleaf franchise into Europe.  The PRT Group will integrate the PrintReleaf API into their proprietary business critical mail software platforms--MyMailHouse in the United States and PostaPronta, which operates in Italy, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Japan.  We are pleased that the PRT Group recognizes the value and simplicity of our API through which they can easily scale certified paper reforestation."

Also commenting on the partnership, Dario D'Urso, CEO at PRT America Inc,  said: "PRT Group is pleased to partner with PrintReleaf and to demonstrate to our customers that we are an environmentally responsible printer and mailer.  We are confident that PRT Group customers will see this as a positive step in making the world a greener place."

PRT Group provides solutions to companies in the business communication market, offering a variety of solutions with high technology content and an emphasis on international communication.  PRT Group technology services include data formatting, document  composition,  postal services , and direct mailing, with platforms and services also customized for individual customer needs.

PrintReleaf creates a global sustainability standard by certifiably guaranteeing to releaf the paper consumption of PrintReleaf customers.  PrintReleaf is the only technology platform that measures customers' paper usage and certifiably reforests that usage on an equivalent basis.  The patented PrintReleaf technology not only tracks paper consumption, but also monitors PrintReleaf reforestation partners to ensure fulfillment.

Market-leading companies with a passion for the environment and a progressive concern for advancing environmental stewardship, together with their customers, rely on PrintReleaf to provide a nexus of partnerships involving forestry, technology, and business.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hungary’s Norma invests in Edale FL3 Label and Packaging printing press

Hungary-based label producer Norma has invested in nine-color Edale FL3 label and packaging printing press, in a bid to enhance its production operations. The nine-color Edale FL3 press with UV curing will allow the label and packaging manufacturer to produce IML, self-adhesive, multi-layer and extra-large labels. Edale press will also be used for laminates, hot-melt application and specialities.

The new FL3 press features a special 41 maximum print length for extra-large in-mould labels, second web re-insertion for multi-layer labels, high capacity hot air drying for in-mould label coating and variable length sheeting with CAM profile. Other features of the FL3 press include full servo driven technology and UniPrint technology, which enables to deliver quality print. Edale FL3 press, which is fully upgradeable, offers fast run speeds, quick colour changes and an ultra-short web path to reduce waste and maximize efficiency.

Norma’s managing director Gábor Rostás said: “This step up prepares us for the future. With the Edale FL3, we can achieve lower maintenence costs and reduce waste as well as quicker colour and job changes.

Edale managing director James Boughton said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Norma on this project. With a bespoke set of customer requirements, this has been another great opportunity to show off our engineering capabilities.”

In October, Edale has selected HKM Sp. Z O.O. as its distributor for the Polish market. Edale produces narrow mid-web flexographic and digital printing presses, as well as converting equipment. HKM will distribute Edale’s print and packaging solutions to the customers in the Polish market.

Domino Announces Inkjet Coverage Guide Booklet

Domino continues to provide customers with tools to help their businesses increase top-line growth, reduce costs, increase uptime and decrease downtime. The latest example can be found in the release of its Inkjet Coverage Guide booklet—a tool to help customers and prospects estimate ink costs of the Domino N610i digital UV inkjet label press as compared to running the same label job on other technologies.

“Customers new to digital inkjet often ask about the cost of the ink. As ink is the primary consumable, it is an important question. The Inkjet Coverage Guide is a booklet to help customers better understand ink cost and coverage in digital label production,” says Patrick LaMourie, digital solutions program manager.

In this new booklet, the artwork of various label samples is shown, identifying their ink coverage, cost per msi and details of each labels’ corresponding costs. In an easy-to-read table format, estimates of production costs for various label jobs compare the Domino N610i digital UV inkjet to a typical flexo press and electrophotography (EP). Each job shows the artwork of the label, the quantity of the labels, the label dimensions, number of colors, material cost, ink cost, job cost ($/1000), and total job cost.

Durst North America expands its investment in UV Label Business

Following a successful Labelexpo Durst increases offerings throughout the world. “Our commitment to the label business has been consistent since we launched our first Tau Press in 2011, said Tim Saur Managing Director & CEO of Durst USA and Canada. “The launch of the new Tau 330 RSC in Brussels was extremely well received and furthers our commitment”.

“In addition, we also showcased low migration inks, have launched some aggressive promotions in North America, and have several new installations going in the forth quarter 2017launched great promotions here in North America, and have several new installations going in Q4.  We are also excited to announce that Durst intends to open a demo center in Chicago in 2018.”

With its proprietary single pass UV inkjet technology, Durst provides the required flexibility to produce fast, efficient and with the highest print quality for the complete range of label & packaging applications. Small, medium, and now long runs are highly profitable with digital systems from Durst. The options are virtually unlimited and open up an enormous potential for new products and services in an ever-changing market.

With Durst continuous innovation of the Tau 330 UV portfolio, users can make the most of their investment in high-speed, high-resolution digital UV label production.

At LabelExpo Asia, AVT to showcase Asia debut of 100% Inspection System for Digital Printers

For the first time at LabelExpo Asia, AVT will demonstrate Helios D (digital), a high-end 100% automatic inspection system specifically designed to address digital printing challenges such as missing nozzles, ink drips and color uniformity – all in real time. AVT, the world leader in print inspection, print process control, and quality assurance solutions, will be located at Stand B18 during the show, which occurs December 5-8 in Shanghai.

Helios D works seamlessly on any application and substrate, including label stock, transparent film and even highly-reflective foil. Helios D automatically identifies defects like missing nozzles, spots, damages and color changes as soon as they occur. The result is reduced waste, enhanced production performance and comprehensive monitoring. 

AVT also will show automation and workflow systems for traditional flexo printing amounting to start-to-finish print inspection and quality control solutions. For example, AVT’s well-regarded Offline Setup reduces inspection’s “human factor” through quality standardization and shortens setup time, resulting in reduced waste and streamlined setup workflows – all under the same global quality standards.

Then, AVT’s signature Helios solution provides 100% print inspection, helping ensure that all outgoing materials are within specification for customer satisfaction. Helios is trusted by printers worldwide, even in sectors where exemplary print quality is required to meet consumer safety regulations – such as the pharmaceutical and food industries.

For reporting purposes, AVT’s PrintFlow Manager ensures that production data collected from all platforms is presented directly to overseers. Production managers can monitor, analyze and control production quality right from their desktops.

The entire process is tied together by AVT’s Workflow Link, which serves as a bridge from press to rewinder, increasing line efficiency and productivity while stopping only for designated defects. Slitter rewinders can run at top speeds and, by selecting the extraction of only critical defects, rewinder stops can be reduced by up to 50%.

Finally, AVT also will showcase Offline Proofing for scenarios where in-line inspection isn’t feasible. For example, SolidProof ensures that no critical errors have been overlooked in the print production process, while SoftProof inspects artwork and digital files with pixel precision, detecting missing text and graphics, incorrect fonts and text size, broken type and color deviations. CloudProof is a collaborative, web-based upstream application that reduces approval cycles by sharing inspection projects.

According to Yair Shaharabany, President of Asia Pacific at AVT: "LabelExpo Asia provides an unrivaled opportunity to display our inspection and quality control solutions to many of the world’s fastest-growing print markets. We look forward to demonstrating our unsurpassed systems for both digital and flexo printing, which are utilized by customers around the world to ensure quality, reduce waste and streamline overall production efforts."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Codimarc takes first step into digital with Domino

Codimarc, based in Oliveira Sao Mateus, Portugal, has purchased its first digital label press and will take delivery of a Domino N610i inkjet label press in early December. Founded in 1997, Codimarc, is a specialist label printer and provides services with a focus on identification and traceability, producing around 4 billion labels per year in total.

Codimarc employs 30 people, had a turnover of $4.3M USD in 2017, and us experiencing a growth of almost 20 percent in the current financial period. Codimarc serves a global customer base operating across various sectors including food and beverage packaging, cosmetics and personal care, transport and logistics, and the chemical, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive sectors.

Currently using flexographic and hot stamping technologies, Codimarc produces self-adhesive product labels, custom labels for special applications, functional tags and tickets, promotional labels and multi-lingual printing and personalization solutions to its customers.

José Sampaio, general manager at Codimarc, said: ‘With increasing customer demand for shorter print runs and lead times, we realized that it was time for us to start investing in digital. We conducted a long and thorough review of the different digital technologies and solutions available and selected the 5-color Domino N610i label press with the new UV90 ink set because it had the best print quality, the highest speed and productivity, and the best total cost of ownership.’

He continued, ‘Our objective is to help our customers identify and sell more products everyday. This new investment into digital inkjet will supplement and complement our existing printing technologies, enabling us to expand our business and product offering to our customers, which in turn, will create new business opportunities for them in the future.’

Cristina Azevedo, finance director at Codimarc, said: ‘We work with leading brands in innovation and with established, financially stable partners to ensure that we provide our customers with the security they require. We are delighted to be taking our first step into digital printing in partnership with Domino, whose extensive experience of developing and manufacturing proven and reliable inkjet technologies was another contributory factor in our decision.’                       

Amjet Shanghai extends Esko Partnership with First CDI Crystal 5080 XPS in Greater China

Leading Chinese flexo platemaker Amjet Shanghai, a division of Amjet Group, has again partnered with Esko to install the first CDI Crystal 5080 XPS system in Greater China. The investment in world-class platemaking process technology includes the latest Automation Engine prepress workflow as well as the latest screening technology for flexo printing. It will enable Amjet Shanghai to focus on the highest definition flexo production technology for flexible packaging and labels.

With the new solution, Amjet Shanghai, a repeated winner of the FTA Award in the United States, aims to combine greater prepress workflow and the highest quality screening technology to improve efficiency and to enhance the quality of its packaging and printing.

Precise Crystal control
The new and unique CDI Crystal XPS is a digitally-controlled exposure unit supporting all photopolymer flexo plates. The combined solution reduces five manual steps in the traditional platemaking process to just one step. The platemaking device integrates with the entire prepress workflow, including Device Manager, to optimally control the output of plates.

Plates are placed onto the glass surface, where very accurate back and main exposures - by patented LED UV light technology that allows very precise control - are conducted simultaneously. The consistent light source and nearly concurrent back and main exposure deliver unmatched relief and image consistency combined with perfectly formed flat-top dots. As a result, these plates deliver the highest level of consistency and quality on press.

One of the primary factors influencing plate stability is UV exposure. It has also been proven that the shorter the time (dwell) between main exposure and back exposure, the finer the detail, such as highlight dots, tiny linework, and text, can be held on the plate. The CDI Crystal XPS completes these exposures nearly simultaneously, providing the absolute highest quality dot and fine elements.

Automation Engine manages Flexo Platemaking
Automation Engine enables a fully-automated platemaking workflow, from ripped files all the way to the exposed plate on the CDI Crystal XPS, without operator intervention. With Device Manager, anyone that needs to know what the status of a job is, can check from the comfort of their desks. Jobs can quickly and easily be placed in queues, and queues can be modified as needed. This automation not only saves valuable operator time, but also time in the platemaking process to help meet customer customer demand.

Geert de Proost, Director Solutions Marketing for Esko, states, “With our new flexo platemaking solutions, we ensure that flexo printing maintains its prominent position and is ready for the business challenges of label and flexo converters today.”

The CDI Crystal and XPS Crystal UV exposure unit was unveiled by Esko at Drupa 2016. Accolades include the Red Dot Design Award, the Printing Industries of America (PIA) InterTech Technology Award, the American Flexo Association / Graphic Arts Association of Technology Innovation Award and the FlexoTech Innovation Award.

Amjet Graphics was formed in 1998 and is a privately-owned high-tech enterprise that focuses on professional flexo prepress packaging design and high-end flexo plate-making. It currently has over 200 specialties including plate-making expertise, color management, digital data processing and packaging design.

Amjet Graphics owns Amjet (ShenZhen), Amjet (Shanghai), Amjet (ZhongShan), Amjet (QingDao) and Amjet (XiaMen). The group has seven CTP production lines and has won many domestic and international awards, including Excellence in Flexography Gold and Silver from from the FTA and 12 DuPont Asian-Pacific GrandPrix Awards.

Headquartered in Gent (Belgium) with sales and service organization all over the globe, the Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays.

The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and exposure units as well as Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is an Esko subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions is also part of the Esko family.

Labelexpo Asia 2017 focuses on digital and smart technologies

Labelexpo Asia 2017 will present the Digital Trail and Smart Zone features for the first time. Taking place in Halls E1 and E2 of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 5 – 8 December, they will highlight the latest advances in these technologies and their respective applications for label and package printing.

Featuring HP, Domino, Fuji Xerox and Xeikon, the Digital Trail will demonstrate the benefits of adopting a digital printing operation. Visitors will see several new major presses launched for the Asian continent as part of the Trail including, HP Indigo’s WS6800 digital press, the Durst Tau 330E UV digital inkjet press from Fuji Xerox, Domino’s N610i digital color press and Xeikon’s 3500 press. The Trail will involve live press runs and offer a good overview of color management, origination and pre-press, workflow, print quality, speed ability and finishing solutions using digital technology. Visitors will also be able to collect samples and those completing the Trail will be entered into a competition prize draw to win an Apple Watch series 3.

Located in Hall E2, exhibitors including DPS Innovations, Shanghai Jion Point Information Technology, ST, Thinkgo Technology, Visualnet and Voyanic will take part in the Smart Zone and be displaying some of the newest active and intelligent label and packaging applications available to the market. Visitors will see a variety of products such as RFID/NFC labels, 3D holograms, nano materials and special inks which have all been designed to improve customer engagement and appeal, increase security or help prevent fraud.

Covering every angle of label and package printing, Labelexpo Asia is aimed at printers/converters, label, packaging and graphic designers and technicians, brand owners and industry suppliers. Showing the most up-to-date presses, ancillary equipment and print materials, the event hosts over 300 leading manufacturers such as Avery Dennison, Bobst, Codimag, Lintec, Omet, UPM Raflatac, Wenzhou Rhyguan Machinery Co, Zhejiang Weigang and Zhejiang Zhongte Machinery.

James Samuel, events portfolio director, Labelexpo Global Series said: “Short print runs are here to stay, as is the increasing role of packaging being used in customer marketing. These trends are making digital printing, along with smart and interactive solutions, massive growth areas for the global label industry. Both are developing extremely quickly, so for printers thinking about investing in updating their plant or expanding their product offering, the show’s feature areas will give them a useful taster of how these versatile technologies can add real value and competitive edge to their businesses.”

Entry to Labelexpo Asia 2017 is free of charge and visitors can pre-register for their show badges at www.labelexpo-asia.com.

EyeC to exhibit fastest print inspection technology at the Labelexpo Asia 2017

EyeC China and EyeC GmbH, the German expert for print inspection systems, will present its high-speed print inspection systems at the Labelexpo Asia 2017 in Shanghai from December 5 to 8, 2017. The company’s inspection systems support the most modern processes and ensure the print quality throughout the entire production process.

At Stand B35 in Hall E1 EyeC will demonstrate together with the rewinder manufacturer Onemech the EyeC ProofRunner Label. The solution delivers 100% print inspection, even on the fastest presses or rewinders on the market, running at speeds of up to 600 meters per minute (2000 fpm).

The company also offers the EyeC Quality Link, which enables the inspection results from the press to be evaluated at a separate station and used later on the rewinder to remove all defective labels. The benefits are clear: The press operator can react more quickly to avoid expensive material waste, while rewinders can run more efficiently by avoiding unnecessary stops.

Moreover, EyeC will show its pre-press proofing software the EyeC Proofiler Graphic and its off-line inspection system the EyeC ProofBook. The latter checks the print quality of multi-page samples such as booklets, leaflets, catalogues, or user guides.

Exhibition visitors who would like to know more about the benefits of efficient quality control can see EyeC’s inspection systems in action at Labelexpo Asia that includes  100% print inspection for printing or finishing with the ProofRunner Label, Integration and Optimization of inspection process with the EyeC Quality Link and Fast and secure off-line testing of multi-page samples with the EyeC ProofBook.

Founded in 2002 in Hamburg, Germany, EyeC is the market’s only supplier to ensure the product quality throughout the entire printing process – from the first artwork file to the finished product. The product portfolio includes file-to-file comparison for artwork revision control and prepress applications, as well as print-to-file inspection systems for press sample testing and 100% print quality control of products such as folding cartons, labels, leaflets, or flexible packaging. The market’s most intelligent algorithms ensure that the systems show only relevant defects.

With EyeC products, users avoid recalls, keep production costs and material waste in check and optimize their quality control. Worldwide, there are over 1,600 EyeC inspection systems in use by pharmaceutical companies, printers, and branded good manufacturers. The company currently has 56 employees in Hamburg and has international sales partners in more than 20 countries.

Flexo Concepts Building 100% Solar-Powered

Flexo Concepts announced that it has completed the installation of a solar renewable energy system. The system “went live” on October 17, and the building occupied by the company is now 100% powered by solar-generated electricity.

Last fall, company owners Kevin McLaughlin and Greg Howell hired Hopkinton-based Solect Energy to do a solar feasibility study for the multi-use commercial property housing Flexo Concepts and several tenants. The study confirmed the economic viability of the project, and Solect began work on the development, design, engineering, construction and interconnection of a solar energy system.

Installation, which included 850 panels on the roof, 40 power inverters and all materials required to connect the energy to the building and electric grid, was completed over a 5-month period. The system generates 290kW of power – equivalent to the electricity used by about 30 average-sized homes in the U.S. – and powers all lighting, heating, air conditioning, and machinery and equipment for Flexo Concepts and the co-located companies.

The solar project is part of a bigger Flexo Concepts’ initiative to “go green.” In 2016, the facility was outfitted with LED lighting, a move that resulted in an annual reduction in energy use significant enough to power six homes for a year. The company also recycles about 80% of its blade material scrap along with all its cardboard waste and employee food packaging.

Headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Flexo Concepts manufactures TruPoint doctor blades and wash-up blades and MicroClean dry media anilox cleaning systems. All products are designed to improve print quality and reduce operational costs for flexographic and offset printers. Flexo Concepts maintains distribution locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pulse Roll Label Products & Partners to Promote Innovative Ink Solutions at Labelexpo Asia

Narrow web ink and varnish specialist Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd will exhibit at Labelexpo Asia 2017 in Shanghai from 5-8 December alongside with its partners Shanghai Value Tech Co. Ltd and ANO, to showcase its flagship PureTone ink system and new innovative PureScreen inks.

George Lyle, General Manager – Asia-Pacific, Pulse Roll Label Products said, “The region offers tremendous market opportunities and so we are very pleased to introduce our PureTone UV flexo ink system as a total colour management solution for companies looking to move into the next generation of flexo printing. We will also be promoting our unique concept for UV screen inks, PureScreen, which offers substantial savings to printers using both UV flexo and screen technology. Our presence in Shanghai demonstrates our commitment to the regional label market and we are delighted to attend Asia’s largest event for label and package printers alongside our Chinese partners.”

Pulse Roll Label Products is focused on providing innovative solutions for the global narrow web label market and helping its customers around the world achieve optimal print quality, increased pre-press efficiencies and enhanced productivity.

The company’s growing presence in Asia is part of the company’s global strategy for further growth. Pulse Roll Label Products is represented in China by Shanghai Tech Co. Ltd in Eastern China and ANO in Southern China. Both companies provide local product supply of UV flexo and UV screen printing inks and varnishes formulated by the British-based manufacturer and offer technical services and expertise to the Chinese narrow web label market. Other international partners located in India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam form part of a strong network of distributors representing Pulse Roll Label Products in Asia.

Pulse Roll Label Products will be exhibiting with Shanghai Value Tech Co Ltd. on stand E90 at Labelexpo Asia 2017.

Sun Chemical Completes the Formation of Joint Venture with Alliance Holding Company, Ltd.

Sun Chemical has finalized the formation of a joint venture with Alliance Holding Company LTD (parent company of Ink Products Company, Ltd.) and will now operate under the name Sun Chemical Saudi Arabia Ltd.

A leading manufacturer of printing inks in the Arabian Peninsula, Sun Chemical Saudi Arabia LTD will continue to be a leading ink supplier to the packaging and publication market in the region. The joint venture reinforces Sun Chemical’s commitment to the growing packaging printing markets across the Middle East. Sun Chemical previously announced that it will own the majority share in the new joint venture. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AHC is a large Saudi investment conglomerate with a diversified portfolio of companies in the retail and wholesale trading of electrical products and building materials. AHC’s subsidiaries are engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of lighting products in Saudi Arabia (through a JV with Philips), Egypt and Malaysia, as well as the manufacturing of industrial paintings and ink products in the Kingdom. AHC is a limited liability company registered in Riyadh. The company was advised by Legal Advisors in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited and regional M&A boutique Broadgate Advisers.

A member of the DIC group, Sun Chemical is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world. Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Luxe Pack Shanghai unveils its 2018 common thread

Next April, Luxe Pack returns to Shanghai for the eleventh year, taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Center on 11-12 April 2018. Widely recognized as the best show in Asia for packaging creativity and trends, Luxe Pack Shanghai is providing a unique experience each year.

Unveiling its 2018 common thread : “Experience the future of luxury packaging” the show is an exclusive way for exhibitors and visitors to have a global view of how creative packaging is evolving to answer the market’s expectations.

2018 Common thread
Luxury brands in China have understood the importance of packaging to gain new and loyal consumers. They are increasingly gaining access to high-quality materials, finishes, decoration, innovative shapes, digital or connected solutions, designs that enhance the consumer experience of the product. In order to concretely show visitors what the trends are, Luxe Pack Shanghai 2018 will highlight through its common thread, “Experience the future of luxury packaging”, all the innovative packaging solutions exhibitors are offering, on fields where luxury brands’ expectations are very strong.

The show will thus provide visitors with a global vision of what packaging can be today and tomorrow: new functionalities, new technologies, new decoration techniques, new materials….all features that take packaging to a new/ next level, in order to assist the product and brand, and to answer today’s consumers’ requirements.

Exhibition Highlights
The common thread will go through 200 exhibitors’ solutions, but also through forward-thinking activities and special areas to meet the general trend of innovation, sustainability and market development. Tech Hub is a special area responding to market’s growing demand of new technological proposals: connected solutions, 3D printing, digital printing, augmented Reality and other cutting-edge technologies. Luxe Pack Innovation Wall offers instant visual access to exhibitors’ latest achievements and sustainable innovations. It is an exclusive opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their latest developments. It is also an opportunity for visitors to capture new solutions and inspiration!

Luxe Pack in green is the world’s leading packaging awards on sustainable innovations and responsible initiatives, at a time when sustainability has become a central concern for luxury brands in China. Turbo Talks, a 2 minute speech live from exhibitors, presenting their latest packaging developments. The programme of conferences will also enrich the visit, bringing some more insights on the future of packaging in luxury sectors such as perfumery, wines & spirits, health and beauty, jewelry, High Technology….Innovations, trends, materials, consumers’ points of view…..and many more will be at the core of the 2-day show. Not to mention some special areas for inspiration…

New Synergy for 2018: MakeUp in Shanghai
Luxe Pack Shanghai will share the show platform with MakeUp in Shanghai, same dates, same venue. MakeUp in: a professional makeup show held each year in Paris, New-York, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, gathering the most innovative, creative and cutting-edge products of the make-up universe from ingredients to formulation, make-up packaging and full service.

API foil answers Hopes & Dreams of satirical new bourbon

A hot stamping foil from brand enhancement specialist API is adding texture and sophistication to the bottle of a unique new bourbon. Hopes & Dreams, which wittily satirises stereotypical handcrafted whiskey marketing in its promotion, features API Copper Kettle foil on its vintage label.

Differentiating itself from other bourbon brands, Hopes & Dreams publicises itself with such underwhelming pull-quotes as ‘Meh’ and ‘It’s good… enough’, and is squarely aimed at millennials, as well as any whiskey drinkers who don’t take themselves too seriously.

On the drink’s attractive Wild West-style label, the API hot stamping foil creates a subtly luxurious feel. It forms the ‘Hopes & Dreams’ lettering, provides a double-line trim around the perimeter, and adds gleam to two sardonic seals of approval that, upon close inspection, boast ‘Unlimited release’.

“I selected the Copper Kettle foil because of its stand-out, gorgeous tone, which had an authenticity that paired nicely with the label design,” says Chad Michael, whose studio designed the label. “As the entire brand is about a ‘boilerplate’ bourbon that has been ‘machine-crafted’, the glamour of the foil might seem ironic – but of course, even a satirical bottle has to look great.”

The foil is printed onto the label by Clove St. Press using an Original Heidelberg press and a copper plate.

“The printer told us the API foil laid down beautifully against our rather toothy paperstock selection,” continues Chad. “From start to finish, the whole job ran very smoothly, with no setbacks encountered, which is testament to the quality of API’s service and product.”

Based in Dallas, Texas, Chad Michael Studio specialises in unique branding, package design, and product innovation. Chad Michael has received numerous accolades since the studio opened in 2014, including Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts magazine, and is a recent recipient of the Young Gun 15 award.