7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

More than 60% exhibition space in PrintPack India 2019 already sold

The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), which is organizing  PrintPack India 2019 (14th edition) at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida from February 01-06, 2019, has already sold out more than 60 percent  exhibition space to 233 exhibitors (Till 17th Feb 2018).  As per the existing policy of IPAMA management, the participants are being issued Priority Number on receipt of the application along with the requisite amount of space rent.  The priority number is generated within 48 hours of the credit of the requisite amount in IPAMA’s Bank account. To make the participation hassle free, the space will be allotted to the exhibitors strictly in accordance with the priority number. This information has already been circulated to participants, through various channels, for their information and guidance.

The prominent companies amongst those who have already booked their space for participation include LineOMatic, HP, Provin Technos (Ryobi), Megabound, Xerox India Ltd., Manugraph India Ltd., Insight Communication (Komori), Technova, Kodak India, Prakash Offset, Memory Repro, Alpna Visual, Electro Mec, Bobst, Monotech, Malhotra Graphics, Excel Machinery, NBG Printographics, Ronald Web, Manroland etc. Many more big companies, including Konica Minolta, The Printers House, Canon, Zhongke India and Muller Martini are in the pipe-line. LineOMatic is leading as far as space booking is concerned.  It has booked 500 square meters of space.

The companies booking space on or before 31st March, 2018 will get a discount of Rs.500/- per square meter. The new companies enrolling as IPAMA Members will also get further discount of 5%. NSIC members can submit their applications for availing MSME assistance through them. IPAMA intends to provide world-class exhibition facilities to visitors and exhibitors.

A multi-purpose website, relating to PrintPack India 2019 exhibition is being developed. All the relevant information which will be incorporated therein can be shared by the visitors and the exhibitors. The industry associations, which are interested in organizing seminars, conferences, business-meets etc. during the exhibition, in association with IPAMA, can submit their proposals for consideration and approval.

IPAMA has also signed one more MOU with Indian Paper Corrugated & Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (ICPMA) for marketing & sales of the space earmarked for “Corrugation Industry”  directly and or through sub-agents; dissemination of information of PRINTPACK INDIA 2019 through website, monthly newsletters and bulletins to their members and potential exhibitors. ICPMA will also be branded as “Corrugation Industry Partner” for promotion of the Show. Before ICPMA, IPAMA had signed agreements with (1) Association of Label Printers & Suppliers (ALPS); (2) Indian Paper Corrugated & Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (ICPMA); (3) Screen Printers’ Association of India (SPAI). 

In continuation to the agreements with different Indian Associations of Graphic Arts Industry, IPAMA is now heading towards SAARC countries, and also signed its first MoU with Bangladesh Mudran Shilpa Samity. The financial sector of Bangladesh is the second largest in the subcontinent and a growing market. Association is also approaching Sri Lanka and Bhutan in its second phase.

As a part of promotional activates, IPAMA has already organized two promotional Meets, one in Mumbai and the other one in Amritsar.  IPAMA has also marked its presence in domestic exhibitions, including those organized at Kolkata, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Chennai etc. In the past IPAMA had also marked its presence in many foreign exhibitions for promoting PPI 2019. It is also participating in Collate 2018 being organized by Sri Lanka Printers Association at Colombo in March, 2018.  Related information will be uploaded on IPAMA’s web-site for information of visitors, exhibitors and concerned organizations.

West Essex Graphics strengthens service offerings, thanks to DuPont Advanced Printing and Esko

Essex Graphics (WEG), in Fairfield, New Jersey, announced it is expanding operations and strengthening service offerings by installing an additional Esko CDI (Cyrel Digital Imager) 5080 HD unit with Pixel+ technology for use with DuPont Cyrel Easy flexo plates.

“With continuing demand for our products and services, expanding our manufacturing footprint was essential if we were going to stay ahead of the pack. Once that decision was made, looking to DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) and Esko, our long-standing partners, to make this happen was very easy,” said Tom Guth, principal, West Essex Graphics.

“Our customers have certain demands and they work with WEG because of our commitment to quality and service. There are a lot of options out there when considering how critical our role is in helping our clients succeed and how the demand for the highest quality image carrier solutions is increasing, the DuPont/Esko solution made the most sense for us and our customers,” he said.

“West Essex Graphics is a great example of a tradeshop that is utilizing the benefits DuPont Cyrel Easy plates offer to them as well as to their printer customers. They are enabling printers to expand into markets previously inaccessible due to higher quality demands, thanks to their customer focus and the use of Cyrel Easy plates,” said Shyamal Desai, Americas marketing manager, DuPont Advanced Printing.

By adding their second Esko 5080 CDI Spark, West Essex Graphics has substantially increased their capacity for Cyrel flexo plate imaging. “We are pleased that West Essex Graphics has decided to continue their longstanding relationship with Esko and their commitment to supplying the highest quality flexo plates by using HD Flexo and Pixel+ technology,” said Rory Marsoun, vice president - Business Development – Flexo, Esko.

2018 Premier Print Awards now accepting Submissions

Printing Industries of America is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Premier Print Awards competition honoring print excellence. The international competition is open to all companies involved in the creation or production of print communications, as well as students and student groups from high school, vocational school, or college print production programs.

All entries must be received by May 18, 2018. An early-bird discount is available until April 20, 2018. Entries may be submitted at awards.printing.org. All entries are competing for the coveted Best of Category "Benny" award in recognition of superior craftsmanship. Entries may also be recognized with an Award of Recognition or Certificate of Merit.

Entrants can submit to more than 100 individual categories ranging from traditional print items like brochures, binders, and magazines, to recently added categories like digital enhancements, 3D printing, and industrial printing. There is no limit to the number of pieces that may be entered or the number of categories in which a piece may be entered. Some sub-categories allow for competition within parameters such as employee count.

Winners will be honored in front of industry leaders and peers at the Premier Print Awards Gala Featuring the InterTech Technology Awards on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Chicago, IL. You can find full program details and a catalog of entry categories at www.printing.org/ppa.

Highcon launches Euclid IIIC for Corrugated

Highcon announced the launch of the latest in the Highcon Euclid series, the Highcon Euclid IIIC. This latest machine extends the range of the 3rd generation Highcon Euclid cutting and creasing machines into the world of corrugated and fluted substrates from 1 mm up to 3mm/ 40-120pt.

The Highcon Euclid machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since the end of 2015 and is now being made commercially available in the market.

According to Silvano Gauch, President of LxBxH “We have been using the Highcon digital cutting and creasing technology to produce high quality short run packaging on demand for our customers. The ability to produce small to medium size batches just-in-time with low entry cost, allows our customers to order what they actually want”

Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO and Co-founder, added: ”We realized the potential of the corrugated market in B1 and B2 (42" and 28”) formats and have been encouraged by the success that LxBxH have had in this market. Box Compression Tests that have been performed by comparing the digitally produced boxes with conventional ones have proven that boxes produced with the same substrate on the Euclid are stronger than those produced on conventional machines. This creates an opportunity to attain the same strength with reduced material usage and as a result, reduced costs. The potential of adding lamination and high quality print to the flutes also opens up a world of packaging that is both visually and structurally effective.”

The integration between the digital cutting and creasing and online ordering dovetails into the trend in the industry towards optimizing packaging size to reduce overpackaging and shipping costs.

The Highcon Euclid IIIC not only saves on the production and storage of die cutting forms but also adds the flexibility of digital technology which enables JIT production, short runs, customized perforations with cleaner edges and easier opening, and variable data etching for customization or personalization down to the level of serial numbers. The Euclid IIIC will handle single wall, laminated, N F G E and B-flute from 1mm to 3mm/ 40-120 points.

Packaging converters interested in seeing the machine at work are invited to attend a Highcon VIP event to be held at LxBxH on April 16th, 2018.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New label solutions approved for Scree Truepress UV inkjet digital ink

Mactac announced new additions to its Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved narrow-format UV inkjet printing portfolio for durable goods labeling. The latest UL recognition includes pre-approval of the use of Screen Truepress UV inkjet digital inks on Mactac’s FCD6914 2.0-mil gloss-coated white polyester labelstocks with FAB6914 1.0-mil clear polyester overlaminating film.

FCD6914 and FAB6914 feature Mactac’s MP690 high-performance, high-tack permanent acrylic emulsion adhesive, which has excellent ultimate adhesion and mandrel hold, is extremely resistant to chemicals and solvents, and offers good adhesion to various high- and low-energy substrates. The label solution is ideal for durable goods and industrial labeling applications such as power tools, appliances, electronics, compliance labels, and warning and instructional labels.

As the fast-growing trend toward digital printing continues, using UL-recognized Mactac products with narrow-format UV inkjet technology provides significant advantages.

“Digital printing is highly efficient, significantly reducing production time by eliminating conventional steps like plate setup, registration, and color adjustment,” said Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “Having pre-approved UL recognition for the digital printing of durable films brings even more efficiencies and cost-savings to the go-to-market process.” Hensley adds.

Mactac’s pre-approved solutions allow converters to complete short- and medium-run label jobs, reducing costs, unlocking new business opportunities and ensuring shorter time needed to enter the durable goods labeling market. Additionally, pre-approved solutions require only a paper transfer, saving time and money typically spent on testing and qualifying substrates.

Mactac constantly works with OEM printers to obtain new certifications or pre-approvals for digital printing solutions. The new Screen Truepress offering joins Mactac’s existing UL pre-approval portfolio, which includes narrow-web digital inkjet solutions with EFI Jetrion and INX Digital International.

Mactac’s Durable Films Solutions are available under Mactac’s Precise Program, allowing customers to order less material for small runs and limited applications. For more information on Durable Films Solutions, UL recognitions, or other high-quality products available from Mactac Performance Adhesives Group, visit www.mactac.com/rolllabel.

Hop Industries issues Trends Report on the Growth of UV and LED Digital Printing

Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper, today announces a new trends report about the proliferation, and its contributing factors, of UV and LED digital printing. Fast emerging as a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to traditional printing methods such as offset and flexo, UV and LED digital printing has several notable advantages. The report highlights these advantages, as well as the sustainability factors that are driving print service providers (PSPs) to embrace UV and LED technologies. These include durable substrates designed for UV and LED printing, which are also environmentally-friendly, such as Hop-Syn synthetic paper. Hop-Syn comes in multiple grades, and delivers high quality results on leading digital printers such as EFI and swissQprint, recently featured at SGIA Expo 2017.

“Technological innovations are rapidly evolving for UV and LED printing, and with it comes new applications and choices,” comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President, Hop Industries. “Our newest report is a helpful guide to understanding this new market segment, and the environmental implications that can either make or break customers’ sustainability mandates.”

Additionally, Hop’s new report addresses shifts in marketing trends, which are contributing to the quick adoption of UV and LED printing. The report addresses the move from a one-size-fits-all brand marketing approach to more targeted communications. It also highlights the increasing demand for more sustainable, environmentally friendlier printing processes, inks, and substrates such as Hop-Syn synthetic paper. Hop-Syn is 100% recyclable, and meets RoHS and CONEG certifications, and is produced under ISO 9001 standards.

A free copy of the trends report, "Technology and Diversity Drive Growth in UV and LED Inkjet Markets," is available upon request.

International Label & Printing installs ‘CEI BossJet powered by Domino’ hybrid press

International Label & Printing, a Chicago-area based converter of labels and package printing in Elk Grove Village, Ill., continues to grow their label printing/converting capabilities with the December 2017 installation of the ‘CEI BossJet powered by Domino’ hybrid press.

Mark Turk, President & CEO at International Label & Printing says, “In-line operation of printing and finishing, and the ability to run multiple webs, pre-and-post coatings when necessary, foiling, and two-sided printing were some of the reasons for investing in this hybrid press. We have the press configured with two UV flexo print stations (one before the Domino N610i and one after). We have a rail system with a cold foil tower with unwind and rewind, which will allow us to run wet lamination or lamination with a liner. There is also a second matrix take up unit, a turn bar, and a second unwind and take-up unit for running multiple webs, as well as a sheeting stacker/conveyor for running roll-tosheet applications.”

When asked what types of jobs and substrates International Label & Printing plans to run on the new press, Mark smiles and says, “Anything that is manufactured on a roll. Part of the decision-making process to go this route was to have the ability to run unsupported films. There are many small-quantity applications that large wide-web printers have asked us to produce. Now we can, while also featuring some of the sharpest, most opaque white printing in the industry today.”

International Label & Printing took their first step into digital printing a few ago when they purchased a five-color (CMYK+W) Domino N610i digital UV inkjet label press to help off-load some of their shorter-run, multiple SKU label jobs from their flexo presses onto the Domino. However, having the digital asset helped in ways they never imagined. “After a year of having the Domino press, we thought our flexo business would drastically decline because of that. We were taking jobs off those presses. The exact opposite has happened. We’ve never been busier flexo-wise since we’ve gotten the digital, so it has really opened up a lot of business for us on the flexo side.” Learn more in this short video as International Label & Printing describes implementing digital and how it complemented their flexo business.

Since that time, Domino launched their seven-color digital UV inkjet version (CMYKOV+W) of the N610i. The idea of expanded gamut, more printing and finishing capabilities, and having the entire process in-line propelled International Label & Printing to take their next step with the installation of ‘CEI BossJet powered by Domino’.

“The extended gamut feature and new ink system from Domino have proven to be even better than advertised. The print quality on jobs is much sharper and shows much more detail. We are very impressed,” adds Mark. And with this new hybrid press just recently installed, it would be easy to understand if International Label & Printing wanted to keep the news of it all to themselves. Quite the opposite with this very open, honest, information-sharing company. “We allow potential Domino customers to see our machine in action. The Domino demo room and training facility is great and the folks there do a terrific job, but as a buyer, I also wanted to see this machine in an industrial setting and it made a huge difference. I just hope they don’t sell any around my area until after I retire!” says Mark.

That type of relationship and business partnership doesn’t just happen. It’s built on commitment and trust and delivering on what you say you are going to do. “We have had outstanding service from Domino. The staff not only services our unit, but also educates us, which helps to keep the machine running properly. We have received excellent training and this has been an ongoing process as new developments and techniques are introduced. Everyone, and I mean Everyone, from Domino has been great to work with and extremely helpful. We had several people from Domino here on a recent Saturday to help us with a difficult job—unheard of. We all thought it would be a quick-fix and we would be done in an hour. It ended up taking all day and into the night…nearly until midnight. They were right here with us the whole way. You don’t forget things like that.”

According to International Label & Printing, their success continues. “We will be celebrating our 25th year of ownership of International Label this year and much of the credit to any success we have experienced goes to suppliers like Domino, who are not only courteous and professional, but are also extremely knowledgeable. Whomever is in charge of hiring all these people should be commended.”

HP Introduces the World’s Most Advanced Digital Labels and Packaging Portfolio

HP Inc. expanded its labels and packaging portfolio with solutions to drive the printing and converting toward more flexible, productive and profitable digital printing of any application. New solutions include the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press for labels and packaging and HP PageWide C500 Press for mainstream corrugated production.

“The expansion follows the largest packaging deal ever for HP Indigo with ePac. Our customers are growing fast across all segments and are experiencing massive success. They are leveraging HP technology to innovate and deliver on brands’ evolving needs,” said Santi Morera, Global Head of Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. “These new technologies we are launching are needed now more than ever and will allow our customers to be more productive.”

Innovations increasing digital production profit
The new HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press increases the addressable label market while offering higher revenue per meter, including:
• Pack Ready for Labels for the production of high-resistance labels for food, household, chemical, and pharma labels. Four beta sites are producing commercial jobs.
• New HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, now commercially available, delivers metallic effects across a wide color gamut, similar to Pantone 877.
 HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Blue and Yellow visible under UV light for brand protection and promotional labels
 Integration with the HP Indigo GEM embellishment unit, the first fully digital, one-pass label printing and embellishment solution for spot, tactile, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination.

Additionally, the high-performance HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging is now included in the HP Indigo 6900 and rolling out this year to HP Indigo’s entire Labels and Packaging portfolio. Featuring five times faster RIP power and the Esko Color Engine, the powerful Digital Front End provides extensive productivity and scalability for continuous digital production, to allow converters to scale and manage their digital production across multiple presses and multiple sites, increase the number of jobs per day, and shorten delivery cycles.

Pack Ready Laminator commercially available
For the HP Indigo 20000 flexible packaging press, the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator is now commercially available. A pioneering technology, Pack Ready Lamination allows for immediate time-to-market of HP Indigo digitally printed flexible packaging by eliminating the use of adhesives. The Pack Ready Laminator is manufactured and supplied by Karlville.

Extended capabilities for the HP Indigo 30000
The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press offers converters an opportunity to build new profitable businesses that leverage cost-effective short runs and added value long-run production. The new capabilities and improved performance include:
 Increased productivity to enable dozens of folding carton jobs per day and up to 1 million B2 sheets per month.
• The widest folding carton application span on one press, leveraging wide media range from paperboards to metalized, synthetic, and transparent media, new security features like micro-text and micro QR-codes, and new automatic mass customization and personalization capabilities.
• The Tresu iCoat 30000, sold and serviced by HP Indigo, for one robust folding carton production line.

Digilinck, a folding carton converter based in Deinze, Belgium, is adding a second HP Indigo 30000 digital press. “The Folding cartons market is changing and our customers expect speedy delivery and lower inventory levels. The HP Indigo 30000’s high flexibility and offset matching quality allow us to seize this opportunity and build a new profitable digital business, offering short turnaround-time and economic production of short-run healthcare packages,” said Vincent Oosterlinck, Owner, Digilinck. “Since installing the press, our business grew by 66% in the last three years.”

Addressing the dynamic corrugated packaging market
HP also announced that Kiwiplan, a leading MIS/MES software solutions provider for corrugated and rigid packaging, will be fully integrated, keeping the HP PageWide C500 presses running at optimum capacity, while helping customers to save time and costs through production and supply chain efficiency.

Five customers in Europe and the US have already purchased the groundbreaking PageWide C500 Press for direct-to-board post-print corrugated production. The first unit will ship next month.

Utilizing HP’s high-performance single-pass Thermal Inkjet technology, the HP PageWide C500 provides a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production. The press delivers offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and uncoated papers, delivering packaging with vibrant graphics that preserves even the finest details.

The HP PageWide C500 utilizes HP CV150 Water-Based Inks, which contain no UV-reactive chemistries. These true water-based inks allow corrugated converters to print primary and secondary food-related packaging without an additional barrier.2 This robust and trusted solution enables compliance with the most stringent global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Custom Printed Products adds digital capability with Mark Andy Digital One

Label and flexible packaging manufacturer, Custom Printed Products has added digital capability to its business through the acquisition of a Mark Andy Digital One. Richard Nicholson, President, Custom Printed Products was first exposed to the inline digital label press in the Fall of 2016 and purchased in October 2016.

Digital One is an entry-level digital label press designed for short and micro run prime labels. The press is made up of 4 color dry toner printing process and a multi-function flexo deck for spot colors, laminates, adhesives or varnishes. Unlike many other small footprint digital devices, Digital One provides inline converting and finishing, delivering ready-to-ship label production.

Custom Printed Products (CPP) is a longtime industry player based out of Bossier City with nearly 50 years in the business. Nicholson founded the company with his partner Robert Waddell in the back of a transmission garage with a Mark Andy tabletop three color press. Since 1971, they have expanded to multiple locations in Bossier City, Louisiana and Edinburg, Virginia. The company employs over 100 people and runs a fleet of 10 Mark Andy presses, one being the newly installed Digital One. Employees are knowledgeable and maintain an average of 15 years of experience in the printing industry.

Nicholson began the search for a digital label press when the company noticed a substantial increase in work that was outsourced. These jobs were shorter runs and had application requirements that were only achievable on a digital device. At Labelexpo Americas 2016, Nicholson and his team attended with the goal of finding a digital label solution that allowed them to bring this work back in-house to meet their evolving business needs.

CPP evaluated Digital One against another well-known toner-based digital device and decided to partner with Mark Andy because of the cost-competitiveness the press manufacturer brought to the table. Digital One is built on a pay-as-you print model with no click charges and is offered at an affordable capital investment level. Nicholson and his production team were also impressed with Digital One’s ability to retrofit all of their tooling to the press.

Since installation, CPP runs 8,000 to 10,00 feet per day on the digital hybrid machine. The company has a varied book of business and prints a variety of labels ranging from motor oil labels to work for clients in the wine and beer market. The ability to bring digital labels in-house has enabled the company to ensure their customers are receiving the highest quality work at a competitive price.

The business reports that the ability to bring in digital work that the company was previously outsourcing has justified the spend on the new press. The company has been able to move short run work they were previously running on a legacy Mark Andy press to Digital One, which provides the ability to fully utilize the full production flexo press. A decision that has proved to be extremely cost effective for the business. With the addition of Digital One, the company is currently running at capacity daily.

When reflecting on the value of Digital One, Nicholson states, “All in all, the Digital One has been a great addition to our business. It has given us the ability to bring work back in-house that we were previously outsourcing. Not to mention, how easy it is to send a PDF to the machine to get setup.”

Custom Printed Products is committed to its mission of providing high-quality labels and flexible packaging that consistently exceeds customers’ expectations, while positioning them for growth into the future. 

Mexico lines up Label Summit Latin America 2018 return

Avery Dennison has been confirmed as gold sponsor of the 15th edition of Label Summit Latin America. Returning to Guadalajara from 24 – 25 April 2018, the summit is being held at Expo Guadalajara and is aimed at senior decision makers working within the label and package printing sector.

Subject-led, the summit will cover many hot topics such as business diversification, consolidation in the marketplace, packaging design trends, product security and material technologies and their applications. Featuring a cross-industry mix of expert speakers, the conference sessions are designed to help steer industry development and shape the way printers strategize their businesses going forward.

As well as being a good environment for learning, the summit will also feature around 90 exhibitors as part of its table-top exhibition. Participating companies confirmed in addition to Avery Dennison so far include: acpo, Armor, Bobst, Durst, Dupont, Esko, FUJIFILM, Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG, HP, Green Bay Mexico, Industrial Papelera Venus, Mark Andy, OMET, Sun Chemical and Tesa Tape.

Jorge Orejuela, general manager at Avery Dennison Mexico says: "Avery Dennison participates in Label Summit Latin America 2018 as gold sponsor to demonstrate our continued commitment to change and evolving this industry with great innovations, such as intelligent labels among others, being shown to the Mexican market during the show."

Tasha Ventimiglia, Americas event director comments: “The Label Summits provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to network, collaborate and hold open and frank discussions on the most pressing issues facing their industry and ultimately their own businesses. We’ll be focusing on the great things that are already happening and also looking at where is next for the label printing community. The summits bring together some of the most knowledgeable and influential people from across the American region and it is a great chance to foster best practice and help build a sustainable and profitable future.”

An early bird registration rate is valid until April 6 with a full two-day delegate pass costing USD $260/MXN 4400. Two-day supplier passes cost USD $825/ MXN 14,500. Full event passes include access to the table-top exhibition, conference sessions, lunch, networking reception and refreshments. On-site registration is possible and full registration is also possible online at www.labelsummit.com/mexico.

Koenig & Bauer receives German Design Award 2018

The German Design Awards 2018 were presented at a special ceremony on 9th February, and Koenig & Bauer received the coveted award in the category “Excellent Communications Design - Apps” for the Rapida LiveApp. After the automation app award received in 2016, this was already the second prize for the Rapida LiveApp developed together with software design specialists Macio.

The Rapida LiveApp supports users with functionality for the location-independent monitoring and control of sheetfed offset presses of the Rapida series. After login via NFC, an info panel is opened with details on the progress and current status of print production. The menu also provides access to a consumables tracker, in which the use of individual consumables can be recorded and monitored by way of QR codes, as well as a maintenance manager with operator manuals, instructions and press documentation.

The German Design Award jury praised the Rapida LiveApp as a practical solution for the control and maintenance of sheetfed offset presses. In their explanatory statement, they wrote: “With this app for smartphones and tablets, the control console is extended over the whole length of the press. It offers a clever solution to an age-old problem.”

One of the first practical users of the Rapida LiveApp is the modern packaging plant of Schur Pack Germany in Gallin. Here, Schur Pack operates two six-colour Rapida 145 presses in single- and double-coater configurations, and an eight-colour Rapida 106 with two coaters and two inline dryer towers. Besides the Rapida LiveApp, the company also uses Koenig & Bauer’s ProductionApp, which enables full-scale warehouse management and batch tracking through to the final product.

The German Design Award honours manufacturers and designers for innovative products and projects which are considered pioneering for the German and international design landscape. The prize winners are chosen by a top-class international jury. In this way, the German Design Award uncovers and presents unique design trends, and helps to promote design awareness in industry.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

All American Label targets the wine and spirits market with a New Nilpeter MO-4 Offset Press

All American Label, with facilities in Dublin, Calif. and Memphis, Tenn., has installed a new Nilpeter MO-4 offset combination press and is slated to install a second by December of this year. Nilpeter’s revolutionary platform-based offset press, which just reached 100 worldwide installations, offers premium quality combination printing based on lightweight sleeve technology. The MO-4 offset press can be configured according to customer needs, and is ready for seamless integration of future applications. The MO-4 integrates proven easy-load sleeves for both offset and flexo printing.

“Since day one, All American Label has been known as “More Than Just Labels™”. We have successfully become a company you can depend on. With a highly skilled and dedicated team and our state-of-the-art equipment, we continue to produce unparalleled results in the wine and spirits industry. The new Nilpeter MO-4 platform is ideally suited to meet our goals and exceed our expectations of excellence,” says Brad C. Brown, Owner, All American Label.

Robert Wray, Nilpeter West Coast Sales Manager states that the All American Label and Nilpeter partnership is a perfect fit, “A key strategy for All American Label was to aggressively service the wine and spirits market which has shown considerable growth. The MO-4 offset combination platform will support this objective, offering the most sophisticated solution for this market, with the highest quality and ease of operation. Furthermore, the MO-4 will help All American Label improve on efficiency and flexibility in production. In short, the MO-4 is a perfect fit.”

Nilpeter is proud to welcome All American Label to the family - their focus and attention to detail have been a key driver in this project, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.

Get Label Smart at Finat’s Technical Seminar

The age of smart products is happening now. That is one of the main messages being shared by Andy Hobsbawm at next month’s biennial Finat Technical Seminar, 7-9 March 2018, in Barcelona.

The founder and Chief Marketing Officer of IoT smart products platform Evrythng will give his insight into the technical side of the way smart products can transform brand relationships, business operations, and service experiences. He will also explore how labels and packaging are the digital bridge between the physical product and a cloud-powered universe of real-time data and software applications.

This is just one of the many dynamic, emerging and hugely engaging topics that will be explained, analysed and discussed at this year’s event. Others include the impact of end-to-end connectivity on optimising the production chain, the gains possible with workflow automation, the ways of tackling issues in digital automation and the importance of real-time data collection and communication.

Finat President Chris Ellison, who will give a presentation on the logical, fool proof way to target processes, print needs and timescales, states: “The seminar has been curated to help companies understand the technical challenges and improve their organisational efficiency, service and profitability by implementing new techniques, methodologies and by employing the workers’ skills and knowledge to the fullest."

“The papers being presented will show, from a technical standpoint, new features and requirements in printing, converting, and processing that keep the labelling industry moving forward and help to add value in the supply chain. There will also be an update on the latest status with regards to materials science, converting technology as well as application requirements, and the seminar is targeted at all levels of the technical community from research and development or production to technical directors and executives."

Day two will start with in depth overviews of inks, varnishes, facestocks and finishing, plus recent advances in PSA label films. It will also look more closely at value-added options for labels through the use of hot and cold foiling, embossing, and adding texture. Günther Dieroff, Sales and Marketing Manager for Beneli will close the event by demystifying IoT technologies.

Full details of the Finat Technical Seminar 2018 can be found on the Finat website, www.finat.com, where it is also possible to register online.

Label Traxx MIS partners with Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG)

Label Traxx, the management software (MIS) specialist for the label converting industry has announced its appointment as a vendor partner to the Flexo Label Advantage Group  (FLAG).  Label Traxx is an end-to-end management software system designed and built specifically for the label and packaging industry.  The company aims to help label converters streamline their operations, improve productivity and quality, and ultimately increase profitability.

 “We are delighted to join with FLAG as a vendor partner,” says Dorothy Asboth, North American Sales. “The organization provides a large amount of value to its converter members and we have a mutual goal in ensuring their success.”

 “Label Traxx is unique in that it provides a central system to manage your entire workflow from first customer contact right through to accounting and management metrics. Label converter businesses that thrive in this data-driven world are the ones that are working smarter, not harder. Label Traxx has worked with over 600 label converters worldwide and our industry-specific label software is designed to streamline operations and offer faster and more accurate access to business data.”

"It is tremendous when industry leading companies like Label Traxx recognize FLAG as a valuable community of label converters,” says John McKay, FLAG President and Founder. “Having Label Traxx join our team of world class Vendor Partners provides the exact kind of products and resources our converter members need to be more competitive in the marketplace, while helping them become stronger companies, all without sacrificing their independence”.

Monday, February 19, 2018

UniNet to conduct free educational sessions about short run digital label printing at GOA

UniNet, worldwide Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of on-demand digital print technology, will be presenting a series of free educational sessions titled “Innovations in Short Run Digital Label Printing” at Graphics of the Americas 2018 (GOA) from February 22-24th, 2018 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Taking place in Booth #327, UniNet will cover the diverse aspects of the short run digital label printing industry – from substrates and finishing to the upcoming trends in the digital label market space. Hosted in both English and Spanish, there will be the opportunity to talk to the experts and see live demonstrations of equipment, including the newly released iColor 200 Inkjet Label Printer.

Also being presented will be various transfer printing solutions from the iColorline, including the iColor550 White Toner Printer, an all new toner-based digital transfer system for the production of garments, labels, stationary, banners, hard surfaces, marketing customization and more.

Nestor Saporiti, CEO at UniNet, says “We are excited to get the opportunity to share our industry knowledge and educate GOA attendees on the exciting business opportunities in the digital market space. Graphics of the Americas draws a diverse group of people from North, South, Central America and the Caribbean, and we look forward to educating fellow members of the print and graphics industry.”

Color Label invests in their 10th Nilpeter flexo press

Danish label converter, Color Label, is one of the leading Danish suppliers of self-adhesive labels for the food industry and the chemical industry. The Aarhus-based company was established in 1980 by Erik Grønning, who continues to be in the forefront of the company.

Since 1980. when Color Label was first established, labels were printed on a Nilpeter press. Owner & CEO Erik Grønning explains, ”Well it’s quite simple. Nilpeter is the Mercedes of label printing presses, and we have never considered investing in anything else. At Color Label it is essential that our equipment is highly reliable, as it is in our DNA to always deliver on time”.

With the purchase of a newly refurbished FA-2500, the total number of 250 mm wide presses is brought up to 8. “The latest addition to our production floor is not considered a used press. The refurbishment job done by Nilpeter UK Ltd. is remarkable. It is really as good as new”, states Erik Grønning. He goes on to explain the rationale behind the investment, “With Color Label’s production setup, it makes perfectly sense for us to have an even number of presses. That way we eliminate the risk of bottlenecks and we are fully flexible: All tasks can be run on all machines”. The Color Label philosophy of twin presses allows them to use existing tooling, and there is no new learning curve for the company printers.

In addition, Color Label has two Nilpeter FA-4200 sleeve-based servo presses. They are tailored to run a wide range of tasks ranging from classic labels to film, flexible packaging, and carton. The machines can print films down to 15 micron and cardboard up to 350 g.

Visitor registration opens for first Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Trade visitors can now register online for Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018, the newest event in the Labelexpo Global Series event portfolio. Focused entirely on label and package printing in the region, Labelexpo Southeast Asia debuts at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10-12.

Aimed at printers/converters, brand owners, label and packaging technicians, buyers and design specialists, the event's organizer expects visitors to attend from across Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea and Australasia. Supported by the Thai Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (TSGA) and the Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) under the Minister of Industry, the event will cover over 3,500 sqm and host 200 of the global industry’s principal manufacturers and suppliers. Confirmed exhibitors so far include HP Indigo, Bobst, Epson, Flint Group, Konica Minolta, Lintec, Omet, UPM Raflatac, Xeikon, Yupo Corporation and Zhejiang Weigang Machinery.

As with all other Labelexpo trade shows, the show floor will feature live machinery demonstrations and multiple product launches. Labelexpo Southeast Asia will also offer a variety of educational opportunities. Running alongside the exhibition, visitors will be able to attend a range of topical conference sessions, or register for access to two exclusive workshops being held in association with the Label Academy covering shrink sleeve technology and die-cutting and tooling.

Jade Grace, project director for Labelexpo Southeast Asia, commented: ‘Southeast Asia has a population of over 646 million people and label consumption growth of around seven percent, making it hugely significant as one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

‘This show is set to be a game changer for the region’s printers as it brings together both supply chain companies and key clients. Many of the west’s big international manufacturers are now setting up shop here so the days of sourcing from overseas and enduring slow shipping are numbered. The exhibition will be invaluable for sourcing new contacts and partners who will be able to help printers improve profitability, quality and efficiency whilst helping them to grow their capabilities and shield their businesses from competitors.’

Prapaporn Narongrit, TSGA president, said: ‘As the representative association of industrial print in Thailand it is our pleasure to extend our support to this inaugural event in Thailand and also welcome that of the Department of Industrial Promotion, under the Ministry of Industry, and the Thailand Exhibition and Convention Bureau (TCEB), under the Office of the Prime Minister.’

Labelexpo Southeast Asia is free to attend and visitors can register for their full exhibition pass by visiting www.labelexpo-seasia.com

Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018 follows hot on the heels of record-breaking editions of Labelexpo Europe and Labelexpo Asia in 2017, with the next installments of Labelexpo Americas and Labelexpo India to follow later in 2018. The next Label Summit Latin America is scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico in April.