7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Uflex Chairman honoured with The Economic Times Polymers Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited has been honoured with The Economic Times Polymers Lifetime Achievement Award 2018.

Mr. Chaturvedi is a first generation entrepreneur and founder of the Uflex Group. Under his dynamic leadership the Group has evolved to become India’s largest fully integrated multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company offering Packaging films (BOPP, BOPET, CPP, Metallized and other Speciality Films); Packaging products like laminates (roll form), pre-formed pouches, flexi-tubes, big bags; Packaging and Converting machines; Inks, adhesives, coatings & polyols; Elastomers & Sleeves, Rotogravure printing cylinders; Flexo-polymer plates and Anti-counterfeiting & brand protection solutions that prevent look-alikes from eroding the brand equity of clients.

Notably, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi is credited for the introduction of small sachets or unit packs for mouth fresheners, candies, tomato ketchup, shampoos etc. to make them affordable and well within the reach of the common man back in the eighties. This was ‘The Big Spark’ that ignited and revolutionized the way FMCG products were packaged and sold in India and is termed as the ‘Watershed Moment’ in the Indian flexible packaging industry.

Under the aegis of Mr. Chaturvedi, Uflex today has state-of-the-art flexible packaging material manufacturing facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of around 100,000 TPA and packaging film manufacturing facilities at strategic locations across the world with cumulative installed capacity in excess of 337,000 TPA at India, UAE, Poland, Egypt, Mexico & USA with the products enjoying a formidable market presence in over 140 countries across the globe.

What started as a tiny venture in 1985 is today a flourishing Indian Multinational Conglomerate with turnover in excess of 1 Billion USD. Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi is fondly revered as the ‘Father of the flexible packaging industry in India’.

After having ruled the roost in the Indian packaging industry for over three decades and innovatively offering end-to-end flexible packaging solutions for packing solids, semi solids, pastes, gels, viscous fluids, powders and granular materials, Uflex under the able leadership of Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi has setup first of its kind state-of-the-art aseptic liquid packaging material manufacturing plant at Sanand in Gujarat for products like milk, dairy derivatives, juices, other non-aerated energy drinks and distilled beverages. The annual production capacity of this plant is 7 billion packs. The Sanand Project re-affirms Company’s commitment towards Government’s Make in India, initiative.

With this, Uflex has completed its entire product bouquet that now spans across end-to-end flexible packaging solutions for solids, semi solids, non-aerated liquids, pastes, gels, viscous fluids, powders and granular materials. This is a rare feat in its own right giving a sense of completion to the product portfolio of the flexible packaging behemoth.

No other company in India has as much capacity and capability of offering such a wide gamut of flexible packaging solutions. Uflex can process any quantum of order and ensure Just in Time deliveries anywhere in the world.

Mr. Chaturvedi has always maintained that his shop floor and R&D departments across business verticals namely Films; Packaging Products; Engineering; Chemicals; Holography and Cylinders serve as laboratories for the clients globally where through a collaborative approach Uflex engineers bespoke flexible packaging solutions. No two solutions that Uflex offers for its clients are likely to be the same. Such is the level of customization. Owing to Mr. Chaturvedi’s foresightedness, Uflex has been successfully reaping the first mover advantage by maintaining quick speed to market reach in the best interest of its global clientele. Retaining the tag of India’s largest fully integrated flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex never loses focus on sustainability. In fact innovation and sustainability at Uflex go hand in hand keeping the ‘GREEN’ Promise by Using renewable resources; Maximizing post-consumer re-cyclate usage; Reducing all-production waste; Reusing all-production waste; Using all non-recyclable waste to produce energy; Progressively optimizing energy consumption; Optimally down-gauging the substrates and Light-weighting the packaging structures.

The Economic Times Polymers Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 was given away at a formal ceremony held in Mumbai last evening. The who’s who from the Indian plastics, polymers and packaging industry had congregated for the award ceremony.

Making a strong pitch for the plastics, polymers and packaging industry, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi in his acceptance speech said, “Plastics in all forms whether single layered; multi-layered or mixed are recyclable/ reprocessable and can be put to viable end-of-life use. We at our manufacturing plants have been successfully demonstrating how polymeric/ packaging waste can be efficiently reprocessed. Research at International scale has proven beyond reasonable doubt that flexible packaging requires much less energy than its rigid counterpart like metals, glass etc. throughout all the three critical phases of its life-cycle i.e. manufacturing, transportation and disposal.

"Our commitment and efforts towards sustainable business processes and products date back to several decades much before carbon footprint neutralization and sustainability became global concerns. In 1995 at Recycle’95 - Davos Global Forum, Uflex was conferred with the Best Paper Award as a testament to its unrelenting work towards recycling and packaging sustainability.

"Today as I hold this prestigious archer, I am truly humbled and thank the Times Group for this honour.”

Release Liner Industry Leadership: Mondi’s Dr Wilhelm Munninger wins the AWA Award

Now in its third year, the annual AWA Release Liner Industry Leadership Award was presented during the recent 2018 Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam – and it went to Dr Wilhelm Munninger, Head of R&D and Innovation, Mondi Release Liner.

Presenting the special award, AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ CEO Corey M Reardon, said: ‘Willi is certainly a worthy recipient of this award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the complex and diversified release liner business. He is a worthy successor to the first two winners – Dean Scarborough of Avery Dennison, and Calvin Frost, of Channeled Resources.’

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cambridge Label takes innovative step forward with the new FA from Nilpeter

Cambridge Label of Ontario, CA, has acquired an All New FA from Nilpeter, and anticipates to double print speeds, and drastically decreases setup times, resulting in more competitive pricing for customers.

Cambridge Label is the largest printer of trade labels in Canada. As a label supplier exclusively for trade, Cambridge Label manufactures custom printed labels in quantities as few as 100, and up to several million. Cambridge Label specializes in print for food and beverage, health and beauty, household products, industrial products, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical, as well as medical facilities.

“Our primary focus is on manufacturing high quality products while providing superior customer service, and fast on-time delivery,” says Terry Sinclair, President and Owner of Cambridge Label. “We strive to deliver in 3-5 days. In this business everyone wants it yesterday, and the quicker, you can deliver, the better. In order to deliver a high quality product quickly and consistently, you need to invest in the best equipment possible.”

This business model perfectly suits Cambridge Label’s latest investment into The All New FA flexo press from Nilpeter. The All New FA is an innovative press designed and manufactured for the modern press operator. With intuitive operations and high automation, the FA is the ideal solution for consistent and repeatable manufacturing of high quality products. The fully automated 8-colour 17-inch wide press is equipped with full UV and a wealth of value-added features. The FA allows Cambridge Label to continue serving existing customers more efficiently, while creating new application opportunities.

“We were drawn to the FA because of its efficiency and improved print quality. We anticipate we will be able to nearly double our print speeds, while also drastically decrease our press setup times. These time savings will translate into more competitive pricing for our customers, allowing us to win more long-run jobs,” says Terry Sinclair.

“In addition, the FA registers amazingly well at high speeds, allowing us to print the most technically challenging labels efficiently. We currently have a high quality digital label press, and matching the digital print quality on our existing flexo pressesm while also maintaining efficiency, has proven challenging at times. We don’t foresee that challenge anymore given the capabilities of the new FA,” he continues.

“Nilpeter has always been a good supplier to us, offering timely support and advice whenever needed. We are excited to take this innovative step forward with Nilpeter at our side,” Terry Sinclair concludes.

“It has been a great partnership with Cambridge right from the start. They were very clear on the direction they needed to go in, and we felt we were in a great position to support their current and future needs. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship” says Bob Loescher, Nilpeter Northeastern Sales Manager.

Anjou Etiquettes invests in digital printing with xeikon to spur business growth

Anjou Etiquettes has chosen the Xeikon CX3, the five-colour digital label press with the highest speed in its class, to better position itself in the market for very high quality short label printing runs and cost-efficient production of multiple label versions.

Because the Xeikon CX3 is designed to efficiently produce short runs with tight delivery times while meeting complex design and layout demands, it perfectly complements the existing printing equipment at Anjou Etiquettes, including offset and letterpress presses. “By having an alternative to offset and letterpress, we will be able to respond quickly and at very competitive prices to requests for short label printing runs and multiple versions. These are key markets which we were no longer servicing due to constraints in our production platform, and now they will be important elements of our offering,” explains Maurice Darré, Chairman of Anjou Etiquettes.

Since it was founded in 1978, Anjou Etiquettes has built up unique expertise in the label manufacturing supply chain; from graphic design to printing, and from processing to logistics. The company produces labels on rolls, sheets or non-stick labels for a wide variety of industries, ranging from agribusiness to phytosanitary, cosmetics, wine, and more. The vertical integration of all production functions allows it to control production quality and timelines at every stage of the process.

When the business decided to invest in digital printing, its primary concern was print quality. “We asked four suppliers to print out some files we provided so we could compare their print quality. The Xeikon CX3 digital label press performed best, as its printing registration is unequalled. It was also the best choice from a financial perspective,” Darré says.

Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, the reputation of Anjou Etiquettes largely rests on its ability to manufacture high quality labels for the wine industry. The Xeikon CX3 dry toner technology is ideally suited for meeting the demands of customers who use structured paper labels printed with hot- or cold-stamped gold foil and raised text.

Since adding digital printing to its Montreuil-Bellay site, Anjou Etiquettes has cut its production times significantly. “For us, customer satisfaction is of primary importance; and that means ensuring fast response times. Our customers constantly tell us how much they appreciate our capabilities, especially when we manage to carry out an urgent order within 24 hours.” Darré says. “That’s the kind of service level our new Xeikon CX3 enables us to provide.”

Against the background of a growing national label market, which is driven by an increase in the number and types of products along with more stringent regulatory requirements, Anjou Etiquettes is aiming to increase its turnover through this investment, in particular by attracting new customers it was unable to serve before.

“We estimate that digital printing will soon account for between 15% and 20% of our global business,” Darré concludes. “We have already received a number of orders for short printing runs in the cosmetics and confectionery industries. We are now also able to service the market for unique labels used for traceability and in the fight against counterfeiting. These capabilities add significantly to our competitive advantage, and we have our Xeikon CX3 to thank!”

Software breakthrough gives the final polish to inkjet prints

A set of new software screens that add the “final polish” to output produced on inkjet presses are available from today from Global Graphics Software.  Advanced Inkjet Screens can be applied to any print industry workflow. Their flexibility means that they can be added to presses already on the market, or incorporated into an inkjet press that’s still on the drawing board.

Advanced Inkjet Screens smooth out imperfections caused by the physics of jetting ink onto substrate.  There are two variants:  the Pearl screen produces a very natural effect on more or less absorbent substrates, whereas the Mirror screen is ideal for non-absorbent and poorly-wetting surfaces such as tin cans and flexible packaging, and also areas of dense metallic ink. 

“Most printing software assumes that a press can print a perfect grid of dots,” observes product manager Tom Mooney.  “In practice on an inkjet press there are often variables that lead to changes in the size, shape or position of each drop. Even though these individual drops are very small, the result is that they coalesce, creating artefacts and errors that are often visible at the intended viewing distance in the finished print.

“By measuring the characteristics of the drop generation and interaction with the substrate, it is possible to fine-tune the halftone dot shapes and placement within the screening definition to mitigate unwanted variables. The result is print that is visually largely error-free, because the optimized screen compensates for and masks the effect of errors in the print process.”

“They are particularly effective where inkjet output will be sold as part of a brand’s marketing, such as packaging, where our Advanced Inkjet Screens allow converters and label printers wanting to use cheaper stocks or the same stocks as for flexo, to produce sellable product.”

Advanced Inkjet Screens will improve print quality “out of the box” on many inkjet presses so they are quick to deploy.  They can be applied on the back of any RIP that allows access to un-screened raster data such as Esko, using ScreenPro, Global Graphics’ ultra-high-speed screening engine for inkjet. Alternatively, they can be applied during rendering in the Harlequin Host Renderer RIP

Absorbent substrates
On fairly absorbent and/or wettable substrates drops tend to coalesce along the substrate surface, causing visible streaking.  This is especially the case in mid- and three-quarter tones.  Pearl is an advanced dispersed (FM) screen, optimized for natural images on a more or less absorbent substrate. It is targeted especially at addressing chaining and streaking artefacts.

Non-absorbent, poorly wettable substrates
On non-absorbent, poorly wettable substrates prints are characterized by a mottle effect that looks like orange peel.  The problem appears to be triggered by ink shrinkage during the cure and is especially noticeable in areas with reasonably high total area coverage.

The Mirror Advanced Inkjet Screen is designed with a microstructure targeted at countering the mottling or “orange peel” effect that can be seen when solid colors are used on non-absorbent or poorly-wetting substrates such as tin cans or some plastics, such as some flexible packaging. It’s also useful when dense inks such as metallics are used, or where the print should not interfere with the smoothness of the reflection from a shiny substrate.

Global Graphics has a long history in screening innovation dating back to its patented FM or stochastic screening technology of the 1990s.  In the age of digital printing, and inkjet in particular, Global Graphics has developed new screening technologies from the ground up in response to press manufacturers’ concerns about image quality in single pass inkjet applications.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hop Industries to showcase Hop-Syn TO and BL Synthetic Paper Grades at GlobalShop 2018

Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper today announces that it will showcase Hop-Syn TO and BL synthetic paper grades at the GlobalShop Trade Show and Conference, which takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago, March 27-29, 2018. Hop-Syn is a 100% recyclable, environmentally-friendly substrate designed for UV and LED-printed retail signage such as blockout point of purchase displays, banners and window posters, as well as backlit displays, transit signs, and more. At the event, Hop (booth #934) is giving away copies of its 2018 product guide, along with free samples of Hop-Syn synthetic paper.

“We are excited to return to GlobalShop. This event provides an excellent opportunity for retailers and their print service providers to see various applications of Hop-Syn’s sustainably-printed, high-quality retail displays,” comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President, Hop Industries. “Hop-Syn is ideal for budget-conscious retailers that need a durable, yet environmentally-friendly substrate.”

Hop is featuring two synthetic paper grades at GlobalShop, Hop-Syn TO and BL. Hop-Syn TO is a 98% opaque, white matte synthetic paper, and is a top choice by design agencies and print service providers (PSPs) for blockout banners, posters, and point of purchase displays. The waterproof, tear resistant substrate is UV-resistant, up to one year outdoors.

Hop-Syn BL synthetic paper is a white translucent polypropylene sheet used for backlit displays and transit posters in bus shelters and airports. Its smooth matte, 63% translucent white finish, allows PSPs to print sharp images with high color density for a stunning visual effect. Hop-Syn BL offers the print performance, color dispersion and dimensional stability of backlit polyester, but at a fraction of the cost. Hop-Syn BL and TO are easily printable by LED, latex and UV inkjet, as well as offset, flexography, screen, and thermal transfer.

Harper Corporation of America to attend Converters Expo 2018

Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America is excited to announce its participation as an exhibitor at the upcoming Converters Expo. This one-day expo brings together converters of paper, film, plastics, and nonwovens with suppliers, industry buyers, and specialists as they demonstrate the latest technology and services.

The event is an opportunity to network and share advancements in the field that are changing the way the converting industry operates. Attendees can explore testing and prototyping equipment, meet with manufacturing professionals, and learn more about the latest in flexo printing and packaging. Harper representatives will be on hand to provide information and insight regarding the company’s latest technology and product advances.

Harper Corporation of America invites interested individuals to visit the company's booth, number 24, at the event. The Converters Expo will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Chimeng Packaging now representing MPS in Taiwan

MPS has added another new agent to its Asian network with the appointment of Chimeng Packaging in Taiwan. The new appointment is the first of more to follow in Asia, since the recent opening of the dedicated MPS Systems Asia office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

George Tan, MPS Area Sales Manager commented: “Chimeng Packaging speaks the label and packaging language very well and has developed strong relations with local printers. Building transparent partnerships with their customers to improve printing quality, consistency, and enhance profitability is their primary objective. Taiwan is a unique market with a very high print quality requirement, with effective productivity and cost efficiency as critical success factors. With our operator-focused technology, MPS matches the requirement.”

With over 15 years’ experience in the flexo and gravure printing industry, Chimeng Packaging provides high quality printing machines, anilox rolls, consumables, quality inspection equipment and a strong technical team. In addition to MPS flexo, offset, and hybrid press solutions, Chimeng Packaging represents domestic and overseas partners including Amica inkjet, SEI Laser, Sandon Anilox and other ancillary products for the label and packaging printing industry.

Chimeng Packaging will receive formal technical training at the Technology & Expertise Centre at MPS headquarters in Arnhem, The Netherlands along with two recently hired MPS engineers for Asia. MPS and Chimeng Packaging will attend Taipei Plas in August 2018.

manroland web systems presents the new press for flexible packaging printing within a customer event

Varioman is the name given to the newly conceived packaging printing press from manroland web systems. Varioman means that manroland web systems has created a technology platform, which combines the benefits of varied technologies and processes while specifically avoiding the weak points inherent in other technologies and simultaneously providing top customer benefits. The pilot press is an offset gravure hybrid press, which prints films and provides mature design, system integration and comprehensive service and maintenance packages. This new packaging printing press, the Varioman f:line, has been presented to numerous customers and interested parties from around the globe at the Technology Forum Varioman from 27th of February until 1st of March in Augsburg.

Alexander Wassermann, CEO at manroland web systems, could welcome many international customers to this event. After the official greeting, the event started with directly switching into the topic: a new dimension for flexible packaging printing according to the motto „Boost Quality – Cut Costs“. Andreas Wecker and Wolfgang Hiesinger, Product Managers at manroland web systems, gave an overview on the recent market situation as well as on innovative and extraordinary solutions from manroland web systems at the field of offset printing.

Following the first conceptual introduction of the Varioman, the new packaging printing press has been demonstrated to the guests in operation. Within the live demonstration, the guests could convince themselves from the performance of the Varioman and could gaze high-quality print samples.

At the second day of the event, the visitors could join several specialist presentations. Peter Höringer, together with the manroland web systems partners Kodak, Jänecke & Schneemann und ESI, gave a deeper insight to technology aspects of the printing industry. Furthermore, the issues automation, service and the Varioman technology in detail have been examined more deeply. A factory tour at the manroland web systems facility has also caught the attention of the guests.

“We are happy about the keen interest for the new Varioman. The event was a great success. We are moving on with the important and considerable discussions that came up at the event. We will use this for constantly meeting the market demands and the demands of our customers to be and stay the high performing business partner for the printing industry even in the future.” Wassermann confidently speaks about the event.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bobst to showcase excellence in process technology at Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018

As customary when attending the Labelexpo series of events, Bobst will put on a grand show on its stand #D10 at the first edition of the Labelexpo Southeast Asia, taking place 10 – 12 May 2018 at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand.

Following the huge crowd turnout recorded at the Labelexpo Asia exhibition in China in December 2017 and given the comprehensiveness of the exhibits, displays and activities planned for the upcoming event, the Bobst stand will be one of the largest at the show. “The Southeast Asian market has been keeping us very busy of late. The label and packaging industry is booming and the interest in our range of solutions is high and continues to grow” comments Matteo Cardinotti, Managing Director of Bobst Firenze and Head of Bobst Narrow & mid-web multi-process Product Line “The event is a great opportunity for showing our equipment live to a wide number of converters in the SEA region and we are gearing up to provide them with a memorable experience when they visit our stand”.

The Bobst M1 line, a press dedicated to label production, will be the star of the show with seven daily printing and inline converting demonstrations (five on 12 May). “We launched the new M1 Line, configured with mechanical line shaft and laser pre-register and automatic register at Labelexpo Europe just over six months ago” explains Matteo Cardinotti “And I am pleased to say that because we never stop upgrading the performance of our equipment, the 8-color M1 UV flexo press on show will offer even more, further extending the range of filmic applications that can be run on the line”.

Alongside solutions dedicated to label printing, most Bobst machines in the inline UV flexo range are suitable to be configured for applications serving the needs of labels, flexible packaging and folding carton packaging manufactures. This flexibility opens up for converters a variety of untapped opportunities of product diversification to enter new markets which visitors to the stand will be interested to learn about. The latest developments include the M5X line, also presented last year, whose optimized fixed configuration combines the flexibility and quality of labels and packaging production with the attractiveness of the level of investment and the short delivery time.

Other Bobst solutions that visitors at Labelexpo Southeast Asia will be able to discuss with BOBST experts include CI flexo and gravure printing presses and laminators which are especially effective for mid- to wide-web short run production, as well as the range of silicone, adhesive and pre/post coating lines and vacuum metallizing solutions suitable for a great variety of applications in the label and flexible packaging manufacturing industry.

Present as always on the Bobst stand will be samples highlighting excellence in process technology, as well as displays illustrating Bobst products and services portfolio. Information on the benchmark service offering will demonstrate to visitors the extent of the support which Bobst customers can always rely on.

Tresu’s new SAVEink chamber doctor blade enhances process efficiency in narrow-web flexo printing

Tresu announces the introduction of its FlexiPrint Reservoir SaveInk chamber doctor blade, a light, fast-change inking system for narrow-web UV and water-based flexo applications that can be used without an ink pump.

Chambers are air-tight and prevent leakage, thanks to Tresu’s patented seals, and can be installed or removed safely in five seconds without the risk of spilling ink. To introduce the unit to its mounting, the operator locks it to the anilox roll, and rotates it from a six-o’clock to a nine-o’clock position. Removal reverses the process.

Doctor blades are in a pre-set position, and there is no need for further adjustment. The pre-set position ensures optimal anilox contact with minimal wear. An automatic indicator shows when blade replacement is necessary, so time is not wasted on unnecessary checks.

The chamber can hold 250ml – 2000ml of ink making it ideal for application of normal and spot colours, as well as high ink transfer printing. Ink may be added manually without stopping the press, giving the system flexibility for long and short-run production.

Since the chambers are sealed, there is no risk of ink contamination and optimal pressure is maintained, to ensure foam-free printing and an even ink coverage across the web. The chamber maintains precise inking even at the high speeds demanded by narrow-web printers. Available in widths up to 800mm, the Tresu FlexiPrint Reservoir SaveInk chamber may be fitted to almost any narrow web press.

For those using manual filling, the chambers can be removed and sealed so that ink can be reused. As the unit features a single compartment, manual cleaning is fast and easy.

Printers using an optional pump system have the advantage of precise flow control, as well as the ability to return unused ink to the bucket. Complete flushing and anilox cleaning to enable colour changes is also possible with pump systems.

Henrik Kristensen, vice president, Tresu Ancillary, comments: “With shorter runs and faster turnarounds, label converters are under increased competitive pressure to eliminate waste. Tresu’s single-component SaveInk system makes an attractive option for an efficient label printing workflow, with its fast setup times, minimal maintenance requirements and capability for consistent quality at high speed. With a short return on investment, the benefits of our chamber doctor blades are a viable and value-adding alternative to investing in a new press.”

Tower Products releases new low VOC UV Flexographic Ink Cleaner

Tower Products, Inc., the leading manufacturer of environmentally sensitive pressroom chemistry for the offset and flexographic printing industry, has released a new, low VOC UV flexographic cleaning product, SmartFlex Low VOC UV Cleaner.

SmartFlex Low VOC UV Cleaner is specifically targeted at markets where extremely low VOC limits are enforced like Southern and Northern California. The VOC content of this product is under 100 grams per liter making it compliant with both Rule 1171 and By Area Rule 20. This is an outstanding technology for cleaning UV flexographic inks. Its’ low odor and effective formula rapidly cleans the UV flexographic ink from plates and machinery. SmartFlex Low VOC UV Cleaner will not swell photopolymer printing plates and can be applied by hand or used in an automatic plate cleaning unit.

For more information, contact Tower Products at  info@towerproducts.com or log on to www.towerflexo.com.

SixB Labels installs 2nd Epson SurePress L-4033AW digital label press

Epson America, Inc. announced SixB Labels, the premier source for labels, decals and bar codes in the Southwest, has purchased and installed its second Epson SurePress® L-4033AW digital label press to meet increasing customer demands in the graphic, manufacturing, food, service, beauty, and health industries. SixB Labels purchased its second Epson digital label press for its wide range of full-color label capabilities to produce semi-gloss and BOPP labels, as well as to expand its short-run label printing offerings to customers.

“Epson’s SurePress L-4033AW is a valuable tool for our business,” said Fari Bakhshian, president, SixB Labels Corporation. “We decided to purchase a second SurePress because of its expansive label printing capabilities and how it allows us to produce smaller runs with less waste, helping us to decrease production time and reduce costs.”

SixB Labels received a Premier Print Award from Printing Industries of America for labels created on the SurePress L-4033AW for Texas-based customer Central Market. The “Best of Category Digital Printing: Tags and Labels” winner features the photographic-oriented Central Market Iced Tea Jug Labels for placement on metal tins. “The amount of detail on the labels printed by the SurePress was tremendous,” said Bakhshian. “We printed a smaller run for Central Market and decided to submit their Hibiscus Mint tea labels for the award, which we were honored to receive. The Hibiscus Mint was also only the beginning, as the project lent itself to multiple label variations created on the SurePress – House Black, Mango and Texas Gold Iced Teas – with labels including clear and colorful imagery of ingredients.”

Designed for prime label converters and commercial printers, the Epson SurePress L-4033AW is an easy-to-operate, seven-color inkjet digital label press with White ink for high-quality, short-run label printing, even on clear and metallic substrates. Delivering exceptional print and color quality, as well as innovative features, the L-4033AW allows printers to expand their service offerings.

Driving the SurePress L-4033AW is the included Wasatch RIP and Print Management Software. The Wasatch SoftRIP is a sophisticated RIP solution that provides superior color management options, efficient layout features, intuitive workflow tools, variable data printing, and contour cutting, all while producing excellent quality color.

“We are thrilled that SixB Labels has once again chosen Epson’s SurePress to enhance its workflow and meet its label printing needs,” said Mark Elsbernd, North American Western region sales manager, Epson America, Inc. “Dedicated to providing customers with the most efficient and reliable printing performance, Epson’s digital label press delivers industry-leading precise quality with decreased production time, waste, and costs, making it the ideal label press for all business needs.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

RotoMetrics new Challenger solid die conquering the toughest abrasive materials

RotoMetrics announces the release of the new Challenger, a solid die designed for the toughest abrasive materials such as polylith, abrasive inks, credit/gift card stocks, clay-coated materials, recycled tags, thermal-coated materials and many more challenging abrasive stocks.

The Challenger’s enhanced tool steel, along with RotoMetrics’ proprietary TufShield plating, greatly improves performance over the traditional dies used in abrasive applications. The Challenger runs more than 2 times longer than typical chrome-coated dies. In addition, the Challenger’s blade wear is more consistent and uniform resulting in more retools. Dies cut longer and last longer vs. traditional solid die alternatives.

Butch Schomber, RotoMetrics’ Product Innovation Manager, said, “We tested a variety of steels and coating processes to determine the best option to tackle these challenging abrasive materials. This unique combination of enhanced tool steel and our proprietary plating process produced a durable and tough solid die that not only lasts longer; it also creates more even blade wear. Normally, these materials tear up blades and destroy dies, but Challenger’s unique combination gets the most out of a die and creates great value for our customers who convert these materials. Dies run longer on the press and last longer overall. ”

The new Challenger die is currently available from RotoMetrics US manufacturing sites with global manufacturing expansion planned in the near future.

UPM Raflatac's new digital printer recommendation tool helps you identify the best label stock products for your printer

UPM Raflatac offers the highest-quality digital papers and films in the pressure sensitive label industry and one of the broadest film face stock portfolios in the digital market. But with such a diverse selection available, it can be daunting to find precisely the right materials for your digital printers. Help is here with UPM Raflatac's newly launched digital printer recommendation tool, which promises to deliver a comprehensive database of paper and film materials suitable for a variety of digital printing technologies.

This innovative new tool provides up-to-date and accurate product information about UPM Raflatac's digital label stock materials as well as ratings for how they will perform on various digital printers, ranging from small desktop models to industrial-scale digital presses. Whether looking for paper or matte, gloss, white or clear film face stock materials, this new tool has you covered.

"Our new digital printer recommendation tool is one way in which we are labeling a smarter future," says Kirit Naik, PhD, MBA, R&D Director, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "By working closely with the printer manufacturers and performing extensive testing of our products on their equipment, we are confident that our customers will find this tool to be of great value."

"At UPM Raflatac, we pride ourselves on providing our customers world class service with a local touch, and we developed this cutting-edge new printer recommendation tool to help them eliminate the guesswork," adds Andres Mulero, Segment Manager, Print-On-Demand, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac. "It will maximize their efficiency and help them strengthen their brand, no matter which printer they use."

UPM Raflatac's new digital printer recommendation tool is available for use now for customers in Europe and the Americas by visiting » go.upmraflatac.com/printertool.

Finat introduces trial guest membership for converters and suppliers to the label industry

Finat, the European association for the self-adhesive label industry, now offers all label printers and their suppliers within the European labelling industry, that have not yet joined, a 3-months’ trial membership to get a taste of what it means to be a member of the international association.

Being a Finat member entitles all employees of a member company to become connected with an industry-wide network of peers, to meet them at different events such as the annual European Label Forum, to acquire and exchange relevant knowledge and information such as the exclusive 6-monthly Finat Radar market report, the Finat webinar series, as well as papers and articles on relevant topics in the Finat’s online member library. The association also promotes industry solutions in the field of release liner recycling, offers tools and guidance on Life Cycle Assessment and the handling of self-adhesive labels for food packaging. Membership also creates more visibility for companies via the online membership directory, participation in the Finat labelling competition, news reports in Finat’s bi-weekly e-newsletter LNO and other B2B communication channels.

If you want to get a real hands-on idea of the benefits of a Finat membership, you can now sign up for a free guest membership for three months. This entitles you to all the benefits, with an exception of access to the Finat Technical Handbook. A buddy from one of the Finat committees will be assigned to you to guide you through the membership’ benefits and to introduce you to the biggest network in the label industry by accompanying you as a member at one of the Finat events. You can apply for a guest membership via our website, https://www.finat.com/members/become-a-guest-member. After a 30-day acceptance period by all Finat member companies, your guest membership will be active for three months after which you may decide to become an official Finat member.

Full details can be found on the Finat website, www.finat.com, where it is also possible to apply online for a guest membership.