Thursday, August 22, 2019

Toray and Codimag to collaborate at Labelexpo Europe 2019

At Labelexpo Europe 2019, scheduled for 24 to 27 September in Brussels, Toray will be collaborating with Codimag to demonstrate the benefits of waterless offset printing. Toray will be located in Hall 11, Booth number D02, at the show, while Codimag will be located just across the aisle in Booth number C10 and will be running live waterless offset printing demonstrations on its VIVA 420 intermittent (semi-rotary) press using Toray IMPRIMA LJ plates on a variety of different substrates. Toray’s show presence will feature the full array of waterless offset printing plates for label production.

Flint Group Packaging expands its Thermoflexx Brand at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Building on the outstanding success of ThermoFlexX digital imagers and Woodpecker Nano screening technology, Xeikon Prepress is launching a new and integrated prepress solution for digital flexo plates. 

Since Xeikon Prepress, as part of Xeikon, joined Flint Group in 2015, the two divisions combined forces in developing highly automated imaging devices and invested further into mutual R&D projects. Woodpecker Nano, a technology to create surface microstructures, is one of the innovations that was launched in April this year as a result of the unique expertise exchange between Xeikon Prepress and Flint Group’s Flexographic division. 

“After joining the Flint Group family, we suddenly were in the unique position of having the expertise of one of the leading plate manufacturers combined with our own vast experience of imaging systems, in-house, which is unseen in our industry. As we have optimized ThermoFlexX imagers and developed Woodpecker Nano surface screening, we are now going for the next level to integrate and combine these with new innovations”, notes Uwe Stebani, General Manager of Xeikon Prepress. “We are sure that industry experts will be excited to learn about our new integrated plate imaging solutions,” adds Christophe Lievens, Sales Director of Xeikon Prepress. “Labelexpo 2019 is a perfect opportunity to announce our vision of quality enhancement in flexo plate-making.”

What to expect from Toray at Labelexpo

We hope you will be as excited as we are about our new Imprima J line brochure. Not only is it eye-catching, but it emphasizes our dedication to doing our part to address the global climate emergency. You’ll also see how our impressive global dealer and distributor network continues to grow – see the map below and at our booth.

Xeikon Dry Toner Technology offers Comex highest levels of print quality across multiple substrates and applications

Comex, a leading printer in Poland for highly processed, technologically advanced self-adhesive labels has invested in a Xeikon 3030 digital label press designed with variable web widths and dry toner technology. The company states the investment strategy is to expand its business through increased production capabilities and continue to provide exceptional customer service in the region and beyond. Founded over 30 years ago as a commercial printer, Comex can now combine its unique and innovative RFID technologies with Xeikon’s latest dry toner technology to produce a broad range of complex multi-layer, peel-off labels and personalised designs for the pharmaceutical, flexible packaging, food, beverage and cosmetics industries as well as mass event tickets with varying levels of security for sporting and cultural events.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Dantex to showcase expanding digital line-up at Labelexpo Europe

Dantex will be showcasing their expanding and highly versatile portfolio of UV inkjet digital printing solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (stand 3C15). Designed to meet every requirement with no minimum quantity, no waste and a super-fast turnaround, Dantex Pico digital solutions provide fast and easy label production and are suitable for both short or long jobs.

Two new PicoJet ‘reel to reel’ presses will be on show - the PicoJet 254 R and the PicoJet 350 R - both being sister models to the existing PicoJet 350 RF in-line modular digital platform. The versatile PicoColour 210 RF press will also be on display. All models offer superior quality, high speed and high productivity, are capable of printing CMYK +White and come available with a wide range of software and hardware options.

Omet to launch the new XFlex X7 at Labelexpo Europe

Omet is showcasing three machines on its two stands (C49 and C53, hall 6). This includes the launch of the Omet X7, the latest addition to the XFlex line, which can be seen live in action at the show. This machine is a flexo printing machine for labels and flexible packaging with 670mm (26 ") web width, able to carry out the most complex jobs in a simple way. Omet is also showcasing its XJet powered by Durst, the hybrid flexo + inkjet machine, and the first and only machine currently on the market able to produce shrink labels with combined printing.

The third machine on display is the small iFLEX, offering an 8-color flexo UV-LED configuration. This solution allows considerable energy savings and perfect drying at high speed. Unlike other entry-level machines on the market, iFlex is equipped with several new and highly sophisticated features that will help printers to reduce waste during the production process, time for job changeover and overall maintenance costs. 

AstroNova to premier two products at Labelexpo Europe

AstroNova TrojanLabel will premier two new products: the T2-L and the T3-OPX, at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

T2-L: Designed for flexible packaging, the T2-L (pictured) is the world’s first narrow-format, industrial-quality, water-based inkjet press that allows for seamless print and pack with all size print runs. With added laminating capabilities and inline heat-sealable cold lamination, the T2-L is a breakthrough into the industry for AstroNova.

T3-OPX: The anticipated T3-OPX, which makes its worldwide premiere at the show, is a next-generation overprinting solution with an extended print area (303.53 mm/11.95’’), extended resistance to both water and sunlight, extended printhead life and the ability to print directly on cardboard boxes, paper bags and more.

AVT’s Inspection solutions to help customers implement customized, Industry 4.0 prepress-to-finish workflows

AVT, part of Danaher’s Product Identification group (PID) and the world leader in print inspection, process control, and quality assurance solutions, will present integrated solutions for enhanced productivity and efficiency at Labelexpo Europe, in Brussels, Belgium. Co-located with sister company Esko at Booth #3C60, AVT will showcase its newest, most advanced automated inspection solutions for label and packaging applications supported by next-generation workflow automation solutions per Industry 4.0 “smart factory” production.

Workflow Automation and Quality Standards Control
Unsurpassed by competing AIS systems, AVT’s solutions enable converters to set cross-plant quality standards in tandem with Esko’s Automation Engine (AE) and X-Rite’s ColorCert. AVT’s AutoSet module automates job setup by streamlining prepress to pressroom connectivity from the ESKO Automation Engine to AVT’s inspection system. Meanwhile, the innovative iCenter platform empowers printers to tightly control cross-site quality standards ensuring global consistency.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Have you registered for PHARMA BRAND PROTECTION & PACKAGING 2019 Summit?

Packaging is no longer a reference to a box or a carton, but rather to a coordinated system of preparing goods for safe, cost-effective, and efficient movement throughout the whole supply chain that eventually leads to maximizing consumer value, sales, and hence profits. The ever-evolving global pharmaceutical packaging industry holds a market size of around $95 - $97 billion. This market is expected to witness a notable growth with a healthy CAGR of 6% to 7% in the coming years, owing to the increased R&D, new innovations in packaging materials, growth in generic market & rise in the trend of contract packaging. The brand matters and the companies need to protect it. They have worked hard to build the customers trust and loyalty. This industry is in a constant battle against counterfeiting & is thriving hard towards its Brand Protection.

The event will discuss the challenges of Brand Protection & Packaging in regards to Anti- Counterfeiting, Serialization, USP 661.1 & ICH Q3d guidelines. The event will witness the key decision makers & influencers from the leading pharmaceutical companies networking in the buyers sellers meet that is organized with many networking opportunities, Camp fire session & Build an action plan.

Rotocontrol expands its portfolio with Ecoline

The German manufacturer has expanded its European and North American portfolio by adding three Ecoline label finishing machines to its offering. Ecoline brand was launched six years ago by Rotocon specifically for South African converters, but quickly expanded with several installations across the other African countries and Australia.

The new product line available through Rotocontrol, includes RSI-340 and RSH-340 designed for inspection and slitting of printed labels, and the RDF-340, a fully customizable digital converting and finishing system. The machines will be promoted and serviced in Europe, as well as in North America through the local sales and service team at EMT International headquartered near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

New high-performance label printers from Toshiba

Toshiba Tec has launched new BA400 mid-range barcode label printers able to achieve increased speeds of up to eight inches per second and offering a wider range of connectivity options. The next-generation devices feature new processors and enabling multiple printer language emulations to enhance compatibility, and upgradeable operating system for added high degree of future proofing. The new printers also compatible with Toshiba’s unique RFID technology.

BA400 series also features dual-band Wi-Fi, built-in Bluetooth functionality for easy integration with mobile Android and iOS applications, and support for Android NFC pairing to provide on-demand connections via Bluetooth. There are currently two models available: the BA410 with its metal case, developed for use in demanding manufacturing environments, while the small footprint BA420 is designed for workplaces with a limited space. Both models are available with 203 dpi or 300 dpi print resolutions.

Colordyne Technologies joins conference speakers at IMI's Age of Materials Conference

Colordyne Technologies' Director of Sales, Taylor Buckthorpe, will speak at IMI's Age of Materials Conference 2019 from September 4 to 5 in Lombard, Illinois. Buckthorpe will address how print providers and brand owners can select the right technology for their label and package printing needs.

Leading event for the processing & packaging industry, pacprocess India to happen in New Delhi in December

Monday, August 19, 2019

Durst presents its latest innovations at Labelexpo Europe

Durst is expanding its RSC platform of UV inkjet label presses with several new innovations, which visitors will be able to see at Labelexpo Europe 2019. This ranges from dedicated workflow software for Web2Production and Durst’s own pre-press software “Workflow Label” to customized MIS integration software packages.

Xeikon to showcase four live production solutions

Xeikon will demonstrates digital presses in three configurations on the nearby Flint Group stand (5C28) and will also introduce the recently launched Transform advisory tool. The Label Discovery Package is an entry-level system consisting of a Xeikon 3030 digital press and Dcoat digital converting line with varnish, semi-rotary die-cutting, and rewind.

The Xeikon CX500 (pictured) is aimed at high-end food and wine label printing. The company’s QB-toner has been designed specifically for food labels and takes upcoming regulations into account. Visitors can see the press in action at the Flexible Packaging Arena.

Flint Group explores flexible package printing solutions

Flint Group Narrow Web (stand 5C24) will present its new market opportunities for narrow web flexible package printing. On display will be several examples of packaging constructions printed using a range of UV curable ink series compliant with latest CMR labeling requirements, and BPA free.

Flint will emphasize LED curing technologies that enable converters to reduce energy consumption by at least 50% compared to UV mercury curing technology. Their color-matching service, Vivo Colour Solution, will also be demonstrated (pictured), and further enhancements are launching at the show.

HP Indigo to showcase wide-ranging digital press portfolio at Labelexpo Europe

HP Indigo, the world leader in digital labels and packaging, will showcase a portfolio of digital presses along with a full partner ecosystem created to support profitable growth and new business opportunities for labels and packaging converters.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

TLMI brings Label Academy Workforce Development Tools to Members

TLMI announces that association members will receive major discounts when purchasing Label Academy training program books. The books are available at discounts of up to 50% in the Engage member portal within the workforce development section of the website.

The Label Academy concept was pioneered by industry veteran Mike Fairley, founder of Labels & Labeling magazine. The initiative was set in place as a response to the reduction of dedicated academic print programs at colleges and high schools throughout North America and Europe. The goal of the Academy is to offer a standardized training process for label printers across the globe in addition to specific modules that focus and address individual applications and technologies.

World leader in laminate tubes for cosmetics and oral care packaging acquires new FA-Line presses from Nilpeter

Albéa, the world's largest manufacturer of laminate tubes for cosmetics and oral care packaging, has further invested in Nilpeter technology with the acquisition of new FA-presses for company sites in India, Brazil, and Poland. Most have already been installed, with installation on going in Brazil. The collaboration between the two market leading companies dates back to 2008 when Albéa, through their former UK division, Betts Group, acquired two original FA-4 flexo presses for locations in India and Indonesia.

A Comprehensive Vetting Process
Interested in adding new technology, the Albéa head office in France reached out to Nilpeter once again, and after a comprehensive vetting process with testing, trials, and visits with competing suppliers, chose Nilpeter’s All New FA to be installed in India, Poland, and Brazil. In addition to the advanced technology of the new FA, the high ease of use, and impressive press performance with tough laminate tube materials, Albéa emphasized Nilpeter’s global support setup, worldwide reach, and 24/7 hotline for troubleshooting and live technical assistance. The new FA-presses will be put to good use in the fields of laminate tubes for oral care packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other various personal care applications.

How to shape the future of the label industry as a young professional

Some dust was stirred up at the European Label Forum in Copenhagen last June when the Young Managers Club relaunched and revamped themselves as the Young Professionals Network. Here to embrace change, openness and learning experiences, the group of young professionals welcomes all similarly minded label players who are looking for exactly that whilst building their network in an industry that already feels for most, like family.

The Young Professionals Network (YPN)
What is this group of young professionals about? Imagine walking into a room full of people that have the same energy as you, where you feel welcomed and where you can speak your mind. Topics and issues that are stuck in your mind are openly discussed in an open and positive atmosphere, so you can take real solutions and personal development back to the office. That is the YPN.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Leading event for the processing & packaging industry, pacprocess India to happen in New Delhi in December

The next evolution of PureBright Metallic Inks to feature at Labelexpo

Narrow web ink specialist Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd will showcase the next evolution of its PureBright UV flexo metallic inks at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The new metallic inks have been formulated to comply with the latest reclassification of raw materials, adhering to EuPIA’s Exclusion Policy. The new silver and golds are available as standard or as a food packaging compliant (FPC) version, suitable for non-direct food contact packaging applications, as well as general label printing.

Metal Container Manufacturers Association (MCMA) extends its support to PackPlus

PackPlus, the total packaging, converting and supply chain event, is around the corner happening at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 28-31 August 2019. Metal Container Manufacturers Association (MCMA) works towards formation and implementation of standards for the necessary raw materials, finished goods and allied products of Metal Packaging industry in India, has extended its support to the event.

PCMC to bring its Meridian laser anilox cleaner to Labelexpo Europe

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, will be showcasing its Meridian laser anilox cleaner at Labelexpo Europe (booth 11C36), held 24-27 September, in Brussels. This is the first time that the Meridian will be showcased with live demonstrations at Labelexpo Europe.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Xeikon ready to share digital expertise with the launch of ‘Transform’

Xeikon is set to showcase four live production solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (September 24 to 27) - Hall 5 Stand C28. The company will also introduce its latest advisory tool ‘Transform’ sharing the company’s deeper understanding, experience, and valued digital printing expertise with the international label community, Xeikon can offer printers and converters insights into different ways of transforming a label printing business into a business for the future.

Starting now and in preparation for the show, visitors to the website can consult Xeikon and get advice on the ideal digital set-up for their business by simply answering a few questions. As a pioneer in full color digital label printing, Xeikon has gathered a wealth of knowledge on the key success factors in implementing digital production.

Verico Technology is back again on the Codimag-Stand C/10 in Hall 11 at Label Expo Europe

Two years ago, Codimag and the plate specialist Verico Technology set the trend that has changed waterless label printing for good. Working with Verico Technology, the innovative press manufacturer has succeeded in making chemistry-free, waterless plates the new market standard, and the entire waterless industry is now following this suit.

With the launch of the Zahara NWL, Verico Technology built on 30 years of experience in waterless offset to combine all of its advantages with sustainability. In no time at all, Zahara plates have transformed the viability of narrow web label printing for the better by making its prepress genuinely digital.

Many customers have already replaced their processors with Verico’s new cost effective and compact washers. Expensive chemicals and dyes are no longer required for Zahara plates. All that the washers use is pure water, and even this is re-circulated so that the consumption of tens of thousands of litres of water is a thing of the past for Zahara users.

Durst to unveil more groundbreaking innovations and show live demonstrations of the updated Tau RSC portfolio at Labelexpo 2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will launch and present groundbreaking innovations and show live demonstrations of the updated Tau RSC portfolio – including the launch of a new model – on its stand C50 in Hall 9 at Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, from 24-27 September.

Introduced two years ago, the Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass presses set new benchmarks in the label industry with already more than 50 installations all around the world. Visitors will be able to have a close look at the technology and different applications used by customers. New features such as a special high opacity white and high speed white print mode are helping to boost the performance and range of applications for customers.