Packaging MEA Unpacking the World of Packaging Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:16:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Labelexpo Europe 2017: Nilpeter to premiere new flexo press at Labelexpo Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:14:38 +0000 Narrow web printing solutions manufacturers, Nilpeter will premiere their new FA flexo press at Labelexpo.

The latest addition to their state-of-the-art flexo solutions, the FA flexo press is designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, and built around the modern press operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls. It provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates. Based on Nilpeter’s Clean-Hand design approach, the FA ensures clean hands during press operation, with a minimum of hands-on press interaction; all data is saved, jobs are easily recalled, and the press will auto register.

The new FA allows printers to enhance the performance and capability of their press with Value-Adding Units as well as Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget.

Nilpeter will also display their upgraded digital PANORAMA Hybrid press. Since the launch of the PANORAMA digital product line at LabelExpo Europe 2015, the Danish press manufacturer has made major enhancements, including a re-design of the PANORAMA’s converting and flexo printing units, as well as updates of the press software.

The new digital PANORAMA Hybrid configurations cover a wide and varied spectrum of customer needs and requirements – from stand-alone, to all-round and value-added hybrids.

Nilpeter will be available in Hall 7 at stand nos 7B35 & 7B39.

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Labelexpo Europe 2017: Taghleef Industries to showcase wide range of specialized films Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:28:20 +0000 Taghleef Industries (Ti), global manufacturers of specialized films for the packaging of food and non-food products, labels, industrial and graphic arts applications, announced today that it will be attending Labelexpo 2017 from 25 – 28 September in Brussels. Taghleef will be located in Hall 5, Booth C40, displaying an unparalleled selection of BoPP films.

“We are excited to showcase our high-quality Specialty Label Films at Labelexpo Europe,” says Patrick Desies, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Taghleef Industries. “Many purchasing decisions are made subconsciously at the shelf. Our innovative films offer safe, sustainable options for a variety of high-quality packaging needs. We welcome attendees to visit our stand to experience the unique functionalities of our products.”

At Labelexpo, Taghleef will be showcasing its Specialty Label Films range, available for PSL facestock applications as well as over-laminations, IML (In Mold Label) and WAL (Wrap Around) roll-fed labels. Each film is designed according to labelling application, for either over-lamination or primary print substrate, and is suitable for gravure, flexo, offset, UV and in some cases digital printing.

In addition, Ti’s PSL portfolio is continuously expanding and one of the newest developments in the PSL portfolio is LSG. It is a white voided, very high yield facestock film with outstanding whiteness and gloss appearance.

For injection and thermoforming IML films, Ti will feature its high orange peel and ultra-high yield white voided films LIU and LIX, as well as LIM with its unique satin finish. Metallic look Titanium™ LTZ and LHZ complete the range, delivering high impact label designs.

Following the direction of lightweight packaging, LXI ultra-high yield wrap around white voided label film is a perfect choice for both converters and bottlers. LUS film for WAL applications dresses up containers with a contemporary matte finish.

Visitors to the Ti booth will also have the opportunity to see next generation films for heat shrink sleeve labels. Low-density polyolefin polymers create a sustainable, floatable solution that minimizes the impact on PET recycling systems and reduces the weight of the label compared to common shrink sleeve substrates. The exceptional shrink curve in the transverse direction (TD), guarantees up to 65% of shrinkage, offering the freedom to fully decorate containers in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with the potential for 360-degrees of eye-catching label graphics.

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Labelexpo Europe 2017: ABG to launch faster screen printing unit at Labelexpo Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:25:30 +0000 Manufacturers of label converting machinery, AB Graphic International will be launching its flat screen printing unit with a faster speed at Labelexpo.

“Flat screen printing is traditionally the slowest module on any finishing machine, and at Labelexpo we’ll be launching our new flat screen printing unit, which has a significantly increased running speed,” says Tony Bell, ABG’s Sales Director.

The new module has a full rotary web motion, whilst still using a flatbed screen. The quality of UV Curing is also improved by the rotary web motion – ensuring consistency along the whole web.

The physical size of the module has also been reduced by over 20%, the repeat area has increased to 410mm in the web direction making it compatible with their Big Foot 50 hot foil stamping unit, and there is a chill roller option for delicate substrates.

Operators will benefit from an easier setup, and it has motorised lateral and skew adjustments for screen image position, plus on the run servo adjustment of the squeegee and scraper position. This makes it easy for the operator to adjust the level of ink through the mesh and onto the web.

ABG will also showcase a variety of their fleyeVision inspection systems at Labelexpo.

“Our FleyeLink Workflow manager creates a roll map of defects that can be doctored in a final process to eradicate substandard labels,” continues Tony.

“Using a barcode printer for closure labels on the end of the turret, the small rolls with faults can be identified and then run quickly through small rewinder that highlights where the errors are, ready to be doctored. It’s a very efficient way of getting product through the finishing department quickly to the end user, completely safe in the knowledge that all rolls are of the highest quality.”

ABG International will be available at Booth 6A37.

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KBA participates in Interpack with four group firms Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:27:38 +0000 Products on show include VariJET 106 press for cardboard printing and betaJET xenio inkjet system
Dubai Four companies from the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) presented solutions at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf.
KBA-Metronic’s marking systems with the code-M software module allow, among other things, the centralised administration of print jobs, the monitoring of entire marking lines, and the integration of camera control systems.
With the code-M data module, data from databases can be inserted into printed texts. Printing systems and fields are detected automatically, and the form of the imprints is userdefinable.
With the code-M data and code-M editor modules, many users can create sophisticated text layouts themselves. KBA-Metronic also introduced the versatile betaJET xenio DOD inkjet system.
KBA-Sheetfed, the market leader in sheet-fed offset presses for cardboard printing, showed the digital sheet-fed KBA Vari- JET 106 press. The KBA VariJET combines conventional printing and finishing technologies with digital inkjet printing.
KBA-Flexotecnica presented migration-free printing on flexible packaging. For its new-generation CI flexo presses for flexible packaging, KBA-Flexotecnica focuses on migration-free printing with water-based inks, such as for food packaging. The new Evolam laminating machine, allowing the use of solvent-free adhesives, was also shown.
KBA-Kammann presented direct digital printing on glass and configuration for diverse requirements of various markets.

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Domino launches white module as screen alternative Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:22:45 +0000 K-Series K600i White digital print module targeted at printers looking for replacement for screen
UK Domino Digital Printing Solutions is set to launch its K600i White digital print module at Labelexpo Europe 2017 on 25–28 September.
Featuring a new ink management system designed to provide high reliability while using a heavily pigmented UV curable white ink, the K600i White is targeted primarily at printers looking for a digital alternative to screen printing, offering instantaneous job change, minimal maintenance, and variable data printing capability and eliminating the need to purchase screens.
The solution is particularly suited for printing high-definition white text in very small point sizes onto personal care labels and for other transparent label applications, said Domino.
With variable data print capability, the K600i White can also be used for promotions such as personalising with names, places, and promotional games, providing a real ‘added value’ offering. It can also be readily integrated into an existing PDF workflow.
“It is widely known in the print industry that there are issues surrounding white ink,” said Philip Easton, director of Domino Digital Printing Solutions. “The reason it can be problematic is that it is heavily pigmented. When not in use, white ink tends to settle and thicken, which for inkjet technology can cause blocked nozzles resulting in unplanned downtime and higher maintenance costs.
“We have solved that problem with a complete ink system redesign. By adding a new white ink tank to our K-Series printer and a new ink system which continuously mixes the white ink, we are able to maintain performance and reliable operation.”
This white ink system has already been proven in the latest-generation Domino N610i 7-colour digital label press, and now becomes available for retrofitting on existing digital label presses and finishing lines via the release of the K600i White, said Domino.
The K600i White is an evolution of the K600i piezo drop-on-demand ink jet system and incorporates two print bars for increased ink laydown capability at higher speeds.

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H.B. Fuller wins Sonoco award Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:13:31 +0000 Usa H.B. Fuller has received recognition from Sonoco as one of the company’s 2017 Quality and Innovation Award recipients. This award recognizes H.B.
Fuller’s Flexible Packaging business for listening closely, providing a top-notch product, bringing new ideas to improve processes, partnering to identify suitable material alternatives, and embracing Sonoco’s culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
According to Sonoco, H.B. Fuller has delivered high-quality adhesive solutions at competitive pricing, and has provided technical support and account management, which has been an integral part of identifying and resolving the root causes of complex problems. Together, the companies have looked at how H.B. Fuller can support Sonoco’s key objectives and created a strong project funnel incorporating new technology. “We are honoured to be recognized by Sonoco for our quality and innovation,” said Justine Hanlon, marketing manager, H.B. Fuller Flexible Packaging. “We look forward to continuing to develop our strategic partnership with Sonoco to create high-quality flexible packaging solutions.”
For 130 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products.

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Pakistan printer instals Bobst gravure press Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:03:08 +0000 4003MP speeds up turnarounds and cuts waste for Saima Packaging
Pakistan Saima Packaging has installed an 8-colour Bobst RS 4003MP gravure press at its flexible packaging production facility in Karachi.
The press features technical solutions for automation and reduced waste that enable it to be operated profitably with any mix of print job lengths, from short to long run production, said the company.
“Job make-ready and changeovers on our new press are quicker than we are accustomed to, which means that we are now able to produce with a much faster turnaround,” said Yousuf Tinwala, chief executive.
“The register performance is excellent and easy to achieve via a touchscreen interface. Waste is minimised, even at the start of a new job, and the register holds very well at machine speed variations, the speed correction being extremely fast.”
The RS 4003MP is an electronic shaft gravure line fitted with a shaftless printing cylinder system.
The Bobst Registron register control system integrated with the electronic shaft system of the press reduces material waste. To further improve performance at make-ready and changeover, Saima Packaging specified its RS 4003MP with the fully automatic TAPS preregister setting system.
Saima also operates Bobst die-cutters and folder-gluers at its carton packaging division.

From left: Imran Hanif, technical director, Sal-Im; Yousuf Tinwala, Saima; Luigi Trecate, engineer, Bobst Italia; Salman Hanif, director operations, Sal-Im; Aleem Tinwala, director, Saima; Fahad Ali, head of flexible, Saima.

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Bobst Italia presents gravure innovation Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:52:08 +0000 Open house at San Giorgio Monferrato showcases RS6003C HS press
Italy Bobst Italia SpA has held an event at San Giorgio Monferrato in northern Italy to present its gravure technology.
‘Extending the scope, new technologies for gravure’ on 11–12 May presented the latest-configuration RS 6003C HS gravure press, which features new dryer technology and revisited inking systems.
Giovanni Caprioglio, sales and marketing director of the gravure and lamination product line, Bobst Italia, illustrated how the quantum efficiency of the new twin flow drying system shortens the dryers, lowers the residual solvent on the web, and improves overall press performance.
A 9-colour RS 6003C HS gravure press, 1,300mm in print width, was demonstrated, running at 500m/min printing in reverse with solvent-based inks on a 17μ BOPP film to produce a typical high-end high volume confectionery pack.

The RS 6002C shaftless gravure press, presented last year at Drupa, created great interest for its applications and the 18μ LDPE substrate it processed at 300m/min. A CL 850D was also demonstrated with a value added packaging-enhancing application. “We had great information to share and created a spectacular show to tell our story,” said Michele Vitiello, head of gravure and lamination business unit web-fed and managing director of Bobst Italia.
“The event was a big success in two ways that make us proud: the success achieved from the point of view of the event content, showcasing the quality of the innovations presented and the success of the event format that we chose to convey the information to the participating audience.”

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Comexi shows flexo, offset presses Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:30:15 +0000 F2 ML features with offset C18 plus new SI MS slitter

Germany Comexi’s newest flexo presses such as Comexi F2 ML, its offset technology, holographic applications provided by Comexi Futura laminator, and laser technology were main draws at the manufacturer’s stand.
Comexi consolidated the world launch of its Comexi S1 MS slitter, designed for high-output reels. The machine targets two market trends: working with more complex material structures and optimising production using input reels with larger diameters.
The group also presented the F2 ML and the innovative offset Comexi CI8 press. “We are very pleased by the interest that our innovations have aroused in the market,” said Comexi’s marketing director, David Centelles.
Comexi also reported interest in its laminating and coating solutions such as Comexi ML1 and Comexi SL2. The group also offers water-based laminators such as Comexi L20000 that reduce environmental impact.

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Flex Films’ alternatives to nylon Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:23:17 +0000 Uflex offshoot also reports ‘big trend’ to EDP film

Germany Flex Films, the film manufacturing arm of Uflex, showed a wide range of new products and applications at Interpack including alternatives to nylon film.
Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice chairman and CEO of Flex Films International, said the company had showcased its high-barrier nylon replacement films. “Nylon as a substrate has had a very high price volatility in the past two years,” he said.
“It is going through a cyclical shift in the marketplace where nylon barriers were used just for the sake of being used. What we are doing is presenting alternates to that and showing people that you should buy and use the optimum barrier you want so that you don’t overengineer or under-engineer a packaging product just for the sake of a specification. Some of our barrier films provide that opportunity.”
He also noted “a big trend towards [the company’s] EDP film, the HP digital print film”. “Digital as a concept has been moving fast but I haven’t seen it pick up as yet, especially in the Asian countries,” he added.

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