LABELS & PACKAGING



  • The press is equipped with an additional UV booster enhancing the curing of Saphira Digital Labelfire UVLM inks at higher printing speeds.


    In an intensive development effort Gallus and Heidelberg engineers have further developed UV inkjet printing to enable the production of certified food-compliant labels with the Gallus Labelfire. The low migration version of the Gallus Labelfire is designed to produce food-compliant packaging in accordance with EU regulations and Swiss Ordinance. For this purpose, the joint Gallus/Heidelberg development team developed the Labelfire UVLM ink series, which is suitable for food contact packaging. The UV curing technology of Labelfire was also further optimised to improve the migration properties of the ink film.

    “The Gallus Labelfire Low Migration represents a real innovation. Compared to the previous press, it makes no compromises when it comes to print quality, colour gamut and lightfastness of the inks”, says Uwe Alexander, Product Manager Digital at Gallus, describing the new digital press. Thomas Schweizer, Head of Business and Product Management at Gallus adds: “Indeed! We call it innovation because, together with Heidelberg, we have achieved a new level of UV inkjet technology. This includes the formulation of the ink and a matching curing technology. This enables our customers to comply with the relevant EU regulations as well as the guidelines of Swiss Ordinance and Nestlé Guidance Note in order to produce food-compliant labels and packaging.“

    A prerequisite for the food-compliant production of labels and packaging is compliance with the relevant legislation and, in addition, the specifications of distributors and brand owners. Labelfire UVLM inks therefore comply with the requirements of EU regulations No. 10/2011, No. 1935/2004, No. 2023/2006 (GMP), Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé Guidance Note and EuPIA guidelines.

    However, the use of such inks alone does not guarantee automatic compliance with the migration limits required for certification of such labels.

    The new curing system of Labelfire Low Migration
    An important production step takes place after inkjet printing with curing of the inks. In addition to the new ink series, the innovative machine system therefore also includes a highly effective UV dryer system to ensure optimum curing.

    Directly after printing, the substrate is fed into a dryer with an inert chamber, which is flooded with nitrogen. The extensive exclusion of oxygen leads to optimised curing of the inks. An optional UV booster enhances curing of the Labelfire UVLM inks at higher printing speeds even at maximum production speed.

    In addition to this new UV drying system, the Gallus Labelfire Low Migration is equipped with UV and oxygen sensors that measure production parameters. This supports the quality assurance processes in label and packaging printing.

    "We are proud to offer our customers a machine system that prints flexibly and efficiently, but furthermore it allows a very broad range of applications and thus also addresses various market segments. The Labelfire Low Migration is perfect for a successful entry into digital packaging printing for the food and pharmaceutical markets," Thomas Schweizer concludes.

    Two Gallus Labelfire presses have already been producing food-compliant labels and packaging in line with legal requirements for the European market for months in a field test study. Since October this year, the Gallus Labelfire Low Migration has been sold on to customers as a series machine.






  • Incorporating the latest BOBST technology including 10 patents, the BOBST MASTERLINE DRO will equip converters with the most versatile, most automated, connected and highly ergonomic solution on the market. The machine enables exceptional productivity reaching an output of more than 40 million square meters (430 million square feet) per year, combining high-volume production on simple boxes and added-value packaging with qualitative printing and die-cutting.

    It features high-quality inside-outside printing in a single pass, complex die-cutting capabilities and quick changeovers on the full line. Combining digitalisation, connectivity and automation like never before, it promises to pave the way for a new era in box making.

    “The BOBST MASTERLINE DRO has been designed to match market demands for valuable packaging, faster delivery times, and more sustainable operations including the new e-commerce requirements,” said David Arnaud, Product Marketing Director FFG DRO. “As brand owners demand ever higher die-cutting and printing quality from their corrugated packaging suppliers, achieving both, while retaining a profit margin, has become increasingly important for box makers. MASTERLINE DRO achieves exactly that, and we believe it sets a new benchmark in the industry.”

    Major savings on raw material and waste
    The extremely high quality provided by MASTERLINE DRO is consistent for each item and boxes benefit from a 15% improvement in the box compression test (BCT), which represents a huge saving potential on paper use.

    Two quality control systems enable perfect printing register consistency during setup or during production: Start & Go provides fully automatic set-up multicolour jobs with automatic compensation of cliché irregularity with only 11 sheets, and Lead & Print guarantees print to print and print to cut consistency with proactive compensation of cardboard irregularity during production. It has an efficient dust collection system built in to ensure perfect printing quality and a die-cutting efficiency that ejects over 99.9% of die-cut waste.

    What’s more, it is easy to set up and operate. Users can handle the whole line with simple and intuitive operation, and with ultra-quick order changeover from pre-feeder to palletiser, it enables maximum uptime with minimum effort. It has a robust, heavy-duty design, with reduced amount of wear to the long-life BOBST quality parts. If maintenance is required, standardised spare parts, an intuitive maintenance menu and easy access to all parts of the machine, make maintenance cost-efficient.

    “When we design a new machine, we really think about it from the customer perspective,” said David Arnaud. “That is why the MASTERLINE DRO addresses the needs of converters from a business perspective now and for the future. This will serve converters extremely well and give them a huge competitive advantage.”





  • Konica Minolta has partnered with Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM), a global player in the label market, to offer its ultra-compact DC350Nano and DC330Mini label finishers to customers in Australia and New Zealand. 

    The two label finishers will complement Konica Minolta’s label press, the AccurioLabel 230 (AL230), meaning it can now offer a complete end-to-end label solution in the market. The units’ compatibility with the AL230 offers speed, quality, better registration, productivity, and stability. 

    James Rolland, technical sales specialist, industrial print, Konica Minolta, said, “Partnering with GM means that customers, particularly in the label converting and manufacturing industries, will now have the option to source a complete label printing and finishing solution from Konica Minolta, which is backed up by the service and support they have come to expect. For printers, access to a complete label print solution that can both print and finish means they can diversify into a high growth area very easily.”   

    Uffe Nielsen, CEO, GM, said, “The DC350Nano is available for demonstration in the Sydney showroom and can also be shown virtually giving Konica Minolta the ability to  demonstrate a complete roll-to-roll finishing label production solution. We are excited about what this new partnership means and are looking forward to sharing success in this fast growing short-run digital label segment.” 

    The DC350Nano is a 350mm web width converter, and is perfect for small spaces, measuring only 1,600mm x 1,600mm x 1,700mm high. It is an all-in-one solution with lamination, die-cut, and rewind as standard. Despite its compactness, it’s capable of processing up to 45 linear metres per minute in semi-rotary die-cutting mode with precision cutting to reduce waste and accurate processing over a wide range of substrates. It is ideal as a label converter for a small digital press or as a backup to an existing finishing line. 

    The DC330Mini is the next step up, with a web width of 330mm. It is the latest generation of digital label finishing redesigned to feature new electronics, a newly designed control panel, and an updated user interface. It runs at 80 linear metres per minute in semi rotary mode. The Mini is 2,700mm long, giving it a small footprint compared to other solutions. Options available include super gloss, spot UV varnishing, hot or cold foiling, lamination, semi-rotary die-cutting, slitting, and rewind. The Mini is a modular system, making it easily expandable to scale as needed, with new modules able to be added within hours. 

    The DC330Mini can be run offline or in-line with the AL230 with the addition of a buffer unit to improve setup time and reduce waste material. The AL230 has reached sales of more than 800 units globally and features outstanding colour excellence, food-safe Simitri toners, and class-leading resolution equivalent to 3,600 x 1,200dpi. Both units are built to high standards and ensure vibration-free operation making them the perfect complement to the AL230. 

    James Rolland said, “After evaluating the available options in the market, it was an easy decision for Konica Minolta to partner with GM. The DC350Nano and DC330Mini both offer strong technical capability and are the leading solutions in this space. On a global level, Konica Minolta previously collaborated with GM on other projects, including the development of the AL230.” 

    For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 







  • Essentra Packaging has become the first global packaging manufacturer to begin rolling out cloud deployment of the Esko Automation Engine workflow solution across its European prepress departments.

    Following a successful trial at its plant in Lublin, Poland, Essentra Packaging has now begun a program to integrate Automation Engine at many of its locations throughout Europe, taking advantage of the SaaS (Software as a Service) deployment to simplify IT infrastructure while enjoying the efficiency and productivity gains delivered through the automation and digitization of processes.

    “We had been looking to standardize our systems and processes in the prepress area for a long time,” said Mark King, Technical Manager (Packaging Division) with Essentra Packaging. “A SaaS deployment is essential for a business like ours because of the number of sites that we have in different locations, and the fact that each site can be using different systems. We wanted a complete solution that is scalable for our business, and Automation Engine SaaS ticks all the boxes for us.”

    The high-performance workflow automation solution from Esko, Automation Engine is flexible to adapt to changing business needs, scalable and customized to optimize individual prepress workflows. “It enables businesses like Essentra to automate, standardize and improve prepress workflow with accelerated benefits across their entire organization,” said Paul Land, Product Manager with Esko. “It automates prepress tasks and integrates with business systems, which speeds up the process, and significantly reduces the error rate and need for operator intervention.

    “With the next generation Automation Engine, we introduced a cloud-based deployment option,” he said. “Essentra Packaging had previously expressed a desire to move from an on-premise installation of Automation Engine to a SaaS solution that sits in a cloud-based environment, so they were invited to join our pre-release program.”



    Mark King explained that Essentra Packaging has achieved some of its growth through acquisition, with the result being different systems and software levels across the business. “Our Lublin facility was selected as the pilot site as it is a multi-product manufacturer, so in terms of development we could experience the new system across both cartons and labels. Following that successful first deployment, we now have a robust plan to roll out the system across the packaging division.

    “What Automation Engine SaaS enables us to do is standardize, to bring the sites into line and work to one standard process,” he said. “The workflows are stored centrally and can be accessed from all the sites within our group. This provides us with the flexibility to share knowledge and share artwork - all in a consistent format. By creating these specific workflows for specific jobs, our operators can consistently produce the same job, day in and day out, with the same outputs, even from operator to operator. That improves efficiency and ensures that every job meets all quality standards and is delivered on time.

    “For example, one of the things we've seen in terms of major time savings is when looking at imposing jobs,” said Mark. “When we're using a manual process, it can take anything up to 30 minutes, but with Automation Engine SaaS that is reduced to a matter of just two to three seconds.

    “Another benefit with the SaaS solution is that the software is continually updated, so we can adopt the new features more quickly,” he said. “This means that we have the agility and flexibility to adapt and change based on customer demand, with the automated workflows updated instantly based on the customer’s requirements.”

    To watch a short video in which the Essentra team discuss their experience with Automation Engine SaaS, visit:  https://www.esko.com/en/company/testimonials/essentra-uk-increasedagility-automationenginesaas

    For more on Esko Automation Engine, visit www.esko.com/en/products/automation-engine
    For more on Essentra Packaging, visit www.essentra.com/en





  • Xeikon has announced version 2.0 of its Panther UV inkjet technology with the launch of two new label presses: the Xeikon PX3300 and Xeikon PX2200.

    As the company’s wide portfolio evolves in line with advances in technology, the new presses, which are replacing the existing Xeikon PX3000 and Xeikon PX2000, feature advancement in 2 areas – applications and building blocks – to digitalize print manufacturing.

    Filip Weymans, Vice President Marketing, states, “We are defining a pathway to full digitization of print production and manufacturing. Responsiveness has become key for any business and can only be achieved effectively by digitalizing all print manufacturing processes, and not just printing. The foundation for a digitalized environment lies with collecting data in a digital manner. The data volume, captured in real time, creates the information that is required by label converters to make fact-based decisions. Another aspect is the interfacing connections in production between machines and operators, helping to transfer job information between the different production processes or drawing the attention of operators when it is really required. The cloud-connectivity, machine-machine and man-machine interfaces of our UV inkjet presses will enable label printers to take operational excellence to the highest levels. They offer great potential to maximise OEE, increase sustainability and make an operation robust for any future challenge.”

    The new Panther 2.0 series also offers new opportunities for label printers to expand their applications portfolio. Xeikon’s new robust substrate handles technology featuring a new splice table, web detection capability and cooled roller at the curing section. This makes it possible to print high-quality labels on a wider choice of substrates, including clear-on-clear facestock, which requires a high-quality opaque white to make the design stand out. Both presses can be configured with a fifth print station for white ink and can print on a wide range of self-adhesive media in addition to clear-on-clear, including coated paper, vinyl, PP, PE, PET, and metalized.

    The Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 presses leverage the advantages of dedicated PantherCure UV inks, which meet the demands from brand owners for high-gloss, durable labels with high scuff resistance. The Panther DuraCureTM UV technology produces high-gloss effects and stands out across the widest colour gamut while delivering exceptional long-term durability for multiple applications such as industrial, chemical and household labels, as well as high-end labels for the premium beer, spirit, beverage and health & beauty market sectors.

    Driven by the powerful Xeikon X-800 digital front end (DFE), the new Panther UV inkjet presses offer superior and consistent print quality in combination with industry leading productivity. The cloud connectivity is achieved through the X-800, providing access to both machine data and job data, e.g. ink consumption, printing time etc. The latest generation of Xeikon’s X-800 enables unique applications on the Panther series, such as haptic printing. This tactile layer of white delivers the sought-after embellishing effect inline with full colour printing for designing labels with enhanced tactility and luxury feel. Also for variabilization, starting from black and white and going to colour numbering and to the most complex full colour variable data application through Xeikon’s new Vari-One option.

    With the addition of 2 new presses, the Panther 2.0 series now comprises of 7 different UV inkjet press. This includes the Xeikon PX30000, available with 6 (CMYKOV) or 8 (CMYKOV+WW) print stations. It will now be accompanied by the Xeikon PX2200, 220mm wide, available with 4 or 5 print stations, and the Xeikon PX3300, 330mm, available in 4 and 5 print stations or HC-high capacity. With high-performance levels and low-energy consumption, Xeikon’s Panther series of presses are now equipped with cloud connection and next-generation HMI. This helps operators monitor the workflow to maximize productivity by avoiding downtime and bottlenecks and make changes on the fly while maintaining full colour control. It gives label printers complete quality assurance on every job. Xeikon’s new interfaces also allow presses to communicate with other equipment such as Xeikon's finishing and embellishments units.

    Weymans concludes, “Xeikon’s UV inkjet presses can address any request from label converters. This can mean replacing an older UV flexo press to be more effective, being cost competitive within the high-end to medium-run label market, expanding the digital application space of existing liquid toner businesses, or providing entry-level investments that allow any printing company to embark into the digital label space. By being part of Xeikon’s broader label portfolio (press, consumables, workflow, converting, embellishing, services), converters can over time expand their investment in width and colour, or expand their workflow capabilities with ERP or MIS systems. With over 30 years of experience in digital innovation, Xeikon has a deeper understanding that enables them to offer not only the latest innovations and technologies but also a full suite of support services.”





  • Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has unveiled the VariJET 106 in a world premiere with exclusive live demonstrations for customers and stakeholders in Radebeul, near Dresden, Germany, where the modular single pass sheetfed digital printing press for the folding carton market has been jointly developed by Koenig & Bauer and Durst.

    Using market-proven industrial expertise from Durst and Koenig & Bauer, beta testing is due to start in the coming weeks. The first units of the VariJET 106 are due to be installed at customer sites in Europe and America in the second half of 2022. Target groups include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, tobacco and food industries, as well as folding carton converters.

    At the launch, which included presentations in the Customer Experience Center, senior executives unveiled further insights into Koenig & Bauer’s packaging strategy. Updates were provided on how the digitalisation of business processes for new products and services is progressing.

    The B1 5500sph press combines the best of both worlds – digital inkjet and classic offset printing. The VariJET 106 is based on water-based inkjet processes to provide the highest print quality. The innovative digital printing system is at the heart of the collaborative development between Koenig & Bauer and Durst. The VariJET 106 platform is based on Koenig & Bauer’s standard high performance Rapida 106 platform and Durst printhead electronics, inkjet expertise and Durst workflow and RIP technology. This includes Durst Analytics, Smartshop and Workflow.

    Using 7 color water-based food compliant inkjet technology (CMYK plus orange, green and violet), the VariJET 106 is suitable for food applications that meet the stringent requirements for food safe primary packaging utilising proprietary water-based ink technology. The VariJET 106 can produce personalised and individualised print products or alternate between short and medium runs.

    The VariJET 106 offers:

    • Modular integration of upstream and downstream processes

    • Combination of digital print with proven modules of the Rapida platform

    • Perfect register accuracy thanks to inline production

    • Highly competitive TCO, efficient production of ultra-short to medium runs

    • Reduced resource consumption, storage costs and waste

    • Absolute flexibility for test packaging and new campaigns

    • Fastest possible response to market demands

    Koenig & Bauer and Durst first announced they had joined forces and set up an independent joint venture company in 2019. The VariJET 106 is the first product jointly and developed by the two companies. Already in production and part of the Koenig & Bauer Durst portfolio are the Delta SPC 130 Series and the CorruJET 170 Series – aimed at corrugated packaging.

    The VariJET 106, Delta SPC 130 and CorruJET 170 are designed with core technologies to provide automated, productive, food safe printing systems. They deliver shorter response times, more variants, shorter run lengths, individualisation and enable more and more small value orders. They also answer the increasing customer demand for brand security, sustainability and the ability to meet brand owners’ requirements for multichannel communication including e-commerce.

    Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “This world premiere marks a proud moment – and what a journey it has been! We are really excited by the progress we have made and the opportunities with our VariJET 106 despite these testing times. We have beta sites at an advanced stage of planning. These potential customers already have a vision for mass customisation will be working with us in partnership Feedback from our customers is that shorter run lengths, mass customisation and the need to be more agile are the compelling reasons for moving to digital production.

    “Successful companies need to be able to embrace the trends that are occurring and offer solutions. Brand owners continually want their products to stand out, require shorter lead times, while at the same time eliminate waste and conform to sustainability and track-and-trace requirements. Brand owners are also looking to ensure the new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective while converters need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customise without any compromise on quality. We deliver on this.”





  • + From the US: New FUJIFILM Digital UV Inkjet Label Press LP350 as technical preview at Label Congress 2021

    The LP350, planned for release in early 2022, is designed to meet the growing demand within the prime label market for short-runs, high quality and variable content. FUJIFILM North America announc...

    September 28 2021

    The LP350, planned for release in early 2022, is designed to meet the growing demand within the prime label market for short-runs, high quality and variable content. FUJIFILM North America announced its plan to showcase and preview the new FUJIFILM Digital UV Inkjet Label Press LP350 (hereafter LP350) at the Label Congress 2021 event being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on September 29th and 30th. The LP350, planned for release in early 2022, is designed to meet the growing demand within the prime label market for short-runs, high quality and variable content. By combining newly introduced UV inks with a powerful inkjet print engine, this new press offers the optimum combination of productivity and quality available on the market for a digital label press. With the North American label market experiencing unprecedented digital growth, the LP350 is positioned to help enterprising converters take advantage of these market opportunities. By using CMYK as well as orange and violet inks, the LP350 is capable of hitting 94% of the Pantone colour gamut, necessary for the prime label printing market. In addition, double white inkjet channels enable high levels of opacity for a wide variety of label applications. With the ability to print at a resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) with a 4-level grayscale and interstation UV pinning, the LP350 boasts exceptional print quality. The LP350 also offers excellent productivity, with the capability to print at 164 feet per minute, regardless of the number of colours or media types required for the print job. The press will be available in both 13” and 9” widths to adapt to customer needs. Additionally, the set up time and process for changing media types is simple, quick, and happens in minutes, further maximising user efficiency. Showcasing its versatility, the LP350 features newly introduced UV inks that have various resistant properties including surface durability, light fastness, and water and chemical resistance specific for label applications. The inks also offer excellent print reproducibility, density, and vibrancy, and can be used with a variety of commonly used label substrates, such as clear supported and unsupported films, foils, metalised materials, and coated/uncoated papers. Other key features include corona media treatment, built-in static elimination equipment, media cleaning, full variable print ability, chill roller for shrink applications, and end-of-press UV curing system. The LP350 also implements FUJIFILM ColorPathTM Sync, a suite of state-of-the-art cloud-based colour management tools which align output devices to designated colour targets. ColorPath Sync incorporates optimised colour correction and a simple, step-by-step interface to achieve industry-leading results in creating and maintaining colour output device alignments. From a digital front end perspective, Fujifilm has collaborated with a premier digital front end and software leader in order to provide a comprehensive, and efficient production solution in order to meet the high market demands of the label market. Today, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, supplies the printing industry with analog product solutions such as narrow web Fujifilm Uvijet inks, Flenex flexo plates and Illumina® LED curing systems to label converters. With the introduction of this new digital press, FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Division is able to offer the widest range of portfolio solutions, from analog to digital. Matt Bennett, global vice president business strategy for packaging at FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, adds, “The addition of this new digital label press to our digital packaging press portfolio marks an exciting step forward for Fujifilm, demonstrating Fujifilm’s commitment to ‘Never Stop Believing in Print’. The LP350, along with the recently announced J Press FP790 for flexible packaging, underlines Fujifilm’s wealth of inkjet expertise combined with years of experience in providing high quality inks and plates for the flexographic market.” For more information about FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems Division, please visit https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en/about/region/affiliates/graphic-systems.





  • + Boost Folding-Gluing Efficiency with the New SPEEDPACK Automatic Packer from BOBST

    Bringing new levels of automation and productivity to folding-gluing lines, BOBST has unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation for the packaging industry – the SPEEDPACK. The ...

    September 07 2021

    Bringing new levels of automation and productivity to folding-gluing lines, BOBST has unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation for the packaging industry – the SPEEDPACK.

    The automatic packer, suitable for the EXPERTFOLD 145/165, EXPERTFOLD 170-350 and MASTERFOLD 170-350, can handle all types of boxes, whether corrugated or litho-laminated, from straight-line, 4&6 corners, to crash-lock bottom.

    Folded and glued boxes are automatically counted, stacked and banded perfectly, delivered and ready for palletisation.

    Pierre Binggeli, Product Line Director Folder-gluers at BOBST said: “With SPEEDPACK, converters can realise the full potential of their BOBST folding-gluing lines in terms of both quality and productivity.

    “This novel innovation combines a range of BOBST patented features designed to take the strain out of the packing process and reduce waste, while at the same time optimising operational accuracy and efficiency. At BOBST, we believe automated technologies and processes are key to enabling progress and future-proofing the packaging industry; SPEEDPACK is representative of this vision.”

    SPEEDPACK brings a multitude of benefits to operators and enhances the return on investment for manufacturers and converters. Providing the highest possible number of batches per hour and with very short set-up times, it can increase folding-gluing line productivity by up to 25%, without compromising box quality.

    The automated process eliminates the need for machine operators to bundle batches together and carry heavy loads to offline bundle-strapping machines. Workload is reduced by up to 60% as the complete line can be managed by one operator and the risk of injury, including Repetitive Strain Injury, is removed. Highly ergonomic, SPEEDPACK is easy and safe to use on the production floor. Large clear safety doors provide complete access and visibility to the whole machine for setting and production. Meanwhile, the BOBST Human Machine Interface (HMI) integrated into SPEEDPACK allows settings to be fully automated, making handling of repeat orders simple and fast - job changeovers can take place within 10 minutes.

    M. Binggeli added: “SPEEDPACK is a versatile peripheral that provides converters and manufacturers with greater control across the workflow, helping them to become more flexible and agile – critical in today’s fast-paced industry.”





  • + LexJet Introduces In-House Digital Label Printer and Cutter

    LexJet, a subsidiary of S-One Holdings Corporation, has launched a new printer and die cutter that allows cannabis brands to print high-quality labels in house. The RP530 and RP530W pr...

    August 17 2021

    LexJet, a subsidiary of S-One Holdings Corporation, has launched a new printer and die cutter that allows cannabis brands to print high-quality labels in house.

    The RP530 and RP530W printers, manufactured by IntoPrint and sold under LexJet, allow for premium digital label printing in full CMYK, or CMYK+White.

    The RF8510 die cutter seamlessly finishes label jobs, and can laminate, die cut, strip, slit, and rewind. The machine uses plotting technology to cut labels into any shape.

    These machines are an ideal investment for cannabis brands who are looking for the flexibility of variable print and on-demand label production.

    These print and finishing solutions allow brands to print variable data, remove production delays, reduce inventory, and lower print costs by bringing label production in house. Due to the ever-changing nature of cannabis regulations, business owners can seamlessly change artwork files as regulations change.

    With the solutions from LexJet and IntoPrint, there are no more costly reprints, high minimum order quantities, or warehouse shelves filled with non-complaint labels. Cannabis business owners can simply print the exact quantity they need when they need it.

    For more information, or to get started on in-house label production, visit marketing.lexjet.com/intoprint-label-printer 





  • + “All you need is RSC”: Durst unveils new features and hybrid options for Tau RSC platform

    Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, has presented in its online event, “All you need is RSC”, the extended Tau RSC printer portfolio in it...

    June 28 2021

    Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, has presented in its online event, “All you need is RSC”, the extended Tau RSC printer portfolio in its new cross-platform design. New features for highly flexible, high-quality yet cost-effective digital label printing from short to long runs were introduced on the updated Tau 330 RSC and a Tau 510 RSCi with integrated flexo stations at the Durst Customer Experience Center in Brixen, Italy.
     
    The coronavirus pandemic has changed the needs of consumers worldwide and the demands on label production. On the one hand, label converters must be able to deliver long runs in the shortest possible time to keep the entire supply chain running. On the other, they must cope with many more short runs. In addition, an increasing number of brands and end customers are demanding environmentally friendly label production. As a result, label converters need tools and processes that allow them to quickly adapt to these changes. They need operator-friendly digital presses that produce reliably, fast and cost-effectively short to long runs and allow to minimise waste, ink and power consumption.
     
    To address these market demands Durst has updated its Tau RSC platform and further improved the successful Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E presses for short and medium runs. Even various Tau RSCi solutions for hybrid printing and inline processing can be offered now, thanks to the expansion of the product range with various partners.
     
    As shown in the online presentation, the Durst Tau RSCi can be configured with optional flexo stations – before and/or after the digital print unit. Therefore, challenging materials can be used by adding a primer or combination printing between flexo and UV Inkjet. By printing white over with the post-press flexo station more applications can be added to the press. The user-friendly flexo stations fit to the available printing widths of 330, 420 or 510 mm of the Tau RSCi and are equipped with a slide in/out carriage to aid loading and unloading of the ink pan, pick-up and anilox roller. With the new flexo stations, Durst again unlocks potential new profitable business scenarios for its customers.
     
    A new Ink Save Mode allows Tau RSC platform users to reduce ink costs by an average of 12% on a CMYK press. This cost-effectiveness boost will enable more jobs to be shifted to digital production. The operator can choose if he wants to print either in best match mode or with the special save ink mode. Then, the Durst Workflow Label software utilises image analysis to analyse the print job and replaces the original colour combination with an alternative one, with the goal of less ink consumption and minimal visual change in the label appearance.
     
    The intelligent software now also includes a new automatic maintenance feature to avoid downtime and reduce service costs. Automatic cleaning of the print heads is carried out contact-free by the integrated maintenance unit, which also prevents possible damage. The process is intelligently controlled and smoothly integrated into the ongoing print operation. With this new function, availability increases, an overall better and stable print quality is achieved due to the overall better printhead condition, and less ink is wasted because almost no more purging cycles are needed. Last, but not least, Durst equips every new Tau RSC / RSCi printer model with additional IT security hardware. The operator needs to actively turn a safety key to allow access from outside of the machine.
     
    These new developments are also available as a retrofit for existing Tau 330 RSC and RSC E customers, providing additional value to already-installed presses.
     
    Helmuth Munter, in his last official engagement as Durst Group Label & Flexible Packaging Segment Manager, said: “Today, we count over 250 Durst Tau installations, of which close to 130 are Tau RSC installations, with many clients owning multiple machines that print in an industrial environment 24/7 in 3 shifts per day. So, we can proudly say: We at Durst have advanced the digital transformation with our Tau single pass inkjet technology in the Label & Flexible Package Printing market. Single pass inkjet has evolved to a mainstream label printing technology, with a market share of 25% + globally.”
     
    Thomas Macina, Durst Group’s new Global Sales Manager for Labels & Flexible Packaging, added: “Many Durst customers have successfully walked this path with the Durst Label & Flexible Packaging team. Durst grew with them, and they grew with our solutions. Therefore, we will continue to have our eyes open and our ears very close to the market to be able to understand and support our customers future needs. Our product portfolio has all the key capabilities and is well positioned to cover the requirements of the different print runs. The RSC E and RSC for short and medium runs, and the RSCi for medium and long runs. All our customers can count on Durst’s innovation and the continuous development of RSC technology as a platform for continued successful growth in the label and packaging printing industry.”





  • + Epson appoints FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia as SurePress dealer

    Epson has appointed FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia (FUJIFILM BI) to sell and service their SurePress resin-based industrial label presses into the commercial print space, specifically targe...

    June 28 2021

    Epson has appointed FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia (FUJIFILM BI) to sell and service their SurePress resin-based industrial label presses into the commercial print space, specifically targeting commercial printers. FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia are now the exclusive reseller partner of Epson SurePress resin products in Australia and given the company’s existing, longstanding, successful relationship with Epson in the wide format category, the new partnership is a natural fit with many benefits for the market.
     
    FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia General Manager, Graphic Communication Services, Chris Lynch, said “We are very excited to be able to offer our existing clients including commercial printers an opportunity to broaden their own market reach with the addition of these Epson SurePress devices. In particular, for those looking to diversify and extend upon their current print offer to their own customers. The label market provides a perfect opportunity for this as demand continues to grow year on year.”
     
    As Lynch mentioned, in their new role FUJIFILM BI will address the growing demands of commercial printing companies wanting to enter into the label market and the trend of commercial printing companies needing to expand their service offerings to their customers. Label production has proven to be recession proof during the COVID-19 pandemic and FUJIFILM BI, with its extensive sales and service team is well positioned to market and maintain SurePress to the commercial print market in Australia.



    Epson Australia Managing Director, Craig Heckenberg said, “Label production is currently one of the strongest printing businesses maintaining stable demand in Australia and worldwide. Commercial printers in Australia looking for diversification can address the label market far more efficiently with SurePress products and this means more local production, a faster response to the supply chain, variable data, customisation and versioning and better security. As a leader in digital printing solutions, FUJIFILM BI brings a unique perspective to the label market. They are also able to offer the extensive service and support coverage for Epson SurePress products that the market requires.”



    The Epson SurePress range has been designed for printers seeking to move into the digital age, either for the first time or as an expansion, with enhanced customer service, marketability and operational profit.
     
    SurePress devices combine digital image processing with the latest ink and drop-on-demand print technologies to facilitate flexible production with outstanding print quality. They produce labels with exceptional colour and resolution on a wide range of industry standard substrates, without the need for special coatings or pre-treatment.
     
    The SurePress machines are easy to operate, simple to install, and support a wide range of industry standard finishing equipment. They are particularly suited to short and ultra-short length jobs where they offer rapid and cost-effective turnaround. They deliver a precise, premium product with low running costs, minimum maintenance and low downtime.
     
    For more information on Epson’s SurePress range go to: www.epson.com.au/surepress





  • + Durst and All4Labels complete beta testing of new Tau 510 RSCi

    Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, and All4Labels Global Packaging Group, a world-class one-stop converter servicing local and multinational clients,...

    June 08 2021

    Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, and All4Labels Global Packaging Group, a world-class one-stop converter servicing local and multinational clients, announce successful beta testing of Durst’s new Tau 510 RSCi at All4Labels in Gebesee - Germany.

    All4Labels, which has 29 production sites across the world and more than 3,000 employees, specialises in the home and personal care markets, as well as food and beverage. The group is recognised by its customers as a preferred provider of pressure sensitive, shrink sleeve and security labels as well as flexible packaging solutions and identification.

    The Tau 510 RSCi was installed at the All4Labels plant Gebesee in mid 2020 and was since then tested under real production conditions for a dedicated range of label & package printing applications. Thanks to the positive performance of the beta machine, another machine has meanwhile been installed in the same press room to further increase production capacity needs in Gebesee, followed by multiple installations in other All4Label plants across Europe.

    Christian Kraft, Plant Manager at All4Labels Gebesee, said: “This investment in Durst’s RSCi printing technology, software and service represents a further step up in what we offer for customers demanding the very best, who include internationally renowned brands and local companies. Optimisation of production processes has become All4Label’s main priority in a market where we see a high level of customisation, premiumisation and personalisation. Digital printing and the associated technologies have allowed us to offer greater flexibility and faster response to the marketplace. Now, with the new Tau 510 RSCi, Durst has moved to yet another level and will be providing us with industrial performance for medium and long print runs with outstanding quality.”

    Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels & Flexible Packaging, said: “We are delighted to be a business partner of All4Labels and we are proud and happy about the successful beta test of our new Tau 510 RSCi. This strategic alignment is a perfect endorsement for our strategy and the strong emphasis that we place on customer care, quality and innovation, thus in partnership helping our clients be increasingly successful in their chosen business, and we’re looking forward to a future successful growth with All4Labels.”





  • + Epson expands collaboration with GM to offer complete end-to-end label press solution

    Epson’s SurePress L-6534VW now offers options to integrate GM jumbo unwinder and in-line converter, providing increased productivity solutions for high volume label production

    June 01 2021

    Epson’s SurePress L-6534VW now offers options to integrate GM jumbo unwinder and in-line converter, providing increased productivity solutions for high volume label production



    Epson has announced that its latest UV inkjet digital label press is able to run in-line with a GM LUW500 jumbo roll unwinder, an AVT or BST inspection station and a GM DC330 finishing line. This collaboration provides an integrated, productive and streamlined label printing and finishing solution to meet high volume label production demands. 

    This new capability is ideal for label converters looking to improve operational efficiency for longer print runs, while maintaining the versatility needed for shorter print jobs.

    New in-line connection options available for the SurePress L-6534VW include:

    • Jumbo unwinder – By minimising operator intervention, the GM LUW500 maximises productivity. The unwind module is fully synchronised to the press with stepless electronic tension setting, roll pick up from the floor and an easy-to-use graphic touch screen.
    • Inspection system – Available from AVT or BST, inspection systems provide additional support for process control and quality assurance where necessary, to meet specific production demands.
    • In-line finisher – The GM DC330 finisher is capable of high-speed production. It can be operated as a fully integrated in-line converter or off-line for flexible finishing options. 
    Bruce Bealby, General Manager - Marketing at Epson Australia, commented: “The result of over 10 years collaboration with GM, these innovative and proven connection options for our SurePress UV inkjet digital presses will provide an even more productive solution for streamlined, end-to-end, high volume label production. It’s an exciting development that we are confident will open even greater possibilities for our customers.” 

    The SurePress L-6534VW digital inkjet label press is designed for high productivity and outstanding finish at print speeds up to 50 m/min. Its key features include:
    - Built-in reliability and stability functions to ensure consistent high-quality print results time after time 
    - UV LED pinning between colours enabling sharper text and smoother vignettes
    - Nozzle Verification Technology that detects blocked nozzles and performs automatic head cleaning to reduce wastage and downtime
    - Supports a wide range of paper and film label substrates between 80 and 320 microns in thickness, with a printable width of 330 mm
    - Standard configuration includes corona treater, web cleaner, white ink, digital varnish, and an additional UV curing unit
    - Print heads, inks and web control system are all developed, manufactured and serviced by Epson

    Remote demonstrations of the full configuration will be available from Epson Australia facilities

    To view the Epson SurePress L-6534VW inline solution in action go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi-bH9FVVhc

    The SurePress L-6534VW in-line connection options will be available from June 2021.





  • + Morgana Announces Launch of the DigiFold Pro XL

    Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, a Plockmatic International company, announces the release of a new member of its DigiFold line-up, the DigiFold Pro XL creasing and folding machine. ...

    May 31 2021

    Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, a Plockmatic International company, announces the release of a new member of its DigiFold line-up, the DigiFold Pro XL creasing and folding machine.

    The DigiFold Pro XL is the latest addition to the Morgana DigiFold family. The machine is developed from the well proven Morgana DigiFold Pro and is equipped with the latest version of the patented DynaCrease creasing system. The unit incorporates a suction feeder that handles stock sizes from 210mm to 1,300mm in length. The heavy-duty automatic creasing and folding system is designed to complement mid to high volume digital and offset production presses.

    Morgana DigiFold Pro XL fits perfectly with the long-sheet capabilities of today’s production printers by featuring a pull-out extension that handles sheet sizes up to 1,300mm as standard. This opens the door to new applications, such as landscape booklet covers, book covers for oversized perfect bound books, multi-panel brochures, and the many other applications made possible by long sheet presses.

    The DigiFold Pro XL is equipped with the latest version of Morgana’s DynaCrease, where the creasing blades can now be easily changed without the use of tools. An additional Static Crease option can be installed to enable different crease profiles to be applied in one pass, commonly used in the production of “hinge and spine” creases in book covers. Changing the Static Crease blade for a perforation tool will provide the full range of crease and perforation options, such as tear out coupons and reply cards.

    Morgana’s DigiFold Pro XL can fold up to 6,000 A4 sheets per hour, and in crease-only mode it can produce up to 7,500 sheets per hour. The unit has a maximum loading capacity of 200mm.

    The top-fed vacuum feeder ensures stable production for long runs. Morgana’s user-friendly operator panel allows for the simple input of sheet size, media type, and thickness. With this information the Pro XL can automatically set the speed, roller gap, and fan settings.

    A unique air-knife system is used for sheet separation. Full cross perforation is available, plus up to five inline perforation/scoring wheels. The unit can produce up to 30 creases per sheet (Static Crease). It is equipped with both a belt-stacker for folded sheets and a delivery tray for crease only jobs.

    The loading and unloading areas are an open design to make it easy to monitor performance and make changing from job to job fast and efficient. The new open feeder design is capable of efficiently feeding a wide range of media types and weights. It is equipped with automated vacuum feed technology, specifically designed to handle the widest range of pre-printed media.

    Commenting on this latest addition to the Morgana range, Ray Hillhouse, VP Sales & Marketing said: “The Pro XL is an important addition because of its wide stock range. We work closely with the print engine manufacturers on several levels. All of them were pushing into longer sheet applications with their latest print engines. As well as opening up a new range of possibilities, we’ve made the DigiFold easier to operate and automated much of the feeder set-up with our new vacuum feeder.”

    Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at: www.morgana.co.uk





  • + BOBST Enhances Design of Mouvent LB701-UV Digital Label Press for Optimum User Experience

    BOBST has updated the design of its digital label press to improve convenience and usability, helping to make this highly productive machine even more efficient. Design updates include...

    April 20 2021

    BOBST has updated the design of its digital label press to improve convenience and usability, helping to make this highly productive machine even more efficient.

    Design updates include a more ergonomic and easier-to-access ink cabinet, the possibility to fit rolls up to 600mm for ultimate substrate versatility and a flexible / movable screen for an even more convenient management and control of the machine from every angle.

    “One of the hallmarks of BOBST is we never sit still, we are always thinking of ways we can improve the customer experience,” said Erik van Sloten, Head of Sales, Labels. “And the way we do that is by first and foremost listening to our customers. The changes we have made to the Mouvent LB701-UV have come from speaking to printers and converters, understanding their needs, and acting on them.”

    The Mouvent LB701-UV enables digital label production for ultra-short and medium run label jobs, with no trade-offs. It is associated with very high productivity, with a speed of up to 70m/min, exceptional print quality (1,200 x 1,200 dpi), and the widest color gamut in its category – printing with up to 6 colors plus optional white with 70% opacity, at 45m/min.

    The machine already had a compact and ergonomic design, but this has been enhanced further ensuring one operator only is able to run the press.

    “It’s by watching that you design optimal efficiency,” explained van Sloten. “By making the design as user-friendly as possible, we provide the operator the means to complete the tasks at hand.”

    The machine provides the best TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in its category. Elements contributing to its excellent TCO include low initial investment, ongoing operational costs, quick set-up time and high productivity, allowing for higher profitability.





  • + GM launches LR250 label inspection rewinder

    Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik has launched LR250, an entry-level label inspection rewinder, featuring a built-in missing label detection system. The new...

    April 06 2021

    Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik has launched LR250, an entry-level label inspection rewinder, featuring a built-in missing label detection system.

    The new label inspection rewinder offers a built-in sensor for missing label detection. For more demanding applications, such as pharmaceutical labels, the LR250 can be configured with a video camera for 100 percent advanced print inspection and verification. 

    ‘The LR250 is a versatile machine with some innovative built-in features that will ensure all your rolls are delivered in top condition with all labels present and correct,’ said Uffe Nielsen, CEO of Grafisk Maskinfabrik. ‘We have developed the rewinder with different inspection options, so there is a version that suits every budget without compromising on quality.’

    The LR250 can process label rolls up to 250 mm (9.8in) wide at a production speed of 200 m/min (656 ft/min). It comes with a two-way rewinding capability, integrated web guide, and a label counter as standard. The adjustable splice table features pneumatic splice clamps and can be fitted with a splice detector.

    The missing label feature stops the machine upon detection, calculates the error position, and reverses the web until it is aligned with the splice table. Once the missing label has been replaced, the web is re-checked, and the rewinder completes the job at full speed. 

    The option to integrate a video camera upgrades the machine's capabilities to include a full print quality inspection. GM has partnered with BST-Eltromat and Nikka Research to offer 100 percent quality inspection for printed labels. The camera will be connected to an external system, which checks the print for faults and verifies it against the master PDF file.    

    The LR250 has further been developed with tension separation for working with thin, sensitive materials and PET liners. Thanks to the centrally placed nip roller, the web can be unwound with one tension and rewound with a different tension to avoid stretching the material. A capacitive sensor for clear-on-clear labels can further extend the range of materials that can be processed. 

    There is space for a full UV inkjet printer for coding and marking for customers requiring variable data. GM partnered with Domino, Markem-Imaje, and Rea Jet, but other manufacturers' systems can also be fitted on demand. 

    ‘As fault-free label production has become the norm, our customers want machines that enable them to deliver perfect rolls of labels to their customers, every time,’ added Nielsen. ‘This little label inspection rewinder is the perfect solution for that, but don’t let the size fool you. We have built the LR250 with so many clever options that it can grow with our customers’ business and tackle a wide range of label requirements.’





  • + Epson debuts and installs Australia’s first new SurePress L-6534VW digital label press

    Epson has taken delivery of and installed Australia’s first high productivity SurePress® L-6534VW industrial UV digital label press at their new Experience Centre in Yennora, Sydney.

    March 24 2021

    Epson has taken delivery of and installed Australia’s first high productivity SurePress® L-6534VW industrial UV digital label press at their new Experience Centre in Yennora, Sydney.



    The new SurePress L-6534VW prints at speeds of up to 50 meters per minute for higher productivity with improved reliability and usability.
     
    It also uses wide gamut CMYK inks with a high opacity white as standard and includes an innovative in-line digital varnish which delivers smooth gloss, matte and spot finishes.

    The L-6534VW label press combines Epson PrecisionCore® printheads around a central impression drum in conjunction with a narrow platen gap, delivering precise droplet placement without web meandering or skewing. Its LED pining system also helps deliver finer tonal gradation and sharp images.
     
    Epson’s proprietary Nozzle Verification Technology (NVT) and automatic head maintenance efficiently help the L-6534VW label press print through each shift without operator intervention.
     
    As the L-6534VW label press supports a wide range of label applications including food and beverage, the labels it produces are also weather resistant. 
     
    Standard features for the L-6534VW include corona treater, web cleaner, ioniser and additional UV curing kit for increased ink adhesion on difficult substrates, all of which combine to help the press provide the highest level of versatility in print production.
     
    More detail on key features of the L-6534VW
     
    PrecisionCore linehead
    The PrecisionCore linehead is the key behind the high performance and reliability of the SurePress L-6534VW. Each of the six lineheads are comprised of PrecisionCore print chip modules (printheads), delivering precise quality with accuracy and high resolution. Smooth and natural gradation and colour tone,
    from highlight to shadow, can be reproduced with 600 x 1200 dpi resolution using a minimum droplet of 3 picolitres and Variable Sized Droplet Technology.
     
    High Productivity
    Epson's PrecisionCore linehead, highly accurate web feeding technology and Epson-developed UV ink enable high-speed printing up to 50 m/min with high reliability and reduced down time. The L-6534VW saves you time on every job with its many automated and efficient productivity features.
     
    All LED UV Colour Pinning Control
    Epson’s own LED UV pinning system semi-cures and stabilises, controlling ink spread for finer tonal gradation, sharp images and vivid colour. UV light is applied immediately after each colour is printed. This allows perfectly round drops to be placed in their correct positions.
     
    Centre Drum Web Handling
    The Drum Platen is a highly accurate web feeding technology which prevents
    meandering and skewing of the web. The gap between the printhead and substrate is kept to a minimum, which enables accurate ink placement, for crisp text and fine lines.
     
    Meandering and skewing of the web does not occur, because the substrate is held tightly around the drum. In comparison, the camber type platen of other presses requires manual adjustments when the substrate is changed, in cases such as Y-direction skew adjustment and colour adjustment (substantial waste of substrate). The SurePress registration adjustment is electronic.
     
    The substrate is “fixed” to the drum, as it passes all printhead colours, hence it provides excellent colour-to-colour registration.
     
    Nozzle Verification Technology and Auto Head Maintenance Function
    Nozzle verification technology is an automatic nozzle check system with advanced ink droplet detection technology. A drive signal is sent to the piezo actuator. The same piezo element is used as a sensor to measure the pattern of the residual vibration. The residual vibration is analysed in milliseconds, reporting the nozzle status. All nozzles are checked after cleaning and before printing. A manually printed nozzle check pattern is not required to check if a nozzle is firing.
     
    Auto head maintenance cleans the nozzles automatically to eliminate manual cleaning during each shift. It is fully automatic with no operator intervention required. Wash fluid is sprayed on the head surface and then the head is cleaned
    automatically with the cleaning wiper. The auto self-head maintenance function cleans heads periodically to avoid nozzle clogging based on print duty cycle and results of the nozzle verification test. After maintenance, the press returns to printing again with no operator interaction or interruption in job sequence.
     
    SurePress Customer Support Service by Remote Monitoring System
    The operational status of the SurePress is monitored using a remote monitoring server. The L-6534VW has an extensive network of sensors which feed into a diagnostic system. This allows, at any time, a quick response and predictive
    analysis, all done in advance of a repair visit.
     
    Inline Digital Varnish
    The L-6534 has the Epson innovative digital varnish ink. A gloss or matte finish can be printed selectively as a varnish. High value and very appealing accents can be added to lift the visual appearance of specific areas. The different finishes are achieved by changing the way the digital varnish is jetted from the printhead. Brand owners now have digital flexibility with spot varnishes. Digital varnish delivers smooth and even gloss, matte and spot finishes. The auto gloss varnish control function enables the appropriate amount of digital varnish to be applied to select areas according to the amount of WCMYK ink. This achieves a smooth, even and glossy finish.
     
    High-Opacity White Ink
    The single-pass high-opacity white ink provides high-density performance equivalent to screen printing and the ideal base layer for printing vivid colour on clear or metalised substrates. The bright white ink also gives the ability to print opaque, fine text and lines, even when printing clear labels for clear packaging. It offers the flexibility to print white on top of colours.
     
    Clear film can be printed with colour ink first, followed by white ink using a printing method that allows you to view the results from the back of the film (reverse printing).
     
    Reverse Print
    L-6534VW has a function to rewind the substrate. To print white over colour (reverse print) on clear film, you can rewind and print without replacing (returning rewind to unwind manually) the roll. Waste of substrate is reduced by resuming printing after proofing by simply rewinding and resuming printing.
     
    Epson SurePress Inks: Food Contact Materials (FCM) Compliance
    Epson label inks reach major milestones in Food Contact Materials compliance. Epson inks used in SurePress inkjet label presses are compliant with EU Regulation framework (FCM EC No. 1935/2004), Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation (GMP EC No. 2023/2006), Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation (PIM EU 10/2011) and included in Swiss Ordinance (SR 817.023.21) on Food Contact Materials for food packaging printing inks.
     
    Wide Gamut
    A high concentration of pigment particles and UV pinning, which prevents ink drops from spreading or deforming, enables wide gamut and vivid colours. Wide gamut enables the reproduction of a wide range of desired colours that brand owners require. The gamut volume of L6534VW is larger than printing standards of offset coated paper like FOGRA, GRACoL and Japancolor.
     
    You can get a demonstration of the new SurePress L-6534VW industrial UV digital label press at Epson’s Experience Centre in Yennora by contacting Epson Australia here.





  • + Lemorau launches MEBR+ Evolution

    Portuguese converting equipment manufacturer Lemorau has launched its latest MEBR+ Evolution, a printing and finishing machine developed to produce premium labels with a flexible, modular configura...

    January 26 2021

    Portuguese converting equipment manufacturer Lemorau has launched its latest MEBR+ Evolution, a printing and finishing machine developed to produce premium labels with a flexible, modular configuration.


    The Evolution features Lemorau’s latest and most advanced technologies combined with state-of-the-art components. It includes an unwinder equipped with a nip in servo, web guide, and splice table with space to include web cleaner and corona treatment, a flexo module in registration, as well as a flat screen-printing module that produces a glossy or matte UV varnish, glitter, rough and metallic effects. 


    The MEBR+ Evolution also includes hot foil stamping for adding metallic effects and a finishing module with a semi-rotary/rotary die-cutting unit equipped with an anvil roll with adjustable gap and an easy strip G2 waste rewinder, air trim removal followed by the slitting and double rewinding.


    The machine is fully flexible and enables converters to add and change its modules to respond to the demand. The long list of optional equipment includes a rotary die station, anti-static bar, booklet label module, digital printing module water-based CMYK, UV inkjet option between four and six colours, just to list a few.


    ‘For the last few months, we have been working very hard to develop this new project not only to complete our machine portfolio but also to open new market segments with the two new options of flat screen printing and hot stamping,’ said Pedro Teixeira, CEO of Lemorau. ‘This project was totally focused on label producers that aim to manufacture high-quality labels with embellishment effects from rolls provided from offset or digital presses. I think it is an ideal machine for label producers focusing on premium labels market segments such as wine, cosmetics, and spirits.’





  • + Mark Andy launches Evolution Series E3

    Mark Andy has launched Evolution Series E3, the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially debuted at Labelexpo Europe in 2019. The newest press has been developed to fil...

    December 15 2020

    Mark Andy has launched Evolution Series E3, the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially debuted at Labelexpo Europe in 2019. The newest press has been developed to fill a gap in the market for a servo powered machine that prioritises ease of use and reduces operating costs.

    The original Evolution Series flagship press is being rebranded to Evolution Series E5. This machine provides converters a scalable production technology designed to provide adaptability to future business growth needs. In its first year, 46 Evolution Series presses have been installed worldwide. 

    The new Evolution Series E3 is available in 13 and 17in (330 and 430mm) web widths with production speeds up to 500 ft/min (150 m/min). Evolution Series E5 maintains its technical specifications and is available in 13 and 17in (330 and 430mm) web widths with production speeds up to 750 ft/min (230 m/min).

    According to the company, even with the Evolution Series E5, there was still a market for a more accessible full-servo flexo press for converters focused on producing quality labels affordably.

    ‘When we came to market with Evolution Series, now known as Evolution Series E5, we intended to provide converters a more attainable solution built on Performance Series technology they could grow with, configure what they need now, knowing they could evolve in the future. And we did just that,’ said Tom Schlembauer, chief business officer for flexo at Mark Andy. ‘But after listening to our customers, we realised there was an opportunity to offer a machine that focuses primarily on getting back to the basics, but with modern technology and affordability. So, we built a solution that allows converters to be competitive exclusively in the prime label market and that solution is Evolution Series E3.’

    With the launch of Evolution Series E3, Mark Andy is also introducing Mark Andy ProUV, which will come standard on all E3 presses. Powered by Phidastien’s UV curing technology, it enables high-quality, reliable results. It is a fully integrated curing system, with power and air located on-press and within a single cabinet to help converters maintain a smaller pressroom footprint.

    Evolution Series E3 and E5 join Mark Andy’s flexographic portfolio offerings, including the Performance Series P7 and P9. Both Evolution Series machines are available for immediate order.





  • + Scodix Makes Food Packaging Enhancement More Accessible than Ever with PolySense™ 550 Release

    Scodix has announced the release of PolySense™ 550, a new polymer for digital enhancement developed for the food packaging industry. Compatible with the entire Scodix Ultra portfolio, the pol...

    December 07 2020

    Scodix has announced the release of PolySense™ 550, a new polymer for digital enhancement developed for the food packaging industry. Compatible with the entire Scodix Ultra portfolio, the polymer is already being used by Italian Folding Carton producer, Packly, to great effect.

    Guy Alon, VP of R&D at Scodix, states, “Scodix enhancements create great visual impact for the brands who use them, and food packaging is no exception. The new Scodix PolySense 550 polymer broadens the Scodix portfolio while presenting customers with the ability to further differentiate themselves from the competition – which is crucial on the packed supermarket shelves. The value of adding digital enhancements to food packaging with the assurance that the printing procedure is safe for consumers according to food packaging standards is a big step forward for Scodix Ultra users.”

    Scodix PolySense 550 food packaging compliance refers to indirect contact for low migration. Scodix capitalised on its four years’ experience in manufacturing low migration Scodix PolySense™ for the Scodix E106 press – which works daily in the packaging industry. This development was validated by the world renowned SQTS Labs in Zurich Switzerland and was tested and approved according to Swiss Ordinance.

    Giuseppe Prioriello, CEO and founder of Packly, states, “Scodix PolySense 550 augments existing Scodix applications with the ability to apply it to food-grade packaging. It is a Packly company priority to guarantee 100 percent safe packaging in the food sector, as well as the other sectors we operate in. We strongly believe that producers must be ahead of the game and provide safe packaging for short runs without waiting for the customer to request the service. This is the reason why we are using this food compliant polymer.”

    Prioriello adds, “We are already experiencing an increase in business as brands are personalising their packaging while taking advantage of the shorter runs and faster lead times. With no set-up, no waste and the fast time-to-market, food packaging digital enhancement has just broadened the possibilities for the industry dramatically.”

    Phillip Rennell, Sales and Marketing Director at Currie Group said, “Scodix is continuing to innovate to deliver new applications and drive into new markets, which works really well in Australia and New Zealand where our customers are looking for a larger variety of applications in a smaller market place”

     Scodix applications that can use Scodix PolySense™ 550 include Scodix Sense™, Scodix Foil™, Scodix VDE™, Scodix Cast&Cure™ and Scodix Glitter™. Types of substrates applicable include offset, HP Indigo ElectroInk and Lamination.

    About Packly

    Packly is a complete packaging solution for both businesses and graphic designers. Anyone can create and download dielines instantly, view a 3D box in real-time and print high-quality personalized packages in 48 hours. Upload the artwork based on the Packly template to visualize a 3D mock-up in real-time including with embellishment effects. Share the digital proof as an interactive 3D through a simple link to show anyone your artwork on every mobile device. Packly is a fully dynamic web application for packaging. It uses proprietary algorithms which allow generating over 500 billion size combinations. At Packly there is no minimum order: start today with just one box and boost your sales. Read further the Packly blog on enhancement: https://blog.pack.ly/en/gold-or-silver-foil-embellishment-and-spot-varnish-the-new-products/

    For further details, contact the Australian & New Zealand supplier, Currie Group www.curriegroup.com.au