• + Digital printing specialist Xeikon has confirmed pouch production as an option using its dry toner technology.

    This involves reverse printing on the surface material and then using dry lamination to produce the packaging structure...

    02 April 2019

    This involves reverse printing on the surface material and then using dry lamination to produce the packaging structure. This uses a specially developed water-based adhesive from Michelman to maximize bond strength between the dry toner inks and the packaging material.

    Filip Weymans, vice president, marketing at Xeikon, noted that flexible packaging has been able to be produced using Xeikon’s presses for a while, when you consider products such as sleeves, wraparound labels and some paper-based products, but doing pouches opens up new potential revenue streams for its customers.

    Weymans said: ‘This is a prime example of what we call “customer driven innovation”. By focusing on this application, we are supporting our customers’ requirements and also responding to the current trends in consumer preference. This development takes our digital production portfolio to the next level. With our technological expertise, Xeikon is ideally positioned to provide innovative digital processes.’

    Xeikon has worked with UK printer CS Labels, a digital-only company, to develop dry toner pouch production. CS Labels has further developed its own in-house 6m-long converting line to allow it to produce converted flexible packaging.

  • + Primera Introduces LX2000 Colour Label Printer

    Primera Technology, Inc., a global manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced its new LX2000 colour label printer..

    20 March 2019

    Primera Technology, Inc., a global manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced its new LX2000 colour label printer. LX2000 is Primera’s fastest-ever desktop colour printer, producing labels at speeds of up to 6” per second – about 25% faster than Primera’s best-selling LX900 colour label printer (for comparable print quality).

    Large, separate ink cartridges for cyan, magenta, yellow and black keep the cost per label low. Other features include pigment-based ink for stronger resistance to UV light, chemicals and water, built in “pizza-wheel” cutter, viewing window to see label stock levels and wired Ethernet or USB 2.0 and wireless connection options.

    “LX2000 represents an entirely new product class in desktop label printing,” says Mark Strobel, Primera’s VP of sales and marketing. “With large ink tanks, we can offer an extremely competitive cost per label. Our print speeds rival printers that cost up to three times more. We have pigment ink that has far more resistance to water, chemicals and UV light. Print quality is superb. Add to that our wired Ethernet or USB 2.0 or wireless connection options, along with 8” print width and you’ve got everything most companies would ever need. With LX2000, there are only benefits and no compromises.”

    Typical applications include product labels for coffee, wine, water, bakery, confectionary, meat, cheese and hundreds of other specialty and gourmet foods. LX2000 is also ideal for private labelling, test marketing, pre-press proofing and retail labelling.

    With its pigment ink and Primera’s Tuffcoat Extreme PolyJet material, LX2000 has already passed Section 3, BS5609 testing. The testing included removal of print by adhesive tape, abrasion resistance and permanence of print evaluations under extreme conditions, including exposure to UV light and repeated salt spray and immersion. The material and printed images from LX2000 passed in all three categories.

    Printer drivers are included for Windows Vista/7/8, along with Bartender Ultralite Software (for Windows) to format label designs, add bar codes, QR codes, etc. Most other popular graphic design programs for Windows can be used to design and print labels. A Mac driver is currently under development.

    Qualified substrates include many different inkjet label materials, including Primera’s exclusive Tuffcoat Extreme white and clear polyester and white BOPP, as well as the new Tuffcoat Extreme PolyJet. Paper labels are also available in high-gloss, semi-gloss and matte finishes.

  • + Label Image chooses Durst Tau 330 E inkjet press to drive growth

    Label Image has invested in a Durst Tau 330 E UV inkjet press to support its ongoing commitment to operational growth an..

    13 March 2019

    Label Image has invested in a Durst Tau 330 E UV inkjet press to support its ongoing commitment to operational growth and high quality customer service. Formed in 1986, the Australian company was acquired by Nick and Emma Godwin in 2015. Since then they have made a number of improvements and investments focused on driving growth and maintaining a high level of service and support for their expanding customer base.

    Today, Label Image is recognised for its innovative sales team, e-commerce shop front and digital printing systems. It challenges the market with new ideas and solutions developed from its understanding of customer needs. It executes environmentally astute print-on-demand solutions that reduce inventory and deliver shorter turnaround times.

    The latest in digital inkjet technology was chosen to complement Label Image’s conventional label printing systems. Explains Nick: "We first assessed the basics of adaptability, reliability, quality and the opportunities offered to enhance their client offerings. The Durst Tau 330 E ticked all those boxes and more. Its productivity, print quality and colour consistency were stand out capabilities.

    “During the extensive decision-making process the growth potential for Label Image was crucial. We considered the option of additional services and offerings but also wanted a return on investment (ROI) model that made sense and allowed us to scale up to meet future demand. We also recognised that having a lower capital cost press doesn’t always equate to a lower total cost of print.”

    Emma continues: “The Durst Tau is remarkable at reducing media waste. We can print a press proof and rewind the media to the next label start point and immediately begin printing with no waste. This means the first label is a billable label, reducing waste and costs, something I have not seen on any other press to date. Nor have I seen this level of image quality on any other inkjet press.”

    ROI was not the only consideration when investing in the Durst Tau 330 E. Important, too, was the broad range of media it could handle without the mess, cost or sourcing of primers or post coatings on materials. They range from direct thermal, cosmetic, food and beverage to industrial. In fact, it covers most commercial labels. Other convincers were the stunning white ink opacity achieved in the single pass print process reducing production time and operator flexibility. 

    Label Image’s single-pass direct printing Durst Tau 330 E has no blankets or transfer components that could compromise printed colour or densities. It is coupled with the Durst Workflow Label system including variable data printing, to deliver a consultative and creative approach. It has enabled Label Image to keep in-house fast turnaround and difficult jobs such as short and mid-sized run lengths, customised and personalised labels, multi SKUs, promotional and pilot applications.

    It also includes back up and support from Durst and its Australian partner Photo Electronics Services (PES). Nick concludes: “Our experience with Durst and PES has been excellent both from a pre and post installation perspective. The installation was completed within a week and operators trained immediately after allowing us to transition into production sooner than expected.”

    Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Packaging Printing, said: “It is great to see another company such as Label Image adopting our ‘Configure Your Digital Future’ approach by partnering with us to support their business growth aspirations and investigate new markets. We are delighted to be able to support their ambitious goals and help them expand their business reach.”

  • + Konica Minolta Showcases Label Printing, Variable Data and Integrated Software Systems

    A full house of industry professionals enjoyed an inside look at the advantages of digitally printed label technology an..

    12 March 2019

    A full house of industry professionals enjoyed an inside look at the advantages of digitally printed label technology and support systems from Konica Minolta for short to medium run jobs. 

    Held at the Printing Education Centre at Victoria’s Holmesglen Tafe, presenters from Konica Minolta, in conjunction with software and systems providers XMPie and PrintIQ, talked about the advantages of the AccurioLabel 190 label press, online ordering and data management systems and integrated production software. Guests also got a look at the iTech CENTRA HS finishing system. 

    A series of five speakers gave presentations in their area of speciality, taking guests on the journey from the moment an order is placed online, to the point at which the final product receives specialist finishing. 

    The first presenter was Enda Kavanaugh, Asia Pacific Sales Manager, XMPIE. Enda talked about the ability of variable data to increase the value of a label by enhancing the emotional connection to the final recipient. Campaigns such as personalised Vegemite and Nutella labels demonstrated the success by which variable data label printing can bolster the perceived value of the final product, something that customers will willingly pay for.  

    “Personalised packaging is worth 40 per cent more,” said Enda. “We’ve seen this happen with the Vegemite and Nutella campaigns. If a jar of Nutella is $6, I can add a personalised label to it and can sell it for $12. There is significant emotional content that can be created by the label if you make it available to the person.”

    Next to present was Adrian Fleming, Global Sales Director, PrintIQ. Adrian detailed the PrintIQ process showing which print device will give the best profit margin for a specific job (including all variables), and the benefits this delivers for estimation and quotes, as well as streamlining the whole production process.

    David Cascarino, National Manager Industrial Print, Konica Minolta, presented the benefits of the AccurioLabel 190 for short and medium run variable digital label printing. Released in 2016 at Konica Minolta has sold 300 units worldwide with 10 currently in operation in Australia.

    “The AccurioLabel 190 has certainly found a niche in the marketplace because of the wide range of applications and industries that it caters for,” said David. “We are talking about labels for the liquor and beverage industries, industrial products and medical labels because we have got FDA compliance.” 

    “The AccurioLabel 190 is 1200 x 1200dpi capable, meaning image quality is equal to our sheetfed presses. “The printer supports a 330mm web at a print rate of 18.8mpm, and due to the use of dry toner, no pre-coating is required giving it the ability to print on a wide range of stocks.”

    The Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 is indeed an impressive machine. The capabilities and growing demand for variable data printing is well documented, so too the growing trend of shorter and medium-run label production. With its advanced capabilities it is easy to see why the AccurioLabel 190 is in demand. 

    Following David was Joseph Brown, Sales Executive, QLM, who spoke to attendees about the iTech CENTRA HS label finishing system. The machine is a high-speed, roll-to-roll digital converting system that allows users to laminate, die cut, strip and slit custom labels in one production pass. Joseph detailed the advantages of the system and how, with minimal training, and operator could be very proficient with this easy to use technology. 

    Completing the event was Paul Ross, Program Manager at the Holmesglen Tafe print centre. Paul commended Konica Minolta for the company’s complete support of the centre, and the technology and training support they had provided. 

    Paul stated that the program was designed to cater for all aspects of the industry, not just digital print, and had seen an increase in the number of students currently enrolled. 

    “We’ve had an increase in the number of people wanting to do the course,” said Paul. “We currently have 17 people in one group, with 25 more waiting to do the second course starting in May. Students come here for four days each week, with one day a week being spent in work experience with companies looking for apprentices or an employee and that go on to full time employment," 

    There was certainly a lot to be learned from the presentations, and very interesting to see how the whole production process works seamlessly for greater efficiency, waste minimisation and profit maximisation. 

    For more information about the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190, please visit here.

  • + Colordyne introduces entry-level 1800 Series C

    Colordyne Technologies, a manufacturer of full colour digital inkjet label and tag printers, has released an enhanced en..

    06 February 2019

    Colordyne Technologies, a manufacturer of full colour digital inkjet label and tag printers, has released an enhanced entry-level label printer, the 1800 Series C. The addition to Colordyne's suite of products provides brand owners and private label manufacturers with affordable and versatile in-house label and tag printing capabilities.

    The 1800 Series C is a continuous printer for on-demand short run label and tag production. The press features a flat, unobstructed printing path and redesigned printhead maintenance station. These press enhancements eliminate the need to break the web to clean the printhead during runs, increasing run lengths and improving print quality.

    "Colordyne's newest system provides additional features that customers have been looking for in our entry-level benchtop solutions," says Taylor Buckthorpe, director of sales at Colordyne Technologies. "This includes an on-press job library that allows brands to better manage their label inventory on-demand, eliminating the need to manage a stock of pre-printed labels and reducing waste from unused label inventory."

    The job library can be accessed through the 1800 Series C's on-press touch screen user interface. The touch screen improves the user experience by providing quicker access to frequently used printer functions, such as: printhead maintenance, job setup, media settings and more. Additionally, the user interface was designed to be easy to use, so operators of any skill level can run and maintain the printer.

    "Companies are looking for a solution to affordably print smaller label quantities in a just-in-time business model," says Buckthorpe. "The 1800 Series C gives brand owners and private label manufacturers the opportunity to bring high-quality label printing in-house. These companies are increasing their productivity, expanding marketing capabilities and improving customer satisfaction."

    The 1800 Series C can run in multiple modes, including: print-to-cut, fanfold and roll-to-roll, when used with optional unwind and rewind attachments. The 1800 Series C prints in full colour (CMYKK) using a single Memjet water-based dye printhead and ink set. The press can print at a premium resolution of 1600 x 1600 dpi and run at speeds up to 60 fpm.

  • + AstroNova launches 5colour, toner-based tabletop label printer

    AstroNova, Inc. has announced that its Product Identification group has launched the QuickLabel QL-300, a new product th..

    06 February 2019

    AstroNova, Inc. has announced that its Product Identification group has launched the QuickLabel QL-300, a new product the company says is world’s first 5-colour, toner-based tabletop printer designed specifically for production label printing.

    The QL-300 goes beyond the traditional 4-colour (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) printing process by adding white toner, giving customers the ability to print white and CMYK in 1200 dpi (dots per inch) high resolution in a single pass. The benefit of toner EP (electrophotographic) technology includes label print that is durable, water-fast and UV resistant.

    The QL-300 expands printing labels from traditional white or light-coloured materials to also include transparent/clear, black, Kraft paper, metallic silver and gold coloured label materials. The AstroNova Materials Research Lab has tested and approved a wide variety of label materials, from economical to premium, that are compatible with this printer.

    The addition of white toner expands the creative labelling opportunities for industries such as personal care, cosmetics, food and beverage, beer and wine, chemical, e-liquids and many others.

    QuickLabel’s newest printing solution is being unveiled at WestPack, which takes place today through Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Centre. Visitors to the AstroNova booth (#5439) will be able to view live demos of the QL-300 along with the expansive product lineup from both the QuickLabel and TrojanLabel AstroNova business units.

    “In 1994, we introduced the world’s first tabletop digital colour label printer.  Now 25 years later we’ve achieved another major industry breakthrough with the QL-300 that can print full colour plus white,” said AstroNova President and CEO Greg Woods. “Unlike office machines, the QL-300 was developed from the ground up as a full-production label printer in a compact tabletop footprint that easily adapts into the print workflow of any business.”

    The QL-300 prints label widths ranging from 1.0” to 5.0” and features roll-to-cut or roll-to-roll operation. With a built-in automatic cutter that allows for single-pass printing, label waste is eliminated. The QL-300 also includes a free license to CQL Pro, QuickLabel’s advanced labelling software that allows users to effortlessly design, manage and print their own labels.

    “Because AstroNova is the only full solution provider in this industry, we are also releasing today an updated version of CQL Pro, our industry-leading design software, to support the QL-300 and a broad range of new label media types,” Woods said. “By tightly integrating the operation of our hardware, software and supplies, customers are assured of optimal results and outstanding labels.”

  • + Gallus has added a 5-color model of its Labelfire hybrid press

    The Gallus Labelfire E 340 features CMYK plus digital white, and is intended to provide a different entry point to those..

    05 February 2019

    The Gallus Labelfire E 340 features CMYK plus digital white, and is intended to provide a different entry point to those looking to produce lowest cost, digital, finished labels in a single pass on an industrial platform.

    Launched in 2016, the Gallus Labelfire 340 is an 8-colour digital production system combining UV inkjet printing with in-line embellishment and converting. The inkjet system, co-developed with Heidelberg, features state-of-the-art, 1200 dpi inkjet heads from Fujifilm. Gallus Labelfire E 340 features the same 1200 x 1200 dpi image quality, without orange, violet and green inks.

    Gallus stated that the new model can be configured based on the current needs of the customer to provide the lowest cost of entry when it comes to getting started with digital hybrid label printing. The whole system is integrated into Heidelberg’s Prinect print media workflow. Those customers who purchase the five-colour Labelfire will have the ability to upgrade to eight colours and add further embellishing options including screen, cold foil, additional flexo, as the need arises or their business grows.

    Michael Ring, head of digital solutions at Gallus, said: ‘We have many customers who want to get into digital hybrid printing, but do not need the complete high-end, fully featured configuration that an 8-colour Labelfire provides. This new 5-colour version allows them to get started in the digital arena but still provides the flexibility for expansion in the future while protecting their initial investment.’

    Gallus Labelfire E 340 is available worldwide immediately. Deliveries are expected to start in April.

  • + Digimarc, HP collaborate on serialised package printing

    Digimarc has introduced a new serialised packaging offering combining Digimarc Barcode and HP Link, which can provide ev..

    29 January 2019

    Digimarc has introduced a new serialised packaging offering combining Digimarc Barcode and HP Link, which can provide every printed object with a unique identity and offers a cost-effective option for tackle supply chain problems.

    HP and Digimarc offer consumer brands and their digital print providers the ability to apply a serialised global trade item number (SGTIN) on packaging to track and protect a package through the supply chain and at point-of-sale (POS) in retail environments.

    It is claimed this new capability will help to combat product counterfeiting and piracy, currently estimated by Frontier Economics and the International Chamber of Commerce to reach $4.2 trillion USD by 2022.

    Assigning SGTINs to individual items means that two otherwise identical units of the same product are uniquely identifiable, making it possible to track and trace for brand protection and product origination.

    Digimarc Barcode is an advanced visually imperceptible code that can be serialised during printing on HP digital presses of product packaging, retail labels, point-of-purchase (POP) displays and other print output. It is reliably and efficiently scanned by enabled consumer phones, associated mobile devices, retail barcode scanners and computer vision systems.

    With HP Link, Digimarc Barcode can carry an SGTIN, the combination of a GS1 GTIN and a unique serial number of up to 12 digits. This provides each package with a unique identity and the ability for consumer brands to track and trace a package or product at the item level through the supply chain all the way to point-of-sale. HP Link offers a security serialisation option including Digimarc Barcode and a toolset that integrates with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing, scanning, distribution and digital printing systems.

    By monitoring scanning behaviour and tracking data, the HP Link platform automatically identifies suspicious behaviour, including diverted packages. Cloud-based product and tracking information can be applied throughout the supply chain through to the end consumer.

    Heidi Dethloff, vice president of marketing at Digimarc, said: ‘Traceability initiatives are being fuelled by product fraud, recalls, regulatory compliance and the need for greater transparency across the supply chain. This new digital capability from HP allows brands to free-up their package design real estate, while also leveraging the full benefits of variable data printing for connected, customised, personalised and serialised packages.’

    Marvin Gross, head of emerging solutions, HP Graphics Solutions Business, said: ‘With HP Link and Digimarc Barcode, consumer brands can protect their brand, track products from origin-to-destination, provide personalised content and coupons, and other benefits. Our solution can integrate with enterprise systems to manage inventory at the unique item level as well as enable faster and easier forms of checkout, including traditional, mobile and self-checkout.’

  • + Avery Dennison launches new wine label materials

    The labelstock supplier has collaborated with both wineries and converters to develop more than 150 substrates. Ave..

    29 January 2019

    The labelstock supplier has collaborated with both wineries and converters to develop more than 150 substrates.

    Avery Dennison has responded to market demand, developing more than 150 constructions specifically engineering for wine and spirits. The company has gone directly to wineries and converters to troubleshoot current customer problems and ideate new ideas.

    “The Avery Dennison Wine and Spirits portfolio offers inspiration through classic, premium materials enabling brands to stand out on shelf,” says Vanita Marzette, senior product manager - wine and spirits. “Wine materials cross both wine and spirits, as well as craft beer, because these areas are all following the trend towards premiumisation. We are also seeing more unique/textured facestocks that work across segments. The wine materials offer the added benefit of being able to stand up to ice buckets and condensation.”

    To meet demand, Avery Dennison is launching three new collections for its wine portfolio. The Sensorial collection will feature new Ruby Velvet and Black Velvet facestocks. According to Marzette, Avery Dennison’s Sensorial collection adds the senses of touch, sound and even smell to the label. The Sensorial Collection offers label surfaces that feature a soft touch, textured or patterned papers. Some materials offer subtle sounds as fingers move across the surface. Meanwhile, hand-selected trees are used to fashion wooden labels that deliver a delicate, natural scent.

    The new Black collection will include Laid Epic Black and Night Skye facestocks. “Black really is the new black, helping a brand to deliver a message of premium, quality content,” says Marzette. “The Black collection is a broad portfolio that reflects dependable quality to deliver outstanding shelf appeal. Materials include structured surfaces, thick to thin facestocks and a choice of different shades. Converters will appreciate the fact that they no longer have to print twice to create a rich, even black label with no white edges and stable hot foiling.”

    Finally, the Luminous line, featuring Snowbound White, includes labels that glitter, sparkle and shine to stand out on the shelf.

    In addition, Avery Dennison is adding to its sustainability portfolio with Grape Touch, which is made of 15% grape waste sourced from wine production – and Estate Label No. 14, a 100% post-consumer-waste (PCW) paper material that maintains colour and strength, even when wet.

    “These products help tell a brand’s sustainability story while delivering performance and shelf appeal that result in sales,” adds Marzette. “Sustainability resonates with many consumers, and that story goes beyond production.”

    The wine label goes beyond the facestock, too. Avery Dennison has developed multiple adhesives that are optimised for wine labels–and its customer service team works diligently to pair the right materials and adhesives with a customer’s desired application.

    “We offer a range of adhesives that are formulated to work well in ice bucket, heavy condensation environments,” says Marzette. “Our technical resources put our adhesives through a range of testing before they launch, and all of the results can be found in our wine and spirits collateral and data sheets.

    “We list all of our service offerings and support programs in our wine and spirits collateral to make it easy for customers to find,” Marzette adds. “Additionally, we have customers service, application consultants and technical leads available to help customers find the right materials for them. We also have our engineered solutions team available to help source and find a material if we don’t have what a customer is looking for.”

    Plus, the Avery Dennison Concept lab is comprised of designers that work closely with other designers, converters, brands and agencies in the wine and spirits space to help bring their vision to life.

    In the future, Avery Dennison expects to see continued premiumisation and a trend toward more unique facestocks that create pop on the shelf. Marzette adds that brands can create more engagement with their customers by opting for intelligent and interactive labels. Requests will continue for inkjet-optimised materials, too.

    And, as is seen in the Luminous collection, a different range of colours will be utilised to further appeal to millennials.

  • + Durst targets more converters with Tau 330 RSC E launch

    Durst targets more converters with Tau 330 RSC E launch Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and produc..

    21 January 2019

    Durst targets more converters with Tau 330 RSC E launch

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has launched the Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass press that will bring affordable digital production to increasing numbers of converters.

    Specifically targeted at small and medium converters in the mid-tier market, the budget-priced new model – prices start from €350,000 – will be field upgradable to the full Durst Tau RSC high-speed press at full 8 colours and 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min).

    In line with Durst’s “Configure Your Digital Future” theme, the press is available in 330mm and 244mm print widths, offering 4 colours or 4 colours and white option in full-speed mode. The Tau RSC E benefits from Durst’s state-of-the-art RSC technology. Its native resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi combined with its smallest drop size of 2pl provides photo-like quality.

    Production capacity of 1,020 m² / hour is achievable with a printing speed of 52 m/min at full colour including white. High pigmented inks reduce ink consumption by up to 20% per sqm, optimising running costs to the lowest possible level.

    All options from the Tau 330 RSC can be fitted to the new model, which include the chill roller, variable data printing or the external jumbo winders. The new machine runs at 52 linear m/min and can have up to 8 colour stations (CMYK-W-OVG). Fast, efficient, powerful and easy-to-use prepress Durst Workflow Label software is also offered.

    Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Packaging Printing, said: “During the development of the Dust Tau 330 RSC E, a special focus was dedicated to the upgradeability and flexibility of the press. This is an important addition to the Durst Tau RSC family of variable, versatile, adjustable and configurable machine systems. Affordable digital label printing is now available to increasing numbers of converters and printers. We’re incredibly excited at the new opportunities that the new and budget-priced model will open up for increasing numbers of converters. Digital UV inkjet label printing is definitely here.”


    API LAUNCHES RANGE OF PLASTIC-FREE HOLOGRAPHIC LAMINATES API Group has enhanced its range of Transmet™ produc..

    15 January 2019


    API Group has enhanced its range of Transmet™ products with the launch of new holographic designs. The range of 12 holographic patterns are available in API’s Transmet laminate, a  plastic-free option for paperboard packaging, ensuring brand owners and designers have a sustainable packaging option without compromising on aesthetics. 

    Transmet has all the benefits of traditional metalised polyester cartonboard laminates, but without the film content, allowing it to be fully recycled through normal waste streams. The new Transmet holographic designs will allow brands to retain their stand-out shelf appeal, while also reducing their environmental impact. 

    Richard Burhouse, Marketing Director at API, said: “Over the last couple of years, we have experienced an uptake in demand for our Transmet plastic-free laminates as brands look for environmentally-friendly alternatives to create a fully recyclable end product.“It is more important than ever that we provide innovative solutions that consider both sustainability and shelf appeal. In an increasingly competitive retail environment, holographic and diffractive patterns can be used as an effective and eye-catching way for brands to strengthen their differentiation on shelf, delivering luxury effects that create a unique on-shelf identity. Our new holographic patterns will give brand owners and designers a wider variety of options to add visual impact to their product’s packaging and elevate brands to the next level.”

    API Group has invested heavily in its Livingston plant in Scotland, consolidating its film, holographics and foil production under one roof to create a European technical centre of excellence. 

    Richard added: “As pioneers of Transmet, we like to push the boundaries and having brought together our films, foils and holographics expertise into one place, our customers are now able to enjoy the benefits of this effort. With unrivalled technology, industry experience and capacity, we are fully committed to continued development of packaging enhancement solutions that provide stand-out shelf appeal while being better for the environment.”

    The designs will be available immediately and can be used across all approved board types.

  • + AstroNova unveils 5-color label printer

    AstroNova GmbH is expanding its Product Identification portfolio with the new digital, toner-based colour QL-300 label p..

    07 January 2019

    AstroNova GmbH is expanding its Product Identification portfolio with the new digital, toner-based colour QL-300 label printer with five colours, including QuickLabel's white. The QL-300 also prints high-UV-resistant "no-label-look" labels.

    According to the company, the introduction of the QL-300 proves AstroNova is prepared to meet changing market requirements. The QL-300 is the first 5-colour CMYKW tabletop printer for printing R2R (roll-to-roll processing), AstroNova says.

    The printer's capability of printing five colours with 1200 dpi resolution, including white, is a game-changer. Printing in white allows direct printing on coloured materials, such as black polyester or silver paper. This feature also ensures excellent readability when printing bar codes, even on transparent materials. The high scratch resistance of the print result extends the use of the QL-300 in all areas that demand the highest requirements such as the the chemical, cosmetic and e-cigarette industries.

    The electrophotography printing system of the toner-based label printer uses a printing process in which the print image is transferred directly from a computer to the QL-300 without the need of time-consuming preliminary work. The print's high resistance to oils, solvents, water and UV-rays on virtually all materials, makes the QL-300 a universal label printer perfect for all applications.

    It can also print on various materials, from paper and metalised polyester to transparent materials. The transparent labels are more flexible and cost-effective compared to direct printing. Other effects for increasing customer motivation to buy a product are also possible such as bottle transparency.

    The printer's high printing speed of up to 152 mm/s and printing widths of up to 126mm allow a wide variety of shapes and colour labels to be printed. The toner-based 5-coluor CMYKW printing system is also ideal for brand owners and packaging industry.

  • + NestlĂ© creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

    Nestlé has announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discover..

    07 January 2019

    Nestlé has announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company's commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

    Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, "We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products. To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular plastics. We aim to minimize our impact on the natural environment while safely delivering to our consumers healthier and tastier products."

    The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, which is part of Nestlé's global research organization, will be located in Lausanne, Switzerland. It will employ around 50 people and include a state-of-the-art laboratory complex as well as facilities for rapid prototyping. 

    In close collaboration with the Company's global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, the institute will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials. Research focus areas will include recyclable, biodegradable or compostable polymers, functional paper, as well as new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging. The new solutions will be tested in various product categories, before they are rolled out across Nestlé's global portfolio.

    Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Stefan Palzer said, "Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers. The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions. Cutting-edge science as well as a close collaboration with globally leading academic institutions and industrial partners will deliver a pipeline of highly performing environmentally friendly packaging solutions." 



    23 November 2018


    A new recyclable folding carton featuring advanced brand enhancement technology, has been launched by specialist Fresnels Inc.

    First shown at Luxepack Monaco in October 2018, the design features innovative dynamic nanotechnology decorative elements, developed specifically to catch the eye and interact with customers in the retail drinks environment.

    Incorporating enhanced levels of security features for added brand protection, the box has been produced from FSC certified paper over printed with a floral design before a clear, optically variable Peacock™ foil is applied via heated blind embossing. This ensures perfect register between the raised leaves and petals and the green to gold colour transformation imparted by the foil.

    The same foil is also used directly on the white paper to create the letters ROSE - textured dies create an engraved effect to the lettering while adding security to the box - before a digitally created crest, using proprietary Cellini™ technology, is applied using silver metallised stamping foil.

    The new Fresnels technology meets the demand for eco-friendly packaging that can be recycled and is produced using manufacturing processes, which have minimum energy demands and environmental impact. 

    Foil technology is used to provide improved recyclability when compared with plastic laminates, while advanced digital origination technology allows covert markers and data to be incorporated into the packaging surfaces. These include Level 2 and 3 covert security features that can only be detected via hand held devices or forensic examination. 

    Dr Glenn Wood, COO of Fresnels Inc, said: “We are seeing mechanically produced fresnel lens effects as fascinating additions to packaging. However, the real prize is digitally produced images offering graphic designers much greater scope for creativity. We have also been successful in manufacturing these images as hot stamping foils suitable for high speed application to paper substrates.” 

    Fresnel Inc. President John Jones, said: “CELLINI™ has the appearance of moulded metal. It engages the eye and the touch by its raised appearance which renders the embossing of paper or carton unnecessary.”

    Cellini™ and Peacock™ effects can also be supplied in label format to co-ordinate with the cartons. With headquarters in Connecticut, USA, Fresnels Inc. specialises in the commercialisation of optical microstructures and provides brand owners with high visibility packaging with dynamic effects, which are eco-friendly, highly secure and yet highly cost effective. 

  • + Epson Launches TM-L90 Liner-Free Compatible Label Printer

    Epson Launches TM-L90 Liner-Free Compatible Label Printer Epson Australia has launched its new TM-L90 Liner-free co..

    23 November 2018

    Epson Launches TM-L90 Liner-Free Compatible Label Printer

    Epson Australia has launched its new TM-L90 Liner-free compatible label printer. The TM-L90 liner-free compatible label printer delivers all the features you need to print liner-less "stay stuck" labels and is ideally suited for quick service environments such as coffee shops, delicatessens and restaurants, both quick and traditional service. Food operators can now easily identify customer orders on take away bags and boxes as well as use the labels to identify custom orders or label orders for delivery.

    The addition of the TM-L90 liner-free compatible label printer expands Epson's line-up of reliable label and coupon printing solutions. Designed to print on both adhesive-backed media and thermal receipt media, the new TM-L90 liner-free label printer provides a flexible, hospitality-strength, liner-free labelling solution that improves efficiency while enhancing customer satisfaction.

    The TM-L90 prints liner-free labels at a speed of up to 90mm/second and thermal receipts at up to 170mm/second at a crisp 203 x 203 dpi, supports variable length label output and accepts label rolls up to 102mm in diameter. The printer can easily be mounted in three ways (vertical, horizontal or wall-mounted) and offers additional benefits such as margin reduction options to reduce receipt size, automatic media type and paper width detection, sensor for auto cutting, and modified support rollers to minimise paper jams. Additionally, the TM-L90 liner-free label printer comes with a 12-month limited warranty and supports multiple interfaces, including serial, Ethernet, and powered USB.

     TM-L90 Key Features
    Cost-effective liner-free label printing for QSRs and food service
    Special print options reduce paper usage by up to 30%
    Easy installation – 3 mounting positions
    Low power consumption reduces cost and environmental impact
    Standard 12 months RTB warranty
    Easy media switching between 40, 58 and 80 mm paper widths

    The TM-L90 is available now from selected Epson resellers. 



    16 October 2018


    HP Inc. has announced a new wide tabletop print engine for OEMs to design on-demand specialty packaging solutions.

    The HP OEM Fixed Imager 1000 by HP Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) enables convenient in-plant or print service provider printing on a wide range of applications including gift and shopping bags, personalised gift boxes, shipping packaging, cartons, and envelopes. The highly versatile HP F1-1000 print engine introduces a 297.18 mm (11.7 inch) wide print swath, offering a large image area for colour printing on variable lengths of media. 

    “This wider print engine can deliver more elaborate on-demand color packaging and commercial printing applications for short-run, personalized direct to package printing. Brand owners can differentiate their packaging, shopping bags, envelopes to make their products stand out with color and personal messages,” said Annette Friskopp, general manager, HP Specialty Printing Systems, HP Inc.  “HP opens extensive opportunities for OEM partners with a range of inkjet printing capabilities to meet fast-paced market needs.”


    BALL AEROSOL PACKAGING LAUNCHES EYERIS® Aluminium aerosol customers traditionally have shied away from photo-re..

    05 October 2018


    Aluminium aerosol customers traditionally have shied away from photo-realistic packaging designs because the graphics do not translate well to conventional offset printing. To overcome this limitation, Ball Aerosol Packaging is launching the highly anticipated Eyeris®, a proprietary high-definition printing technique.

    For customers craving detailed graphics to bring products to life, Eyeris® printing is the solution to providing photo-realistic quality can designs without digital printing. This ground-breaking HD imagery spans 360 degrees of the can, creating premium product differentiation that engages consumers and elevates brands.

    As the personal care industry continues moving toward more natural products, Eyeris® provides customers with the opportunity for the packaging to reflect this shift. Detailed life-like imagery, such as leaves, flowers and landscapes, can be printed on cans, allowing brands to stand out in today’s competitive retail market.

    Jason Galley, Director of Global Innovation & Business Development for Ball Aerosol Packaging, comments: “We know the market is clamoring for inventive solutions to create standout packaging. There is such buzz in the industry for digital printing, and Eyeris® provides the perfect alternative to achieve similar results on aerosol cans. This unique technology will transform our customers’ ability to harness the increasing power of imagery and story-telling, truly representing the next generation of aluminum aerosol printing.”

  • + Sato launches intelligent touchscreen label printer

    Sato launches intelligent touchscreen label printer Sato, a global provider of auto-ID solutions that empower workf..

    05 October 2018

    Sato launches intelligent touchscreen label printer

    Sato, a global provider of auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations, has launched the FX3-LX, a cloud-connected touchscreen label printer that can be operated without the need of a PC. It has been engineered with the needs of restaurants, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and logistics workplaces in mind.

    Research shows that legacy hardware and outdated technology can have a major impact on worker productivity and competitiveness by impeding a collaborative workforce. Also, companies that are highly connected are far more likely to report a favorable market position than those with poor connectivity (57% versus 27%).

    To address these concerns and more, Sato has designed the 3" FX3-LX label printer to be highly intuitive and customizable for increasingly tech-savvy businesses that expect a consumer-level user experience. With support for the Sato Application Enabled Printing (AEP) enterprise label printing platform, the printer enables apps specialized for various work environments that can be accessed intuitively as you would with a smart device.

    The durable, portable device has a small footprint, allowing users to print labels anywhere they are required around the workplace.With its multi-lingual display and 7" TFT full-color touchscreen and ability to load original training videos, it gives operators on-demand insight into operational procedures to render training virtually unnecessary.

    FX3-LX also supports the cloud-based maintenance service, SOS (SATO Online Services), allowing identification of issues before they cause downtime, visualization of printer status and asset management. This add-on service helps ensure stable operations and peace of mind for the user.

    “We’re delighted to introduce our cutting-edge FX3-LX to the market,” says Sato Holdings chief product planning officer Noriyasu Yamada. “As the user experience boundaries of personal and workplace tech become ever more blurred, we’ve created a next generation label printer that is user-friendly from the first use and offers operators a high degree of autonomy via easy database updates. We aim to further increase customer value with new IoT solutions to boost productivity.”

    Yamada continues, “With the FX3-LX, we’ve worked hard to understand how we can empower workforces and streamline the operations of end users. The result is a universal device with simple cross-sector integration to improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Sato customers.”

    The FX3-LX was recognized with the Red Dot Design Award 2017 for its minimalist design and practicality.

  • + Gallus and Heidelberg unveil Smartfire digital label press

    Gallus and Heidelberg unveil Smartfire digital label press In April 2018, Gallus and Heidelberg announced the compl..

    02 October 2018

    Gallus and Heidelberg unveil Smartfire digital label press

    In April 2018, Gallus and Heidelberg announced the completion of their full integration in North America. To highlight their commitment to the label industry and to show the combined strength of both companies with their aligned product portfolios, Gallus and Heidelberg are exhibiting together in Booth 6150 at Labelexpo Americas 2018.

    At the show, Gallus’s new Smartfire digital label printing system is being unveiled to the North American market, and Heidelberg’s Omnifire 250 4D inkjet digital printer is available for demonstration. Respective market leaders in narrow-web and sheetfed offset printing, Gallus and Heidelberg now offer a complete print shop solution for label printers with reliable equipment, parts, service and consumables support – all from a single source.

    Gallus’s vast portfolio includes the Labelmaster, the most cost-effective system in the industry. From the economical basic model to the fully equipped version, the Labelmaster is redefining conventional flexographic label printing; its modular design enables customers to configure the press to the needs of their business. On the digital side, Gallus’s Labelfire, an advanced hybrid inkjet system that was developed with Heidelberg and Fujifilm, is setting the standard for UV inkjet image quality with the lowest cost of production in its class. For high quality conventional flexo label production, customers can also rely on the Gallus ECS 340 for cost-effective label production and Gallus RCS 340, an extensively automated system for high-output label production.

    On the offset side, Heidelberg has, for years, been a supplier to the label industry – most notably with their flagship press, the Speedmaster XL 106 with 41” sheet size, ability to print 18,000 sheets per hour, and optional UV, LE UV, and LED curing systems, which enable it to print on a variety of substrates, including synthetics. Customers can now also turn to Heidelberg’s Primefire 106, the first commercially available industrial inkjet digital printing system in the 70 x 100 (40”) format. Printed labels can be finished with the Heidelberg portfolio, which includes POLAR cutters and a variety of die cutters from Masterwork.

    All Gallus-Heidelberg customers benefit from the specialist industry expertise of both companies along with Heidelberg’s established service network and extensive parts availability.

    Gallus Smartfire
    “The Smartfire focuses on new target groups who are looking for a low risk, easy entry into digital label printing,” explains Michael Ring, Head of Digital Solutions at Gallus. “Incorporating Memjet technology allows us to offer an inkjet printing press that produces labels with a quality of 1600×1600 dpi – while establishing a new, low investment price point in the market.”

    The Memjet water-based inks and print heads mean that labels produced by the Smartfire are eco-friendly, with a minimal ecological footprint. Virtually “plug and play,” the Smartfire uses an ordinary power outlet, needs no exhaust equipment, is extremely compact, and does not emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which makes it the perfect press for any work environment.

    “The name says it all, the Smartfire is absolutely easy to operate via a self-explanatory touch panel,” says Ring. With this digital press, limited prepress skills are needed to create professional CMYK 4-color inkjet labels. Addressing the shortfall of other offerings in this space, a finishing unit is integrated into the press, where labels are laminated and cut, which means the Smartfire delivers finished die cut labels in one pass, ready for shipping.

    Heidelberg Omnifire – Inkjet Personalization in the Fourth Dimension
    Also available for demonstration in Booth 6150 at Labelexpo Americas will be the Omnifire 250 – Heidelberg’s “4D Printer,” which combines advanced Inkjet technology with high-precision robotics. The Omnifire 250 can personalize and customize most three-dimensional products. From a wine bottle to tumbler and beyond, the Omnifire gives customers the ability to change products over within seconds — providing shorter delivery times with on-demand printing.

    “We think that the Omnifire is a great fit for the label market,” said Steven Calov, Product Manager of Omnifire for Heidelberg USA. “Most label printers are already creating customized labels for a variety of consumer products – with the Omnifire, they can take this same thinking and print a customized image direct to the object in many cases.”

  • + Epson announces SurePress L-6534VW digital label press

    Epson announces SurePress L-6534VW digital label press Epson has announced at Labelexpo the Epson SurePress L-6534V..

    26 September 2018

    Epson announces SurePress L-6534VW digital label press

    Epson has announced at Labelexpo the Epson SurePress L-6534VW digital label press. Joining the SurePress L-6034VW in the UV digital label press line, the SurePress L-6534VW will offer three print speed modes from 49 feet per minute to 162 feet per minute (fpm). Epson will be demonstrating the new SurePress L-6534VW, as well as the SurePress L-6034VW and L-4533AW and workflow automation solutions with Wasatch RIP, at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago at Epson’s booth 5813.

    “The SurePress L-6034VW set a higher standard for UV print quality,” said Mike Pruitt, product manager, Epson America, Inc. “Today we take our solution one step further by expanding the line to deliver faster print speeds compared to the previous generation; allowing prime label and packaging converters to fulfil demanding and varying portfolios more quickly – ultimately optimising productivity and efficiency.”

    Designed for label converters investing in a digital label press for the first time or looking to expand production facilities with a reliable, easy-to-use press, the SurePress L-6534VW delivers three print speed modes to meet a range of converter needs:

    • High density white: 49 ft./minute
    • Standard: 98 ft./minute
    • Productivity: 162 ft./minute
    The SurePress L-6534W digital LED UV inkjet press can produce high-quality, durable labels and integrates all of the functions required for label production, including a Corona Treater, White ink, digital varnish, and an additional UV curing unit. The print heads, inks, LED pinning and curing lamp units, media feeding, and control system are all developed and manufactured by Epson. Additional features include:
    • PrecisionCore Linehead: Enables high-speed, single-pass printing to deliver amazing output quality and durability; digital monitoring system maintains high productivity using Nozzle Verification Technology to automatically manage inkjet nozzles
    • Digital Varnish: Gloss or matte finish can be selected for the overall label, and appealing partial accents can be added using glossy or matte spot varnish
    • Substrate Feed: Centre drum system feeds the substrate with incredible precision designed to achieve high accuracy colour registration and reduce the heat expansion or shrinkage of the substrate, enabling various types of off-the-shelf standard flexographic substrates to be used
    • LED UV Ink: Quick-drying UV ink helps enhance productivity and offers excellent weather, scratch, chemical, and water resistance; LED light source saves space and offers a lower energy use, enabling printing on heat-sensitive substrates
    • White Ink: In White ink printing, Surface White Print and Reverse-White Print are available to extend the range of expression on clear and metalised films
    • Variable Web Width: Supports rolls from 3.15 to 13-inches wide up to 0.013-inches (0.32 mm) thick
    • Enhanced Productivity: Linehead maintenance is done automatically during the shift, and manual cleaning is limited to a short interval after the shift
    The SurePress L-6534VW, and a conversion kit for the existing SurePress L-6034VW, will be available in summer 2019.