LABELS & PACKAGING



  • + Phoseon introduces first passively cooled UV LED source

    Phoseon introduces first passively cooled UV LED source Phoseon Technology has introduced FireEdge FE100, the first..

    26 September 2018


    Phoseon introduces first passively cooled UV LED source

    Phoseon Technology has introduced FireEdge FE100, the first natural convection UV LED light source for industrial curing and will show it at Labelexpo Americas 2018.

    The FE100 UV LED curing lamp for digital inkjet pinning has no internal fan and is cooled passively through natural convection. A secondary application is edge curing during the manufacture of flat panel displays.

    ‘With its instant on/off and full intensity control, the FE100 enables precise finish control for digital inkjet pinning,’ said Ed Kiyoi, senior technical marketing engineer at Phoseon Technology. ‘And it’s extremely slim form factor makes it ideal for flat panel display edge curing.’

    Using only ambient air for cooling, the FE100, which has an emitting window of 180x10 mm, eliminates the need for any external forced-air cooling system or chiller to remove heat from the UV source.

    The FE100 joins the family of Phoseon FireEdge compact air-cooled UV LED light sources that minimize the distance required between inkjet heads, offer a simple, quick programmable logic controller (PLC) interface and provide high reliability and long life.

    The FE100 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018.





  • + mprint showcases mlabel GEN3 UV inkjet hybrid

    mprint showcases mlabel GEN3 UV inkjet hybrid mprint gmbh of Baiersbronn, Germany is displaying its new generation ..

    26 September 2018


    mprint showcases mlabel GEN3 UV inkjet hybrid

    mprint gmbh of Baiersbronn, Germany is displaying its new generation of hybrid UV inkjet presses, the mlabel GEN3 at Labelexpo Americas 2018. Aside from the obvious facelift from GEN2, the machine incorporates several technological advances and additional modules.

    The base machine has a standard mechanical width of 13" (330mm) but does not have to be outfitted with a print engine of the full print width from the beginning. This will allow a technology implementer to start with a lower cost system and expand the print engine in the future, adding capacity without having to purchase a new machine.

    Aside from being equipped with CMYK+W, the machine shown at Labelexpo incorporates the Digital Metal Liner module – a fully digital foil embellishing unit, allowing printers to not only generate metallic effects on labels and packaging in a single pass, but also to customize these effects with every print. This state-of-the-art module was developed in cooperation with KURZ Transfer Products using their Digital Metal UV Ink technology and presents a technological milestone in digital printing. Especially suited for wine and spirit labels, cosmetics and other high value label and packaging applications, the seamless integration of foil embellishments into the digital workflow will give brand owners more possibilities to enhance their products.  

    Recycling of the inks used for purging and flushing the printheads is engrained in mprint’s concept and has not only a big environmental impact but also reduces ink cost by increasing ink utilization to over 99%. In adherence to the philosophy of mprint to adapt the machines to customers' requirements, the machines can be equipped with a vast array of color options of the digital print engine – CMYK+W+OV+G plus/or spot colors or spot varnishes, etc. – aside from analog options like flexo print stations, etc.

    Through the introduction of the mlabel GEN3 series, mprint has advanced its standard UV inkjet narrow web machine portfolio to cover print widths from 4.25” – 12.75” (108mm to 324 mm) and single to multi-color (seven or more) by giving the customer all possible choices in initial price and future machine expansion. Custom machines with print widths of 17" (432mm) and above are also available. 





  • + W&H furthers development of inkjet press for flexible packaging

    W&H furthers development of inkjet press for flexible packaging Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H), ..

    12 September 2018


    W&H furthers development of inkjet press for flexible packaging

    Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H), a specialist in machinery and systems for the manufacturing and converting of flexible packaging, has developed an inkjet press concept that will allow the technology to be effectively used in this market.

    W&H CEO Dr Jürgen Vutz explained: ‘We see a need in the flexible packaging market to use digital printing in addition to the established processes. This is driven by the need for faster time-to-market and very short order lengths.

    ‘However, the application of flexible packaging has very special requirements, for example regarding the adhesion of the ink to the film. As specialists in this market, we bring expert knowledge to offer answers to these challenges. First, by continuously advancing the established processes such as flexo and gravure printing. Second, by opening up the possibilities of digital printing for flexible packaging.’

    W&H noted that while digital printing is already firmly established in the label and commercial printing sector, flexible packaging continues to be a challenge. An economical and stable digital printing process has yet to be developed, it noted.

    To this end, W&H has now begun onboarding partners for its single-pass option, with Xaar providing the piezo inkjet technology upon which the W&H inkjet press is built This will see Xaar 5601 printheads used after successful performance tests. Xaar 5601 printheads use Xaar's new thin film piezo silicon MEMS technology, and offer very high resolution with over 5600 nozzles capable of jetting up to eight litres of fluid per hour. New innovations such as AcuDrp Technology allow complete control over greyscale drop ejection for perfect image quality. In addition, the Xaar 5601 incorporates TF Technology to maximise production up time, print quality and lifetime.

    Hermann Veismann, general manager of the printing and finishing business unit at at W&H, commented: ‘We are delighted to be developing our latest system using the Xaar 5601. We saw an opportunity for digital printing in flexible packaging, driven by the need for faster time-to-market and very short order lengths, and aim to overcome the traditional difficulties in this area using our expert knowledge and outstanding new technology.’

    Doug Edwards, Xaar CEO, stated: ‘This announcement is a significant milestone for Xaar. Windmöller & Hölscher is a major player in the flexible packaging machinery market and is renowned for placing innovation at the heart of its new product developments. I’m delighted that the Xaar 5601 has been selected for this new development on the basis of the printhead’s high performance.’

    W&H has been conducting research in the field of digital printing for several years.

    Sven Michael, head of the digital team at W&H, added: ‘We first collected practical requirements, evaluated technologies and tested new approaches. This has resulted in a machine concept that stands out from all existing approaches and provides our customers with added value. We are now implementing this with suitable partners. The new digital machine concept from W&H is characterized by higher quality and higher speeds.’

    Vutz concluded: ‘High availability and usability in daily use are our top priorities. Our goal is to go to market with a functioning and mature digital printing machine that delivers on the promises of digital printing for flexible packaging as well.’





  • + Xeikon announces new entry-level solution for digital label production

    Xeikon announces new entry-level solution for digital label production Xeikon today announced an entry-level label ..

    07 September 2018


    Xeikon announces new entry-level solution for digital label production

    Xeikon today announced an entry-level label printing and converting solution, offered at a price point that brings the lucrative label market squarely within reach for label converters of all sizes.

    The Label Discovery solution consists of a Xeikon 3030, an entry-level web-fed digital label press and the new entryDcoat, a digital converting line that can be used inline or offline with the Xeikon 3030. The new solution will be featured at the company's booth at Labelexpo Americas, September 25-27, Rosemont, Illinois.

    "Although digital label printing has become a fast-growing mainstream business, some companies are still reluctant to invest in the technology - either due to the cost or lack of a truly professional-quality entry-level solution," said David Wilkins, Xeikon's Vice President of Sales for the North American market. "The lower cost of the Xeikon Label Discovery solution enables these companies to embrace digital technology and capture a business potential that previously required a steep investment - the crucial business of producing short-run labels.

    "The Label Discovery solution is a turnkey label production system that provides everything needed to offer an expanded range of services to their customers and to experience the benefits digital production can bring to their businesses. In addition to enabling an affordable entry into this lucrative market, the Label Discovery solution is a platform that can be field upgraded in terms of productivity as the business grows, ensuring long-term viability of the investment."

    The Xeikon 3030 digital label press is a dry toner solution ideal for producing labels for a broad range of applications using standard flexo materials. This avoids the need to use specially-treated substrates, and eliminates the associated warehousing costs. Its five-color printing features CMYK and white or even a special spot or gamut-extending color. Changing toner colors on the system is relatively easy, a clear benefit of dry toner compared to other printing technologies. In addition, dry toner is recognized as the best technology for food labels in terms of food safety due to its non-toxic nature. Xeikon dry toner has also received FDA certification for both indirect and direct food contact with dry food, which is unique in the digital landscape.

    The entryDCoat is a compact converting unit which consists of a varnish, die-cut and rewind station. To limit startup and tooling costs, the die-cut unit uses semi-rotary die-cutting technology. This ensures the lowest cost converting without loss of productivity while still delivering the well-known quality of conventional die-cutting. With semi-rotary die-cutting, costs can be reduced by as much as 50% with no need to acquire special tools and no setup time as required with conventional die-cutting. 





  • + Arrow Systems unveils new finishing unit

    Arrow Systems unveils new finishing unit Arrow Systems, Inc., a long time distributor of digital printing and finis..

    06 September 2018


    Arrow Systems unveils new finishing unit

    Arrow Systems, Inc., a long time distributor of digital printing and finishing products, has released a new finishing unit to the market. The Arrow Eco 300 is a tabletop blade finisher that can diecut up to 15” wide. The system features its own cutting software, as well as inline matrix removal.

    “We believe this system has a place in the digital market as it fills a need for a low cost alternative to the blade and laser finishers we offer," says Shaan Patel or Arrow Systems, Inc. “The compact design allows it to be used with any roll-to-roll digital printer, and it can also be used for prepress sampling. It is an extremely economical way to get into diecutting your own labels”

    The Eco 300 allows users to switch away from pre-cut media and use continuous media to be cut after printing, which can save users of small digital roll printers a lot of money. “Pre diecut media is extremely expensive, and having an option that allows you to cut your own media without breaking the bank is a nice option for brand owners to have," adds Patel.





  • + Mactac enters craft beer labeling market

    Mactac enters craft beer labelling market Officially announcing its entrance into the craft beer labeling market, M..

    22 August 2018


    Mactac enters craft beer labelling market

    Officially announcing its entrance into the craft beer labeling market, Mactac Roll Label has launched a new line of all-temperature pressure-sensitive paper and film craft beer labels.

    Designed to meet the needs of today’s craft beer brand owners, Mactac’s new craft beer labels are specially formulated with a variety of facestocks and finishes. With roughly 13 products available, Mactac offers semi-gloss, white and clear film options for bottle applications, as well as chrome films for cans.

    “Craft beer packaging is all about shelf appeal, and today’s brand owners are trying to capture a certain look, with only seconds to persuade potential customers,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “Often, this means the labels on bottles and cans are just as important as the liquid inside. With a goal to stand out as much as possible at the point of sale, brand owners are seeking labels with special effects that give the perception of quality – such as varnishes, textures, the ‘no label look’ and specialty inks, in addition to vibrant, colorful labeling solutions.”

    With nearly 60 years in the pressure sensitive adhesive business, Mactac has decades of experience and expertise in producing PS label solutions with a variety of specialty finishes and high-performance adhesive attributes.

    Featuring the latest in Mactac’s all-temperature adhesive technology, the new craft beer label solutions are all designed with either Mactac’s industry-leading 640-AT acrylic adhesive or the company’s newest  Chill AT hot-melt rubber adhesive. Both adhesives are ideal for cold and damp environments, as well as elevated temperatures. They also contain water resistance properties, maintaining adhesive integrity and aesthetic appeal if exposed to water or moisture.

    Converters and printers alike will appreciate that Mactac’s craft beer label solutions allow short- and medium-run label jobs and are available under Mactac’s Precise Program, which allows customers to order less material for smaller runs – an extremely beneficial value-addition in the craft beer labelling market.





  • + Mark Andy adds three new models to Performance Series line

    Mark Andy adds three new models to Performance Series line Mark Andy has introduced three new press models, P9E, P7..

    16 August 2018


    Mark Andy adds three new models to Performance Series line

    Mark Andy has introduced three new press models, P9E, P7E and P5E, to its Performance Series product line, as it seeks to meet and support ever-evolving converter needs.

    The P9E press is specifically designed for high-quality flexible packaging production. Available in web widths up to 26in (660mm), the flexo press is engineered as a production tool to print film, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging and foil lidding.

    P9E is built standard with new servo-controlled impression adjustment, independent servo-driven anilox rolls and servo side adjust at print speeds up to 1,000ft/min. Ergonomic efficiency is at the forefront of the wider 22in and 26in web widths, which include plate cylinder loading support as well as an anilox and chamber drawer. Configured with Mark Andy AI, the Performance Series P9E offers advanced automation with automated registration and impression, job save, eight servo motors per station and a centralized control system. The enhancements reduce manual adjustments and associated downtime while meeting Industry 4.0 demands.

    The Mark Andy AI package is intelligent and customized to unique business needs, curbing potential production bottlenecks.

    Mark Andy identified increased demand for shrink and pouches, coupled with larger volumes of shorter run lengths, as making P9E a ‘profitable platform’ for short run flexible packaging production.

    Jeff Cowan, business development director at Mark Andy, said: ‘Mark Andy has over 800 Performance Series installed worldwide. We continue to develop flexible printing solutions that allow our customers to evolve as their job mix changes. The Performance Series P9E is an extension of our commitment and solves the pain points narrow web converters are facing plus the growing demand for shrink.’

    The Performance Series P7E has been engineered to allow converters to expand into new markets, targeting entry-level film and extended content applications. P5E is designed to increase converter profitability for the simplest to most complex label applications.

    Cowan added: ‘The P5 and P7 have been best-selling models in the Performance Series line, based primarily on the versatility and productivity. The release of the P5E and P7E demonstrates updated servo architecture allowing for tighter registration and a complete redesign of the converting options all focused on providing a better operator experience.’

    All three of the new presses deliver an updated ProLED system with air cooling and modular recirculation dryers, both offering sustainability benefits. The machines are equipped with Mark Andy Thread-It technology, which simplifies press webbing for operators and is claimed to be three times faster than traditional webbing methods. Additional press options include Digital Plus Screen, a digital inkjet replacement for rotary screen printing as well as QCDC-SR (Quick Change Die Cut Semi Rotary) adding advanced capability to flexo equipment that is also available on Mark Andy digital hybrid technology. 

    The Performance Series P7E and P5E are available now for order, with the official unveiling of the Performance Series P9E at Labelexpo Americas 2018.





  • + HP One Package Workflow Suite

    HP One Package Workflow Suite HP Inc. announced the HP One Package workflow suite for PageWide Industrial corrugate..

    09 August 2018


    HP One Package Workflow Suite

    HP Inc. announced the HP One Package workflow suite for PageWide Industrial corrugated presses, the industry’s first ecosystem for digital corrugated printing. HP One Package offers software and solutions from HP and partners to help converters maximize the flexibility of digital production.

    HP One Package workflow streamlines submission and preparation of orders, allowing converters to take advantage of an array of digital value-added possibilities, including solutions for brands’ consumer engagement and piracy protection using variable data, imagery and unique ID serialization. One Package’s production management and automation software also enhances operational performance and optimizes the supply chain.

    The suite supports a range of industry third-party workflow solutions, including MIS and pre-press, HP’s powerful print servers, color management tools, and PrintOS cloud-based management applications. HP One Package complements HP’s growing portfolio of corrugated digital presses, including the HP PageWide C500 press for post-print and HP PageWide T1190 for pre-print.

    “HP is revolutionizing corrugated printing with digital flexibility, offering high-volume productivity, food-safe inks, and now a sophisticated and integrated workflow solution to drive corrugated jobs from order to fulfillment,” said Eric Wiesner, General Manager, PageWide Industrial division, HP Inc. “Whether converters adopt a strategy for digital pre-print or digital post-print, HP One Package provides an integrated set of solutions for end-to-end productivity.”

    HP One Package allows converters to unlock the potential of digital print, while integrating HP digital presses into existing production and business workflows. In addition to HP’s own workflow components, HP selects and qualifies partners and integrates these products. HP One Package workflow suite includes:

    HP workflow solutions

    • High-performance print servers –featuring high RIP power for demanding post-print and pre-print production. HP Production Prime Print Server is provided on the HP PageWide C500 Press, and HP Production Elite Print Server for the HP PageWide T400S and T1100 series presses. Production Elite also supports high-volume, short-run batch processing of multi-lane jobs.
    • HP One Package Elite – Automation software for high-volume digital pre-print, providing advanced, on-the-fly layout and corrugator preparation. This software is built upon HP PrintOS Site Flow, HP’s leading cloud-based production management solution.
    • HP PrintOS – HP’s open, cloud-based print software platform created for converters to transform the management of IT, production and business, including interaction with brands. HP PrintOS Box simplifies print file receipt, content validation and routing to production. PrintOS Site Flow efficiently manages hundreds of thousands of jobs per day, from web order submission to shipment.
    • HP Packaging Color Studio – Color management tools and services to meet brand color standards and optimize color results in multiple color modes. HP customers may receive training and color management consulting from HP’s workflow partner ColorGATE.
    • HP SmartStream Designer, HP Mosaic, and HP SmartStream Composer - Variable data printing (VDP) tools to enable sophisticated, high-value jobs for brands. HP SmartStream Designer and HP Mosaic offer unlimited variable data, imagery, and color for high-value brand campaigns. 1 HP SmartStream Composer provides accelerated composition for high volume applications.
    • HP Link Technology - Embedded marks and codes enable tracking and tracing for brand protection, supply chain efficiency and customer engagement. With unique serialized marks, every package or display can have a unique digital identity.
    Workflow solutions HP’s One Package partners


    HP’s One Package integrates leading workflow solutions from HP's SmartStream partner ecosystem. Partner solutions now available include ColorGATE, Erhardt+Leimer, Esko, Kiwiplan, PXI Digital (Box It Now), and Witron.

    • Packaging design workflow management, file creation and pre-press automation solutions from Esko.
    • MIS connectivity – Automated file submission and control. HP offers application program interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), in addition to integration with leading vendors, Kiwiplan and WITRON.
    • Web2package –a PrintOS-integrated web-to-print portal solution from workflow partner PXI Digital Solutions (Box It Now), enabling converters to reach more end-users, accelerating the design and ordering process.
    • Corrugator control – Enabling efficient processing of digital pre-printed rolls with integrated solutions from Erhardt+Leimer. 





  • + Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW receives 91% Pantone coverage certification

    Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW receives 91% Pantone coverage certification The Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW digital label..

    07 August 2018


    Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW receives 91% Pantone coverage certification

    The Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW digital label press comes the news that the press has been evaluated and approved by Pantone for its capability to achieve 91 percent of the PANTONE Solid Coated colours within delta E of 1.5 CIEDE2000.

    The Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW is certified to reach its full Pantone coverage capabilities when used in conjunction with the Avery Primax 250TC/S692N/BG40W/BW6033B PS label media and Epson ink.

    L4533 MainUnit 001a 002The 91 percent coverage certification is so wide that Epson regularly uses the XCMYK input profile versus GRACoL®, the industry’s current standard, and SWOP profiles made for earlier generations of pre-digital six colour equipment. The L-4533 uses a 4-colour work flow with the RIP and the press determines the orange and green automatically, saving time, simplifying the operation and improving the day to day accuracy of the jobs. In a rapidly changing printing and packaging landscape, this certification helps underscore Epson’s commitment to helping converters and their customers create engaging colour labels.

    According to a study by the Journal of Experimental Psychology, colour helps people store images more efficiently than colourless scenes, showing that colour labels are more memorable and consequentially recognisable. Studies by CCIColor – Institute for colour Research also show that between 62 and 90 percent of people’s subconscious judgment at initial viewing of a product is based on colour alone3, further pushing the need for greater colour achievability in the label market. The expanded colour selection allows owners of the Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW to address more applications, such as flexible packaging with photographic images.

    ID Products, a company that specialises in labels, screen printed overlays and more, has been using the SurePress L-4533A/AW to create nutrition labels, craft beer labels, pharma labels, and more. Adding this press into its production workflow has expanded ID Products’ customer base as well as its reach into new and exciting market verticals. With its wide colour gamut and precision, the SurePress L-4533A/AW has reinforced ID Products’ foundation on delivering perfect and consistent quality, enabling the business to meet their customers’ high expectations for colour accuracy and dependability.

    “Our business has been built on providing perfect and consistent quality, and we measure colour at the beginning, middle and end of runs with multiple light sources. I can say, the SurePress results have exceeded my expectations – colours are consistent time and time again,” said Luke Philippas, director of manufacturing and engineering, ID Products. “Using the SurePress, we are able to re-run jobs from months ago with little to no colour adjustment. This is not the first digital technology we have put into production, but it is the best.”

    Designed for prime label converters and commercial printers, the Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW is an easy-to-operate, six or seven-colour inkjet digital label press for high-quality, short-run label printing. Delivering exceptional print and colour quality, as well as innovative features, the SurePress L-4533A/AW allows printers to expand their service offerings.

    “Pantone’s certification of the SurePress L4533A/AW underscores the wide colour gamut this digital label press delivers to converters,” said Mike Pruitt, product manager, Epson America, Inc. “With the increasing demand for vibrant colour labels, this certification further shows that Epson is able to provide a solution to enable businesses to create brilliant and vivid colour labels while delivering high-quality results.”

    www.epson.com.au





  • + AstroNova launches new digital colour desktop printer

    AstroNova launches new digital colour desktop printer AstroNova GmbH, the European headquarters for AstroNova, Inc...

    07 August 2018


    AstroNova launches new digital colour desktop printer

    AstroNova GmbH, the European headquarters for AstroNova, Inc., has introduced a powerful digital color desktop printer, the QuickLabel Kiaro! QL‑120 high-quality label printer. The product marks the company's expansion into the area of product identification. The Kiaro! QL‑120 is built on the company's color label printer, the Kiaro!.

    The versatile QL‑120 surpasses the Kiaro! with a faster print speed, new features and ease of use.

    Its fast printing speed of up to 300 mm/s makes the QL‑120 the fastest desktop color label printer in the QuickLabel series by AstroNova Product Identification. Its 1200 dpi resolution ensures that even the smallest font sizes and images are printed sharply. The printer's water-based ink and color range allow printing on a wide variety of materials.

    Even with water-based ink, QuickLabel's QL‑120 offers greater durability, as well as resistance to water, oil, and solvents. Thanks to its resistance to various fluids, the QL‑120 is ideal for the food, chemical, cosmetic and E-liquid industries.

    Its electric cutting feature for post-printing label-web cutting and its ability to print individual labels with zero label loss make the QL‑120 an economical and intelligent colour desktop printer for high-quality labels. The QL-120's simple integration into label dispensing systems and networks and its automatic periodic cleaning feature, which requires no separation of the label web, delivers smart label printing and integration into automated production.





  • + Mactac expands roll label products with Lintec portfolio

    Mactac expands roll label products with Lintec portfolio Mactac has announced the expansion of its roll label produ..

    07 August 2018


    Mactac expands roll label products with Lintec portfolio

    Mactac has announced the expansion of its roll label product offering with the addition of Lintec Corporation’s roll label product portfolio.

    Lintec, a comprehensive manufacturer of adhesive-related products and specialty papers, purchased the pressure sensitive adhesives manufacturer in 2016 to expand and strengthen its label business in North America. In order to better service customers, the two organizations are consolidating roll label sales activity and have started transitioning the first phase of the consolidation.

    “We are extremely pleased with and confident in the transition of our product portfolio to Mactac,” says Kazuyoshi Node of Lintec USA. “Partnering with Mactac’s stellar sales team will truly help us better serve our customers.”

    The addition of the Lintec products expands Mactac’s high performance film and adhesive product offering. Lintec products now being sold by Mactac, include:
    - Cryogenic labelstocks for label applications requiring temperatures as low as -320 degrees Fahrenheit (-196 degrees Celsius).
    - Security labelstocks for industrial and automotive tamper-evident solutions.
    - Industrial labelstocks for extreme chemical and abrasion resistance.
    - High adhesion labelstocks such as those that deliver strong adhesion to oil contaminated surfaces.
    - Bubble-free labelstocks offering bubble-free application and resistance to outgassing.
    - The products are designed for durable goods and industrial labeling applications, including power tools, appliances, electronics, compliance labels, and warning and instructional labels, as well as identification of test tubes and promotional labeling.

    They are typically used to identify products, track or relay information, or instruct or warn consumers about a product’s proper usage.

    “Lintec is a phenomenal organization and a true leader in adhesive product development,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “Above all else, Lintec is known for producing high-quality products, and Mactac is incredibly honored to have the opportunity to broaden our product portfolio with solutions from the best of the best.”





  • + Canon Launches Océ LabelStream 4000 5-Color UV Inkjet and Flexo Hybrid Press

    Canon Launches Océ LabelStream 4000 5-Color UV Inkjet and Flexo Hybrid Press Canon, a world-leader in imagin..

    07 August 2018


    Canon Launches Océ LabelStream 4000 5-Color UV Inkjet and Flexo Hybrid Press

    Canon, a world-leader in imaging solutions, today launches the new Océ LabelStream 4000 series, an industrial-scale UV inkjet press with optional flexo printing, embellishment and finishing units. With an industry-leading productivity range of 950 - 1672 sqm/h the press looks set to carve out a commanding presence in the growing label printing market.

    The latest addition to the production printing portfolio underlines the Canon and Océ strategy to invest in growing industrial printing segments. Combining the virtues of UV inkjet printing with conventional technologies, this innovative label press delivers unrivalled value-add in terms of time, cost and value, enabling converters to select the best combination for any production requirement.

    Christian Unterberger, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President Production Printing Products (PPP), outlines what makes the new label conversion solution special: “The Océ LabelStream is based on the inkjet DNA of Canon and Océ. With this comprehensive solution package optimized to benefit from current market dynamics, label converters can boost their profitability for short and medium job sizes, and amaze customers with labels of exceptional quality and customized messaging.”

    The new press has a key role to play in the wider company strategy, as Crit Driessen, Vice President & Head of Digital Packaging PPP, explains, “Océ is keen to break into forward-looking markets, and industrial packaging printing offers excellent opportunities for new revenue streams. Digital products currently account for only a relatively small part of this market worldwide, but the share expected to grow rapidly. We are confident that market players will appreciate the Océ LabelStream’s productivity and customizing abilities as a way to add value to label printing.”

    At its core the Océ LabelStream 4000 series is a 5-color UV inkjet press (CMYK and white) with a print speed of 48 m/min. It offers print widths of 330 mm (13”) or 410 mm (16”) and an optional performance mode of 68 m/min for less demanding print jobs. Providing a one-pass digital high opacity white of more than 80% at standard press speed the opacity of analogue printing technologies such as rotary screen and flexo can be matched.

    Latest Xaar 2001 UV inkjet printheads with a resolution of 720 x 600 dpi and different quality modes guarantee the reproduction of fine details, smooth tones, vibrant color and solids on a wide range of standard label stocks including PP, PE, BOPP plus selected special substrates.

    The system can be expanded to a full hybrid configuration with a custom mix of additional flexo, embellishment and finishing units turning it into a fully integrated single-pass label conversion line to meet various demands and budgets.

    This mix of conventional and digital technologies enables fast, affordable production of high-quality self-adhesive labels – for example for fast moving consumer goods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Along with the ability to deliver cost-efficient print-to-order run lengths to avoid overproduction digital printing offers an unbeatable advantage in this segment: customization. As more brands move to attract customers’ attention through customized packaging it is obvious that digital printing can add significant value to increase sales and enhance brand awareness.

    The Océ LabelStream offers maximum flexibility and gives users the freedom to complete orders at short lead times: easy set-up and make-ready accelerate system availability. Production costs stay low, delivering a speedy return on investment.

    Label converter will benefit from the best package in the industry based on Canon’s inkjet DNA. Innovative technologies integrated into comprehensive end-to-end solutions and supported by first-class global service and business consultancy will help to develop and grow a sustainable and profitable digital business.

    Christian Unterberger is confident that the new Océ LabelStream will hit the mark: “The new Océ LabelStream 4000 series is the next step in advancing our market strategy. We plan to grow in the packaging market and ultimately play a leading role.”

    Commercial availability of the Océ LabelStream 4000 series in Europe will be end of 2018.





  • + Avery Dennison shortlisted for Label Industry Global Awards

    Avery Dennison shortlisted for Label Industry Global Awards Shortlisted as one of three finalists, Avery Dennison r..

    07 August 2018


    Avery Dennison shortlisted for Label Industry Global Awards

    Shortlisted as one of three finalists, Avery Dennison received the nomination for its recent introduction of a Sustainability Procurement Program, a collaborative evaluation platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for the company’s global supply chain.

    The program rates suppliers in four key areas of activity: environmental, fair business, supply chain, and labor practice. The program’s overall objective is to engage suppliers in a continuous improvement process related to sustainability.

    To operate this Sustainability Procurement Program, Avery Dennison partnered with EcoVadis, a leading sustainability performance rating solutions provider. The platform delivers simple and reliable scorecards to monitor supplier best practices. A total of 21 internationally recognized sustainability criteria are reviewed and separated into four criteria themes: environment, social, ethics and supply chain.

    Renae Kezar, senior director, global sustainability at Avery Dennison said: “The Sustainability Procurement Program helps us to assess compliance and recognise high performing suppliers. In addition, EcoVadis has provided a straightforward method for discussion with our suppliers on topics of social and environmental awareness. It is not only about a “score” but we have dialogue around waste, increasing recycled content, the different certification schemes, and how to work together to improve the industry."





  • + Avery Dennison and L'Oréal collaborate to eliminate label waste

    Avery Dennison and L'Oréal collaborate to eliminate label waste Avery Dennison Corporation and L'Oréa..

    07 August 2018


    Avery Dennison and L'Oréal collaborate to eliminate label waste

    Avery Dennison Corporation and L'Oréal Australia, in conjunction with Australia's leading waste management company, Wasteflex, are collaborating on a recycling program to deliver zero waste to landfills.

    Avery Dennison's liner recycling program, dubbed the first of its kind by the company in the South Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan region, supports the company's sustainability goal to help customers reduce waste from its products. This liner recycling program will help brands divert glassine paper liner (waste from label application process) from landfills into recycled products. Through this program, L'Oréal Australia will divert over six tons of glassine paper liner in Australia into recycled paper for use in the recycled paper industry.

    "As a materials science innovator committed to making a meaningful difference, we see sustainability as both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead. With our liner recycling program, brands now have a solution that will enable them to reduce the environmental impact from discarded label liner waste," says Anil K. Sharma, vice president and general manager, Label and Graphic Materials, South Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa, Avery Dennison. "We are delighted to partner with L'Oréal Australia and Wasteflex on this sustainability journey."

    "The savings from this program have been significant, but the biggest benefit for L'Oréal Australia is being able to meet our zero waste to landfill through the services and expertise of Wasteflex and Avery Dennison," says David O'Leary, national logistics manager, L'Oréal Australia. 

    "Wasteflex is proud to be part of the Avery Dennison liner recycling program," says Matt Tamplin, chief executive officer, Wasteflex. "Through this program, we can offer the industry an exciting new solution that is easy to implement and will improve sustainability and commercial outcomes for business."

    "As the pioneer of the pressure sensitive label industry, Avery Dennison has always focused on helping customers and brand owners achieve their goals by delivering label materials that can elevate brands, improve productivity and help products become more sustainable," says Marcel Cote, strategic marketing director, Avery Dennison. "With the launch of our Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Service, we can offer a  sustainable solution to divert glassine paper liner from landfills and into recycled paper products."





  • + Afinia Label unveils mid-run digital label printer

    Afinia Label unveils mid-run digital label printer Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color..

    07 August 2018


    Afinia Label unveils mid-run digital label printer

    Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color label printing and finishing equipment, has announced the release of the L701 Industrial Color Label Printer. The L701 is the newest addition to Afinia’s family of products. The L701 offers the speed and performance of Memjet in a new, smaller and more affordable configuration geared toward installations requiring multiple printers across several production lines or locations.

    This full-color printer can print directly to inkjet-printable, diecut labels and tag stock. The L701 supports printing roll-to-roll, roll-to-cut – with the option of printing and presenting the label – and can accept fanfold stock for applications where space is at a premium. The L701’s five (CMYKK) 150ml capacity ink cartridges offer convenience and economy over smaller systems on the market, and can produce labels in full-color, with photo-quality, at print speeds up to 40 feet (~12 meters) per minute.

    According to Afinia, the L701 has a lower price point, making it a more affordable option where multiple printers are required, and has the smallest footprint available of any production class color label printer currently available. “With the addition of the L701, Afinia offers the most comprehensive line of color label printers available today,” says Mike Atkins, National Sales Manager for Afinia Label. “The L701 has incredible print quality and speed, and it fits a perfect price point between the low volume, economy priced color label printers, and the high volume, production-level printers on the market. This combination of speed and economy will enable manufactures across many industries to implement full color label printing across multiple production lines.”

    Nathan Daniel, EMEA Sales Manager for Afinia Label, is excited about how the L701’s purchase price will open the door to a new group of users. He says. “The low price point of the L701 allows those who, in the past, may not have been able to stretch their budgets to a higher yield printer, to take advantage of the many benefits gained by this print technology.”

    The L701 is currently available through Afinia Label’s worldwide network of dealers. “We believe the L701 at this price point and size will enable companies to move away from buying printed labels. This will allow purchasers and packaging engineers the flexibility to more efficiently manage their label inventory without sacrificing the look of their brand,” concludes Atkins.





  • + Afinia Label unveils mid-run digital label printer

    Afinia Label unveils mid-run digital label printer Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial co..

    18 July 2018


    Afinia Label unveils mid-run digital label printer


    Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color label printing and finishing equipment, has announced the release of the L701 Industrial Color Label Printer. The L701 is the newest addition to Afinia’s family of products. The L701 offers the speed and performance of Memjet in a new, smaller and more affordable configuration geared toward installations requiring multiple printers across several production lines or locations.


    This full-color printer can print directly to inkjet-printable, diecut labels and tag stock. The L701 supports printing roll-to-roll, roll-to-cut – with the option of printing and presenting the label – and can accept fanfold stock for applications where space is at a premium. The L701’s five (CMYKK) 150ml capacity ink cartridges offer convenience and economy over smaller systems on the market, and can produce labels in full-color, with photo-quality, at print speeds up to 40 feet (~12 meters) per minute.


    According to Afinia, the L701 has a lower price point, making it a more affordable option where multiple printers are required, and has the smallest footprint available of any production class color label printer currently available. “With the addition of the L701, Afinia offers the most comprehensive line of color label printers available today,” says Mike Atkins, National Sales Manager for Afinia Label. “The L701 has incredible print quality and speed, and it fits a perfect price point between the low volume, economy priced color label printers, and the high volume, production-level printers on the market. This combination of speed and economy will enable manufactures across many industries to implement full color label printing across multiple production lines.”


    Nathan Daniel, EMEA Sales Manager for Afinia Label, is excited about how the L701’s purchase price will open the door to a new group of users. He says. “The low price point of the L701 allows those who, in the past, may not have been able to stretch their budgets to a higher yield printer, to take advantage of the many benefits gained by this print technology.”


    The L701 is currently available through Afinia Label’s worldwide network of dealers. “We believe the L701 at this price point and size will enable companies to move away from buying printed labels. This will allow purchasers and packaging engineers the flexibility to more efficiently manage their label inventory without sacrificing the look of their brand,” concludes Atkins.





  • + SATO LAUNCHES COST-EFFECTIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY LABEL SOLUTION

    SATO LAUNCHES COST-EFFECTIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY LABEL SOLUTION SATO, a global leader in the development of Auto-Ident..

    10 July 2018


    SATO LAUNCHES COST-EFFECTIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY LABEL SOLUTION


    SATO, a global leader in the development of Auto-Identification and labelling solutions has launched an environmentally responsible direct thermal linerless labelling solution with lower total cost of ownership.


    The groundbreaking pressure-sensitive label technology with specially formulated release coating and optional perforated tear lines removes the need for a release liner. This results in measurable benefits for businesses that are considering switching to a sustainable labelling alternative.


    Detlev Mueller, General Manager DACH and CEE at SATO commented: “No liner waste equates to lower transportation, storage and waste disposal costs. Businesses who switch to SATO linerless labels can dramatically reduce their carbon footprint and improve safety standards for their employees – there is no risk of injury through slippage, for example, if the backing liner is taken out of the equation.”


    Mueller continues: “And perhaps most appealing to European businesses looking for a viable eco-friendly solution in line with today’s global trends, linerless labels include up to 40% more labels per roll than labels with a backing liner. It really is a win-win situation for both the company and the environment.”


    SATO self-adhesive linerless labels are compatible with SATO industrial and portable printers such as SATO’s flagship CLNX Series and its recently launched mobile PW2NX Series. The solution is suitable for a wide range of applications such as price markdowns, shipping labelling and shelf-edge labelling for industries including retail, healthcare and warehousing.


    In addition to the standard linerless label, SATO offers the StripeStikTM label as a complementary addition to the range for retailers. StripeStik is an innovative linerless-on-linerless labelling solution for grocery and non-grocery retail that offers enhanced security and the ability to mark-down products multiple times.





  • + UPM Raflatac unveils new range of wash-off film labels

    UPM Raflatac unveils new range of wash-off film labels UPM Raflatac is taking another step forward in its drive ..

    10 July 2018


    UPM Raflatac unveils new range of wash-off film labels


    UPM Raflatac is taking another step forward in its drive to label a smarter future by announcing that it has developed a range of wash-off film labeling solutions for a variety of end uses that can help brands create a circular economy. This will also enable them to meet or even accelerate their sustainability targets.


    These clear, white and metalized film labelstocks – featuring UPM Raflatac's RW85C wash-off adhesive and a PET liner made from 90% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content – have been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) as exceeding its strict standards for recyclable label products. Now available in the Americas and Asia Pacific market regions, the labels are suitable for labeling PET containers in the food, beverage, home care and personal care segments.


    Thanks to the RW85C wash-off adhesive, the labels are able to undergo common PET recycling processes without contaminating any of the PET flake by-products. During the caustic washing process, the polypropylene labels easily separate from PET containers and float, allowing more high-value, clean PET flakes to be recovered. The clean flakes can then be converted back into PET containers, which promotes a circular economy and reduces the amount of plastic pollution in landfills and the environment.


    "As the global drive to reduce plastic waste continues to gain speed, more and more packaging companies are looking for new and innovative solutions to maximize the recyclability of their PET containers," says Junion Zhao, director, Films Business, APAC, UPM Raflatac. "We are pleased to bring these wash-off labeling materials to market for our customers and brand owners aiming to achieve their sustainability targets."


    "Exceeding the APR's standards for recyclable label products on PET packaging was very important for us when we developed these new film labels with RW85C adhesive," adds Daryl Northcott, director, Films Business, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "UPM Raflatac recently became an APR Recycling Demand Champion, which means we are committed to boosting circular packaging solutions and incorporating post-consumer recycled content into our materials, and these new label materials do exactly that."





  • + Arrow Systems unveils new finishing unit

    Arrow Systems Unveils New finishing Unit Arrow Systems, Inc., a long time distributor of digital printing and fi..

    10 July 2018


    Arrow Systems Unveils New finishing Unit


    Arrow Systems, Inc., a long time distributor of digital printing and finishing products, has released a new finishing unit to the market. The Arrow Eco 300 is a tabletop blade finisher that can diecut up to 15” wide. The system features its own cutting software, as well as inline matrix removal.


    “We believe this system has a place in the digital market as it fills a need for a low cost alternative to the blade and laser finishers we offer," says Shaan Patel or Arrow Systems, Inc. “The compact design allows it to be used with any roll-to-roll digital printer, and it can also be used for prepress sampling. It is an extremely economical way to get into diecutting your own labels”


    The Eco 300 allows users to switch away from pre-cut media and use continuous media to be cut after printing, which can save users of small digital roll printers a lot of money. “Pre diecut media is extremely expensive, and having an option that allows you to cut your own media without breaking the bank is a nice option for brand owners to have," adds Patel.





  • + Colordyne Technologies launches laser finishing system

    Colordyne Technologies launches laser finishing system Colordyne Technologies, a digital labels and packaging eq..

    25 June 2018


    Colordyne Technologies launches laser finishing system


    Colordyne Technologies, a digital labels and packaging equipment manufacturer, has introduced the 2800 Series Mini Laser, an off-line or near-line finishing system. The new addition to Colordyne's suite of solutions marks the first of the company's finishing-only product offerings.


    The 2800 Series Mini Laser features the same reliable finishing technology as Colordyne's 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro. It laminates, laser diecuts and removes matrix waste in a single pass. This solution is ideal for accompanying roll-to-roll digital printers, such as the 2600 Series Mini Press, to complete the short run, custom label and tag production process.


    "Other companies sell digital label and packaging equipment. We sell digital label and packaging solutions," says Andrew Matter, president of Colordyne Technologies. "We have brand owners and private label manufacturers using our digital printers that typically source pre-diecut material from outside vendors because they do not have the space or resources to manage a multitude of dies. We wanted to provide a solution for these customers to bring label finishing in-house to take full control of their label production."


    The 2800 Series Mini Laser is suitable for finishing labels off-line or near-line, and it can create custom diecut blank labelstock for use on digital benchtop solutions. Since it uses a laser for diecutting instead of traditional rotary or blade cutting, it can produce more jobs in less time, with lower consumable costs, the company says. The laser technology eliminates the need for expensive dies and knives, making it a more cost-effective solution long term.


    The 2800 Series Mini Laser offers a max cut width of 7.87" and a max cut length of 47.24" with speeds up to 60 fpm. It allows users to easily and affordably execute complex cuts in any quantity to create custom labels.


    Like Colordyne's digital print systems, the 2800 Series Mini Laser features an intuitive and visual user interface that allows operators to make cutting adjustments on-the-fly. Transitioning from one cut to another is completed quickly with its built-in job library that allows users to save and reopen diecuts on-press. Setup times between jobs are nearly eliminated compared to traditional finishing.


    "Every product we engineer has our customers in mind," adds Matter. "We decided to offer the 2800 Series Mini Laser for companies that do more than labeling such as brand owners and private label manufacturers. There was a gap in the market for this type of application, so we stepped in to fill it."


    The 2800 Series Mini Laser can fit anywhere from a press warehouse to an office, thanks in part to its compact size and low level of noise. While this solution is user friendly enough for companies new to packaging production to operate, it laminates and cuts with the precision needed for converters.