LABELS & PACKAGING




  • + Canon enters digital label printing market

    Canon has entered the digital label printing market with the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000. Oc&eacut..

    05 June 2018


    Canon has entered the digital label printing market with the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000.


    Océ LabelStream 4000 is a roll-to-roll industrial-scale UV inkjet press, offering CMYK+W printing and available in a number of configurations to suit different needs in self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging. The white printing station is positioned ahead of the CMYK units, with two types of white ink available providing opacity from 67 percent (True white) to 80 percent (Alpine white), depending on application. Two widths are available – 330mm and 410mm –, with 48m/min and 68m/min production speeds available. This equates to a production range of 950-1,672 sqm an hour, depending on resolution.


    Océ LabelStream 4000 features the latest Xaar 2001 printheads with an achievable resolution of 720 x 600 dpi. It can print on a wide range of standard labelstocks including PP, PE, BOPP plus selected special substrates. Applications include beauty and personal care, beverages, beer and spirits, household, industrial, pharmaceutical and promotional.


    The inkjet press can be configured as a standalone digital press, with in-line finishing or as a hybrid platform. This allows the addition of a variety of value-adds, such as lamination, cold foil, delam/relam, turnbar and flexo color units, both before and after the inkjet engine. Canon identified the mix of conventional and digital technologies as enabling fast, affordable production of high-quality self-adhesive labels.


    It has been developed in collaboration with label industry specialists Edale and FFEI, which has allowed Canon to achieve a fast entry to market, having commenced conversations with partners at Labelexpo Americas 2016.


    The latest addition to the production printing portfolio underlines the Canon and Océ strategy to invest in growing industrial printing segments. Christian Unterberger, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of production printing products (PPP) at Océ Printing Systems, commented: ‘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.’


    His colleague Crit Driessen, vice president and head of digital packaging PPP, added: ‘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.’


    LabelStream 4000 is seen as a platform, with configurations tailored to a printer's specific needs and allowing maximum productivity, while also allowing Canon to establish and build a presence in mutiple package printing markets, starting in labels with flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated on the horizon


    Unterberger concluded: ‘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 towards the end of 2018, with plans to enter the US market after that.





  • + Colordyne Technologies launches laser finishing system

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

    27 May 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.





  • + Gallus develops new digital label printing system

    Gallus has developed Smartfire, a new digital label printing system designed as an affordable option for short runs. ..

    27 May 2018


    Gallus has developed Smartfire, a new digital label printing system designed as an affordable option for short runs.


    Debuting at the Gallus Innovation Days event on June 26-28, 2018 in St Gallen, Switzerland, Smartfire is described as being, ‘designed for constantly changing short runs and furthermore represents an affordable solution for any label printer who is interested in going into digital label printing.’


    Other technologies to be shown at Gallus Innovation Days 2018 are to include: Gallus Labelfire, equipped with a fully integrated screen printing unit; Gallus Labelmaster Advanced with automatic transverse and longitudinal register control; Gallus RCS 430 with flying imprint and fast UV ink drying thanks to a UV booster; and Gallus ECS 340, featured with web shifting for the manufacture of multilayer labels.


    On top of that, the Gallus screen printing department will be presenting the whole production process of a Screeny A-Line printing plate, from screen exposure with the new Phoenix UV LED exposing system by Heidelberg, to the development of a new automated washing and drying system by Gallus Screeny, to the final assembly of the ready-to-print screen printing plate.


    Heidelberg equipment presentations will cover in-mold printing with the rotative die-cutter Speedmaster XL 160-DD, and 3D printing with the Omnifire 250. Cerm will introduce new mobile features for its business management software.


    Additionally during Gallus Innovation Days 2018, Gallus and Heidelberg experts will be showing how digitization will change the label business and how the two companies are going to jointly support their customers in ‘mastering this paradigm shift’.





  • + Primera launches RFID label printer

    Primera Technology has launched its RX500 Colour RFID label and tag printer. RX500 is the world’s only ful..

    27 May 2018


    Primera Technology has launched its RX500 Colour RFID label and tag printer.


    RX500 is the world’s only full-colour RFID on-demand RFID label and tag printer. Labels are encoded, verified and printed in a single pass. Finished labels are then cut with the internal guillotine-style cutter and dispensed one at a time. On-demand printing makes the printer ideal for applications such as visitor or trade show badges where just a single label at a time with unique information is required. Batches of many labels or tags at a time can also be encoded and printed.


    The built-in UHF RFID reader/encoder module is supplied by Honeywell. It is compliant with EPC Global Gen 2 Class 1 and ISO 18000 –b and –c specifications for the widest range of deployments in real-world applications.


    Print resolution is up to 4800 dpi with print speeds of up to 2.5 inch (63.5 mm) per second. A single full-color ink cartridge is utilized for ease of replacement in the field.


    'Printing full-color RFID labels and tags adds a new, value-added feature to the technology,’ said Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of sales and marketing. ‘With RX500, you can add color coding, graphics and high-resolution photos to RFID labels and tags. With color, you’re essentially adding an extra layer of accuracy and safety in applications such as medical file folder labels, visitor badges, photo wristbands and specimen tracking labels.’


    Supported substrates include matte and gloss inkjet papers, vinyl, polypropylene and polyester. A high-degree of water, smudge and smear-resistance is achieved through advanced, third-generation dye-based inks and the print surfaces of inkjet labels such as Primera’s TuffCoat microporous labels. Most popular UHF inlays from major RFID companies can be encoded.



  • + ‘Letterboxable’ Pack Facilitates Postal Delivery

    RPC M&H Plastics has created a range of packaging solutions designed to be easily posted through letterboxes to ..

    21 April 2018


    RPC M&H Plastics has created a range of packaging solutions designed to be easily posted through letterboxes to cater to the growing e-commerce market.

    With the rise of the omnichannel, more and more brand owners are looking for packaging solutions that cater to e-commerce and home-delivery retail streams, including Garçon Wines’ slimline wine bottle, featured by Packaging Europe last year. M&H’s new Postal Pack range addresses this demand for a range of solid and liquid products. Ideal for mail order, the pack is available with varying neck and closure specifications to fit different product requirements. The standard solid dose variants are available in 150ml, 200ml, and 320ml, which the standard liquid option complementing the range at 300ml.

    M&H’s foil sealed, tamper-evident closure and retained wadding, ensures that freshness and security is guaranteed for each delivery.

    M&H Plastics commented: ‘With today’s fast moving modern life, the postal pack is the perfect complement to any e-commerce product range in various markets. From spices & ingredients in the food markets, to OTC medicines all can be easily posted through the letterbox, ready for when you get home.’




  • + Mark Andy launches Digital Series HD hybrid press

    Label press manufacturer Mark Andy is continuing its commitment to hybrid printing with the announcement of a suite ..

    21 March 2018


    Label press manufacturer Mark Andy is continuing its commitment to hybrid printing with the announcement of a suite of enhancements to its Digital Series platform. The production-class digital solution has been reimagined to bring greater levels of productivity and profitability to the modern converter. Building off the platform’s successes, Mark Andy says the latest true hybrid offering will take on the name Digital Series HD and combines flexibility of inline converting, high-resolution digital print, and best in class production capability.

    Digital Series HD can be configured with 5 through 8 digital colors and can support integrated inline or future-proof near line converting options.This added flexibility enables Mark Andy’s portfolio of digital hybrid solutions to reach a larger percentage of the addressable market in terms of budget as well as unique application or workflow needs. The base roll-to-roll configuration is ideal for those just entering the production digital space. As their digital business expands, the modularity of the platform enables the shift to inline finishing to better utilize the high speed platform.

    Expanded gamut now offered in a high-chroma ink set (CMYK + OVG) complements an existing richly pigmented white ink formulation, which delivers output comparable to rotary screen. Mark Andy product development reports the ink provides 3 times the opacity of flexo white and more than double that of conventional EP white, measured in excess of 80%. Digital white can be run without trade-off in speed at the platform’s standard of 240 fpm.

    The most notable alteration to the Digital Series HD press comes in the form of the digital module. Once a flat table section, the new platform now showcases an arched IDS. The arch design accepts unsupported films and improves operator ergonomics, enabling quick and clean ink changeover. New print head technology housed in the module also matches the industry’s quality standard of 1200 dpi.

    Digital Series HD also comes with further configurability in the way of 3 head cleaning options- manual, automatic, and semi-automatic. This variety translates to less downtime, improved head health and reduced costs for converters. Additionally, the platform now offers a more advantaged VDP tool in response to market demand for sophisticated personalization.

    Digital Series HD is supported by Mark Andy’s industry leading web-transport system, maintaining production class speeds of 240 fpm. In addition to digital and converting flexibility, the press retains its limitless configurability of inline flexo options. All accessories available on the former Digital Series or Performance Series platform are supported by Digital Series HD, now and into the future.

    When speaking to the new product developments, Tom Schelmbauer, VP of Engineering, Mark Andy, says, “The Digital Series platform was already incredibly successful, evidenced by our 2017 FTA Technical Innovation Award. Digital Series HD builds on these successes and delivers the highest quality, most productive hybrid solution on the market.” The product line extension also ensures every business has a digital growth path with Mark Andy. “Our users all have flexibility to upgrade their press as business continues to grow. We designed the press with modularity in mind because we understand demands are constantly changing. Mark Andy is prepared to tackle market shifts with our customers.”

    For more technical specifications of the Mark Andy Digital Series HD, visit www.markandy.com/digitalseries.





  • + Italian converter tabbed as world’s first customer for Omet XJet powered by Durst

    Durst, (https://durstus.com/) has confirmed that Italy’s Italgrafica Sistemi will be the world’s first c..

    21 March 2018


    Durst, has confirmed that Italy’s Italgrafica Sistemi will be the world’s first customer for the new Omet XJet. Powered by Durst, the integrated hybrid solution for a wide range of high-performance labels and packaging printing will be installed at its headquarters in Castelgomberto, in the province of Vicenza, in the early summer.

    Together with Omet, the two companies are providing a complete hybrid print and finishing line to Italgrafica Sistemi that will offer an unlimited flexibility and a wide range of final applications with a consistent cost reduction. It chose the Omet XJet because of the ability for inline multi-process configurations that finalizes products in a single pass.

    Italgrafica Sistemi is an €11m-turnover company with 50 employees who work two shifts. With 18 printing lines already running at Italgrafica Sistemi, the new Omet XJet provided through Lirma Print, a Durst and Omet distribution partner, is expected to replace two of the flexo lines as demands continue to increase for short-run, personalised technology in a single pass. It will open up new opportunities for cold foiling, printing on reverse and adhesives, as well as varnish and diecutting.

    Francesco Niorettini, general manager of Italgrafica Sistemi, says the total cost of ownership and benefits to his customers were crucial in the decision-making. “This investment opens up a new world of opportunity,” he says. “It allows us to give far more choice to the market and produce so many more different types of labels for any kind of job. By including the Durst Tau, we will be able to broaden our portfolio by combining all the technologies together.

    “What is also really important is to ensure that we retain the same high level and definitions produced with flexo and offset – and the Durst/Omet hybrid will enable this. Other factors in our investment decision included the 50% increase in speed, the low service and consumable costs, as well as the fact that both Durst and Omet have good reputations in the marketplace,” he adds. “We’ll be saving huge amounts of money and time. We expect a 20% saving in overall production costs and will benefit from faster start-up times, which will enable us to offer a wider product range. As one example for, say, a four-color job we expect to increase the productivity of the machine by 40% with faster setups. In addition, we will be saving around 70% in material waste by using digital.”

    Helmuth Munter, segment manager, Labels & Package Printing at Durst, explains, “Italgrafica Sistemi is one of the increasing numbers of forward-thinking companies that are seeing the huge benefits of using the best technologies in a complete ‘all-in-one’ printing process. This ability to combine digital inkjet printing with conventional pre- and post press printing and finishing world, offers our future customers a highly cost effective solution.

    “In addition, the feedback we received from our recent Durst Digital Days has also convinced us of how customers perceive future market opportunities to increasingly involve UV inkjet digital in flexible configurations or as a complementary technology. It’s the future.”

    The jewel in the crown of the Durst and Omet partnership, the new Omet XJet is the new hybrid printing platform integrating Durst’s Tau RSC 330 digital inkjet system with Omet X6 flexo stations and converting units. Durst inkjet technology, together with Omet X6’s finishing and converting units, assure reliability and excellent results at every run, with the advantage of obtaining the final product in one single passage.

    The Omet XJet hybrid broadens the opportunities for label printers thanks to its flexible configuration. Italgrafica Sistemi’s configuration provided through distribution partner Lirmaprint will feature an unwinder, two flexo units, the Tau 330 RCS, another two flexo units, a diecutting mono twin system, and a rewinder. The Vision automatic registration system is also included and the system has an option to print on adhesive, laminate and other applications to create coupons and special labels, including peel-back versions. It can be seen as three presses in one or used as a hybrid solution, flexo standalone or digital standalone, according to the length of the run or the level of personalisation required.



  • + HP EXPANDS PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION PRINTING WITH WIDE-SWATH PRINTHEAD TECHNOLOGY

    HP Inc. announced a 22mm wide-swath printhead for high-speed, high-resolution marking needs, including 1D and 2D bar..

    18 March 2018


    HP Inc. announced a 22mm wide-swath printhead for high-speed, high-resolution marking needs, including 1D and 2D bar codes, enabling brands to benefit from large-size codes and characters for advanced product identification, anti-counterfeiting, and track and trace.  

    Manufactured by HP Specialty Printing Systems using HP Thermal Inkjet Technology, the new HP 22mm Printhead can be easily integrated into OEM printing systems and configured to specific applications.

    The new HP 22mm Printhead supports a wide range of stitch-free product coding and marking applications for secondary packaging, including pharmaceutical labels and cartons, secondary box label replacement, as well as variable data printing.

    “Product identification is used increasingly in manufacturing and supply chains to help brand owners protect products. Smart barcodes and more data-rich codes require high print quality,” said Annette Friskopp, general manager, HP Specialty Printing Systems, HP Inc. “HP is bringing advanced technology to protect products with the new HP 22mm Printhead and inks. This new, wider printhead offers better image resolution at higher speeds.”

    The HP 22mm printhead achieves the highest level of bar code reading scores, readable from smartphones to a handheld scanner, required in product distribution and logistics . Additional benefits include:

    •     A 775ml ink supply cartridge can be connected to as many as four printheads at once, to meet production needs.

    •    Horizontal and vertical firing position provides flexibility for a range of applications.

    •    Fast printing speeds up to 150 m/min at 1200 x600 dpi

    •    The printhead can be replaced in minutes without specific operator training, allowing continuous production.

    The new HP 22mm Printhead will be commercially available in the second half of 2018.

    Additionally, HP announced its HP2580 ink for food and pharma packaging has received the European Printing Ink Association’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Printing Inks for Food Contact Materials (2017).1



  • + S-One launches labels and packaging division

    S-One Holdings Corporation has launched S-One Labels & Packaging (S-OneLP), a new division focused on providing ..

    18 March 2018


    S-One Holdings Corporation has launched S-One Labels & Packaging (S-OneLP), a new division focused on providing products, service, technical know-how and integrated products to digital printers in the labels and flexible packaging market.

    Through its LexJet and Utopia Digital Technologies divisions, S-One explained that it has developed a deep partnership with Michelman to serve the HP Indigo customer base with best-in-class primers for the past 12 years. S-One has recently signed agreements with flexible packaging specialists Toray America and Protect-all to create a comprehensive portfolio of packaging products designed to help label printing customers transition seamlessly into digital flexible packaging printing.

    HP Indigo printers who currently purchase in-line, off-line and custom primers from S-One’s company, LexJet, will work with the S-OneLP team, effective March 1. Customers will have access to these products as well as a growing portfolio of specialty over-print varnishes and flexible packaging films, laminates, adhesives, paper-based substrates and more.

    Ralph Giammarco, S-OneLP vice president, said: ‘Staying closely in tune with this market, we’ve discovered that our customers are looking for not only the best-performing products with lower minimums and improved lead times, but they are also searching for unwavering support and vital education as they expand into digital flexible packaging printing, which has seen exploding growth in the past year.

    ‘With S-OneLP, we’ve paired our exceptional primers sales team with product experts, market development specialists and the flex-pack industry’s top minds to lead this market forward.’

    Giammarco added: ‘There are so many opportunities for HP Indigo print providers now, and with S-OneLP, we look forward to helping them master the world of digital label and flexible package printing.’



  • + Laser Cut Packaging from Epilog Laser

    Here’s a great little video from Epilog Laser (http://www.epiloglaser.com) showing the versatility of their equipm..

    18 March 2018


    Here’s a great little video from Epilog Laser showing the versatility of their equipment to make specialised packaging products. Cardstock is a very versatile and popular material to use with the laser as it can be both cut and engraved. This sample club project features black cardstock that Epilog engraved and cut to create custom packaging for lightbulbs. By adjusting the speed, power and frequency settings on the laser, operators can etch text, cut out shapes, and even create perfectly perforated lines for easy folding and assembly.



  • + Epson Launches SurePress L-4533A and L-4533AW Digital Label Presses

    Now with major improvements to automation functions Epson Australia has expanded its digital label press lineup ..

    01 March 2018


    Now with major improvements to automation functions

    Epson Australia has expanded its digital label press lineup with the introduction of the new and improved SurePress® L-4533A, a six colour aqueous resin ink machine and SurePress L-4533AW six colour plus white aqueous resin ink press.

    Delivering high-quality labels and packaging at a low total cost of ownership (TCO), the easy-to-operate SurePress L-4533A/AW inkjet label presses are built for reliable, high-quality performance, making short-run label printing with accurate colour reproduction on a wide variety of substrates easy for label converters and commercial printers. The L-4533A/AW have also undergone significant developments to meet the growing demand for fast turnaround, with longer automated printing times, email alerts and minimal maintenance.

    General Manager of the Business Division at Epson Australia, Craig Heckenberg said, “Everyone appreciated the success of the SurePress L-4033 series so we wanted to build on that with new products to meet the growing label and flexible packaging market demand for shorter runs and faster turnaround times. The L-4533A/AW do just that. Boasting even higher print quality, greater operator productivity and improved media versatility, the new printers boast more than 30 improvements over their predecessors. These improvements translate into users’ ability to print a wider range of applications, create more high value jobs and operate more cost efficiently.”

    Specifically designed to improve productivity and increase efficiency, the SurePress L-4533A/AW offer advanced automated printing features, including up to eight hours of unattended printing, e-mail alerts and minimal manual cleaning. Offering the highest levels of reliability with all components built by Epson including the ink, printhead and controller, the L-4533A/AW feature versatile substrate support and print on off-the-shelf materials from 3.15-inches (8cm) up to 13-inches (33cm) wide and as thin as .00314-inches (0.08mm).

    The SurePress L-4533A/AW also include upgraded microprocessors which improve processing speeds up to 80% compared to the outgoing models. The new digital label presses with variable drop size starting at three picoliters also include a new larger ink drop size, ideal for large solid colour backgrounds found on packaging.

    More about the SurePress L-4533A/AW: 

    The Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW is designed to print prime labels and flexible packaging efficiently and profitably. Additional features include:
    • High-quality labels – Epson MicroPiezo® inkjet technology and a wide colour gamut deliver colour matching and gradients required for branded prime labels and packaging
    • Ease of operation – Automated printing allows a single operator to run multiple units at one time
    • Remarkable reliability – All components are manufactured by Epson and supported by Epson service
    • Low-cost turnkey solution – Training, workflow software and operational support included
    • Competitive TCO – Automated printing, competitive ink price and minimal consumables
    • Versatile substrate support – Prints on off-the-shelf flexo PS label materials, including uncoated, gloss and semi-gloss papers, film and supported or unsupported media
    • Versatile data support – An ideal solution for text, barcode and image serialisation
    • Industrial-quality inks – Seven-colour ink set (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Orange, Green and White), durable, water-based, resin-coated pigment inks provide superior adhesion, produce a remarkable range of colours, and deliver water and abrasion resistance on most substrates

    Availability
    The Epson SurePress L-4533A/AW are available now. For additional information click here





  • + NEW SQUEEZABLE FILMS OFFER ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

    Innovia Films (http://www.innoviafilms.com) has added new down gauged grades to their Biaxially Oriented Polypropyle..

    22 February 2018


    Innovia Films has added new down gauged grades to their Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) squeezable Rayoface™ label facestock range.

    CZFA51 and WZFA51 are clear and white films respectively.  These films offer customers the opportunity to save time and money for every step of the value chain if they switch from using PE85 to Innovia’s BOPP films.  In addition, they gain a squeezable film with market leading clarity for ‘no-label’ look applications and perfect gloss for outstanding shelf appeal.

    Richard Southward, Global Product Manager, Labels at Innovia Films states “We have researched the benefits that can be gained by switching from PE85 and they are substantial.  As our films are thinner, the printer will get more square meters per reel, which means more printed labels per reel and increased up-time on press.  It reduces the number of reels required by up to 60%, effectively decreasing the number of pallets and the storage space required by half.  This results in less packaging and reel handling costs. The reduction in label material weight means that transport and logistics carbon footprint can be reduced by up to 45%.  We believe this is an excellent opportunity to save time and money.”

    Squeezable films are popular with Brand Managers, especially in the Home & Personal Care sector.  Labels produced from these films maintain their consistency and quality throughout the life of the container on which they are applied, whatever format they are.

    Southward adds “The added bonus is that they are also food contact compliant under FDA and EU regulations and offer game-changing branding impact with their unprecedented clarity.”



  • + HP Indigo 6900 digital press is launched

    HP Inc. has expanded its labels and packaging portfolio with what the company say are solutions to drive printing an..

    21 February 2018


    HP Inc. has expanded its labels and packaging portfolio with what the company say are solutions to drive printing and converting toward more flexible, productive and profitable digital printing of any application. Among its new solutions include the HP Indigo 6900 digital press for labels and packaging and HP PageWide C500 Press for mainstream corrugated production.

    “The expansion follows the largest packaging deal ever for HP Indigo with ePac. Our customers are growing fast across all segments and are experiencing massive success. They are leveraging HP technology to innovate and deliver on brands’ evolving needs,” comments Santi Morera, global head of graphics solutions business, HP Inc. “These new technologies we are launching are needed now more than ever and will allow our customers to be more productive.”

    The new HP Indigo 6900 digital press increases the addressable label market while offering higher revenue per meter, including:

    • Pack Ready for Labels for the production of high-resistance labels for food, household, chemical, and pharma labels. Four beta sites are producing commercial jobs.
    • New HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, now commercially available, delivers metallic effects across a wide color gamut, similar to Pantone 877.
    • HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Blue and Yellow visible under UV light for brand protection and promotional labels
    • Integration with the HP Indigo GEM embellishment unit, the first fully digital, one-pass label printing and embellishment solution for spot, tactile, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination.

    Additionally, the high-performance HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging is now included in the HP Indigo 6900 and rolling out this year to HP Indigo’s entire Labels and Packaging portfolio. Featuring five times faster RIP power and the Esko Color Engine, the powerful Digital Front End provides extensive productivity and scalability for continuous digital production, to allow converters to scale and manage their digital production across multiple presses and multiple sites, increase the number of jobs per day, and shorten delivery cycles.

    Pack Ready Laminator commercially available
    For the HP Indigo 20000 flexible packaging press, the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator is now commercially available. A pioneering technology, Pack Ready Lamination allows for immediate time-to-market of HP Indigo digitally printed flexible packaging by eliminating the use of adhesives. The Pack Ready Laminator is manufactured and supplied by Karlville.

    Extended capabilities for the HP Indigo 30000
    The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press offers converters an opportunity to build new profitable businesses that leverage cost-effective short runs and added value long-run production. The new capabilities and improved performance include:

    • Increased productivity to enable dozens of folding carton jobs per day and up to 1 million B2 sheets per month.
    • The widest folding carton application span on one press, leveraging wide media range from paperboards to metalized, synthetic, and transparent media, new security features like micro-text and micro QR-codes, and new automatic mass customization and personalization capabilities.
    • The Tresu iCoat 30000, sold and serviced by HP Indigo, for one robust folding carton production line.

    Digilinck, a folding carton converter based in Deinze, Belgium, is adding a second HP Indigo 30000 digital press. “The Folding cartons market is changing and our customers expect speedy delivery and lower inventory levels. The HP Indigo 30000’s high flexibility and offset matching quality allow us to seize this opportunity and build a new profitable digital business, offering short turnaround-time and economic production of short-run healthcare packages,” says Vincent Oosterlinck, Owner, Digilinck. “Since installing the press, our business grew by 66% in the last three years.”

    Addressing the corrugated packaging market
    HP also announced that Kiwiplan, a leading MIS/MES software solutions provider for corrugated and rigid packaging, will be fully integrated, keeping the HP PageWide C500 presses running at optimum capacity, while helping customers to save time and costs through production and supply chain efficiency.

    Five customers in Europe and the US have already purchased the groundbreaking PageWide C500 Press for direct-to-board post-print corrugated production. The first unit will ship next month.

    Utilizing HP’s high-performance single-pass Thermal Inkjet technology, the HP PageWide C500 provides a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production. The press delivers offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and uncoated papers, delivering packaging with vibrant graphics that preserves even the finest details.

    The HP PageWide C500 utilises HP CV150 Water-Based Inks, which contain no UV-reactive chemistries. These true water-based inks allow corrugated converters to print primary and secondary food-related packaging without an additional barrier.2 This robust and trusted solution enables compliance with the most stringent global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.



  • + Durst and OMET unveil XJET hybrid printing solution at Durst Digital Days

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, together with OMET, manufacturer of printing and co..

    15 February 2018


    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, together with OMET, manufacturer of printing and converting machines, have strengthened their collaboration with the introduction of the new OMET XJet.

    Powered by Durst, the integrated hybrid solution for a wide range of high-performance labels and packaging printing guarantees flexibility and cost savings.

    The jewel in the crown of the Durst and OMET partnership, the new OMET XJet, is being officially presented to more than a 100 customers from across the globe at Durst’s Digital Days at its Italian headquarters in Brixen, northern Italy. The three-day event is dedicated to the best digital label and packaging printing solutions.

    The OMET XJET is the new hybrid printing platform integrating Durst’s Tau 330 digital inkjet system with OMET X6 flexo stations and converting units. It can offer an unlimited flexibility and a wide range of final applications with a consistent cost reduction thanks to the in-line multi-process configuration. Durst inkjet technology together with OMET X6’s finishing and converting units like cold foil, hot foil, lamination, varnishing, die-cutting and slitting assure reliability and excellent results at every run, with the advantage of obtaining the final product in one single passage.

    The OMET XJet is powered by Durst Tau RSC, the high-performance UV inkjet printing press featuring 330 mm (13”) print width with maximum print speed of 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min) at 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution. Thanks to its eight color stations (CMYK+W+OVG) with new designed high pigmented inks it delivers outstanding print quality with 98% pantone color gamut coverage.

    The hybrid solution broadens the opportunities for label printers thanks to its flexible configuration. It can be seen as three presses in one as it can be used as hybrid solution, flexo stand-alone or digital stand-alone according to the length of the run or the level of personalization required. This concept can help optimize production time and costs, getting faster ROI and open new market opportunities.

    Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager Labels & Package Printing at Durst comments: “We are very pleased to partner OMET in the launch of this highly professional hybrid printing solution. It combines the best technologies of both, the digital inkjet printing and conventional pre- and post press printing and finishing world, offering our common future customers a highly cost effective and complete “all-in-one” printing process.”

    Marco Calcagni, OMET Sales and Marketing Director, added: “We managed to create a complete Made-in-Italy printing solution that meets the market trends of personalization, just-in-time deliveries and final product variation, but also maintaining all the capabilities of a conventional press. I believe that Durst is the right partner for such a challenging project because they have deep knowledge and the best digital inkjet technology acknowledged by the international market.”

    For more information, click here http://printing.omet.com/en/



  • + UniNet unveils new compact transfer printer

    UniNet, an OEM of on-demand digital print technology, has launched its newest transfer printer at the Imprinted Spor..

    31 January 2018


    UniNet, an OEM of on-demand digital print technology, has launched its newest transfer printer at the Imprinted Sportswear Show, which took place January 19-21, in Long Beach, CA, USA

    The iColor 550 is a multi-purpose printing solution for transfer production of garments, labels, stationary, banners, hard surfaces, marketing customisation and more. The versatility of this new printer allows users to create heat transfer prints with white overprint, right side reading with white underprint, and regular CMYK prints without white. The iColor 550’s capabilities can be further enhanced using UniNet’s specialty toner upgrade kits which includes fluorescent, clear, security, and dye sublimation toners.

    Also being presented is the new iColor SmartCut software, which allows users to easily print and press oversized images onto apparel and hard surfaces. This ground-breaking application turns any iColor 500, 550 and 600 transfer printer into a tabloid ‘plus’ capable machine, allowing for the splitting and splicing of one graphic across two printed transfer sheets for pressing onto large items.





  • + Afinia Label announces new L301 Color Label Printer

    Afinia Label (http://afinialabel.com/) has released the L301 Color Label Printer: a compact, full-color inkjet print..

    31 January 2018


    Afinia Label has released the L301 Color Label Printer: a compact, full-color inkjet printer, capable of up to 4800 dpi photo-quality prints. This product expands Afinia Label’s existing line of industrial full-color label printers, and it is designed to address the needs of smaller organizations requiring professional looking labels in lower volumes.

    “Bringing professional label printing in-house with the L301 allows brand owners the flexibility they need to grow,” says Mike Atkins, Afinia Label’s national sales manager. “Instead of ordering high minimum quantities of labels from a third party, they can now print the labels they need, when they need them. The L301 also opens the door to seasonal product labeling and private labeling on behalf of their customers.”

    The L301 is based upon an HP thermal inkjet printing platform that prints labels up to 6” wide (or up to 8.5” wide, with an optional unwinder). Its small footprint, ease of use and quiet operation make it suitable for any desktop environment. It prints in vivid, optimized color (up to 4800 x 1200 dpi), creating a professional label that catches the eye of potential customers. It’s compatible with a wide range of media.

    The L301 is now available worldwide through Afinia Label resellers; along with the Memjet-powered L801 Label Printer, the DLF-1100 Digital Label Finisher, and the DLP-2000 Digital Label Press.





  • + Afinia Label launches new digital colour label printer

    Afinia Label, (http://afinialabel.com/) a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color label printing and finish..

    18 January 2018


    Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color label printing and finishing equipment, has released the L901 digital color label printer, powered by the Sirius print engine from Memjet.

    The L901 is the newest printer to join Afinia Label’s broad family of label printing and finishing solutions. The L901 gives companies the ability to run a full-color digital label printer inline with a finishing or application system without complications related to mid-job printhead maintenance. This industrial digital label printer can produce full-color prints with excellent image quality at speeds of up to 12″ per second. Photo-quality images and exceptionally-crisp text and bar codes are printed at up to 1600 x 1600 dpi via Memjet’s Sirius print engine. Five high-capacity 250mL ink cartridges (CYMKK) offer a low ink cost per label.

    “The Afinia Label L901’s redesigned printhead servicing and cleaning station allows this printer to be run inline with finishing equipment, label applicators, label dispensers and unwind/rewindunits,” says Mike Atkins, national sales manager for Afinia Label. “This new design eliminates the need to cut the web in order to clean or cap the printhead, making it suitable for in-plant integration with other machines. The L901 gives users the ability to print and apply labels in full color, with variable data, on demand. This, combined with full color, photo-quality resolution, high print speed, and low cost of operation, make the L901 the perfect color label printer for medium- to high-volume labeling applications.”

    For print houses, the L901 helps offload smaller jobs and proofing, eliminating the need to tie up large flexo or digital presses for those tasks. Additionally, the L901’s user interface was designed to be intuitive and easy to use, so there is no need for a specialized technician.“

    Many companies would like the ability to automatically print and apply labels on the production line,” says Atkins.“Some achieve this now with single-color thermal label printers, but they are limited to simple text or bar codes. The L901 offers a new and better way to print and apply full-color labels on demand. This could eliminate the need to purchase pre-printed labels, which greatly improves productivity while driving down packaging costs.”





  • + SCREEN INTRODUCES 2 NEW DIGITAL MINI LABEL PRESSES

    SCREEN GP Australia has announced that it will introduce two more ’mini’ digital label presses into Aust..

    20 December 2017


    SCREEN GP Australia has announced that it will introduce two more ’mini’ digital label presses into Australia in 2018, under the Trojan brand name. As with the existing Trojan-made press sold under the Screen name – the Truepress Jet L250AQ, the new presses will also be available through Jet Technologies, Screen GP’s channel partner for narrow web digital presses.

    The Trojan T2-C is a desktop label printer that performs like a bigger machine. Using Memjet printhead technology, it runs at up to 18 metres per minute with a maximum print width of up to 223mm across a 250mm web. It can print on pre-diecut or continuous label reels, for offline finishing.

    Peter Scott, managing director of Screen GP Australia says: “The Trojan T2-C has proper web feed and take up with tensioning and yet fits any size print department due to its compact desktop footprint. Ink supply can be either by internal 250ml cartridges or, for higher productivity, external 2 litre tanks. At either 1600 x 1600dpi or 1600 x 800 dpi, the image quality is superb.”

    The other new label press from Screen and Jet is the Trojan T4, an all-in-one label press line with top class inline finishing. Print speed, resolution and width is the same as for the T2-C but the T4 is a 1200Kg floor-standing unit with very robust printing, laminating, die-cutting, slitting and rewind for an end-to-end solution.

    Scott says: “It’s a mini-marvel unlike any other solution for short-run and variable versioned labels. The engineering standard is first class and the die-cutter can be fully or semi-rotary and used alone to create die-cut blanks or to finish labels from another press. Best of all both the T2-C and T4 are fully supported by Screen GP’s local engineers and Jet Technologies’ expertise.”

    He concludes: “We now have a complete range of digital label presses from desktop 18 metres per minute to high-end UV at 60 metres per minute, which I believe is the most complete line-up of such presses available and fully supported in Australia.”




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