Packaging
UPM Raflatac has expanded its Small Roll Service to include standard and welded wine stocks as well as 13-inch digital rolls, suitable for durable and industrial chemical labelling, it says.
MCT Digital has released a new mid-level flatbed cutter solution for package prototyping and short to medium-run production. The VersaTech2 system comes in 1.6 m, 2.5 m, or 3.2 m flatbed or full conveying versions, including full cutting lengths up to 6.4 m.
Xaar describes its 2001+ U printhead brings speed, quality and reliability to the Canon Océ LabelStream 4000 press for digital label printing. The roll-to-roll industrial-scale UV inkjet press provides CMYK+W printing and features the latest Xaar 2001+ U printheads. Targeted at label and flexible packaging converters, it can print on a range of standard label stocks including PP and PE plus selected special substrates.
Squid Ink Manufacturing and Eastey Enterprises introduce an all-in-one package for product transport and inkjet printing. The combination of Eastey EC-Series conveyors and Squid Ink’s CoPilot 500 inkjet printer is suitable for customers looking to begin printing on their corrugate cases.
The Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch roll-to-roll solvent printer has been certified by GMG Americas, a subsidiary of GMG Color for use with software GMG ColorProof 5.10 and GMG OpenColor 2.1.5.
Smithers Pira in mid-January 2018 published a study called The Future of Global Packaging to 2022, which estimates packaging demand will grow steadily at 2.9 percent to reach $1.3 trillion in 2022 (all figures converted into Canadian funds), starting from $1.1 billion in 2017. The report looks at current and future figures for packaging in 17 major and 33 minor national markets.
Martin Automatic says it will run a space-saving non-stop roll changer at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
Point Five Packaging, a supplier of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) equipment and packaging solutions for various food industry sectors, has introduced the P5-RM Semi-Automatic Seal System. Designed for food production or packaging environments, the machine can be configured for sealing trays or cups using Modified Atmosphere packaging (MAP), vacuum skin packaging (VSP), or seal-only packaging.
Growing customer demands for service, quality and fast delivery times are the main challenges for the packaging printing industry. Continuous product innovations make it difficult for companies to keep up with their competitors.
Tetra Pak says it plans to introduce paper straws by the end of the year to help combat plastic straw waste.
In late February, manroland web systems introduced its new VARIOMAN printing press for flexible packaging. The company explains this technology platform combines the benefits of varied technologies and processes while specifically avoiding the weak points inherent in other technologies.

The pilot press, called the VARIOMAN f:line, is an offset gravure hybrid press, which prints foils and provides the proven core competences of the Augsburg press maker like mature design, system integration and service and maintenance packages. The company explains this new packaging press, based on its mixture of offset and gravure, provides particularly short makeready and changeover times with reduced start-up waste rates.

manroland web systems’ VARIOMAN f:line is ideally suited for printing flexible foils for shrink-sleeve applications, as well as for a range of substrates like foils, paper and aluminium foils. The VARIOMAN, explains manroland web, fits in the production gap of medium-sized print runs. The special offset printing units have been developed with the cooperation partner Goebel GmbH.

manroland web explains this press provides the combination of quality from the offset side, with the benefits of gravure printing in the areas of varnishing, adhesives and opaque white, which are important factors for modern packaging printing.
TRESU of Denmark introduced its FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade, described as a light, fast-change inking system for narrow-web UV and water-based flexo applications that can be used without an ink pump.

TRESU explains the chambers are air-tight and prevent leakage based on patented seals, while they can be installed or removed safely in five seconds without the risk of spilling ink. To introduce the unit to its mounting, the operator locks it to the anilox roll, and rotates it from a six-o’clock to a nine-o’clock position. Removal reverses the process.

The doctor blades are in a pre-set position, explains TRESU, and there is no need for further adjustment. The pre-set position provides optimal anilox contact with minimal wear. An automatic indicator shows when blade replacement is necessary, so time is not wasted on unnecessary checks.

The chamber can hold 250 ml to 2,000 ml of ink making it suitable for the application of normal and spot colours, as well as high ink transfer printing. Ink may be added manually without stopping the press, giving the system flexibility for long and short-run production.

Since the chambers are sealed, TRESU explains there is no risk of ink contamination and optimal pressure is maintained, to provide foam-free printing and an even ink coverage across the web.

The chamber maintains precise inking even at the high speeds demanded by narrow-web printers, explains the company. Available in widths up to 800mm, the TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber may be fitted to almost any narrow web press.
Nilpeter introduced a newly updated FA flexo press which the company describes as the most versatile flexo press on the market. It includes a new user interface and fully mobile print controls.


The FA press provides a strong level of stability, explains the company, with a tight register tolerance and quality printing on multiple substrates relative to the company's earlier versions. Based on Nilpeter’s Clean-Hand design approach, the FA provides clean hands during press operation, with a minimum of hands-on press interaction. The company also explains with the new press that all data is saved, jobs can be recalled, and the press will auto register.

The new FA design allows printers to enhance the performance and capability of their press with Value-Adding Units, as well as Application and Automation Packages, according to needs and budget.
Israel-based Scodix announced beta testing for its Scodix E106 enhancement press is on schedule, after introducing the technology at drupa 2016 in May of last year. The press is aimed at the folding carton market and is now being used at CopyCenter, the largest folding carton printer in Israel.
 
“The versatile Scodix E106 digital enhancement press is the perfect addition to our portfolio,” said Uri Drori CEO of CopyCenter. “The outstanding range of enhancements in a B1 format means we will be able to fulfill all our enhancement jobs on just one platform.

“Also, working with high profile customers in the beauty category means that shelf appeal is critical to the products we produce,” continued Drori. “Digital technology will allow us to meet the ever-increasing demand for new applications including versioning and short runs that these products require.”
 
The Scodix E106 made its debut at drupa 2016 to deliver enhancement solutions for folding carton converters who work with a 1,060 x 760-mm format. Scodix explains the technology provides converters ways to differentiate their offerings and a new standard in registration tolerance.

“Printers and converters investing in the Scodix E106 will be able to offer short to medium run lengths profitably, offer new products, enter new markets and – fundamentally – clinch a competitive edge in tough market conditions with value-added services that truly energize brands,” said Roy Porat, CEO of Scodix. “At drupa 2016 we pledged that beta testing would be underway mid-2017 and we are delivering on that promise. This phase takes us a step closer a new standard in packaging enhancement.”
 
The Scodix E106 press provides applications like Scodix Foil, Scodix Sense, Scodix Spot, Scodix Variable Data and Scodix Cast & Cure. The company explains it allows brand owners to create products using foil over foil, adding Scodix Sense effects over foil, or personalizing with Scodix Variable Data Sense or Scodix Variable Data Foil.
Esko's Studio software will now include integration with the 3D real-time rendering application KeyShot from Luxion. This solution provides the best of both worlds for brand owners and premedia: print modeling plus realistic, high-resolution rendering, in a short amount of time.

All print modeling is done by Studio, while KeyShot handles non-printable materials and final renderings. Studio includes patented print modeling technology directly within Adobe Illustrator, making it easy to quickly decide on any number of print and finishing effects and packaging specific substrates. KeyShot provides drag-and-drop material, environment and lighting capabilities in a real-time interface to create high-quality visuals extremely fast for throughout the package development process.

Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology including applications such as KeyShot and the Velux Daylighting Visualizer. KeyShot is the first real-time ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in global illumination and material appearance.

With a focus on making the creation of high-quality visuals from 3D data as simple as taking a photograph, KeyShot is recognized as the standard visualization tool for industrial designers and marketing professionals worldwide. Luxion’s customer list includes many of the Fortune 1000 and major industrial design companies including Chrysler, Fossil, Microsoft, Philips, Specialized, Whirlpool, and IDEO. For more information on KeyShot 3D.
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