Packaging

At the FFTA INFO*FLEX show in San Diego this week, MacDermid has announced the latest iteration of its LUX technology. LUX In-the-Plate (ITP) will allow flexo printers to gain the benefit of LUX without the extra lamination step in the workflow.

LUX In-the-Plate (ITP) is a photopolymer plate technology developed by MacDermid Printing Solutions to create flat-topped dots without the need for special exposure equipment, processing, or a controlled atmosphere. The plate is designed to be processed using a standard digital workflow to create the unique LUX flat-topped dot. 

LUX technology was introduced in 2010 and has since generated over 100 installations around the world. It received the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award in May 2011. 

LUX ITP is currently in testing with a group of alpha testers. The company says it plans to commercialize the plate by the end of 2013.

iSys Label of Calgary launched a new version of the variable-data software, called iSys Variable Data Printing (iVDP) 2.2.0.0, used to drive its APEX 1290 and EDGE 850 printers for producing short- to mid-run labels.

Compatible with iSys2Print label software programs, iVDP provides the ability to combine static and dynamic content to create varying multi-graphic labels containing variable text, images and barcodes. The company explains that iVDP layouts can be set up and configured to run variable portions in both horizontal and vertical dataset formats.

The iVDP software includes a pre-adjust colour registration app and memory management system, which, according to iSys Label, means that large jobs exceeding the capacity of the printer will run without data loss.

“With the addition of iVDP, our label printing solution is complete and comprehensive,” stated Mark Hopkins, President of iSys Label. “The innovative features embedded in this technology are many and that has allowed us to stand alone with a very unique offering. iSys Label has created digital label printers that provide all the sophistication needed in our industry and yet so simple to operate.”

The iVDP software also includes drag-and-drop imposition, text tools to write and amend text/fonts, rotation and alignment tools; basic formatting tools such as auto-size, scaling, tab stops and paragraph spacing, as well as over 400 pre-formatted barcode components (linear, 2D, RFID, QR codes), among other features.


James Downham, CEO of Toronto-based The Packaging Association (PAC), announced a new partnership with global standards owner IFS Management GmbH of Berlin, Germany. The move is specifically engineered to bring international recognition of PAC’s PACsecure food safety standard for individual packaging materials, which results in a name change to IFS PACsecure.



“While we firmly believe that PACsecure is the world’s foremost standard for primary and secondary packaging, a large proportion of the international food industry will only accept packaging that is recognized by the Paris, France-based Global Food Safety Initiative,” said Downham. “As PAC is a not-for-profit organization, it is not in a position to go it alone in achieving GFSI recognition.”


IFS Management already provides the industry with IFS Food, benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and IFS Logistics standards. The group’s supply chain standards are represented by more than 12,000 certifications, globally.

IFS PACsecure will now be submitted for GFSI benchmarking and made available around the world. “More importantly for the Canadian food and packaging manufacturing sector, it means their products will be more readily accepted by both the domestic and international food industry,” said Downham.


Downham points out that more than 100 Canadian firms including packaging manufacturers, their customers and suppliers, helped develop food safety standards for each type of packaging material.

In turn, each standard was based on a process known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) criteria, which is recognized by the United Nations and most of the food industry world wide.


The IFS PACsecure standard is said to cover 24 different manufacturing practices to produce specific packaging materials. PACsecure has also been accepted by the US-based Food Safety Alliance for Packaging. This organization includes companies such as General Mills, Nestlé, Kraft, ConAgra Foods, Sara Lee, and Campbell Soup among others.


At the interpack 2011 show this week in Dusseldorf, printing giant Heidelberg has announced a new UV inkjet solution called DriveLine.

Derived from the company's Linoprint operations, DriveLine will be aimed at the pharmaceutical packaging market. Folding cartons produced through offset printing can be individualized with this new UV inkjet technology, both inline and standalone.

The DriveLine F system can be integrated directly into a packaging line for the production of individualized blister pack foils, while the DriveLine B system supports multiple packaging lines simultaneously. The DriveLine C system prints on folding-carton boxes and blanks makes it possible to print extremely short runs with logos or labels in different language versions.

"UV inkjet printing is rapidly gaining importance thanks to its versatility in the choice of substrates and the fact that it can be directly integrated into packaging production lines," said Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board, responsible for Equipment. "Together with our recently established partnership with Ricoh, the Linoprint portfolio represents a second stronghold in our range of digital printing solutions. Linoprint gives our customers the flexibility they need to cost-effectively manufacture high-quality small and variable lot sizes in the packaging production."


DuPont Packaging Graphics on May 16, 2011, will introduce prices increases of up to seven percent on all of its Cyrel products, worldwide. On the same day, DuPont will also introduce what it refers to as an “energy surcharge,” billed on a square foot/square metre basis, which the company is linking to its increased transportation costs.


DuPont Packaging Graphics is self-described as “the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats.” DuPont Cyrel products include photopolymer plates, processing equipment, sleeves, mounting and finishing products.


Walmart and The Packaging Association hosted the Fourth Annual Sustainable Packaging Conference at the Toronto Congress Centre under the theme of "How to Embed Sustainability into Your Organization."

This year’s one-day event featured a number of presentations, workshops, progress reports, survey results and tabletop exhibits. The conference began with Guy McGuffin, VP Supply Chain for Walmart Canada, and had two keynote speakers: Walmart Canada's new Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer, Duncan MacNaughton and the honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment.

Other notable speakers included Beth Simermeyer, President and General Manager of S.C. Johnson and Son with the addition of interactive workshops featuring sustainability professionals Kathleen McKnight from the Oxford Consulting Group and Anthony Watanabe, President and CEO of The Innovolve Group.



The event also announced the award winners of the Student Sustainable Packaging Design Competition for Windex packaging. Participating post-secondary schools included Canadore, Conestoga, Durham, Seneca, Mohawk, Humber and the University of Toronto.Third place went to Durham College's team of Denise Arcand, Courtney Schouwerwou, Sara Big Canoe, Laura Tout, Adam Maryn, and Damon Martin. Second place went to Conestoga College's Greg Muhlbock and first place went to the Mohawk College team of Kristin Hoover, Mike Virag, and Kyla Tonkin.

In closing for the event, McGuffin announced Walmart’s Sustainable Packaging Award, which went to Henkel Technologies for its Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets packaging.
 
 



Epson Canada states it has introduced the world’s first aqueous-based, white-ink proofing technology for packaging designers and flexographic and gravure printers. The Stylus Pro WT7900, with a estimated price of $9,769, is designed specifically for proofing print work that requires the colour white, based on Epson’s new UltraChrome HDR White Ink.

UltraChrome HDR White Ink is based on what the company refers to as Organic Hollow Resin Particle technology, which forces light to randomly scatter, producing the illusion of seeing the colour white. According to Epson, unlike traditional white-ink chemistry, UltraChrome HDR White Ink is a safer, water-based resin particle that is void of any known carcinogens.



The technology is said to provide a high white ink density and the ability for custom white colour toning, while being stable enough to proof on substrates like inkjet coated transparent and metallic films – up to 24 inches wide. While developing the technology, Epson North America focused on integrating the RIP and software of CGS, EFI, GMG, EskoArtwork and Kodak with its Stylus Pro WT7900 technology.




The Epson WT7900 was profiled at Unisource's open house events in Toronto and Montreal last week. Unisource is an authorized dealer of Epson equipment.

PacSys Inc. has been appointed to help Goss International introduce new press solutions for the packaging sector in North America, which includes adapted Goss Sunday web press models with variable-repeat capabilities.
 
“Variable sleeve web offset technology is gaining momentum as a high-quality, cost-effective alternative to flexo, gravure, sheetfed offset and traditional cassette-style web offset for many packaging applications,” said Klaus Dietel, in a press release. Dietel, along with Mike McGuinness, head up PacSys Inc. based in Connecticut. “By adapting proven Sunday press technologies to address the specialized requirements of this market, Goss International has created exciting new possibilities for packaging producers.”
 
The new Goss Sunday press models are available in narrow- and wide-web widths from 20 inches (510 mm) to 75 inches (1905 mm) for flexible packaging, label and folding-carton applications. The presses include quick-change sleeve technology to allow variable repeat settings, while also allowing for printing companies to integrate roll handling and converting components.



Ryerson GCMToronto’s flexography community gathered at Ryerson University, last night, to celebrate the startup of a 4-colour Comco Cadet press, as the Graphic Communications Management program applies more packaging to its curriculum.

The new Comco Cadet is situated in the basement of the Heidelberg School of Graphic Communications Management on Victoria Street in downtown Toronto. After Mary Black worked for years to bring the dedicated-GCM building into existence, Dr. Abhay Sharma has steadily grown its technological infrastructure over his near 5-year tenure.

Beside the Comco sits a 4-colour Heidelberg Printmaster 74 perfecting press. A walk down the bright basement hall reveals a Xerox DocuColor 7000 and groupings of finishing and prepress technology. The basement has become a working laboratory for the program's 400-plus students, while two decked-out Mac labs on the second floor run software from the likes of Avanti, EskoArtwork, GMG, Kodak and Xinet.

CFTCDirectly across the street from the Heidelberg Centre, a large 3-story building is being remodeled for Ryerson's School of Imaging Arts. It will hold a large-format imaging centre that GCM can access.

GCM students were on hand last night to demonstrate the Comco Cadet, as attendees – identified by a GCM-produced name badge – picked up print samples of bookmarks and stickers. The installation was spearheaded by faculty members Ian Baitz and Peter Roehrig, while strong association support came from the Flexographic Technical Association and the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee.

Industry support – in part through the Phoenix Challenge Foundation – for the acquisition of the Comco Cadet came from 3M, Canflexographics, Daetwyler, Dupont, ECP,  Environmental Inks and Coatings, Flexoneering, H. Moore Printing Services, Label Supply, Pamarco, RotoMetrics, Schawk, and Williamson Printing Materials.

(Homepage image: Third-year GCM student Nate Plavnick demonstrates the Comco Cadet.)



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