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The company is also showcasing its portfolio of slitting and rewinding equipment, including Opal ISR, full 100 percent inspection slitter rewinders; Opal EC, entry-level model label inspection slitter rewinders; Opal ILT, in-line turret rewinders; Opal LCL, full rotary label converting lines; Opal ALCL, full rotary label converting lines with automatic turret rewinders, and Solitaire, mid-web duplex slitter rewinder for shrink films, wraparound labels and flexible packaging.
Ashe is also promoting the range of wide web slitter rewinders for converters of pressure sensitive products and flexible packaging.
The company showcases the Automatic SAMM 2.0 800, the next generation automatic mounting machine for the flexo narrow-web industry. SAMM 2.0 flexo plate mounter is said to automatically mount a flexo plate in less than one minute with accuracy, repeatability and speed. Live demonstrations of the SAMM 2.0 800 are shown at the exhibition.
Meeting ongoing customer demand, Baldwin is launching the Guardian PQV 100 percent print inspection version 4.0, designed and manufactured to help printers achieve print quality and reduce material waste.
These state-of-the-art camera systems can provide single or dual sided 100 percent print quality inspection for any application, ranging from high-volume label production with variable data to inspecting the challenging security print applications with features such as UV fluorescent, fiber inspection, IR covert, optically variable devices and inks, and magnetic inks.
The Guardian PQV is designed for ease of use, reducing the need for operator training and minimizing the problem of press staff turnover.
Visitors to Baldwin’s booth can also find products from its Vision Systems segment, comprising the advanced color management and inspection technology. Baldwin Vision Systems print inspection and defect tracking workflows help to eliminate defects from outgoing products, providing quality to brand owners.
With a service temperature range from -65° F to 147° F and a minimum application temperature of -8° F, Frost AT is suitable for extremely hot and cold label applications and application environments. Additionally, it offers excellent adhesion to polyolefin and paper substrates. Frost AT reduces label peel in the most challenging label applications while also performing well at room temperature.
Showcasing the advancements of high-speed microscopic flexo security printing – utilizing high-definition inks from Cyngient and enhanced resolution printing plates from Imageworx – Labelexpo attendees will be able to view new ultra-fine lines printed in decorative, intricate, and precise patterns. These security labels hold line weights below 5 microns in thickness, plus positive type printing as low as 0.3 pt and reverse type at 0.4 pt on a 1200x microscope.
Also, at the show, Cyngient and Imageworx showcase an accumulation of various high-security in-line flexo additions. On display will be Liquid Silver Flip, shapeshifting cold foil technology from Wavefront Technologies, and Lumachrome, a color-shifting security foil from Meta Materials that features triple-layered micro-motion barrier effects, iridescent security varnish, and plasmonic metamaterial arrays.
In addition, Labelexpo attendees can witness the latest advancements in Micro Optical Array printing for brand protection labeling.
Visitors can learn more about Cyrel Fast, a thermal platemaking system that consists of a thermal processor and a large variety of photopolymer printing plates for flexible packaging, labels and other applications.
The company also promotes the award-winning DuPont Cyrel Lightning plates delivering productivity and quality. The new plate family is optimized for UV-LED exposure units to use this system’s capabilities fully. The benefits of the plates include a further optimized match between access time and plate performance without compromising print quality.
The company showcases innovations in ArtPro+ including printing unit support and repeat layout creation, as well as folding carton improvements, a new usage dashboard, and enhanced WebCenter usability features improving ease of use and maximizing productivity and efficiency.
At the heart of the Esko booth, the CDI Crystal 4260 XPS, in combination with the new Flexo Engine module, demonstrates how digitization in flexo production also boosts efficiency while delivering the best quality plates.
Underlining the benefit of automated processes, Esko also demonstrates its AVT Helios line, an automatic 100 percent inspection system designed for labels and other narrow web printing applications, which automatically inspects the printed web for defects and imperfections, delivering exceptional quality results and eliminating customer rejections.
FLEXcon optiflex ecofocus products have been developed to maximize the recyclability of PET and HDPE containers, enabling print service providers and brands to achieve sustainability and performance to meet the demands of consumer packaging. Applications include food and beverage, personal care and cosmetics, and household chemical. V-52RE wash-off adhesive on BOPP films separates from PET flake in the reclaim process, increasing the amount of rPET available for future use, while PE films with V-127RE adhesive ensure
performance and recyclability of HDPE containers.
FLEXcon pharmcal are compliant products for a diverse range of pharmaceutical containers and performance requirements, including ampules, vials and syringes, security, blood bag, conceal, and over the counter. Consistent quality and performance are assured with FLEXcon’s four-stage change management process.
FLEXcon nexgen for durable labeling will also be on display. FLEXcon specializes in UL-, cUL-, and CSA-recognized materials intended to bond permanently to surfaces and withstand exposure to harsh environments for the lifetime of durable equipment such as power tools, outdoor power equipment, and heavy machinery.
SmartDFE provides a full software and hardware stack, built around the award-winning Harlequin Direct RIP technology that has been designed to drive the fastest, widest and highest inkjet presses. It is capable of processing fully variable data at high speeds and communicating out to the wider smart print factory, providing valuable information for QA and inspection, press maintenance, and stock control.
It enables inkjet engineering teams to get to market quickly with a future-proofed, high-performance product, whilst allowing them the space and capability to add their own value.
SmartMedia is a new suite of components that simplifies the process of obtaining the best quality and color output from a digital press. Powered by the award-winning PrintFlat and enhanced with powerful color tools from ColorLogic, recently acquired by Hybrid Software Group, SmartMedia packages all the OEM’s reference press settings for each media and ink set into a library of media definitions and, via a wizard-like experience, enables press operators to easily select the appropriate media and ink set combination without needing specialist knowledge.
The company is inviting attendees to explore its GMG ColorServer bundle, complementary software designed to drive ink and time savings through smarter color management automation.
At its booth, GMG Color encourages visitors to get hands-on with printed color-accurate prototype samples, produced with its latest range of equipment. The samples demonstrate that with the right color management and proofing software in place, pin-sharp precision across varying substrates and inks can be made simple.
During the changeover the new machine responds in time with no downtime. The Smart Save function helps to reduce waste to achieve more value with 90 percent Pantone color matching with CMYK only and super smooth single white with 75 percent opacity.
The company is promoting the next-generation LabStar330S Hybrid with added flexo and converting modules. The new design means ‘uplifts the UV inkjet to a whole new level’.
INX International Ink is featuring many of its products and new equipment, including INXFlex Contour a UV and LED dual cure flexographic ink system that produces shrink sleeve labels.
INXFlex Contour piggybacks off Genesis washable label inks. A recycle-friendly ink system, it recently added a new flexo version and UV curable primer that makes INXFlex Contour washable too.
INX partnered with VerifyMe announced the development of VerifyInk, a covert ink technology to help provide brand protection of products in the marketplace. The newest addition to the security inks product line runs on direct-to-product continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers. When used in tandem with VerifyMe’s proprietary and patented reading devices, it can identify counterfeit products across all markets including consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage, says the company.
INXShield UV Flexo and GS Slip coatings represent the first in a new line of functional coatings for packaging applications. Formulated with BioCote antimicrobial technology to protect the coating by inhibiting odor and staining microbes on the surface, INXShield is validated and quality control tested regularly by an independent testing facility using the ISO 22196:2011 test method.
The Triangle brand of XJL UV Curable Inkjet inks follow in the tradition of exceptional alternative ink products.
The NW350 is the newest addition to the narrow web series of UV Digital Label printers, designed to combine printing and conversion to produce brilliant color printed labels at a maximum printing width of 350mm or 13.78 in, the NW350 delivers single pass output up to 160 ft/min on any label stock. This product includes quality inks, making it ideal for printers looking to meet the demand for productive, short-run digital printing.
Meca, a Precision Roll Solutions company, displays lightweight, ergonomic print sleeves in booth 3000. Jamie Morales, Meca printing expert, is available on-site to help attendees compare a lightweight sleeve to the sleeves they have in their facility and describe how Meca’s proprietary design improves print quality and overall efficiency - from resin-saturated nonwovens that resist thermal expansion to a smooth-as-glass inside surface that holds the sleeve securely in place. Meca print sleeves are manufactured in Green Bay, Wisconsin, helping printers to avoid the unpredictability and rising costs that are inherent with overseas suppliers.
In particular, Nazdar is highlighting its latest LED curing Nestlé compliant inks, coatings, and adhesives. Additionally, the company will promote its new water-based flexible packaging inks.
Features of the modular hybrid technology include multiple die-cutting stations, rotary flexo and flatbed screen printing units, up to seven colors, including opaque white, with 600 DPI native print resolution, combining the productivity of flexo printing with the flexibility offered by rapid job change digital technology. The N610i integration module incorporates Domino’s automated, i-Tech productivity features for enhanced flexibility and reliability.
S-One Labels & Packaging shares its latest innovations, including laminating technologies, coatings and varnishes, finishing equipment, slitters, and rewinders, Cast and Cure products for Ebeam holograms, ink control and dispensing equipment, overlaminate films, prelaminated metallized films, as well as clear and white.
The company is also showcasing its recyclable ReTreve EVOH high barrier flexpack films and Lomi-approved ReEarth compostable films.
Booth visitors have a chance to win a Lomi countertop composter.
Tom Hauenstein, vice president of sales at S-OneLP will be also a moderator and presenter at panel discussion: Opportunities beyond print and stick labels on Wednesday, September 14 at 1pm.
A standalone subsidiary of Mactac, owned by Lintec, Spinnaker is becoming a one-of-a-kind, world-class specialty labeling company. Its business model is centered on unique and customized opportunities in specialty labeling — from custom product offerings to a high-touch custom service model.
Spinnaker offers a comprehensive line of pressure-sensitive roll products designed to help customers’ products stand out and are used in many industries and markets, including pharmaceutical, industrial, cold, frozen food and beverage and more.
Labelexpo attendees will be able to learn more about the company’s specialty roll products and Lintec specialty products available from Spinnaker, including cryogenic labels designed for harsh environments and temperatures as low as -320°F, clear and red gloss Void labels and oil tolerant labels.
Using its ‘5Rs’ framework (Reuse, Reduce, Renew, Recycle and Redesign) as a guide, Sun Chemical invests significantly in R&D to improve the eco-efficiency and sustainability of the packaging that utilizes its inks, coatings and adhesives to support a circular economy.
Labelexpo Americas visitors are able to learn about the bio-renewable, compostable and recyclable products under Sun Chemical’s SunEco portfolio, including SolarFlex CRCL for shrink and non-shrink applications, SolarFlex High Adhesion Technology, SunCure mono-web coatings, SunVisto AquaGreen renewable ink series, MX12 ink dispensing technology and SolarWave UV-LED inks.
Complementing its product line-up, Sun Chemical also presents its range of SunInspire specialty inks and coatings for label applications, which add an extra dimension and look and feel to label applications. Sun Chemical’s booth visitors will also see SunColorBox offering a unique set of tools and services – from site assessments and full-color audits to matching and validating colors to hosting digital libraries of spot colors. Moreover, the company will demonstrate SunMotion, an alternative to backlit signage and LCD displays.
Attendees of the trade show can hear from Mohammad S. Farahat, Ph.D., director of R&D and Novel Device Technology at Sun Chemical, who will present a session on Wednesday, September 14, at 9:50 am on special effect inks and coatings during the Label Academy Masterclass: Digital Embellishment, a five-hour global training class held during the show.
These label films offer ink adhesion and printability and moisture resistance. The clear film has superior clarity, and the white film’s opacity, brightness, and gloss are also of superior quality and may allow the converter to eliminate white ink. The TLF portfolio is compatible with flexo and gravure presses, energy-curable inks, and water-based, solvent, and solventless laminators. In addition, the new polypropylene film line allows the company to provide customers with larger rolls that offer more lineal footage. That means converters will have fewer roll changes and splices.
Toray team is also sharing information about new PSL label films that are in development. The diverse portfolio will include uncoated and coated BOPP facestocks for clear, metallized, and cavitated and solid core white label applications.
Newly released during Labelexpo America 2022, is the Univacco 724 Series hot-stamping foil, specifically developed for hot stamping on a wide variety of wine label stocks providing excellent transfer at high-speed stamping on rotary and vertical presses with wide range of coverage from fine to broad.
UVitec Printing Ink presents its UV/LED curable flexographic and rotary screen inks, coatings and adhesives uniquely formulated for shrink label applications, which are addressing common industry shortcomings. The range includes overprintable or controlled COF high opacity white inks, gloss clears, scuff resistant mattes, high build gloss and matte tactiles, soft touch and sandy textures, cold foil adhesives, glitters, pearlescence, and additional specialties. All products are Benzophenone and PFOA free, with formulations available for Reach, Nestle and CA Prop 65 Compliance. The company also presents a full line of UV/LED PSA’s and release coatings for ECL’s, IRC’s and other constructions.
XSYS manufactures all its plates, imagers and processors as well as sleeves and adapters in house, giving the company full control of the whole production process and the ability to deliver more coherent service and support. The company has one of the widest portfolios of products and brands, which includes nyloflex solvent and nyloflex Xpress thermal plates and equipment, nyloprint letterpress plates and equipment, nylosolv washout solvent, rotec sleeves and adapters, ThermoFlexX TfxX Imagers, ThermoFlexX Catena Plate Processing equipment, and Woodpecker surface screening products.
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