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  • 08 Sep 2014

Labelexpo Americas 2014 exhibitor preview: Q-S

Screen USA launches in the US its Truepress Jet L350UV

Labels & Labeling previews exhibitors at Labelexpo Americas 2014, with those companies falling into the Q-S alphabetical group detailed below.

Ravenwood Packaging | Re Controlli Industriali | Recyl | Ricoh Electronics | Ritrama | Roland | Rollem International | RotoMetrics | RTI Digital | Ryback and Ryback | SAScoat | Schobertechnologies | Screen USA | Sekisui Ta Industries | Spartanics | SPGprints | Sun Chemical

Ravenwood Packaging

Linerless specialist Ravenwood Packaging launches two new products: ‘slideable’ labels which are made from thicker materials up to 300gsm; and ‘skin pack’ labelling, which can now also be produced by Nobac linerless labeling machines.

Re Controlli Industriali

Re Controlli Industriali launches a new web guide system along with its WLigo remote controller. Designed for small and medium size web guide systems, the SmartMotion control unit fuses stepper motor and drive technologies into a single device.

The motor, controlled to 1/128 step, gives the whole web guide system a greater accuracy, fluidity in the movement, speed of response and low noise, says Re Controlli. A high heat dissipation range enables a consistently low working temperature of the stepper motor, avoiding overheating of the whole web guide system.

The SmartMotion control unit allows the series connection of more than one web guide system using one WLigo remote controller.

Recyl

Recyl introduces two new aerosols. Magic’Cliché is sprayed onto flexo plates before the print run to facilitate ink transfer from flexo plates to the substrate. The formulation incorporates anti-static/sliding properties allows for a better release of ink, consequently avoiding ink build-up that downgrades printing quality and productivity. Magic’Cliché helps the ink circulate easily on the surface, making it easier to clean while ensuring protection to plates against any aggression from inks and solvents, thus extending plate life.

Magic’Lox is primarily to clean anilox, chrome cylinders, plates or parts between print runs.

Ricoh Electronics

Ricoh launches an ID/shipping label constructed with a double-layer of adhesive. After application, a removable top layer allows the label to be applied elsewhere.

Also new is a 3.1 mil ticket material with high image sensitivity, with a brightness-enhanced thermal surface and minimized OBA on the non-thermal side.

Ricoh’s thermal transfer ribbon product line now includes B120EC, a universal resin ribbon suited for applications where a high resistance to environmental conditions is required.

Ritrama

Ritrama is to show Core Linerless Solution, a PSA material which once printed with traditional printing technologies, by means of a dedicated machine, is transformed into a single ply linerless web before it is then dispensed using a special linerless module. Ritrama’s presence will also focus on conformable films, such as Globalflex for squeezeable tube applications, the new enhanced range of seal/reseal products as well as digital demand inkjet media and other constructions for specialty applications.

Roland

The new Roland VSi Series printer incorporates all the features of the established VersaCAMM, including high-density eco-solvent ink and integrated contour cutting. The Piezo inkjet print head images variable droplets with seven different sizes.  VSi Series printer/cutters are designed to take full advantage of Roland’s faster-drying, wide-gamut Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks in CMYKLcLm, high opacity White, brighter Metallic Silver and new Light Black.  Metallic Silver can be printed as a spot color or combined with CMYK to produce over 500 metallic and pearlescent colors. Print speed is up to 289 sqft./hr.

Rollem International

Rollem International launches a new class of rotary sheetfed die cutting system.

The Delta is a flexo-magnetic rotary die cutter for the sheet-fed label, packaging and mail markets. The Delta will die cut, kiss cut and score a wide range of applications from both offset and digital presses. Delta has a high capacity feeder, full guide and gripper registration system, simple depth adjustments and receding stacker or waste stripping unit for delivery. Production speeds are up to 4,000 sph. The Delta5 handles 20”x15” sheet sizes, and the Delta7 handles larger 30”x24” sheets.

RotoMetrics

New from RotoMetrics is the through-hardened, machine-finished RD300 solid die.  RD300 is designed to cut disposable medical substrates, dust-sensitive labels and tags, in-mold labels, synthetic gasket materials, Velcro, Tyvek and electronic components. The RD300 has a high chromium D2 steel grade body along with a specialized heat-treating process that provides a full-depth hardness of 58-60 Rockwell.

The company also introduces new features to its Pin Eject die and launches a new anodized print cylinder with added surface protection for improved scratch resistance and protection from corrosion. 

RTI Digital

RTI Digital demonstrates the Vortex 850R and Vortex 851R narrow format printers using Memjet Waterfall printhead  technology. Print speed is 300mm/sec (12 ips) and up to 215 mm paper width. The Vortex 850R features a roll-to-roll or a roll-to-cut printing option.

Ryback and Ryback

Ryback and Ryback introduces technology to make shrink sleeve prototypes/short runs easier and more professional looking.  This includes the Sleeve Maker for creating solvent seamed samples, the S3 Steam Machine for perfect shrinking of the container, and the Seam Tester to objectively measure the strength of a seam.   The company will also have information on other products such as the Narrow Web Kit and Layflat Ruler.

SAScoat

New from the Vietnam-based coater is a block-out adhesive opaque stock available in black and violet colors for office/laser applications in both semi-gloss or Thermal (VIP) ranges.

New grades of Cast coated materials will also be promoted. SASstar 80g/m2 (54.08 lbs) is the company’s latest ultra-gloss product. Produced in Asia Pacific, and fully FSC, it caters for those applications where extreme high gloss is required as well as a certain degree of water resistance. Conversions speeds in excess of 140 m/min are claimed.

SAScoat also introduces a new clear-on-clear laminate with a 37 micron PP face (top coated) and 30 micron PET liner, designed for applications in the food and beverage sectors. For those looking to convert thinner materials, the company shows a version of PP37 on a 12 micron PET liner, designed for the cosmetics industry.

Schobertechnologies

Schobertechnologies launches in the US the RSM-DIGI.vs, converting line, designed to process digitally printed film and foil such as OPP, PE, PS and PET, coated paper laminates and composite materials

The fully modular design integrates Schober’s established stacking technologies.

The standard configuration of the RSM-DIGI.vs includes an M-Stack delivery system. The optional S-Stack is an adjustable de-nesting station to handle several products across, and Spider is a high speed robotic stacking and counting system which operates at continuous web speeds up to 50 m/min.

For rotary die cutting, Schober introduces pressure monitoring to provide additional safety during pressure adjustments,

The company also demonstrates a Braille embossing module which can be inserted on a printing or converting machine. In the press the brail embossing is applied in the creasing or die cutting station.

Screen USA

Screen USA launches in the US its Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press, with printing speeds up to 164 ft/min on a 13.7-inch web. Each printhead jets four levels of grayscale, resolution is 600 x 600dpi and minimum droplet size 3 picoliters.

The Truepress Jet L350UV utilizes Screen’s proprietary high-definition UV inks, now including an opaque white. Other features include automatic printhead cleaning.

Workflow is controlled by the Equios workflow and RIP.

Sekisui Ta Industries

STA will introduce its new 1106 matte polypropylene super thin overlaminate. This thin (0.95 mils thick) non-reflective surface polypropylene product creates labels with a ‘softer’ look and feel.

Spartanics

A new launch is the Spartanics LSR 350 laser cutter line, which comes complete with semi-rotary die cutting, hot stamping, lamination, UV varnish, slitting and a 400 Watt laser. The Spartanics LSR 350 is compatible with the Spartanics’ Fastline laser cutting software released earlier this year, which greatly simplifies and speeds job setup.

SPGprints

SPGPrints demonstrates its modular DSI digital UV inkjet press for the first time with a new range of low-migration inks.

The printing platform, with CMYK as standard, can be specified with up to six more print heads. Options are orange and violet to make 90 percent of the Pantone color gamut achievable, digital white with ‘screen-look’ opacity and digital primer to maximise substrate compatibility.

Also new to the US market is SPGPrints’ variLEX hybrid CTP (computer-to-plate) and CTS (computer-to-screen) processor, delivering a single digital imaging solution for high-definition flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress printing formes. 

variLEX can be equipped with a multibeam diode laser system for ablating the black mask and/or a multibeam diode laser system to directly expose UV-sensitive materials like screens. Its integrated inline exposure system facilitates ablation and exposure in one step. This eliminates the need for offline exposure and ensures sharp printing results.

The machine accommodates different mounting cylinders to handle all common plate and screen material available on the market. These include a black anodized vacuum cylinder for flexo plates, a magnetic cylinder for screens and letterpress plates, and a hybrid cylinder (vacuum and magnetic) to handle all materials.

SPGPrints’ also shows its range of retrofittable RSI (Rotary Screen Integration) units.

Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical introduces its global Solaris System, a complete line of inks, consumables and coatings for a wide range of narrow web applications including self-adhesive and in-mold labels, wrap-arounds, shrink sleeves, tubes, and food and pharmaceutical packaging.

Also on display will be the SunInspire sensory coatings line, which offers special effects including high luster metallic, fluorescent, glitter, and pearlescent/iridescent finishes. SunInspire tactile coatings, ranging from coarse and gritty to soft and smooth, appeal to the sense of touch. Other coatings in the line can create an interactive experience with color shifting, reticulating, and other aromatic coatings.

There will be live demonstrations of Sun Chemical’s SunLase laser marking technology, a coating that enables brand owners to add information to both secondary and primary packaging without the traditional inkjet process.