Labelexpo Europe 2019: A-Z preview

The 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe is set to be the largest show in its history.
Labelexpo Europe 2019: A-Z preview

'We are very much looking forward to the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe, set to be our largest show to date. Exhibitor participation this year has been truly incredible, not only in the number of returning companies, but also the newcomers joining us for the first time. It is astonishing to think that at the first show there were just 44 exhibitors – proof of how far the industry has grown in the last four decades,' said Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series.

New feature areas include the Sustainability Café and the Flexible Packaging Arena, while a host of educational opportunities are available throughout the show.

You can read Andy Thomas' thoughts on the show here, and Mike Fairley on the show's 40th anniversary here

A-Z preview:

AB Graphic presents a digital embellishment module, Digilase 4.0 laser system, B5010 Booklet machine and Advanced fleyeVision camera inspection and editing system. The digital embellishment module – Jetfx – for integration on the Digicon Series 3 converting line allows for multiple processes in one pass including spot varnishing, cold foiling and tactile screen. It features two inkjet heads with UV pinning and UV curing, automated cold foil throw-off, shuttle system for inspection and waste reduction, chill rollers for heat sensitive materials and pre-press software. On the Digilase 4.0 laser system the web path has been reduced and lead in/out material has been decreased, resulting in a reduction in waste. The B5010 Booklet machine can process up to 36,000 booklet labels per hour with a registration accuracy of +/- 0.5mm. AB Graphic has also teamed up with Cerm to develop an MIS/ERP integration, which will debut at Labelexpo.

Ace Electrostatic shows the AR750 Contact and DM1000 Contactless web cleaners, and 24V static elimination systems. AR750 now features tool-less replacement of both pre-perforated adhesive and rubber rollers. 24V antistatic bars are placed both on infeed and outfeed.

Acme Roll Tech showcases anilox rolls for the labels, offset, flexo and corrugated industry.

Actega Metal Print shows EcoLeaf, claimed a sustainable technology for producing metallization graphics. The EcoLeaf process applies metal flakes onto substrates. The unit can be integrated in-line into conventional and digital printing presses.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö shows its range of Acti-V super calandered papers, and Silco clay-coated release papers. Acti-V release papers are claimed to enable stronger and more durable silicone anchorage, as well as savings in platinum and energy through the silicone coating process. Acti-V XB release papers feature an enhanced surface barrier, effectively improving silicone coverage and offering the possibility to optimize silicone coat-weight. The Silco range of clay coated release papers includes Silco flat, high lay-flat, two-side coated papers for high performance digital and screen printed or plotter cut graphic laminates.

Albertin showcases its new Smart Register Plate system, which is said to speed up machines’ start-up time.

Aluminium Féron a manufacturer of durable substrates for labels and tags, introduces a new laser printable polyester film, Montex. The company also showcases products for thermal transfer printing on high temperature aluminum, and materials for protecting RFID tags.

AMS Spectral UV previews its new XPi FLEX Series LED UV curing technology for mid-web, wide-web and CI flexo presses with integrated Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) capability.

Anytron will demonstrate the integration of digital printing and any-Cut II laser finisher with Bitek’s latest in-line technology.

Applied Laser Engraving introduces its nano-second 500-watt harmony laser engraving machine. This technology allows the end user to laser engrave metals, ceramics and polymerics all on a single laser engraving machine. This gives access to a variety of applications including security, optical film, gravure, embossing, anilox, flexo, letterpress and applicator rolls, all engraved on a single machine.

Arconvert presents its new swatch-books Avec Plaisir! and Innovation & Inspiration. Avec Plaisir!, a celebration of Manter’s 75th anniversary, contains ten self-adhesive papers. Innovation & Inspiration, aimed at premium label printing, features Arconvert’s high-opacity H+O technology and the waterproof technology X-Dry, as well as new textured self-adhesive papers. This year, all Arconvert’s self-adhesive papers have achieved FSC certification as a standard.

Armor shows the upgraded version of its AXR TX ribbon technology dedicated to textile labeling applications. Armor is also showing its inkanto brand of thermal transfer ribbons.

Asahi Photoproducts displays its AWP-DEW water-washable plates, the first to use the company’s CleanPrint technology. CleanPrint reduces the surface energy of the printing plate, enabling better ink transfer to the substrate. CleanPrint has the beneficial effect of reducing ink filling-in the mid-tone area, leading to fewer cleaning intervals and less press downtime.

Ashe Converting Equipment launches its new Opal ‘ISR’ series with 100 percent visual camera inspection system. The machine has a 440mm width and will include Ashe’s own camera inspection system with a fully integrated web path to stop any pre-determined fault, on a splicing table prior to slitting and going onto the rewinds. The system is built in a fully modular format and can be configured according to the customer’s requirements.

Ashland shows water-based laminating adhesives, which open new possibilities for using flexible packaging.

AstroNova showcases two new printers, including what is claimed to be the first 5-color desktop device, along with other innovations.

AV Flexologic showcases its wide-ranging portfolio of automatic plate mounting equipment.

Avery Dennison focuses on new sustainability initiatives, including rPE, claimed the industry’s first facestock made from recycled polyethylene; rPET, a liner with more than 30 percent recycled PET bottle content, which is shortlisted for this year’s Label Industry Global Awards; and an extension of Avery Dennison’s CleanFlake portfolio, an innovation which enables closed-loop PET recycling and which has won this year’s Finat Recycling and Sustainability award. Avery Dennison also introduces its portfolio of smart and intelligent label products. Avery Dennison will also feature new service platforms designed to inspire labeling innovation in its ‘World of Imagination’, one of four areas of its stand at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

AVT is co-located with its partner Esko and will introduce Industry 4.0 workflow automation technologies. AVT inspection systems will be shown linked digitally to the Esko Automation Engine and X-Rite’s Color-Cert, allowing automatic set-up of jobs for inspection on conventional and digital presses. AVT will also showcase two Helios 100 percent inspection systems, Helios S Turbo+ and the Helios Turbo HD+, the latter designed for high-resolution automatic inspection of barcodes and variable data and for customers operating wider-web platforms between web widths 445mm and 670mm. For digital presses, AVT will show the Helios D 100 percent automatic inspection system that addresses missing nozzles, ink drips, color uniformity and other digital print-specific challenges.

Axicon Auto ID showcases its barcode verifiers.

Baldwin Vision Systems shows the Guardian PQV 100 percent print inspection system paired with Guardian RTM Real-Time Monitoring, which enables press operators to monitor changes as they happen. Guardian RTM uses a central server to monitor, collect, and display real-time inspection data. Other systems on show include the Autotron 3600 register control module; ColorTrack, which facilitates press-side correction of ink formulations to reduce the number of ink corrections needed to achieve accurate color; and the DeltaCam in-line spectral measurement system.

Bar Graphic Machinery launches five new products. Digiflex is a modular digital label converting line equipped with re-register flexographic print station, lamination, semi-rotary die-cutting module with laser die alignment for fast change overs, and a rapid slit module that automatically sets the slitting blades in seconds. Rapidslit is a fully automatic digital knife box that automates the setting of the slitting blades through the HMI touch screen. Other models shown include BGM’s label eye inspection slitter rewinder, fitted with E+L’s latest 200 percent vision inspection system. Also demonstrated is the eco range of energy efficient die-cutting and inspection slitter rewinders.

Berhalter demonstrates reduced energy consumption and heat build-up on its die-cutting machines using newly designed recuperation systems.

Berkeley Machinery unveils its new EasyCut 1500 Semi-Automatic core cutter.

Bitek Technology launches a compact digital laser die-cutter. Any-Cut II is an all-in-one unit with web guiding, laminating, laser cutting, scrap paper removal, slitting and two rewinders. A key feature is auto-job changeover, achieved by reading the barcode of each job and changing the cutting data automatically. Bitek also introduces an add-on unit for Any-Cut II called Any-link. This acts as a buffer that synchronizes the speed between the printer and the laser die-cutter. It makes it easier to connect a digital printer with Any-Cut II.

Bixolon will introduce the XT5-40 industrial desktop label printer. The XT5-40 4-inch (114mm) is a thermal transfer industrial desktop label printer for high volume printing in a variety of applications including logistics, manufacturing and warehousing. It is available as XT5-40 (203 DPI), XT5-43 (300 DPI) and XT5-46 (600 DPI) print resolution media options. The printer’s standard model (XT5-40) supports fast data processing and print speeds up to 14ips (356mm/sec). It supports a media roll diameter up to 203mm, ribbon length up to 450mm, and features adjustable printhead pressure.

Bobst unveils its new hybrid flexo/digital press along with a range of new technology introductions, including Ink-on-Demand (IoD), which eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades; Highly Automated Liquids (HAL), an off-line ink mixing station for producing Pantone colors from 14 basic inks; and DigiColor, an in-line ‘closed loop’ color system that enables digital color adjustment to the target Delta E values during printing. These innovations have paved the way for a new hybrid flexo press with integrated Mouvent inkjet unit. Other machines on display include M5 IoD/DigiColor, which transforms flexo printing into a fully digitized process; LB702-WB from Mouvent, for 100 percent water-based digital label production; M1X in-line UV flexo press; and M6 press for short and medium runs.

Böttcher unveils a new plate mounting sleeve for use with photopolymer and elastomer plates. New BöttcherFlex chemical products for the cleaning of printing plates and anilox rollers are also shown. Products for direct laser engraving, DLE sleeves and DLE rubber plates complete the portfolio for flexo printing. Böttcher offers special rubber tubes and sleeves for tinting and coating of various substrates, situatable for primer application on a digital printing press.

Brain4Tools software manages print tool inventory – including determining ideal print sequence for faster job preparation. The company also demonstrates the Scan4Tools application which captures information during tool check-in and check-out, including archive number and job run length.

Brotech launches the modular SDF Plus converting system, which incorporates a 90-degree pivoting hot stamp head and a full system for manufacturing small folding carton products, incorporating flatbed hot stamping, screen printing, flatbed die-cutting, semi-rotary/full rotary flexo unit and semi-rotary/full rotary die-cutting unit. It is also capable of being outfitted for IML labels, ECL booklets and RFID converting.

BST eltromat and technology partner Hybrid Software demonstrate software integration which closes the gap between e-commerce portals, pre-press workflows, MIS/ERP systems and printing presses. Other products shown include the TubeScan family of 100 percent inspection systems of partner Nyquist Systems, a member of the BST Group since the beginning of this year, and web guiding systems including CompactGuide, EcoGuide and the line and contrast sensor CLS Pro 600 in combination with the new sensor positioning device FVG POS 100.

Cadlink launches software for printing and die-cutting low to mid-volumes of labels, stickers and tags. Cadlink’s Digital Factory RIP software drives laser toner printers and desktop-sized sheet or roll fed cutting devices, and incorporates color management and white toner handling. Barcode-based die-cutting allows a fully automated workflow. The software can be paired with any printers or cutters that Digital Factory presently supports. Cadlink Technology will develop custom drivers and color profiles for devices not currently supported.

Canon premieres the Océ LabelStream 4000 series UV inkjet press. The press is displayed in a fully integrated single-pass hybrid label conversion line running at 75m/min, with a selection of flexo stations, cold foiling and semi-rotary die-cutting.

Carl Ostermann Erben (coe) demonstrates Bellissima DMS screening technology. coe is the exclusive pre-press partner in Germany for Bellissima DMS. The technology enables users to print moiré free, without color shifts due to misregistration, in offset quality, with highlight dots down to 1 percent. coe also gives an outlook on how Bellissima DMS may shape the future of 7-color printing.

Cartes shows the GT360 and Gemini series of modular converting systems, configurable with flatbed silkscreen for high-build print, hot stamping and metallic doming, embossing and de-bossing, semi-rotary flexo for flood and spot varnishing, flat bed and semi-rotary die-cutting as well as laser converting processes.

Cerm demonstrates business automation software (ERP/MIS) developments. The Smart BI business intelligence platform now has a tool to analyze plant performance and includes a personalized dashboard accessible by tablet or smartphone. A live monitor shows real-time performance status of production equipment. At Labelexpo Cerm will demonstrate a cloud-based link to display the performance of machines running on several partners’ booths.

Cheshire Anilox Technology demonstrates its ProFlo engraving which, by offering a more controlled ink transfer, is claimed to eliminate many of the problems related to fixed palette, or ECG printing. Cheshire also demonstrates two more versions of its TactiLoX engraving to tackle more challenging tactile effects in flexo without the use of embossing or expensive tooling. MaxFlo+, which solves UV spitting, and easy Flo HD for high opacity whites in one pass, are also demonstrated.

Codimag unveils productivity improvements to its established 420mm-wide Viva 420 Aniflo press, including a new web drive system allowing maximum speeds of 85m/min to be achieved, with in-line finishing. Once again, Codimag’s Aniflolive experience invites customers to print their own job on the press. An integrated digital workflow between pre-press and the press will also be launched.

Coherent (formerly Rofin), a first-time exhibitor, shows systems for reel-to-reel laser perforation, laser cutting, and laser easy open. At the show it launches the new Starshape series. This incorporates the in-house manufactured J series CO2 laser.

Colop launches E-mark, its first mobile (battery-operated) electronic marking device. E-mark is based on inkjet technology combined with an app for smartphones or tablets (Android and iOS), and allows text, logos or photos to be printed in full color. Date, time or numbering functions are included, as well as a barcode and QR code generator. The prints can be applied to any ink-absorbent surfaces from paper to wood.

Colordyne Technologies joins Bitek Technology to demonstrate the integration of digital printing with laser die cutting using Bitek's latest any-link technology. This is the first European event where Colordyne's 1800 Series C will be on display after its launch in the first quarter of 2019.

Colorware premieres new extensions to its MeasureColor device-independent color workflow system. ChromaTrack tells press operators how to navigate the shortest route to match the target color, while MeasureColor Reports allows converters to build specific print quality reports for individual customers, including live dashboards.

Contiweb promotes its Contiweb Thallo offset press. Key features include an advanced web tension control system which enables printing on a wide range of substrates including in-mold labels, wraparound labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging for food and non-food applications.

Convertech Equipment displays its Sureprint Series 1000 and Excel Pro doctor blades, the latter optimized for printing metallic printing inks.

Cosmo Films shows its new range of labeling films, including a double-coated PS label film, matte-coated PS label film, transparent in-mold label film, and high tear-resistant synthetic paper for tags and labels.

Creative Edge Software launches the latest version of its iC3D software codeveloped with API Group and focused on specialist print finish materials such as foils and laminates.

CSW Germany shows transfer films for use on paper, board, film and for partial transfer. On display will also be cold foil for flexography and offset printing in silver, color and holographic patterns.

Daco Solutions will exhibit at Labelexpo Europe 2019 the new Daco DF250SRD semi-rotary die-cutter, a Daco PLD350, and the Daco DP350 UV inkjet digital label press.

Daetwyler SwissTec shows its MDC Pearlstar doctor blade with a new coating claimed to eliminate ink spitting as well as back doctoring.

Dantex demonstrates standalone and inline finishing versions of its 350mm-wide Picojet LED-UV cured inkjet press, which prints up to 75m/min with a resolution of 600 DPI at 2.5pl dot size. Features include temperature-controlled impression roller for heat-sensitive substrates, static control, web cleaning and corona treatment. In-line finishing options include die-cutting, lamination, backslit or edge trim, slitting and rewinding.  VDP functionality is also demonstrated. Also on display is the company’s latest photopolymer plate processor, AquaFlex 920F, which has been designed to work with the new filtration-free UV flexo plate RapidoFlex. 

DeCo System shows its Sentinel and Multilabel systems. Sentinel is a modular quality control system for inspecting the full length of the printed reel, detecting missing labels, splices, remaining matrix, flags on the web and other printing defects such as missing color, spots, substrate damage, color deviation and misregistration. Multilabel is a finishing machine equipped with color touch screen, automatic tension control, label/meter/diameter counter and Sentinel print inspection system.

Delfort shows its release base paper, Tersil UltraLight Base, which boasts a low weight of only 35gsm and incorporates recycled materials. The thinness of the product reduces the need for changeovers on the coater by 38 percent Tersil UltraLight Base is offered in white and gold.

Delta ModTech demonstrates its Crusader rotary converter incorporating the Mod-Track Vision Inspection System. The demonstration will feature rotary die-cutting, with closed loop re-registration, vision inspection and multi-layer lamination. Frontier, a Delta ModTech company, will showcase slot-die coating on its DynaCoat. This turnkey coating and drying system has a small footprint and is marketed for lab scale, pilot scale or production coating.

DG Press presents the latest developments in hybrid web offset printing with the Vision hybrid web offset press and Thallo web offset press. 

Dienes presents its label slit 4.0 automatic knife positioning system which can be integrated into new or existing converting machines for crush, razor blade and shear cutting. For slitting the narrow cutting widths from 19mm, the company shows the DS4 shear cut knife holder. Thanks to a unique honeycomb structure, the DS4 knife holders can be nested closely together, and there is separate control of slitting pressure and vertical adjustment.

Dilli shows the Neo Picasso Double White NP-210-6-W2PC-VF digital label press. With a maximum print width of 220mm, this press can print CMYK+ two special colors, with orange and green as options. Features of the press include corona treater, chiller and full variable data printing.

Dimatra demonstrates a non-stop shrink sleeve seaming machine which uses a vision system to control the motorized positioning of the seaming system. The machine runs at 500m/min and has three winding stations for fast and easy unloading of small diameter rolls. Dimatra will demonstrate a complete converting line featuring slitting, seaming, inspection and cutting for shrink sleeves.

DNP shows its new V300 resin, which prints on substrates ranging from paper and polypropylene to PET. It images equally well on all types of laminates, varnishes and top-coats. It is also capable of producing crisp, dark images at both low and high print speeds. This product is marketed for desktop printer models with smaller footprints. Also on display is M255, DNP’s new wax/resin formulation and the new sustainable Tough Core. M255 helps secure readable labels. It offers high-level abrasion and print durability owing to its resistance to chemicals such as methanol, ethanol or motor oil. Plastic waste reduction is the driver behind the Tough Core. This reinforced carton core replaces the polystyrene core and helps decrease ribbon changing issues.

Domino displays a dual bar version of its K600i UV inkjet module integrated with an AB Graphic Omega SRI slitter inspection-rewinder to print 100 percent verified, machine readable codes onto die-cut labels. The K600i prints at up to 150m/min at 600 x 600 DPI.

DP Lenticular shows the new features of its MicroFlex rolls claimed to be the thinnest press-stable lens array material available on the market.

Dunmore unveils its new line of Dun-Jet UV inkjet-compatible materials, providing enhanced adhesion and print quality on a range of materials including polyester and BOPP films.

DuPont demonstrates new applications for its established Tyvek HDPE substrate, including wine labels, bags, leaflets, wristbands, and racing numbers. Tyvek is a breathable paper-like material but stronger, recyclable and can be printed with various technologies. DuPont will be also debuting an upgraded version of Cyrel Easy plates for the paper segment. 

Durico shows a range of direct thermal films and inkjet-compatible label facestocks. New products will include translucent direct thermal films, providing a frosted look to a see-through label, and durable GHS Inkjet label film facestock.

Durst expands its RSC platform of UV inkjet label presses with new workflow products including Web2Production, Workflow Label and customized MIS integration software packages. Durst will be printing with a new low migration UV ink for the RSC platform which meets compliance with EUPIA and Swiss Ordinance regulations for food and pharma packaging. Durst will also showcase the new modular Tau RSCi label press with a choice of print width from 13, 16,5 or 20 inches and a printing speed of up to 328ft/min. Durst’s Tau 330 RSC and RSC-E presses will also be on display with new features including a high opacity white print mode for an increased screen-like opacity and a high speed white print mode that allows high speed printing of all colors including white.

Dynic (UK) launches a range of inkjet compatible textile care label materials suitable for use with the latest pigmented color inkjet printer systems. The new range offers the ability to produce high resolution, full color textile care labels with wash test and dry-cleaning resistance.

Edale shows print modules from its FL3 and FL5 presses. The latest technology from Edale includes the new EZ Die which allows a complete die change in less than 60 seconds. The company will also show an EFX Print Bar, a UV inkjet system designed to digitalize print finishing and embellishment. Edale’s FDC flatbed die-cutting module is also demonstrated. It can be run either off-line or in-line with the FL5, combining low tooling costs with cut, crease, embossing and waste stripping.

Emax Label Solutions presents a range of inkjet-compatible materials suitable for both dye and pigment inks. As well as paper and films, the range includes wash-resistant textile labels. Adhesive options include hot-melt and acrylic adhesives and heat-sealable adhesives for the printing of mattress and carpet labels as well as a wash-resistant adhesives for garment labels.

Emmendinger Maschinenbau (EMB) presents the latest DS520 series model with the newly developed EMBosser enabling precisely positioned embossing and the EMBedded inspection system allowing high-resolution print image control and pinhole detection. Detected defects are automatically rejected. The modular machine design allows options to be retrofitted later.

Epson launches four new ColorWorks on-demand digital label printers which include built-in application functionalities and a new high-speed industrial label printer, the Surepress L-6534 VW. The company also demonstrates a new in-line spectrophotometer designed to ensure consistent color output on all printed media.

Erhardt+Leimer launches an entry level video system, the Elscan OMS3, incorporating the company’s dualView technology. Also demonstrated is Smartscan, which combines web monitoring, inspection and label counting. E&L describes this as ‘200 percent’ inspection because web images are captured with two different illumination methods, which means that defects can be detected that are not visible using classical incident illumination.

Esko runs live demonstrations of its CDI Crystal 4835 imager and XPS Crystal exposure unit. New software launches include Print Control Wizard for labels, ArtPro+ native PDF editor, and the latest versions of Automation Engine workflow and WebCenter project management packages. A 3D Store Visualizer display, set up in association with V-Tales, will highlight new usage of 3D visualization for packaging and labels, and demonstrate how they complement the various design creation programs on the market.

Ethic Software unveils its Collection 2.0 ERP, which includes a web-based calculation engine available to process quotes. A ‘customer area’ space allows end users to follow their orders, renew orders and view order management data such as stocks, production and delivery billing.

ETI demonstrates its Pellicut die-cutting module. Pellicut allows converters to die-cut on an 18 micron PET liner or 30gsm paper at speeds up to 225m/min without marking the liner. The module uses conventional magnetic cylinders, with fast die and anvil changes. Pellicut is offered in different web widths: 330mm, 420mm, 520mm 570mm and 670mm and a repeat range 275mm to 915mm. The module can be integrated in-line with the Cohesio, retrofitted on an existing press or offered as stand-alone die-cutting equipment.

Eukalin launches a UV-acrylic hotmelt adhesive, UV 1237, which offers excellent adhesion to filmic surfaces such as PP or HDPE. Eukalin UV 2212 is marketed for pharmaceutical or tamper-evident labels, with a high tack and peel adhesion. An optical brightener emits a blue light so that the adhesive layer of a filmic label applied on pharmaceutical packaging can be detected. For shrink sleeves, Eukalin 7238 VDC is a multi-purpose heat seal with an activating temperature of 75 deg C. The solvent-free positioning adhesive for shrink sleeves is printable on rotogravure, flexo and offset printing machines.

Evonik shows its new Plexiglas films, based on polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). PMMA is a transparent, colorless polymer with a high degree of weather resistance, and compatible with a wide variety of additives and pigments. Plexiglass films can be supplied in a range of finishes including highly transparent or opaquely colored, with a smooth or textured surface, and either in durable or ultra-destructible formats. Evonik’s Nutrition & Care division shows new products in the Tego RC Silicones range. Tego RC 1904 is a single-component product designed for high-speed peel applications. It has good anchorage to both plastic films and papers without the need to add organic acrylates. Tego RC 1904 maintains a stable release force even under humid storage conditions. A new release coating based on Evonik Tego RC 730 offers top face protection for direct thermal linerless labels. Developed for non-top coated thermal papers, it can also be used for top coated thermal paper grades and will be demonstrated using a Logopak dispenser. Logopak is a co-exhibitor on the booth.

EyeC demonstrates its latest inspection workflow developments, including a package which allows the EyeC software to retrieve information from pre-press systems to speed up the inspection of imposition files. EyeC will perform live demonstrations of the EyeC ProofRunner Web for inspecting narrow webs and the EyeC Quality Link, which removes faulty material with the help of inspection data from the press. The company will also present new systems for wide web inspection up to 1,700 mm and the EyeC Proofiler 1200 DT with scan size up to 1,270 x 915mm.

FAG launches a new pocket-sized measuring device, FAG Fluo DX, to check non-visible colors in the UV spectrum. The device is available for different UV illuminations such as 365+280, 365 and 365+254nm. The company will also show the FAG Flex³ Pro with new software showing more detail for 3D dot analysis. The FAG Creasy analyzer has a new motorized scanning table, the FAG E-Guide Pro2, for emboss measurements.

Finat, the European association for the self-adhesive label industry, hosts a series of ‘flash talks’ – short 10 minute presentations. Click here for the full schedule

Flexo Concepts promotes its established polymer-based TruPoint Orange doctor blade. Orange is claimed to deliver effective wiping on anilox line screens up to 785L/cm.

Flexo Wash launches the FW 993 XL.NXT anilox cleaner, capable of handling up to nine rolls simultaneously. Other anilox cleaning systems on display include the FW Handy Midi 2x2, FW Handy Mini 2 and FW 2000 Laser. Flexo Wash shows the PW 45WR for plate cleaning and the PK 92-1 for screen cleaning. Machines for parts cleaning systems include the PK 200WR TrolleyLoad and PK Eco Midi. New developments include the FW Recirculation Unit, which re-uses the rinse water from the Flexo Wash anilox cleaners in a closed loop system, and the PK Filtration Unit.

Flexor unveils the xCut Pro II semi-rotary digital finisher with integrated flexo unit and cold foil station. Other launches will include a semi-automatic turret rewinder and the iSlit automatic knife setting system for faster job set-ups. All machines from Flexor will be presented as Industry 4.0 ready. A new integrated IoT gateway module simplifies the capturing and analyzing of machine data and makes it easier to continuously measure and improve productivity. Alongside these machineries, the company will introduce the redesigned IQ Series press with flexo UV station, jumbo unwind and the new semi-automatic turret rewinder.

Flint Group Narrow Web demonstrates packaging constructions printed using a range of BPA-free UV curable inks compliant with the latest CMR labeling requirements. Flint shows its latest LED curing inks and provides guidance on inks and varnishes suitable for hybrid presses, where digital print technologies are combined with UV flexo, UV screen and other embellishment techniques. Flint Group’s color-matching service, Vivo Colour Solution, will also be demonstrated and further enhancements will be launched at the show.

Folex demonstrates its expertise in coated face films for adhesive manufacturers, as well as finished adhesive label product options using permanent and removable adhesives.

Focus Label Machinery demonstrates the d-Flex hybrid press which integrates the latest Konica Minolta inkjet technology into a Reflex servo press with in-line UV flexo print head, die-cutting, slitting and rewinding. Focus also shows a 6-color, 330mm wide e-Flex press, equipped full LED and UV drying and chill roll system. The e-Flex incorporates top loading print cylinders and Rapid-Change print cartridges to reduce downtime and set-up times. It can also be integrated with a digital print module. Focus shows peel and reveal label production on a new generation Proflex SE compact flexo press. The Proflex SE is a full servo driven, modular press available with print widths of 250mm and 330mm.

Folien Fischer launches its new line of eco-friendly FOFIGreen materials, scratch resistant films and outdoor films with laser printable coatings. Also on display are PET, PP and PVC films optimized for water-based inkjet inks.  

Foyo Technology shows its range of thermal transfer ribbons and hot stamping foils.

Fujifilm showcases developments in three key areas: Flenex FW water washable plates and flexo processors; the retrofittable Illumina UV LED curing system; and UV inkjet imprinting bars that allows flexo printers to add digital capability to a flexo press or introduce off-line label customization.

Gallus launches Digital Printbar – a digital embellishing unit designed specifically for opaque white. With a printing width of 430mm (17in), the moveable inkjet-based Digital Printbar achieves an opacity claimed to rival that of conventional screen printing. The new Digital Printbar will be shown on the Gallus Labelmaster machine system but can be integrated into other systems such as the Gallus Labelfire or Gallus RCS 430. The company will also perform live demos of a new quick-change die-cut unit on the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced. Further highlights on the Gallus Labelfire digital label printing press will include fully variable data printing (fVDP) and the Digital Embellishment Unit.

Gama International teams up with its local dealer Advanced Machinery to present its range of viscometers, sleeve storage systems, and anilox and photopolymer cleaning systems.

GEW launches the LeoLED UV curing unit which is fully compatible with GEW’s ArcLED hybrid system. It has a 50mm-wide window to give a long dwell time and is waterproof-sealed for easy cleaning. It is also resilient to dust and ink. The LED array delivers electrical power of 88W/cm and an intensity of 25W/sq cm, with minimal light loss due to the direct UV path. The system is water-cooled. GEW also showcases its Multi-Point UV monitor system which measures UV dose at the web surface through the print run.

GIC shows a new version of the Dyxee Cut 350 L finishing and embellishment system fitted with a flexo module, cold stamping and die-cutting. Also new is the Taginnov Speed Etiq module for integration RFID inlays into pre-die-cut labels. Global Graphics Software shows its suite of screening technologies which correct quality defects in inkjet output. The ScreenPro screening engine, Advanced Inkjet Screens and PrintFlat have all been designed to overcome streaking, mottling and banding artifacts. Also on display will be Fundamentals, a digital front end with a modern user interface that makes it easy to submit and monitor jobs. It gives consistent, fully adjustable color and its Harlequin RIP is capable of processing high throughput variable data jobs. Fundamentals is a collaboration with Hybrid Software.

GMG Color introduces a direct connection between its ColorServer and OpenColor packages which enables users to publish profiles created in GMG OpenColor directly into GMG ColorServer. The adjustment of paper tints, custom printing conditions or the change of printing parameters is now more efficient and automated. GMG will also demonstrate how complex packaging designs and layouts including spot colors can be simulated with color-accurate proofs on media close to packaging production substrates, including transparent or metallic film using the Epson SC-S80600. GMG also introduces GMG ColorCards, which allows users to create digital color references in less than three minutes. Based on spectral color values, the digital color cards can be printed in various layouts and with accurate substrate simulation.

GoDex unveils a new high-speed thermal transfer printer, the ZX1000Xi with print resolution up to 300 DPI print and speeds up to 14in/sec. Options include cutter, Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity, external label rewinder, label dispenser and internal rewinder.

Goodun shows its KP480 UV LED curing system. Suitable for narrow and mid web flexo printing, it features a hybrid wavelength which can adapt to different photoinitiators. Light decay is claimed to be less than 20 percent over 50,000 hours of use. It can support a print speed of up to 400m/min.

Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM) shows numerous finishing systems, featuring advances in automation and high value applications including multi-layer and hot foil/screen embellished labels. The 2019 models feature quicker set-up time with plate loading for the die-cutting station, better ergonomic design for machine operation and online support. On show, GM’s DC350 line includes a new series of smart modules: Smart Turret (auto slit), Smart Die loading and a new Smart Stripping module. The 33FB wine label line features new faster hot foil stamping unit supporting up to 40m/min. SR350 is a new high-speed inspection slitter rewinder, featuring servo motion technology, auto-set knives, and a Nikka M1 inspection system option.  Also on display are the DC330Mini compact finishing system, DC330Miniflex V4 with GM Automatic Slitting Station, DC330 Modular finishing line shown in-line with inkjet label press, GM Online Production Dashboard, with advanced IoT connectivity, ETV330 roll to sheet guillotine cutter, and PNT160 semi-automatic core cutter.

Grafotronic presents no less than 11 machines, including seven new models. It shows four new fully modular digital finishing machines including hot stamping, embossing and flatbed screen. Other new modules are the LasX laser die-cutting system, a multilayer label module and a high-speed non-stop line with ‘Gigafast’ semi-rotary die-cutting at 160m/min. Grafotronic will introduce three new inspection slitter rewinders: the HI3 for 100 percent inspection and high speed slitting is the third generation of the HI; the SR3, a new vertical slitter rewinder for a lower budget but fully servo driven; and the Pharma2 200 percent re-inspection machine for pharma and security labels, which features inkjet numbering with inspection and automatic web tension and slitting. A converting machine from the DC2 range will be producing blanks and pre-printed labels during the show.

Graymills exhibits a new, more compact PQT Peristaltic Pump, which can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Features include a quick-disconnect removable head which allows head/tube changes to be accomplished in seconds without tools, a display which indicates rotational speed, hose life and reverse timer and a predictive hose failure monitor, and remote control. Graymills will also feature Inkitene, a new ‘bio-renewable and aluminum-safe’ cleaner to remove UV and water-based ink from all press parts.

GSB Wahl introduces its latest developments in low migration UV systems and solvent-free cleaners, including its cleanoMat flexo plate cleaning system. On show will be low migration waterless UV offset inks including associated low migration UV varnish, UV anti-adhesive varnish and cleaners; low migration UV screen inks with very high coverage; UV-LMS (Lowest Migration Systems) varnish and primers; low migration UV digital varnish for various digital printing processes; solvent-free cleaner for all UV systems and approved for low migration UV systems; and cleaning equipment for printing plates, anilox rollers and small parts. 

GSE introduces Windows 10-based controls for its dispensing systems, enabling machine designs with greater compactness and robustness, improved dispensing accuracy, long-term software upgradeability and machine connectivity. The company also releases GSE Ink manager 5.1 software featuring reports that provide more detail in component availability and usage. New reporting capabilities include VOC emissions and barrel changes per user.

Guangzhou Nickel Printing Machinery shows its FS350 semi-rotary offset press incorporating a PMAC motion control system. Each heavy duty print unit consists of 19 ink rollers and four water rollers configured to prevent ink streaking and ghosting. Each print unit has an automatic positioning system to reduce register time and material waste, with both horizontal and vertical movement of the print units controlled by an independent motor. The inspection camera system allows vertical, horizontal and skew register to be adjusted without stopping the machine.

Gutenberg launches the international (English) version of Gutenberg ERP software. Web-based, it is accessible from any device. It offers automatic quotations, production control, inventory control and Industry 4.0 connectivity. Quality control (paper quality control sheets can become digital) and inventory control (EPSMA-codes are stored for a detailed traceability of rolls) are among its features.

Guyenne Papier demonstrates a range of paper materials including fluorescent paper and inkjet compatible grades.

Hamillroad Software promotes its Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS) for offset (Auraia DMS) and flexo (Bellissima DMS). Auraia DMS is compatible with web heat-set, cold-set, and sheet-fed offset presses and enables customers to print at a higher effective LPI. Bellissima DMS rasterizes the input and determines the correct shape and size of dots to use, as well as determining exactly where the dots need to go on the plate according to the image being printed. The halftone dots are small enough to be invisible to the naked eye, but they are large enough to withstand the rigors of the printing process. The dots are positioned to support each other on the plate, and this provides them with strength and stability.

HanGlobal Digital Solutions (Hanglory Group), alongside European partner Swiss company Opal Digital Printing Equipment, shows the LabStar 330 UV inkjet press. The press has a print speed of 50m/min and is available from a 220mm print width at 600 DPI and four colors, to the top of-the-range 330mm width, 1,200 DPI and five colors. The basic machine is equipped with a corona treater and web cleaner. A wide variety of substrates can be processed. The machine will be available for demos at Opal’s European Competence Center in Switzerland after the show.

Harper Corporation of America displays its QD Proofer, an ink proofing and flatbed ink proofing system which uses flexo and gravure processes. It can be configured at four different speed units. The maximum travel speed is 150ft/min and the travel distance can be adjusted anywhere from 12 to 33 inches in one-inch increments. It is available in either a 2.75in or 5in proofer width. Harper also shows numerous engravings available for anilox rolls.

H.B. Fuller launches Fulltak SE 8116, a water-based acrylic adhesive for special applications, and also shows Swiftmelt 1838, a high-performance hotmelt PSA for the logistics label market.

Henkel shows its broad portfolio of pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) technologies, including conductive inks and a range of water-based PSA wash-off labels for PET bottles, enabling clean recycling. Henkel will also present its most recent developments in food safe labels and removable labels.

Hönle presents its latest curing systems for flexo and digital printing. LED powerline Flexo has a maximum output of > 25 W/sqm and is offered in air-cooled or water-cooled versions. It can also function as a conventional UV lamp by swapping cartridges. The control unit senses which unit is installed and adjusts all parameters automatically. jetCure LED is designed for inkjet inks and reaches an intensity of 18 W/sqm. Light aperture width is optionally 20mm or 40mm and the wavelength can be precisely matched to individual ink or varnish formulations.

HP Indigo demonstrates the HP Indigo 8000 printing at 262 ft/min in-line with the ABG Fast Track die; the mid-web HP Indigo 20000 digital press; and the HP Indigo 6900. There will be live demonstrations of digital pouch-making on an HP Indigo 20000 digital press with Pack Ready Lamination and the Karlville pouch-making machine. HP will also present its digital embellishment portfolio, including ElectroInk Silver to metallize the color gamut, HP Indigo GEM for fully digital, single pass printing and a product for printing colorful metallic effects with the HP Indigo 6900 digital press connected in-line with the Kurz DM-Jetliner. HP showcases its brand protection and security offering including HP Indigo ElectroInks invisible yellow and blue coupled with software and cloud-based systems that allow anti-counterfeiting marks, and protected track and trace systems. HP also offers its online web-to-pack workflow and the latest HP Production Pro for Labels and Packaging, which allows for a faster rip and better connectivity through the cloud.

Hueck Folien launches a metallized silver LDPE-based film, Sikskin, for conformable applications such as cosmetics tubes. Hiperprime is a new primer for durable label facestocks designed for technical applications in the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries as well as for use in laboratories. This primer has a high degree of chemical, mechanical and temperature resistance and is printable with UV flexo. Also new is a brushed silver film for decorative labels. Hueck Folien will also show void products, such as a silver holographic void with a bright hologram and tamper-evident effect.

Impact Air Systems shows its new Matrix Master waste extraction machine, a mobile unit contained in an acoustic enclosure. The precision model 78 series trim cutter, waste fan, material separator and cartridge filter form the heart of the system. An integrated oil mist injection system ensures the pressure-sensitive waste material does not stick to any of the internal surfaces.

Inkstar displays a range of black and colored thermal transfer ribbons in all categories including wax, wax resin, resin, near edge wax resin and ID card ribbons.

Innovia Films shows Rayoface Reclose92, a high clarity monoweb film designed for wet wipe pack applications, eliminating the need to laminate several layers together. In conjunction with an all-polyolefin wipe pack construction, it offers easier recycling after use versus alternative mixed material constructions. The company will also show Rayoface and Ultrafoil clear squeezable films, which have been downgauged by around 40 percent.

Integration Technology is showcasing its Pincure Z semiconductor technology.

Isra Vision showcases its label converter portfolio and demonstrates how to achieve automated quality assurance.

IST Metz presents its new LED curing system, LEDcure SCR, for retrofitting on flexo presses. The system is available in lengths from 270 to 540mm.

INX International will display a full range of conventional and digital products, including sustainable and dispensing products. 

Italstick shows a range of digital printable materials including PP and PE films, papers and boards. The company also shows wine label materials including felt-marked, embossed papers combined with adhesives for humid and cold surfaces with good ice bucket performance, and wash-off adhesives for reusable glass bottles.

Iwasaki exhibits the IF330 semi-rotary flexo press, optimized for short set-up time and fast job change. As a semi-rotary press, it offers cost savings compared to full rotary flexo with regard to plates and tooling. It is suited to short and medium run jobs. 

JD Press launches the JDF 420/330 series shaftless flexo press capable of printing on a wide range of paper and film-based materials. It features lightweight flexo sleeves, pre-registration system and intelligent overprinting system, as well as in-line stations such as cold foil stamping, lamination, delam/relam and turnbar. The press has a combination of UV drying, infrared drying and hot air drying.

Jet Europe promotes its Aguagreen water-wash flexo plates, available in both analogue and CTP formats, LSL water-wash letterpress and UV flexo plates, HD direct laser engraving DLE plates, analogue and CTP Jet Flex AR solvent plates, and rigid and cushion mounting tapes. A full range of processing systems for each plate type are demonstrated.

Jiangsu Dchange Materials introduces a range of specialist security and brand protection materials including tamper evident label materials and security tape, destructible labels, Void PET labelstocks, water-sensitive labels and anti-counterfeit labels. The PET VoidOne labestock comes with a glassine liner. When tampered with, the facestock disintegrates leaving Void or custom messages on the liner, which can then be cleanly removed.

Jiangsu Wampolet launches a film-based thermal range available in 65-190 micron thickness, and a 75 micron BOPP thermal facestock for frozen logistic labels used on food, medicine, drinks and other perishables and airline luggage tags. A 95micron BOPP film-based thermal facestock for food and meat labels features resistance to water, oil,plasticizer, scuffing and cold storage. 

JM Heaford demonstrates a range of plate mounting systems, including AutoMounter and the FTS, with options for the latter including tape roll holder and pre-register positioning lasers. The FTS is available in several widths and can be dedicated to either cylinders or sleeves. An entry-level EES model will also be demonstrated.

Jurmet shows the Langer3 inspection machine for wraparound labels and other monofoils, linerless as well as liner labels. The system is equipped with a 100 percent inspection camera and its working width is 520mm and speed 450m/min. In addition, Jurmet presents the Winder2 slitter with automatic knife setting. The company also shows a programmable core cutter, Cater-d for inner core diameter from 1in to 6in.  

Kanzan, part of the Japanese Oji Group, shows thermal papers for linerless materials among other products.

Kao Collins and Colordyne Technologies showcases the 3600 Series AP digital print engine. This marks the first trade show appearance for the aqueous pigment print engine. The new development incorporates Memjet’s DuraLink printhead technology into an 8.5-inch wide, full color print system. The new technology is claimed to offer ten times longer printhead life, resolution up to 1,600 by 1,585 DPI and print speeds up to 668ft/min (204m/min). Using pigment inkjet, it is compatible with a greater number of substrates, both coated and uncoated. The 3600 Series AP print engine is suited to both label converters –  it can be retrofitted onto existing flexo presses – and integration partners.

King + Chiasa present as a joint venture between Spanish company Chiasa and China-based King. The companies focus on garment labels in nylon, satin, polyester and cotton for all types of printing systems. Most products are certified Oeko-tex Standard 100 (Class I). Also launched will be a wide range of recycled materials.

Kocher + Beck shows the latest GapMaster design, which allows for both front and back cutting and is now available in a magnetic cylinder version for semi-rotary presses. Also shown is the UR Precision non-stop winding technology, demonstrated in a fully equipped non-stop off-line cutting configuration. The company’s TecScreen division shows its new screen printing mesh, as well as a compact cleaning unit. The TecScreen Processing Unit allows for standardization and optimization of the washout and drying process. For flexible dies, the new generation of Kocher + Beck Gluex Coating gives an improved non-stick result with less adhesive residue on the cutting edges. The KMS-4 Pressure Gauge System is also demonstrated with a higher stability under changes of load. Further highlights include the Quick Change die-cutting station where magnetic cylinders are pre-mounted during the current job and can be exchanged in seconds.

Koehler shows its portfolio of thermal papers, which has broadened following the installation of a new paper and coating machine – which is also a stepping stone into the flexible packaging market.

Konica Minolta launches its AccurioLabel 230 digital toner press, running at up to 23.4m/min on a wide range of materials now including PP, PET and synthetic papers. Print width is adjustable between 250 and 300mm. An overprinting option allows the AccurioLabel 230 to print on pre-printed media. Makeready times have been reduced thanks to the fuser being kept warm for up to 30 minutes. Developed and manufactured in Europe with Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM), the AccurioLabel 230 has been built on the Konica Minolta AccurioPress engine technology.

Kor Engineering will unveil its latest finishing machine developments. 

KPG Europe introduces Digicase, a UV inkjet-based system developed for printers of artificial casings now adapted for label production as well. Digicase can print on a wide variety of filmic substrates including polyamide casings and bags, food packaging films and plastic casings in full color, plus white. Single and dual pass printing is supported in multiple web widths, and with a choice of print resolution and operating speeds. Options include flexo print heads and a chilled central impression drum. Resino Trykfarver has developed a specialist ink for use with Digicase, enabling digitally printed polyamide casings to meet existing meat packaging standards including autoclave processing.

KTI, exhibiting alongside fellow Quantum Design-owned CTC, demonstrates the latest version of its MTR series turret rewinder, suited to running pressure-sensitive labestock. Enhancements have been made to the model offering increased product speeds, print and apply functionality and other features. The turret rewinder offers a new roll closure system with in-line print and apply, allowing customers to add various product and production information to the roll closure labels. These labels are automatically printed and applied to the finished rolls before they remove from the machine. In addition to the print and apply, the machine running at the show automatically loads cores onto the machine, eliminating the need for an operator to load. 

Kurz launches its new in-line digital cold foiling system, the DM-Liner module, which is integrated into the HP Indigo 6900 digital press. The foil is laminated to the unprinted substrate using an inkjet-applied UV curing adhesive, with LED pinning to increase drop placement accuracy. A PET carrier is then removed and the substrate is transported to the 6900 for overprinting, producing full-color metallic effects, including variable print, in a single pass. The DM Liner’s production speed is up to 75m/min, which allows it to keep pace with the print engine, with a jetting resolution of 600 x 600 DPI on a 340mm web width. The DM-Liner forms part of Kurz’s Digital Metal eco-system which includes a wide range of customized high gloss holographic, diffractive and silver foils. 

Label Source demonstrates its SWP-330-2C+2-CNC press equipped with flatbed screen printing station, flexo station, flatbed hot foil/embossing, lamination, flatbed and semi-rotary die-cutting, and chill rolls. All press parameters can be saved and recalled via a touch screen display. The press has full servo tension control and each print group has automatic register control which takes into account different material characteristics.

Labeltech shows its new Stelvio330 digital converting machine with sleeve-based flexo varnish unit, cold foil, full/semi rotary die-cutting and UV LED curing. It also demonstrates its latest-generation slitter rewinder, Ortles, in two versions. While the standard rewinder comes with E+L Smartscan inspection system, an advanced version features automatic knife positioning and semi-automatic turret rewinder. Also on display is a Sciliar 260 bidirectional horizontal rewinder with Rea Jet inkjet variable data marker and BST Tubescan 4K inspection system, alongside two roll lifters.

Label Traxx, the management information software specialist for the label converting industry, announces new software features which will debut at Labelexpo, including integration with HP Indigo, Esko and Herma systems.

Lartec launches an automated online service for orders or quotations, as well as advanced traceability services for production transport, historical orders and reorders.

Laserclean exhibits two new versions from its portfolio of ALCS laser cleaning machines. The Laserclean Narrow Web machine ALCS 1000 S(F) is a compact, easy-to-use system. Chain wheels and bearings do not need removal and after cleaning the roller can be used immediately. The cleaning cycle is fast (five minutes average) and no consumables, such as granulates, chemicals or water, are needed. Additionally, a new ALCS 2100 S(F) sleeve cleaning machine will be shown.

Lehner shows its FlexoMatrix plate mounter with a range of automated features including format presetting, print form identification and sequential mounting of several printing plates on one cylinder. Print job management is fully automated.

Lemorau displays a total of eight machines, including its most recent developments: the MEBR+ modular digital finishing machine; the Digi LC entry-level digital printing, coating and finishing machine; the ICR3 inspection and finishing machine; the EBRM+ rotary and semi-rotary table-top finishing machine; a CRM table-top slitter rewinder; an automatic and manual core cutter CTA and CT, and two ER400 roll lifters in standard and 2000mm sizes. The MEBR+ modular digital finishing machine is fully modular and runs in full rotary and semi-rotary mode. The machine on display will have a flexo module added to the standard configuration. The Digi LC can print, coat and die-cut all in one process. This is based on high resolution inkjet with web width ranging from 50 to 250mm.

Lemu Group shows its GTU glueless turret rewind systems, complemented by its fully automated roll label packaging system designed for high-speed use, eliminating costly down time, manual handling and waste. These systems allow converters to print, die-cut, turret rewind and immediately sleeve and package finished rolls of labels in one pass. The turret systems have operational speeds of 250m/ min. The automated roll finishing and packaging lines are retrofittable to all other brands of turret rewind systems. Lemu also has an entire line of modular converting modules for narrow and mid-web widths to complement the turret line. Also on display will be the Teyman inspection slitter rewind system complete with a two-spindle automatic turret rewind system and optional die-cut station. This system can be used as a stand-alone work station for blank label production, freeing up valuable press time or as an inspection slitter rewinder.

Leonardus launches its new line of decorative patterns, created with a combination of holographic and lithographic features. The company also introduces a ‘sustainable holographic technology’ to use of plastics without affecting shelf appeal.

Lintec Europe shows its recently launched tamper-evident non-transfer ‘void’ security labelstock. The films are available in blue, red and transparent color options. The film does not leave any residue on the application surface, and is marketed to luxury consumer packaging and pharmaceutical box seals. Lintec’s new labelstock is designed to reveal product tampering and reduce the likelihood of counterfeit. With an adhesive incorporating covert surface penetrating properties, the label substrate appears to be conventional under normal lighting conditions; if the label is removed, the area where it was once applied will become visible if illuminated by a UV light. Lintec also presents a new multi-layered label material, designed for automotive and industrial paint shop use. The thermal transfer printable polyester base layer ensures superior adhesion and dimensional stability. Once applied to the vehicle chassis, this label is overlaminated with a stack of three layers of the same clear overlaminating film. Lintec’s resealable oil tolerant closure labelstock is also on display. It is designed for oil-based cleansing and moisturizing wet tissues, and the film is able to resist degradation caused by direct contact with oil-based wipes. The labelstock resists oils, water and organic liquids. Lintec Europe is also partnering with Screen Europe to address ink and adhesive migration in the pharmaceutical packaging industry.

Logopak shows its Eco Labeller system for linerless labels, with a claimed 70-100 percent longer running time without reel change compared to a liner-based system.

Lombardi Converting Machinery launches the new Invicta i2 mid web press, aimed at flexible packaging production. The gearless and shaftless machine features direct drive of the three print axes: anilox, plate and chilled drum. It has a print format of up to 36in and a web width of up to 1,100mm. The Synchroline servo-driven flexo press is also on display, alongside a Digitstar Inkjet hybrid press which combines a digital print unit from Domino with flexo printing and finishing units from Lombardi. Also on show are the Toro in-line flatbed foil embossing and hologram in-setting system, aimed at wine, spirits and security labels, whose turnable head allows the processing of several foils in a single pass; Bravo flatbed screen printing unit; and Volo semi-rotary die-cutting unit, which runs at speeds of up to 80m/min. It features one magnetic cylinder for all print formats.

Luster LightTech Group presents an inspection system, color management module, newly developed LED light source for fully transparent material, and high-resolution camera selection. On display will be a LabelRoll-F series inspection system that provides 100 percent inspection for all defects and substrates, including variable data verification and inspection. Only one master image is needed for job set-up and a PDF proved file can also be used as reference. The whole job set-up can be finished within one minute. PrintingProof software can control pre-press processes and ensure digital and sample files are 100 percent correct. It is able to detect graphics errors, print errors, spelling errors, braille check and translation, text errors and barcode verification. All differences are highlighted within seconds, ensuring the pre-press work is completed error-free.

Luxinar, previously Rofin-Sinar UK, shows its portfolio of sealed CO2 lasers and new femtosecond ultrashort pulse laser technology. The company also showcases its OEM 45iX, SR 10i and SR 15i systems.

Maan Engineering demonstrates its Linerless Coating Line, which operates in-line with flexo presses. Linerless labels can be produced from a wide range of materials for various applications, such as linerless with zone coatings and clear-2-clear linerless.

MacDermid shows the latest innovations of its award-winning Lux In-The-Plate (ITP) product portfolio. On display will be the Lava NW-M thermal processing unit, the latest addition to its range of thermal processing systems.

Mark Andy unveils the latest iteration of the Performance Series line and a new entry- to mid-level digital hybrid press, demonstrated with advanced in-line converting. The Digital Pro is a modular 4-color toner system available as a roll-to-roll model or as an advanced in-line hybrid with semi-rotary die-cutting and with production speeds of 23.5m/min for all applications. Also on display is the Digital Series HD, a modular hybrid press pairing UV inkjet with advanced workflow and converting systems.

Martin Automatic exhibits two machines which have been sold to the All4Labels Group and will be delivered following the show for use on a Gallus Labelmaster 440 flexo press. The MBSF (‘F’ for film) automatic unwind butt splicer on show is designed for a production environment where headroom is limited – a situation easily accommodated by Martin’s vertical accumulator (festoon) design. The splicer is capable of handling a variety of materials, including label stock and unsupported lightweight films. The LRD is a two-spindle non-stop automatic transfer rewinder that complements the capabilities of the MBS. It is one of a range that Martin offers to automatically transfer the running web from a full roll to an empty core without stopping or slowing the line and can automatically unload finished rolls.

Maschinen Frommer promotes its business in the trading of used machinery for all graphic arts sectors.

Maxcess, a web handling products and services specialist will showcase the latest product offerings from its Fife, Tidland, Magpowr, Webex and Componex.

Max Speciality Films shows materials for printing wraparound labels, pressure-sensitive labels and in-mold film labels. On display will be a white cavitated WAL film developed for high-speed wraparound labeling which has high gloss, superior mechanical strength and good printability with UV ink. Another wraparound film on display is High Clear WAL film for optically clear high gloss. Its chemically treated surface helps to have good UV printability without the need of any primer coating during UV flexo printing. Visitors will also be able to see one side chemically treated surface on PS label in white and clear that enables either good UV printability or good adhesive bonding. Further, IML Orange Peel Label will be shown, which has special chemically treated surface that makes the product suitable for UV offset printing along with antistatic and orange-peel effect.

MDV and Tech Folien demonstrate materials optimized for water-based inkjet and dry toner-based printing. XTP, a group development, is an example of a conformable durable polyolefin which is toner (Robuskin) and inkjet (Aquaskin) printable. Fluolux and Ultrasilver papers showcase beautiful images digitally printed with white toner using Color-Logic software. Synthetic materials for Indigo technologies will be available. Fully recyclable film Satinex HLS2, claimed to have superior print registration, low stretch and high tear resistance, is ideal for wine labels for production on high-speed multi-color narrow web presses. It is also available in high opacity (Satinex HO), and exceptionally high tear strength versions (Satinex X Tear).

Meech International demonstrates its range of web cleaning and static elimination systems. An enhanced version of Meech’s original CyClean, CyClean R, is a single or double-sided non-contact web cleaner that utilizes positive and negative airflows to clean low-tension webs. It is ideal for wider webs where lower tensions are commonplace. Meech’s 924IPS bars are also installed as a part of the system. Meech’s new mid-range, Pulsed DC Ionizing Bar, Hyperion 960IPS, possesses ionization of up to 15kV and provides 50 percent greater maximum working distance than the popular 929IPS ionizing bar. Meech’s established range of Hyperion products and web cleaners will also be on display.

Melzer launches its latest high-speed and multiple track converting system. The SC-X converting machine features dual rotary and semi-rotary modes, a 330mm web width, easily upgradable multiple track (up to six), speed of up to 60m/min, and a transponder selection in semi-rotary mode. It is suitable for luggage tags, labels, tickets and garments tags.

Memjet unveils its third-generation printing technology, which brings new features such as enhanced durability, new print widths and a long-life 4-color printhead. In addition, Memjet will be discussing systems powered by its original VersaPass technology, as well as new opportunities brought by DuraLink, its printing technology for high-volume markets.

MGI teams up with Konica Minolta to showcase five digital printing and embellishment presses.

Michelman displays a selection of water-based in-line and off-line primers, and overprint varnishes for both HP Indigo and inkjet-based printing platforms. The company’s range of water-based and UV-based brands for digital presses include DigiPrime primers for HP Indigo, JetPrime primers for inkjet, and DigiGuard for OPVs. DigiPrime primers offer digital versatility for an array of end-use applications. Many Michelman primers have recently passed ecotoxicity, heavy metals, and fluorine content testing according to ASTM and the European Committee of Standardization for use in compostable packaging. Michelman shows DigiGuard 901 for Pack Ready for Labels, a strengthener for HP Indigo validated UV OPVs used with Michelman’s in-line primers, which enables enhanced water, chemical and thermal durability. JetPrime, Michelman’s brand of primers for inkjet, includes JetPrime WB 1100 for pigmented water-based inkjet printing applications. This technology, for coated offset substrates, is useful for high-speed commercial printing applications such as folding cartons and corrugated.

Miraclon, the company which now owns Kodak’s flexographic product range, launches Flexcel NX Ultra, a solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based plate processing system that allows printers to create a press-ready plate in less than an hour.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper launches a silver gloss inkjet paper and a barrier paper for flexible food packaging.

Miyakoshi presents its new digital MJP13LXV UV LED inkjet press. This 6-color press runs at 50m/min with a resolution of 1200 X 1200 DPI. It comes equipped with an inter-color pinning system and LED curing with a nitrogen purging system which reduces odor and improves the curing process. Substrates finally pass over a chill roller for finishing and color fixing. Miyakoshi also shows its enhanced MLP-C semi-rotary web offset press, equipped with UV dryers and chill rollers. New features such as Cold Start to save waste substrate, and Automatic Plate Change to improve timings on changeovers, have been introduced on this press.

MoistTech Corp displays sensors for moisture measurement and control, as well as monitoring coating thickness for paper, converting and film applications. Typical moisture accuracy is about +/-0.05 percent, coating accuracy from 0.1 to 0.01 micron, depending on the coating type. 

Monotech Systems demonstrates its Jetsci Colornovo inkjet press. The press, launched at Labelexpo India 2018, will be introduced in Brussels with a new digital varnish and foiling system.

MPS exhibits its hybrid EF Symjet press in a new color scheme and focuses on press connectivity to MIS systems. The company will also present 'Beyond the Machine' concept with four islands surrounding the MPS printing press, each showing strengths of four key processes: connectivity, applications, productivity and service. The MPS Talk to me connectivity technology is also on show, providing real-time data exchange and control. The company has announced it will now be introduced into all future MPS presses on a global scale. 

Mühlbauer exhibits systems for low, medium and high-volume personalization and converting of RFID tags. Mühlbauer’s RFID converting line, CL 30000, is suitable for the conversion of dry inlays. It includes reel-to-reel antenna web handling, label/ticket lamination, die-cutting, as well as output testing – all in one modular system. For RFID baggage tags, Mühlbauer has developed several products – from the IL 15000 baggage tag for medium volumes to the CL wide web baggage tag for high-volume production.

Multitech will demonstrate its 450mm wide updated S1 press with auto-register capabilities. 

Nanobrick manufactures the MTX magnetically color-changeable photonic crystal materials for anti-counterfeiting applications, and will present M-Tag for labels and M-Pac for packages. The materials, when in contact with a magnet, will change color indicating if a product is genuine or not. Nanobrick also provides an online authentication system, M-Check.

Nanovis showcases its latest Bella cleaning system promoting its sustainable and recyclable technology designed for HP Indigo printers.

Nexqo, a manufacturer of finished RFID labels, can also customize inlays for making the label. The company offers services such as customizing shape, size and reading distance. Advantages include easier data collection, higher accuracy and longer reading distance.

NHK Spring gives a European launch to the Trustgram security label, where product authenticity is verified by using a simple viewer. NHK Spring will also show other anti-counterfeiting products such as a machine-readable hologram system, an anti-counterfeiting ID label and a security fiber label.

Nikka Research presents camera technology for installation in printing presses and rewinders. The Alis product range covers web widths from 250 to 880mm and is offered in three lines: M1 entry level, L1/L2 modular and H1 high resolution inspection. A range of apps are demonstrated which extend camera applications into in-line measurement, data collection and process automation. Also on display will be spot inspection technology – small camera blocks for collecting high resolution images from the web. The NView cameras can be placed anywhere in the printing press or the rewinder and send data to the main system Applications include register marks viewing, color registration, vision slitter control, and top/bottom side registration. The technology will be demonstrated live on four stations with moving webs, configured for the most common applications – printing press, rewinder and slitting control. Additional workstations will be available for in-depth explanation of technologies.

Nilpeter, celebrating its 100-year anniversary, shows two FA-Line flexo presses featuring a number of new technologies. The first FA-Line press, with a 17in web width, features cold foil, lamination, and Nilpeter’s new high-speed semi-rotary die-cutting unit. Launched at the show, this press will run in combination with two new technologies: high-build varnish and high opacity white inkjet units. Nilpeter will demonstrate the press’ versatility and value-adding capabilities within wine and beverage applications. The second FA-Line press, with a 22in web width, features varnish, lamination, a new quick-change die station, and UV LED drying. With this press, Nilpeter will demonstrate food and beverage flexible packaging applications.

Nyquist Systems shows the new TubeScan Digital Strobe 4k equipped with 9-megapixel camera technology for 100 percent inspection. On display will also be a bidirectional label inspection machine with pharma mode. Further, QLink Workflow from Nyquist Systems offers TubeScan users new possibilities for synchronization, data handling, and error editing.

Odesyo unveils its patented Smijet in-line color controller fitted with AI and a patented wide-spectrum sensor. Smijet checks 100 percent of the printed surface, instantly tracking the consistency of color reproduction and print faults. On inkjet presses Smijet instantly points out undetected missing or deviated jets.Its AI-based technology is claimed to model human visual perception, so does not register faults undetectable to the human eye.

OKI shows its 5-color (CMYK+White) desktop label printer, the OKI Pro1050, which is aimed at boutique manufacturers and small label providers who will benefit from on-demand short-run label printing. OKI’s Pro1050 handles a wide range of media including textured papers and synthetics with white, clear, opaque or colored substrates. It is suited to industrial labels intended for harsh underwater environments and the toners are resistant to UV fading. It is also intended for labeling for food, beverage, cosmetic, electrical device and horticulture.

Omet unveils a new press from its XFlex line - the new X7. The company also exhibits an iFlex and XJet hybrid press, which combines Omet’s flexo technology with a digital system from Durst. XJet powered by Durst offers a wide range of in-line multi-process technologies for finishing requirements – cold foil, hot foil, embossing, varnishing, peel and seal, delam/relam – as well as efficient converting systems such as Monotwin-Cut variable size die-cut, Twist easy-change die and Rock’n’Roll matrix stripping. XJet is suited to short run work, though its speed of 78m/min combined with low ink laydown means it can also cater to medium runs. It prints at 1,200 x 1,200 DPI.

Orthotec demonstrates its SRFD3030 screen printing and hot stamping machine. The press features a flexo unit, screen printing, flat-bed hot stamping and rotary die-cutting in one line. The converting area of the SRFD machine can either be 300mm x 300mm or 400mm x 400mm.

Pantec demonstrates its Swift rotary foiling system on bodycare products, showing embellishment in-line with lenses, holograms and metallic hot foils. The production of high-quality spirits and wine labels will be shown on the new Rhino E flatbed system, which has been optimized for less complex labels and decoration of digitally printed labels.

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) demonstrates its Meridian laser anilox cleaner, which uses laser-diode technology to deeply clean anilox rolls. It requires no liquids, chemicals or air supplies and an internal air extraction system eliminates messy waste. The Meridian removes most types of inks, adhesives, glazes, varnishes, stiffeners and coatings on aniloxes with or without journals. The Meridian is designed to allow easy access to all parts of the machine. Additionally, features such as the automatic cleaning cycle, flip-up cleaning area access door, easy-to-use operator interface, and large cleaning area access opening, offer enhanced ergonomics.

Peleman shows foil customization on demand with its flatbed foil printer, enables printing companies to offer a variety of on-demand personalization services without the need for large production runs. The digital printer can print on flat, smooth, semi-smooth and coated surfaces. With a total of six foil color options available, the flatbed foil printer creates custom designs for labels, folding cartons, presentation covers, invitations, business cards, phone covers and more.

Phoseon launches the FireJet FJ645, a self-contained air-cooled UV LED curing lamp for flexo applications. It is available in lamp lengths up to 525mm. Phoseon says the FireJet FJ645 has a wider emitting window to provide longer UV exposure time, which improves through-cure and adhesion of difficult to cure materials, especially OPVs and dense blacks. The FJ645 Phoseon’s new TargetSure technology which monitors UV irradiance in real-time.

Pinewood Label Systems, celebrating 40 years in the self-adhesive market, shows its wide range of label dispensers and applicators. Launched at the show is the Flat-Matic applicator, designed to label a wide range of flat and curved sided containers, including boxes, bottles oval bottles and flasks and odd-shaped containers. Also on show will be the Bottle-Matic, a semi-automatic label applicator for a wide range of cylindrical containers, and the Flex-Matic, an applicator for pouches, sachets, envelopes and more.

Polar demonstrates productive die-cutting machines. LabelSystem SC-25 is designed for the industrial production of square-cut labels, with two strips processed simultaneously for a throughput of 1,560 bundles per hour. For die-cut labels, the LabelSystem DC-11plus is marketed for industrial in-line production and has a high degree of automation. A Polar high-speed cutter and a die-cutter will be available to demonstrate the functioning of a workflow of small and medium-sized runs.

Polyonics shows coated materials and adhesives for high temperatures and harsh environments. OEMs and converters use its products worldwide for thermal transfer printable labels and tags, engineered tapes, thermal interface materials, laser markable labels and printable flexible substrates. The company will also offer ESD-Safe and flame-retardant options. Its materials are used in a variety of industries, including electronics, metals processing, heating, automotive, aerospace and medical devices.

PPG showcases its PPG Teslin substrate for adhesive coaters, label converters and packaging specialists.

Prati presents Digifast 20000, designed for finishing mid-web format digitally-printed materials. In addition the Digifast One is displayed in a hybrid configuration for high-value printing and finishing. This hybrid printing line was designed and developed together with Screen. The ability to add Digifast One pre-print and post-print modules allows functionality such as in-line priming to extend substrate support, and to mix and match flexo and inkjet printing to add effects and enhance label production.

Primera Technology debuts its new all-in-one color label printer LX610, developed for proofing and prototyping. Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations producing short runs of full-color labels in any size or shape.

PrintabLED offers a range of UV LED products for the offset and flexo printing markets. PrintabLED is focusing on the label market after successful installations on sheet-fed offset presses. The modular UV LED system is connected directly to plant-wide management systems, allowing energy costs to be constantly monitored.

Printronix Auto ID presents the T4000 compact industrial thermal printer with a print speed of up to 8in/sec on label thicknesses of up to 0.28mm. Also on display, Printronix Auto ID’s fully integrated thermal barcode printer and validator, ODV-2D, can now additionally validate QR codes as well as 1D and 2D barcodes. If a label fails to conform to the predetermined standard, the device rejects the offending barcode, overstrikes it and reprints it, all without operator intervention at production speeds up to 8in/sec.

Printum demonstrates the Printum Multilayer Unit, a retrofittable system which allows manufacture of sandwich labels in-line. The company also demonstrates its standalone multilayer label production lines

ProPhotonix displays its latest LED-UV curing systems, including the new Cobra Cure Mini. A compact yet powerful UV LED curing lamp, it is suited to high-speed single and multi-pass printers where installation space is restricted and weight is a concern. Cobra Cure Mini’s light head measures just 33.4mm x 57mm x 30mm, with control electronics housed separately achieving a compact light-head module. Weighing less than 175g, the light head is suitable for compact translation systems, providing ease of installation. In addition to its compact form factor, Cobra Cure Mini delivers uniform, high intensity UV light for a reliable cure. Cobra Cure Mini delivers intensities up to 6W/sq cm and a factory set dose of up to 9 J/cm² at 2mm, offering users the flexibility to meet weight restrictions and available footprint without performance trade-off.

Pulse Roll Label Products unveils updates to its portfolio of UV flexo printing inks. Its high-strength PureTone and PureTone FPC (food packaging compliant) inks have been reformulated to respond to recent regulatory changes and comply with the latest EuPIA guidelines. Live demonstrations will show the updated PureTone color database using X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software. A closed loop color management approach that ensures print matches proof every time will be a key focus at the show and the benefits of expanded gamut printing using 7-color PureTone UV flexo process printing will also be presented. The company will perform live color matching for its high-strength PureAqua water-based flexo ink.  The company will also promote its new PureBright Silver and Gold UV flexo metallics inks and introduce the latest PureFinish UV flexo cold foil adhesive and PureFinish UV flexo primers. A revamped range of PureWhite opaque white inks will also be introduced. Pulse Roll Label Products has also teamed up with foil manufacturer API Group to support the launch of its new PureFinish cold foil adhesive and also with GMG Color UK to present a closed-loop color management system combining the next evolution of its PureTone UV flexo printing inks with GMG’s latest solutions.

Ravenwood unveils a new linerless applicator, the Nobac Stacker. The Stacker is marketed to low volume ‘cottage’ industries that want to opt for a greener type of labeling, for labeling a range of products for general application, and for adding promotional labels at key stages of the product’s life-cycle. The Stacker can be used to cut labels produced on Ravenwood’s Com500 coater. The Stacker cuts and stacks linerless labels at a rate of 100 per minute to a stacked height of 140mm, dependent on label gsm.

Rea introduces the Titan Platform which now operates all Rea coding and marking technologies and allows easy integration into packaging lines and OEM machines, enabling fast data exchange with the production environment. Also new, Rea Verifier systems allow for the quality control of data matrix codes and barcodes. The portfolio includes high-precision portable and stationary verification systems.

Refine Finishing displays two converting machines – Compact 1 and Compact 2. Compact 1 is a die-cutting machine for finishing digital and conventional printed labels; Compact 2 is a die-cut and flexo press with a fully automated flexo station, cold foil and lamination. Refine machineries are designed with a focus on automation through Industry 4.0, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT). This allows for real-time monitoring of the machines, full remote control through existing network infrastructures, and consolidation of machine and job data in the cloud. Data is used for problem‑solving, preventive maintenance, and efficiency reports.

Ritrama presents new adhesive technologies developed with sustainability and innovation in mind.

Rheintacho extends its portfolio of stationary stroboscopes with an additional model with a length of 1,000mm. This stroboscope will light up very large inspection surfaces with high performance LEDs. The light control is achieved by using special lenses. Rheintacho will also be able to use the LED clusters used in the existing models (RT Strobe 3000, 5000, 7000) for this new one. Rheintacho will also offer its RT Strobe pocketLED Laser. This smart function uses a laser beam to determine the synchronization frequency without manual adjustment or external sensor signals. A reflective tape is applied to the object to be measured. Using an intelligent transmission/reception system developed by Rheintacho based on a laser beam, the stroboscope’s flash frequency is automatically synchronized via this reflective tape. With the aid of the reflection of the laser beam, the speed of rotation is determined within a short time.

RK PrintCoat Instruments shows a variety of flexo and gravure color communication systems, including the K Hand Coater to the VCML Pilot coater. The VCML Pilot coater is a reel-to-reel machine developed for printing, coating and laminating for product development and quality control QC. Also on display will be the FlexiProof 100/UV machine. This unit incorporates the essential features required for quality control and research and development of flexo inks. Identical to a standard flexo press, the machine uses a doctored ceramic anilox and photopolymer plate. With a maximum speed of 100m/min, realistic printability testing can be undertaken on all types of flexo substrates.

Rosas Maschinenbau demonstrates inspection systems for the label industry.

RotoControl launches three new Ecoline finishing machines claimed to balancing high quality components with a cost-effective framework, the RotoControl Ecoline brand features the RSI-340and RSH-340(horizontal alignment) designed for inspection and slitting of printed labels; and the RDF-340, a digital label converting system that is customizable to meet design requirements. 

Rotometal presents its full portfolio of magnetic cylinders, printing cylinders, sheeters and cutting units.

RotoMetrics displays a variety of new products including flexible die-cutting technology that integrates Electro Optic die-cutting technology for optimal performance on thin films and abrasive materials. RotoMetrics has developed new products for IML, MDO, in-line adhesive applications and handling liner variability. The company shows RotoRepel, an award-winning adhesive-control treatment that allows presses to run faster and dies to last longer. The company also demonstrates, an online quoting and ordering website with features to better track and manage a die library. Also on display is VersaCut with adjustable anvil which allows converters to cope with liner variability, and EZ Clean.

Ruco Druckfarben introduces a new UV screen printing ink series. 963UV-SF rotary screen inks. These low-viscosity inks for printing onto plastic films are silicone-free. 963UV-SF inks are formulated free from ITX, benzophenone and 4-methylbenzophenone and do not contain any bisphenol A. Ruco’s silicone-free and low-migration opaque white 905UV1484LM for rotary UV screen printing, complies with the latest testing requirements under Reach and the Nestlé Guidance Note on Packaging Inks.

S-OneLP features pre-laminated flexible packaging films for a variety of applications and finishes, including water-based OPVs, eBeam, and HP Pack Ready lamination. S-OneLP will launch its Sustainable ByDesign portfolio of products under the brands ReTreve and ReEarth, which include films, coatings and fitments for recyclable and compostable flexible packaging, respectively. Information on the CatPak eBeam Finishing System will be available, as well as brand protection track and trace products from VerifyMe. Label converters will learn about a variety of coatings and varnishes, including the HP Pack Ready for Labels for durable labels. S-OneLP provides a complete durable labels portfolio, including Michelman primers and DigiGuard 901 UV OPV Strengthener, and the proprietary UV OPV to finish durable labels.

Sandon Global offers a range of engravings including FluidUV covering both solid and tone work, and ProjectBlue, its ultra HD product. GMX is designed to apply special coatings and inks including tactile and offering four opacity levels of opaque white while maintaining press speed.

Schobertechnologies shows its RSM550-Digi-Varicut rotary die-cutting systems with vector technology to cut digitally printed materials for the manufacturing of in-mold labels and folding boxes. It has a hybrid drive technology for format-independent processing of digitally printed films and packaging materials. The drive technology combines continuous and intermittent processes during the cutting process.  A large number of print format lengths can be covered with a single tool circumference.

Screen shows the Truepress Jet L350UV+ and the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM UV inkjet presses that provide new levels of productivity in label production. Screen will conduct live demonstrations with the L350UV series through a variety of application samples, including self-adhesive labels, pouches, pharmaceutical labels and cosmetic boxes. Screen will also show its recently launched blue ink, used with the Truepress Jet L350UV+. For those seeking approved-inks for food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical labels, the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM has the option to incorporate low-migration ink including optional orange ink.

SEI Laser demonstrates the Labelmaster modular system for roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet digital die-cutting and finishing. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the laser processing of different types of labels and special finishing on different materials such as paper, PP and textiles. Jumbo rolls can be accommodated and the system now ships with motorized knives. A QR-code/barcode reading system allows Labelmaster users to change work on the fly. The control software, compatible with most common digital workflows, maximizes efficiency in the various types of work: web-to-labeling, web-to-stickers, web-to-packaging. SEI Laser will present two configurations: Labelmaster in 350mm and 600mm web configurations. Labelmaster, now in its third generation, is equipped with four laser heads to reach a constant speed of over 100m/min.

Sensory Analytics shows its expanding line of SpecMetrix coating and layer thickness measurement systems. These absolute thickness measurement systems provide continuous coating process improvements, optimize coating utilization and decrease plant waste streams. SpecMetrix systems are available as off-line lab tools or in fixed probe, traversing and OEM configurations for ease of integration onto new or existing plant coating lines.

Shaoxing Xiangyu Green Packing shows its portfolio of polyester films. One of the largest such suppliers in China, it offers polyester films from 8 to 250 micron.

Shree Lamipack will make its debut at Labelexpo Europe this year with focus on holographic labels, labelstock, silicone liners and thermal transfer ribbons. 

Sibur Biaxplen introduces a wide range of BOPP-films for different label segments. Biaxplen label films are used for wraparound labeling of PET bottles suitable for hotmelt and cold seal applications; self-adhesive labels as a facestock; and as release liner suitable for silicone coating, and in-mold labels for variety of food and non-food applications.

Siegwerk introduces its portfolio of UV, UV LED and solvent-based ink systems, including special whites suitable for sleeves used for non-food and food packaging applications. All these inks and whites are available as standard and low migration systems. Siegwerk will show Sicura Nutritube for high-end packaging, including specialty UV varnishes for tube laminate-based substrates. The company will display its digital offering of UV and water-based inkjet inks for narrow and wide web packaging. The company recently unveiled Sicura Jet low-odor non-CMR UV-inkjet inks that are designed for printing labels for household, hygiene and industrial packaging. Siegwerk also highlights developments for optimizing the recyclability of packaging and developing eco-friendly inks.

Sihl introduces Artysio flexible packaging films, optimized for printing with water-based inkjet technology then sealing with heat and ultrasound. The Picofilm O-60 white XM1 facestock range was recently certified with BS5609 section 3 for the Afinia L501 color label printer. Sihl also presents a range of durable facestock films. Its Pressuretac range guarantees residue-free labeling of goods in logistics, while Enduro is a multi-layered paper/filmic structure free from PVC and FSC-certified.

Sino Foils presents cold foils and hot stamping foils. The cold foils will adhere to a range of materials including laminated OPP/PET film, UV varnish top sheet labels, self-adhesive stickers, folding cartons and advertising materials. Hot stamping foils for soft plastics, such as UV-lacquered tubes, will also be on display as will hot stamping foil for all self-adhesive and sheet-fed labels.

Sirpi shows UV screen inks and UV varnish for special effects. The company also displays its deep black matte UV for wine label production and a full range of UV varnish ideal for protection and decoration of labels. Sirpi also offers screen and flexo varnishes suitable for overprinting digital labels, and will show a range of inks for flat and rotary screen and other specialty inks.

Sistrade presents the latest version of its MIS, with an enhanced job routing module that integrates with the planning and data collection modules. Also new is a module focused on flexible packaging, with better data visualization and the incorporation of a cylinder management workflow where cylinders are send to or from the engraver. The revised Scheduling module is more intuitive, allowing anticipation of production changes. It is now easier to readjust or recalculate operations and job orders, change factories or compare different scenarios. The new Sistrade Dashboard Builder provides a tool for creating your own dashboards to monitor the progress of the entire sales, stock or production process.

Smag Graphique launches a range of advanced converting technologies. Its ‘iconcept’ multi-process platform incorporates independent repeat size management, automatic length registration, cross foiling rotary heads for hot stamping, automatic plate loading and contact waste matrix stripping. iconvert is an off-line or on-line digital converting platform, fully servo driven with automated pre-setting, while the modular icontrol platform integrates with inspection systems, and integrates with ERP and industry 4.0 workflows. iconnect allows converters to offer intelligent labels to customers looking for traceability, supply chain and inventory management. The system will insert, encode, control and convert RFID tags or inlays. The icontact module additionally allows printing of electronic labels with conductive inks.

Soontomax offers clear-on-clear label products and a range of PP and PE digitally printable materials.

Spande launches the S7 flexo press, which has a 200m/min printing speed and 370mm/445mm/515mm web widths. The press has eight servos in each printing station. Servos are also used in ‘i-Pressure’, a system to automatically adjust printing pressure. The ‘i-Vision’ intelligent registration system uses two cameras to ensure registration accuracy at each printing station, independently.

SPGPrints shows its new RSI III rotary screen integration unit that runs at a speed of 150m/min. The module features a new long-life web-cleaning scraper that automatically removes ink splashes from the web after stoppages or operation in slow rotation mode. This enables thorough drying of the substrate while minimizing contamination of the rollers. RSI III comes in widths from 254mm to 660mm (10in to 26in) and integrates with almost all label presses, performing in-line with flexo, offset, gravure or letterpress. Also on display will be SPGPrints’ long-life nickel re-imageable RotaMesh and reusable RataPlate rotary screens, the Dev & Dry system for automated developing and drying of RotaPlate screens, plus high-definition imaging systems: the rotaLen laser engraver for rotary screens and the variLex CtP exposure system for rotary screens and plates for flexo, letterpress and dry offset. A live workbench will show the simplicity and speed of the rotary screen making workflow.    

Spilker demonstrates production of Core Linerless labels on an S-Con Starline converting machine with the support of Ritrama and Omet. Also on display are the latest versions of the MicroGap adjustable anvil cylinder, allowing fine adjustment in steps of 0.5 micron. The version automated version with electronic actuator offers maximum ease of use and minimizes the risk of damage to the cutting tool.

Starfoil demonstrates its Value Line 1300SXL spooling/slitting machine with a higher speed of 250m/min and larger diameter rolls of up to 350mm. The machine can unwind from 1in, 3in and 6in to master rolls on 1in and 3in cores by means of shear slitting or razor slitting with a maximum unwind roll diameter of 700 mm. The CLC-600XL is a cantilevered model designed to slit 3in hot-stamping rolls to 1in or 3in rolls by means of shear slitting or razor slitting and runs up to a speed of 300m/min. Maximum diameters are 650mm for unwinding and 550mm for rewinding.As agent for Newfoil Machines, Starfoil will demonstrate a high-speed hot foil stamping Newfoil 2500 Servo machine for labels.

Sun Chemical will launch of its SolarVerse range of highly pigmented, low viscosity, multipurpose UV flexo base concentrates. 

Taghleef Industries (Ti) presents its in-mold BOPP film portfolio which includes the new film, Nativia D813, based on PLA polymer derived from renewable resources. The film is biodegradable, and designed for reel-to-sheet offset printing and injection molding. On display will also be Ti’s all-polyolefin shrink film TDS, with 65 percent shrink. It is lightweight and floatable and significantly lowers freight costs while making sleeve-decorated PET containers 100 percent recyclable. Ti is also rapidly expanding work in PCR and PIR content label films for all segments.

Tea Adhesivos shows its equipment for the production of booklet and multilayer labels and RFID and NFC integration.

Techkon will showcase its new SpectroVision in-line quality inspection device that monitors three of the most important print quality factors: it offers live web viewing (registration, logos, text), ANSI/ISO style barcode grading, and spectral-based color measurement capabilities in real-time at press speeds of up to 1,000ft/minute. Its compact design that allows it to be easily mounted into existing flexo, gravure and digital presses.

TEG Technologies exhibits a Sitexco SL1.5 laser cleaning system recognized with an FTA Technical Innovation Award in 2018.

TESA demonstrates Softprint self-adhesive plate mounting tapes, as well as self-adhesive Twinlock sleeves and the new ‘Flex’ tesa Softprint FE. unveils web-based mobile dashboards for its ERP system, simplifying communication within a company and between company locations.

Tilia Labs, a developer of planning, imposition, and AI automation software for the graphic arts industries, launches a new system that is claimed to reduce time and costs in label production. Tilia Aries is a cross-platform step-and-repeat tool for label printers that enables quick and easy layout for pre-print, cutting and finishing.

Todaytec shows its TDR325 thermal transfer resin ribbon with matte carbon and blue back coatings. It is characterized by excellent resistance to smear and scratch and has high resistance to alcohol and gasoline. Heat resistance is high, surviving a blast dryer at 50 deg for five days.

Toray unveils its new Imprima LJ line of water-washable waterless offset plates which can be processed in most waterless processors. Imprima LJ does not require post-baking and this makes the plates easy to insert into any offset workflow. Other features include stable dot reproduction, high ink coverage, 300 LPI resolution, and compatibility with all UV- and oil-based waterless inks.

Tower Products introduces in Europe its full line of pressroom products for flexo and offset printers. On display will be SmartFlex anilox cleaning systems, specialty chemicals for flexo and packaging pressrooms, its UV-LED product line and Millennium Fountain Solution for both conventional and UV inks. These product lines are manufactured in Europe.

Tresu presents its automatic ink flow systems for label and package printing, and custom-designed printing and coating units for integration with industrial converting lines. Tresu expands its range of lightweight corrosion-resistant carbon fiber chambers with the new Tresu D3P. This offers superior strength because it is made with a single component by resin transfer molding. On display will be the Tresu FlexiPrint Reservoir Saveink chamber, up to 800mm wide. It includes a low-capacity reservoir, needing no connected pump. Ink may be added without press stoppages. Tresu’s F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, maintaining constant ink density values. It performs automatic ink changes, including chamber cleaning, and ink returns. Tresu also collaborated with Flexo Concepts to introduce a program of plastic doctor blades with specially designed clamping systems that enable fast, safe exchange and easy integration with chamber doctor blades.

Tri-Tronics shows its new DFS Digital Fiber Optic Sensor with an OLED display showing signal level and threshold values. The slim-line housing with protective lid can fit in a variety of small spaces. It is designed for labeling, converting and packaging machinery.

TSC Auto ID shows its new generation of label printers. The ML240P series boasts a compact design, quiet operation, open connectivity and the self-diagnostic TPH Care system. Additionally, the manufacturer presents a new system for 4in wide light industrial label printing. The MB series supports 8in OD label rolls up to 120mm and 450 meter ribbon capacity. The company is also promoting the new digital label printing system that includes the dye ink CPX4D and pigment ink CPX4P. offering print and color quality and low costs for consumables.

TWS showcases Amsky’s Aura 1524 flexo CTP system, imaging a plate size of 900 x 1,200mm. This is complemented by the smaller Aura 800 AL and Aura 600E units. Finishing equipment on show includes the JWEI LST-0604-RM digital die-cutting unit.

UEI Group engraved die companies will demonstrate the NW SpeedChase NXT system claimed to change the way engraved hot stamping and embossing flat dies and counter forces are set-up on a flatbed narrow web press.

Unilux launches the compact Mantis web viewing system for narrow web presses with limited mounting space. Integration of processor and camera into a single unit means the web viewer can be placed anywhere on the press and moved easily without the need to re-route wires. For added flexibility, any monitor can be connected via HDMI and the system is controlled using a wireless remote. A UV model is available for the inspection of cold seals, UV-visible inks and optical brighteners.

UniNet introduces the iColor 540 toner-based digital transfer A4/letter sized printer, printing full color combined with white overprint and underprint capabilities in a single pass. Applications include transfer production of garments, hard surfaces, marketing materials, labels and banners. UniNet also debuts the iColor LF200, a compact digital die-cutter and laminator equipped with plotter knife technology. The UniNet iColor 200 is a desktop inkjet printer for continuous roll-to-roll printing with either dye- or pigment-based ink. The iColor 700 digital label press uses low fuser temperature technology to print on film-based substrates.

Univacco presents the UPR series of holographic narrow web cold foils, giving metal engraving, metal brush and optical lens effects to labels. The company claims superior foil adhesion and rub-resistance combined with over-printability, and it works well for shrink sleeve applications.

Universal Engraving showcases its newest product line: NW SpeedChase NXT System. It is claimed to significantly improve die lock-up for engraved hot stamping and embossing flat dies and counter forces on a flatbed narrow web press. The system features quick, precision, magnetic mounting of the dies and counters so die changeover can be accomplished, on average, in as little as one minute. All engraved dies and counter forces arrive pre-mounted and pre-registered onto NW UniLock-Up plates, so, out of the box, they’re ready for the press.

UPM Raflatac shows its sustainable labeling materials including the PP Lite range, which combines a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive, and a lighter backing to optimize raw material useage. Ultrathin UPM Raflatac Vanish PCR labels feature 90 percent recycled content face and liners. Wash-off adhesives enable the recyclability of PET containers. Forest certified materials and bio-based films are also offered. UPM also supports Kao Collins and Colordyne at their stands with printing materials. The company also shows its newest UPM Raflatac Forest Film and UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive.

Uver shows a cartridge-based UV-LED module which can swap out lamps for different wavelength combinations without removing the cooling hose.

UV Graphic Technologies will showcase its 370mm wide full-servo 8-color Ultraflex UFO press. It will run at 200m/min and will print multiple substrates including 12-micron BOPP film, shrink sleeves, polyester film, in-mold labels, pressure sensitive material and heavy boards. The company will also showcase its latest video plate mounter with new features, the latest range of UV curing systems and slitter rewinders at the show floor. 

Valloy launches the Bizpress 13R, a 7.3m/min single pass digital printer supporting a wide range of substrates including flexible package film, glassine paper, PE, PVC, direct thermal paper and even aluminum foil, as well as normal uncoated papers, PET or PP films. It comes with the Duoblade SX blade die-cutter, which reaches a linear speed of 9.8m/min. Up to four cutting heads can work simultaneously in the system, which offers die-cutting, laminating, matrix removal, slitting and separating. The Duoblade F is an automatic sheet-fed digital sticker cutting machine, which works with two blades and can cut up to 1,000 pages non-stop. 

Verico Technology teams up with press manufacturer Codimag to run live demonstrations of the new Zahara NWL plates

Vetaphone displays two corona stations for narrow web surface treatment. The VE1A-A (C4) features four ceramic electrodes and is designed for single-sided treatment, while the newly launched VE1A-M (C8) is designed for applications where high corona power is required from a single unit. Fitted with eight ceramic electrodes, the C8 operates at running speeds of 300m/min. Both models are CE and UL approved. On display will also be the VE2A-W (double-sided) and VE1A-W (single-sided) web cleaner units, available in four widths from 350mm to 570mm and capable of running at 250m/min. The units are easy to access for cleaning and maintenance and can be fully integrated with the corona system via the iCorona generator, eliminating the need for any additional operating system.

VFP Ink Technologies shows non-toxic and CMR-free functional inks for printing electronic circuits and adding sensors to labels and packaging. These functional inks can be screen or inkjet printed. Label manufacturers and designers can integrate light sensors, temperature sensors, capacitive sensor, NFC tags, odor sensors or even sound sensors in one label.

Vianord Engineering unveils new additions to its Wave range of processors for water-based flexo plates. Previously available for 90cm x 120cm (35in x 48in) formats, the new systems can process 106.7cm x 152.4cm (42in x 60in) formats. The company also presents developments in the field of industrial automation.

VIPColor displays the VP750 digital print-on-demand color label printer. The system’s water resistant print technology makes it ideal for colored labels for chilled food and beverage, animal care, cleaning products, chemicals, pharmaceutical and other moisture-exposed products. Intuitive for in-house label production and private labeling requirements, the VP750 can print at speeds of 18m/min with a resolution of 1,600 x 1,600 DPI on a printable width of up to 215.9mm.

Voyantic shows Reelsurance Pro, a multifunctional reel-to-reel machine that covers all RAIN RFID and NFC testing and encoding needs. Auto tension control and optional ionizers safeguard inlays and labels and a splicing table is positioned to remove defective labels before rewinding.

VPF launches a range of sustainable materials. Materials used for the production of paper include grass, biological waste from agricultural processes and recycling components. The new foils in the VPF portfolio consist of renewable and regenerative raw materials sourced from celluloid-based products. VPF also introduces PE, PP and paper materials qualified for inkjet and laser printing, including newly qualified materials for water-based inkjet printing systems. A laser adhesive material program consisting of nine types of paper and 14 laser foils is also new. It can be combined with a range of adhesives and liners for web-fed and sheet-fed laser printing. Further innovations include self-adhesive tamper-resistant closures for pharma packaging, transparent void PP foils and a transparent PET foil without any detectable security features which will display a hologram when the label is removed.

Wanjie shows the WJPS-350D/450 semi-rotary offset press, featuring multiple color units followed by flexo varnish and die-cutting. It can be customized to include rotary hot foil stamping, silkscreen, embossing, and more. The press features an auto lubricating system and optimized ink feeding with 18 ink transfer rollers, four water transfer rollers and four bridge rollers.

Wink highlights the enhanced line of SmartGap adjustable anvils that allow cutting depth to be adapted to different liner thicknesses. The SmartGap Advance has been developed as the basic version of the system and can be upgraded to the digital SmartGap Touch, which is nominated for this year’s Global Label Awards. Also new is SmartGap AutoControl, where a sensor bar continuously monitors the die-cutting result and automatically adjusts the die-cutting depth if necessary. In addition, Wink presents various SuperCut flexible die versions and surface treatments for a wide range of label applications, and a concept for new lightweight magnetic cylinders saving up to 80 percent of weight.

Xeikon demonstrates digital presses in three configurations. The Label Discovery Package is an entry-level system consisting of a Xeikon 3030 digital press and Dcoat digital converting line with varnish, semi-rotary die-cutting, and rewind. The Xeikon CX500 is aimed at high-end food and wine label printing. The company’s QB-toner has been designed specifically for food labels and takes upcoming regulations into account. The third Labelexpo set-up, the Xeikon PX3000, showcases Xeikon’s Panther UV inkjet technology. The newly launched Haptic printing module enables users to produce tactile print effects. Xeikon’s Panther DuraCure technology combines both LED and HG (mercury) curing in one pass, which creates an ink layer that is highly resistant to chemicals, temperature, sunlight, and mechanical abrasion. The company will also introduce its latest advisory tool 'Transform'. Building on ThermoFlexX digital imagers and Woodpecker Nano screening technology, Xeikon Prepress will also launch a new and integrated pre-press system for digital flexo plates.

X-Rite Pantone launches i1Pro 3 Plus, which creates accurate ICC profiles for a wide range of materials. Also new, eXact Auto-Scan enables automated and quick measurement of all patches of a color bar in under 15 seconds. With Esko and AVT, X-Rite Pantone has been working to further simplify packaging production for brands and packaging converters across our solutions. Visitors can see demonstrations of the companies’ new cross-platform integrated workflow.

Zanders Paper shows its wide range of label papers as well as papers and boards for packaging applications. This includes cast-coated premium brand Chromolux and the label paper Zanlabel, available in gloss, high gloss and touch (natural look and feel). The product range is supplemented by other specialty papers such as the new fluorocarbon-free barrier paper Zanbarrier NGR (natural grease resistant) or the coated high-speed inkjet paper Zanjet, available with silk and gloss surface. The extensive SBS board range Zanpack completes the selection of papers on display.

Zecher shows its SteppedHex engraving technology which produces a uniquely staggered cell geometry. The patented design is based on the familiar 60deg angle, but with a combination of three consecutively arranged conventional cells to constitute an alternative engraving format. SteppedHex engraving is claimed to improved resolution (in L/cm) of anilox rollers without significant loss of volume during printing with quiet doctor blade running.

Zeller+Gmelin presents its new Uvaflex Y80 ink series for UV flexo printing. Due to optimized flow behavior the inks spread evenly in both chambered and open systems and show no ink spitting even at high speeds, including at above 100m/min. The range of applications extends from wine labels on uncoated paper and packaging materials to wrap-arounds and shrink sleeves. The raw material base of the new Uvaflex Y80 flexo series fulfils all requirements of the EuPIA exclusion policy. Also on show, the Uvaflex FCM Y81 ink series contains significantly fewer migration-critical substances than common inks, making it safe for food packaging applications. The cured ink film with its low odor is said to be suitable for the most sensitive applications.

Zhongshan Suncrown Adhesive Products exhibits a wide range of label and lamination film products.

Zhuoli Imaging Technology presents Z110 premium wax ribbon and Z801 textile resin ribbon. Z110 produces crisp barcodes and durable images, while Z801 is a durable wash care resin used for garment and textile label printing, offering high print quality and superior resistance to washing, ironing and dry-cleaning. Z801 is compatible with a wide variety of materials including nylon, polyester satin and synthetic fibers.

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