Pro Mach Announces New Ownership by Affiliates of AEA Investors LP

imagePro Mach, Inc. announced today the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of AEA Investors LP (AEA) from The Jordan Company. Financial terms were not disclosed. Pro Mach’s management team and employees will continue to operate from their facilities in North America and Europe.

Pro Mach is a leading provider of packaging machinery and integrated systems, with more than 25 equipment brands sold throughout the world. Pro Mach provides automated solutions that drive efficiency and increase packaging line performance for diverse food, beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and industrial goods companies. It manufactures and integrates bottling and capping, primary packaging, flexible packaging, material handling, identification and tracking, and end of line packaging solutions.

“Our acquisition by AEA brings a strong partner for our vision to be the world’s premier provider of integrated packaging, material handling, and processing solutions,” said Mark Anderson, Pro Mach President and CEO. “AEA shares our vision and will provide significant support as we increase our capabilities and create new opportunities to better serve our customers throughout the world, building on the progress we made over the last three years with The Jordan Company.”

“Our management team and employees look forward to working with AEA to build on our success and create greater value for our customers and new investment partners,” added Mr. Anderson.

Pro Mach’s brands include Allpax, Axon, Benchmark Automation, Brenton, Currie by Brenton, Dekka, Edson, Federal, Fowler, ID Technology, IPak, KLEENLine, Matrix, Orion, Ossid, Pace Packaging, Rennco, Roberts PolyPro, Shuttleworth, Tekkra, Wexxar/BEL, and Zalkin. Pro Mach’s Flexible Packaging Group also sells, integrates, and supports Toyo Jidoki, Inever, and FLtècnics brand equipment.

“Pro Mach and its brands have an excellent reputation for manufacturing exceptional products and delivering exemplary customer service,” said Tom Pryma, Partner, AEA. “We look forward to working with the management team to accelerate growth and build on their success as a valued partner for diverse consumer and industrial goods companies around the world.”

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Bent Serritslev joins Xeikon to lead Asia Pacific Business

Industry veteran brings nearly 30 years of regional experience to new role .

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announces that industry veteran Bent Serritslev has joined the company as Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC) to manage the company’s continuing growth in this dynamic region.


Bent Serritslev, who assumed the role on October 1, studied at Copenhagen Business School and has since spent 33 years in the printing industry, of which 29 have been in Asian locations, including Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Previous roles representing Gallus, Mark Andy and Heidelberg have enabled him to build up a substantial knowledge in the fields of both labels & packaging and commercial print, and to build significant relationships with key players in the region.

“We see an unprecedented growth in the Asia Pacific printing industry. The global need for brand integrity and consistency is also in that region reflected in the requirement for enhanced print production capabilities. This means that both brand owners and printers will increasingly turn to digital production methods,” comments Wim Maes, Xeikon CEO. “Xeikon’s digital solutions offer the flexibility, quality and creativity customers in this region are looking for to help them stay ahead of developing trends. We have already enjoyed great success with our partners in Asia Pacific and are looking to extend that success even more with Bent. His profound experience and knowledge of both the region and the industry makes him the ideal leader for our expert team.”

"I enjoy working with printers and converters, and want to understand what their challenges are and where the market opportunities lie,” Serritslev states. “I’m dedicated to help them offer the best service possible to support their current clients and further grow their customer base. I’m very excited to join Xeikon in this role and to leverage its heritage of innovation in the world of digital printing to benefit both current and prospective customers in the region. In my new role, I will oversee significant investments by Xeikon in its regional presence, including expanding the team and enhancing the current business infrastructure.”

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Esko launches i-cut Production Console operating platform for Kongsberg digital finishing systems

Newly developed user interface makes operating highly intuitive, easy, fast and flexible.

The increasingly growing demand for ever more sophisticated production tools has inspired Esko to develop the i-cut Production Console. This newly developed front-end operating system will be the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems. It combines the feature set of the XL-Guide tailored for packaging applications and i-cut Vision Pro, the industry standard front-end for cutting and short run productions. Designed for all operations on all Kongsberg tables, the i-cut Production Console forms a solid foundation for any future developments.


The i-cut Production Console (iPC) drives all functionality found on Kongsberg tables, such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration and tool adjustments. “These tried and tested features are industry favorites, and are now incorporated into a much more intuitive operating system for users,” explains Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. “We want to help customers simplify their approach so they can maximize their capabilities. Ease of use is about making complex tasks easy. A good portion of accomplishing this is hidden in great software design created completely from scratch, consulting with user interface specialists to build an efficient system. The iPC instinctively supports the machine operator and displays colors with a meaning, which draws focus to the right area at the right time. It will change the way operators finish a job, and allow them to get even more out of their machine: they will get up to speed faster while improving the output quality. It all leads to less downtime and more efficiency - with less training or service intervention.”


Assuring the most stable operating system

The i-cut Production Console is ingeniously designed to guide and support the operator, and incorporates a number of logical, user-friendly features: from its icon-based graphical interface with color coded alerts and updates, to the ability to follow production progress from a distance. “This enables one operator to do other tasks while overseeing the production on a Kongsberg table,” explains Naess. “With clear display functionality and easy to understand icons, every step of operation can be readily identified for a smooth process.”


The legacy of i-cut Vision Pro software along with the Esko XL-Guide that operated previous generations of Kongsberg tables has created a firm base for the iPC to deliver on Esko’s Highest Flexibility promise – one common user interface for all tables and all applications, allowing users to easily understand how to expand the capabilities of their machine into different business areas. “It's a platform designed to help operators get jobs done faster and easier, with more options,” explains Naess. “For example, they can pause a run, complete an urgent job or quick prototype, and return to the first batch of work. The result is maximized capacity and uptime with increased efficiency.”


Extended versatility

"As Kongsberg users work with a greater variety of production tools, they want to be prepared for any job and be more efficient, whether they are working on packaging or wide format displays,” concludes Naess. “The development of the i-cut Production Console is also based on extensive input and testing from our users who contributed to the system’s specifications. Their experience was very valuable to identify particular user features that bring ease of use to a next level. The iPC will add even more to the already high popularity of our tables and help customers become more productive than they already are.”

The i-cut Production Console is available now, worldwide through all Esko sales and distribution channels for Kongsberg XN and V Series tables. Beginning in 2015, it will become available for most Kongsberg models, including upgrades for existing customers.

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IML Labels & Systems purchases a second BGM Elite High Speed Finishing System

IML’s latest investment is the purchase of a 300m/min Inspection Slitter Rewinder from Bar Graphic Machinery

IML has a long history in label manufacturing dating back to 1936, having established a forte for highly durable labels and tags IML became a leading supplier to the local steel giants of Sheffield.  The labelling of metals, particularly at high processing temperatures, remains a key influence for IML; innovation and expertise propels the company forward and fortifies its position as a global leader within this highly specialised field.

IML’s Managing Director: Shaun Higgins comments: Having established a speciality in high performance labels and tags the company has, over the years, diversified into other specialised markets where product identification and traceability are vital in very demanding, and sometimes hostile, applications. IML’s aim is to consult with each customer to guarantee the best possible labelling solution tailored to their individual requirements.

Shaun further comments: It is imperative that the die cutting & inspection slitter rewinding equipment we use in this demanding market enables maximum productivity. The BGM Elite Die cutting & Inspection slitter-rewinders have proven to be outstanding, especially in achieving very high speeds with very difficult substrates. From the very first installation to the most recent one, the reliability of the BGM machines has been outstanding. The quality achieved from BGM’s equipment is exceptional; production staff running the equipment find it to be very user friendly and easy to operate.  Being a specialist manufacturer it is essential that we meet our customers’ very high demands. Service, backup, and technical knowledge has also enabled BGM to shine through as a leading supplier to IML Labels.’

Daniel Carr, Sales Manager at Bar Graphic Machinery, added: ‘We are delighted with IML’s purchase of our latest Elite 410 SRi 16” 410mm wide High speed Inspection Slitter Rewinder system.  We are equally delighted that Shaun placed his order during an onsite to BGM following successful demonstrations using his difficult substrates. We look forward to further supporting IML and are proud, as a supplier, to be a part of their future expansion plans.



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CCL Label trusts in offset printing with the installation of the Comexi Offset CI8 in Völkermarkt’s plant (Austria)

The Comexi Group, a specialist in machinery solutions for the flexible packaging conversion industry, has reached an agreement with CCL Label to install the Comexi OFFSET CI8 in its plant in Völkermarkt (Austria). As both companies seek maximum quality, sustainability and increase productivity in their products, the Comexi OFFSET CI8 becomes the suitable solution to strengthen CCL Label’s positioning as an environmentally responsible printer while responding their customer’s stringent demands.  
The flexibility of the Comexi OFFSET CI8, which makes it possible to carry out just-in-time design changes, together with fine-tuning and fast production have been the key factors for CCL’s decision to acquire this new machine. This flexibility is achieved thanks to the state-of-the-art central drum offset technology system, combined with automatic sleeve change. CCL Label has also taken into account Comexi’s fast design changes thanks to the use of lithographic plates.


Offset CI8

Offset technology is not new for CCL Group, as it already has high expertise capabilities with certain label products. In this case, the Comexi Offset CI8 will provide increased capacity, allowing new products and a wider range of substrates to be printed with offset high quality.

The Comexi OFFSET CI8 printing machine marks a turning point in the printing of flexible packaging and labels since its launch. The Comexi solution is the first web-offset press for printing variable lengths over a central impression drum, which links the advantages of both offset variable print length and flexo central impression drum printing in one press for flexible packaging and labels. This combination of technologies overcomes the issues that conventional in-line offset machines have by the fact that it can easily print thinner and more elastic materials (OPP, PET, PE,…).
Among its main benefits, the Comexi OFFSET CI8 sharply reduces environmental impact due to the use of solventless inks, better energy efficiency, highest print quality, broad/wide production flexibility and quick response regarding Time-to-Market.


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BVZ Berliner Zeitungsdruck brings platemaking up to date with Kodak

– Still a believer in thermal imaging, BVZ Berliner Zeitungsdruck GmbH ( decided to invest in its future in May this year, when the company started producing plates with three KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters integrated in a press configuration for fully automatic newspaper platemaking. Kodak’s ability to supply the complete plate lines and the NELA plate handling technology played a key role in the company’s investment decision. It was also hoped that the upgrade to KODAK Technology would iron out previous reliability and control problems experienced by BVZ Berliner Zeitungsdruck GmbH. Like the parent company Berliner Verlag, which is responsible for the Berliner Zeitung and Berliner Kurier – as well as the weekly ad journal Berliner Abendblatt through a publishing subsidiary – this printing house is owned by the M. DuMont Schauberg media group in Cologne, Germany.

New CTP generation takes over with Kodak

The new CTP systems replaced three flatbed thermal platesetters that had been doing duty ever since 2002 / 2003. "It was high time for a new investment," says Steffen Helmschrott, BVZ's Managing Director. "The old CTP machines were getting increasingly unreliable, and we would no longer have been able to meet our plate production needs with them in the long run. What's more, we were experiencing a growing number of problems trying to control the platesetters via interfaces for which there was no longer any proper documentation and no more hardware parts were available."



Two of the newly installed KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters provide an hourly throughput of 200 plates while the third delivers up to 250 plates an hour. Each of these automatic CTP systems can hold as many as 1600 plates in four bays each for the fully automated loading and imaging processes, so that long, uninterrupted productive phases are now a reality. Each Generation News Platesetter is supported by a downstream Kodak Mercury P-HD 850 Plate Processor. Kodak also supplied the NELA plate handling technology – consisting of a plate rotator table, punch and bending units, and a plate stacker – as general contractor.

Digital platemaking for today's newspapers

Thanks to this modern platemaking technology, the printing house is optimally equipped to meet today's production requirements – and that includes backups. Between 1000 and 1500 plates are consumed every day, and at peak evening times the prepress department has to deliver as many as 350 an hour. The company prints on a web offset press designed for Rhenish format with four-high towers, four press sections, and four folders. In addition to the two dailies (Berliner Zeitung and Berliner Kurier with a circulation of 150,000 and 120,000 respectively), BVZ also prints the weekly Berliner Abendblatt (1.3 million copies) as well as Der Freitag and Jüdische Allgemeine (both weekly newspapers) and more than fifty other periodical products.

The performance of the KODAK THERMALNEWS PT Digital Plates played a key role in the investment decision. For the majority of the print jobs, this innovative negative-working thermal plate is used without the preheat step, achieving 200,000 impressions on press, whilst saving substantial amounts of energy. For the longer runs, the preheat is used, enabling the plate to reach an incredible 350,000 impressions.

"We also tested violet plates upfront of our decision and compared their on-press performance with that of thermal. The conclusion we came to was that violet plates achieve roughly the same run lengths on our web press as the ThermalNews PT Plate without the preheat step. Unfortunately, that's not enough for high-volume products like our ad journal or promotional products," the Managing Director explains. "The stable tonal reproduction, the plate's ability to withstand the mechanical and chemical stresses occurring in the press – essential to achieve such a high number of impressions – and its excellent ease of handling are other important arguments in favor of thermal. Whichever way you look at it, thermal plates still have a clear edge here."

"In our experience the ThermalNews PT Plate can only be described as a very stable plate. We manage all our typical newspaper jobs without the preheat. Whenever we need to print very long runs, we switch it back on. Everything runs without a hitch – and also slightly faster and more conveniently since we bought our new Generation News Platesetters," Helmschrott confirms.

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UPM Raflatac is ‘Engineered with Raflatouch’ at Labelexpo India

UPM Raflatac’s label experts will welcome visitors to stand A16 in hall12 at Labelexpo India on 29 October to 1 November. Under the theme ‘Engineered with Raflatouch’, UPM Raflatac is highlighting the company’s world-class technology, quality and performance, combined with industry-leading environmental sustainability and customer service.

Newly appointed South Asia Country Manager for UPM Raflatac, Mr Pravin Varshney, explains: “We are proud to provide our customers the first-class technical expertise and service by our local operations and customer service professionals. We view the relationship with our customers as one of business partners. Together, we’re delivering leading-edge labelling solutions to brands in a way that builds success for everyone.”

Solutions for pharmaceutical and home & personal care labelling

Product highlights for UPM Raflatac at Labelexpo India include the thin Raflex MDO label film and the ‘RafCare’ wet wipes range for personal care labelling, and the RP 31 Purus adhesive for pharmaceutical end-uses.

Raflex MDO is a machine-direction oriented film with excellent conformability and flexibility for contoured and squeezable containers, and supports a pristine brand image throughout the product lifecycle. The RafCare range offers special adhesives and label faces expertly combined for a precision match to specific wet-wipes applications – personal care, home care and industrial.

The RP 31 Purus adhesive is specially developed for pharmaceutical labelling where migration safety is a must. Critical applications for RP 31 Purus include labelling for liquid drug preparations packed in plastic containers and LDPE droppers.

RP 31 Purus

Visitors to the UPM Raflatac stand are also invited to see how the new Label Life tool can aid them in making more sustainable choices. Label Life provides an easy to use, tailored service which informs label converters and brand owners about the life cycle impacts of different label stock products and helps them obtain credible information on the environmental performance of their labels.



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Kodak Highlights Industry Relationships and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 6.1 at Annual GUA Conference; GUA Board Elects New Members

Attendees of the ninth annual conference of the Graphic Users’ Association of KODAK Solutions (GUA) gathered in Sofia in the first week of October, where connectivity, workflow and integration were the topics under discussion at the highly successful three day event.

Stephen Lavey

More than 120 Kodak customers and GUA community members attended the event, which showcased the release of KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 6.1 with the full KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions portfolio. As part of a twin-track conference agenda led by worldwide and regional experts, the PRINERGY Workflow product roadmap was explored in detail. Alongside product presentations, customer board members hosted in-depth sessions with Kodak’s product support teams to share the opportunities afforded by improved MIS connectivity, increased automation and PRINERGY Workflow’s market leading support of industry standards. A focus on industry relationships with vendors including EFI, Compris, PrintVis, Arden Software and the recently announced agreement with PACKZ, further underscores Kodak’s commitment to customers and the connectivity of their solutions.

Incorporating industry insight, technology innovations and live demonstrations held at the Innovation Technology Lab, the programme was structured to help maximise customer return on investment and provide unrivalled networking and learning opportunities. The GUA board lead the delivery of a diverse agenda of valuable content, whilst attendees were also able to participate in live panel discussions for the first time in the event’s nine-year history. Another first for the event saw the inclusion of a session by GWG to share the latest thinking on PDF best practice and standardisation with Peter Claes being on hand to answer customers’ questions for the entire conference and help translate theory into practice.


In addition, the GUA Board took the opportunity to reveal its new members. Samer Sabri Abdel Qader from Masar Printing & Publishing and Johan Vanoeteren from Roularta Media Group join the board alongside the addition of Peter Hulsmans (Kodak’s Regional Marketing Manager Output Devices & Workflow Systems) and Katleen Verbeeck (Kodak’s EAMER Marketing Communication Manager UWS, PS and Packaging). Mr Qader, from the United Arab Emirates, is the first representative on the board from outside Europe.

Making his debut as president of the GUA this year, Stephen Lavey, GUA Board President said: “We’ve been delighted to meet with both new and familiar faces at this year’s conference and welcome our new board members. We also say farewell to Dietrich Mägerlein (Eukerdruck), Erwin Danis (Roularta Media Group) andGudrun Alex (Kodak). On behalf of the board we would like to thank them for their huge commitment and contribution over the past nine years.”

The GUA conference provides fantastic opportunities for Kodak and its customers and partners to enter into a dialogue over product innovations and developments in addition to providing unrivalled networking that otherwise simply would not be possible.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended for their contribution to our first ever live panel discussions, and to the keynote speakers for sharing their insight with us.  GUA is now increasingly becoming a forum for our partners to participate in creating world class workflows for customers and we would also like to extend our thanks to our packaging vendors and the partners representing MIS for their contribution to the event. Users were able to explore how to connect an entire network from web shop to production and discuss the potential benefits. As we all look for the ultimate workflow, this technology can facilitate the drive to remove surplus processes, unnecessary steps and communications; it’s what the industry is calling for.”

            Gudrun Alex, Kodak’s EAMER Marketing Director, added: “This year’s GUA conference was particularly significant for me, not least with the unveiling of KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 6.1, but as I prepare to step down as a member of the board. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to stand as a board member since the GUA was formed 9 years ago and I look forward to continuing to act as an honorary member in the future. ”

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Edale exhibit at Cartes, Paris

Edale, the UK manufacturer of high specification printing and converting equipment, today announce their attendance at this year’s Cartes exhibition taking place from 4-6 November 2012, in Paris.

Edale will take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on their expertise in the manufacturing of bespoke machinery for the telecom recharge card and scratch off lottery ticket sector, a strong growth market for the UK company with a number of high value machines sold in recent years.

Over recent years, Edale have seen a steady growth in demand for machinery for the production of telecom recharge cards. Having broadened our technological capabilities and awareness in such a high security sector we have seen a rise in sales and installations of our Card Line machine” says Export Sales Director Bernhard Grob.

Edale’s single pass print and personalisation Card Line is a web fed solution for the production of low cost pre-paid telecom recharge cards, reducing cost by combining multiple manufacturing processes into a single process with the capability to produce up to 1m pins or 200,000 CR80 sized products, per hour. Edale’s offering is a ‘turnkey’ solution that not only provides the capital equipment but also a high level of consultative support, training and consumables.

Recent Card Line installations have taken place in South Africa, Nepal, UAE and the biggest sale to date into a company in Zimbabwe; there are a number of others which Edale are unable to publicise due to NDA’s being in place.

Cartes is an exciting exhibition for us” explains Managing Director James Boughton. “Cartes is one of the key shows in Edale’s event calendar; it gives us the opportunity to showcase the applications that can be achieved with our machines to a dedicated audience. Some of our biggest ever machine sales have been as a result of our attendance at Cartes”.


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The First Inkjet Conference Proves Tremendous Success with Excellent Ratings from Attendees and Speakers

“An excellent collection point for today’s experts in the world of digital printing.” That is how Stefano Corradini, Sidel SpA, described ESMA’s inaugural The Inkjet Conference™ ( held earlier this month and sponsored by enabling partner drupa, in Neuss (Düsseldorf).

Rick Hulme, Sun Chemical, said it was a ‘new and exciting conference which has brought the industry together to discuss inkjet, its capabilities and opportunities both now and in the future’ while Ian Clark of Intrinsiq Materials described it as ‘a varied and wide-ranging conference highlighting applications and the future’.


The two-day, multi-subject educational conference brought together industry and academic leaders in their fields who spoke about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print. It included a focus on inkjet engineering, a review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks and an academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

There were over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as UV-LED systems, piezo inkjet for precision dispensing of functional materials, system integration: an ink point of view, improving inkjet industry by implementing intelligent sensors, and industrial inkjet for packaging.

Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference was overwhelmed by industry interest with more than 300 attendees hungry to learn about inkjet for industrial applications from 38 exhibitors and 41 speakers. “As well as the updates on the significant technological steps being made by suppliers and experts in this arena, the event

also presented the wealth of opportunities for collaboration, inter-industry developments and cross-market adoption.”

“A great starting point to follow the developmental course of DOD and nanoparticles throughout the next exciting upcoming years,” was the view of attendee Luc Van damme, while Mark Stephenson, from Fujifilm, said it was: “A good start and hopefully many more to come.” Jason Remnant, Xaar, welcomed the range of attendees to ‘help broaden customer opportunities and networking options’ and Yair Kipman, of Imagexpert, said the conference was excellent ‘with many of the appropriate players in the inkjet market’.

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA concludes: “The energy and buzz surrounding the first edition of The Inkjet Conference is indicative of the excitement we are seeing across the industry regarding the capabilities the new technology is offering. It is so interesting to be a part of the conversation that is exploring what the next steps could and should be.”

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IML Labels takes digital leap with Xeikon 3500

The Xeikon 3500 is increasingly becoming the technology of choice for companies looking to print in-mold labels digitally, with installations taking place around the world on a regular basis. The latest company to invest in the Xeikon technology is IML Labels. The company is based just north of Montreal, Canada and has added a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to complement its offset presses.

“Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75 percent of them are involved in the food business,” says owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. “As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, color matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.


IML Labels has grown rapidly since its formation and today it employs more than 50 people. The company provides a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ service including pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels’ client base includes molders and direct customers, many of whom are leading names in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.

“We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging. In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren’t economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers.”

The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner, which is now the standard toner for printing in-mold labels. The Xeikon 3500 can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm / 20.3 inches. This format flexibility enables the production of a broad range of label formats. Xeikon’s extensive finishing range for its digital presses provided IML Labels with several converting options for their labels. They have installed a UCoat finishing unit, which allows inline flood aqueous coating and provides cut-to-sheet capabilities. Die cutting of labels is done on their existing equipment used for offset printed labels.

“The Xeikon 3500 has proved to be the ideal sales and marketing tool,” says Mr. Caron. “Orders from new customers are printed digitally as these invariably involve shorter runs. Consequently, we have eliminated the waste and inefficiencies we used to encounter on our traditional presses. When orders reach a certain size, they can easily be switched to offset.”

Mr. Caron adds, “We intend to take advantage of the ability to print variable data on the Xeikon press to incorporate features such as sequential numbering. Today, the market is demanding a level of production flexibility that only digital printing can provide. However, every situation is different and we worked closely with Xeikon to develop a solution that met our specific requirements.”

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing, Labels & Packaging, comments, “The production of in-mold labels with digital technology is proving to be a powerful tool for brand owners. Now, they can easily undertake test marketing projects, trials and short runs. It is only a matter of time until more brands embrace this opportunity. Xeikon has invested a lot of time and resources in developing this technically complex application. We were able to execute it successfully in real production environments due to the expertise and guidance of customers such as IML Labels Canada.”

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Kosme Italy rejuvenated

Krones AG, the manufacturer of beverage filling and packaging lines, has rejuvenated its subsidiary Kosme, which produces machines and lines for the lower output range. The new organisation relates solely to Kosme’s facility in Roverbella, Italy.

In order to secure the plant’s future on a sustainably viable financial basis, the product portfolio of Kosme Italy has had to be altered and the capacities correspondingly right sized.


The Kosme Barifill, with Krones VKPV valves and its minimised footprint, is the ideal choice for small and mid-tier breweries or beverage bottlers.

Kosme will now be concentrating on its core competences in the fields of filling and labelling technologies. The operations for producing packing and palletising kit have been discontinued.

Kosme Italy, however, will continue to offer complete lines in addition to the fillers and labellers that constitute the company’s core business. These lines are supplemented at need by products from appropriately qualified partner companies/suppliers, who meet the requirements for optimum quality laid down by Krones and its subsidiary Kosme.


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Comexi Group appoints Jeroen van der Meer as new managing director

Comexi Group announces the appointment of Jeroen van der Meer as its new managing director. He has over 15 years of experience in flexible packaging and machine engineering. He will be responsible for leading the company’s worldwide growth, which complies with the corporate strategic plan of the group by providing high added value solutions that meet the high standards and demands of the flexible packaging industry.


Van der Meer will oversee both engineering and sales, as well as product development (Technological Centre), marketing and industrial construction for Comexi Group and its subsidiaries worldwide. As commented by Manel Xifra, Comexi Group president, the appointment of Jeroen van der Meer allows the company to continue the process of professionalization of its executive team.

Comexi Group strategy is to provide technological solutions for the printing and converting industry, driven by new and sustainable innovations. The family company with its headquarters based in Girona, Catalonia (Spain) - under the new leadership – will expand and supply solutions and services worldwide. Comexi Group has installed bases in over 100 countries.

‘’Customers in flexible packaging converting industry have demonstrated trust and confidence in Comexi Group due to its wide experience and innovative technologies offered in the field of printing and converting machines’’, says Jeroen van der Meer.

He explains: ‘’innovative packaging with vibrant images, sustainability and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) are key drivers for our customers for which Comexi Group provides dedicated solutions. Our company is committed to continue to provide new innovative solutions that respond to the main market requirements of the future. In this sense, Comexi’s team will build and maintain sustainable long term partnerships with our clients in order to support their business”.

Holding a degree in Mechanical Engineering from HZ University of Applied Sciences (Vlissingen, The Netherlands) and Business Administration from Eindhoven University of Technology, Jeroen van der Meer previously served as Managing Director for BU Engineered Films at Clondalkin Group and as Managing Director at Clondalkin-Flexoplast. He has also held various positions of responsibility at Fuji Seal Europe and Philips PMF International.

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PRATI's devices for top level pharmaceutical and secutiry label inspection

The family of multi-level control machines by PRATI for pharmaceutical industry includes  SATURN BIDI and PHARMACHECK. Both designed for high level and reliable reel inspection, these equipment have been conceived for two kinds of printers: SATURN BIDI for converters who need high productivity and reliability in labels check; PHARMACHECK at the top of this class of slitter-rewinders for industry requiring both high productivity and the need to fulfill  the strict requests of the pharmaceutical industry.

Both are designed for Pharmaceutical Labels, High-Security Labels, Pharma Bkl-Ecl Labels, Nutriceutical Labels, Chemical Labels, Tax Labels, High-End Cosmetic, Univocal - Track And Trace Labels.



The slitter rewinder SATURN BIDI performs critical tasks such as precise counting, accurate slitting, perfect rewinding, and it is available in four models: Classic Servo slitter rewinder; Plus Servo slitter rewinder with 100% digital web inspection; Booklet Servo slitter rewinder for booklet labels production and the new Omnia, the unique all-in-one solution, which was presented during the Open House "Experience the Automation".

This equipment has been designed to guarantee maximum flexibility to process different kind of materials: standard paper or flexible PSA labels, booklet labels, clear on clear, carton, perforated materials and new eco materials such as UPM Proliner PP30 and Avery Dennison 23 PET and PET 18 microns liner.

The SATURN series can operate as well on very narrow label rolls without overlapping the lanes, getting perfect slitting and rewinding results and producing correctly aligned and tensioned final reels.

Providing the highest standards required by pharmaceutical industry, with the top in its class on the market, PHARMACHECK assures the product total security thanks to recursive camera controls. 
PHARMACHECK integrates an innovative and efficient system where paper moves only forward and camera is due to re-inspect the operator’s correction, assuring high-accuracy in web tension, slitting and alignment, video controlled slitting, multi level user machine’s log-in and a clean stress-free labels process.

The SATURN BIDI and the PHARMACHECK have been developed with in-house design and proprietary algorithms to comply the GAMP certification, the ISO 15378:2011 and the AMWHV norms.

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Hally Labels selects the SATURN BIDI double inspection system for their pharmaceutical and cosmetics labels.

imageThe “recursive inspection” of SATURN BIDI is a new function in which the inspection camera double checks the web: in case of default the machine stops and the defect is rewound back till it is positioned on the splicing table. A patented unique motorized roller, which avoids contact between idlers and labels, simplifies the positioning of the errors  eliminating all problems and stress to the labels a conventional buffer creates (chiefly for booklet labels). Actually SATURN BIDI fits over-sized rolls to grant smooth paper path.  The machine can work at the speed of 125 m/min with the BIDI inspection mode; alternatively, it can work up 250 m/min.

Hally Labels is a privately owned narrow web label printing business with plants in Australia – Brisbane and Sydney – and  in New Zealand – Auckland and Christchurch – employing about 300 staff.  Regarded as an innovative supplier in the market, Hally Labels runs flexographic and digital offset technology both in their New Zealand and Australia plants.

Deryck Bonner, operations manager of Hally Labels, commented: “We selected the PRATI SATURN Bidi  as we realized the ease of operation for the operator. But what impressed us was also the great QC ability which picks up any differences to required acceptable label requirements. The SATURN BIDI also stores this information for reporting purposes, and this is for us a plus. Finally, even at a convenient price, it well covers our ability to produce pharmaceutical and nutraceutical labels to the high quality standards required by this industry.”

“ PRATI's equipment ensure full quality compliance with our top tier customers’ needs, but at the same time it is easy for the operators to learn and run them. We have seen a marked reduction in quality issues ending up at the customers’ production line.”

“PRATI is for us a certainty, but the most decisive points to select PRATI are: the value of the equipment, a very good value for money, and the outstanding support from PRATI and their agent. Last but not least, a family culture with that ethos flowing through to the customer. Nothing is too much trouble to them, no matter how far away you are: any problem is always solved.”

“Starting from the point that the quality of construction of PRATI's very well made equipment is the best seen over many years in the business compared with similar equipment, we are very pleased with our machine and the decision to purchase. This last supply has even exceeded our expectations and we are now looking at further machines for our plants.”


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