Monika Olbricht joins Xeikon as Sales Director Document Printing Europe

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce that Monika Olbricht has joined the company as Sales Director, Document Printing, Europe. Olbricht will take responsibility for sales and business development for Document Printing in Europe as well as the commercial launch of Xeikon’s Trillium technology, planned for later in 2015.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have an executive of the caliber of Monika Olbricht join our team,” comments Wim Maes, Xeikon’s CEO. “Monika has an impressive background, having held several international management positions in sales and marketing over the past 17 years. She will be instrumental in developing the commercial strategy to jumpstart our next growth phase in Europe. And the energy and knowledge she will bring to the Trillium program, which we believe is a critical advancement in the digital printing market, make her a welcome addition to the Xeikon team.”

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Olbricht has studied, lived and worked in a number of European countries and is fluent in five languages. Prior to Xeikon, she served as Executive Director of Business Development for Commercial Print at Océ. During her 17-year career across a variety of management roles, she gained significant expertise in commercial and transactional printing, direct mail, book and newspaper printing. She brings with her well-established relationships with key industry players, including both printing operations and suppliers to the industry.

“I am excited to be joining Xeikon,” states Olbricht. “As innovators in digital print, Xeikon is committed to bringing best-in-class solutions to customers, helping them develop and grow their businesses. It’s particularly thrilling to be bringing Xeikon´s game-changing Trillium liquid toner technology to market. I believe this platform will open up many valuable new business opportunities for our customers in Document Printing across a variety of applications. I’m very much looking forward to helping our customers leverage this innovative platform for business growth.”

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“CALIX” LABELLING MACHINE BY PACKLAB, FOR WINE LABELLING

Packlab, a company in the P.E. LABELLERS group, specialises in producing self-adhesive labelling systems. Especially for the wine-making sector, Packlab has designed a linear self-adhesive labelling machine suitable for speeds from 1,000 to 9,000 bph: the CALIX model, ideal for applying partial front and rear labels with suction belt on cylindrical vessels. The machine can also apply a wrap-around label.

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Accident protection systems are fitted with CE compliant light curtains.

The strength of this labelling machine is the modular adhesive unit, fitted with five-axis supports: it can meet the most diverse application needs. Packlab's linear machines also make it possible to streamline format change times and costs since they operate with no need to replace format parts.

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Xeikon to launch new Leaflet Production Suite at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015

The printing sector is changing at a rapid pace, and there is no event that reflects this dynamic activity better than the Hunkeler Innovationdays. With a reputation for showcasing creative solutions that are fit for the future, this bi-yearly industry gathering delivers exciting operational opportunities, brings clarity to current trends, makes the latest developments understandable and shows how they all interplay in actual use. This is why Xeikon is pleased to announce two new exclusive world premières at this year’s edition, taking place from February 23 to 26, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland.

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Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s Director Marketing & Business Development Document Printing, is thrilled about the solutions that will be on display: “As an innovator in digital printing technology, we are always looking to deliver print excellence and offer our customers new ways to score better than their competitors. Hunkeler Innovationdays is the perfect platform to help highlight our capabilities and market know-how. We are thrilled about showing our newest digital print portfolio enhancements to the 4000+ expected visitors at this indispensable industry rendez-vous.”

A new addition to the Production Suite Family

First to be announced is the new Xeikon Leaflet Production Suite. The Leaflet Production Suite is the newest addition to Xeikon’s portfolio of Production Suites dedicated to the Document & Commercial print market that already include the Book Production Suite, the Document Production Suite, the Large Format Production Suite and the Wall Decoration Suite.

Together with its Aura Partner Network, Xeikon has developed these high-quality, high-productivity total solutions for some of the fastest growing digital printing niches. These solutions follow the growing trend in today’s print production environment for a wider variety of total solutions, and respond to the increased need for more colors and ever shorter print runs, resulting in digital printing volumes going up.

With the addition of the Leaflet Production Suite, Xeikon has developed an integrated solution that meets the demand for high-quality pharmaceutical and agro-chemical leaflets as well as for instruction leaflets used in general retail, i.e. in the electronic and cosmetics markets. Xeikon’s ability to print very small text at top quality with a 1200 dpi resolution allows for the successful use of microtext and therefore responds to the strict anti-counterfeit security requirements typical of these industries.

Stay tuned for more exciting news coming up

A brand new dry-toner digital press – stay tuned for more imminent news – will also be on display at Xeikon’s stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays. This press will be equipped with a Hunkeler Unwinder, a Web Finishing module that protects against damage in the converting device, a Hunkeler cutter that cuts to clean sheets, and a Guk Folding device, a single conveyor belt that stacks the leaflets. Finally, a camera inspection system, integrated with the print engine, offers quality assurance by checking every print, an absolute must for the pharmaceutical industry.

At the show, Xeikon will be printing on ultra-thin quality paper of 40-60 gsm. This is made possible thanks to Xeikon's dry toner that is specifically developed based on the requirements of document and commercial printing applications. This dry toner technology also offers benefits related to fusing, increased color gamut and speed. The toners are available in the four process colors (CMYK) as well as five off-the-shelf gamut expansion spot colors (Red, Green, Blue, Orange, and Extra magenta). A Clear toner is available for printing security applications. In addition, Xeikon can also develop custom-made colors to meet specific brand color requirements and print top quality on very thin paper.

More details about Xeikon’s new dry-toner digital press will be released on the opening day of Hunkeler Innovationdays. Journalists interested in more information, can already sign up for a one-to-one interview with Xeikon product experts during the show by contacting duo@duomedia.com.

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Geneva High School’s Robotics Team’s Season Is Underway

image The 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season has begun and the Geneva High School Robovikes, sponsored by The Label Printers, are back for their seventh season. Earlier this month, nearly 75,000 high-school students on approximately 3,000 teams at 107 venues around the globe joined the 2015 Kickoff via live Comcast NBCUniversal broadcast.

FIRST explains, “At today’s Kickoff, FIRST Robotics Competition teams were shown the RECYCLE RUSH playing field and received a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components worth tens of thousands of dollars – and only limited instructions. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the 105 Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.”

That six week time frame is a significant commitment of time and effort, which this experienced Robovikes team understands very well.  Geneva High School’s team meets on Mondays and Fridays after school for about two to three hours, and then for about nine hours on Saturdays.  And usually even more time as the competition nears.

RECYCLE RUSHSM is, as FIRST explains, “a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST® at the end of the season.” View the game animation and more on FIRST’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FRCTeamsGlobal

This past Saturday found the Robovikes working on assembly of this year’s ‘bot, exercising the “platform”, creating a new team web site, programming, watching, talking, laughing – pretty much everything you’d expect from a group of teenagers and their adult mentors. Now in the team’s seventh season there are a lot of veterans around the room, but also a lot of kids who have joined because their friends and families told them how much fun it is and/or because of the success that the team has enjoyed since its rookie season. And their reputation for success which comes from hard work, skill and fun is beginning to define the program.

Mary Keyzer, a teacher at Geneva High School and the Robovikes coach, and two other principal adult mentors have volunteered countless hours working with the team since the beginning – Kevin Keyzer, a ceramics engineer and Mary’s husband, and Joe Kane, who is the Director of Research and Development at The Label Printers.  On this Saturday, at the team meeting being held at the high school, Kevin Keyzer is joined by other mentors – his dad, John Keyzer, Tom Paskiewicz from MayTec, one of the team’s “R2D2” level-sponsors, and team dad Jon Snurka, whose son Brad (a senior at GHS) is in his 4th season as aRobovike.

Brad Snurka is the only 4-year team member and this year’s team captain, and has really enjoyed being on the team, finding it a great introduction to the STEM disciplines.  He said, “It was a good way to combine my programming hobby with building robots.  And the scholarships are really great, too.”  His job this year is to train other team members how to write code for the robot, and generally provide mentoring and leadership to the team. And he hopes to be the robot “driver” in the competitions this spring. Brad’s career goal is to teach high school physics, and he’ll be going to Northern Colorado this fall.

Alesa Laserna’s first choice for college is the Coast Guard Academy, where she wants to major in Biology.  Alesa is both a cheerleader and a member of the Robovikes team.  She joined last year to see if she liked it – and found that she loved it.  Learning about robotics, building the bot, and the team mentors are prominent in her reasons for being so enthused about the team.  She says, “It was a way to learn something new and have fun.  I like hands-on things, and this program really fits that.”

Brandon Elizondo is a senior and a 3rd year team member.  He’s going to the University of Colorado at Boulder to student physics, and would like to either be a researcher or professor.  He says that the robotics club has allowed him to meet a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.  Like Brad, he’s teaching new team members how to program.  He says, “We have a solid design, so we should do well at Regionals.”

Tom Miller is also a senior and 3rd year team member, and is a member of the build team.  He’s looking at a number of colleges, with Vanderbilt and Northwestern his top two choices.  Like a number of Robovikes over the years, he enjoys the sciences, but has interests outside of the STEM disciplines – in his case, particularly English.  But what Tom likes best about the Robovikes, “We’re all close – kind of a big family.”

The team’s web site – Robovikes.com [http://robovikes.com] – is filled with images and videos of previous teams, practices and game footage, as well as some basic information about the team and its sponsors.

ROBOVIKE Team Members:

Seniors:  Jason Belzer, Mitchell Bennett, Michael Bloink, Brandon Elizondo, Zach Gauntt, Alesa Laserna, Jack McCloughan, Tom Miller, Brad Snurka, Rachel Warren

Juniors:  Wendy Garrett, Jakob Grooten, A. J. Novy, John Zupke

Sophomores:  Shane Allcroft, Ben Deem, Prem Desai, Noah Legenski, Greg Wendt

Freshmen:  Danny Atkinson, Ryan Chalmers, Kate Kilmer, Max Winter

The Robovikes will be competing at the:

Central Illinois Regional at the Renaissance Coliseum, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois March 18 – 21

Midwest Regional at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL, April 1 – 4

About THE LABEL PRINTERS:

The Label Printers, Aurora, IL, started in business in 1967, manufacturing simple label constructions in a 1,000 square foot space, with 1 employee, serving the local Chicago market.

Today, the company has evolved into one of the 100 largest converters in the United States.  The Label Printers owns and operates two facilities in Aurora, Illinois, manufacturing and distributing labels and packaging products to thousands of customers in 25 countries around the world. The company’s quality systems are registered to ISO 9001 and are backed up by their 99.6% Quality Acceptance Rating.

The Label Printers is a member of NASPO (North American Security Products Organization), CACP (Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy), TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) and the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association).

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Edale fully recharged with biggest ever Card Line sale

UK manufacturers, Edale, today announce the installation of their biggest ever order – a 430mm wide 14 colour Card Line machine to an undisclosed company based in Africa, for the production of pre-paid telecom recharge cards.

The unnamed high security printer found that as their business continued to grow their existing sheetfed machines were no longer commercially viable, and they got in touch with Edale for a cost effective solution.

Together, the two companies spent a year researching products, visiting existing Edale customers and developing and testing equipment to ensure that they had a specification tailored to their exact requirements, and December 2014 saw them take ownership of their 14C hybrid flexo/digital/screen Card Line with a wide range of additional options.

The Card Line boasts 14 UV Flexo heads, Domino K600i for variable printing and verification of variable data (PIN numbers), scratch off verification with G series void marking, alongside a screen unit for application of the scratch off inks and two die units; with the machine measuring an impressive 30m long.

Productivity and flexibility are achieved by combining ‘traditional’ multi-stage manufacturing processes into a single modular machine solution, whilst having the capability to produce all conceivable formats of single and multi-pin cards; this single pass machine has been designed to produce up to 1.5million pins per hour. Combining processes streamlines production, eliminates work in progress and increases the security and traceability of the cards.

Bernhard Grob, Export Sales Director of Edale says “We were delighted to receive this order. Our focus is on the design and engineering of products that are more efficient than current methods or equivalent technologies. This press certainly showcases some fantastic next generation technology and with the quantities this company are producing, they will soon see return on their initial investment”.

CEO of the unnamed company comments “This press allows us to better serve our customers by utilizing new capabilities and services that go beyond what we could previously offer. Our traditional sheetfed production was no longer commercially viable, and flexo will be a lot more cost efficient for us” he continues, “by purchasing a proven technology with a guarantee of machine quality from a British manufacturer gives us great peace of mind”.

The newly installed flexo press offers several advantages over traditional presses, including minimal ink usage and reduced waste to support environmental considerations, while the fast make-ready times enhance productivity rates whilst incorporating lean manufacturing principles.

As well as running scratch card production, the unnamed company also have the ability to configure the machine for the printing and converting of other commercial security applications such as certificates and tax stamps.

James Boughton, Edale’s Managing Director states “The installation of this Card Line illustrates the high security of the Edale personalisation lines and the latest flexo technology available, eliminating outsourcing and providing our customers with a turnkey service; shortened cycle time, and enhanced quality levels on specialised applications,” Boughton continues “Being modular in construction means the company have a lot of scope for adding more diverse application options should they wish to in the future"

Two Edale engineers installed the 14 colour Card Line whilst experienced scratch card instructors were brought in for an additional couple of weeks to train the in-house machine operators.

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. Edale provides all necessary elements to allow customers production to run as smoothly, and as quickly as possible; from the initial consultation, assistance with applications, process development, full validation and integration of the chosen system to identification and recommendations of consumables, process improvement, support, aftercare and maintenance.

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UPM Raflatac packages glam, brand protection and environmental performance at the PCD Perfume, Cosmetics & Design event

UPM Raflatac is showcasing its latest product innovations for personal care and cosmetics labelling at the annual PCD meeting for perfume and cosmetics packaging experts. The exhibition takes place on 4-5 February in Paris. UPM Raflatac’s Label Experts offer visitors a warm welcome at stand AA21 in Hall 1.

Raflex MDO film for contoured, premium looks

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UPM Raflatac’s Raflex MDO is the perfect choice for companies in the personal care and cosmetics industries looking to differentiate their products with a long-lasting, premium looks. By combining the most desirable qualities of supple PE and high-clarity PP, Raflex MDO Clear is the solution for a seamless no-label look on contoured and squeezable containers. Raflex MDO White offers exceptional opacity as a foundation for high-quality decoration. Both products support excellent print work and take a squeeze time after time.

 

Mr Franck Accornero, Sales Director, France & North Africa, UPM Raflatac

On a thin PET23 release liner, the 50-micron Raflex MDO offers a 40% reduction in thickness and weight compared to conventional 85-micron PE85 on an HD70 liner. This reduces total applied costs, starting with more labels per roll for fewer roll changes and higher productivity in conversion and dispensing. PET23 is also an efficient choice for running at high speeds and in humid conditions.

Security and authentication – protecting brands and revenues

Security labelling authenticates high-value goods to consumers and protects brands and revenues. A number of security and traceability features can be combined on a single label – simple or complex, visible or hidden. UPM Raflatac provides a comprehensive range of solutions to reveal attempts at product tampering and safeguard luxury goods from counterfeiting and diversion.

RafCycle® for environmental performance and operational efficiency

When evaluating the sustainability of packaging, the most important factors are materials efficiency at the start of the label lifecycle, for instance by using sustainably sourced and thinner materials, and treatment at the end of life. Recycling with UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® waste management program means that waste from label conversion and dispensing that would usually go to landfill is given a new life – as UPM ProFi® wood-plastic composite, paper or energy. By providing alternatives to landfilling and the associated costs, RafCycle® offers label converters, packers and brand owners opportunities to manage their businesses more sustainably, efficiently and profitably.

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Europrint Medien GmbH and its partner Druckteam Berlin adopt the Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plate

When two companies have highly specific skills that complement each other perfectly, it's only logical that they should work together and leverage synergies. This is exactly what happened with Europrint Medien GmbH and Druckteam Berlin. These two partners, based at the same address in Berlin's Lichtenberg district, offer end-to-end production of printed items to different target groups independently of one another. In spite of this, the print production process is always a joint effort.

Whereas the seven-strong Europrint Medien team concentrates on platemaking and repro and prepress activities downstream of the artwork, Druckteam Berlin's expertise lies in sheetfed offset and finishing. "Put very simply, we swap our press-ready plates for printed single sheets or finished products, and the cooperation has served as a successful business model ever since 2001," says Robert Strack, Managing Director of Europrint. This autumn, the two firms took the plunge by switching to the Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plate, and they’ve been experiencing the benefits ever since.

Background – Using Kodak technology since 1990

Kodak prepress technology has long formed the backbone of press-ready plate production at Europrint Medien GmbH, which first appeared on the scene back in 1990. All offset plates are currently imaged on a Kodak Magnus Q800 Platesetter, which is automatically fed with plates from a five-cassette unit. The thermal CTP system works with accurate, high-resolution Kodak SQUAREspot Imaging Technology and Europrint also uses a Kodak Prinergy Workflow System to optimize and process the job files prior to plate imaging. A web based Kodak InSite Prepress Portal System is attached to the PDF workflow system and production database to facilitate remote online collaboration with customers and external partners, allowing files to be directly submitted to the prepress workflow, and production PDFs to be checked online.

image Robert Strack, Managing Director of Europrint Medien GmbH, trained as a chromolithographer and has followed the digital revolution in prepress technology from the very beginning.

"We initially started looking at process-free plates because we wanted to avoid the potential follow-up problems associated with conventional plate processing. We decided to test a process-free plate to see if it might be a feasible solution and were impressed with the results, but the economic side was still unclear," Strack reports. "Some time later we carried out an ROI calculation with Kodak's support, and it persuaded us to make the transition to KODAK Sonora XP Plates. Everything worked like clockwork, and all of the obstacles to the change were removed. We find it very reassuring that printing errors such as hickeys on the plate as a result of processing are now a thing of the past."

Solution – A smooth transition to process-free

As a result of switching to the Sonora XP Process Free Plate, Europrint also profits from Kodak's press-ready technology, which permits speedier plate production in the prepress department. The Sonora XP Plate has a negative-working polymer coating which is cross-linked when the plate is imaged in the thermal CTP system. The plate can then be immediately mounted in the press. When the press is started up, the non-image areas of the plate coating are removed by the tack of the ink as soon as the fountain solution begins to be absorbed. The coating is then carried out of the press via the substrate.

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The printers at Druckteam Berlin had to make very few changes to their press settings and materials in order to produce with the Sonora XP Plate. The feedback from the pressroom is that the dampening process has improved and the ink dries better. Incidentally, the five offset presses installed in the pressroom produce 24/7 in three shifts with sheet sizes from 360 x 520 mm to 750 x 1060 mm. Three of these machines, with twenty-two printing units between them, print in 3B format, which is the norm for ninety percent of all plates made at Europrint.

Responding to demands for ever higher plate throughputs, the trade shop recently had its Magnus Q800 Platesetter upgraded from the standard F speed version to the faster X speed model. Europrint also uses the 300 lpi AM linescreen in addition to the standard 200 dpi for high-fidelity presswork on behalf of various domestic and international clients in the art and fashion worlds. Fine Kodak Staccato Screening (20 µm) is chosen if the customer explicitly wants to avoid AM halftone structures and screening artefacts, in which case the images are selectively sharpened during the workflow. Druckteam Berlin achieves excellent results using the Sonora XP Plate with all of these screening variants – with print runs that are generally anything between 500 and 10,000 sheets and occasionally as long as 150,000.

Benefits - Savings and eco-bonus

The changeover to the process-free plate rendered a processor obsolete. "Since switching off the plate processor, the monthly saving on electricity and water has been around four hundred Euros, plus another thousand Euros for chemistry. We've also reduced the number of man hours for cleaning and maintenance work by five or six a month. The fact that there are no longer any further costs incurred for correcting plate processing variations or errors has helped us save even more money," the Europrint MD explains. Robert Strack also explains that the reduced environmental impact that the SONORA XP Plates offer provide further benefits: "It's a very important aspect. It matters a lot to our customers if we can say we've taken yet another step on the sustainability road. We're delighted to have been involved from the start. We certainly couldn't imagine going back to the old plate technology now."

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CHILI Publish and Laudert implement Web2Print solution at Brillux

CHILI Publish (www.chili-publish.com) announces it has implemented a new Web2Print system for Brillux in cooperation with Laudert, the renowned media and IT service provider based in Germany, for which CHILI Publish was recently appointed as technology partner. Brillux is the leading direct provider and full-range supplier for artists' materials and industrial painting, and celebrated last year its 125th anniversary. To this occasion, the company installed a new online marketing portal for its sales network. The main component of the online editing technology in this portal is the CHILI Publisher solution.

By implementing the new Web2Print portal, Brillux is able to offer its customers and dealers completely new options for tailored and efficiently implemented product communication. Flyers, postcards, sales folders, posters, business cards, blocks, promotional items and much more can be selected, personalized and ordered intuitively via the web-based portal.

"Our connected dealers and customers can benefit from a very special highlight of the solution that was designed specifically for Brillux," Ulrich Wismann, Project Manager at Brillux, enthuses. "Once logged in, dealers have the option to choose from harmoniously designed color concepts, complementary to their defined logos. These are then reflected in various design elements so that after selecting the print product they wish to order, the modified item is not only perfectly coordinated with the dealer's corporate design, but also ready for further customization."

Editor functions with access control

Defined variable areas can now be modified so the text fits the purpose and place of use. What is known as "copy-fitting" ensures that longer slogans can also be incorporated, the font size for example is automatically adjusted to the text length. The integrated "CHILI Rendering Engine" ensures real-time implementation. Access is one of the key functions of CHILI Publisher. On the one hand the solution is very open, but at the same time key functions ensure that the "Brillux" branding is maintained. A good online publisher needs to be able to block certain elements within the document prior to any changes. This means Brillux can be certain that branding is maintained at all times, regardless of who is working on the document.

In a first step, all Laudert templates provided by Brillux are prepared technically for the Web2Print system. In future this could also be undertaken by the Brillux staff. The introduction of the system at the company also promises to alleviate some of the workload of graphics employees in addition to implementing consistent branding. The total solution was integrated into Brillux's own shop system and the integration was carried out via web services. The programming based on HTML5 facilitates the design of interfaces in the customer's design scheme and corresponds to customer requirements for a purely web-based application including compatibility with mobile devices.

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With the exception of Laudert digital printing, other service providers such as producers of promotional materials, are linked in for the production of the customized objects which were ordered. A highly automated workflow controls the entire order process all the way through to on-schedule dispatch.

"Together with our technology partner CHILI Publish, this project has enabled us to fully exploit the various aspects of our e-business expertise. Thanks to professional preparation of the Brillux project team, implementation was possible in less than three months," Jörg Rewer, Managing Director and Head of the Media/IT business division at Laudert, comments on the successful launch of the system.

"The planning and implementation of the new Brillux portal ran absolutely seamlessly and to the customer's complete satisfaction. Obviously, we look forward to many other joint projects with Laudert," concludes Piet Saegeman, Business Development Manager for the German-speaking area at CHILI Publish.

For more details about the CHILI Publish and Laudert implementation at Brillux, a video can be viewed on the CHILI Publish website at www.chili-publish.com/videos/brillux_laudert.

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Sidel and Nestlé Waters: 50-year collaboration milestone highlights benefits of partnership approach

A significant milestone has been reached by Sidel and Nestlé Waters with a celebration in December 2014 marking 50 years of successful partnership. Sidel is the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging and Nestlé Waters is the number one bottled water company worldwide.

image Mart Tiismann (left), CEO of Sidel, and Marco Settembri, CEO of Nestlé Waters, at the event to commemorate the 50 year partnership.

As key companies within the beverage industry, Sidel and Nestlé Waters have been instrumental in many significant developments, with Nestlé Waters being one of the first companies to switch from glass to plastic before the revolution in PET made it the preferred choice for bottlers of water throughout the world.

Working together on global brands

Representatives from Nestlé Waters and parent company Nestlé joined Sidel for the commemorative event at Sidel’s plant in Octeville, France. It provided an opportunity to see many of the latest developments from Sidel as part of a tour of the facility, including the first Sidel Matrix™ Combi Hotfill, a Predis™ dry preform decontamination system and two blowers that are soon to be supplied for operation at Nestlé Waters’ sites: the first Sidel Matrix Lab blower which will produce bottles for Vittel, a still natural mineral water which originates from the Vosges region in the east of France, and a Sidel Matrix Combi that will be used in the bottling of the naturally carbonated iconic Perrier brand. Both are among the many brands to benefit from the close partnership between Sidel and Nestlé Waters.

Vittel was first commercialised in plastic bottles in the 1960’s when Sidel supplied the extrusion blow moulders. Since then Sidel has been involved at every stage of the brand’s development, including assisting in the redesign of the distinctive ribbed bottle to move from a square to a round shape, with its dynamic v-shaped patterns on the shoulders, for a brand that is today sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Sidel worked with Perrier to validate the design of their first ever PET bottle, providing a range of equipment which continues to be used for a brand that is widely exported all around the world.

Building on partnership approach for future success

Much of the success of the relationship is attributed to a partnership approach rather than operating on a simple customer-supplier basis. This is a point acknowledged by David Findlay, Nestlé Waters Executive SVP Operations – “This celebration event is recognition for all the efforts made by Sidel to deeply understand and respond to Nestlé Waters’ challenges and needs. This long standing relationship has helped us to perform and better compete in our business. I have every confidence we have built a great platform to be even more successful in the future.”

The opportunity that this shared history provides as a platform for future successes was recognised by Henri Attias, VP Global Key Accounts at Sidel – “This year marks 50 years of partnership, collaboration and numerous successes in the field of bottled water. For half a century, teams at Nestlé Waters and Sidel have worked together to support the development of the international brand portfolio of Nestlé Waters and ensure operational excellence. And we intend to continue.”

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The CEOs of both companies, Mart Tiismann (Sidel) and Marco Settembri (Nestlé Waters), also expressed their ongoing commitment to a partnership with a history built on common goals and many common beliefs. This was captured in a commemorative book produced to celebrate the 50 year milestone which highlighted many of the key projects and developments, as well as pointing to future opportunities. It is a partnership which has already brought about market innovations that have enhanced food safety, pushed the limits of industrial performance and helped protect the planet’s resources with sustainability initiatives. This provides a very solid foundation from which to build and contribute to the future of the beverage industry.

Project Examples

Examples of projects in which the Sidel & Nestlé Waters partnership has brought significant value are available at www.sidel.com/nestle-waters-france and www.sidel.com/erikli-nestle.

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Release liners: Strategy – Innovation – Market intelligence -- Growth

image The annual event and meeting point for the world’s release liner industry – the AWA Global Release Liner Conference & Exhibition 2015 – takes place on March 18-20 2015 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Organised annually for the last 15 years by AWA Conferences & Events, and alternating between Europe and USA, the event is the unique, established industry forum for this broad-ranging sector.

The state of the industry

This year’s program appropriately reflects the many markets, opportunities, and challenges the release liner industry faces, and is organized around the theme ‘Strategy – Innovation – Market Intelligence – Growth’. Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, will open proceedings with up-to-date quick scans of growth, developments, and trends in a variety of markets, providing all involved in the release liner market -- with a global overview. AWA Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jackie Marolda, will augment this data with the results of the annual AWA Industry Survey, highlighting industry players’ responses on such issues as sustainability, costs and profitability, M&A activity, and growth and expectations. Conference delegates will then participate in a ‘real-time’ interactive industry survey, with the results presented instantaneously.

Conference keynote

The conference keynote follows, focussed on innovation, strategic thought, and building a strategy – key topics for success in every business. It comes from David Silverstein, founder and CEO of leading operational strategy consultants BMGI.

Mr Silverstein will then participate in an executive leadership panel discussion featuring, additionally, release liner industry participants, including Dr Bernhard Klofat, CEO, Felix Schoeller; Anthony P McLaurin, CEO, FiberMark North America, and Tomas Rink, President, Ritrama. Corey Reardon will moderate the discussion.

M&A, top players’ performance

A discussion of the current conditions influencing industry M&A activity, along with a review of recent notable transactions, is then the subject addressed by William Hornell, Managing Director, Mesirow Financial; and thereafter Ian Murdoch, European Leader of PwC’s Paper and Packaging Practice, will analyse the performance and return on capital investment achieved in 2013, by region, of the top 100 players in the industry.

Innovation: an all-round perspective

Innovation and the release liner industry – what it is, why it is important, and who is responsible -- are the subject of the next presentation from AWA’s Jackie Marolda, who pinpoints the insights into industry innovation identified by the company’s annual survey.

But is innovation for everybody, or is it just the birthright of a chosen group of people like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk? –According to Dr Phil Samuel, Chief Innovation Officer at BMGI, everyone can, in fact, embrace that creative spirit, master innovation, and become extraordinary human beings. His presentation will illustrate seven habits of highly-effective innovators, featuring examples from a variety of industries, including specialty paper/coating.

A full day’s program focussed on a key issue for the release liner industry concludes with a supplier forum and cocktails and networking around the exhibition.

Second day – market focussed

On the second day, the conference program moves into release liner’s end-use markets, with presentations on release liners in self-adhesive graphics applications from expert graphics instructor and installer Paul Roba; the use of composites in the automotive industry, from Greg Rucks, Transportation & Industry, Rocky Mountain Institute; building a graphite composite snowboard from Steffen Hak, independent pre-preg specialist and snowboard designer; the hygiene market, from Theo Wilting, CEO, Akronn Industries; and the medical sector, from Mike O’Connell, Business Development Manager, AD Tape and Label.

The competitive technologies currently threatening pressure-sensitive labeling’s market leadership are examined by Dan Muenzer, Vice President, Marketing, for Constantia Flexibles, in an in-depth review of the prime label market.

Concurrent Pre-Conference Program

The AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference 2015 features, on March 18, the opportunity to participate in one of two concurrent programs – a release liner workshop, or a silicone and technical session. These additions to the event’s agenda enable delegates to drill down into their specialist areas of interest.

The AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference 2015, being held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver, also includes a complementary exhibition and extensive networking opportunities. It is sponsored by leading companies across the release liner value chain, including platinum sponsors Dow Corning, Infiana (formerly Huhtamaki), and UPM. Full details are available via the AWA Alexander Watson Associates website, www.awa-bv.com, where it is also possible to register for any event online.

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Making the Mark: Selecting the Right Ink for your Application

A trusted partner can be the difference for ever-evolving industries in these rapidly progressing times. Forged on a foundation of communication, such relationships can yield mutually beneficial results for both business firm and client.

Take packaging professionals: Aligning with the right coding and marking supplier can help navigate the crucial ink-selection process. And the best ink suppliers study the evolution of packaging materials, understand the range of manufacturing environments, and proactively apply rigorous ink development processes to help ensure code performance and integrity.

Bausch+Ströbel (B+S), a leading international manufacturer of primary packaging production lines for pharmaceutical products such as ampoules, bottles, vials, single-use-syringes and cartridges, approached, global coding and marking specialists, Videojet to select the right ink for their applications . B+S’s highly precise material-handling solutions, including vacuum starwheels, provided the smooth, vibration-free transport necessary for printing high quality DataMatrix codes.

Relying on over 40 years of industry experience and a rigorous ink development process – including extensive analytical instrumentation to aid substrate evaluation, ink durability testing, and compliance with environmental and safety regulations such as REACH, EuPIA, VOC’s and FDA/GMP, and Statistical Process Control - Videojet identified a number of solutions for B+S’s coding needs. The 1510 Continuous Ink Jet printer, with 70 micron nozzle and V459-D ultraviolet fluorescing ink, was implemented to help ensure repeatable and reproducible ink composition and performance across all global manufacturing locations. Videojet V459-D ultraviolet ink was also selected since it addressed a number of application requirements including high fluorescence, outstanding edge acuity on plastic and glass surfaces, and excellent adhesion and resistance to autoclave processing. The B+S solution includes an integrated inspection station to provide further assurance of code quality.

With the Bausch+Ströbel –Videojet case study as a vivid, real guide of this critical partnership, we can examine the many different factors to consider when using ink jet coding equipment to make sure you choose the right ink that meets your specific application requirements.

Identify What You Need

Printing equipment suppliers focus heavily on new product design to provide the packaging industry with innovative, class leading coding solutions that support stringent production needs. However, research and development investment should not stop at the coding equipment. The demand for new speciality inks suited to an increasing variety of innovative packaging is both a sign of real customer challenges and an indicator of where hardware suppliers should direct investment and expertise.

In preparation for discussing ink selection with the experts, you should ask yourself these questions:

· What material am I coding onto?

· Are there any surface coatings or contaminants from the manufacturing process present on the product either before or after coding?

· What product surface color variation exists, and what is your or your customer’s requirement for visual or machine readable code contrast?

· What is the printer operating environment and what temperature extremes will the product itself experience and the code need to endure?

· When and what components come into contact with the ink code after printing that may impact ink dry time and durability?

The material being coded influences ink performance. New high-performance plastics are constantly being developed that can present complex challenges to ink code adhesion. The production environment also plays a significant role in how inks adhere. Factors like moisture, temperature, and humidity can all impact initial ink code adhesion and durability. Drying and set times afforded by product processes and manufacturing environments must be accommodated. Understanding these fixed ‘constraints’ is crucial to selecting an ink that can survive the manufacturing process environment.

The time between printing the code and its first contact with a material handling component, like a belt or guide rail, or even adjacent products may influence the code’s adhesion and legibility. These manufacturing process conditions can result in problems such as ink transfer or code smudging, and therefore should be considered when selecting the required ink.

Access Experts

Manufacturers should take full advantage of the ink expertise offered by their marking and coding ink and equipment partner. There are multiple options and considerations to take into account when choosing ink, but by engaging hardware application specialists and ink chemists together, you can achieve a better fit to your exact needs. For example: An ink that worked yesterday might not work today due to a subtle change in a manufacturing process or an undisclosed change to the substrate by your supplier. An ink specialist and their unique set of tools can help diagnose these problems and recommend solutions that get code performance back to an optimal state.

Keeping up with New Technology

Just as manufacturers are always improving their processes, ink specialists are constantly researching new formulations to meet new coding application challenges. Manufacturers need to take this into consideration as they upgrade or expand their systems.

However, resist the temptation to cut corners. Some packaging teams may move to save money by purchasing fluids from a third-party ink supplier. Since these fluids are engineered without taking into consideration the printer specifications, these fluids can degrade a printer’s performance and code appearance over time. As a result, off-brand supplies can end up costing much more in the long run due to costs associated with excessive maintenance, premature part failures, and unpredictable downtime.

Bottom Line

Packaging professionals will be well-served by partnering with a thorough coding and marking company in order to choose the proper ink for their applications. This relationship can be the critical difference in any business climate.

About the Author:

Heidi Vanheerswynghels is a Strategic Account Manager at Videojet Technologies. She leads a defined group of the company’s global pharmaceutical key accounts and carries responsibility for all medical and pharmaceutical business in EMEA. Taking a central role in sales growth, Heidi works also closely with the Videojet marketing team to develop and implement campaigns, collecting and analyzing market data to support product development.

Heidi has more than ten years of management experience in the medical and pharmaceutical packaging industry; prior to Videojet she was a Key Account Manager at Vitalo Packaging. She is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German and has a basic knowledge of Italian.

About Videojet Technologies:

Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations. With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide. Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team members in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, the Videojet global distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.

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Avoid Package Coding Errors and Minimize Their Impact on Your Business

Correct product coding and marking is vital to manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). Not only does it help improve supply chain efficiency and visibility, it also provides customers with vital information about the products they buy. In today’s world getting codes right isn’t just important – it’s crucial. This article explores the fundamental considerations that manufacturers need to undertake in order to avoid packaging errors that impact their bottom line.

Prevent Errors rather than Calculate the Damage

A recent survey conducted by Videojet found that 50 to 70 percent of coding errors are caused by operator error, with the most common mistakes consisting of incorrect data entry and job selection. In response, many companies introduce more checks during the packaging operation. However, this does not address the root of the issue – which is why the wrong codes are being entered in the first place. It’s in the manufacturer’s self-interest to understand the scope and cost of coding mistakes and take countermeasures to virtually eliminate them. Not only does this increase plant efficiency, but it would help ensure that manufacturers comply with the coding requirements.

Preventing Errors by Design: Mistake-Proofing Coding Processes

Manufacturers need proactive solutions to address issues – from unaccounted costs, to ineffective countermeasures, to partner mandates – therefore it is vital to respond to coding problems before they happen to virtually eliminate unnecessary costs. There are two ways to deal with coding problems at the source, that is to say, the production line. First, is to proactively reduce the likelihood of errors; or secondly, try to catch errors when they happen, in order to minimize waste, then correct the error and get back to production as soon as possible.

It’s important to remember it’s not a case of one or the other, it is an integrated two-pronged approach; even if you’re effectively preventing coding errors, you still need the ability to quickly respond if something goes wrong - in order to limit the damage. But clearly, resources invested in prevention will prove much more cost-effective, compared to the expense of remediation.

In recent decades, manufacturers have increasingly turned from quality assurance, based on statistical sampling of products bound for market, to a more proactive philosophy of prevention. Often referred to as “poka-yoke,” this approach focuses on up-front process design. Lean manufacturing processes are created with fail-safe features that allow operators to immediately detect a mistake and correct it – or, preferably, prevent mistakes from occurring at all, regardless of the operator’s actions.

Code Assurance: Approach to Coding Quality

Code Assurance is a comprehensive approach to preventing or virtually eliminating errors in the coding and marking process. A Human Machine Interface (HMI) – including both hardware and software components – can and should be designed to simplify data entry and help prevent operator errors, during code entry and job selection. By redesigning the structural flow of coding processes, it is possible to minimize operator interaction therefore reducing the risk of errors to the point where getting the right code on the right product becomes the norm.

The Code Assurance methodology relies on four basic principles which are integral to avoiding packaging errors. First, we recommend that manufacturers simplify message selection, so the operator selects the right message for the right job. Secondly, operator input should be restricted to the absolutely essential points of contact only. Thirdly, we advocate automating messages as much as possible, with pre-defined rules, to help prevent incorrect entries. Finally, manufacturers should use authoritative data sources – such as Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or, other enterprise IT systems – so that the appropriate information is automatically sent to the correct printer for a new job.

About the Author:

Matt Perkins is a Vertical Marketing Manager for Videojet Technologies where he specializes in the baked goods, salty snacks and tobacco industries globally. Through his work, he visits baked goods, salty snacks and tobacco manufacturers to better understand their processing and coding challenges and improve marking and coding solutions for those industries. Prior to Videojet, he was an Associate at A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. He holds a BSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About Videojet Technologies:

Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands, and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations.  With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide.  Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service, and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team members in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, the Videojet distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.

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Overview of the FINAT 2015 Labelling Agenda

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FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry announces its 2015 labelling events. Learning and networking are key aspects of the industry and are of course greatly valued by the worldwide labelling community. In 2015, FINAT will again be organizing a number of important events, just like it did in 2014. These events will give current and future label community members the opportunity to meet with peers, clients, press and other industry related contacts, get informed and exchange information.

A busy schedule in 2015 (in chronological order):

  • FINAT Labelling Competition: this annual competition showcases the best of self-adhesive label and narrow web print. It recognizes and rewards achievement in terms of both end use/ marketing impact and print and converting quality. Awards are given – by a jury of leading industry experts - in the main segments where self-adhesive labels are used: alcoholic beverages, food, household, industrial, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, security labelling, (self-) promotion, booklet/coupon labels and for the major reel-fed print processes: flexo, letterpress, screen, offset, digital print and combination print.

This year, the 35th edition takes place, in which the category 'Digital’ has been upgraded to the status of main Group (next to the main Group of conventional printing processes), to recognize the significant part that digital printing is playing in the modern label industry. FINAT welcomes all 2015 FINAT Label Competition entries, before the deadline of March 5.

  • FINAT Young Managers Club, 2nd global Young Managers Congress, April 16-18 in Bratislava, Slovakia: this year, the FINAT YMC will organise the second edition of the Global Young Managers Congress for the label industry. During this event, young managers get the opportunity to hone their management skills and learn from experiences from industry experts. The programme includes social events such as networking dinners, interactive workshops and one and a half day of presentations. Special features will be two workshops, one on ‘Managing a Thin Company’, and the other on ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.
  • The European Label Forum 2015, June 11-13 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands: FINAT has significantly redesigned the format of its annual congress, which from now on will carry the title ‘European Label Forum’. The purpose of this new format is to enhance the association’s main annual event as the vehicle for strategic business knowledge, information and inspiration. The new format will be more focused on business topics, with three different parallel streams (‘Sales and Marketing’, ‘Manufacturing and Technology’ and ‘Management and Corporate Affairs’), a lean manufacturing workshop and more room for interaction and dialogue between congress delegates. All sessions will feature first class speakers who are recognized experts in the field. More detailed information on this event is coming soon.
  • FINAT Radar: this publication will have its 3rd edition appearing right after the congress. The publication offers readers a unique ‘first hand’ 3600 overview of trends and developments across all segments of the self-adhesive and narrow web value chain, from materials and equipment suppliers, via the label converters, to the brand owners and users of product decoration.
  • FINAT Recycling Award: this award recognizes efforts of the industry in paper and film release liner recycling, both at the level of the converter and the level of his customer. The award will be handed out for the second time this year, after first being awarded in 2014. The event will be launched soon, more information will follow.
  • Labelexpo Europe 2015, September 29 – October 2, Brussels: the world’s leading trade exhibition for the label industry has been going from strength to strength, and the 2015 edition again promises to benchmark and display new innovations in self-adhesive and narrow web technology development. As Europe’s leading trade association for the industry, FINAT will of course again be present with a hospitality stand, where volunteer leaders and staff will be present to welcome members, potential members, media and other interested visitors. Through the newly established Labelexpo Advisory Board, visitors, exhibitors and show organisers Tarsus are collaborating to drive further quality improvements of the show. Prior to the show, FINAT will host the global label associations united in the L9.
  • New Technology and Management Webinars: at the end of 2014, FINAT launched a new series of FINAT webinars focusing on topics relevant to the future of the industry. Purpose of the webinars is to offer a convenient tool at members’ fingertips to brief them on management, technology and sustainability developments that may impact our business in the near future. The FINAT Board’s ‘New Converting Technology’ taskforce and the Young Managers Club have joined forces to drive this programme. The 2015 FINAT webinar calendar will be announced shortly.
  • Committee output: FINAT’s sophisticated network of affiliated associations, committees and subcommittees pulls together industry thought leaders and experts to work on issues of common interest such as the FINAT Test Methods (9th edition currently available in English and German, French and business Chinese will follow soon), an LCA Best Practice Guidance Document, a Food Safety Best Practice Guide, as well as a new member information leaflet. Prior to Labelexpo Europe, FINAT will host the global label associations united in the L9. The L9, is amongst others driving the World Label Awards competition (winners 2014 to be announced in February). This meeting will also see the birth of the global Label Associations Portal, a collaborative platform.
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InfoTrends analyst Robert Leahey to speak at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2015

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Xeikon announces the presence and participation of the InfoTrends analyst for Color Digital Label and Packaging, Robert Leahey, at its upcoming edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations – www.xeikoncafe.com. Mr. Leahey, who brings many years of experience in the printing industry and who has also conducted custom research on numerous print technologies will be speaking at the Business Conference program. During the 3-day event, he will be engaging with label printers, converters and analysts on the latest market trends and the numerous innovative developments in digital production. “More and more of today’s packaging innovation depends on digital technologies,” Mr. Leahey comments. “I’ll give brand owner survey data to show why that’s so, and also insights about where color digital print for packaging is heading.”

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Mr. Leahey speaking at our event,” adds Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. “With the Xeikon Café, we are committed to provide label and packaging printers as well as converters and print buyers an informal knowledge exchange platform that covers all aspects of digitalizing print production. InfoTrends, and the presence of Mr. Leahey are a vital part of this educational platform.”

Conference programs deliver full panorama on digital production

Mr. Leahey’s presentation is part of the Business Conference program. Through a series of astute presentations, highly experienced market experts and Xeikon customers will share business insights and experiences on digital printing and the use of specific application suites, enabling visitors to fully understand and evaluate the challenges and opportunities of companies running digital production solutions.

Running alongside, the Technical Conference program will include a series of technology-driven seminars given by Xeikon and its Aura Partners and will address every technical aspect of digital production from software, equipment, consumables and print media.

The 2015 edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations is hosted in collaboration with 32 Xeikon Aura Partners, who will all exhibit at the event. This will allow visitors to view no less than 15 different applications of Xeikon’s label and packaging application suites, ranging from the Folding Carton Suite, the Self-Adhesive Label Suite, the Heat Transfer Label Suite to the In-Mold Label Suite. The wide range of applications on display will illustrate exactly the extent of what digital production can achieve.

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The Xeikon Café will take place at Xeikon’s production site in Belgium, March 10-12, 2015 with basically the same program each day, so participants can choose the date that best suits them. Attendance is free but registration is required online at www.xeikoncafe.com.

The full agenda of both conference programs with all applications and informative sessions will be available soon.

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CHILI Publish users to gather for Spicy Talks

CHILI Publish (www.chili-publish.com), a leading developer of web-based publishing solutions, announces its Spicy Talks event to be held on February 12th at the Crowne Plaza Bruges in Belgium. Spicy Talks will provide the company’s growing base of users with the ideal opportunity to maximize their CHILI Publisher potential during a day-long series of seminars. Attendees will also be able to interact with many of CHILI Publish’s growing network of partners. With several tracks available, attendees are able to build a personalized training day when they register for the event at www.chili-publish.com/spicytalks to ensure an extremely relevant experience.

“Events such as Spicy Talks are gaining popularity as users seek focused venues that can deliver actionable ideas for improving business performance and increasing ROI on software and other investments,” says Bram Verniest, CMO of CHILI Publish. “As the number of CHILI Publish users has grown, it benefits the entire community to bring them together, adding further value to implementations across a variety of industries and applications. Our network of partners, which continues to grow, also adds significant value to this event, since users look to us for a total solution and our partners are a critical element of our ability to meet that need. We are pleased to invite also the media and other interested parties to join this HOT educational and networking experience.”

Why attend Spicy Talks? Both current users as well as companies and individuals considering implementation of CHILI Publisher will be able to:

  • Benefit from tailored content: put together their own tailored training agenda, according to their interests, needs and level of expertise.
  • Meet the experts: talk with all of the CHILI Publish product experts, meet new members of the CHILI Publish team and learn about the value that the growing number of CHILI Publish partners can add.
  • Connect & learn: meet peers, discuss mutual challenges, and learn from one another’s experiences and best practices.

“We are pleased that key partners, including industry leaders such as Dalim, Enfocus, Esko, ePrint Direct, North Plains, Xeikon and XMPie, will be participating in the Spicy Talks event,” adds Verniest. “Integration of CHILI Publisher with the products and solutions these companies offer is a force multiplier for companies dedicated to delivering the ultimate in customer service, achieving market differentiation and improving overall productivity and throughput.”

A detailed overview of the agenda and all sessions is also available at www.chili-publish.com/SpicyTalks. During the registration process, attendees can select the most relevant sessions for a personalized training experience.

CHILI Publish Plugs in The Power

CHILI Publisher is the hottest online document editor on the market today. Viewed as a game-changer by experts in the dynamic publishing technology segment, CHILI Publisher offers more than 150 editing, layout, and design tools that can be used with a variety of document formats, including PDF files, XML-based documents, Collada files, and those imported from Adobe® InDesign®. The solution also provides users with the ability to view edits, folding, and even personalized objects, in 3D. Administrators can give users varying degrees of access, depending on their skills and permission level. All job sizes and formats, from single pages through multi-page documents and snippets of articles, up-to to the most complex, odd-sized, folded die-cuts and packaging items, are accepted. Users can also create documents in CHILI Publisher.

This professional-level solution integrates with a broad range of workflows and production platforms. System integrators can choose how to incorporate CHILI Publisher software into workflows and applications, including web-to-print, magazine publishing, packaging, brand management, and yearbooks. CHILI Publisher is distributed by a broad and growing portfolio of well-known partners around the world.

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