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Sidel has announced its early participation in the development of LiquiForm™ technology. LiquiForm is a patented blow moulding and filling manufacturing technology that uses the consumable liquid instead of compressed air to hydraulically form and fill plastic containers on one machine simultaneously, significantly reducing cost and waste. It has the potential to be employed for a wide range of beverage products. “Sidel is committed to providing the beverage industry with the most sustainable packaging solutions,” says Mart Tiismann, President and CEO of Sidel Group. “Where we see opportunities to develop innovative new technologies we will do so. Our participation in the development of LiquiForm is the latest example of this approach. Although still at a developmental stage, the technology has the potential to address some key improvement areas for our customers in the years ahead, including potential significant energy and cost savings. The LiquiForm technology is also the latest

Edale install FL-3 into Poland

Polish company HIT Kody Kreskowe specialise in supplying end to end solutions for logistics and distribution sectors. Based in Suchy-Las they recently celebrated 20 years in business with the purchase of a new Edale six colour, full UV FL-3 flexographic printing press. To enhance their competiveness in the market Hit Kody required a machine that would increase productivity, print quality and also reduce waste dramatically. Edale’s new generation FL-3 flexographic printing machine boasting low waste, high productivity, fast set up and changeovers, alongside its innovative design fitted HIT Kody’s requirements perfectly. Jedrzej Iglewski, Board Member of Hit Kody comments “ After visiting Edale at Labelexpo Europe and seeing the FL-3 produce six different jobs with fast changeover from unsupported film to labels and back, with only a few metres waste each time, we knew this was the machine for us.” HIT Kody already have a history with UK based Edale, purchasing an FL-1 printing pre

Barcodes West gains versatility with scalable line of Colordyne Production Class Digital Printing Presses

Within the last 26 months, Barcodes West, LLC (BCW) has taken advantage of the scalability offered within Colordyne Technologies ' (CDT) Production Class digital printing presses. BCW started out with an entry level printing system, the CDT 1600-PC Sprint, later added rotary die-cut finishing, converting it to a CDT 1600-PC Rotary Pro, and most recently transitioned to laser die-cut finishing, into a CDT 2600-PC Laser Pro. " Barcodes West saw a great opportunity to expand our digital print offerings with the high resolution and fast speed of the Colordyne Production Class line," said Glenn Allen, general manager of BCW. "We have been digital in one form or another for over 25 years. With our demanding customer base, we always have to be on the look-out for better, faster and unique printing and converting technologies. The Colordyne Production Class is that technology." BCW purchased a CDT 1600-PC Sprint in May 2012. The company highly valued the 1600 x 12

Kodak Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone with the Installation of its 20,000th KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head

Kodak has reached the installation of its 20,000 th award-winning KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head, the industry’s gold standard in imaging technology. As the developers of thermal CTP technology, Kodak makes the only CTP Systems that utilize KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology, giving customers the competitive advantage needed to reach a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within their operation. SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology has been a successful and long-lasting part of Kodak’s portfolio, and the print industry, for almost 20 years. The technology was first introduced as the viable alternative to visible-light CTP systems and today remains the first choice for printers looking for superior imaging technology capable of premium offset print quality. KODAK TRENDSETTER, MAGNUS, and GENERATION NEWS Platesetters with SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology help to reduce chemistry usage, plate waste, remakes and make-ready times supporting customers’ sustainability goals.

iSys Label Receives GHS BS5609, Section 3 Certification for the EDGE 850 Label Printer

iSys Label and iSys–The Imaging Systems Group Inc., the Canadian developers and manufacturers of short to mid run digital label printers, has announced that the EDGE 850 digital label printer is officially Section 3 Certified to print GHS-compliant drum and chemical labels* according to BS5609 standards. In order to print fully-compliant drum and chemical labels; the facestock, adhesive and printed graphic all need to meet the requirements for sections 1, 2 and 3 of BS5609 standards and be independently tested and certified by PIRA (the Print Industry Research Association). The printed labels are exposed to artificial weathering, tape removal and abrasion resistance tests to ensure they are capable of withstanding the harshest environments and prove their durability. During this process, iSys Label partnered with MACtac to find two suitable solutions for substrates; a PET, and a BOPP – both of which passed certification and can be purchased in rolls from iSys-appointed converters in

FLEXcon Helps Converters Out Sparkle the Competition with Extension of SHIMMERcal™ Product Line

FLEXcon , an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced the expansion of itsSHIMMERcal™ product line with the introduction of SHIMMERcal™ Mixed Disco , a glitter film. Ideal for sticker and decal, at-retail, point-of-purchase (P-O-P) displays, promotional, and event graphic applications, the new film adds to our broad range of brilliant color options available. SHIMMERcal™ V 240 Mixed Disco is a 2.4 mil rigid clear vinyl with a permanent, aggressive pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive filled with special effect metallic flakes that create a unique glitter appearance. The film is backed with a 90 lb. moisture stable polycoated layflat release liner that is ideal for sheet-form converting. The product is thermally diecuttable, provides good tack and excellent ultimate adhesion properties, and is printable via solvent and UV screen, and solvent and UV inkjet. “We are always looking for new ways to give our customers an edge over the competition by delivering p

SIDEL appointments to help meet market growth.

Sidel has made two appointments in senior positions to further strengthen its ability to meet increasing market demand in PET solutions for liquid packaging. Pavel Shevchuk becomes Zone Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, heading up the team at the recently opened regional headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Alessandro Paini has been appointed Vice President of Product Management at Sidel’s global headquarters in Switzerland. The announcements are part of Sidel’s ongoing commitment to developing its business worldwide through a combination of global experience backed by local sales and service support through proximity to customers.   Pavel Shevchuk, Zone Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Ukrainian born Pavel Shevchuk was previously Managing Director at Sidel Vostok, the company’s base for operations in Russia, having also spent 12 years at Sidel sister company Tetra Pak where he held leadership roles in both Ukraine and Indonesia. Pavel brings to the posit

Etimarket install Edale press into new factory

UK based manufacturers of narrow web flexographic printing presses and converting machinery, Edale, have just installed an FL-1 flexographic press into the Polish label manufacture Etimarket. Based in Wrocław, Poland, Etimarket ( ) specialise in the design and manufacture of labels. Their continued growth over the years has seen them having to expand into a new larger factory to increase capabilities and facilitate customer demand. Andrey Mikula, Etimarket’s owner and managing director comments, “With the successful install of our new FL-1 press and the expansion into our new factory we are ensuring a solid foundation for our future growth” Etimarket alongside their newly installed Edale FL-1 The award winning FL-1 is Edale’s compact flexographic printing press and with a footprint of just 2.5m2 it is the ideal press for companies looking for maximum productivity with minimal use of space. The FL-1 can be run with UV or water based inks and can print on a

Xeikon receives prestigious 2014 InterTech™ Technology Award for its breakthrough ICE Toner

Toner specifically designed for heat sensitive label substrates is among 11 technologies recognized. Xeikon , an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that it has received the prestigious 2014 InterTech™ Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America (PIA) for its breakthrough ICE toner, which is specifically designed for heat-sensitive substrates, such as Polyethylene (PE) face stocks, thermal transfer labels and In Mold labels (IML). The InterTech Technology Awards recognize ground-breaking technologies that are predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. According to PIA, more than 80 percent of the technologies that have received this award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. The PIA is the largest graphical arts trade association, representing an industry with about 1 million employees and thousands of member companies. Xeikon’s ICE toner was selected based on its innovative attribu

TRESU Group highlights its productivity-boosting ink supply and chambered doctor blade technology at Labelexpo Americas 2014

TRESU Group (Booth 1308), the global supplier of flexo technology, presents ancillary products that improve ink flow at Labelexpo Americas 2014 (9-11 September, Chicago, USA). Highlights include ink supply systems, chambered doctor blade systems and plate cleaners. The F10 iCon ink supply system automates ink pressure, viscosity and temperature control in flexo printing machines. This, in turn, ensures a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate and prevents air from contaminating the ink chamber.   Sealed, pressure-controlled chambered doctor blade systems enable direct, bubble-free transfer of ink / coating to the anilox cells. This ensures a clean, blister-free printed image with fast drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values, whether on paper or film. Also, the automation of ink flow greatly reduces the need for manual intervention during the production run. Chambered doctor blade systems include the FlexiPrint IMW E-Line, for web wi

Xeikon to demonstrate industry’s widest range of digital solutions for labels and packaging at Labelexpo Americas 2014

Highlights will include demonstrations of pressure sensitive label and folding carton production solutions, as well as samples of IML and heat transfer applications. Xeikon , an innovator in digital color printing technology, will have a major presence at Labelexpo Americas 2014, showcasing a range of press models and applications designed to help label and packaging converters grow their business. Labelexpo Americas, the industry’s premier trade show for label and package printing in North and South America, will be held from Sept. 9-11, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Xeikon is exhibiting at booth #6135 in Hall F. Xeikon will hold a press conference on the opening day of the show from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. CT to make a series of exciting product announcements. Xeikon’s presence at Labelexpo includes the following highlights: - demonstrations of unique pressure-sensitive label applications for several different vertical markets at its booth.

MAXStick Products Ltd. and BIXOLON announce certification of SPP-R200II with MAXStick Liner-Free Labels

  MAXStick Products Ltd. , an industry leading supplier of liner-free, removable adhesive, label products is proud to announce the certification of MAXStick Liner-Free Labels on the BIXOLON SPP-R200II Mobile Printer . The “Compact Yet Rugged” SPP-R200II is part of the BIXOLON Mobile Printer line and features a one touch open cover that allows for easy and effective drop in paper loading. The printer is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, iOS, Android, Windows and supports WLAN and Bluetooth. An optional Integrated Card Reader (MSR) is available for the printer. “Our certified MAXStick SPP-R200II Direct Thermal printer provides a better mobility solution for multiple applications such as, Door-to-Door delivery, take-out labeling/delivery and date coding using MAXStick media as well as many mobile receipt applications utilizing standard direct thermal paper all in one unit”, said Heidi Martin, BIXOLON’s Director of Sales for North America. “With over 100,000 units performing these a


Two upcoming one-day seminars organised by AWA Conferences and Events will be of particular interest to suppliers within the pressure-sensitive materials value chain. The AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar and the AWA Adhesive Technology Seminar both take place at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel, Chicago, on September 8 th – just prior to Labelexpo Americas 2014. Label release liner The annual AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar, organized alongside Labelexpo Americas, is an established event in the label industry’s calendar. This year’s program provides valuable insights, in a global context, into release liner used in the label segment, which represents approximately 50% of all release liner produced, as well as the global label industry market, on which AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ President and CEO, Corey Reardon, will present his company’s specialist market data. Constantia Flexibles VP Marketing, Dan Muenzer, will evaluate the technologies which are today competing w

Sanner GmbH uses In mold labelling for effervescent tablet packaging

Sanner GmbH, a manufacturer of high-quality plastic packaging for pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare products, is expanding its portfolio. The new Brilliance®Tube for effervescent tablets with in-mold labeling (IML) and the proven desiccant closures offers customers a complete solution. Photorealistic printing and more legible product information are some of the advantages of the newly launched Brilliance®Tube packaging from Sanner GmbH. Combined with proven Sanner desiccant closures, the tubes are best suited for effervescent tablets, but also work with conventional or coated tablets and other solid pharmaceutical products. Manufactured using IML technology, the packaging offers customers a wide range of design options and a premium-quality appearance. Brilliance®Tubes combined with proven Sanner desiccant closures protect their contents perfectly against light and moisture. The advantage of IML technology is that packaging production and decoration are combined into a sin

Krones aims to make Kosme more competitive

Krones AG,  has put together an action package designed to upgrade the competitiveness of its Kosme subsidiary. Kosme offers filling and packaging machines for the lower output range, with production facilities in Roverbella (Italy) and Sollenau (Austria). The action package relates solely to the facility in Roverbella. Kosme Italy began negotiations with the trade unions on 7 July 2014. Once these have been concluded, the company will be publishing details of the action agreed. The aim of this corporate refocus is to secure the long-term future of the facility in Roverbella. In order to achieve this, Kosme’s product portfolio has to be optimised, and the capacities rightsized so as to ensure that Kosme can operate with sustained profitability. For this purpose, Kosme will in future be concentrating once again on its core competences in the fields of filling and labelling technologies and will discontinue its operations for packing and palletising technologies. The associated reduc

Blaze the Inkjet Trail at Labelexpo Americas

Labelexpo Americas 2014 will feature the Inkjet Trail for the first time. Being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago between 9 – 11 September, the Inkjet Trail will put four of the leading inkjet press manufacturers in the limelight as they use their respective technologies to each produce otherwise identical label designs. Featuring Domino, Durst, EFI and Epson, the challenge is simple as they each receive the same origination for a food, personal care and industrial label. Using the same paper, film and foil substrates provided by Avery Dennison, FLEXcon and UPM Raflatac, show attendees will be able to collect samples and compare the results for themselves. Running for the show’s duration, those who miss the scheduled Inkjet Trail sessions can collect label samples from the participating manufacturers’ booths at any time during Labelexpo. In addition, show attendees will also receive a folder on entry detailing the full Inkjet Trail schedule along

QuadTech and Gallus partner to offer automated color control and productivity benefits

QuadTech announced a new partnership with the Gallus Group (St. Gallen, Switzerland), to provide QuadTech closed-loop color control and color measurement systems for its offset, flexo and gravure presses. Utilizing QuadTech technology, Gallus customers can now quicken make-ready and offer ultimate print quality and productivity, with in-line color management. With a typical ROI of less than two years, QuadTech color control systems are now an essential consideration for many web printers looking to meet changing customer requirements and demands for high color standards, with consistent repeatability from run-to-run and site-to-site. Dr. Thomas Weber, Supplier Relationship Management at Gallus comments, "Gallus has vast market experience and the widest customer base in the label printing industry. However, we recognized the opportunity to partner with QuadTech to provide our customers with state-of-the-art spectral color measurement and color control systems, with the automati

Multi-Action Labels achieves short-run success with SPGPrints’ DSI® UV inkjet printer!

A 10-colour DSI® UV-inkjet printing and converting press from SPGPrints is empowering Multi-Action Labels (Quebec City, Canada) to offer short runs of self-adhesive labels ‘just-in-time’ to customers in the retail, food & beverage, home care and industrial markets. As company president Jonathan Bourbonnière explains, the DSI stood apart thanks to its outstanding quality, modularity and high specification. Look out for a full interview, published next month! Click here to see the the preview of the video

The Labeltape Group Installs Epson SurePress

Epson Digital Label Press Delivers Color Accuracy and Performance to Labeltape and A-Flex Customers in Michigan and Illinois. Epson America, Inc. today announced that The Labeltape Group, Inc. has purchased and installed the Epson SurePress® L-4033AW for its label printing services. The Labeltape Group owns and operates two label printing companies – Labeltape in Caledonia, Mich. and A-Flex Label in Willowbrook, Ill. The Epson SurePress is installed at the A-Flex facility, producing labels for both locations that serve a broad range of markets, including medical, food, industrial, specialty, wine, and personal care. A-Flex features a list of capabilities and services offered using the Epson SurePress and its other press solutions on its website . “Up until now we have run flexo presses in both locations, which lends itself nicely to medium and larger-run jobs. However, the industry has changed dramatically over the past several years, and we were seeing a greater need for a dig

KODAK SONORA Plates Reach Growth Milestone with 1,000th Customer

Kodak today announced that it has reached a significant milestone: 1,000 customers have adopted KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates that remove the plate processing step completely without sacrificing the quality or productivity of traditional mainstream processed plates. Printing companies around the world have embraced the technology enthusiastically, leading to a rapid growth in the number of SONORA Plate customers in 2014. Kodak’s 1,000 th customer for SONORA Process Free Plates is Reynolds and Reynolds , an Ohio-based leading printer of forms for automobile dealerships. Reynolds and Reynolds also provides software and services that help dealerships manage business operations.     “We are seeing rapid growth in KODAK SONORA Plate adoption with customers energized about making the switch to process free,” said Rich Rindo, General Manager, Worldwide Graphics Marketing, and Vice President, Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Film (GECF). “This 1,000 th customer mileston

The Label Printers Participates At UL Brand Protection Conference

The Label Printers was a Round Table Leader at the recent Brand Protection Summit in Los Angeles, hosted by UL. Aurora, IL, July 22, 2014 – The Label Printers’ was invited to participate at UL’s recent Brand Protection Summit in Los Angeles, California as an Interactive Round Table Leader. The Summit included UL “clients, key law enforcement partners, invited guests, and a select number of brand protection service providers/specialists.” The Label Printers’ topic was “Product Security Solutions – Facing Operational Realities”, and Lori Campbell, The Label Printers’ Chief of Operations was the Round Table Leader.  Key Note speaker for the conference was Mr. Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. UL outlined the Event’s purpose and benefits in their Registration/Welcome materials, “For over 15 years, UL has taken an aggressive stance against product counterfeiting through a comprehensive program involving enforcement, education and partner

LabelLock achieves ISO 17712 certification

LabelLock , the world renowned brand of security labels, has achieved the ultimate security certification that is ISO 17712:2013. As a result of recent upgrades to in-house security systems, and further investment in chemistry and design, the decision to move towards certification of the new security seals standard was an easy one, said Adrian Steele, managing director of Midlands-based Security Labels International, part of the Mercian Labels Group.   'As a business, we are completely committed to the integrity and quality of our indicative security labels, and are constantly seeking ways in which we can improve, and demonstrate our determination to manufacture a world class product'. 'The LabelLock brand is the envy of the industry, so it seemed only natural to underline its popularity in the security sector with the benchmark security certification'. LabelLock is designed to ensure that nothing is added to or removed from packages or secure areas, and is of

Comexi Group renovates the Comexi NEXUS One mode

The solventless laminating machine, which is currently manufactured in the Comexi  do Brazil plant, has been sold in over 130 companies since it was launched in 2004. The Comexi Group, a leading specialist in machinery solutions for the flexible packaging industry, has redefined its Comexi NEXUS One laminating machine to adapt it to the new market requirements. As a result of the company’s strategic line in innovation material, its renewed external design conceals several improvements that have been made to this solventless laminating machine, which has sold more than 130 units since it was launched in 2004.      The high performance properties it offers converters and its easy-to-use design distinguish this renewed model, which allows a greater response to solventless laminating needs in the flexible packaging conversion industry. Its improved compound reliability and increased specifications make the Comexi NEXUS One a simple laminating machine that can withstand long work

Polyonics Introduces Laser Markable Label Materials for Harsh Automotive

Polyonics has introduced new black and TrueWhite™ l aser markable label materials (LML), tested to the GMW 14573 and GM 6121M performance requirements for automotive under-the-hood as well as plastics (low surface energy) label applications. These unique materials can be easily ablated by a wide variety of low power lasers, provide flexible, high temperature alternatives to polyester and acrylic LML and are more durable than traditional thermal transfer printed label materials.   The new Polyonics LML materials are available in black ( XF-670 ) and TrueWhite ( XF-671 and XF-672 ) versions. They include high temperature polyimide films, durable cross linked polymer coatings, low surface energy (LSE) pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) and liners for ease of handling and die cutting. The LML materials can be easily ablated by most low power CO2, YAG, fiber diode, UV and Vanadate lasers with the aggressive PSA adhering to a wide variety of surfaces including metals, plastics, cera

Two Esko innovations to receive prestigious Printing Industries of America 2014 InterTech™ Technology Awards

Esko Full HD Flexo and Esko Equinox are milestones in a culture of innovation, resulting in seven InterTech awards over the past ten years. Esko ( ) announces that Esko Full HD Flexo platemaking system and Esko Equinox, Esko´s solution for the implementation of extended gamut – or fixed inkset – printing, are both recipients of 2014 Printing Industries of America InterTech™ Technology Awards. Since 1978 the InterTech™ Technology Awards, sponsored by Printing Industries of America, have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. These are the sixth and seventh InterTech awards Esko solutions have received over the past ten years. Other recipients include Esko WebCenter (2006), Esko DeskPack 3-dX (2007), Esko Neo (2008), Esko Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves (2011) and i -cut Suite (2012

The Label Academy to Provide Education and Training for the Future

In today’s knowledge based economy, education and competence management are key to the future success of any business, and the label industry is no exception. This applies to all levels and functions in the company, from management to operations. At the end of 2012, the FINAT Board endorsed a new initiative designed to align education and training programmes for operators in the label industry. Two years later, the Label Academy is ready for take-off. Historically, the printing industry was regarded as having one of the best education and training schemes of any industry within the developed world, with a good apprenticeship system, excellent printing colleges, experienced trainers, and a wide range of printing textbooks on a whole variety of printing processes, typesetting, pre-press, bookbinding and finishing operations. Printing was regarded as a highly skilled industry with some of the highest industrial-skill wages. Growing pressure on education The more printing has moved awa

“Festo Supplier Elite Award” for Schreiner ProTech

Schreiner ProTech ranks among the select 2014 top suppliers of Festo AG & Co.KG. The market leader in the field of automation technology has recognized the specialist for industrial marking and film-based functional components with the “Festo Supplier Elite Award” for its excellent quality, on-time deliveries and technology expertise.  Right above: Thomas Köberlein (Schreiner ProTech) and Heiko Callies (Festo), right below: Fabrizio Velenosi, Thomas Köberlein (both Schreiner ProTech) and Dr. Claus Jessen (Festo) The appropriate solution for any requirement – Festo and Schreiner ProTech share this claim. Festo is committed to maximum productivity and competitiveness of its customers. The company uses the customized marking solutions by Schreiner ProTech for more efficient control of its operations and optimization of processes. “Being recognized as a top supplier by Festo makes our team particularly proud as we continue being committed to delivering top performance to Fes