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First edition of The Inkjet Conference exceeds expectations

Impressive line-up of industry leaders reveal innovations in inkjet technology for industrial markets to 300+ attendees. As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference™’ ( ), sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014. “The interest in inkjet for industrial applications has been overwhelming." says Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference on ESMA's behalf. "An impressive line-up of industry leaders will share their insights with over 300 attendees - all interested in the further opportunities this great technology has to offer. We anticipated that our conference fills a void in the market today but are extremely happy with the buy-in and confidence of thes

@ROTOCONTROL Partners with AVT at Labelexpo Americas

Showcased in the AVT stand was the ROTOCONTROL RSP-V series pharmaceutical finishing machine with the AVT Helios II automatic inspection station. ROTOCONTROL has announced their participation in the AVT stand at the recently held Labelexpo Americas. Showcased at the show with live printed label material demonstrations was the ROTOCONTROL RSP-V series pharmaceutical finishing machine equipped with the AVT Helios II automatic inspection station. The ROTOCONTROL RSP-V series pharmaceutical finishing machine with the AVT Helios II automatic 100% print inspection solution The ROTOCONTROL RSP-V (vertical) series machine is designed for compliance with the most demanding security label inspection and finishing applications. It incorporates a fully integrated 100% vision inspection system, such as the AVT Helios II, which stops the machine when a fault is detected prior to slitting or other post-inspection operations. Once the fault is corrected, the web is rewound back to where the f

iSys Label Announces Partnership with Konica Minolta

iSys Label, Canadian developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label printers, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Konica Minolta through their North American distributor, IntoPrint Technologies. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, iSys Label and IntoPrint Technologies worked with Konica Minolta to broker a deal to add the IntoPrint EDGE 850 and IntoPrint digital finisher to the Konica Minolta product portfolio, starting in North America with plans to expand on a global front in the future. Randy Rickert, Director of iSys Label, states “I can’t tell you how excited we are to have Konica Minolta representing the Intoprint EDGE 850. By using Konica Minolta’s existing vertical markets, we will be able to reach a larger demographic with our short run label printers in a more effective and efficient way.” The EDGE 850 digital label printer was developed for the short run, on-demand label market. Compact enough to sit on a desk, it can print at speeds up to 9.14 m/min.

Laser Fume Extractors Makes Laser Marking Improve Marking On Products

Laser marking is a non-contact printing method that offers advantages over other technologies including mark quality, permanence and fewer consumables. Videojet’s line of Laser marking systems include Fiber, CO2 laser sources in different power outputs to address a range of substrates and applications. In addition, Videojet offers a comprehensive portfolio of laser accessories including lenses and beam turning units to simplify integration into your production lines and maximize the laser’s performance. Laser Fume Extraction Fume extraction is an important element of any laser marking system installation, helping to remove the smoke and particulate debris generated during the marking process. Fume extraction helps your operations by: · Improving uptime by keeping your laser lens clean · Maintaining safe operator working conditions · Helping ensure product quality by keeping production lines clean Videojet offers a range of laser fume extraction systems and filters to mee

iSys Label Exceeds Expectations at Labelexpo Americas

iSys Label, Canadian developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label printers, has announced a strong showing at the recent Labelexpo Americas. The tradeshow was held September 9-11 th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL., and had an attendance upwards of 16,029 visitors during the three day event. With iSys Label distributors and resellers joining from Canada, United States, Mexico, Australia and the Latin Americas and in the booth, there was a substantial amount of sales done directly at the show, and many to come in the forthcoming weeks. With the recent announcement of “section 3” certification for printing BS5609-compliant drum and chemical labels on the EDGE 850, iSys garnered a large amount of interest from print houses and companies needing to comply with the upcoming January 2015 deadline. The full color die-cut labels being printed were done using polyester stock from MACtac, and deliver outstanding stability and resistance to water,

Antistatic Label Solutions for PCB Applications

Today, electronic device manufacturers face device failures that can be caused by an electrostatic discharge (ESD) event at the circuit board level.  ESD damage affects production yield, product reliability and profitability. As electronic devices become smaller and more complex the more sensitive to ESD they become. Polyonics antistatic label materials, XF-781 (1 mil) and XF-782 (2 mil) were designed to address two major ESD concerns that standard labels can present. First, they reduce the charge generated when the label is removed from the liner that can discharge and destroy sensitive components during application. Polyonics antistatic label materials provide peel voltages of less than 100 volts. This significantly reduces the electro-static charge generated when the label is removed from the liner (known as  tribo-charging ) that can discharge and destroy sensitive components during label application. Second, after the label has been applied and during the label life these

Kodak and Konica Minolta Showcase New Front End Solutions for bizhub Monochrome and Digital Presses at Graph Expo 2014

Kodak and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) will showcase two new KODAK CREO Servers supporting bizhub digital presses at Graph Expo 2014. The demonstrations will highlight how the collaboration enables a common workflow process regardless of the device’s color capabilities. The new IC 312 and IC 312m CREO Servers will drive Konica Minolta’s fully managed monochrome and color digital press solutions for commercial print and graphics communication professionals. The IC-312m CREO Server joins the IC-309m CREO Servers as the only CREO Server front end solutions to drive monochrome devices. With the common controller, workflow and interface for both color and monochrome bizhub digital presses, customers can easily move files between devices, no longer managing their processes in separate production islands. “The latest releases in our CREO Servers portfolio for Konica Minolta establish the importance of our ongoing collaboration and commitment to our customers a

Sidel Modulomould and packaging design expertise helps award winning african beverage producer

The benefits of Sidel’s Modulomould™ swappable mould insert system, along with the company’s packaging design expertise, have both been demonstrated in award winning bottles from Hariss International, one of Africa’s leading producers of water and soft drinks. At an awards ceremony on 10 September at the 2014 East AfriPack Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya, Hariss International received the AfriStar Award and medal in recognition of the unique designs of its Riham-branded bottles. The awards, organised by the Africa Packaging Organisation (APO), are the first to cover all African regions, recognising the best in creative design, technology and marketing. Modulomould – a winning concept The winning bottles were blown on Hariss International’s Sidel PET bottling lines using Modulomould, a patented technology which allows the production of several bottle shapes from a single mould. Based on removable mould inserts that can be changed in less than 30 seconds with no tools required,

Heidelberg unveils new digital press for the growing label market

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  is unveiling a new digital press for the growth market of digitally printed labels. This represents the next milestone in the company's strategic realignment, particularly in terms of significantly expanding sales in the digital sector over the medium term. World premiere – Stefan Heiniger, COO of the Labels division at Gallus, Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach and anchor investor Ferdinand Rüesch, start up the new digital printing system for label printing, the Gallus DCS 340. The rapid progress in rolling out the digital strategy shows that the partnerships Heidelberg has nurtured with various suppliers are proving highly successful when it comes to developing new digital printing systems for industrial applications. For example, the Gallus Group, which was recently taken over in full by Heidelberg, has held a customer event to present the forthcoming Gallus DCS 340 (DCS = Digital Converting System) digital label printing press, which is based o

LABEL RELEASE LINER: AWA’s annual industry seminar paints the picture of today’s market

Nearly 70 interested parties joined AWA Alexander Watson Associates to review and debate the pressure-sensitive label industry’s achievements and actions agenda, and gain an update into label release liner, on September 8 th in Chicago, just before Labelexpo Americas 2014 opened its doors. Over 50% of release liner manufacturers’ output is consumed by the pressure-sensitive label industry, so the annual AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar is of major relevance – especially today. Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, opened proceedings by asking delegates to complete and return questionnaires for a ‘real-time’ survey of the label release liner market’s current profile – the results of which were published at the end of the event. The global release liner market He went on to deliver an overview of the total global release liner market, showing that the Asia Pacific region has nudged ahead of North America and Europe as the largest market ove

Kocher + Beck USA L.P. introduces new Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast

Kocher + Beck  welcome Bryan Kiesinger (far left), who will be representing the company in the US North East region. After the promotion of Michael Weyermann, who had previously taken care of the North East based customers, Kocher + Beck are very happy to be able to add yet another highly experienced individual to its team. With 18 years spent at MacTac, and a further 17 years at Rotometrics, Bryan is able to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in tags and labels, printed packaging and specialty die cutting. Bryan is an excellent addition to Kocher + Beck’s US Sales Team and will further help to expand the company’s main focus of fulfilling customer’s needs by offering exceptional products, service, and technical support. “I am excited to be relocated back to my home state of Pennsylvania and looking forward to meeting and being of service to our current and future customers in the Northeast region”, says Kiesinger about this new challenge. Source: Kocher + Beck

EFI Acquires DiMS! organizing print

EFI ™ has announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of DiMS! organizing print, a developer of comprehensive MIS/ERP systems for print and packaging companies. Based in Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands, and founded in 1986, DiMS! offers multi-language, seamlessly integrated MIS/ERP workflow products.               While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, it is not expected to be material to EFI's Q3 or full year 2014 results. DiMS! employees have joined EFI's Productivity Software MIS/ERP group. "DiMS! organizing print is a respected provider for print MIS/ERP software serving some of the industry's top European and multinational print and packaging companies," said Gabriel Matsliach, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Productivity Software. "Europe is a fast-growing and very dynamic region for EFI, so we are excited to have DiMS! team members and customers join us as we continue creating more value for cus

Fort Dearborn Company Launches Wood Veneer Labels

Fort Dearborn Company has announced the launch of a wood veneer substrate for pressure sensitive labels. Since the label substrate is made from real wood, each label has a unique wood pattern reflecting the quality of the packaging as well as the product contents. The labels are ideal for spirits, wine, high-end beverages and gourmet food applications. Printed digitally with various finishing options (tactile varnish, etc) , the labels are suitable for smaller volumes. Product Benefits: - Each label has a unique, real wood pattern - Printed digitally and suitable for smaller volumes - Various finishing options available Source: Fort Dearborn

Xeikon Café on Document & Commercial Production Suites puts the spotlight on total solution offerings for digital print

Xeikon will showcase dedicated solutions suites for digital wallcoverings, book production, DM and large format – complemented with first-hand user experiences. Print is here to stay, but the market is pushing towards shorter runs, faster turnarounds and lower costs. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for more sophisticated customization and personalization. How can digital production cater for these needs? Where is it heading? And how can it turn short to medium runs of ever more complex designs into profitable business? Printers, service providers, publishers and marketing specialists can find the answer at the Xeikon Café on Production Suites ( ), organized by Xeikon and Xeikon Aura Partners, Tuesday October 7 th and Wednesday October 8 th , 2014. This edition of the Xeikon Café centers on the digital production of all sorts of documents and commercial printed materials, and offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore how digital production

Mondi exhibits expanded industrial bags offering, broad range of flexible packaging at Pack Expo 2014

Mondi in North America will exhibit its expanded line of industrial bags and a broad range of flexible packaging at Pack Expo 2014. The exhibit marks the first time Mondi will showcase its expanded portfolio of industrial bag products since acquiring the industrial bags business of Graphic Packaging International in July of this year. “Visitors to Pack Expo faced with bag and flexible packaging challenges will find a host of ready made solutions, as well as expert technical assistance, at Mondi’s booth,” says Allen Ennis President, Industrial Bags, Mondi in North America.. “Mondi’s recent acquisition of Graphic Packaging’s industrial bags business gives us the largest selection of industrial bags in North America, and our flexible bag products and engineering expertise can successfully address nearly any application requirement.” At the show, Mondi will display a full range of Industrial Bag products, as well as flexible packaging and related products. Industrial Bag product

hubergroup braces itself for the future

huber group boosts its activity to sustainably meet the highly competitive business in a market environment with all its constantly growing challenges. As announced today, huber group will further align sales structures and strategic segments by merging its two largest entities in Europe. huber group will merge the two German companies Michael Huber München GmbH and Hostmann-Steinberg GmbH into the new huber group Deutschland GmbH. In this merger, redundant structures will be eliminated and processes will be noticeably optimised. In addition, the two producing factories in Celle and Munich will be organised along specific product lines, enabling huber group to focus on specific market segments for quickest response time in order to maintain and improve customer satisfaction. In addition to the activities in Germany, huber group will also bolster its market presence in Switzerland so they can adjust better to the regional requirements. Stehlin+Hostag AG and the just acquired AMRA F

Labelexpo Americas marks 25th anniversary with record edition

Labelexpo Americas 2014 closed last week after enjoying its most successful ever edition. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the show registered a 12% increase in footfall with 16,029 show visitors and achieved an 83% onsite rebooking rate for 2016’s event. Boasting over 440 exhibitors, Labelexpo Americas again played host to several hundred product launches. Highlights included new digital presses such as HP’s WS6800 and the Cheetah from Xeikon. Other major launches included Mark Andy’s Digital Series hybrid inkjet/flexo press and Nuova Gidue’s M5 UV flexo press. In addition numerous new inks, ancillary products and label stocks were unveiled including new point-of-purchase and vulcanization tire label portfolios from Avery Dennison, Flint Group’s expanded EkoCure UV-LED range, Sun Chemical’s new Solaris System and UPM Raflatac’s thinner PET film label stocks. As well as a bustling show floor, Labelexpo Americas 2014’s new feature areas were well received by show visitors. The twi