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Packaging that takes you back to chatpata by-lanes of memories

Leaf Design created a bright and youthful packaging for Nookad Namkeen, with the spontaneity of India and a compelling storytelling. The uniqueness of the pack stands out in the overcrowded namkeen market where all are trying to communicate the same desi story.

Brand Packaging & Communication
Sayaji Foods Pvt Ltd (Nookad Namkeen)
Sector: Food & Hospitality
Design Agency: Leaf Design

Nookad Namkeen is presented by Nookad Nation – a peppy brand that is all about reliving the laidback, cozy and unforgettable street food culture that a generation of Indians has grown up with. It is this vibrant, youthful culture, packaged in the typical Indian katta style to satiate appetites and deliver the authentic Indian taste. It captures the unforgettable street food culture and makes way for people to walk down the memory lane with every bite.

Hand lettering for the product name adds spontaneity to the brand, while the vibrant typography, bright colours from the streets infuses a sense of nostalgia. The bold illustrations, unique to every pack, make everyday moments much lighter.

Desi culture, packaged

Nookad Namkeen steps away from the category’s clichéd look and feel and bursts out with a gush of vibrant colours and unique flavours. It brings alive the moments of joy and memories with chatpata flavours.

Touch of hand

The challenge was to strike a chord with the consumers at the first glance. Nookad Namkeen created a deeper emotional connect with spontaneous hand-lettering. The unique illustrations reflected different day-to-day scenarios with a hint of the proudly being Indian and desi. A vibrant colour palette was picked from the streets in India.

Compelling and unique

The final output is bright and youthful with the spontaneity of India and a compelling storytelling. The uniqueness of the pack stands out in the overcrowded namkeen market where all are trying to communicate the same desi story.

PackPlus 2017, New Delhi: a bigger & better show

Around 80 product launches and more than 250 live demos of products witnessed during the expo Being a platform where industry people would catch every bit of latest technologies and solutions pertaining to total packaging, processing and supply chain, PackPlus 2017 this year had more than 375 exhibitors showing marvels of machines, materials and the whole allied products on a bigger and better show floor spread across the Hall 9-12 and 12A of Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Jyaneswar Laishram brings a flashback of the landmark expo organised from August 03-06, 2017. PackPlus 2017 pulled hordes of potential crowds of trade visitors comprising MSMEs, large enterprises and others, who gratifyingly explored the expo showing packaging solutions that come under all budgets, providing them fresh opportunities to kick-start new business. The expo pulled a huge crowd right from the first day—more than 7500 focused trade visitors thronged the expo on the first two days.

Key machines/products showcased by a host of leading manufacturers and suppliers from India and aboard during the four days of the expo were for assorted range of segments, such as paper bags, paper cups, non-woven bags, rigid boxes and others. Paper bag making machines, priced between INR 3-10 lakhs, were shown by some key exhibitors, namely, Avtar Mechanical Works, RVM Controls, UP Group (Shanghai), UPG International Trading, among others.

Capped within a price range of INR 5-15 lakhs, paper cup making machines presented by AKR Machinery, Elegant International, Pritul Machines, Vardhman Packaging and others at the expo were of advanced features, which would require little space for installation, ideal for people looking for new business prospects in the market. Demonstrating live at the show were lines of non-woven bag making machines, available in the range of INR 20-25, shown by some of the leading manufacturers, such as Prosper Group, Fair Deal Engineers, Sahil Graphics and others.

Priced a bit higher than others, approximately between INR 1.5-6 crore, rigid box making machines were also the main crowd pullers at the expo. The exhibitors exhibiting such high-end packaging systems at the expo included Zhongke India, NBG Printographic and 3S Graphic Solutions.

Key product launches

PackPlus 2017 had around 80 new product launches. Among them, a key launch was of Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd (AIPL)’s new Surface Protection Tape. The new BOPP Tape from the company is available in five variations—Brown, Transparent, Coloured, Printed and Low Noise. The company’s range of tapes is designed perfectly for various industrial applications. Their range includes BOPP Tape, Security Packing Tape, Brown Craft Paper Tape, Crepe Paper Tape, HDPE Tape, Residue-Free Packing Tape and others. Headquartered in Delhi, AIPL boasts of its choices of pressure sensitive self adhesive industrial tapes and die-cuts available through its pan-India distribution network.

Another key launch at the expo was from ATE—ViewAXIS Mega vision system, a next-generation web viewing system that delivers superior process monitoring, thus enabling operators to locate defects and take necessary action. The vision system is equipped with an energy efficient LED strobe light for sharp, accurate and high-resolution images at high production speeds. “In today’s competitive and quality conscious environment, precise web viewing is no longer a luxury, but a pre-requisite for printers. Keeping this in mind and considering our domain expertise and an in-house skill set covering software and hardware development we eventually embarked upon the development of ViewAXIS Mega vision system, in the in line of our philosophy: ‘invent in India’, said Anand Mehta, VP-Print and Packaging Business Unit at ATE.

At the expo, Uflex announced the launch of its Easy-Scoop-Lock-Tight Pitcher Bag that effortlessly dispenses controlled portions of the product packed inside. The 4-panel bag comes with a reinforced handle on the side gusset spelling tremendous ease of carrying. Additionally the block bottom allows the bag to stand up without taking any support thereby enhancing the brand visibility. Easy-Scoop-Lock-Tight Pitcher Bag is made of multi-layered laminate depending upon the barrier properties required by the product to be packed inside.

Elesa & Ganter, one of the leading producers of plastic and metal products with unique designs, launched a line of EBR-PN handles made of glass-fibre reinforced with polyamide-based technopolymer, grey-black colour and matte finish during the expo. The handles are equipped with light-blue, glossy finish push button that allows the direct drive of a single acting or double acting pneumatic actuator. EBR-PN is supplied with quick couplings for direct fitting of a tube of 4 mm for pneumatics. The handles are available in standard executions, such as: EBR-PN-3/2-NO (pneumatic valve is normally open.

Introduced new at the expo, Ace Products, manufacturer and exporter of packaging machines and materials, unpacked a new range of packaging machines and materials, which included the Excelpack Series L Sealer (APLS 1520) and 2-in-1 Chamber Type Shrink Packaging Machine (APC 5540HD) as well as Purewrap Cling Film—a food grade cling film from Malaysia—which is manufactured using selected high-quality resins of 10 microns onward.

During the expo, Vijaya Grafiks Inc/Prem India announced their tie-up with the Italian company Ideal Tech, launching the latter’s range of tank melting systems, such as Ideal Melt 5 and 12. These tank melting systems offer advantageous prices, optimal performances, reliability and modality. In addition, Vijaya Grafiks also presented the Ideal Tech ID Press Pur 2, a block melter to fill glue tank, alongside a newly introduced carton folding gluing system.

Yet another big launch at the expo was from KODI, which announced its new Nuzen IR-377 inspection machine at the expo. Nuzen IR-377 is capable to run at 500 mpm and its key features include shaftless unwinder and rewinder for easy handling. The system is capable to run with both side roll movement. Nuzen IR-377 features accurate auto tension control with load cell (close loop). Another added feature of the machine is its accurate defect detector at inspection area. Launched on the other side was Axl 50i CIJ inkjet printer from Domino Printech India. The inkjet printer is designed for continuous production, to be maintained with optimum line availability as it will make no need for specialist skills or tools. The system is equipped with i-Pulse printhead and inks with perfect drops and it is Industry 4.0 compatible.

NBG Printographic Machinery announced the launch of a new Fangbang paper bag machine, which was carried out in addition to its existing Hongming automatic rigid box line. “Our collaboration with Fangbang has magnified our packaging machine portfolio with a new vertical—paper bag making. This (Fangbang) line is widely accepted globally for its eco-friendless, particularly in the countries where plastic bags are totally banned. The same will hold true in India in future as ban on plastic bags is fully implemented,” said Nitin Garg, director, NBG Printographic Machinery Co Pvt Ltd.

A new versatile SLITTO 450 slitter rewinder was what Faridabad-based Vikas Engineers launched. The machine is a duplex rewinding system designed for versatile productivity at optimum level. The added features in the slitter include differential shaft, touch screen interface, automated closed deep tension control, among others. In addition, SLITTO 450 slitter rewinder also features with unwind mechanisms like pneumatic unwind, digital age/line web guide system, so on.

Live demos

Among the attractions at PackPlus 2017 were the live demonstrations of more than 200 machines and technologies. Naph Graphics’ live showcase of its high-speed SLITLINE 35 slitter rewinder pulled huge crowd. Designed to slit diverse range of materials, SLITLINE 35 slitter rewinder from Naph Graphics can handle material with maximum web length of 1300 mm at the mechanical speed of 350 m/m. The range of materials that can be handled by the slitter include plain, coated and metallised films of 12-200 microns; film, foil or paper laminates of 12-200 microns; and paper & board of 40-200 gsm. It also handles the materials in maximum rewind diameter of 450 mm and maximum unwind diameter of 1000 mm. Maximum slit width of the machine is 50 mm.

Also, demonstrated live were a line of Fair Deal Engineers’ non-woven machines at the company’s stall. In addition to non-woven portfolio, the company also showcased mini offset machine and two-colour satellite bag printing machine live. In the portfolio showing live, the company also included other machines designed for envelope making, fully automatic box type bag making machine, flexo printing machine, variable data printing machine, answer sheet numbering machine and others.

Automation around

A big buzzword at PackPlus 2017 was ‘automation’ as a host of leading machine manufactures, converters, material suppliers and a host of their alliances presented automated machines and solutions, announcing newer concepts and technologies for packaging solutions. The exhibitors showing an array of highly automated state-of-the-art packaging machines and solutions included Hilda Automation, Worldpack Automation Systems, Labthink, AV Automation, among others. “Automation is the key to innovative solutions in packaging these days,” said Munish Dhingra of Clear Packaging. In a similar tone, Nitish Pandey of Hilda Automation shared that they presented their complete line of filing-sealing-labelling machines, all automated.

Among those showing high-end automated systems at the expo included Worldpack Automation Systems, which presented a line of ‘world-class’ labeling machines. “Our partners are Seimens, Panasonic and Allen-Bradely, with some popular clients like Patanjali, Colgate, Himalaya,” mentions Rajesh Bains of Worldpack Automation Systems Pvt Ltd. AV Automation offered range of automation equipments. “We are presenting Baumer-made sensor solutions, Puls electronics from Turkey for weighing solutions as well as Wieland Electric (Germany),” said Bhusan Diwan, director, AV Automation. The company displayed Emko Electronics products (for which they are pan-India distributor) at its stall.

Machines sold

Many exhibitors at PackPlus 2017 sold their machines during the expo. Of them, Naph Graphics sold their ever-demanded SLITLINE 35 slitter rewinder to Swam Packaging in Delhi. “SLITLINE 35 can handle materials of any type, which may include plain or coated films, as well as metallised film of 12-200 microns,” said Ashu Bharaj of Naph Graphics. SLITLINE 35 was introduced last year at the PackPlus 2016. “We never expected that the expo would help us to pull customers in a big way. Since then, we have received tremendous enquiries, and so far, SLITLINE 35 has been sold to four companies; and the latest being Swam Packaging in Delhi-NCR,” asserted Ashu, adding that participation in PackPlus is always fruitful.

On other side of show floor, Zhongke India sold its TL-780 foil stamping and die-cutting machine to Dimple Packaging, Ludhiana. TL-780 is designed for hot stamping, die-cutting, pressing convex, creasing, etc. The machine is composed of four parts—main motor, hot stamping, auto feeder and electric equip. It takes maximum sheet size of 780x560mm and minimum of 280x220 mm. During the expo, Banke Bihari Packaging finalised CRM Solution from Flexibiz ERP. Flexibiz ERP products, such as CRM Solution, are unique and specially designed for the packaging industry. The company has been providing software solutions to a number of leading packaging majors like Uflex Limited, since 1988. GPS location tracking features, leads import by scan picture of business cards and job estimation modules are very convincing modules in the CRM Solution, which is available as mobile apps on Android, iPhone as well as desktop applications which are very user friendly. Zed Pack, sister concern of Banke Bihari Packaging, shall also use the newly ordered Flexibiz CRM Solution.

Key showcases

As part of the league of exhibitors attracting crowd, QuadTech presented ColorTrack Workflow, which is highly advanced colour control software. The workflow colour control software is acclaimed worldwide for its consistent and unique capability. Hemant Desai, general manager-operation & sales, QuadTech said the software is popular among all printing majors who are conscious about perfect accuracy in colour control.

While, HP India presented a complete packaging solution—right from customised goods upto ‘pack & fly’ items. The company collectively showcased products under four separate categories: Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical, Grocery and Pack & Fly. “All the packaged and packaging items we are showing here at our stall are printed on the HP Indigo Digital Press,” said Abhishek Bhatnagar, country market development manager, Graphics Solutions Business-Indigo, HP India. The company’s whole gamut of showcases indicates a new paradigm shift which digital press is bringing into packaging printing. In this respect, Abhishek said the core competency of HP Indigo is that it takes on wide varieties of unconventional substrates, taking packaging printing/production to a new level.

Labthink Instruments at its stall showed material testing instruments, perfectly designed for testing packaging materials for water resistance, tensile, etc. The company showcased RT-01 Rub Tester, CHYT-CB Thickness Tester, FST-02 Thermal Shrinkage Tester, i-Boxtek 1700 Box Compressor Tester, among others. On other side, Valco Melton at its stall showcased the world-class gluing system Valco Melton, redefining how ‘gluing’ can be done efficiently and cost-effectively, by demonstrating its range of products in two sections—All Electric and ERO.

Attractively showcased at the stall of Any Graphics were innovations for rigid box packaging, which was definitely a crowd-puller. The shelves of the company’s stall were filled with packaging boxes designed for diverse market domains, which consisted of pharmaceutical, cosmetics, groceries and more.

Clear Packaging, a popular name for manufacturing and exporting of world-class packaging materials in India, was showing its range of products at the expo. The company’s products are designed for packaging and many other segments including advertising and displays as well. The products shown at their stall consisted of Blister, PVC/PET Transparent Boxes, Tray PVC/HIPS/Velvet and other customised solutions.

Demonstrating at Mehta Cad Cam Systems’ stand were two versatile laser marking and coding machines, which are designed perfectly for packaging and other allied applications. Models of the machines were LJ-20F and 30F Fibre Laser Cutters for laser marking on packaged products. And CO2 is yet another laser marking machine that was also shown at the company’s stall. The filling gas in this machine is carbon dioxide, thus is the name.

On other side of the show floor, TWIN Engineers demonstrated adhesive pump mixer for solventless lamination. This Pune-headquartered TWIN Engineers at its Stall 06 in Hall 12A is demonstrating the state-of-the-art NexGen 2K Adhesive Pump (Mixer) for solventless lamination. Designed in Germany with the most advanced features, this adhesive pump mixer is attributed with advanced features, such as Maintenance Pop-Ups (SMS and e-mail); Smart Data Logging and Report; Built-in e-Manual and Videos. With more than 20 years of expertise in mixing and dispersing, TWIN has been working as a trusted partner with top laminator manufacturers across the country. Bhawna Bhatnagar from TWIN shared that they are satisfied with the overall layouts and visitors’ traffic at the expo.

Mona Equipments, known for its range of highly engineered slitters, showcased its versatile range of equipments during the expo. The company’s crowd-pulling product line at the stall consisted of Mona+ Plus Doctor Blades, which are available in versatile models and diversities. Dinesh Tiwari from Mona Equipments shared that the expo is quite helpful to meet up with the right customers and traders. “There is something new and persuasive in every edition of PackPlus. This year, the expo has magnified its show floor, and we are quite happy with the footfalls and business enquiries we receive during the expo,” he added.

Rewinder machine manufacturer Kalpvrux showcased their popular ZiPKompac and Omniwind. ZiPKompac is next-generation machine with high productivity and world class finished product quality. Its design is focused on enhanced productivity and operational excellence. On other hand, Omniwind is bidirectional high speed rewinder encompassed with fictionless ‘dancer’ control, which compensates for roll inertia, thus it can handle all kinds of films and substrates. The machine can even handle narrow web extensible film. Likewise, Nitta Corp displayed wide range of conveyer and transmission belts, which are suitably made for diverse industrial segments, such as printing, packaging, paper, food and confectionaries.

PackPlus 2017 had set a right platform for taking business to a new level. Exhibitors at the expo were privileged to meet up with the right and focused trade visitors, who are packaging experts and representing multinational firms. The visitors, according to the exhibitors, are the experts who could guide them to know about the future technology requirement and where to invest.

International Packaging Conclave 2017 Pvt Ltd, organisers of PackPlus 2017, in collaboration with the ink major Siegwerk, hosted the International Packaging Conclave 2017, on the sidelines of the expo. The conclave under the theme ‘Safe Packaging for A Better Tomorrow’ had a host of keynote speakers from the industry and allied sectors who talked and discussed at length about ‘packaging compliance’ during the course of the landmark conclave.

The conclave was sectioned into three sessions. The first session was on Product Safety: Risk Assessment of Packaging Material, which was chaired by Ashish Pradhan from Siegwerk India, with panelists including Barun Banerjee from Nestle India, Saikat Acharya from GlaxoSmithKline and others. In the follow-up session, Dr Joerg Peter Langhammer from Siegwerk India hosted a panel of speakers with the discussion revolving around the topic Migration and Toxicology: A Threat To Consumer Safety. Dr Albert Delbanco from Siegwerk India and Prof VP Sharma from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research were among the panelists who took on the topic at a deeper and expansive level.

The third session titled ‘Packaging Compliance: Connecting The Dots’ was chaired by Dr Albert Delbanco, accompanied by a panel of speakers comprising SN Venkataraman from ITC PPSD, Dr Joerg Peter Langhammer, among others. With all thought-provoking speeches, ideas and interactions carried across the three sessions, the conclave marked a successful discourse over ‘packaging safety’. The panelists shared methodologies and processes to test and develop packaging standards, which in turn could reduce or eliminate contamination risks from packaging material, be it substrate, ink, adhesive.

The conference was attended by brand owners and a multitude of industry stalwarts, who were elated by the ideas on ‘requirements for packaging safety.’

PackPlus 2017 made everyone feel good and satisfied

PackPlus has lived up to its reputation as the expo has been expanding year after year in every edition in terms of the size and visitors’ traffic. This year, every exhibitor nodded satisfactorily for the fact that they received tremendous positive feedbacks and enquiries, which can surely be converted into business in the days to come. Even sales of machines during PackPlus 2017 were a common sight. Mohit Bansal of Naph Graphics said ever since they participated in PackPlus 2016, showing SLITLINE 35 Slitter Rewinder, enquiries on the machine poured in and four machines were sold at the show. In the similar tone, Arun Kumar Bhat from AIPL said the expo is the best platform to meet up with their end-customers as well as trading partners.

Being a regular participant in PackPlus, Ravi Kiran from Valco Melton was yet another contented exhibitor. “It is really good to be in PackPlus. This year, the expo is quite improved in terms of layout and trade visitors,” he said. Vikram Singh from Ace Products also mentioned that the expo has always turned out to be a right meeting point for their existing customers as well as new ones.

Vikas Engineering, a debutant in PackPlus 2017 and manufacturer of slitter rewinder machines, was also among the host of satisfied exhibitors. “We introduced our new Slitto 450 duplex slitting rewinding machine here in this expo; we are fulfilled with the enquiries we received from the visitors and way the expo is organised,” said Vivek Gautam of Vikas Engineering, adding they will participate in every edition of PackPlus in future.

Nitin Garg, director, NBG Printographic Machinery rated PackPlus 2017 as one of the best expos on total packaging, processing and supply chain. The company introduced Fangbang fully auto roll-fed square bottom paper bag machine at the expo, alongside their popular Hongming automatic rigid box line.

A peek into Canon workhorses in commercial & photo printing

Print & Publishing recently visited Canon facility in Noida to review two of the largest professional printing machines which Canon has in its product portfolio - imagePRESS C10000 VP and DreamLabo 5000. A technical expert provided complete hands on experience of these line of products, besides others. A report by Varsha Verma. A visit to Canon’s facility in Noida was very informative and we could see some of the leading machines in the commercial printing and photo printing market. The Professional Printing Products (PPP) Group of Canon offers equipments in four major categories – commercial printing, production printing, wide format printing and photo printing.

Commercial & photo printing applications

The commercial & photo printing equipments find application in photo, proof, POP (installed at commercial printers, retail, schools, etc); documents (installed at large organizations, copy shops, jobbers); books & manuals (installed at commercial printers and manufacturing units) and transaction documents (installed at banks, insurance, telecom), etc.

Equipments offered in commercial printing segment

In the commercial printing segment, Canon offers imagePRESS C10000VP and iPRC850/C750/C650 colour printers in cut-sheet category, used for printing visiting cards, calendars, books, brochures, catalogues, labels and stickers while in the black-and-white cutsheet category, the company offers iRADV85XX Series and Oce VP 6000 Ultra for printing reports, projects, books, barcodes, credit card statements, mobile bills, etc.

imagePRESS C10000VP

It is an exceptional digital colour production system at 100 ppm for commercial and in-house printing. The imagePRESS C10000VP takes digital colour printing to the next level, combining exceptional quality, productivity and versatility at 100 ppm across a vast variety of applications.

Rated at speeds of up to 100 prints per minute irrespective of media weight up to 350gsm, imagePRESS C10000VP maintains productivity even on long-run or mixed media jobs, including speciality stocks such as synthetic media.

The imagePRESS C10000VP takes image quality to the next level, setting a new benchmark in the 100 page-per-minute segment. Featuring the same CV toner and 32-beam Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology offers 2,400 x 2,400dpi print resolution and vivid output quality. A new developer unit maintains colour consistency, ensuring stable output even over long runs. It also features Multi Density Adjustment Technology that allows for automatic real-time density correction, as well as an in-line spectroscopic sensor that enables daily colour calibration.

Another plus point is that it can support a wide range of media from 60gsm (uncoated) and 70gsm (coated) up to 350gsm, delivering high quality output even on textured media and supported specialty media including vellum, film and synthetics.

imagePRESS C850/C750/C650

The imagePRESS C850 series consistently delivers impressive 85 / 75 / 65 prints per minutes on the wide range of media. It can support auto duplex print jobs upto 300gsm media.

This is a powerful colour light production device, which incorporates a range of innovative technologies within a small footprint, to reliably deliver outstanding quality, excellent end-to end productivity, smart flexibility and versatile media handling. Offering an excellent return on investment – bringing time and cost savings to demanding CRDs and revenue generating opportunities to Graphic Arts environments, the VCSEL laser unit achieves an exceptional 2,400dpi resolution enabling even higher precision in the printing of text and images. Its Consistently Vivid (CV) toner improves transfer efficiency for enhanced colour consistency and accuracy across a wide variety of media. It features a new compact and highly accurate registration technology that assures best-in-class results whether printing 1 sheet or thousands.


These black-and-white cutsheet production printers can print at a speed of 85/95/105 Pages Per Minute respectively at a resolution of 1200 x 1200dpi. It can handle paper from 52 -256gsm and uses Electrophotography/Laser Printing technology. It can handle paper Size A4/A3/13”x19” and has a built in Scanning feature and has a duty cycle up to 10 lacs A4 prints per month.

OceVP 6000 Ultra

Océ VarioPrint 6000 Ultra Line is the world’s fastest and most productive family of digital perfecting printing systems. Featuring print speed between 171-320 PPM (Pages Per Minute), it offers print quality of 600 X 1200dpi. The machine can handle paper from 52 -300gsm and paper sizes –A4/A3/13”X19”. It uses Electrophotography printing technology. The machine has a heavy duty cycle upto 1 Crore A4 prints per month. It uses Océ Gemini technology for instant duplex printing and Advanced Active Registration technology. It has sophisticated media handling from upto 12 paper trays.

Equipments offered in Photo printing segment

Canon Dreamlabo 5000

Dreamlabo is Canon’s first ever inkjet production photo printer, which provides the new alternative to conventional silver halide technology, delivering a wide range of premium photo merchandise. Its fine print head technology ensures precise, high speed ink delivery and achieves enhanced colour gamut and smoother gradations with seven dye-based inks. The 7-ink system in addition to standard CMYK also employs photo cyan, photo magenta and grey inks to produce wider colour gamut with more precise colour control. Dye-based inks deliver photos with smooth gradations, faithful colours and natural skin tones. With the additional grey ink, black and white prints look more natural.

It features fast, one-pass printing thanks to the seven full-width fixed print heads. Another important feature is automatic double-sided printing, perfect for printing quality photo books. The machine is easy to maintain with dual paper magazine and inks replaceable while printing. With dual paper magazines when one roll runs out, another is automatically loaded, so jobs aren’t interrupted and productivity is maintained. An optional paper deck allows for 2 more paper rolls. An automatic double cutter ensures photo merchandise is finished to perfection and double sorting system allows output to be sorted by job order or paper size.

Fixed-line print heads enable prints to be generated in a single pass enabling 10x15cm photos delivery at 40 prints per minute. DreamLabo 5000 offers automatic double-sided printing with speeds of up to 1000 A4 double-sided pages per hour. The optional Digital Photo Image Enhancement System automatically deals with imperfections such as red eye and colour cast.

2017 Intertech Technology Awards

Of the numerous excellent technologies nominated for a 2017 InterTech Technology Award, fourteen technologies were selected by the judges as being truly innovative and expected to have a significant impact on the graphic communications industry. The independent panel of judges of 2017 InterTech Technologies Awards selected inventions that extend the performance of inkjet presses, use LEDs to overcome long-standing challenges, extend capabilities for digital enhancement, assess and manipulate colour in new ways, permit the creation of low-cost prototypes, automate platemaking and presswork to new levels, and offer digital press users powerful apps to manage their processes.

The recipient technologies are listed below alphabetically by company:

XP Series LED-UV Curing Modules
AMS Spectral UV - A Baldwin Technology Company

XP Series LED-UV Curing Modules enable faster production speeds, lower energy consumption, and overcome other challenges of traditional UV and IR systems. A patented optic system ensures uniform light distribution and modules integrate readily onto new and used presses. Modules can last more than 30,000 hours, eliminating the need to frequently replace bulbs while providing unprecedented curing consistency. One judge commented, “This is absolutely a leap forward from traditional UV curing.”

ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer
CGS Publishing Technologies International LLC

ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer is a proofing and prototyping system for packaging mockups produced on flexographic, offset, gravure, and digital presses. Utilizing the ORIS colour management system, a Roland eco-solvent printer, ORIS XG (extended gamut) inks, and CGS substrates, users can produce colour accurate proofs and prototypes of proposed packaging designs from 3D design to final prototype. The judges praised an innovative solution that puts high-quality capabilities within reach of even small firms.

ColorLogic ColorAnt 4.0
ColorLogic GmbH

ColorAnt 4.0 advances the quality and reliability of ICC profiles used in a colour management workflow. It measures colour targets used in profiling inkjet, offset, and flexo presses, and, importantly, finds and corrects measurement errors. Judges lauded ColorAnt’s ability to edit primary colours without the need to go back on press to print another test chart (particularly important in packaging), make corrections based on G7 and industry standards, and support all of the popular measurement devices.

Esko XPS Crystal

The Esko XPS Crystal is a digitally controlled LED UV exposure unit supporting photopolymer flexo plates. The unit provides an unprecedented level of automation and can be part of a completely automated platemaking line. The LED UV light technology, concurrently performing both main and back exposures, and the digital control allow for new levels of exposure accuracy. The judges praised Esko’s innovation that both streamlines flexographic platemaking steps and improves plate consistency.

Gallus Labelfire 340
Gallus Ferd. Ruesch AG

The Gallus Labelfire 340 is a label converting system that allows printers to produce UV Inkjet-printed labels in one press pass. The press combines flexo and/or screen units with inkjet units imaging at 1200x1200 dpi native, thus facilitating variable data and versioning in label printing. Eight colour labels can be printed, embellished, and converted at speeds of 164 feet/minute. The judges immediately saw the impact of a hybrid press that can do it all in-line at those speeds.

Prinect Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2

The Prinect Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2 changes the paradigm of press operation. The system is capable of autonomous job changes, monitoring and adjusting print quality (activating the good sheet counter once colour has met a predetermined setting), stopping the print job after reaching the desired quantity, and starting the next job once new plates are automatically mounted. “The ‘Push to Stop’ approach is a game changer, dramatically improving throughput,” said a judge.

HP PrintOS

HP PrintOS is an operating platform with a set of Web and mobile apps that help print service providers get more from their HP presses and printers and simplify and automate production. PrintOS is available to HP device owners (with an active service contract) who can choose to use applications that optimize their device operation. Judges expect PrintOS and the array of affordable apps to be especially attractive to PSPs that currently don’t own production management software solutions.

HP PageWide Web Press T490 HD

Judges saw the significantly increased speed and resolution of this 40” HP PageWide inkjet web press as an unmistakable innovation, one that combines customized print at a throughput of traditional colour offset presses. Users can print and dry at speeds up to 1,000 feet per minute with 1200 ink nozzles per inch, or impressively, choose to double the resolution to 2400 nozzles at slower speeds. The press duplexes and can print on coated paper with in-line priming.

JUST LED moduLight Dual Illuminant D50/D65
JUST Normlicht, Inc.

The technology uses LED arrays that are precisely manufactured to reproduce different portions of the light spectrum. It is the first LED colour viewing technology to achieve certification to the demanding ISO 3664:2009 standard. JUST hardware, software, and optical technologies are integrated to achieve conformance to CIE D50 and D65 illuminants and to remain consistent over time. The judges agreed that the JUST LED moduLight product line reaches a new level of viewing performance.


The Komori Impremia IS29 is a 29” UV inkjet press that can run a 23x29” sheet, at speeds up to 3,000 sph. It meets customer needs of quality, reliability, substrate freedom, and delivers bindery-ready sheets thanks to the UV curing capability. Users extol its ability to print variable data while producing print quality visually indistinguishable from offset. It is the IS29’s perfecting capability that caused the judges to see it as easily integrated into existing sheetfed workflows.

MGI AIS SmartScanner Intelligent Registration System
MGI Digital Technology

The AIS SmartScanner is a new JETvarnish 3D registration technology solution for enhancing offset, flexo and digital printed material. It automatically adjusts the placement of varnish (clear ink) and foil based on actual ink impressions and substrate characteristics (shrink, skew, stretch, etc.). It eliminates the need for registration marks and optimizes quality by treating each finished piece as a separate print job. A judge commented, “Waste is very expensive and the SmartScanner is an innovative way to avoid it.”

Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil digital enhancement press

Scodix Ltd

The Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil digital enhancement press can print eight different applications and combinations of applications. The judges were struck by the uniqueness of several applications. Scodix Braille is a new way to print documents for the visually impaired; Scodix Crystals uses a high build polymer to create attention-getting 3D sparkles; and Scodix Cast&Cure produces dramatic holographic-looking 3D images. Digital enhancement presses give users new abilities to differentiate their products and price work at a premium.

Truepress Jet 520HD Continuous Feed Roll Inkjet Press
Screen Americas

The Truepress Jet 520HD inkjet web press is a 20” Inch Production Class Inkjet printer for the commercial print, direct mail, and publishing markets. It delivers offset quality printing (1200 x1200 dpi) with high printing speeds, however the judges zeroed in on the specially-developed ink system that gives 520HD owners the ability to print on the same coated litho stocks, without pretreatment or primer, they currently use on their offset presses. Customers confirmed the breakthrough.

Image Test Labs - Image Grader
TechnologyWatch, LLC

The Image Grader technology offers companies a method to assess--and improve--the image quality of their offset and digital presses. After printing test pages and sending them for analysis by Image Test Lab’s automated system, companies receive an easy-to-understand report with A, B and C grades for each attribute. The judges were won over by the system’s ability to pinpoint imaging problems by comparing performance to like presses in the database and, when possible, suggest fixes.

The awards will be presented to companies before an audience of industry leaders during the 2017 Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala, September 10 in Chicago, Illinois.

ATE: helping the print and packaging industry to excel

The print and packaging industry is one of the fastest growing and highly innovative industries in India. What makes the Indian print and packaging industry tick? Is it the print quality, productivity, reduction of waste, cost competitiveness, or all these? All of these is the easy answer to this question. That’s where ATE comes in too, with a range of novel products and integrated solutions designed to improve quality, improve productivity, reduce waste, and hence enhance competitiveness. In fact, ATE has been partnering the print and packaging industry covering gravure, flexo, and offset printing for over 35 years.

Anuj Bhagwati, managing director, ATE Enterprises says, “Print and packaging in India has started to mature, and needs more thoughtful and sophisticated engineering. ATE continues to hone its products and services as we work towards providing our customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions. The advancements we have made in the print control and vision systems group are part of this drive.”

Register control systems

Anuj Bhagwati, MD, ATE EnterprisesResponding to the challenges of delivering exacting print quality, ATE had developed the highly successful ALYGN register control system. More than 170 ALYGN systems are now working satisfactorily in India, Europe, and China, supplied either through the leading OEMs or to the end users directly. Encouraged by this success and discerning the evolving market expectations of quality, ATE has now developed the next generation ALYGN register control system. The AlygnAXIS is set to create new benchmarks not just for reliability, but also for having one of the fastest correction outputs among the register control systems available in the world. ATE now manufactures a range of AXIS products that include StrobAXIS (range of stroboscopes), ViewAXIS (web video systems), and DetectAXIS (100% print inspection system) for various specialized applications, each in a class of its own, packed with unique features.

Application-specific solutions

ATE’s business unit, Valence, provides a range of application-specific solutions in print and packaging. They cover static management solutions, ink handling and conditioning systems, heat recovery systems, waste solvent reclaimers, chamber doctor blades and holders, etc, which are designed to improve quality, reduce costs, and improve safety.

Improving productivity…

It’s now well proven that fresh-clean-cool air positively impacts the bottom line of the manufacturing units due to improved productivity, reduced wastages, and the improved morale of employees. It is particularly true that the fresh-clean-cool air enormously benefits the print and packaging units. ATE brings to the print and packaging industry the HMX-Ambiator, the next-generation cooling solution based on evaporative cooling technology, from its business unit HMX. The HMX-Ambiator helps to maintain positive pressure and dust-free environments by supplying 100% fresh, clean, cool air for process cooling and people comfort. It also helps to reduce solvent losses and even static charges. The HMX-Ambiator is an excellent upgrade over air-washers and ventilation systems. HMX has already supplied 3.2 million CFM of indirect evaporative cooling solutions (HMX-Ambiator) in the print and packaging sector, which includes some of the leading names such as Uflex, ITC, Parikh Packaging, Balaji Multiflex, Uma Converters, M.M. Polytech, Renewsys, Creative Group– a clear testimony to the growing success of this innovative technology in this sector.

Industrial IoT solutions & services

Digitalisation of the manufacturing shop floor is the need of the hour for reaping the benefits of the digital technology, and the print and packaging industry cannot be an exception. Taking the benefits of digital technology to this industry, ATE’s business unit, EcoAxis, has developed customised industrial IoT solutions and services for rotogravure printing, lamination and slitting machines. EcoAxis provides integrated system bringing together data from ERP systems, production planning systems, machines, auxiliary equipment and manufacturing facilities at one single platform to give dashboards, reports and practical, actionable insights. The real-time insights for print and packaging industry include drill-down production reports, operator performance, quality reports, ink, solvent and adhesive consumption per print and energy consumption reports. The system also keeps track of deviations between recommended machine parameters versus actual machine parameters during production.

Towards safe & eco-friendly environment

ATE also represents some of the world’s most renowned manufacturers in the safety and environment fields to offer high technology solutions to the Indian printing industry. They include residual solvent analysers and LEL monitoring and heat recirculation systems from NIRA, distillation systems for solvent recovery from waste ink from IRAC, solvent recovery systems from DEC Impianti, regenerative thermal oxidation from DURR, electrostatic print assist from Eltex, and hazardous waste incinerators from McClelland, among others.

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