Packaging

Muller Martini unveils digital book production

Muller Martini Marketing AG, Switzerland, unveiled products from its latest OnDemand Solutions Division in Chennai on August 21. Cenk Guerpinar, sales manager of the company had flown in specially to make a multimedia presentation to an invited audience at the Multivista Global premises.

Presiding over the meeting, R Jayaraman, director, Multivista Global welcomed the gathering and hoped that his initiative to hold the presentation at his office to a group of interested persons would bring in awareness about the digital printing.

Guerpinar pointed out that cross media is the future. Digital book production is catching up and authors and readers are asking 1-10 copies. For a well finished book, finishing process is equally important to make a quality product. Here saw the Muller Martini an opportunity to use their post press knowhow. The specialized workflow produces in one operation from the roll of paper to the finished book.

Guerpinar informed that their SigmaLine is not only limited to just for print finishing, it is to be considered more as a total solution for digital book production. In the SigmaLine, the digital printing press fits seamlessly into the production process. The steps involved are: unwinding, digital printing, cross cutting, folding, gathering, buffing, perfect binding, cooling, trimming and delivery. The workflow systems Connex can sort the jobs in the production list of the SigmaControl in such a way that the line is used in the most efficient way possible. They have already collaborated with big wings like HP, Kodak, Oce, pioneer in digital printing systems.

–D Ramalingam, Chennai

Durst introduces DIVA

-a digital varnishing module for the Rotoworx 330 finishing system

O ne of the leading manufacturers of industrial strength digital printing equipment for the wide format graphics, photographic and ceramic tile industries, Durst recently announced the launch of DIVA, a digital varnishing module for the Rotoworx 330 modular finishing system.

Developed and manufactured by Durst’s Canada based subsidiary, the 13” wide DIVA module is fully integrated with the Rotoworx 330 which already features semi-rotary die-cutting at industry leading speed of up to 160 ft/min, lamination and UV flood coating. Existing Rotoworx 330 machines can be field upgraded with the new module.

“DIVA will provide our customers with the unique ability to produce different gloss levels – high gloss, semi gloss, satin, matte, etc with one single fluid in one single pass – a first in the industry. Besides, it is completely digital enabling customers to produce special effects, such as textures and even tactile elements, and vary the top-finish from label to label,” commented Dr Richard Piock, managing director, Durst.

Kodak adds new feature with Prinergy Powerpack workflow

-Packaging layout automation to speed and streamline production

A iming to help packaging printers reduce operational costs, improve production efficiencies and increase time-to-market, Kodak has added a powerful new packaging layout automation (PLA) feature with their Prinergy Powerpack workflow. The only automated packaging layout software, the PLA capability uses Kodak Prinergy rules-based automation software and the advanced imposition engine of Kodak Pandora step-and-repeat software to speed and streamline complex packaging jobs. The new feature will also help packaging printers eliminate thousands of layout templates previously required to manage complex packaging production workflows.

The PLA feature enables easy entry of project information using customizable electronic job tickets for quick, efficient layout creation. Users can then set up validation rules to eliminate common operator errors and automate comparisons of input parameters against ‘known’ manufacturing specifications stored in the Kodak Prinergy Oracle database relevant to materials and equipment. The feature also eliminates redundant data through automating processing upon receipt of JDF or XML input files from MIS/ERP systems, which contain specific layers and rules.

Emballage 2010 to focus on intelligent packaging

T he 39th international trade show of packaging ‘Emballage 2010’, to be held at the Paris Nord-Villepinte Exhibition Centre (France) from November 22-25, will present a complete showcase to packaging professionals.

With 1,250 exhibitors from 47 countries and 85,000 expected visitors, this year Emballage will cover three pavilions having reserved dedicated areas for: the ‘Pack Innovation’ where almost 100 innovations will be presented; the ‘Pack Vision’ where professionals from around the world will meet and swap ideas, focusing on design, market innovations, initiative in user sectors; and the ‘Pack Designers’ highlighting the marketing, technical and economic roles of packaging design.

The ‘Emballage in Green’ area will be dedicated to environmental issues. The global packaging industry is driven by sustainable development. With a market of 88 billion dollars in 2009, the sector of environment-friendly packaging may reach worth 170 billion dollars in 2014.

New Rotoflex SPI installed in Tamil Nadu

-to help Sivikasi-based Sel-Jegat Printers to produce defect-free pharmaceutical labels

A 27-year old pioneer in high-quality label printing with advanced label printing machines in areas of flexo, letterpress, offset and screen printing, Sel-Jegat Printers Pvt Ltd recently added a new Rotoflex SPI machine for 100 percent pharmaceutical label inspection and quality control. This purchase supports the company’s expansion and focus on the stringent requirements of label printing and inspection required by pharmaceutical industry customers with many added features.

The expanded workflows at Sel-Jegat include processes where original PDF artwork automatically becomes the master for approvals during printing using a Nikka ODRI scanner system for on-line clearance in the printing machine. The same approved PDF file that was used for printing is automatically loaded as the reference proof on the Rotoflex SPI inspection system which engages in 100 percent inspection, counting and slitting of the labels. The entire process is done based on the original approved artwork given by the customer. Capability to read pharmaceutical codes and barcodes is also added and the machine slits with high accuracy, maintaining perfect counting and rewinding with required tension all in a single pass. Rotoflex re-engineered both its SPI (single pass) and DPI (dual-pass) security machine designs to meet increasingly stringent global pharmaceutical compliance demands.

At Sel-Jegat, Rotoflex SPI is equipped with an active web storage accumulator, eDrive controlled web transport system and a complete Nikka advanced inspection system with a highly powerful 6K camera; all fully integrated to meet the exclusive needs of their growing markets. “With this new SPI, we have expanded and excelled in our range of inspection and rewind technology. Any volume of labels can be supplied in the shortest span of time with the highest precision and best results also assuring zero defects, reducing the downtimes of our customer’s labeling lines,” stated Raveendran, managing director, Sel Jegat.

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