Packaging

New DuPont Cyrel digital plate for post-print corrugated printers

DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) has added a new plate to its DuPont Cyrel EASY plate platform. The new DuPont Cyrel EASY EPC is a soft digital plate with a built-in flat top dot developed especially for the post-print corrugated printers. It delivers the highest quality image reproduction while minimizing the fluting effect when printing on a wide variety of corrugated boards.

These plates simplify the prepress process with built-in flat top digital dots, resulting in increased productivity and consistency. This is part of an on-going effort by DuPont to improve quality, sustainability and productivity for flexographic printing.

Key features that benefit corrugated printers include: simplified workflow that results in higher consistency; excellent ink transfer with superior printing uniformity; high exposure resolution that yields better quality reproduction; and less make-ready time that improves press productivity.

“We’re excited to extend our Cyrel EASY plate portfolio to include Cyrel EASY EPC for corrugated tradeshops and printers. Customers are simplifying their plate making workflow and seeing improved print results, particularly, a reduction in fluting,” said Bob Hannum, corrugated segment manager– North America, DuPont Advanced Printing.

TRESU’s ancillary program to offer automated, waste-free ink supply

At Labelexpo India, Capital Graphic Supplies/TRESU Group (Stand H1) will showcase ancillary equipment, including supply systems and chamber doctor blades for controlling and automating ink coating supply in narrow and mid-web flexo printing presses.

TRESU’s flexo ancillary solutions provide enclosed, automatically controlled ink circulation, thus reducing make-ready time and material waste, and assuring uniform quality. The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, ensuring a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate, without air contamination. This energy-efficient system also provides thorough automatic cleaning, achieving a complete ink change cycle in five to ten minutes.

TRESU’s chamber doctor blades bring label and packaging printers many benefits, including reduced ink and substrate waste, uniform print quality, increased press speeds, shorter cleaning times and reduced emissions. Featuring the company’s patented seal system, they prevent leakage and air contamination, thereby ensuring clean, blister-free print result with fast drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values. When doctor blades need replacing, TRESU’s patented clamping systems enable changeovers in less than two minutes.

Exhibited chambered doctor blade systems include the FlexiPrint IMW E-Line, for widths up to 1800mm (70.8in) and speeds up to 500m/min (1640ft/min); and the closed-cassette FlexiPrint Reservoir, which needs no pump and operates at press speeds of up to 300m/min (984ft/min).

TRESU’s lightweight carbon fibre chamber doctor blades up to 6000mm (236in) width feature a top-coated ink-repellent surface, offering protection against detergents and adhesives with pH values of 9.0 and above, and easy cleaning. Curved inner surfaces maximize volume and facilitate controlled discharge.

Omet to debut IFlex in India

Italian press manufacturers Omet Srl will exhibit their new Omet IFlex for the first time in India at Labelexpo India 2016. The iFLEX label press is simple to use and quick at set-up. Several innovations characterize this press, all aiming at simplifying the printer’s work in reaching the highest quality, effortless. They include laser-assisted pre-register and register setting devices that speed up the machine set-up and rebooting after job change.

iFLEX has shortest web path in narrow web printing for incredible savings in the start-up phase (waste measured is below the transition paper between two prints!). It is claimed to be the only machine to have all the impression rollers Direct Drive with obvious benefits on the print quality and in waste savings. The machine handles a wide range of sizes, from 5.5 to 18'' for small spending in printing plates production. Designed to work continuously, without maintenance stops, it is a robust, silent press, meant for intensive work cycles and performance, and consistent result.

iFLEX printing press for labels fills a gap in technology supporting medium to large label converters whose need is to produce in one pass large amounts of standard labels with just-in-time deliveries and decrease process wastage. iFLEX can also represent for label converters with lower budget capabilities the ideal press to print labels with a high level of efficiency and a high return on investment.

Omet is exclusively represented in India by Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi.

Unique barrier solution from BOBST and Michelman

In response to industry demand for high barrier AlOx transparent films to be better protected during the conversion process, BOBST and Michelman have collaborated to develop a unique solution combining topcoats with AlOx coatings to prevent barrier performance loss during conversion processes such as printing and lamination.

Combining Michelman’s expertise in the field of developing coatings with BOBST’s unparalleled machinery conversion know-how in the fields of vacuum metallizing, coating lines, lamination and both gravure and flexo printing; the two companies have worked together to create an innovative system for AlOx high barrier clear films. Two topcoat formulations have been developed by Michelman; one is a topcoat which gives protection to the AlOx layer during conversion, the second is a barrier enhancing topcoat which as well as having all the benefits of a protective topcoat also provides additional barrier functionality improvements in both OTR and WVTR to prolong package content shelf life.

Commenting on this collaboration, Juan Cano, sales director for the Vacuum Coating & Metallizing Product Line at BOBST said, “Our simple to operate and efficient AlOx vacuum deposition process for single layer application onto clear films has been well-established in the market over the last 5 years and is still in high demand. However, finding a solution to protect the AlOx coated films, produced by our metallizers, during more complex conversion processes in the flexible packaging industry has been a priority for our customers in order to retain their high barrier properties. Working in collaboration with Michelman and having the advantage of drawing on their extensive experience in the field of coatings has enabled development and application of these two unique topcoats to AlOx coated films using specially modified coatings platforms from our sister company Bobst Italia; we are excited to launch this innovative and fully integrated AlOx Conversion process into the market”.

Robin Cooper, strategic program manager at Michelman, adds, “We are pleased to work with BOBST in this unique opportunity to introduce new barrier systems into the market. Here a unique collaboration has allowed us to combine our expertise with leading OEM BOBST to bring more high performance solutions to our joint customers seeking high levels of OTR and WVTR barrier.”

BOBST is the world’s leading supplier of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries. While, Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets.

manroland India highlights XLP 504 industrial printer

Novexx Solutions, part of Possehl Group and merged with manroland in India, will showcase the XLP 504 industrial printer at Labelexpo India 2016.

Launched in September 2016, XLP 504 can print on a large selection of label materials including paper, polyester labels and tags.

Customers can choose between models with 203, 300 or 600 dpi print resolution. The XLP 504, which comes with a two-year warranty, has an internal ethernet as a standard feature and a user friendly display. The 600 dpi resolution printer enables printing of tiny fonts, barcodes and symbols. The company claims the XLP 504 can print 1000 labels in eight minutes.

Other products presented by Novexx Solutions will see live demonstrations of a Print & Apply head and a labeling machine. Apart from this, the company will also display ribbons, blank and product labels used on the XLP 504, Print & Apply machines and labeling machines.

Novexx Solution is the former Industrial Print & Apply (IPA) business of Avery Dennison, which the L Possehl & Co Group of companies acquired in June 2015.

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