SPGPrints’new RSI III rotary screen integration module offers improved uptime, reliability and waste

Packaging Solutions SPGPrints’ new RSI III – the third generation of its rotary screen printing integration module for label and packaging presses – features time, safety and ergonomic innovations for increased production efficiency. Operator safety has been augmented with the introduction of guards to prevent contact with the rotating screen, squeegee pipe and gear wheels, significantly reducing the risk of injury. A new web cleaning scraper, positioned on a guiding roller immediately after the nip between the screen and substrate, automatically removes undesired ink splashes on the web that may have spilled from the screen during stoppages or slow rotation mode. Operated only for the first

Pergraphica enter UK market with Fenner Paper

Print Solutions Mondi has announced that Fenner Paper is to distribute its Pergraphica in the United Kingdom. This ensures full availability of the product white range in folio formats and optimal customer service nationwide. ‘We launched Pergraphica only four years ago, and we are already seeing award winning projects in Germany, Russia, Italy, Poland, Slovakia or the Czech Republic printed on our premium paper. I am happy that we have now found a great partner in Fenner Paper to continue our creative journey in the UK,’ said Johannes Klumpp, marketing and sales director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. Even before the agreement, a prestigious book project was realised on Pergraphica in Great

GPI Leeds achieves top VLF overall equipment efficiency award

Packaging Solutions Heidelberg has awarded packaging printer Graphic Packaging International (GPI) Leeds a presentation press gear in recognition of its high productivity. The company, the first in the UK to install an 18,000 sheets per hour Speedmaster VLF press, has the highest Overall Equipment Efficiency of any VLF Heidelberg plant in the world. The company has two Speedmaster presses, an XL 145-6L which has broken the 70 million sheets a year barrier and an XL 145-6LYYL which is recording over 68 million sheets a year. Both presses run 24 hours a day, six days a week and have an average run of 20,000. The presses are elevated, with automatic pile changes at feeder and delivery. A besp

Schur Flexibles acquires Scandiflex Pac

Packaging Solutions Schur Flexibles Group has acquired 100% of Swedish flexible packaging specialist Scandiflex Pac AB. The acquisition enhances Schur Flexibles’ strong and rapidly growing market position in Europe, and will particularly bolster Schur Flexibles’ existing capabilities in the Nordic region in the sphere of flexo printing. Overall, this means the group will become a full service provider in the Nordics region, covering the complete converting and digital printing value chain. Combining Scandiflex Pac with Schur Flexibles Denmark, Schur Flexibles Finland and Danapak Flexibles, the Schur Flexibles Group covers a platform in the Nordics with a turnover of more than €120 million eu

Sick re-invents the lightgrid as a versatile ‘light chain’

Packaging Solutions Sick has reinvented the lightgrid as a versatile ‘light chain’ of cascading photoelectric sensors. The FlexChain detection system is a completely new way of configuring light grids that offers unprecedented freedom for automated print and packaging machinery applications. With FlexChain up to 60 sensors can be daisy chained together in a single line topology and connected to a compact FlexChain host. The cost saving ‘mix and match’ concept allows engineers to build their own light grids via a web selection tool and to individually space through beam, reflex and proximity sensors as needed, with minimal cabling and installation. It is easy to add more sensors at a later st

RMC Digital Print’s revolution continues with second Durst investment

Print Solutions A second investment in systems and software from Durst has revolutionised wide format printing for RMC Digital Print now enjoying unprecedented print quality. Durst has installed a Rho 512R Plus five metre wide 12 picoliter UV inkjet machine with a Durst Qadro Array printheads along with Variodrop technology and uses multiple impulses for modulating drop sizes. The investment for trade printer RMC Digital Print based in Hull comes after a £1 million programme of investment for additional print capacity and doubling production workspace. The roll to roll production printer complements the Durst Rho P10 inkjet flatbed installed two years ago at RMC Digital Print, which included

New head of sales for Dufaylite

Print Solutions Recycled paper honeycomb manufacturer Dufaylite has strengthened its team with the promotion of Paul Gill to head of sales for packaging and display. Formerly development manager, Paul has worked for the business for over 20 years and in his new role will now step up to oversee sales of Ultraboard and Envirolite. He will also focus on strengthening existing relationships and building new ones to support the increase in demand for its sustainable products. The division has seen a 30% rise in sales since last year helping to make Dufaylite one of the leading sustainable suppliers throughout Europe. On the promotion, Ashley Moscrop, managing director at Dufaylite, commented: ‘We

Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra on show at W&H Printing Technology Centre

Packaging Solutions Kodak was at the ‘Experience the Future of Flexo’ Open House event held by Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) on March 27 and 28, 2019 in Lengerich, Germany. At this event, Kodak showcased its new, Flexcel NX Ultra Solution for the first time outside the United States. The W&H Printing Technology Centre is now home to a dedicated Flexo Plate Centre, a partnership between Kodak and W&H, where the Flexcel NX Ultra Solution will be available to both W&H and Kodak for customer demonstrations on an ongoing basis. The Flexcel NX Ultra Solution offers a new dimension with respect to productivity and performance in flexo plate production for packaging printing. It is an aqueous solution

Success for Focus Label Machinery open day

Packaging Solutions Antony Cotton, sales manager at Focus Label Machinery, was enthused about the outcome of its recent open day. He said, ‘We would like to thank all our partners, suppliers and visitors who attended over the two days and helped make the event another great success. We were very pleased with the turnout and look forward to building on this and making the event a regular feature in the calendar. We believe that having multiple live demonstration models, along with the support of our partners and their respective technology, make this a unique event with a great opportunity to informally network whilst seeing live equipment demonstrations. The Proflex SE servo was producing hi

Multisensory: UV Days print jobs appeal to all the senses

Print Solutions At the IST Metz UV Days, which will take place from 13 to 16 May in Nürtingen, the company will present three print products developed in-house and produced on its own printing press. For many years, UV system manufacturer IST Metz has distinguished itself through the production of new, innovative print products that illustrate the possibilities of UV and LED technology and make a lasting impression. The UV specialist develops and presents the print products at its in-house UV Days exhibition, which takes place every two years. Recently, the paper guitar, a print product from past UV Days, was awarded a renowned German design award. Feel, see, smell, taste – the UV Days not o

Fujifilm announces XMF Workflow integration with EFI and Tharstern

Print Solutions Fujifilm Graphic Systems (Europe) has announced that its XMF Workflow portfolio has become fully integrated with Tharstern MIS and EFI Pace MIS. These integrations enable a more streamlined print production process and will offer print providers enhanced productivity and lower costs. With margins continually under pressure, printers are always looking for ways to increase automation and reduce labour costs. Done right, this has the added effect of streamlining the print production process, reducing turnaround times, ensuring more timely communication of job status to clients and providing more accurate measurement of job production costs to name just a few. Fujifilm's XMF Wor

New tear strip for clean and safe opening and re-sealing

Packaging Solutions Walki is supporting its customers in the development of innovations that deliver precisely sustainability and ease of use. One example is a combined folding box concept with a special tear off strip embedded in the cardboard and an intelligent folding mechanism for re-sealing. Originally developed for packaging fish fingers, the innovation can be used for a wide variety of products thanks to the barrier coatings specially adapted to the product. The tear off strip Walki-Tear-Strip is not punched out of the cardboard through perforation in the usual way, but embedded in it. But this embedding of a polyethylene strip is not a minor innovation. It must be stable enough to op

StickerShop succeed with high volume e-commerce using Roland TrueVIS VG-640

Print Solutions Creating a successful business isn’t just about developing and selling a product – true success lies in making the customer experience as simple and fast as possible. Bristol based online store, StickerShop is living proof that simplicity and reliability are important factors for business growth and, with the help of Roland DG equipment, it is taking the business to new heights. StickerShop was founded in January 2017 by directors Shane Pritchard, Calum Baker and Martin Baker. With a background in commercial print, they started the business from a solid foundation of technical expertise with their first printer, the Soljet Pro 3 XC-540. But print wasn’t their only passion – t

Mimaki launches new desktop 3D printer

IndPrint Mimaki Europe has launched the new Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer, a product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea. The Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solution has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, ideal for parts such as jigs used in direct to shape printing and tools for producing three-dimensional signage. Commercially available from the end April 2019, the 3DFF-222 system prints in PLA material. Using easy to load filament cartridges it prints parts up to 210 x 200 x 195 mm (w x d x h), and offers remote monitoring of each print job through a Mimaki app. The new platform joins the 3DUJ-553 in

Simon Cox delivers Stationers’ annual lecture

Print Solutions On Monday 25 March, the Stationers Company welcomed Simon Fox, CEO of Reach plc to Stationers Hall where he delivered the annual lecture. He took as his theme ‘The Power of Print’ and developed the argument that, although print based businesses faced continuing challenges in the face of the digital onslaught, there was room for both print and online services especially where the delivery of news was concerned. He described how the Reach transition to digital and online offerings was essential to its continued success but also noted that the delivery of news stories through the printed medium was still important; major stories, images, and opinion pieces all continue to have t

Consumer preference for sustainable packaging leads to rise in popularity of Smurfit Kappa’s Nor-Gri

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa has seen a marked increase in the number of companies seeking sustainable replacements for shrink film for multipacks. The company, which launched its Better Planet Packaging initiative last year, has been working on a portfolio of products designed to replace shrink film, starting with the innovative Nor-Grip solution. Assembled in an automated packing line, the Nor-Grip is an innovative corrugated solution that securely bundles products, such as large bottles, together into consumer units eliminating the need for shrink film. A recent study found that 75% of consumers have a preference for the sustainable Nor-Grip product versus a plastic shrink film. In t

Xeikon partners with Kotkamills

Packaging Solutions Xeikon has announced its partnership with Kotkamills Oy. Visitors to this year’s Xeikon Café have the opportunity to see the first demonstrations of the Xeikon 3500 dry toner digital press printing on Kotkamills Isla Duo paper cup stock. This sustainable and plastic free food packaging solution carries the potential for paper cup converters to create new business opportunities. The cooperation validates Kotkamills Isla Duo paper cup stock as the ideal media for the Xeikon 3500 range using dry toner technology. The company’s digital printing method using food safe dry toner technology together with Kotkamills’ plastic free, recyclable, and biodegradable board produces a di

Manroland Sheetfed appoints new managing director for UK facility

Print Solutions Manroland Sheetfed has appointed Peter Redmond as managing director of its UK operations. Peter will oversee the company's operations and business development in the territory following former managing director Martin Hawley's departure to pursue new challenges. With over 35 years experience of working in various sectors of the printing and packaging industry, Peter started his career as an apprentice at Rockwell Graphics Systems, helping to design the latest newspaper printing presses. After several years in the design office, gaining chartered engineering status, he moved across to the customer service department to take on the role of European customer services manager.

Watkiss PowerSquare for Edinburgh Copyshop

Print Solutions The Edinburgh Copyshop, based in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, has added a Watkiss PowerSquare 160 bookletmaking system to its range of finishing equipment. The bookletmaker was purchased from Morgana and Watkiss dealer CLC Presentation Systems, based in Grangemouth. The Edinburgh Copyshop handles a wide range of printing and graphic design needs, producing everything from photocopying through to large format prints. Commenting on the new Watkiss finishing equipment, Jon Huffer, director of Edinburgh Copyshop, said: ‘We had been using an older Watkiss Vario machine, but it was having problems with heavier stocks and with certain digitally printed papers. The new machine

Printbox announces the editor for professional photographers

Print Solutions Software developer Printbox has announced a new editor of its software to sell personalised photo products. The new editor includes five innovations: autocreation; drag & drop creation mode; photo panel for comfortable review; layouts per page and spread; dark interface built for the professional use. Autocreation Printbox created a deterministic algorithm that analyses images based on selected parameters, such as the date of creation of the image, the place of creation, and what is the content of the image. When talking about what the image represents, the algorithm considers the colour scheme of the image. This is an algorithm, which analyses pictures, arranges them into a

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