Training year gets underway at Heidelberg – hand in hand with digital transformation

Print Solutions The training year at Heidelberg starts on September 1, 2019. Another 99 young men and women are embarking on their training or dual study courses at one of the company’s four sites in Germany in 2019. The digital transformation at Heidelberg and the vocational training there go hand in hand, with digital content becoming increasingly important in various areas and also making the training programme more attractive. Virtual learning content and the use of cutting edge virtual reality technologies are now standard in many occupational profiles. Heidelberg also regularly reviews the occupations for which training is available and adapts these to requirements. By now also offerin

Renz supports calendar creativity at The Calies

Print Solutions Renz is sponsoring The Calies 2019, The UK Calendar Awards, for the second consecutive year. Entry is open to anyone producing calendars, diaries or advents for both the business to business and retail categories. The awards have been fully embraced by the wide calendar and diary community and Renz managing director Iain Bullock said: ‘Renz is very happy to be a headline sponsor again for this year’s Calies and is proud to be involved in both the judging process and presentation of the awards.’ The Calies, now in their third year, are owned and organized by Max Publishing. Warren Lomax, co-owner of The Calies commented, ‘It is wonderful the way The Calies have quickly become

Fuller Davies Printing & Mailing prepares for business growth with perfect binder investment

Print Solutions Suffolk general commercial printer Fuller Davies Printing & Mailing Ltd has invested in a Horizon BQ270V single clamp perfect binder to support new and existing business. The commercial printing and mailing company produces high end catalogues and brochures. It runs a B1 Heidelberg litho press with InPress Control and a Kodak Nexpress digital press with long sheet and special finishes capability. Managing director Neil Stones said, ‘We have been considering bringing perfect binding in-house for a while. After analysing our run lengths, we found our average binding run was 2000 or below so the timing felt right. We wanted an easy to use, quality binder that would give us the a

API to unveil luxury packaging trends at Packaging Innovations London

Packaging Solutions Brand empowerment specialist API Group will launch its A/W 2020 S/S 2021 annual trends folio at this year’s Packaging Innovations London, revealing the four key creative packaging themes that will drive luxury packaging design in the year ahead. Now in its fifth year, the API annual trends folio has become a highly anticipated and trusted resource for brand owners, packaging designers and printers. To identify the trends, API utilises its specialist creative and technical expertise, global network and international trends forecaster WGSN. The folio also showcases how the intelligent use of foils, laminates and holographics can complement the trends to empower brands to cr

FFI and Pro Carton at FachPack 2019

Packaging Solutions The German Folding Carton Association FFI and Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers will once again be represented on a joint stand at FachPack in Nuremberg, from 24 to 26 September 2019. Together, the two associations will represent the German and European cartonboard industry. Sustainability remains the dominant theme of the packaging industry, which is reflected in the concept of the FFI and Pro Carton stand. The associations have limited their use of plastic at FachPack, and any CO2 consumption is being offset by additional climate protection projects, so that the stand is carbon neutral. Folding cartons clearly score highly in t

Metsä Board implements artificial intelligence in quality management

Packaging Solution Metsä Board’s Kyro mill is to begin using artificial intelligence for quality management on its folding boxboard machine. Supplied by Voith, the software uses measurement results related to the quality properties of and the mill’s process data. By combining various process parameters and using statistical models the system can automatically predict quality values and adjust process parameters in real time. This improves the production efficiency of the folding boxboard machine and improves quality consistency. ‘Artificial intelligence will contribute to high efficiency and accuracy of production process control. Production waste will decrease, product quality consistency w

Royal representation at Foilco’s head office

Print Solutions Foilco was recently visited by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren J Smith, for a day of staff celebrations and the presentation of the prestigious Queen’s Award. Greeted by the company’s managing director Paul Hornby, the Lord-Lieutenant was given the full factory tour of Foilco’s production facility. Introduced to every member of the team. Dressed in the incredibly impressive regalia adorned military attire (during one of the hottest days of the year) the Lord-Lieutenant still had time to talk to everyone. The formal handing over of the Queen’s Award presentation took place at the epicentre of the company’s hub, where Mr Smith addressed all members of the Foil

C&T is to sell PlayMatrix 4.0 cutting systems

Print Solutions C&T Channel Matrix (C&T) will be selling the PlayMatrix 4.0, an automatic creasing matrix cutting system, across the UK with immediate effect. This Italian manufactured electronic machine, made by Mito, is for accurate cutting of creasing matrix. It is composed of six different tracks and is able to cut and store six reels at the same time. It has a measuring and transport system, an adjustable driving device for each track and a cutting device. It can be used in manual mode to cut single pieces, or a series of pieces of the same size, or in automatic mode to cut different sizes and different types of creasing matrix, through the use of instructions generated by manual input

Spandex adds 3M Wrap Film Series 2080 to its vehicle wrap portfolio

Print Solutions Spandex is launching the 3M Wrap Film Series 2080, the next generation wrap film that introduces updated technology for colour change vehicle wraps. Building on the success of the 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 range, 3M has introduced an industry first by engineering the new 2080 gloss films with a protective film layer. Positioned over the film’s surface (gloss only), this reduces the potential for imperfections during transportation and installation. The film is removed easily after application to reveal a perfect finish. As a result, installers and vehicle owners are reassured that any scratches made to the protective layer will not transfer to the film itself. The film’s confo

Manor Packaging invests in UK first Bobst FFG

Packaging Solutions Corrugated cardboard specialist, Manor Packaging, is taking delivery of Bobst FFG 8.20 Discovery – the first of the next generation flexo folder gluers to be installed in the UK. A division of Fencor Packaging Group, Peterborough based Manor Packaging has agreed a deal to purchase and install the machine, which will integrate into existing workflows. The flexo folder gluer offers flexibility and heightened efficiency to the production line, able to process up to 18,000 boxes per hour across a wide range of corrugated flute types. Designed to be intuitive and bring additional value to the supply chain, the FFG 8.20 can be controlled with two operators and has a setup time

UL certification for Fraser Ionfix Compact static generators

Print Solutions Fraser Anti-Static Techniques has announced UL certification for its popular range of 30 kV and IML 20 kV Ionfix Compact static generators. Since being launched a few years ago, the Ionfix Compact has become a leader in the creation of static electricity to enhance the efficiency of manufacturing and production processes. The feature rich product supplies high voltage power to charging electrodes to provide temporary adhesion between materials in industrial applications such as bagmaking, pinning, packaging, bindery and in-mould labelling (IML). With a variety of compatible accessories available to meet the demands of each job, the Ionfix Compact is also suitable for product

SMP becomes part of official postcode board

Print Solutions In its tenth anniversary year, the Strategic Mailing Partnership has joined the Postcode Address File (PAF) Advisory Board. The move coincides not only with the SMP’s anniversary but with the 60th birthday of the postcode system itself. The seat will be taken by Judith Donovan CBE, chair of the SMP, who joins representatives of various sectors and organisations that rely on the PAF such as downstream access carriers and direct marketing organisations. The PAF itself is the most up to date and comprehensive address database in the country, with around 28 million addresses. On average, it receives around 1.5 million updates every year. The board was established in 2007 to offer

Spectrum Printing upgrades its cutting

Print Solutions The first Welsh company to take a Speedmaster CX 75 last year, Spectrum Printing, has placed another order with Heidelberg UK, this time round for a Polar 92N Plus. It will replace an older 2005 Polar model when it is delivered next month. The 92 cm format is right for the B2 production that this company specialises in and it likes the higher productivity of the new model, possible because of the faster knife change, higher speed and greater programmability. That makes it a great match for the Speedmaster CX 75 which, with its double circumference impression cylinders, fires out work across a range of stock to top quality levels. The Polar 92N Plus can cut paper, board and ev

Mondi to feature sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack

Packaging Solutions At FachPack, Mondi will showcase its collaborative approach with customers that creates tailor made packaging solutions that are sustainable by design. Mondi’s vision is to contribute to a better world through more sustainable packaging. Taking a proactive approach to sustainable development is key to helping customers meet their own sustainability targets and vital for addressing the environmental challenges facing the planet. ‘Packaging decisions are not always obvious, given the complexity of supply chains and the many possible ways to interpret sustainability,’ said Mondi CEO Peter Oswald. ‘Not only does Mondi create packaging that is fit for purpose, either paper or

Smurfit Kappa’s bright idea for packaging

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Smurfit Kappa has drawn on its packaging and sustainability expertise to create an award winning pack for lamps. Swedish lighting specialist IFö Electric approached Smurfit Kappa to create a packaging solution that would enable its lamps to get from A to B in perfect condition. The lamps, which consist of a heavy ceramic base and glass top, were sometimes broken in transit. A team from Smurfit Kappa analysed the packaging that was previously in use and all elements of the supply chain. A replacement packaging solution with a tough exterior was developed which offered significantly more protection during transport and immediately eliminated complaints. The

Avery Dennison ‘World of Science’ to showcase breakthrough technology at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions Visitors to Labelexpo Europe will be the first to learn about the newest Avery Dennison breakthrough technology, to be launched at the show. ‘Thanks to the company’s long term commitment and investment in materials science and research and development, we look forward to introducing to market, what we believe, will be a game changing adhesive solution,’ said Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager, Label and Graphic Materials Europe. More on this innovation will be revealed at the show, and it is just one of many exciting innovations being featured under the theme ‘Making a Material Difference’. ‘The ‘World of Science’ is where you can come and meet our leadin

THE SOLUTIONS AWARDS: First stage voting now live!

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions The Solutions Awards is a dazzling celebration of print, paper, design, service and the environment. The entrants are all leading creative companies who show exactly why print is so dynamic and exciting. You can show your support for these companies, and see some wonderful examples of print based projects, by voting for the nominees here There is also a People’s Choice section at the end, where young university students who have taken part in the Brief Cases initiative have produced some brilliant work, so give them a bit of support too – and show them just how friendly the graphics industry is.

Stephens & George adds even more cutting capacity

Print Solutions Just two years after Stephens & George added its Polar Pace 200, the company has come back to add a Polar 115N Plus and a jogger. The new cutter will replace a 2003 model Polar 115ED. ‘We have really sophisticated cutting at the plant, including Prinect Cut Manager and Polar Compucut for maximum efficiency,’ said Andrew Jones, managing director of Stephens & George. ‘We have long recognised that adding materials handling to a guillotine makes a significant impact on throughput and production efficiency. In the magazine market and for commercial work demand for the fastest turnarounds without compromise to quality, is key and the Polar cutting solutions are great, easy to run

Briggs Automotive cuts design to manufacture time for new supercar

IndPrint Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), the British manufacturer of the recently launched Mono R, and Stratasys, have revealed the impact additive manufacturing is having on the design and production of the latest edition to the BAC elite supercar offering. When faced with detrimental delays to the design process of an essential airbox, the team turned to Stratasys FDM additive manufacturing to produce fully functional prototypes in record time and improve final, on-road performance. The Mono R is the company’s most complex car to date, with years of thought and thousands of hours of research behind it. Mono R weighs just 555 kg and is the first production car in the world to incorporate t

Memjet partner shows the future of on-demand

Packaging Solutions IndPrint Memjet has announced that OPM Europa BV in Tilburg, Netherlands, has combined robotics and Memjet’s VersaPass technology to create a direct to shape printer called LabelSaver. OPM’s LabelSaver integrates its own robotic system with the Memjet powered Trojan Label print engine and proprietary coatings to create a self moving printer that shows the possibilities of label-less production. In recent years, the proliferation of SKUs and increased demand for short run labels have driven small manufacturers to look for more economical ways to label their products. Dursun Acun, founder and European sales director at OPM Europa BV, set out to provide a solution to this c

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