Fast Fiery finishing from Morgana and EFI

Print Solutions Morgana Systems has collaborated with EFI to develop a time saving integration between Fiery driven print engines, Fiery workflow software, and Morgana finishing devices. Templates are now available for the most common jobs, such as business cards or postcards, to use in Fiery Impose. These match the finishing templates on the Morgana AutoCut Pro multifunction finishing device, saving up to 70% in set up time. The finishing templates come pre-set with measurements for the margins and gutters as well as finished sizes. The templates use cut registration marks that let the Morgana AutoCut Pro compensate for image shift automatically without manual intervention during the produc

AstroNova introduces the TrojanLabel T5

Packaging Solutions AstroNova has announced the global launch of the TrojanLabel T5, a larger version of the company’s popular TrojanLabel T4 professional label press and finishing system with the addition of UV flexo varnish capabilities. The T5 all in one digital print and finish in line labelling solution was demonstrated for the first time at Labelexpo Europe. The T5 is already up and running at customer sites in Europe and the United States. The TrojanLabel T5 is built on AstroNova’s TrojanLabel T3 Digital inkjet label press platform integrated with a smart, compact converter unit featuring UV flexo varnish, lamination, rotary die cutting, slitting, and waste removal. Following the intr

DTM Print expands its range of label printers with the DTM FX810e Foil Imprinter

Packaging Solutions DTM Print has launched the new DTM FX810e Foil Imprinter for finishing and highlighting product labels with a width of up to 220 mm (8’’). This industrial grade foil imprinting system for heavy duty jobs is therefore the ideal extension of the company’s existing product portfolio. Like its ‘little brother’, the FX510e, the new DTM FX810e adds brilliant shiny metallic or laminated highlights both to blank or already pre-printed labels, whether they have been produced by inkjet, laser, LED, offset or flexo printing. Fast and accurate one colour printing for either adding data like simple text or bar codes to pre-printed labels or printing single coloured labels is possible

Roland DG launches upgrade programme for TrueVIS VG owners in EMEA region

Print Solutions Roland DG has announced the launch in EMEA of its TrueVis VG upgrade programme. It is offering current owners of VG-640 and VG-540 wide format printer/cutters the opportunity to enjoy many of the latest, most advanced functions of the multi-award-winning recently launched VG2 series on their current devices, via a simple conversion process. The upgrade enables TrueVis VG owners to make their printer/cutters compatible with the latest TR2 inks2, the latest version of powerful VersaWorks 6 RIP software, enhanced print and cut functionalities, a range of other firmware upgrades and a new hardware option which deliver enhanced productivity and efficiency. By converting their curr


Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions The Solutions Awards is a dazzling celebration of all that is positive in 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. And, new this year,

Big brand names up for Easyfairs’ PLD launch show

Packaging Solutions Easyfairs has announced details of the inaugural PLD – Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks, a new international forum for packaging professionals to share ideas and inspiration, and to source new suppliers and packaging products across premium and luxury wines and spirits, premium beers and soft drinks. The event is co-located with ADF&PCD Paris 2020: the dedicated event for the aerosol, dispensing, perfume and cosmetic packaging markets. The trio of shows will offer a new dimension of cross-market inspiration, design thinking and technical solutions to drinks packaging designers and developers. The three events take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 January 2020, at

Off line blanking machine installed at Ultragraph Limited

Print Solutions Diecut Global has announced the successful installation of an off line blanker – the first of its kind in the UK. This is a great addition to any production floor if you are looking to save cost on tooling and also time. Nick Jones of Ultragraph Limited visited the production facility in China prior to the purchase where he saw a demonstration on the machine, the superior build quality. With the complete package of engineering support, Nick bought the blanking machine as well as an automated packer to add to his existing folder gluer. Steve Waterhouse, managing director – Diecut Global, said: ‘We are happy to have an installation of this type right on our doorstep. It enables

Jenton launches Bandit 300 heat seal banding machine

Packaging Solution Jenton Packaging has launched the portable, low maintenance Bandit 300 heat seal banding machine. This latest bench top system is specially designed for both semi and fully automatic applications that require lightweight yet high strength plastic films. In line with an increasing requirement to reduce the use of plastics, the new Jenton Bandit 300 is capable of handling 40 to 60 micron plastic film which is half the thickness of film used by other banding machines. For added flexibility, the compact Jenton Bandit 300 also offers paper and printed banding. It handles product up to 300 mm with operating speeds up to 25 cycles per minute. The Jenton Bandit 300 is ideal for da

DSM and Twikit drive innovation with end to end 3D printing solutions

IndPrint Royal DSM and Twikit have announced a new partnership. Their collaboration is a further extension of DSM’s ongoing commitment to build a 3D printing ecosystem, aimed at driving innovation in additive manufacturing and encouraging its adoption across industries. Together, the two companies will co-develop new 3D printed solutions for medical, automotive, and apparel applications. DSM and Twikit are currently working on an end to end production workflow for 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics, showcasing additive manufacturing's unparalleled customisability. Combining DSM’s proven materials and market reach with Twikit’s experience in software development and application development

Parkside collaborates with Taylors

Packaging Solutions Parkside has collaborated with iconic Yorkshire based coffee company Taylors of Harrogate to create a new pack for its range of coffee products. The new design has enabled the leading brand to boost consumer convenience and satisfaction. The new coffee bag, designed with an easy open flow wrap to improve the consumer opening experience, is based on a high barrier triplex foil laminate designed to extend the shelf life of the coffee while maintaining optimum flavour. Daniel Fox, packaging buyer at Taylors, commented: ‘We wanted to change our packaging to make it more user friendly by ensuring it was easier to open, while maintaining the high quality of the product. We have

Bobst UK & Ireland opens its doors to showcase latest innovations to industry

Packaging Solutions Carton converters can experience first hand the latest innovations in folding-gluing and cutting, as Bobst UK & Ireland opens the doors of its Competence Centre to showcase a trio of technologically advanced machines to the market. New and existing customers are being welcomed to the centre in Redditch to gain an insight into the benefits Expertfold 110 A2 folder-gluer, Speedwave 2 device and Novacut 106 E die cutter can bring to their businesses. Lee Alton, business unit sheetfed area sales manager at Bobst UK & Ireland, said: ‘We have just installed and commissioned Expertfold 110 A2 at Bobst Redditch. The machine is capable of producing straight line, crash lock, four

NiceLabel announces new ABAP package to optimise labelling in SAP S4/HANA

Packaging Solutions NiceLabel has announced the launch of version 2 of its ABAP package. This new version supports both SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA allowing organisations to fully digitise the labelling quality assurance process and reduce both labelling errors and shipping delays. NiceLabel’s label management system is configured so that businesses can make label changes faster and reduce the burden on IT. The business benefits are many; faster label changes, approval workflows and previews inside SAP and faster label printing. Included with the NiceLabel Label Management system is an ABAP package that allows for rapid system deployment and configuration with unmatched seamless integration. Wit

Blake Envelopes: Giving hope through education in Tanzania

Print Solutions Renowned for its commitment to supporting those in need, Blake Envelopes has recently collaborated with partners at the School In A Bag charity to bring the learning equipment which is so desperately sought after to young children in areas of extreme impoverishment in Iringa, Tanzania, in the pursuit of ‘Giving Hope Through Education’. Working alongside IRUDI (Iringa Rural Development Initiative), a non-governmental organisation local to the region of Iringa, Blake has succeeded in distributing the 120 ‘SchoolBags’ it sponsored to children from primary schools in the small rural villages of Lyamgungwe and Malagosi, which are situated some 45 to 55 km from Iringa town. It was

Double success for twin sisters

Packaging Solutions Twin sisters have proved two heads are better than one after both securing an apprenticeship with the same company. Bethany and Lucy Williams, from Marple Bridge, Stockport, went head to head to apply for a single apprenticeship position at The Arden Group in Marple – a leading name in the packaging sector. But the 17 year olds both proved to be the perfect match for the office administrator apprentice role and have both been taken on. Bethany and Lucy commented: ‘We had been looking for an apprenticeship, but we have tried not to apply for the same things, then we saw this role and because it is based so close to where we live, we thought we would both apply in the hope

Armani leverages 3D printing for latest ads using Colorzenith’s Massivit 1800

IndPrint Emporio Armani has taken its billboard advertising to new heights with the use of large format 3D printing. Armani has once again turned to wide format printing house, Colorzenith Milan, to produce giant dimensional billboards promoting its latest fashion and accessories collection, following the success of its previous billboard campaign in Milan. Colorzenith has produced two oversized eagle buckles for advertising on billboards using its large format Massivit 3D printer. The eagles are exact replicas of Armani accessories found on belts in its latest collection. These 3D printed elements bring the garments in the ads to life, highlighting this elegant feature and dramatically incr

Zanders: six new apprentices

Print Solutions Zanders has welcomed six new apprentices at the beginning of this training year: new employees will learn the professions of paper technologist, mechatronics engineer and machine and plant operator at the Gohrsmühle paper mill. Thomas Döring, head of human resources at Zanders, said: ‘As in previous years, we were able to successfully fill all offered apprenticeships.’ Zanders is offering training as a machine and plant operator for the second time this year. The concept proved to be successful, explained Thomas: ‘With the new training, we were able to arouse the interest of young people, for whom a job at a paper producer was previously out of the question. In addition to th

Join Mark Andy for the world debut of Digital Pro

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Mark Andy is holding two open day events – one in Macclesfield (November 12 to 13) and one in London (November 20 to 21). The events will showcase two profitable digital printing solutions with live demonstrations of the Mark Andy Digital Pro, and entry level to mid level solution for digital label printing, and the Presstek 34DI digital offset press with Eco-UV. To find out more, click here

Textile to brand

Print Solutions Printvision is an exhibition and retail print powerhouse supercharged by EFI Vutek technology and CMYUK supplied Pongs textiles. Brothers Ash and Krit Patel know a thing or two about wide format digital printing and dye sublimation, and so they should. The siblings have been offering wide format digital print services since 1996, and in 2011 became early adopters of large format digital textile printing. The family owned company specialises in fabric printing, point of sale display systems as well as bespoke products and solutions. While the company is a major trade print supplier in its own right, it also services a large and growing customer resale base through its www.prin

Berkshire Labels installs first Mark Andy P9E in Europe

Packaging Solutions Berkshire Labels has installed the first 430 mm Mark Andy Performance Series P9E at its manufacturing facility in Hungerford. The P9E is the latest model in Mark Andy’s range of Performance Series flexo presses and is designed for specialist film applications as well as traditional label converting. It joins a Mark Andy P7 installed in 2017 and three other Mark Andy presses at Hungerford. Renowned for his company’s policy of installing cutting edge technology, Berkshire Labels’ managing director, Paul Roscoe, explained the latest investment programme. ‘First of all, we decided that 430 mm is the best fit for our work, and once we had fully loaded our P7 it was clear we ha

Phoseon Technology launches high dose air cooled UV-LED curing solution with new FireJet FJ645

Packaging Solutions Phoseon Technology is introducing the FireJet FJ645 UV-LED self-contained, air cooled curing lamp for flexographic applications. With a 40 mm wide emitting window, the FJ645 provides longer UV exposure time and greater dose, improving through-cure and adhesion of difficult to cure materials; especially over-print varnishes, and dense blacks. The increased dose allows for higher speed without the need for additional facilities requirements, such as exhaust blowers or water chillers. The FJ645 is designed for press manufacturers and converters looking for excellent performance and digital control. It is ideal for applications that require more dose and dwell time for better

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