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Packaging Touchpoint and drupa innovation park at drupa 2016

One of the key highlight topics at the main drupa event next year will be packaging production.

According to current forecasts the packaging market will increase to 975 billion Euros by 2018. A separate special show, Packaging Touchpoint, reflects this market relevance. "Our aim is to use the visionary

Touchpoint to identify potential in packaging design and production and address important vertical markets," said Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa, highlighting the idea behind this part of the show. Packaging Touchpoint is aimed at brands, packaging designers and service providers already operating in the packaging sector or who want to enter the sector. This special forum in Hall 12 is being designed in close collaboration with the European Packaging Design Association (epda), Europe's leading association of brands and packaging agencies. Meanwhile, Hall 7 at drupa 2016 will be the home of the drupa innovation park (dip) with six themed areas and around 130 exhibitors showcasing their innovations in workflow processes, automation and the latest print technologies. In the Innovations in Printing Technologies

area, exhibitors will present key technologies in modern printing and finishing, applications for functional printing, printed electronics and 3D printing and solutions for prototyping, visualisation and workflow. One of the exhibitors in this area is modico, which specialises in laser paper finishing, UV direct printing on objects and 3D printing. One of the leading names in the lenticular printing industry, which is one of the only finishing techniques which allows images to be printed with the illusion of movement, DPLenticular, will once again be exhibiting at dip. “The drupa innovation park is an excellent opportunity for us to present what is still an innovative printing technology and reach new target audiences,” said Daniel Pierret, founder and managing director of the Irish company. The Lenticular Award will once again be presented at drupa, on June 2. Some of the other key themes for the event will be optimisation and automation, and cloud integration (and the related security

6 November 2015

Aftercare key to profitability of corrugating and

finishing machines Would you run a high- specification motor vehicle year after year without a service, proficiency test or even insurance? Sun Automation Group, one of the leaders in the global corrugated sector, is urging corrugated specialists to overhaul their policies on aftersales care in order to enhance production and profitability. Sun Automation, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, provides corrugated box plants worldwide with technologies that assist with increasing production, quality, efficiency and profitability. The company’s experience in providing 24/7 support via on- call engineers for corrugating and finishing machinery, puts it in a valuable position to advise on how to increase efficiency to improve the bottom line.

aspects). This calls for smart solutions – like the online-based systems from Obility that allow both print service providers and their customers to simplify their processes by sharing print, web and IT technologies. “We're delighted that Obility will be contributing to the heartbeat of innovation at dip again in 2016,” said Obility's managing director, Frank Siegel. Added Value in Print: The focus here is on finishing, further development and the advanced added-value of print products, including innovative substrates, new finishing methods, packaging, label printing and displays, green printing and secure printing. Winter Consulting, a marketing, communications and events agency, was once again tasked with realising and coordinating the drupa innovation park. For more than 14 years, Winter Consulting has been designing and implementing exhibition concepts for trade fairs and conferences. Registration details and further information is available at the website:

Equipment downtime leads to damaging loss of production and revenue. Box plants or converters are rarely in a position to invest in sufficient on-hand spare parts, or in-house engineers to mitigate against breakdowns, but they can rely on third party support to effectively insure against such a loss. Sun Automation’s general manager, Rob Dal Lago, explained: “Customers are initially reassured by the fact that the basic structure of a machine retains its integrity over time, and are usually unwilling to allow for the wear and tear that is natural for equipment in its third, fourth or even fifth decade. Pushing machinery to the extent of its capability will indeed give short-term returns - but also medium or long-term challenges with likely breakdown and interruptions to productivity.” A number of service contracts are available from Sun Automation, offering customers almost instant support in the event of a breakdown, including remote monitoring to assist with quick fault diagnosis and provide remote access correction. Regular system reviews can identify potential future issues and allow box plants to plan accordingly. Dal Lago added: “Box plants should think of their plant as they would their own motor vehicle - by taking a longer-term view on maintenance with a service contract that insures their productivity, they can be far more confident in their long term profitability.”

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