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Web Cleaning & Static Control

New product launches create a buzz at the Meech stand at this year’s K Show

Fresh from exhibiting at the K Show in Germany last month,Meech reported of huge success, with a lot of interest shown in the latest addition to itsHyperion range as well as its newIML generator


peaking exclusively to Converter, Stewart Gordon-Smith, business development manager at Meech,

talks in-depth about the reaction to the company’s latest compact IML generator and the other products that were also popular at the K Show, as well as how the company’s latest introductions are helping customers respond to the industry’s ever-changing trends. Official figures from this year’s K Show

report of 230,000 visitors, which is 5.5 per cent up on the previous edition, and Gordon-Smith says this reflected positively on the enquiries that Meech had on its stand across the eight days. He adds that he is now preparing to deal with enquiries that came from companies worldwide. “As well as the web cleaning systems that

we had on show, we also displayed our static control range, including the new Hyperion 971IPS-30kV, the most powerful ionising bar on the market, which was being officially launched at K,” he explains. The Hyperion range of ionising bars

efficiently target static charges, including substrates that generate large static charges and in applications where removing these can be problematic. The high-powered ionisation is ideal for the development of metallised films, as these act like a capacitor, storing static charges like a battery. Also on show at K was the Meech range

of in-mould labelling (IML) equipment. The launch of the company’s new Hyperion 994CG, a compact IML Generator, drew a huge amount of interest. “Our in-mould labelling technology is quite unique in the market. I’ve personally been working with this in Latin America and the Middle East and it is also generating a lot of interest from OEMs from around the world. This was evident by the companies that came to look at this new technology at K.” The 994CG is one of the most powerful

generators one the market; it is designed to overcome a number of issues found with existing equipment. It is also very compact, allowing it to be mounted on the end of a robot arm; this helps to minimise potential hazards, including high voltage cables running alongside signal wires inside tracks. Gordon-Smith adds: “There were a lot of

surprised looks at the show when they saw how small the system was compared to

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some other products available on the market, which are often much bigger, heavier and less powerful. Following such positive feedback, we are expecting large growth in this area.”

The company’s IML pinning

heads (below) are especially useful on applications such as yoghurt pots and drinks containers, which can have small diameters, requiring the pinning heads to also be small. “When looking at food grade products,

the packaging needs to look very unique and should not have the risk of delamination or deterioration of labels under fridge conditions,” he continues. “IML does this whilst also providing strength to the packaging. This maximises the presentation. On the production side of things, there isn’t a second machine needed for applying labels, so it reduces equipment needs and manpower and improves the packaging quality. All this increases profitability. The technology we’re putting into the market helps reduce production scrap rates, plus ensures the plastic can be recyclable.” Companies have been utilising static

generation in IML for many years and the market is growing rapidly. According to market-researching firm, Markets and Markets, it is projected the industry will grow from 2.58 billion pounds in 2015 to 3.23 billion pounds by 2020. “Meech is an expanding innovative

company; we’re big enough to be a major player but flexible enough to easily adapt to market trends and requirements. For example, in the digital print market, static is causing printers and converters real issues because of the technology required to allow for the transfer of inks. With plastic packaging, the material needs to be treated to enable the ink to be able to bond. Any contamination could be burned onto the

substrate. This can create incorrect DIN levels in places and print plate contamination. One answer to this issue is the Meech CyClean.” This system sits at the top of the tree

where web cleaning is concerned. With this non-contact system, there is no risk of cross contamination or damaging of materials and it can clean to 99 per cent efficiency. Gordon-Smith concludes: “As machines are

being made to run faster, and control of static is needed to match these speeds, Meech is continuously improving on what’s available on the market to meet these needs.”

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