Coating & Laminating



ataLase has released a new solvent-based range of functional coatings for flexible

packaging printers. The development extends the company’s

range from flexographic printing to include gravure printing applications and boosts the company’s activity in the high growth flexible packaging sector around the world. The new solvent-based coatings, created

for use with CO2 lasers, offer an alternative option to continuous inkjet (CIJ) and laser ablation of variable data coding to deliver high contrast, durable, black-on-white codes across a variety of film and foil substrates. The DataLase solution is a two-step

process. First, the printer lays down the DataLase laser-reactive coating as a patch on to a film or foil. This patch can either be surface printed or reverse printed under a barrier laminate layer to provide anti-counterfeit tamper-proof coding. This solution is ideally suited for the demanding pharma industry packaging in particular. A CO2 laser is installed at the point in the

production process where the variable data, e.g. expiry dates, lot codes and/or 2D codes, is to be applied to the product. The patch is activated upon exposure to the CO2 laser beam, printing variable data as

required to create highly-legible machine- readable tamper-proof codes that are ideally suited for applications that require 100 per cent product traceability. Adam Slack, product manager at DataLase, says: “DataLase coding and marking solutions go beyond the capability of standard CIJ or laser ablation processes by allowing manufacturers to benefit from increased productivity, superior traceability and the elimination of inks and solvents from their production halls. Typically, changing from a laser ablation process to

the DataLase solution can increase throughput by up to 30 per cent, depending on the application. Faster coding of machine-readable black-on-white codes means increased throughput, less servicing and maintenance, and fully compliant product packaging.” “DataLase coding is extremely robust and durable avoiding smudging and rub off, which can cause annoying rework and waste for brands, as well as the potential of having to scrap an entire batch if the codes are illegible. This is particularly notable in flexible packaging applications, so we see a great opportunity for growth for DataLase in bringing our technology to this sector. We are continuing to invest in new applications and are excited about supporting brands and printers to assess the benefits of the solution.” Laser-reactive coatings from DataLase

work with CO2 lasers from a variety of suppliers, but the coating has been optimised for use with the SATO range of CO2 lasers, available from DataLase, to ensure a robust best-practice procedure when followed throughout the entire supply chain.

Nordmeccanica welcomes Redfern Machinery N

ordmeccanica has announced its appointment of Redfern Machinery as their new UK

agent, bringing together Nordmeccanica’s reputation as a leader in coating and laminating with Redfern’s longstanding experience selling machinery to companies across the UK and worldwide. The partnership will allow Nordmeccanica

to more widely connect with UK companies of all types and sizes, building on Redfern’s reputation for excellence, extensive network and engineering capabilities. The two companies will focus on raising the profile of Nordmeccanica’s coating and laminating excellence and metallising innovations, which offer integrated solutions for multiple industry requirements, including food packaging, brand protection and security, photovoltaics and energy conservation. Formerly dealing only in used machinery this is Redfern’s first agency appointment, although the company has had numerous offers in the past. Richard Redfern, managing director of

Redfern Machinery, says: “We have never considered taking an agency before,

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however the opportunity to work with the world leader in coating and laminating was not one we wanted to miss. We are delighted to be representing Nordmeccanica, and look forward to bringing a fresh perspective and new value to UK customers. Our aim is to broker the best deals possible to ensure that UK companies have the best quality

machines with which to compete in the global market.” Antonio Cerciello, president of Nordmeccanica, says: “We welcome Redfern into Nordmeccanica. This partnership is a great opportunity for us to connect more deeply with our UK customers and to better understand their needs.”

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