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 Editor’s Note

Welcome to the November issue of Converter. It is my first month on the magazine, as I take the reins from Niamh Marriott as editor. I am new to the sector, so am learning as I go and look forward to speaking with many of you in coming months.

In this issue alone, I have seen how businesses are leading the way with cutting-edge technology in digital printing, die-cutting, and static control; plus a raft of sustainable advancements and launches. Of course, beneath all of this is the undeniable rumble of the Covid-19 pandemic, which I’ve no doubt has hit many companies hard over the past eight months. However, it is also encouraging to read about ways in which businesses are adapting and creating opportunities in the face of the challenges Covid has thrown at industry.

We report on Comexi’s remote installation of machines to customers across the globe, how Label Makers helped bring a gin-based hand sanitiser to market, not to mention Schreiner Medipharm’s new RFID-enabled label and cap security for syringes, just when the roll-out of millions of vaccines is imminent. This is against a backdrop of companies – several of which feature in this edition – that have still managed to expand operations and plough ahead with ambitious strategies, despite the rollercoaster we’ve all been on. Whilst 2020 is, for many, a year they would rather forget, it has also been a call to action for some and has seen them achieve great things against the odds, adjusting and re-shaping their business model to reflect a changing climate. Let’s hope 2021 brings a positive shift right across the board.

Fiona Garcia Editor

Dantex PicoJet UV Inkjet – Inter-colour Pinning Technology Focus

I2R adds new profiles to premium Eclipse range

Recent successful onsite and online demonstrations of Dantex PicoJet and PicoColour, have shown how customers have been greatly impressed by the print quality offered by Dantex’s UV inkjet systems. This is thanks, in large part, to Dantex’s Intercolour Pinning technology.

There has always been some debate regarding the shape of dots between contact and non-contact printing systems. Whilst contact printing is able to place a dot that is well de-fined, in non-contact printing and especially in the early generation of inkjet technology, dots were not as well defined as we would have wished. The bigger the dot, the greater the weight of the dot, and therefore the wider spread of the dot, was the challenge facing digital printing system developers.

Dantex’s Advance Engineering team looked at how the dot could be better controlled for improved laydown. A number of different ideas were explored, and finally Dantex engi-neers combined the benefits of “Inter-Colour Pinning” with edge defining software. The result was the laydown of a much-improved dot shape with virtually no satellite or spread. This technology was intergral to the highly successful PicoColour system though-out its inception and has also been also applied to the PicoJet range.

This stabilises the ink and effectively fixes each colour, en-suring no ink spread and the ideal laydown of each colour on the previously printed col-our. 

Aluminium foil tray manufacturer, I2R Packaging Solutions has added two new profiles to its popu-lar Eclipse range – a collection of black and gold lacquered, aluminium foil containers designed for the premium ready- meal sector. The additional trays take the Eclipse range to 11 containers in various di-mensions, which cover all different portion sizes and increase commercial choice.

The Eclipse containers complement high quality ‘ready to cook’ convenience products, including red meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and even desserts. Designed to provide remarkable sturdiness, the range ensures consumer confidence throughout the storage, cooking and serving process. The Eclipse containers are 100% recyclable and include a clear recycling logo, reminding consumers to recycle wherever possible.

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