Labelexpo Europe 2017 Review The highlights fromLabelexpo 2017

Converter recently attended Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The show consisted of 11 halls and had over 600 exhibitors. Here are some of the highlights from the four-day event...

FFEI - FFEI, a developer of digital imaging solutions, announced at Labelexpo that Printbar Uncovered now supports Xaar’s latest High Laydown (HL) technology, enabling the printing of a range of haptic effects on labels and packaging in a single pass. Printbar Uncovered can print unusually

high fluid layer thicknesses in excess of 100 microns, with ink film height controlled by grayscale of the input image. The HL technology can be used to create rich textures, which interact with light in ways that are often underutilised in packaging design.

AVT - AVT demonstrated Helios D (digital), a high-end 100 per cent automatic inspection system specifically designed to address digital printing challenges such as missing nozzles, ink drips and colour uniformity — all in real time. AVT also showcased additional Industry 4.0 solutions at its stand, including demonstrations of the

company’s iCenter Platform, a next-generation cloud-based solution that empowers printers to manage and control quality and production standards for facilities around the world. Through iCenter, printers can set cross-site quality standards, auto-analyse PDF files for inspection, and utilise business intelligence from the production floor with seamless connectivity to MIS and prepress solutions for optimised, automated workflows.

MOUVENT -Mouvent revealed three label printers at Labelexpo that can all print up to seven colours on a large variety of substrates — paper, self-adhesive and wet-glue labelstock and flexible materials — at production speeds of up to 100 m/min with a native resolution of 1,200x1,200 and optical 2,000 dpi. The new printers exhibited at the show were: The LB701-UV mini label

press, one of the smallest label presses on the market, is compact and ergonomic with a low TCO (total cost of ownership); the LB702-UV label

BST - BST eltromat demonstrated a CompactGuide with a CLS Pro 600 digital line and contrast sensor and a CompactGuide with a Wide Array sensor. The company also brought its Super HandyScan 4000 and PowerScope 5000 web monitoring systems to the show. The PowerScope 5000 features a high level of operating convenience. It can be operated via the hotkeys of the external keyboard or using the intuitive gesture control of a multitouch monitor. Additionally, the FSS 15, which ensures

press is one of the most productive digital label presses in the narrow web segment allowing fast and easy industrial label production — its variable data printing (VDP) enables label personalisation and serialisation; and the LB702-WB label press, which uses only 100 per cent water-based Mouvent Inks making it 100 per cent free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and 100 per cent food safe. Central to the digital innovation of these machines is the Mouvent Cluster, a digital printing technology based on a highly integrated cluster.

high-precision colour settings in all offset printing units, was shown. Regardless of print width and the number of print units, the AR4000 delivers maximum register precision and cost efficiency in offset and hybrid printing machines.

DANTEX - One of the products that Dantex introduced at the show was the

PicoJet digital UV inkjet press. Working at 350mm width and at 75m/min (250ft/min), PicoJet prints at 600 dpi at 2.5pl dot size. The PicoJet is a seven- colour printing system using LED final cure with temperature controlled back-up roller for temperature-sensitive substrates. It incorporates static control, web cleaning and corona treatment for a wide substrate printing capability. Presented alongside the

PicoJet was the Picocolour, a UV inkjet digital press with a small footprint.

HUECK FOLIEN - Hueck Folien presented Silskin at Labelexpo, a printable bright silver PE film. This metallised silver film is based on PE-LD and is a facestock film for commodity products. Both metal and topcoat are located on the front side of the film to provide a metallic background for decorative labels. The main features of this labelling product include its printability and its possible width — up to 2,045mm. The Silskin is used for FMCG products in

formable tubes, such as cosmetics, because this metallised PE film can be formed without difficulty. For the surface finish, a gloss or matt metallised film is possible as Hueck Folien offers a range of printable topcoats for this product.

EBEAM - ebeam solutions shared a stand at Labelexpo with its technology partners, Uteco Converting and INX Digital International. Collaboratively, GAIA was launched at the show: an industrial end-to-end inkjet production line with inline ebeam curing for indirect food contact printed packaging and labels. Within GAIA is the ebeam Compact, a compact electron beam

inkjet dryer that was developed for sustainable industrial manufacturing applications. This technology won in the sustainability category at the Label Industry Global Awards 2017.

EPSON - One of the models Epson demonstrated at Labelexpo was the SurePress L-4533 Series, which is to replace the existing L-4033 model. The new press offers a host of enhanced features, including improved productivity, reliability and reduced maintenance. The Series is aimed at small to medium-sized label converters looking for digital printing capability, as well as commercial printers wishing to diversify into packaging and labelling.


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