Launch of Gaia EB inkjet narrow-web solution

The new narrow-web Gaia hybrid EB digital inkjet solutions for printing on flexible substrates (Source G&K)
BELGIUM • Uteco Converting, ebeam Technologies and Inx Digital International collaboratively developed the Gaia industrial end-to-end EB inkjet production line. This digital narrow-web solution will enable safe mass-personalization of indirect food contact flexible packaging and labels. The new press made its public debut at Labelexpo Europe 2017 with on-stand production demonstrations.

Uflex – Low opacity gloss white anti-static twist wrap PE film

INDIA – Candy and confectionery are high impulse buying items therefore the importance of aesthetical packaging cannot be emphasized enough. With this problem statement at hand the films business of India’s multinational flexible packaging materials and solutions company has engineered low opacity, gloss white anti-static twist wrap polyester film Flexpet F-WTG-AS, a bi-axially oriented polyethylene…

Dainichiseika – Invests in flexo technology from Koenig & Bauer

The EVO XD for Dainichiseika in Japan is prepared for the flexible use of water-based inks (Source, KBA-Flexotecnia)
JAPAN • To further advance the development of new inks for the printing of flexible packaging, the company recently decided to invest in an ultra-modern flexo press system from KBA-Flexotecnica, a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA). Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals is one of Japan’s leading ink manufacturers and they believe the EVO XD is…

Flint Group – nyloflex FTC digital plate for corrugated postprint introduced

Flint claims the nyloflex FTC Digital can provide fluting reduction (Source, Flint)
GERMANY • The expanded product range with a further inherent flat top dot flexo plate provides fluting reduction on various corrugated boards from fine to rough flute. The Flint Group claims the nyloflex FTC (Flat Top Dot plate for Corrugated Postprint) digital plate offers increased print quality with sharply defined elements, text and codes. The new…

Vianord Engineering – Evo 5 Fusion E flexo plate production line introduced

Vianord and partner Esko have introduced the new Evo 5 Fusion platemaking system (Source, Vianord)
FRANCE • Together with its partner Esko, Vianord personalised a purpose-made Smart-Bridge that intelligently connects the fully automated platemaking EVO 5 system to Esko’s linear CDI Crystal 5080 XPS, where the plate is initially imaged and then is simultaneously exposed through the base and at the back. This configuration is named Evo 5 Fusion E. The…

Windmöller & Hölscher – 70% lower energy consumption for cast film production

Windmöller & Hölscher claims the Filmex II cast film extrusion line can reduce energy costs for cooling by up to 70% (Source, W&H)
GERMANY • During the production of cast film, the melting process consumes the largest portion of energy during cast film production and cooling is a close second. A new cooling process for cast film production with the Filmex II cast film extrusion line is said to  significantly lower energy consumption by up to 70%. The new…

Maxcess – Tension control solutions launched from Magpowr brand

Maxcess has launched a new CSR cantilevered tension sensing roller, an ISR integrated sensing roller and an TLCB larger-sized thin load cell (Source: Maxcess)
USA • Specializing in products and services for web handling applications, the new Magpowr products include the CSR cantilevered tension sensing roller, the ISR integrated sensing roller and the TLCB larger-sized thin load cell. “For the TLCB thin load cell, we took a popular European-style load cell that allows for minimal machine space requirements and created…

Reprographic Systems – First in UK to adopt Esko’s Crystal technology

Paul Vaughan, managing director, overseeing Esko's XPS Crystal exposure unit at Reprographic Systems (Source: Esko)
BELGIUM • The new XPS Crystal 5080 is a digitally controlled exposure unit providing nearly simultaneous exposures supporting all major photopolymer flexo manufacturers. As part of an automated platemaking system linked to a CDI imaging unit, the system is said to offer plates capable of printing at the highest quality levels on diverse substrates. One of…

Uflex – Different variants of extrusion lamination machines available

The EL-1300 extrusion lamination machine is now available in different variants (Source: Uflex)
Responding to an ever-increasing demand from the convertors’ sector, Uflex launched the EL-1300 extrusion lamination machine in India 2016. In the meantime the machine received great feedback from Indian convertors and turned out to be a huge success. Innovation to create value added differentiation being the guiding vector at Uflex, the quest for re-engineering to…