UK • Bobst Manchester announced it will be holding an open house at their Competence Centre in Heywood on 18 October. The event will see the unveiling of the new Bobst K5 Expert, which the company said will be the highest productivity vacuum metallizer in the world.
The machine includes cost saving innovations to reduce energy, consumable usage and film waste
GERMANY • Erhardt+Leimer will present its latest products for the plastics industry at the K Show from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf. The Erhardt+Leimer booth, C20 in Hall 4, will centre on the print image monitoring system Elscan OMS 6 and the new actuating drive AG 9.
The new print image monitoring system Elscan OMS6
CZECH REPUBLIC • Soma announced a planned multi-million Euro investment, which will include a reconstruction project to increase the assembly hall floor space, which will cost EUR 8 million. It also plans to launch a 10-colour version of the Optima2 as well as a version with extra long repeat length of 1,200 mm (47.2”).
The company plans to launch its 10-colour version of the Optima2
USA • Sun Chemical announced it has entered into a partnership with ACPO, Ltd., a coater of flexible films, to meet the demand of brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging. Two different ACPO coated films, polyester and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are available with the oxygen barrier coatings.
USA • Maxcess announced the release of its Tidland Cyclone high-speed centering shaft, which enables faster production through its ability to center and grip cores concentrically about the shaft. The new shaft increases throughput by minimizing roll loping and machine vibration, the company said.
With its single-circuit air system and bladders that can be replaced in less than five minutes, it is designed to minimize downtime both during roll changes and scheduled maintenance
USA • Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) announce that more than 275 people attended its event, Impact 2016 on August 3 at its global headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The event featured the unveiling of the company’s Fusion C press, which introduced the press with a live curtain drop and allowed interactive demonstrations.
The event Impact 2016 featured the unveiling of the company’s Fusion C press
USA • Open-loop tension controls tend to be simple, inexpensive and can be very effective for providing constant unwind tension for your process.
Figure 3: TSC components – U4 Tension Controller, Torque Sensor, V Series Brake
GERMANY • At drupa, Kodak shared new technologies that offer a practical solution to this challenge: The wide variety of substrates and ink types used in flexo printing make it one of the most versatile of all the print processes used in package production, but these can also provide headaches for the plate maker.
Kodak’s Flexcel NX System ’16 includes features that customize the plate to provide optimum ink transfer capabilities
MEXICO • Grupo Gondi announced it signed a very large deal with Bobst and BHS Corrugated for the supply of eleven new production lines at drupa. The order will see equipment installed at existing Grupo Gondi facilities as well as at green field sites over the next two years.
USA • Maxcess announced the release of the D-MAX Enhanced Web Guide Controller, which the company calls an extensive update to its flagship controller from Fife and the most powerful controller in the industry.
The D-MAX Enhanced builds on the power of the original, with features like dual rail power, single or dual drive options and ISaGRAF-based state machine programmability
FRANCE • Monomatic announced that even with the reduced 11-day show, drupa was extremely positive in term of attendance (45 different nationalities), quality of the exchanges, with many projects already in negotiations, some already informally confirmed.
Newly developed Monomatic DZ butt-splicer presented during drupa
GERMANY • Chromasens announced its new print inspection system, Truescan, can handle expanded colour environments that other inspection methods can not. The number of colours in print production has increased from CMYK conventional process colour inks to new dimensions like Hexachrome and Octachrome printing.
The device-independent colour measurement is based on the ISO 13655 standard so that colour formats from RGB over CIE-L*a*b* to spectral data can be computed
USA • Microscan, a manufacturer of miniature barcode imagers and machine vision smart cameras for limited-area print inspection on packaging lines, announced new imaging technology for automation tasks, Microhawk Smart Cameras (MV-20, MV-30, and MV-40).
These cameras commonly are deployed on packaging lines to check for final package defects and issues with applied labels
UK • Benders Paper Cups, the Wrexham-based producers of hot paper cups announced it has invested in a KBA-Flexotecnica EVO XD press. The new press, which is to be installed in October, replaces two presses from other manufacturers.
Benders in Wrexham got its start in London in 1899 but moved to North Wales in 1987
CZECH REPUBLIC • Soma reported on a very successful drupa 2016 with more than 1,500 visitors coming to see demonstrations of the new Optima 2 flexographic printing press. It was officially launched at the show, and the demos showed wide-web production running the Arun plate mounting system developed in cooperation with the press maker, Allstein.
The company hosted several customers at its technology centre after a successful drupa