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
What is the current situation of the printing processes and their potential in regard to the future of packaging manufacturing? How will the machinery for package printing shops be designed in the future? Will everything remain as it is, or will packaging substrates be printed with very different processes than those currently used?
THE NETHERLANDS • Simco-Ion announced its IQ Easy platform is prepared to fit in and function in the environment of Industry 4.0. A buzzword in many sectors of the print industry, the trends point to further automation, networking, cloud and data collection and analyzing.
A typical converting value chain for films shows the possibility for static levels to get too high
ITALY • Ferrarini & Benelli announced it had a successful drupa with triple the number of visitor at the booth compared to the 2012 show. It had a strong international interest, in line with drupa’s own numbers.
Bikappa Polimetal corona treating unit at drupa
USA • Microscan announced it offers data acquisition and analytical solutions to prevent errors in manufacturing and increase product quality and production efficiency. The strengths of the its products are the all-in-one solution in terms of capturing and processing images of printed labels and packaging and analysing production goods against gold standards.
USA • Hybrid Software announced record-breaking results from drupa 2016. More than 1,200 visitors from 850 companies visited its stand to see demonstrations of the latest innovations in packaging prepress and to run their own live jobs.
Hybrid Software's booth at the beginning of drupa
JAPAN • Futec, an inspection systems provider, and Maxcess, a web-handling industry services provider announced a sales cooperation that will allow both companies to cross-promote each other’s product portfolio to customers in Germany, Austria and Poland. The companies intend to extend the region in the future.
Left to right: Francesco Cristante,
general manager for Maxcess and Takashi Yoshida, general manager of Futec Europe GmbH
ITALY n Re S.p.A. took part in what it called a successful drupa and showed two new innovations: a new web-viewing system and Wi-Fi management for quick checks of its equipment using a mobile device.
Re introduced Wi-Fi management for quick checks of its equipment using a mobile device
UK • Troika Systems said it has achieved more than EUR 117 million of realistic new sales revenue throughout the coming year. During the two-week exhibition, the company said it developed more than 360 new business leads and orders while it unveiled two new technologies.
The company presented Corrucam, a new tool that measures aniloxes within corrugated presses, and the development of the Advanced Inspection Microscope