Package printing is one of the fastest-growing areas in the graphic arts industry. Last year’s attendees named packaging their third highest level of interest. This year, back by popular demand, 32 exhibitors are marketing themselves in an all-inclusive and comprehensive package printing area with 17,000 square feet of exhibit space of packaging, converting and flexo printing manufacturers and suppliers. In addition, Future Print, a specialty show floor area, is featuring printed electronics and RFID as well as specialty education seminars every day of the show.
PackPrint is a progressive and dynamic industry event that encompasses every segment of package printing and converting for industry buyers and sellers from across the Americas. It features flexible packaging, labels (tags, tape, film, and foil), converting, folding cartons, digital printing, flexo printing, and components/computerization. Plus, the PackPrint/Future Print Theater is holding daily events.
TRICOR Systems Inc. (Booth: 4630) is introducing the Model 600 non-contact imaging spectrophotometer capable of measuring reflective, transmissive and emmisive color over large areas from 380nm to 780nm, providing 1.2 million independent spectral reflectance curves.
Zund America Inc. (Booth 4427) is displaying its small-footprint G3 M-1600 digital cutting table with semi-automatic loading of rigid or roll materials cutting kiss cut labels. The Zund Cut Center software suite offers ultimate control in the print-to-cut workflow process.
A number of manufacturers that offer peripheral equipment to the packaging market are in attendance as well. Multifeeder Technology (Booth 4432) provides rugged friction feeders, labelers, drop tables, conveyors to process tip-ons, inserts, pharmaceutical inserts, multi-mailers, books and CDs. Kasper Consumables (Booth 4041) manufactures rewinders for minirolls, up to 500 meter rolls. SHEP Company (Booth 3842) supplies adhesive bindings, adhesive coatings, UV coatings, label stock and machine tapes. Air Systems Design (Booth 4435) provides pneumatic conveying, material handling and dust control systems. American International Machinery (Booth 4534) manufactures folder-gluers for the folding carton industry.
Streamfeeder (Booth 3638) offers automated solutions to the commercial printing industry, contract packaging and mailing and fulfillment industries with friction feeders, placers and complete integrated systems.
Vijuk Equipment (Booth 3627), a distributor of finishing equipment for graphic arts, pharmaceutical and small-item packaging, provides solutions in miniature insert/outsert leaflet folding equipment for the pharmaceutical packaging market.
Bobst Group (Booth 4027), a supplier of equipment and services for the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries, is discussing its latest installations and innovations. For corrugated printing presses, Bobst’s newly launched iQ300 quality control system is another innovation designed to stop non-conforming products from reaching the customer. Bobst is poised to launch a new automatic packer for all styles of corrugated and litho-laminated boxes.
Baumer hhs GmbH (Booth 4033), a leader in the field of gluing and monitoring of cardboard carton flaps, is introducing two different camera systems: the Xcam next-generation camera system for high-precision visual product inspection, and the MLT-40 camera sensor, for monitoring and documenting the procedure.
Brandtjen & Kluge (Booth 3632) is bringing its new 22x30" EHG series press for sheetfed foil stamping, embossing and diecutting, a MailFold multi-functioning folding and gluing system, and a rebuilt 14x22" EHD Series Press equipped to foil stamp, emboss and die-cut.
Roland DGA (Booth 4338) offers wide-format inkjet printer/cutters for labels, packaging prototypes, and specialty graphics. Roland’s printer/cutters print and contour cut designs all in one device. Across flexible and rigid substrates, the VersaUV prints CMYK and white inks as well as a clear coat that can be layered into unique textures and patterns. The VersaCAMM VS features CMYK, white ink and metallic silver ink for stunning effects.
Sunburst Company (Booth 4038) is offering a new line of UV and aqueous coatings for litho or digitally printed material in a wide range of substrates from 18" up to 40", as well as the ability to accommodate coatings made of natural ingredients or gluable surface coating for carton manufacturing.
Postpress manufacturers catering to the packaging market are also represented. Sealed Air’s (Booth 4632) shrink packaging business offers a comprehensive line of shrink films under the Cryovac, Opti and CorTuff brands. Along with its newly patented CT technology, its films offer superior shrink, strength and merchandising appeal.
Sealed Air’s range of equipment is designed to maximize packaging flexibility, versatility and efficiency. WCJ Pilgrim (Booth 4341), a wire supplier to commercial printers, corrugated box manufacturers, and recyclers, is promoting its products.
Also exhibiting is the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) (Booth 3841), which provides conferences, educational and training programs, networking opportunities, a monthly magazine, technical hotline, online resource and chapter meetings.