Whether sold online or in brick-and-mortar stores, most non-virtual products are packaged in some form or another; and all packages, in turn, are hard-copy labeled. The global packaging industry is early in its adoption of color digital printing technology, according to industry research firm...
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A trio of application-specific suites were highlighted for self-adhesive labels, heat-transfer labels, and folding cartons. The self-adhesive suite was demonstrated using a five-color Xeikon 3300 with an inline DCoat 330 finishing unit. In addition to experiencing 1200-dpi image quality, visitors had the opportunity to see how the 'one-pass' opaque white toner can create the much desired 'no-label or label-less look' on transparent films. The full rotary technology incorporated in the 3300, combined with its variable repeat length, also was at work. Labels are printed at maximum speed, regardless of their size or the number of colors used.
Xeikon also is promoting ThermoFlexX, a new product line of reliable, high-quality imagers for the flexographic and letterpress markets, and Xeikon Color Control, a cloud-based professional color-management service that enables printers to offer their customers repeatable and predictable colors and the best simulation of custom spot colors. Additionally, the next generation of basysPrint UV-Setters, in four-up, eight-up, and large-format format, for the commercial CTP market, round out the offering.
Labelexpo Returns to the Americas
Launched in 1989, the largest label converting tradeshow in the Americas returns this September 11-13. Supported by the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TMLI), the biennial Labelexpo show is the place where label converters and printers from across North and South America come to source suppliers and see and purchase new technology. The show’s 2012 edition features more than 400 suppliers and manufacturers, including 67 new exhibitors since 2010, as well as a digital printing master class for converters looking to invest in digital printing for the first time.
In addition, the popular technology workshops return with a live demonstration and comparison of four machines in the Laser Die Cutting Workshop (Hall F). Sei Spa, Spartanics, AB Graphic International, and Delta Industrial are taking part in four workshops, run by a neutral moderator, with their machines each testing a different cutter profile: blank office product labels, prime product labels, and industrial labels.
Dozens of exhibitors will showcase new technologies as part of the new Package Printing Zone in Hall C. The conference program also features a dedicated stream for getting started with cartons and flexible packaging. 2012’s edition also will introduce Ecovillage, which will showcase the latest environmentally friendly products and services designed to support a better performing, more environmentally conscious label industry.
Labelexpo Americas will also play host to the ninth prestigious Label Industry Global Awards on the first night of the exhibition. The awards program honors and rewards companies and individuals for excellence and best practice in the labeling industry.
“As the continent’s leading show for the industry, Labelexpo America is the must-attend event for label and package printers/converters and suppliers,” said Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director. “Nowhere else can you network, find the latest innovations, experience the newest technology and hear about the ways in which you can stay profitable and keep your business ahead of the competition.”
Expo-only passes start at $55 and conference session tickets from $135. Further discounts apply for TLMI/FTA/AIMCAL members.