• Traffic Sign Shops Say Good-bye to Screen Printing


    Avery Dennison began the digital traffic sign revolution in 2014 with our introduction of the TrafficJet Print System. Quickly becoming one of the best-selling printers for specification compliant traffic signs with warranties exceeding industry standards, TrafficJet is in regular use in nearly 500 locations across 50 countries. This printer has been instrumental in the elimination of more than 1.5 million gallons of wastewater worldwide. “Our newest printer, TrafficJet Pro, truly challenges the need for toxic screen printing” says Aaron Means, senior product manager. “This affordable printer featuring UV LED instant cure and True Traffic Color spot inks, delivers print speeds comparable to high-volume screen printing, while eliminating the complexity and multiple waste streams associated with screen printing. In addition, the print production process can be housed in an area less than one-third required by screen printing, conserving valuable space and associated costs. For government agencies, longer-life TrafficJet Pro signs reduce their replacement cycles and maintenance costs, lessening the impact on the environment.


    Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology group, has conditionally agreed terms with its joint partner Stratasys Solutions Limited to sell its remaining interest in Xaar 3D Ltd.
    Xaar 3D Ltd has continued to make progress this year, although delays to the development of products due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the business would potentially require more investment than originally planned. 

  • Cost-effective entry-level models for Direct web printing


    Direct web printers are used as a means of efficient and reliable printing of films within the packaging machine. In addition to the proven DP 2x0 series, MULTIVAC has now developed two cost-effective entry-level models, the DP 110 and DP 130 direct web printers, where no sacrifices have to be made in terms of optimum hygiene and maximum safety standards. Both models can be installed on all thermoforming packaging machines from the R 0xx to R 5xx series.

    The compact and space-saving design leaves the loading area completely free. Since no enclosure is required due to the stepper motor drives used, this means that access to the printer is quick and easy.

    Printing technology

    There are three different printing technologies available, thermal transfer, inkjet and thermal inkjet, all of which provide a reliable printing process. Users of MULTIVAC TTO (thermal transfer) printers also benefit from cost savings in ink ribbon consumption. These printers can be turned through 90 degrees, so that they can print in both the pack running direction and across the packs. This means that the most advantageous print direction for ink ribbon consumption can always be selected.

    Uniform operating concept

    All MULTIVAC direct web printers are specially designed for the particular packaging machine, and they therefore form a perfect unit as regards design and controls. The shifting indexers as well as the MULTIVAC printers can be operated directly via the control terminal of the packaging machine. The operating parameters are saved via recipe management and automatically transferred at every batch change. This ensures that there is rapid conversion to other products and pack sizes, which in turn provides a high level of line availability.

    If MULTIVAC printers are used, operators also benefit from automatic print layout management via the MULTIVAC HMI control terminal. When the recipe for a particular product is called up, the correct print layout is also loaded automatically. Operating errors can therefore be prevented from the start.

    Perfectly coordinated consumable materials

    So that the optimum printing results are achieved, MULTIVAC offers a comprehensive range of consumable materials, which is constantly being expanded. All the materials meet the highest quality standards and are perfectly tailored to the particular printing system.

    New to the range is the MULTIVAC Standard Plus XL thermal transfer ribbon, which achieves a running length of up to 1,200 metres thanks to the reduced thickness of the carrier material. This means that the number of necessary roll changes is reduced, which in turn reduces downtime and increases the efficiency of the packaging line.

    If however there are greater demands in terms of cycle output and printing accuracy, MULTIVAC is still able to offer the DP 2x0 direct web printers for all models of MULTIVAC thermoforming packaging machines. Their modular concept ensures that the widest possible range of technical and commercial requirements are met perfectly.

  • Toppan Leverages Decorative Printing Technologies to Create NFC Labels with Outstanding Design Quality


    Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions has developed NFC1 labels combining high-quality metallic design with maintenance of the communication performance required of NFC tags.

    Due to a focus on essential functions, little attention has traditionally been paid to high-quality visual design for RFID tags and QR Code2 labels used for product management and authentication. Labels have also generally been attached in positions that ensure they are inconspicuous and do not negatively impact the overall design of the product or package.

    However, the ubiquity of smartphones has prompted heightened demand for product experiences provided to consumers via the use of NFC tags. Businesses are therefore considering ways to attach NFC labels in positions that make them easier for consumers to access. The importance of maintaining the quality of the product or package design has created demand for higher quality design for NFC labels themselves.

    To meet these needs, Toppan has developed NFC labels with high-quality metallic design. It is now possible to attach NFC labels to packages for high-end items such as wine, spirits, and luxury brand goods without sacrificing design quality. Brand owners can also leverage NFC functions to facilitate product traceability, anti-counterfeiting, CRM, and other customer-focused services driven by digital transformation.

    Two types of label are available—a metallic decor type and a metallic surface type. Outstanding design and a premium look has been achieved by combining multiple decorative printing technologies used for creating eye-catching designs on high-quality folding cartons.

    The metallic decor type label features decorative metallic designs achieved by combining a variety of printing techniques, including metal foil transfer employing digital printing. High-quality designs can be produced at low cost and with short lead times because no printing plates or cylinders are required. The metallic surface type, meanwhile, uses metallizing via vapor deposition to produce a metallic mirror finish. In addition to gold and other metallic colors, matt finishes are also available.

    NFC communication performance can be inhibited by metal materials. Toppan has addressed this by leveraging expertise in NFC tag antenna design to ensure communication performance even when metallic decoration techniques are applied.

  • K1 Packaging Group Introduces the First Landa Digital Printing Press on the West Coast in the United States


    K1 Packaging Group, a leading provider of custom packaging solutions for consumer products, is proud to announce expanded production services with the recent installation of a Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press. The Landa S10 breaks color, speed, and substrate barriers using the Nanographic Printing® process, Landa's exclusive application of nanotechnology for digital printing. K1's Landa S10 is the first Landa digital press to be installed on the west coast of the U.S.

    The Landa S10's advanced, powerful digital processing platform supports real time quality control and a highly efficient, streamlined workflow that minimizes waste. These components put the Landa S10 in easy compliance with K1's sustainability initiatives and environmental certifications.

    In addition to unprecedented quality and speed - 6,500 sheets per hour, and five times the throughput of any other digital press on the market - K1's customers, comprised of exclusive luxury, health and beauty, pharmaceutical, and electronics brands; will have access to multiple advanced features including limitless version and personalization capabilities, as well as counterfeit prevention and product authenticity verification.

    "As an industry leader in technology and innovation, Landa Digital Printing has made an incredible contribution to the package printing sector with the Nanographic press. Landa's advanced implementation of nanotechnology for printing and powerful digital processing is boosting efficiency significantly," says Mike Tsai, CEO of K1 Packaging Group. "When we were looking to expand our operation, Landa and its S10 was the perfect solution because its scalability and upward compatibility will help us meet customer demand for years to come."

    Edu Meytal, Vice President for Global Business at Landa Digital Printing, says that package printing's soaring worldwide growth comes as the segment undergoes substantial change. To comply with new regulatory actions as well as to satisfy their own customers, brand owners are passing new requirements on to their packaging partners. "This is where true partnerships with customers can make a huge difference," Meytal says. "K1's brand owner customers proactively discuss their long-term plans so that K1 can provide input and be prepared."

    Meytal goes on to say that the packaging printers best positioned to serve the expanded market will satisfy brands' requirements with a variety of offerings, including short runs with variable and personalized options, anti-counterfeiting solutions, finishing options, and sustainability. As such, he says that K1 Packaging Group, equipped with the Landa S10, is a good example of a package printer ready to support this next wave of expansion.

    "K1's technical, artistic, environmental and business acumen is strong. You have to give them credit for doing their homework and executing meaningful initiatives," Meytal says.

  • Food Pack Asia- "International Exhibition for Food Processing and Packaging Industry"

    Food Pack Asia is the most comprehensive sourcing platform for food processing & packaging machinery, drink technology, hotel & restaurant technology and bakery innovation for Thai food and beverage industrialists. The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for food industrialists and beverage professionals who are looking for new technology, machinery and business solutions of food processing, packaging machinery, drink technology, and other related products and services from Thailand and overseas.

  • Flint Group Launches TerraCode Water-Based Inks, Coatings for Paper & Board


    “Flint Group is acutely aware of increasing societal focus toward sustainable packaging,” said Kim Melander, VP and GM of Flint Group Packaging Inks EMEA. “Therefore, we are pleased to present a full range of bio-renewable inks and coatings, for use in paper and board printing, which are designed to address global environmental concerns. With TerraCode, we are delivering a solution, through ink and coating developments, to unlock certain sustainable package print challenges that paper and board converters and their customers are facing.” “The TerraCode range has been designed to support a wide variety of Paper & Board applications, including corrugated post and pre-print, food wraps, folding carton, cups, paper bags, and aseptic packaging. We have effectively developed a bio-renewable ink range suitable for all paper and board applications,” added Scott Mosley, VP of technology, Paper & Board North America. The TerraCode range delivers on the necessary requirements for premium packaging results, such as high print quality, product consistency, and ease of use. The inks and coatings are bio-renewable content (BRC) certified and sustainably sourced. The range is also available as print-ready or via a convenient building block package. The TerraCode range includes: • TerraCode Bio - designed with the highest level of bio-renewable content where a typical formulation contains greater than 90% of renewable resources. • TerraCode Hybrid - a combination of renewable and conventional raw materials where a typical formulation contains more than 50% renewable resin content. • TerraCode Balance - based on biomass balance technology, a process that maintains the performance of existing synthetic solutions. “Our focus on the environment is not limited to materials alone,” Mosley added. “The TerraCode range has been developed using a combination of natural feedstock options – natural pigments, resins, additives and biomass balance materials - that do not compete with food or facilitate deforestation. For Flint Group, using a sustainable source for these materials is just as important as the renewable content itself.”

  • Siegwerk launches new Circular Economy website for Packaging industry


    Siegwerk is committed to the principle of sustainability: Achieving a sensible balance between ecological, social and economic needs without compromising the resources of future generations. The growing demand for environmentally friendly solutions and sustainable packaging has strongly influenced the packaging market. “It is time to rethink packaging and move from a linear to a Circular Economy model,” said Alina Marm, Head of Circular Economy Hub at Siegwerk. Inks and coatings play an important enabler role in a Circular Economy. In addition to the branding of the packaging, the technical functionalities of inks support all three levers of a Circular Economy in terms of reduction, re-use and recycling. To that end, Siegwerk is purposefully investing in additional resources to become a circular and digital packaging solutions company, driving the positive developments in the industry with its functional and technical understanding of inks and coatings that support innovative packaging solutions. New website for comprehensive overview The new Siegwerk Circular Economy website offers a comprehensive overview of the company’s commitment to drive the development of circular packaging solutions. One particular website chapter provides information on in-depth circular solutions from Siegwerk such as: • Inks, varnishes and barrier coatings for creating packaging designed for the paper recycling stream • Inks, varnishes and barrier coatings for recyclable mono-plastic packaging • Driving deinking solutions with inks and primers and value chain collaborations for de-inking process standards Siegwerk believes that cooperation and sharing knowledge are key on the way to a Circular Economy. That is why website visitors can also learn about Siegwerk’s strong partnership network that helps drive the development of new circular packaging solutions.

  • Amcor’s innovative finishing technologies offer stand-out shelf impact


    Bottom line, the look and feel of packaging are primary drivers that influence a customer’s purchasing decision in the aisle. It’s a powerful enabler that meets consumers’ need for a personalized brand experience. One of the key ways to create that experience is the use of finishing technologies. Amcor’s AmPlify™ finishing technologies for packaging is a portfolio of solutions designed to create engagement opportunities through more intense experiences with packaging elements that embody a product’s flavor, texture and scent. “We have developed a platform of inking techniques that builds brand impressions and empowers shoppers to interact with your products,” said Amcor Flexibles North America Marketing Director John Kearny. “By utilizing our market insights, research and development strength, and design capabilities, AmPlify finishing technologies for packaging can deliver more consumer engagement and greater sales in the aisle.” From a technical perspective, AmPlify finishing technologies for packaging offer the ability to control the coefficient of friction of materials resulting in improved operational efficiency and machinability while offering a wide range of finishes that can be applied to a broad portfolio of packaging materials and specifications: o Antiglare delivers clarity and improved contrast, elevating brands on the shelf with glare-free and reduced-reflection designs o Digital print closes the distance between store shelf and shopping cart by delivering improved speed to market and lower costs for small volume items o Holographic films – with three-dimensional imaging revealed by changes in light – bring interest and brightness to packaging o Kromasilk™ satin finish lends a refined pearlescent print surface and a three-dimensional, rich, silky surface o Gloss and matte inks create a premium appearance for gourmet and upscale products through highlighted graphics that pop or decrease light reflection o Metallics create an eye-catching package using highly reflective inks to really stand out o Uniquely produced soft-touch films offer a more cost-effective way to achieve a smooth feel that resonates with consumers and also may be applied only in specific areas of the package that you choose to complement graphics o Tactile inks enhance consumer engagement and interest by supplementing a product’s natural flavor and quality with a tactile experience that creates a standout package consumers can see and feel

  • Paper cup printers can now add thermochromic/photochromic effects


    CTI has invented a new suite of colour-change technologies using solvent inks, including thermochromic (temperature-activated), photochromic (sunlight-activated), glow-in-the-dark and reveal technology (which reveals a message after product consumption). Previously, solvent-ink printers were forced to use water-based inks that slowed down manufacturing operations. The new solvent-specialty inks eliminate the operational hurdles of water-based inks. The company’s consumer research has found that the colour-change technology is an effective tool for brands to drive content on their social media platforms. When brands do a great job of creating ‘wow’ experiences on their packaging, consumers turn and share that story with their friends on social media, it discovered, resulting in increased sales as friends try the new technology and share their own experiences. “Consumers have their phone in their right hand and a Starbucks, Coke or Coors Light in their left hand,” explained Patrick Edson, former vice-president of consumer insights for Coors Brewing Company and, since 2012, the chief marketing officer for CTI. “In brand mapping exercises, we call this challenge ‘getting the right hand to talk to the left hand.’ If you can create an experience or start a story with your product in the consumer’s left hand they, in turn, will share that experience on their phone in the right hand. “Brands realize that the colour-change technology is more than just creating an experience on a cup, it’s a new form of content for digital marketing,” Edson added. Lyle Small, founder of CTI, continued, “Colour-change technology is now affordable for cup printers and they offer a tremendous innovation tool for them to help drive new margins for their customers in quick-serve restaurants and convenience stores.” For over a decade, brands such as Coors Light have used thermochromic inks to turn their mountains blue to deliver on the promise of Rocky Mountain Cold Refreshment. Coca-Cola ensured a cold promise for 7-Eleven consumers with its “Ice Cube” 16-oz. can. Cheetos used photochromic technology in Mexico for their “Where’s Chester?” promotion on chip bags. Oreo supported the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Glow-in-the-Dark packaging. CTI can now offer in-house design services to help cup printers and brand owners develop concepts that can be quickly tested with consumers.