12th edition of Printpack India 2015 inaugurated in Delhi NCR

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Yoshiharu Komori, CEO, Komori; and Kazutada Kobayashi, president and CEO, Canon India at the inauguration of Printpack India 2015. Photo: PSA

Expanding horizons for plastics at Gandhinagar, GujaratPreview – Plastindia 5 to 10 February 2015Atlas to show its slitter rewinders – Hall 11 Stand 11-A04
Atlas Converting Equipment will partcipate at Plastindia 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujurat to be held from 5 to 10 February 2015 where the latest developments in the Atlas CW Series and Titan SR9 Series slitter rewinders will be presented. Atlas has recently introduced the CW5400 Series available in widths from 3.6 to 5.4 metresAtlas & Titan slitter rewinders provide solutions for a wide range of flexible materials including plastic film, flexible packaging, labels, laminates and paper.  In 2014, Titan celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a global leader in slitter rewinder technology. In addition to the Atlas CW3600 & CW1040 Series slitter rewinders, the company has also recently introduced the CW5400 Series available in widths from 3.6 to 5.4 metres. The complete CW Series of more compact film slitting solutions now covers machine widths from 2.5m to 10.4m at speeds of up to 1,500 metres a minute.

Major benefits of the new Atlas CW Series technology platform include higher efficiency, increased productivity and reliability, higher quality rewind reels, reduced noise levels and more effective, operator-friendly control systems. The Atlas CW Series has been designed to cope with the increasing speed of film production lines with faster acceleration and deceleration cycles.  Compared to a conventional primary film slitter running at 1,500 metres a minute producing rewind lengths of 8,000 metre, the Atlas CW Series has a faster rewind cycle, but at only 1,200 metres a minute.

This latest Atlas technology features wireless rewind arm positioning, automatic knife positioning and direct drive web path rollers ensuring optimum web tension for films as thin as 6 micron and up to 125 micron.  Electrical cabinets are now fully integrated in to the machines to reduce the space required for installation with ‘under floor’ service channels no longer required. More than 60 of the new Atlas CW Series film slitters have now been sold to many film producers across the world.

The new generation Titan SR9 Series secondary slitter rewinders provide unsurpassed levels of slitting productivity, design modularity and rewind reel quality in machine widths of 1650 & 2250mm for high volume production printers and converters.  New features include reduced power consumption, faster set-up time and improved sustainability showing respect for the environment.  A unique Linear Tracking Slitter section (LTS) ensures a short and constant web length between the knives and rewind shafts to deliver the highest quality rewind reels.
The Titan ER610 compact duplex slitter is available in two widths of 1350 and 1650mm with running speeds up to 450 metres a minute and has been particularly successful with many sales during 2014 bringing the total number now in operation worldwide to more than 150 machines.

B&R’s APROL Factory Automation – Hall 9 Stand 9M-C10
At Plastindia 2015, B&R, a global leader in industrial automation, will be presenting its range of automation solutions for production lines and plastics processing machines. The company will demonstrate the advanced multi-touch technology which can be used to easily and safely operate plastic machines. Energy-efficient drive solutions that also significantly reduce the amount of space required in the control cabinet will be showcased during the exhibition. B&R will also have on display its APROL Factory Automation – a system for collecting and evaluating production data, machine states and energy consumption.

Bobst at Plastindia 2015 – Hall 8 Stand E12 and F13
Bobst will exhibit its product range at Plastindia 2015 from 5 to 10 February that will primarily showcase their latest developments in web fed printing and converting equipment and services for the processing of plastic film. No live demonstration or machinery display is planned for the event. Avra Mitra, senior manager, key accounts, BU web fed spoke to PSA about several installations they had in South Asia last year and said interested buyers have the option to visit Bobst customers to see the machinery in operation being showcased by Bobst.

Gravure presses
“Bobst has nearly 50 machines working in South Asia and has had major installations in the past year both in the web fed gravure presses as well as the flexo presses and extruders,” says Mitra. In gravure printing, Bobst’s web fed machines cover its well-known Rotomec 4003 platform of gravure printing presses for a wide variety of applications, and the Rotomec 888 gravure line that is dedicated to flexible packaging applications. The company has installed a high speed Rotomac 4003 MP at PPL Silvasa this year with printing speeds going up to 450 metres a minute besides other gravure printing Rotomac 4003 presses at UFlex Jammu and Bombay Sweets in Bangladesh.

Apart from the 4003 Bobst will also be selling its Rotomac 888 gravure line for flexible packaging that has seen installations at Parekh Packaging, Ahmedabad and Skypack Ballabhgarh in the past year. Another Rotomac 888 has been installed at RT Packaging, Gurgaon, the flexible packaging arm of Rollatainers, better known for its lined cartons. Mitra says that with the rise in the use of flexible packaging Bobst expects sales to gather momentum in this segment.

Flexo presses
For flexo printing the main focus will be on the Bobst F&K 20SIX which features print widths up to 1650 mm, repeats up to 1200 mm, and speeds up to 600 metres a minute. The models of the F&K 20SIX platform are designed to cover the whole range of packaging printing demands and provide an array of technologies all aimed at enhancing productivity by minimizing waste, change-over time, and energy consumption.

“Bobst has installed a 20SIX flexo printing press with in-line Electron Beam (EB) curing at UFlex Jammu recently,” says Mitra. The EB curing helps the film develop scratch resistant properties which have higher coefficient of friction required for the export markets of the US. It also helps improve the gloss properties which makes it more attractive for retail markets. Two other 20SIX presses have been sold to Rajhans Bangalore and Barrier Films of Mehtas in Daman says Mitra.

Lamination and coating
For lamination and coating, information will be available on the high performance Bobst CL850/CL1000 multi-technology and SL 850/SL1000 solvent-less laminators, on the Rotoextruder extrusion coating and laminating lines, as well as on the Bobst range of coating machines. Production lines for varied applications in the industry segments of labelstock, release liners, adhesive tapes, siliconizing, aluminium coating and printed electronics provide a remarkable flexibility in the choice of the most suitable coating technology.

In the area of metallizing, the General Registron Hawkeye will be presented. This monitoring system detects, counts and categorizes pinholes and other defects from 0.1 mm upwards at full metallizer speed. Additionally, information will be available on the AlOx process which results in versatility as  machines like General K5000 and General K4000 can be used for two processes without compromise, as well as on the new General K3000 metallizer, developed for the yarn and sequins market.

DSM to showcase automotive and mobile phone applications – Hall 14R Stand D4
Royal DSM, the global life sciences and material sciences company, will feature numerous new applications in automotive, mobile electronics and electrical equipment that incorporate its engineering plastics for high performance, low weight, and improved sustainability at PlastIndia 2015 to be held from 5 to 10 February, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It will also showcase some of its most recently introduced new materials at Stand 14RD4.

For the automotive sector, a major highlight is a new generation of Diablo high temperature resistant grades in DSM’s Stanyl polyamide 46 and Akulon polyamide 6 portfolios. The new Diablo grades are aimed at such engine compartment applications as air intake manifolds with integrated ducts and charge air coolers (CACs). The latest version of Stanyl Diablo polyamide 46 is able to withstand a continuous-use temperature of 230°C, while the new Akulon Diablo withstands a 220°C continuous-use temperature. Both new grades have improved resistance to short-term high temperature peaks.

Green manufacturing practices
At PlastIndia 2015, DSM will also highlight the green manufacturing practices it applies to its own production operations. This September, the company inaugurated a Solar Technologies Demonstration Center at its facility in Pune, India, where it produces polyester and polyamide compounds. This state-of-the-art centre will showcase the performance of DSM’s innovations in solar technology, and will also reduce the plant’s CO2 footprint by using solar energy to meet 25% of the site’s electricity needs.

The DSM Engineering Plastics site in Pune now meets 50% of its total electricity requirements from renewable sources, and the company intends to raise the figure even higher. Before the opening of the Solar Technologies Demonstration Center, 25% of its energy already came from wind power. The site in Pune has established a strong track-record of highly efficient water management too. It was one of the first DSM sites anywhere to completely eliminate waste water from its production process. All water used on the site is treated, checked and reused for gardening purposes.

Kohli Industries to introduce solventless laminators – Hall 7P Stand E8
Kohli Industries will introduce an eco-friendly range of solventless lamination machines to be called ‘Gaia’ which means goddess of earth in Greek. This new range of  solventless laminators shall also be pollution free with zero solvent fumes, low energy consumption and thus healthier and cleaner working environment.

In this range, Kohli is offering two models – the Gaia AR 360 having a production speed of 300 metres a minute and the Gaia AR 450 having a production speed of 400 metres a minute. At Plastindia, Kohli will be displaying the Gaia AR 360. At its stand in Plastindia Kohli Industries will also be showing other totogravure printing presses, solvent based laminators, water based laminators, combination of solvent, water and solventless laminators and slitter rewinders.

polytype to showcase latest developments and innovations – Hall 8 Stand I11-12
At Plastindia 2015, Wifag Polytype will be present with all its new developments and innovations. Arvind Narang, the vice president and head of equipment sales in India says, “We are quite excited about our participation at Plastindia 2015. We will showcase our innovative solutions for the industry and we expect a good response from the show.”

polytype DigiCup – the revolution in cup decorating
Marketing demands on decoration are being challenged by trends to smaller batch sizes and extraordinary cup shapes while expectations for high quality print and lower costs continue. While various decorating possibilities exists each with its own advantages and disadvantages, until now no single solution could meet all these demands.

polytype has now developed a solution that meets all of these demands Digital printing is a revolutionary direct printing process now available for cups. During the last 3 to 4 years polytype  has leveraged and enhanced digital printing via ink jet technology, developing the best solution for their customers challenges.

Digital printing is not only increasing flexibility but also raises print quality to the levels of labels and shrink sleeves. A digitally printed surface also offers a glossy appearance just like an over-print varnish. With digital printing it is possible to decorate various cup shapes as well as small and medium order quantities.

Various shapes can be handled and decorated on the Polytype DigiCup. Round, oval cups and multi-sided cups at speeds of 40 to 120 cups/min. The first machines have already been delivered and are in production. It is certainly not an overstatement to say that polytype has heralded the digital revolution in cup decorating.

SP Ultraflex’s turret rewind technology –  Hall 7P Stand B13
Mumbai-based SP Ultraflex will be present at Plastindia 2015 in Gandhinagar, to be held between  5 to 10 February to showcase its latest offerings. At the show SP Ultraflex would be focusing on two machines in particular, the Roboslit RL dual turret slitter-rewinder with 30 seconds changeover and speeds up to 700 metres a minutes and the Wir Rev – web inspection rewinder, reversible rated 500 minutes a minute, with the possibility of various value-added features.
With the dual turret Roboslit series, SP finds itself in the league of a handful of manufacturers across the globe with reliable and proven turret rewind technology in their repository. The series was launched with the installation and commissioning of the Roboslit OHP (over head path) version at GLS Industries, Gurgaon last year where it has performed consistently.

While the prototype was an overhead path machine, the second member from the Roboslit family, the Roboslit RL is a compact, rear loading machine which has the most favourable output in each floor space ratio. The Roboslit series is completed by the third variant, the Roboslit FSU which comes with a free standing unwind section and a working platform. SP is currently manufacturing a number of machines from this series for delivery later this year.

SP has paid equal attention to inspection equipment and it is no matter of chance that SP’s range of fully featured, technologically advanced web inspection rewinders would be the second focal point during the exhibition.“All in all, SP welcomes the opportunity provided by Plastindia 2015 to showcase its technology in the backdrop of higher priced European counterparts who would be displaying their latest developments during the show,” says Biku Kohli, director, SP Ultraflex.