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Over 600 exhibitors to assemble in Brussels from 29 September to 2 OctoberLabelexpo Europe 2015 previewPackage printing will be a core area at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels. Set to be the biggest ever in its 35-year history, Labelexpo’s show floor and feature areas will put the spotlight on the lucrative commercial opportunities package print production offers. Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series, says, “Package printing is now central to the label printing community and Labelexpo experience. With 53% of our total exhibitors showing products for flexible packaging and 32% featuring products for folding cartons, Labelexpo Europe offers all printers the most extensive showcase of package printing solutions available. Nowhere else will print industry professionals find such a comprehensive range of suppliers and technologies which will help gear up their business, improve profitability and add value for their customers.”
At Labelexpo Europe 2015, BST eltromat will be showcasing one of the most economic models for video web monitoring – the PowerScope 4000Taking place from 29 September to 2 October, the show is aimed at trade professionals including label and package printers, brand owners and designers. Visitors to the expo will be able to see and source the latest label and package printing solutions from over 600 exhibitors including several companies such as Convertech, Domino Digital Printing Solutions, Gallus, Multitec, Monotech Nilpeter, Sun Chemical, Soma Engineering, and more.

BST eltromat Stand 6C46/6C58
At Labelexpo Europe, BST eltromat International will focus on the areas of 100% inspection, workflow, web monitoring and color measurement and web guide regulation. Ingo Ellerbrock, product manager, BST eltromat, says, “The trend in label printing is increasingly going in the direction of standardized, extendable compact solutions. At Labelexpo we will present our cost saving entry level solution for web guide regulation with EcoGuide amongst others. Moreover, we are combining a wide array sensor from our subsidiary AccuWeb, USA with our tried and tested controller ekr 500 digital for the first time. These wide array sensors have large measurement areas to electronically compensate for changes in the web width, and therefore make mechanical adjustments and or manual alignments of the sensors superfluous.”
Apart from the latest developments in web guide regulation, the tried and tested BST eltromat systems CompactGuide and SmartGuide, the digital sensor CLS Pro 600 and the current ekr controller generation will also be displayed. Moreover, BST eltromat is showing its innovative solution for the measurement of absolute color values with the iPQ-Spectral. In addition, a further process sequence will be introduced, which was developed in cooperation with coe.

Dirk Volkening, product manager, BST eltromat, says, “iPQ-Check, the module of the iPQ-Center for the 100% print image inspection, now has new, self-developed high performance LED lighting. This means that the module is suitable for printing flexible packaging, opaque (lightproof) and reflective materials and normal paper.”

BST eltromat will also be showcasing one of the most economic models for video web monitoring –  the PowerScope 4000. The operation of the system primarily conceived for label printing and other narrow web applications, is now even more user-friendly.

Convertech Equipment Stand 4E20
Convertech Equipment, an Indian manufacturer of doctor blades, will launch at Stand 4E20 the Sureprint Excel Pro range at Labelexpo Europe 2015, which is said to make it possible to achieve low friction doctoring with longer running life. Sureprint is the brand name under which Convertech Equipment exports its doctor blades to several countries. Manufactured under ISO 9001:2008 certification, these doctor blades are available in many varieties and edge configurations. The superior characteristics of these blades eliminate issues of faster wear and tear when using metallic printing inks.

Started in 1993 and now in its second generation, Convertech has seen a lot of changes over the years and witnessed the Indian print industry evolve over the years. While speaking to Packaging South Asia, Rahul Sanon and Dhruv Sanon of Convertech Equipment said that the company now offers smart solutions to its customers.

Other products Convertech Equipment will be showing at its stand in Hall 4 will include Sureprint HST and Sureprint Excel doctor blades for standard flexo and gravure printing applications as well as for coating applications. The company has been a regular participant at Labelexpo Europe since 2009.

Domino Digital Printing Solutions Stand 9A60
The Domino stand will feature the high productivity 7-color N610i, not only as a standalone roll-to-roll label press, but also as a modular hybrid solution integrated with an ABG Digicon 3 incorporating flexo, varnishing and diecutting modules. Also to be featured on the stand are two K600i digital print modules, which will be integrated onto a GraphiMecc web inspection system to print black variable data and present Domino’s new digital foiling solution. The solution uses the K600i to print a digital adhesive and create the image area prior to UV-curing and delamination.

Gallus Stand 5B28/5C31
With the Labelexpo Europe around the corner, the mood is quite optimistic at Gallus. The company is going to launch at Stand 5B28/5C31 the DCS 340 – its new digital press which was also shown during the Gallus Innovation Days 2014. Gallus will also be showing a new improved version of its popular ECS with UV technology. Moreover, an improved model of its RCS will be shown at the show.

Goss International Stand 7D18
At Labelexpo Europe 2015, which will be held from 29 September to 2 October, Goss International will be presenting its latest offset technology developments and opportunities for converters at Stand 7D18 at Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique. First-hand information about Alwan’s Color Expertise Technology, a recent addition to the Goss Sunday Vpak press series, will be a highlight for visitors to the Goss stand. This latest suite of software is now commercially available following months of rigorous testing at Goss’s Packaging Technology Centre, Durham, New Hampshire (USA).

Alwan’s technology suite features an extended color gamut, which adds two or three inks to conventional process inks, enabling exact brand color reproduction without the need for spot inks. Facilitating a substantial reduction in the costs usually associated with ink changeovers, the update is expected to bring customers a 30 to 50% cost reduction compared to the use of spot inks through a combination of eliminating ink changeovers and reduced ink inventories.

The extended color gamut is just one feature on the four-part technology suite from Alwan which is now available on the full Goss product range. The suite also includes color management and quality control software which helps to increase print quality and consistency; reduce cost and ultimately maximize productivity across the production cycle. Goss has also made a number of highly anticipated changes to its Vpak presses in order to further reduce waste and optimize the printing process for flexible packaging customers in particular.

According to Goss, the partnership and technology updates reflect the company’s commitment to driving ongoing development across their portfolio, and follow a number of recent ‘kaizen’ events held specifically to improve equipment design and streamline processes. “With the growing trend towards shorter run lengths, printers and converters are increasingly having to find solutions to balance customer expectations and profitability,” continues Muncaster. “Our most recent ‘kaizen’ event focussed on job changeover process which is now increasingly critical in order to make customers’ working lives easier and more profitable. We are extremely excited to share our latest developments at Labelexpo this year, and demonstrate how our people, products and partners are together delivering the flexibility, high quality and cost effectiveness that is so essential in today’s packaging market.”

IGT Testing Systems Stand 11F42
IGT Testing Systems, the world’s leading manufacturer of printability testers, has launched a new version of its printability tester for flexo inks – the IGT F1. The new IGT F1 allows ink manufacturers, printers and suppliers of flexible materials to meet their high quality standards by  ensuring consistent test results in both production and R&D environments. The IGT F1 is a well established testing system in the flexo and gravure ink and printing markets. IGT is exhibiting it at Labelexpo Europe 2015 from 29 September to 2 October in the Parc des Expositions in Brussels, Belgium at Stand 11F42, Hall 11.

The IGT F1 includes a complete PC inside for control and storage of data and settings for each test and a number of pre-programmed test methods with the possibility to add customized or complete new test methods by a customer. The settings can also be exported to an Excel file for later analysis, or can be printed on a label printer to mark the printed strips before filing.

Industrial Inkjet Stand C70 Hall 9
Industrial Inkjet (IIJ) will be launching a new 600 dpi high-speed mono range at Labelexpo 2015. With print widths up to 520 mm, the industrial inkjet pioneer says these new models are suited to printing of variable text down to 2 point fonts at over 50 metres a minute.

IIJ provides a wide range of inkjet modules ready for installation onto customers’ existing flexo label presses, for example Nilpeter, Mark Andy and Gallus. Combining inkjet as a module onto a flexo press provides a flexible, reliable and economic alternative to standalone inkjet label presses. Powered by Konica Minolta’s inkjet technology, the company says the modules offer high uptime and the longest printhead life in the industry.

Following the successful launch of its iS range of high quality color inkjet modules in 2014, IIJ has been busy working on its monochrome range. These units print full variable images in black, white, varnish or spot colors, as well as security inks such as IR black or UV-fluorescent. In early 2015 IIJ launched its new HS or high-speed models that print high resolution continuously variable text images and barcodes at a sustained speed in excess of 160 metres a minute. Now IIJ is extending its mono offering to include 600 dpi native resolution. IIJ tests and approves inks from a wide range of ink suppliers, both UV and water-based, which ensures that the optimum ink is available for every customer’s specific application.

John Corrall, managing director and founder of IIJ, says, “Compared to standalone units, our modules provide the lowest cost of ownership, estimated at between 30 and 60% lower than competitors. Combined with a wide choice of inks, from process color to special effect and invisible security inks, they offer the best break-even point when compared with the cost of flexo print. With over 150 production lines running across the world, IIJ’s range of ColourPrint and MonoPrint inkjet modules are a proven cost-effective solution, as our customers testify.”