Miyakoshi’s new digital inkjet press for flexible packaging

Water-based inkjet takes on short-run flexible packaging

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Miyakoshi's new MJP-30AXF inkjet digital press for flexible packaging Photo Miyakoshi
Miyakoshi's new MJP-30AXF inkjet digital press for flexible packaging Photo Miyakoshi

Miyakoshi’s new MJP30AXF web-fed digital inkjet press using water-based inks addresses the issues of mass customization, and shorter production runs for the flexible packaging of a variety of products and hence their packaging. The company says its water-based inkjet inks are safe for food packaging. Since the press is digital, a variety of small runs are easily combined on a single web.

Flexible packaging, which continues to grow worldwide despite the questions raised about its recyclability and sustainability, is attracting increasing interest from technology and press manufacturers. Alternatives, especially for shorter runs, are emerging using both offset and inkjet technology. Miyakoshi, which has shown flexible packaging machines in the past based on offset, has now announced its new digital inkjet press, which used water-based inks. As the marketing focus shifts from a mass to a more personalized approach, vendors require an ever-increasing variety of products and packaging but in smaller quantities.

The resolution of the MJP30AXF web-fed digital inkjet press is 1200 x 1200 dpi using what Miyakoshi calls the latest inkjet printhead technology. The 5-color press with integrated infeed, outfeed, and corona treatment includes C,Y,M,K, and a digital white needed for printing high-quality color on transparent films and laminates from 12 to 100 microns. The press has automatic registration control and missing nozzle compensation for minimizing printing artifacts, gaps, or banding.

Miyakoshi‘s MJP30AXF is mid-web digital flexible packaging press

The MJP30AXF prints on webs up to 750mm (30-inches) wide at speeds up to 50 meters a minute. Miyakoshi claims the press is very competitive as far as running costs and with regard to the cost of its water-based inks. Like all digital presses, it offers both personalization and security print features and variable printing of QR codes. Miyakoshi is represented in India by Provin Technos, which already runs a Miyakoshi label press in its demonstration center in Okhla Industrial Estate in New Delhi.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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