Labelexpo Europe focuses on learning and skills


Labelexpo Europe 2017 will be hosting two educational master classes and a workshop in conjunction with the Label Academy, the labeling industry’s training and certification program. Focusing on MIS and workflow automation, shrink sleeve technology and inks, coatings and varnishes, the three training programs are aimed at print professionals and brand owners to enhance their technical knowledge in the field of print.

Led by Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy, the MIS and Automation Workflow master class will be held on 26 September, featuring presentations by sector experts from AVT, Cerm, EFI Radius, Esko, Label Traxx, OPM Group and Tharstern. Attendees will learn how a joined-up approach to electronically managing an efficient and profitable 21st century operation can offer an integrated management information solution. Providing both day-to-day problems solving and long-term strategic decision making, it will look at: fast accurate estimating, procurement, production planning and scheduling, workflow automation, asset data collection and post data analysis.

On 27 September, those signed up for the Shrink Sleeve Technology master class will hear about the latest in the area’s technology, markets and applications. Attendees will gain a clear understanding of design and origination requirements; find out about suitable shrinkable films; review the different printing processes and how to select them; gain an appreciation of the latest converting technologies and specialized applications; and find out about sleeve performance and quality, including troubleshooting and fault finding. Also headed by Fairley, there will be presentations by Accraply, Esko, Flint Group and Klöckner Pentaplast.

Seats are limited for both the master classes, which cost €636 (including VAT) and are five-hours long. The price includes the master class, a copy of the associated textbook and an opportunity to take an online exam afterward to earn a Label Academy certificate.

Scheduled for 27 September, the inaugural Inks, Coatings and Varnishes workshop will show how inks, top and barrier coatings, primers and varnishes are being adapted and applied to modern narrow web converting operations using technologies such as flexo and offset. Workshop delegates will get an insight into how ink components interact with drying and curing techniques. Current legislation, including ink migration, will also be addressed, along with how to establish adhesion testing and quality assurance procedures.

The four-hour long workshop is priced at €535 (including VAT) and will be presented by leading experts from the field of ink and coating technology with contributors from Flint Group, GSE Dispensing, Pulse Roll Label Products, RK PrintCoat Instruments, Siegwerk and Sun Chemical.

Jade Grace, project director for Labelexpo Europe says, “The Label Academy classes are a very effective way of unlocking and topping up industry knowledge. This year’s topics are very relevant to current industry trends and attendees will benefit from extending their technical and practical knowledge and build their confidence in understanding how the label and package printing sector works.”

The Label Academy is a global training and certification program for the label and package printing industry. It is supported by FINAT, the TLMI and LMAI. Consisting of a series of self-study modules, combining free access to a detailed synopsis, relevant articles and videos with paid-for textbooks, the Academy is sponsored by Cerm, Flint Group, Gallus, MPS, Taghleef Industries (Ti) and UPM Raflatac.

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