New developments and trends in label printing

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Nicola Lombardi from Lombardi at the seminar

Vinsak, global pioneer in print and packaging industry, organized a seminar titled- Labelling Simplified at Hotel Tunga Regale, Mumbai in December 2017. The Lombardi and Iwasaki International co-sponsored seminar focussed on label printing and finishing technologies. The seminar was attended by around 50 plus printers and converters. A panel discussion in the end touched topics like demonetization, GST, buying a branded machine and ROI.

Sanjdip Kandhari, director of Vinsak, kicked off the seminar by offering insights about thr Indian label industry and trending label technology. It was followed by an address on flexo technology by Nicola Lombardi, marketing manager at Lombardi. Lombardi spoke about their solutions in flexo technology for labels and its finishing solutions. Talking about Invicta, a flexographic printing machine from Lombardi, he said, “Invicta Print Unit is a revolutionary concept of full automation. Electronical positioning of cliche sleeve is differently from other systems. Invicta automatically finds the operative print position by its electronical motors, calculating the correct position depending on the format. The pneumatical locking system allows perfect irreversibility of motion. While, there is no requirement of any mechanical adaptor after format change.”

He listed down some more features about Invicta such as
Electronical pressures: Both the cliché and the anilox pressures are motorized by means of step motors, allowing a fine encoder regulation.
Hi-DynamiX system: The blade is pressured against the anilox roller with pneumatical system, determining an auto-adaptive pressure dynamic, resulting in the best ink distribution.
Quick tank changeover: Possibility to change the tank without changing the anilox, to perfrom quick ink change.
Forefront electroncs: Fully automatic electronic pre-registration system: minimum material waste, minimum waste of time, maximum precision.

Fully automatic register controls with parametrizaion system for perfect registration on extensible materials.

Electronical tension control for perfect tensioning of different substrates and quality analysis system.

Naoki Ogawa, director, Iwasaki International, Japan, spoke about intermittent offset presses. He said, “The intermittent presses have managed to sustain because of consistent and high-quality printing as well finishing of labels. We are even working towards developing a technology where an offset printer can seamlessly install a semi-rotary flexo press without a new prepress system.”

In the end, the seminar had a brief discussion on recent trends in label printing. The panel consisted of Ajay Agarwal from Syndicate Labels, Gurudutta from PrintMann, Manish Desai from Mudrika Labels, Ranesh Bajaj from Vinsak, Nicola Lombardi and Naoki Ogawa.

Vinsak 2Panel discussion at the seminar

The panel discussed various issues on the labelling and printing industry like those of demonetization and GST. Manish Desai, said, “The industry was not directly affected if printers are concerned. We are in the service industry. Our clients were affected that led us some impact on payments.”
Speaking on buying a branded machine, Ajay Agarwal, said, “Sometimes buying a branded machine makes it very important as clients visit our workstations and to reflect quality, we need to invest on brands. The decision whether or not to buy a branded machine is completely dependent on printer but in India printers tend to buy one or two branded machines while others are locally manufactured ones.”

Another topic discussed was ROI. Almost all from the panel supported the fact that ROI over a machine is subjective and while some companies may invest in machines consistently after regular intervals as considering their need.

About quality factor Ranesh Bajaj and Manish Desai observed that quality is a factor where a printer generally revolves around while deciding to buy a machine. When the printer is handling jobs for products from pharma and food which are sensitive for export markets, definitely the printer will try to provide quality under certain parameters and will upgrade infrastructure accordingly, they said.

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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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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