Seminar to discuss new developments and trends in label printing

Intermittent offset presses dominate liquor label printing

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Panel discussion at the seminar

Vinsak, a global pioneer in print and packaging, organized a seminar titled ‘Labelling Simplified’ at Hotel Tunga Regale, Mumbai in December 2017. The Lombardi and Iwasaki International co-sponsored seminar, which focussed on label printing and finishing technologies, had 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, Vinsak, kicked off the seminar with his insights on the Indian label industry and trending label technology. This was followed by an address on flexo technology by Nicola Lombardi, marketing manager at Lombardi. Lombardi spoke about

Nicola Lombardi from Lombardi at the seminar
Nicola Lombardi from Lombardi at
the seminar. Photo PSA

their solutions in flexo technology for labels and finishing. Sharing details about Invicta, a flexographic printing machine from Lombardi, he said, “Invicta Print Unit is a revolutionary concept of full automation. Electronical positioning of cliché sleeve is different 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. This does away with the need for any mechanical adaptor after format change.”

He listed some more features in his presentation of the Invicta series as follows:

  • 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 perform quick ink change.
  • Forefront electronics: 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 how intermittent offset presses still have a hold over the liquor label market. He shared, “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.”

The seminar concluded with a brief discussion on the 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.

The panel discussed various issues related to the labeling and printing industry like those of demonetization and GST. Desai said, “The industry was not directly affected. We are in the service industry. Our clients were affected and that left an impact on the payments.”

Sharing his views on buying branded machines, Agarwal said, “Sometimes buying a branded machine makes a lot of difference 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 the printer’s needs but in India printers tend to buy one or two branded machines while others are locally manufactured ones.”

On the discussion around ROI, almost all the panel members agreed that the ROI over a machine is subjective and some companies may invest in machines consistently after regular intervals as per their need.

Quality

Considering the quality factor, Bajaj and Desai observed, “Quality is a factor of prime concern to a printer while making a purchase decision. When the printer is handling jobs for products from the pharma and food industries, which are sensitive for export markets, he will definitely try to provide quality under certain parameters and will upgrade his infrastructure accordingly. Packaging for pharma drugs does involves quality but many printers are handling these jobs with their local machines.”

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