Commentary & Analysis
Labelexpo 2018 in Rosemont (Chicago area) was actual active for the aboriginal day. This is David Zwang’s antecedent abode from that accident and that day. Added to come.
By David ZwangPublished: September 26, 2018
I accept consistently begin Labelexpo to be a actual absorbing and agitative event, and this year is no different. While not as big as the accident aftermost year in Brussels, this one has affluence of new and absorbing technology to see.
It all started with the brand to access the show. I know, how is that interesting? I accustomed an email aftermost anniversary with an allurement and a barcode. Upon entering the bazaar facility, I aloof scanned the bar cipher and my brand was printed with no added animal intervention. That was appealing cool, but the brand additionally has NFC (Near Field Communications): “You are now articular for any approaching correspondence, etc.”
Since acute labels and packaging are starting to use this technology for aegis and tracking, I advised it a actual accordant way to do the aforementioned with attendees!
Speaking of printed electronics, I additionally ran into an old colleague, Dr. William (Bill) Ray. Bill has been in and about the industry for decades and abounding of you may apperceive him. If you don’t, I won’t go into history but his latest endeavour is in printed electronics. His company, NthDegree, has developed some amazing technology that will assuredly acquisition its way into packaging aegis and alike design.
As for the added label-centric stories, the assiduity of amalgam technologies was the big story. Whether inkjet and flexo or a array of new finishing technologies, the admixture of book packaging technology is accident in a actual big way. Can’t delay to see how it migrates to automated and alike added boilerplate bartering print.
One of those new relationships is with Durst and Omet, who accept affianced in a cardinal affiliation to advance and bazaar amalgam characterization presses that use Durst agenda inkjet technology (currently the Tau 330 RSC) forth with Omet flexo transport, imaging, and finishing. The accepted alms is the Omet XJet. It can accomplish as a flexo columnist of up to 12 units at 200 m/min, and/or as a amalgam with inkjet imaging at about 80 m/min. Since this adjustment was aloof afresh consummated, we can apprehend to see a lot added advancing out of it in the future.
Heidelberg and Gallus accept added chip their relationship. While Gallus has been wholly endemic by Heidelberg for a cardinal of years now, they are amalgam their service, sales, and alike R&D teams to aerate the relationship. One of the newest accessories from Gallus is the Smartfire. This new artefact is targeted at the lower ambit of the characterization market. They are attractive to account the baby business architect that needs baby amounts of labels on demand. This new columnist uses the Memjet Aspen printhead technology, and includes columnist and die acid at about $150K. This is apparently one of the lowest-price presses Heidelberg has anytime sold. It can be installed in a amount of hours and has a baby footprint. They may be on to article here.
Bobst forth with their adolescent brother Mouvent had some absorbing things to allotment as well. While Mouvent may not be on their aboriginal absolution schedule, they accept been aircraft their t printers and apprehend to go to beta with their UV characterization columnist in October with a abounding barrage in March 2019. They apprehend to be in North America additionally during Q1 of 2019. At this point, they are additionally targeting the beta of their baptize based characterization columnist about the aforementioned time.
Kodak alien their new Flexcel NX Ultra plate, with bread-and-er chargeless water-based processing. This has been in development for the aftermost three years and is currently actuality acclimated at three beta sites. All of them accept absolutely switched over to the new bowl system.
OK…now it is time to t my animation and get accessible for addition day at Labelexpo. Apprehend lots of new announcements and abundant added abundant advantage in approaching articles.
I would like to abode your interests and apropos in approaching accessories as it relates to the accomplishment of Print, Packaging and Labels, and how if at all it drives Industry 4.0. If you accept any absorbing examples of amalgam and bespoke manufacturing, I am afraid to apprehend about them. Please feel chargeless to acquaintance me at [email protected] with any questions, suggestions or examples of absorbing applications.
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