At the joint exhibition booth, visitors have found a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that cover the label industry’s numerous technical and economic challenges that arise with the web-oriented manufacture of labels. Solutions are being presented that were developed in close contact with customers, both tried and tested solutions as well as newer ones. The inspection systems, the quality assurance systems in the iPQ family, as well as the web guiding systems combine to offer an extensive portfolio of products for all needs in terms of ensuring and controlling quality in web-oriented processes.
“We provide customers in the label and package printing market with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for quality management in their production operations. Their experience with our systems is that they are reliable and simple to operate, delivering the benefit of fast machine setup times. At BST North America, customer service not only means listening to our customers, but also providing solutions and support,” states Mark Lambrecht, president of BST North America.
Among the products that have been displayed: the Super HANDYScan 4100 and the POWERScope 5000. Launched in the North American market at the last Labelexpo, the POWERScope 5000 features a high level of operating convenience. It can be operated via the hotkeys of the external keyboard or using the intuitive gesture control of a multitouch monitor. In both cases, operation is reduced to the essential functions, providing maximum user friendliness. The web monitoring system also features a wear-free electronic zoom and excellent image quality thanks to the high-resolution camera and LED flash. On the same moving web demo, BST North America has introduced the updated SUPER HANDYScan 4100. While the camera unit, monitors, cables and synchronization remain the same, the SUPER HANDYScan 4100 features a new state-of-the-art controller. The new controller includes an updated user interface, startup screen, and as an added benefit every controller includes TeamViewer for remote access.
A Shark 4000 Lex system for 100% inspection and the TubeScan eagle view inspection system are being exhibited in the BST North America booth. Shark 4000 Lex has been developed especially for a variety of uses in the narrow web and label printing industries. The easy-to-use Shark 4000 Lex reliably detects smallest defects in real-time and is suitable for web widths up to 600 mm. The 100% print inspection system for use on rewinders and narrow-web printing machines, stands out due to the well-engineered technology, extensive range of functions and comprehensive defect management software.
TubeScan eagle view combines 100% print inspection with web monitoring, enabling seamless printing error monitoring. With the new QLink Workflow, the company has expanded its TubeScan product portfolio and has concentrated on synchronization, data handling and error editing. This solution was developed for customers who use the TubeScan system on print and cutting machines in parallel. With QLink, TubeScan systems can be used for the automatic control of cutting machines and standalone 100% inspection systems.
To complete the full line of 100% inspection, Labelexpo visitors can see a running demo of the iPQ-Check module. The iPQ-Check is part of a modularly-constructed system that offers extensive possibilities for quality assurance in order to target the best production results. The abbreviation iPQ stands for “increasing Productivity and Quality” in the production process. The module for 100% inspection is called iPQ-Check, while iPQ-View covers digital video web monitoring tasks and iPQ-Spectral is a tool for inline spectral color measurement. iPQ-Workflow integrates these three modules into a common quality assurance process which creates the basis for the continuous optimization of print processes. The iPQ-Center reliably recognizes and records errors, so machine operators are in a position to quickly and easily intervene in the process and correct settings.
In the field of web guiding, the BST North America booth includes reliable and configurable solutions that customers worldwide rely on. They cover virtually all of the technical and economic requirements of the narrow-web market.
BST North America is showing a CLS Pro 600 digital line and contrast sensor and a CompactGuide with a Wide Array sensor. With its wide field of vision, this sensor provides web guiding options that begin where web edge sensors reach their limits, as in the case of alternating web widths, for example. Thanks to the sensors’ wide measuring range, manual adjustment is a thing of the past. The high-performance CompactGuide can be configured flexibly.
Another special highlight is the new AccuNET controller from AccuWeb. With intuitive operation, faster response and a higher-resolution graphical display, the flexible touchscreen of the new contoller offers maximum operating convenience. The new system provides support in all the areas where it makes sense to use a touchscreen – during setup or for direct data input, for example.