Led by Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy, the MIS and Automation Workflow master class is being held on Tuesday, September 26 and features presentations by sector experts from AVT, Cerm, EFI Radius, Esko, Label Traxx, OPM Group and Tharstern. Attendees can learn how a joined-up approach to electronically managing an efficient and profitable 21st century operation is able to offer an integrated management information solution. Providing both day-to-day problem solving and long-term strategic decision making, it looks at: fast accurate estimating, procurement, production planning and scheduling, workflow automation, asset data collection and post data analysis.
Running on Wednesday, September 27, those signed up for the Shrink Sleeve Technology master class can hear about the latest in the sector’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 also find out about sleeve performance and quality, including troubleshooting and fault finding. Also headed up by Mike Fairley, there are presentations from Accraply, Esko, Flint Group and Klöckner Pentaplast.
Places are limited for both master classes, which cost €636 (including VAT) and are five-hours long. The price includes the master class, as well as a copy of the associated textbook and an opportunity to take an online exam afterwards to earn a Label Academy certificate.
Scheduled for Wednesday September 27, the inaugural Inks, Coatings and Varnishes workshop shows 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 can gain insight into how ink components interact with drying and curing technologies. Current legislation, including ink migration, is also being addressed, along with how to establish adhesion testing and quality assurance procedures.
The four-hour workshop costs €535 (including VAT) and is being 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, Labelexpo Europe’s project director, comments, “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 Academy is a global training and certification program for the label and package printing industry and is supported by FINAT, 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.
The Linerless Trail
The Linerless Trail makes its return to Labelexpo Europe 2017’s show floor. Established to help increase sustainability levels within the industry and accelerate zero waste adoption, the Linerless Trail benefits printers looking to improve their green credentials.
Originally debuting at Labelexpo Americas 2016 in Chicago, IL, the Linerless Trail 2017 brings together Evonik, Henkel, Maan, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe, Ritrama and Transfer Trade. From materials through to processing, the Linerless Trail has a particular focus on in-house production and new materials, as it aims to introduce and showcase the benefits linerless technology can offer print houses.
Linerless labels are fundamentally pre-printed pressure sensitive labels without the traditional release coating and liner format that stops it from sticking to other labels. Displaying both materials and converting systems, the Linerless Trail participants are organizing live demonstrations on their stands, as well as handing out samples.
Grace explains, “There is a lot of talk about linerless and as interest continues to grow in this area, we are seeing it being more widely used, particularly in food manufacturing. There are multiple benefits to going linerless, and printers who are looking to become more eco-friendly should consider a switch, because it helps eliminate waste, brings down the overhead costs of producing labels and yields greater efficiency in the printing and application stages.”
Enter the Automation Arena
New to Labelexpo Europe this year is what show organizers are calling a ground-breaking new feature area, the Automation Arena. “Industry 4.0” refers to the current trend of automation and data exchange within manufacturing technologies. Demonstrating this shift toward combining the industry with the Internet of Things, the Automation Arena is a practical live workshop featuring two automated press lines for digital and conventional label production. It shows visitors how information management can integrate workflow and automate production, working toward better performance, reliability and profitability for today’s printer.
Located in Hall 11, the Automation Arena is being held in collaboration with Cerm, Esko, Xeikon, MPS, Kocher + Beck, AVT, Rotocontrol, Matho and Wasberger. Three half-hour long, real-time presentations are running daily at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM over the show’s first three days and once at 11:00 AM on the final day of the show.
The Automation Arena sessions are being filmed live and relayed via large screens to Labelexpo visitors every single, detailed aspect of the job bring run.
The print jobs run during the Automation Arena are being produced using digital and conventional printing technology. Job creation, artwork uploading and MIS order processing steps are taking place in Cerm’s system before the pre-flighting, quality checks, proofing and customer approval are progressed using Esko’s software platform and automation engine. This is then followed by Cerm scheduling, ink and substrate checking, tool ordering and the sending of JDF files, ready for printing. Both presses are utilizing AT740 film from Avery Dennison, with inks supplied by Flint Group.
The conventional print runs are produced on an MPS EF 430, 8-color press – with no gear cylinder connection, intelligent pressure setting and zero waste roll change – which in turn will be fitted with a Kocher + Beck UR Precision 440 U non-stop splicer unwind and AVT’s Helios Product Line inspection system. A Rotocontrol RSC 340 WFL slitter and turret rewinding unit also features with Wasberger’s fully automatic Core Cutter S and Matho’s EM180 Cuttopipe waste removal system.
Job files, differing from the conventional print runs, are sent to a Xeikon X-800 digital front end for batching, step and repeat and preparation of job identification, diecut, inspection and turret rewinder bar codes for printing on a Xeikon 3300 press with an inline laser diecutting unit. When the Xeikon press starts its run, the audience can see the different identification bar codes in operation, AVT defect detection, laser diecutting setup and rewinder automation.
The final stages in the job automation process return to the Cerm operator and the audience is then taken through steps including warehousing, job picking, shipping carrier allocation, customer notification and invoicing.
“To remain profitable, printers need to plan ahead by integrating their prepress and production workflows with their management operations and connecting their entire supply chain. Printers automating their business will boost their competitiveness and become more agile with lower costs, increased productivity and better reliability, leading to higher profit margins.
“The Automation Arena gives attendees a good insight into the benefits of automation and a taste of how label and packaging production may evolve over the next five to 10 years,” says Grace.
Professor Tan Junqiao, founder and honorary chairman of the China Label Sub Association of the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC), has been chosen as the recipient of the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Label Industry Global Awards. Judging for the 14th annual awards program took place during the FINAT European Label Forum (ELF) in Berlin, where the judging panel met to consider entries across four award categories.
Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a substantial and key contribution to the promotion and growth of the label industry over a minimum of 25 years. Professor Tan, the first Chinese winner of this prestigious award, is highly regarded and respected as the true founder and motivator of China’s label and packaging printing industries, having spent 36 years in both starting and helping build the country’s industry from ground zero to the present day – initializing the industry’s development, promoting China’s printing technology innovations, defining production standards, organizing and participating in events, improving government policies and in enterprise development. Instrumental in promoting and introducing flexo printing into China, which involved convincing government agencies to reduce import taxes on flexo presses and, more recently, digital presses, Professor Tan has also provided valuable consulting advice to many global label converter and supplier companies entering China, helping them to define business development strategies, establish manufacturing locations and set up subsidiaries or joint ventures.
Professor Tan joins the ranks of eminent and distinguished past winners including: Suzanne Zaccone of GSI Technologies, Tomas Rink of Ritrama, RotoMetric’s Steve Lee, Helmut Schreiner, Nilpeter’s Lars Eriksen, Kurt Walker of FINAT and FLEXcon’s Neil McDonough.