Le Parc d'Expositions, Brussels, is the venue and 24-27 September is the date. Why not go to Labelexpo Europe 2003 and find out how to grow your pressure sensitive label business and learn about opportunities in new areas, including film, cartons, pouches? This could help you to provide new, more innovative solutions to your customers and above all increase profitability. Packed with over 400 key suppliers, Labelexpo continues to be at the forefront of cutting edge technology, embracing digital presses, laser die cutting, RFID, in-line decoration systems, multi-process ink systems, VIP substrates, multi-substrate presses and high technology label films, sleeves and wraps. All the top names will be there, including Mark Andy, Nilpeter, Gallus, Avery Dennison, HP Indigo, GiDue, Akzo Nobel, Raflatac, Arconvert and many more. And don't forget the conference – 15 sessions on the hottest topics, including reverse auctions and end user requirements in sectors such as food, pharmaceuticals and industrial labelling. Exhibition entry costs just EUR35 in advance and includes fast track entry badge so you can skip the queues [www.cts-online.co.uk/shows/labelexpo2003] or call the hotline to order tickets for the team: +44 (0)870 429 4546. But, if you insist, by all means pay EUR50 on the door.
Bar Graphic Machinery
T + 44 (0)1274 680020
A new dual die cut version of the Elite 250D die cut inspection rewinder, bristling with exciting new features, can be seen.
A removable anvil and an easy load system designed to accommodate most makes of rotary die have been developed. The inclusion of the ground breaking cartridge slitter system enables the operator to set the blades without taking them away from the machine.
A roll compensation arm effectively maintains unwind tension throughout the roll.
The cartridge slitter system has also been added to a new version of the Elite TT250 table top rewinder. Both models are capable of achieving speeds of up to 220m/min and each are fitted with a pneumatic unwind brake.
Advanced Vision Technology
T + 44 (0) 1737 215200
New automatic inspection systems for quality assurance and process control workflow will be demonstrated.
PrintVision-Helios and PrintVision-Jupiter Compact have been developed for printers at each stage of the production workflow.
PrintVision-Helios is designed for label printers. The system can be mounted either on-press for inspection during run-time or be mounted on a rewinder for post print quality assurance.
The system inspects labels of any size, on any label stock, including paper, reflective materials, transparent films, foils and flexible materials.
Online job/roll reports, with images of all faults, are generated, providing a record with defect analysis. This includes information about the defect such as beginning of the fault, its location, the type of fault and in which lane it occurred.
The PrintVision-Jupiter Compact incorporates a new software module with advanced automatic inspection capabilities for process control. The system alerts press operators to print defects including spots, streaks, misprints, colour variation and mis-registration and displays the fault on the monitor.
Mark Andy Comco
T +1 636 532 4433
At the heart of the stand will be the DT series inkjet-printing module, which integrates directly into a 13in Mark Andy 2200 flexo press and which incorporates standard in-line, single pass flexo printing and converting operations.
The four-colour system is capable of printing high-end graphics with 100% variable information, and 100% coverage at 80ft/min.
The technology that combines full width 300-dpi resolution with eight levels of greyscale and UV curable ink is reputed to be an industry first.
The DT laser finishing module, developed with LasX Industries, makes it possible to receive a short-run job in the morning and produce it by the afternoon, even with a new die shape.
Also new will be the LP3000 label press, which operates at 230m/min.
T +44 (0) 1954 782551
Domino-ON-Demand, a complete variable data printing solution comprising estimating, pre-press, proofing and printing modules, will take pride of place.
Since previewing the printer earlier in the year, Domino has modified the print head, which is held down by positive pressure and now includes a built-in height adjustment capability. Its width has been reduced to100mm.
The internal database software can be networked to up to 16 print heads, enabling Domino-ON-Demand to be scaled to suit all sizes of high quality variable data projects.
With the flexibility to mount the print heads either vertically or horizontally Domino-ON-Demand can be integrated into an existing web press or handling system.
Alternatively, it can be teamed with a carefully matched range of Domino accessories to provide solutions for handling, feeding and curing as required.
Stands 6I110 & Stand 6G150
T +44 (0) 1794 524422
Showcased will be the Sigma. Developed from the proven design of its predecessor, the E430/510i, the Sigma is a shaftless machine equipped with servo technology.
To complement the Sigma, Edale will also demonstrate a 4-colour UV flexo Alpha producing a cosmetic label on self-adhesive PP.
The press will be running in line with a Matho waste management system that chops and compacts the matrix.
Edale will also demonstrate a UV flexo shrink sleeve application developed for high impact container decoration.
T +32 2 722 21 11
ExxonMobil will be showcasing a new transparent film for self-adhesive labelling of squeezable containers.
Label-Lyte 55XLC536 is said to offer excellent gloss.
The new film has a versatile water-based top coating that provides excellent print quality with most UV-printing technologies. An adhesive-receptive coating applied to the reverse side offers anchorage with most adhesive formulations.
Says commercial business mana-ger Mirek Tokaj: “This film is set to change packaging and labelling in the health and beauty care market especially where, until now, polyethylene films have dominated labels.”
Initial tests have proved that the new film offers better conform-ability than other OPP films, while maintaining excellent convertibility.
T +41 71 292 1616
On show will be the MP 340 multiprocess machine for combin-ation printing; the Gallus R 200 B 02 fully rebuilt machine – the workhorse in the industry; the RPS 220 processing machine with single-drive technology; and the BSM 340 high performance sheeting-machine.
T +41 62 745 61 61
System solutions for labels and cards, linerless labels or cards with integ-rated RFID transponders will be highlighted.
Passive RFID transponders [to ISO standard 15693] can be applied on Hunkeler Sprinter and Variweb lines in the form of a pre-die-cut label, self-adhesive material or glue.
T +44 (0)1565 684060
Provisionally called Ilfoseal, a new inkjet labelstock with photographic print quality, which seals itself after printing to become water resistant and scuff proof, will steal the limelight.
The surface of the label can be selectively made high gloss or lower gloss by adjusting the sealer unit.
Incorporated in a fast drying, ink receptive coated layer, are hundreds of thousands of polymer beads. After printing and when activated by heat and pressure in the sealer accessory, they fuse together to form a microscopically thin, yet rugged, film.
This transparent over layer protects the ink printed surface from damage and also gives the label its gloss.
The labelstock and sealer unit is aimed at VIP 2020 installations producing prime quality colour-on-demand labels or secondary labels requiring extra durability and water or chemical resistance.
The material and the sealing unit are shortly to undergo test marketing in the UK and will be available to other countries in early 2004, subject to availability.
Inspection Systems Stand 12W115 T +1 763 315 8056 www.inspectionsystems.com
At the heart of this stand will be the Compliance-Pro Sequence Management System, a series of customisable modules that manage random or sequential number control of labels, forms or tags in a print or product production environment.
The requirements may be as simple as data match or as complex as a requirement in a vault environment.
The product can be installed on any rewind system, printing press, production line or print/apply machine.
T +45 9657 0063
New Generation labellers will form the core display on this stand including air-blow, tamp-blow and wipe-on label applicators and sys-tems. All of these are available with stepper motor drives for enhanced label placement accuracy and reliability.
The focus of attention will also be focussed on the zero down time function for increased performance. An interface cable is used to connect two applicators and all functions can be utilised through the menu display set-up.
The first applicator is assigned master and second assigned slave. If the master does not label a product, the slave will automatically apply the missing labels. Electronics can keep track of up to 32 products between applicators.
T +32 (0) 2 466 8905
The firm’s range of glossy or matt clear and coloured cling films for the narrow web industry and for digital printing processes will be highlighted.
T +44 (0)1506 853 535
The industry’s only entry-level tag/label flexo press will be found here. Mark Andy and Paragon are to showcase the latest in UV ink development in action throughout the show week.
With its patented quick-change ink cartridges and eight-colour capability, the Scout has been designed for self-adhesive labels.
T +44 (0) 1753-558001
On display will be the firm’s extended series of spectrally enhanced metal halide lamps, developed in line with the trend to use a varied spectrum of UV curable coatings and inks in the label printing process.
Primarc will also exhibit its range of medium-pressure mercury arc lamps for label curing applications.
Primarc label lamps are suitable for all known systems including Comco, Gallus, GEW, Ko-pack, Mark Andy, Nilpeter and Sanjo. All lamps are manufactured to ISO 9002.
Schleipen & Erkens
T +49 241-88970-41
As a global supplier of siliconised release papers, S+E Release is concentrating on three main themes – product quality, application-specific solutions and logistics.
In addition, multi-million Euro machinery investments being made in both Jülich and Bologna will be shown for the first time.
Through these improvements, S+E Release will be able to expand its spectrum of complex tailor-made siliconised products.
T +32 (0) 2 410 21 00
Centre of attention on the Toshiba TEC stand will be a new 4in desktop label printer. The B-SV4D is a small and lightweight direct thermal printer that can produce barcode labels and tickets at speeds up to 127mm/sec.
Label printing in the palm of your hand is possible with the company’s latest 2in portable thermal printer. The B-SP2D’s ultra-compact and high performance design makes it ideal for producing high quality barcode labels as and where the user needs them.
Constructed from heavy-duty steel, the B-SX4 and BSX5 models will also be shown. They have been designed for any high output application. At the touch of a button the B-SX printers can turn out labels almost instantly at speeds up to 250mm/sec due to advances in processor capacity.
T + 44 1234 852553
Solutions for the labelstock industry will encompass a new Atlas rewinding technique for filmic or synthetic material as low as 60 micron, which operates at speeds over 600m/min.
The Titan SR7 cantilever slitter re-winder with Quick Shaft differential rewinds and rapid job changeovers for shorter production runs will also be seen.
Features include up to 1800mm web widths, 600-800mm rewind diameter and running speed up to 600m/min.
Also highlighted will be Rotomec hot melt coating technology, gearless CI and geared CI and stack type presses, and General’s Holosec vacuum web coater.
Finally, Valmet provides a range of sheeting solutions for paper, board, film and labelstock laminates. Features such as web cleaning, slitter and cross-cut knife cleaning and anti-telescoping are available to customers.
A recent innovation enables close tolerance, off-line cut-to-register sheeting of labels in both paper and plastics substrates.
T + 1-510-744-3770
Claimed to be a world first will be Cool-Fusion digital colour printing equipment intended for the labelling industry.
Colour electro photographic technology is said to be ideal for labels as well as tag and synthetic print production.
Converters agree that customers are demanding shorter print runs in greater frequencies and digital printing is the most effective solution to meet these new highly variable print jobs.
However, the capital expenditure associated with digital equipment has prevented many converters from accessing this growing market opportunity. The VP8020 is designed to satisfy the needs of this developing niche for under EUR100 000.
T +49 211 52392 60
Products to be displayed will include smooth synthetic papers that are waterproof, recyclable and tear, scratch, and chemical resistant for an enduring premium edge. The product cuts cleanly and stacks neatly into various label forms.
Pressure sensitive face stocks provide a substrate for product labels that are repeatedly handled or exposed to water or other liquids.
The paper’s consistent quality and smooth surface provide smooth adhesion to plastics bottles, boxes and flexible packaging.
IML synthetic paper enables blow and injection mould professionals to improve line speeds, enhance printed graphics and create seamless appearances for bottles.
It also eliminates the need for adhesives and helps reduce overall resin weights used to make in-mould containers by up to 15%.