The Flexographic Technical Association’s International Flexo Seminar 2002 is to be held in Mexico City during October 23-24. For details cal1 +1 631 737 6020, or email

Senntech’s new PW 300 low cost slitter will run core or coreless from 1-3in with a maximum width of 80in and OD of 11.8in. All the operator has to do is to load the material. The roll is then ejected automatically to the collecting table or packaging line. An automatic core loader can be added when higher productivity is needed.

More information from Hans Timell, Senntech – FAX: +41 62 867 92 85. EMAIL:

Converting Industry Supplies is a new company established as a one-stop shop for printers and converters in need of a solution to print quality and waste problems. Its product portfolio includes video web inspection, flexo plate mounters, stroboscopes, static elimination, web cleaning and press floor data collection systems. The company also offers an export sales consultancy service for UK companies.

More information from Darren Skipper, Converting Industry Supplies – TEL: 01454 880 799.

In a recent Flexographic Technical Association survey of US label and tag printers, 70 per cent of those approached planned to make capital equipment purchases within the next 12 months. Of that number, 44 per cent said they will spend in excess of $500,000.

More information from Flexographic Technical Association – TEL: +1 516 737 6020. FAX: +1 1516 737 6813.

Jenton has launched the Maklaus MPU range of continuous hole punching units in the UK. They are capable of punching holes from 3-120mm in PE and other film materials up to 800 micron, at up to 40 cycles/s.

More information from Richard Little, Jenton International – TEL: +44 (0)1256 892 194. EMAIL:

Pamarco Global Graphics has launched an e-brochure that encompasses all of its product lines. To receive a copy of the CD, email David Burgess at:

Thermal transfer ribbons supplier Iimak has installed three custom designed automatic slitters at its Belgian production facility. The proprietary design is said to give better tension controls than standard slitters, plus the ability to easily switch the front end to handle the large variety of ribbon configurations offered by Iimak.

More information from David Steeples, iiMAK Europe – TEL: +32 1457 9822. Fax: +32 1457 9808.

Montreal based Graphic Finishers has ordered a Valmet TSK twin synchronous knife sheeter to process a wide range of board products. The machine will have a maximum web width of 1,450mm and the capacity to cut sheets from 400-1,500mm, to within 0.5mm, at up to 300m/min. Valmet Rotomec has received an order for a 10 colour 4000-2 ES gravure press from Bak Ambalaj, Turkey. It will be used to print PE film.

More information from Roger Astell, Valmet Converting Equipment – TEL: +44 (0)1234 852553. EMAIL:

The first ALS 700 NTA automatic roll slitter has been delivered to a major foam tape converter in Scandinavia. It is 2.1m wide and has a capacity of 700mm diameter. Slitting at 700mm diameter requires an 800mm diameter blade weighing approximately 30kg. ALS developed a loading device for the safe handling of these large, heavy blades when they are changed.

More information from Fiona Lack, ALS – TEL: +44 (0)1933 225 755. EMAIL:

Sensor Products has a new version of its Auto-NIS portable, Windows based automatic nip profiler. Improved mathematical algorithms and software routines are said to produce more accurate and repeatable results.

More information from William Ebner, Sensor Products – TEL : +1/973.884.1755. EMAIL:

UK based supplier of on-line digital proofing solutions and approval workflow systems RealTimeImage has relocated its operation to 12, St Margarets Road, Edgware Middlesex HA8 9UP. Tel: +44 (0)208 905 3021. Fax: +44 (0) 208 905 3014. The website is at:

BPM Engineering Services has introduced an intermittent hot needle perforator that fits onto slitters or bag machines to perforate packaging films in specified positions. Many patterns can be created. Capable of over 300 cycles/min, the machine is easily converted to a standard perforator, says BPM.

More information from BPM Engineering Services – TEL: +44 (0)1706 355107. FAX: +44 (0)1706 358552.

Arrowhive Equipment has upgraded a Padane flexo press at a UK flexible packaging plant with Montalvo web control equipment. The one metre wide machine is handling a variety of filmic substrates and required a more responsive tension control system. Arrowhive supplied two Montalvo X-3000ce controllers for unwind and rewind, CD-Series pneumatic friction brakes, and loadcells.

More information from Philip Fletcher, Arrowhive Equipment – TEL: +44 (0)1491 682044. EMAIL: