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Only 3 weeks until the MIAC opening - 9.10.11 October 2019

Only 3 weeks until the MIAC opening - 9.10.11 October 2019  (Company news)

270 Exhibitors, 6,200 Visitors: this is MIAC in Lucca (Italy).

The MIAC Conferences - during MIAC Exhibition several international Conferences will take place. Participation is free of charge and simultaneous translation is available.

Optimizing the Tissue Paper Production and Converting
09 October 2019 | time 13.40 - 17.10
10 October 2019 | time 09.40 - 12.50

Energy efficiency in papermaking: win-win solutions to reduce costs and emissions
10 October 2019 | time 14.00 - 17.00

Prize for the innovation in the paper industry
11 October 2019 | time 10.00 - 12.00

Date: 9.10.11 October 2019 - Lucca - Italy
Opening time: 9 and 10 October - 9.00/18.00 | 11 October 9.00/15.30
Address: Lucca Exhibition Centre - Via della Chiesa XXXII, 237 – 55100 Lucca/Italy
(Edipap Srl)

PMP to provide two rebuilds for Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas mill in Indonesia

PMP to provide two rebuilds for Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas mill in Indonesia  (Company news)

Paper Machinery Producer (PMP) recently signed a contract for the delivery of two rebuilds for the Press and Dryer Section for Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas’ (APP) Pindo Deli Mill in Indonesia. The agreement is the result of an earlier successful cooperation between PMP and APP, signed off in August 2018.

The scope includes the supply of press section rebuild with new Intelli-Nip® Press and Intelli-Nip® Module 1500. This state-of-the-art technology will ensure higher dryness following the press section and will improve the paper quality in the mill.

The scope of supply for both projects also includes design, on site transportation and services.
As part of the contract, PMP will also be delivering new core items for the dryer section rebuild.
(PMPoland S.A.)

Flint Group Packaging Announces Advanced Offerings at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Flint Group Packaging Announces Advanced Offerings at Labelexpo Europe 2019  (Company news)

As a result of the combined strength of Flint Group Narrow Web, Flint Group Image Transfer Solutions, and Xeikon (member of Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions), we are excited to demonstrate for customers our unique and advanced offerings that deliver customer earnings and productivity beyond what other suppliers can provide.

The combined creativity of Xeikon Prepress and Flint Group Flexographic has delivered a revolutionary integrated prepress solution for highly automated imaging devices. These two businesses are excited to share the details of the expanded ThermoFlexX brand across all products. This offering builds on the outstanding success of ThermoFlexX digital imagers and Woodpecker Nano screening technology and the highest quality flexographic plate, nyloflex®. This innovative solution will combine Xeikon's comprehensive imaging expertise and Flint Group's long experience in the development of flexographic plates in order to provide significant increases in productivity in the press-room; a solution that is better, faster and easier to use.

Flint Group Narrow Web will present new offerings to help converters expand their capabilities in on-press colour management, and consider business growth in short run flexible food packaging. Announcements will include VIVO ColourSolutions linkage with dispensers, and the expansion of the system to cover more printing-ink series. VIVO ColourSolutions is the world’s most accurate, versatile and easy to use colour management system and Flint Group Narrow Web is delighted to introduce customers to the web based system for achieving colour right the first time on press. Also on display at the show will be the most comprehensive UV LED Curing inks, including those for food packaging compliant applications. With over 25% of all printing applications in EMEA being for the food industry, we are proud to share with our customers the inks and solutions to enable their growth in short runs of flexible food packaging.

For Flint Group Digital Solutions, Xeikon features a wide portfolio of digital label printing solutions, including entry level as well as high productivity production lines from start to finish. There will be demonstrations on the latest innovative power of Xeikon’s X-800 workflow tools driving a number of digital presses using both inkjet and toner technologies and demonstrating food safety for flexible packaging and stand up pouches.
(Flint Group Headquarters)

Hugo Beck Showcases Its Sustainability Credentials At Fachpack

Hugo Beck Showcases Its Sustainability Credentials At Fachpack  (Company news)

Hugo Beck, the world’s leading manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines, will be embracing the key theme of this year’s FachPack – ‘environmentally-friendly packaging’ – with a display of innovative machine concepts that demonstrate how effective packaging solutions can deliver sustainability benefits. In addition, the company’s stand (307, Hall 4A) will highlight the latest advances in digitisation and Industry 4.0.

Photo: Tissue rolls are shrunk on a Hugo Beck servo X 800 film packaging line.

As a packaging machinery specialist, Hugo Beck regards itself as a partner to both industry and the retail sector in the devising of more sustainable packaging solutions through innovation and further developments in machine technology. Visitors to the stand will be able to see how the company’s established reputation for the flexibility and efficiency of its machines can be utilised in the adoption of new pack types and materials that help to meet these increasingly important sustainability demands. Experts from the company will also be on hand to discuss specific customer requirements.

In the drive to minimise the use of plastic, Hugo Beck will highlight how material savings can be effectively combined with efficiency increases in the production of flowpacks, poly bags and shrink packs. The environmental profile of film packaging can be improved by making it as thin and light as possible without compromising the quality of its appearance or its protective properties. In particular, in association with packaging film specialist mopack, the company will highlight what has already been achieved in this area. This includes the world’s thinnest PVC-free polyolefin fine shrink film with only 7 µm, a film packaging solution that can deliver up to 70 % savings in film volume per pack.

Visitors can also find out about Hugo Beck's increasingly diverse automation solutions and gain an insight into the latest developments in packaging machines that support Industry 4.0. For example, easy-to-view machine performance data and the monitoring of production processes can contribute greatly to increased transparency in production. Another benefit is the avoidance of unplanned machine downtime through predictive maintenance. Hugo Beck’s standard digital solution can be adapted to individual customer needs.

Hugo Beck has been an exhibitor at FachPack since the show was first launched in 1979 and is delighted to be continuing its association in this anniversary year. “FachPack has always provided an excellent platform for the latest trends and developments in the packaging industry,” says Timo Kollmann, the company’s Sales Director. “This year we have the opportunity to demonstrate how our range of solutions can meet the need for increased sustainability while still delivering on the key requirements for effective packaging such as protection and preservation of products, as well as promotion at the point of sale.”
(Hugo Beck Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG)

DS Smith Wins #TheCupFund for Coffee Cup Drop Box Scheme

DS Smith Wins #TheCupFund for Coffee Cup Drop Box Scheme  (Company news)

Leading British recycler DS Smith receives #TheCupFund grant on behalf of Hubbub and Starbucks, to support the fight against coffee cup waste.

DS Smith, a leading sustainable packaging provider and recycler, has announced it has been granted funding from Hubbub’s #TheCupFund initiative, the UK’s largest grant fund to support ambitious projects that boost paper cup recycling across the UK.

DS Smith’s Coffee Cup Drop Box is the only national scheme to have been chosen as part of the initiative. The grant will support the roll-out of DS Smith’s specially designed Coffee Cup Drop Box scheme, in partnership with Associated Vending Services (AVS). Each box holds around 700 cups and once full is collected by Royal Mail and returned to DS Smith’s paper mill in Kemsley, the UK’s largest, to be recycled back into new paper packaging products. As part of the development of the Coffee Cup Drop box DS Smith partnered with AVS to trial the service with its members.

AVS members operate tens of thousands of vending machines at locations throughout the UK. The vending machines are present in a varied network of properties including workplaces, local government buildings, NHS sites, leisure centres and cinemas. Each year, AVS members place around 80-90 million paper cups on the market.Funding received through Hubbub will go towards helping AVS members offset the cost of setting up their recycling service, helping to accelerate a nationwide rollout and reach the initial target of 24 million recycled coffee cups.

"Our target is to recycle at least 24 million cups in a year alone through our partnership with Associated Vending Services (AVS) members and the funding provided by Hubbub as part of The Cup Fund Grant. The grant will support the roll out of our newly launched Coffee Cup Drop Box which will provide the much-needed national infrastructure to reduce the 7.8 million coffee cups that are currently not being recycled across the UK each day." — Jochen Behr, Head of Recycling at DS Smith

The increase in coffee cup recycling capability is the result of innovation across DS Smith’s Recycling, Paper and Packaging divisions, as well as collaborations with logistic partners and customers. The Coffee Cup Recycling Drop Boxes are available through DS Smith’s ePack ecommerce platform, meaning small and medium size businesses, as well as larger organisations can easily access the scheme.

"At AVS we’re committed to encouraging sustainable practices and collecting used vessels for recycling from remote and unmanned sites. We are delighted to be partnering with DS Smith, who have worked tirelessly to ensure this system is as trouble free for the end user as possible. The simplicity of emptying your cup, and dropping it into a container, which is whisked away when full by a carrier who already visits your site, is a fantastic solution for all." — Louise Cummings, Chief Executive Officer at Associated Vending Services Ltd (AVS)

Hubbub launched #TheCupFund, with the support of Starbucks, to kickstart paper cup recycling across the UK. The Fund will support at least ten recycling projects around the country with grants of between £50,000 to £100,000 available to suitable projects.
(DS Smith Plc)

Your invitation to FachPack 2019 - Ready for your next step in making packaging sustainable?

Your invitation to FachPack 2019 - Ready for your next step in making packaging sustainable?  (Company news)

Customers these days are more conscious of their shopping choices, and check the environmental impact of packaging. That’s why we at Van Genechten Packaging are constantly developing new solutions to meet these emerging needs – and then take it further.

How? By combining sustainability with clever design and optimal logistics. Take our folding carton trays for example. You will need up to 95% less plastic, they are perfectly stackable, sturdy, eye-catching and foodsafe. For every product range.

Find your matching packaging type:
-Microflute & compact carton trays
-replace full plastic trays
-mainly for fruit & vegetables
-Compact carton tray with top seal
-easy opening, dosing and reclosing
-for fruit & vegetables, herbs, mushrooms
-MULTIVAC PaperBoard tray (MAP application)
-various packaging shapes possible
-for fish, meat, poultry, cheese, snacks, salads, bread, noodles

Want to hear more about how folding carton can make your brand stand out? Let’s talk about your business goals at FachPack, 24-26 September. We’ll welcome you at hall 5, stand 249.
(Van Genechten Packaging N.V.)

Climate change, forest management and bio-plastics take center stage at the ...

Climate change, forest management and bio-plastics take center stage at the ...  (Company news)

...World Bioeconomy Forum held in Ruka, Finland

The second World BioEconomy Forum held in the Finnish resort town of Ruka ended with eight declarations agreed upon by delegates from across the globe.

The three-day event kicked off with a update on the latest European Bioeconomy Strategy and action plan launched last year from Elisabetta Balzi, head of the Bioeconomy Unit at the European Commission. The latest strategy, with funds of Euro 10 billion for research into food and natural resources for the years 2021-27, is now in full swing in its implementation and Balzi gave a comprehensive, detailed presentation of where resources are being allocated.

The forum itself included dedicated panel discussions on subjects that included Implementing Biostrategies, Forest Bioeconomy and Climate Change, Circular Bioeconomy and Evolving Bioeconomy Value Chains - Case Plastic. For the first time at the forum there was also a CEO Panel of companies exclusively involved in the bioeconomy.

Grant Rosoman from Greenpeace International, who took part in the Forest Bioeconomy and Climate Change panel discussion, said, “It shows the maturity of the bioeconomy forum, that engaging with NGOs is seen as important to broaden the discussion on the bioeconomy but particularly to consider the role of the bioeconomy in the climate emergency.”

There were some key points among the eight declarations signed by delegates; to share knowledge between North, South, East and West; to make bio-based value chains explicit and traceable; to acknowledge that renewable carbon is the key for a sustainable chemical and plastic industry; agree on the emphasis of replacing fossil-fuel material and not to promote biomass burning.

What was abundantly clear at the forum was the fact that Europe is leading the way when it comes to strategies for the bioeconomy, however there is solid interest from countries across the globe to create their own strategies. Delegates from 22 countries and five continents attended the event. Marcello Brito, president of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association, (ABAG) said, “The bioeconomy is vital, and the key point of the new development model for the Amazon region which has the highest biological asset in the world.”

Christian Patermann, member of the international advisory group for the event said, “The forum this year continuously demonstrated the dynamism of the bioeconomies around the world. Held in the extreme north east of Europe, it united attendees from all four corners of the world, exchanging views and practices, discussing issues for instance on plastics and global changes, and the role the bioeconomy can play there. There is a need for more events like this in various regions of Europe and the rest of the world. Ruka might serve as a model.”

Jukka Kantola, founder and chairman of the World Bioeconomy Forum said: “We are delighted with this year’s forum outcome. This shows that the circular bioeconomy is attracting more interest among stakeholders all over the world. This forum shows that the circular bioeconomy is a vital tool in the mitigation of climate change.”

Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari, sent a video message to delegates at the closing of the event in Ruka, saying, “The World Bioeconomy Forum deals directly with relevant topics on environmental matters, forest policies and trade agreements. The Finnish government is also taking these topics very seriously at the same time as working on valid solutions.”

The 2020 event has already been set for September 23-25 and will once again be held in Ruka.
(World BioEconomy Forum)



Picture: Avery Dennison names Robyn Buma vice president of global procurement. (Photo: Avery Dennison)

Avery Dennison announces the promotion of Robyn Buma to vice president of global procurement for the company’s Label and Graphic Materials and Industrial and Healthcare Materials segments.

Robyn has more than 19 years of experience with Avery Dennison, having served most recently as senior director, procurement global categories and head of procurement for the European region, based in the Netherlands. She will be based in Mentor, Ohio for this new role.

“We are excited to announce Robyn’s appointment to this important leadership position,” said Georges Gravanis, president of the Label and Graphic Materials group at Avery Dennison. “Robyn has a successful track record in our organization, broad product knowledge, and a strong focus on building supplier relationships. With her leadership, I am confident that we will continue to stay on the leading­ edge of material trends, especially in support of our 2025 sustainability goals.”
(Avery Dennison Corporation)

TRESU and Flexo Concepts® introduce quick-change plastic doctor blade system ...

TRESU and Flexo Concepts® introduce quick-change plastic doctor blade system ...  (Company news)

... at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Picture: TRESU and Flexo Concepts® introduce quick-change plastic doctor blade system

TRESU presents the new XL Blade Holder Series that accommodates the TruPoint® plastic doctor blade, complementing the company’s wide range of clamping solutions for traditional steel blades. The collaboration between global flexo technology leaders brings the benefits of fast, safe exchange and improved setup times for plastic doctor blade users in label and packaging converting markets.

TRESU, the world leading manufacturer of chamber doctor blade systems, and Flexo Concepts® have collaborated to introduce a programme of plastic doctor blades with specially designed clamping systems that enable fast, safe exchange and easy integration with chamber doctor blades.
Debuting at Labelexpo Europe 2019, TRESU’s XL Blade Holder Series is a range of clamping systems that are specially modified for securing Flexo Concepts’ TruPoint® plastic doctor blades. These include ‘E-Line’ eccentric clamping systems, available in thicknesses of up to 1.0mm, and ‘P-Line’ pneumatic clamps, in thicknesses up to 1.25mm. These solutions facilitate blade changes in as little as one minute.

Plastic blades offer safe handling and long life, and eliminate the risk of anilox scoring. As a result, they are an alternative to conventional steel blades for applications such as applying coatings to digitally and offset printed labels and packaging, as well as situations where safety is paramount.

Steffan Warming Rasmussen, business development manager, TRESU Americas comments: “Plastic blades are significantly thicker than metal ones and have required screw systems to secure them. The XL Blade Holder Series, developed by TRESU in collaboration with Flexo Concepts, accommodates the greater thicknesses without awkward screws. This has resulted in a comprehensive programme of plastic doctor blades with a fast, safe blade exchange system similar to those used with steel blades. The new solution is compatible with TRESU’s sealed chamber doctor blade systems and also reduces maintenance while enabling cleaner printing at higher speeds.”

The complete range of Flexo Concepts’ plastic doctor blades, together with compatible clamping system, may be retrofitted into existing flexo printing units, and are available via TRESU’s Customer Care department and the TRESU Webshop.

Flexo Concepts’ TruPoint Orange® offers high-definition printing, and features the company’s MicroTip® edge that maintains a fine contact area with the anilox. TruPoint Green® for corrugated applications, provides resistance against mechanical creep.

TRESU chamber doctor blades regulate the flow of ink and coating media to the flexo press with reduced manual intervention. They feature the company’s patented seal system that ensures pressure and flow rates are automatically maintained at desired levels. This prevents air contamination of the chamber and enables foam-free transfer of ink / coating directly to the anilox cells at fast speeds.

At Labelexpo Europe 2019, Flexo Concepts will provide daily presentations that demonstrate the simplicity of blade exchange with TRESU’s E-Line and P-Line clamping systems at its stand, 7A 27. TRESU will exhibit its range of chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems for label and packaging applications at stand 7D 53.

For further details of the XL Blade Holder Series and TruPoint plastic doctor blades and other products for label and folding carton converting, please visit the TRESU website.
(Tresu A/S)

Valmet builds a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall

Valmet builds a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall  (Company news)

Valmet invests in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall to strengthen the company’s research and development capabilities related to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals. The new pilot facility will start up in October 2020.

Photo: Valmet has decided to invest in a new pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall.

Valmet focuses in its R&D work on ensuring an advanced and competitive offering of its technologies and services, enhancing raw material and energy efficiency, and promoting the use of renewable raw materials. In addition to the company’s traditional focus on pulp, paper and energy technologies, Valmet is putting increasing efforts to develop new biorefining processes for the efficient use of various biomass-based raw materials.

The new pilot facility in Sundsvall will further strengthen Valmet’s research and development capabilities in biomass conversion and enables pilot trials together with customers and partners.

A platform for future innovation
With the upcoming pilot facility in Sundsvall, Valmet can demonstrate state-of-the-art technology to customers and investors within the biorefinery business.

”Successful research and development work requires cooperation with customers and partners. This investment will strengthen Valmet’s continuing development within the biomass conversion field and our possibilities to contribute to the fossil fuel phase-out and decreased climate impact. The new pilot facility will be an important platform for future innovations,” says Mats Arnberg, Director, Biomass Conversion, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

The investment comprises new pilot equipment called BioTracTM, which uses Valmet DNA control system. The equipment can be modified for various processes and used with various raw materials. It could potentially be operated 24/7.
(Valmet Corporation)

Customers can “Expect More” from BW Packaging Systems at Pack Expo

Customers can “Expect More” from BW Packaging Systems at Pack Expo  (Company news)

In addition to showcasing packaging technology, Barry-Wehmiller will host discussion forums for customers and suppliers

Picture: LineView Solutions provides true causal loss and overall equipment effectiveness analysis. Commercial Director Andrew Giles of LineView Solutions, a BW Integrated Systems partner, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, during the Educational Seminar Series.

At Pack Expo Las Vegas, BW Packaging Systems, the packaging machinery arm of Barry-Wehmiller, will address some of the mega trends affecting the packaging industry in its own Educational Seminar Series in Booth C-1800.
All five BW Packaging Systems companies—Accraply, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and Synerlink—will be present in Booth C-1800 for Pack Expo, held September 23 to 25, 2019, in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Design Group, part of Barry-Wehmiller’s Engineering and IT Consulting Platform, will also be represented.

BW Packaging Systems’ theme for this Pack Expo is “Expect More,” highlighting the core belief that a complete packaging solution provides not only industry-leading equipment and technologies, but also the necessary integration, training, service and support required to help customers fully realize the value of their investment.

“We say we want customers to ‘Expect More’ because we really do,” said Carol O’Neill, BW Group President, Packaging. “No matter if you want a single piece of equipment from one of our companies, or a fully integrated line, we have a solution for you.”

O’Neill pointed out that the combined might of the Barry-Wehmiller packaging companies is a more than $700 million business, offering customers comprehensive solutions from an extensive portfolio of brands that are considered the most reliable and trusted in packaging.

“I’m looking forward to many meaningful conversations at this year’s Pack Expo event,” O’Neill said. “We’re in a unique position to be a long-term partner for our clients. Our continued growth means we can truly offer customers a full spectrum of packaging capabilities, with quality service to back up our equipment and support our clients for years to come.”

O’Neill and all of the BW Packaging Systems company presidents will be present at the booth throughout Pack Expo and will be available to engage with both the press and packaging professionals.

Attendees of Pack Expo Las Vegas can also “Expect More” of BW Packaging Systems when it comes to this year’s show. The BW Packaging Systems booth will host an Educational Seminar Series, during which packaging experts will speak on a number of important issues facing the manufacturing industry today. The series schedule is as follows:

- Staying Flexible in the Food Manufacturing Environment:
Synerlink Regional Sales Representative Matt Tucker; 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23
- Selecting the Best Labeling Equipment for Your Personal Care Product:
Accraply Regional Sales Executive Gary Szalkiewicz; 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23
- Investing in Robust Equipment to Integrate Your Packaging Line:
BW Integrated Systems Director of System Sales, North America, Daniel LoRusso; 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23
- Cream of the Crop: Using Smarter Machines and Flexible Manufacturing for a Competitive Advantage in the Dairy Industry:
Pneumatic Scale Angelus Business Development Leaders Mike Collins and Jean-Pierre Orenge; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, which will be a reprise of their previous webinar, hosted by the International Dairy Foods Association on Sept. 17 and available on demand
- Digital Factory of the Future:
LineView Solutions Commercial Director Andrew Giles; 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
- Production Optimization Through Machine Intelligence:
Synerlink General Manager Coley Mitchell; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
- Rainbow Packs, E-Commerce and More: Market Trends That Shape a System’s Design:
BW Integrated Systems Director of System Sales, North America, Daniel LoRusso; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25

Additionally, in this year’s booth, BW Packaging Systems will exhibit a variety of equipment and technologies to showcase its ability to address requirements across the entire packaging line. Among other machines from its portfolio, Pneumatic Scale Angelus will display a filler/seamer combination that leverages the strengths of its flagship Hema and Angelus brands, well-known for their strengths in robust construction, hygienic design and production flexibility. This particular machine configuration includes electronic synchronization between the servo drives on the Hema filler and the Angelus seamer. For Pneumatic Scale Angelus’ customers, no mechanical linkage between these two components means big savings on parts and components.

Accraply will exhibit the Accraply 100 pressure-sensitive labeler along with a Graham & Sleevit DF60 tamper-evident shrink sleeve applicator. This configuration is a cost-effective solution that is able to accurately label even the most difficult applications. Toolless changeovers make these machines quick to configure—ideal to meet the demands of fast-moving production lines.
(Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))

American printing company invests in complete package from Heidelberg with a view to growth ...

American printing company invests in complete package from Heidelberg with a view to growth ...  (Company news) packaging printing

-Adams Litho sees huge potential for packaging solutions
-Package includes a Speedmaster CD 102-6+L UV, a Diana Easy 115, an Easymatrix 106 CS, and a Versafire EP

Photo: The Diana Easy 115 is the first folding carton machine at Adams Litho, and its user-friendliness has made it a big hit with operators.

The printing company Adams Litho from Chattanooga, Tennessee, has experienced a surge in demand for packagings in the last ten years. Expecting further increases in the coming years, the company has plans to grow in this segment. To prepare for this, Adams Litho has invested in several machines from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). With a complete package consisting of a Speedmaster CD 102-6+L UV , an Easymatrix 106 CS die cutter , a Diana Easy 115 gluer , and a Versafire EP digital printing press , the printing company wants to offer its customers top-quality packaging solutions for any run length. “Packagings continue to grow, and will always be needed,” confirms Wyatt Hogue, GEO of Adams Litho. “The most important thing in stores is which packaging stands out on the shelf. It is of vital importance for our company to offer our customers a one-stop shop for unique and high-quality packagings.”

Adams Litho offers a comprehensive range of printing services for companies of all sizes. Since its establishment in 1886, the company has sought out the most modern technology. Today, it offers a full service portfolio, from color digital printing to offset printing.
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Global Hygiène signs the acceptance of TM A.Celli iDEAL® 1800S

Global Hygiène signs the acceptance of TM A.Celli iDEAL® 1800S  (Company news)

In August the French customer's technicians validated the Factory Acceptance Test, carried out at A.Celli Paper’s facilities, for the tissue machine, the heart of the complete turnkey plant, entirely supplied by A.Celli Paper.

The new iDEAL®1800S machine has a 2850 mm format and an operating speed of 1800 mpm. The turn-key project also includes an E-WIND® T100 rewinder and a R-WAY® roll-handling system.

The Yankee supplied is the forged one of the latest A.Celli generation and has a diameter of 15’.

The tests carried out fully satisfied the customer's expectations, authorizing the shipment of the machinery to its headquarters in Charavines, in south-eastern France.
(A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)

Grant Fitz Hired as EFI's New Chief Financial Officer

Grant Fitz Hired as EFI's New Chief Financial Officer  (Company news)

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has named veteran tech finance executive Grant Fitz (photo) as its new chief financial officer. Fitz replaces long-time EFI executive Marc Olin, who will assume the COO role at EFI. Fitz brings nearly 30 years of financial and operational experience overseeing accounting, business support, and financial planning and analysis in the print marketing, tech and automotive fields.

“Having worked with Grant at Xerox, I know him to be a thoughtful and insightful executive and a dynamic, resourceful CFO,” said EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. “I am excited to have him join our team to establish new financial strategies that give us the ability to drive deeper engagement and even stronger innovation in our customer offerings.

“I also wish to express my appreciation to Marc – one of the longest-serving members of EFI’s senior leadership team,” Jacobson continued. “He steered the company’s finances and helped shape strategy through an extended growth period. I look forward to working closely with Marc into the future in his COO role.”

Fitz has a proven track record as a talented and strategic finance leader. He comes to EFI from Valassis, a leading print and digital marketing technology and consumer engagement company, where he also served as the CFO. Prior to that, he was the corporate vice president and CFO at Xerox® Technology.

Fitz also held a number of senior leadership positions at General Motors, both in Europe and the United States, and served as GM’s first chief risk officer. He also worked as the senior vice president and CFO of Nexteer Automotive, a global automotive steering systems company.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Fitz also serves as a board member for Blink Charging.
(efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)

Juergen Freier to join Ricoh as Director Commercial Print Sales

Juergen Freier to join Ricoh as Director Commercial Print Sales  (Company news)

Ricoh Europe is focusing even more on supporting clients in their analogue to digital transformation with the appointment of Juergen Freier (photo) as Director Commercial Print Sales of the Commercial Printing Group.

Juergen has a wealth of experience on supplier side helping clients juggle changing market demands and new technology to drive successful growth, and working as commercial printer himself using latest technologies to grow business.

His printing industry career began with Heidelberg in 1991. In 2003 he made a big leap when he joined one of Europe’s largest publishing houses Gruner & Jahr, as President of Sales. He then became Managing Director of direct marketing specialist Meiller Direct and later President of Sales and Marketing for one of Europe’s largest Printing Services Providers (PSP) Prinovis.

In 2011 he moved back to the supplier side as Managing Director of print finishing systems manufacturer Polar-Mohr. He joins Ricoh Europe from HP where recently he was General Manager Indigo and Inkjet Webfed EMEA.

Juergen comments: " I am excited to be taking on this role at a time when clients are looking to start or accelerate their move from analogue to digital. I am looking forward to combining my industry understanding with Ricoh’s innovative hardware and software to show PSPs how to capture the market opportunities digital print offers. I can’t wait to start."

“Juergen is a fantastic addition to our experienced and dynamic team,” says Eef de Ridder, Vice President, Commercial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “He has a broad perspective and wealth of knowledge with respect to the challenges clients can face and with his expertise he is well placed to work with clients and help them meet their business needs and demands. He will enable them to develop the best approach to transformation that safeguards their current business while empowering them to introduce new ways of working and expand into new markets. His deep market knowledge and experience both on supplier and customer side, makes him ideal for this strategic role.”

Juergen joins Ricoh Europe’s Commercial Printing Group on November 1.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper shows product innovation at the Fachpack 2019

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper shows product innovation at the Fachpack 2019  (Company news)

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is at Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg for the first time and is presenting the brand new barricote BAG WGOM - a fully recyclable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, with multi-barriers against water vapour, grease and oil, oxygen and aroma as well as mineral oil migration.

With the new barricote BAG WGOM (89 g), Mitsubishi is launching a particularly sustainable barrier paper for flexible food packaging, which has an impressive universal multi-barrier. It protects food and consumers not only from water vapour, grease or oil and oxygen or aroma, but also from mineral oil migration (MOSH / MOAH), thus offering a particularly wide barrier protection.

The paper, produced from virgin fibres, consists of a particularly high proportion of renewable raw materials, and is 100% free of plastic films, aluminium and fluorocarbons. Of course, BAG WGOM is approved for direct food contact as well as being FSC® or PEFC ™ certified.

"Furthermore, BAG WGOM is fully recyclable" says Michael Kater, sales manager for barrier papers at Mitsubishi. "Due to its very good heat-sealability, it is particularly suitable for heat-sealed bag packaging of dry and greasy foods, and it is the intelligent alternative to film packaging made of PE, PP or BOPP film. This fits in perfectly with the theme of Fachpack 2019: Environmentally friendly packaging."

Samples and further information of the complete barricote range are available at Fachpack 2019 in Nuremberg (Booth 7A641), and also at the Mitsubishi booth at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (Booth 6A09).
(Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)

Automatic disposal of cardboard packaging - A baler without manual cutting cardboard

Automatic disposal of cardboard packaging - A baler without manual cutting cardboard  (Company news)

Anyone who wants to dispose of cardboard packaging without the annoying manual cutting of cardboard will be a fan of the AutoLoadBaler.

The AutoLoadBaler offers:
– Automatic filling
– Time savings up to 4000 hours a year
– Satisfied stuff

With its automatic filling and integrated collecting system, this press is used in industry, food retailing, warehousing and logistics.

Photo: Insertion of the collection cart into the AutoLoadBaler

Function: The collection car filled with cardboard is pushed into the press within seconds. The automatic pressing process starts with the push of a button. The bottom of the collection truck automatically moves up and the cardboard is conveyed via rotors into the press chamber where it is pressed with 530 kN pressing force into approx. 400 kg directly marketable bales.
Due to the internal installation of the automatic AutoLoadBaler and the large collecting trolley, the operating staff saves running distances and time. Precious time to shred the cardboard and filling the press are history.
(Strautmann Umwelttechnik GmbH)

ECMA Announces Appointment of Mike Turner

ECMA Announces Appointment of Mike Turner  (Company news)

The European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) has strengthened its core leadership team with the appointment of Mike Turner (photo) to the position of Managing Director. The appointment helps to further secure the recognition of ECMA as the leading pan-European association for the carton sector.

Mike brings many years of industry experience to the role, including 15 years with paper-based packaging solutions provider International Paper. A seasoned senior executive, Mike has extensive experience of both small and large packaging companies. He has also been heavily involved in the management of other industry associations, including Pack2Go Europe.

The role covers previous responsibilities held by Hans van Schaik and Rogier Krabbendam and ECMA is extremely grateful for the excellent work that Hans and Rogier have accomplished over the past 7 years. Mike begins his role in September, where he will represent ECMA members as a spokesperson, liaising directly with key legislators and the media to raise the profile of the sector and address industry challenges.

Jean-François Roche, ECMA President, commented: "We warmly welcome Mike into his new role. He has a deep understanding of our complex industry landscape and is perfectly positioned to guide longterm strategy and help our members effect real change to continually drive the sector forward."

"In September, Mike will be joining our annual Congress in Malta, where converters and industry suppliers meet to share the latest trends and developments within the folding carton industry supply chain, to meet our partner members. We encourage our delegates to seek Mike out for a warm welcome!"
(ECMA European Carton Makers Associations)

ARGRAF is committed to Xeikon's CX3 dry toner for label production

ARGRAF is committed to Xeikon's CX3 dry toner for label production  (Company news)

With 40 years’ experience, ARGRAF has become a reference in the manufacturing of food labels and a leader in high-end wine labels. Its achievement of this position has been based on quality and innovation. In 2017, in order to continue its forward progress, the company decided to commit to web-fed digital printing by enlarging its self-adhesive department with the addition of two digital printing presses. In 2019, ARGRAF extended its portfolio again with the acquisition of a Xeikon CX3 digital press (photo), designed specifically for the production of self-adhesive labels.

Jesús Davalillo, ARGRAF’s Pre-Printing and Digital Printing Director, explains the reason for this decision. “After two years working with another digital technology (liquid toner), we decided to add a press with dry toner technology which, apart from offering certificates for food contact and security, allows us to extend our product portfolio and to continue delivery of quality service to our clients.” The choice was the Xeikon CX3.

The Xeikon CX3 digital label press is based on Xeikon’s Cheetah technology, printing at a maximum speed of 30m/min. Its fast printing speed for every type of material, without the need for pre-printing, along with its stability, reliability and minimal maintenance, make the Cheetah series, both 330 and 520mm widths, the ideal Xeikon units for operations with higher printing volumes. This digital press, with very high resolution of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi, offers additional advantages such as its use of dry toners that comply, amongst other things, with the regulations of the American FDA on food contact, its great precision and colour stability, and the ability to print white toner with high levels of opacity in a single pass.

“We are very pleased with the quality of Xeikon’s opaque white and, in general, the stability of the press, and also the low levels of maintenance required. Although we have only been working with it for seven months and it is a bit soon to make a final assessment, we have confidence that things will continue in this way, which allows us to achieve maximum speed of 30 meters a minute for most materials, with only a few exceptions,” Davalillo said.

Toner technology
ARGRAF’s Pre-Printing Director is clear that the company’s production requires toner technology these days. “Although inkjet is advancing rapidly, and it may be that it is viable in the medium term for printing all types of material, we are presently putting our faith in toner. We are gradually gaining experience that tells us which of our two toner types is the best solution for each job. For us, these are complementary technologies, and we have to extract the best from each of them.”

Davalillo adds, “Xeikon’s Cheetah presses are dry toner electro-photographic presses, which means that we can generally use traditional media without having to test them first with pre-printing or use materials specifically manufactured for a particular technology. Apart from the widest colour gamut for four colour process, the Xeikon CX3’s fifth station can be used for custom colours, colours that extend the chromatic range, white toner, or for a security toner. The press works well with media in weights from 40 to 350 g/m².”

All these features benefit ARGRAF in its objective of offering any type of finish to embellish the label, and to anticipate changes in design, which are increasingly required. Davalillo explains: “Investment in technology and the experience of our personnel are key to providing a complex and quality product at competitive prices. We are proud of the fact that we always seek a viable solution for any design, always applying scalable, automated solutions that do not involve manual handling or multiple processes that would make production unmanageable and very expensive.”

ARGRAF has always had a strategy of growth, reinvestment and seeking new challenges. “For the last three years, we have been developing, and are now executing, a project that involves reorganising the company’s departments and processes, with the intention of giving a qualitative boost to our management capacity and improving interactions with our clients. We are making several technology investments, which includes a new web-fed offset press. We also keep a close watch on new developments in digital technology and, most likely within the next two years, we will add new capacity in this area as well,” Davalillo concluded.

ARGRAF is a family-owned business created by Martín Torroba and other partners in 1978, it produces more than 2.5 billion wine and tin labels each year. Its state-of-the-art technology and its specialisation have allowed it to position itself in the vanguard of new labelling techniques, with turnover of around 24 million euros; 80% of the turnover comes from wine labelling and the other 20% mainly from canned food labels, with a small percentage of other products mixed in. In the distribution by sector, self-adhesive labels represent about 65% to 70% of turnover, with the rest being sheetfed applications.

In addition to its three digital presses, the company has eight flexographic printing lines and two offset printing lines producing self-adhesive labels. ARGRAF also has seven finishing machines with different configurations for stamping, embossing and silk-screen printing, four sheetfed offset presses and two stampers for the sheetfed section. Its 140 employees are responsible for maintaining the effective and high-quality production that has enabled them to become a market leader.
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

Nazdar releases 184v2 Series solvent inkjet ink for superior graphics printing

Nazdar releases 184v2 Series solvent inkjet ink for superior graphics printing  (Company news)

Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the launch of the new 184v2 Series solvent inkjet inks. Initially available in EMEA, the new inks have been designed specifically for use in Mimaki™ digital printers using Mimaki BS4 ink.

The new improved 184v2 Series ink formulations deliver an exceptionally close colour match, improved jetting stability at high print speeds, and a faster drying time than their predecessors. Like all Nazdar's high quality alternative ink solutions, they offer comparable or improved performance than OEM inks, at a lower price point.

The 184v2 Series's plug-and-play capabilities allow users of Mimaki printers running BS4 inks to change to Nazdar 184v2 Series ink without the need to flush. Due to the complete chemical and colour compatibility of the two ink sets, OEM pouches can be replaced with Nazdar 184v2 Series pouches as they run out, rather than all colours at the initial install. This saves both time and money as there is no need to perform wasteful ink fill procedures or dispose of unused ink.

Stephen Woodall, Global Segment Manager - Aqueous & Solvent Digital at Nazdar Ink Technologies, comments: ""The 184v2 Series inks offer outstanding performance with excellent colour fade and chemical resistance to UV degradation and environmental pollution. Suitable for use on a wide variety of substrates including self-adhesive, flexible and pressure-sensitive vinyl, banner material, blue back paper and backed mesh, the inks are a great addition to the Nazdar range."

The low-odour 184v2 Series inks are available in 600ml and 2000ml bags, compatible with MBIS.

For more information on Nazdar and its comprehensive range of ink solutions, please visit
(Nazdar Limited)

UPM plans to reduce its uncoated paper capacity to safeguard competitiveness in Europe

UPM plans to reduce its uncoated paper capacity to safeguard competitiveness in Europe  (Company news)

UPM plans to permanently close a SC paper machine in Rauma, Finland and sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. If realized, the measures would result in a reduction of 265,000 tonnes of SC capacity and 240,000 tonnes of newsprint capacity in UPM’s portfolio.

UPM is committed to maintaining its profitability and actively manages production capacity in line with the structural decline of the graphic paper demand. Both paper machines are the least cost competitive UPM assets in their respective product segments. The measures would help safeguard the overall competitiveness and support the long term performance of the business.

The closure of PM 2 at UPM Rauma is planned to be completed by end of 2019. The consultation processes will start today. Production on the remaining two paper machines in Rauma will continue as before. Estimated reduction of personnel is 179 persons.

As for UPM Chapelle, the company will open a bidding process for the sale of the mill. The sales process would not impact the deliveries to the customers. In case no credible offer is received by mid-January 2020, a consultation process for a potential closure of the mill would be started while the search for a potential buyer would still continue. The target is to close the processes by the end of Q2 2020. Currently 236 people are employed by the Chapelle mill.

“The graphic paper demand in Europe has declined structurally for more than 10 years. This year the decline has been accentuated by the adverse economic development. The plans announced today are therefore a necessary step to ensure profitable paper production on the remaining, competitive uncoated publication paper assets. They are supporting our commitment to remaining a high-performing and reliable partner for our customers in the graphic paper industry also in the long run,” says Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President UPM Communication Papers.

“The planned steps announced today will lead to a healthier capacity utilization and help improve our overall cost structure and competitiveness. We are aware that these plans will have an impact on our committed employees, and we aim at respecting their interests in a socially responsible manner. Naturally, we will honor our commitments to our customers throughout the process.”, says Anu Ahola, Senior Vice President News and Retail Business at UPM Communication Papers.

At the same time UPM plans to establish a new Business Services Hub located in Wroclaw, Poland bringing together various customer and supplier facing services and related finance services. In total 168 positions in 11 different locations would be affected. UPM Finance & Control, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Raflatac plan to be the first users of the new Business Services Hub. The hub is planned to be in full operation by the end of Q3 2020.

UPM will realise restructuring charges of approximately EUR 33 million (EUR 19 million cash impact and EUR 14 million as write-offs) as items affecting comparability in its Q3 2019 results, mainly related to the planned closure of Rauma PM2. The planned actions would result in annual savings of approximately EUR 20 million.

Lecta to Showcase Its Latest Label Innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Lecta to Showcase Its Latest Label Innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2019  (Company news)

Lecta will add another dimension to its specialty papers for adhesive products in Brussels from September 24 to 27

Continuing with its strategy of broadening its multiproduct offer, for four days Lecta will be showing its new products and innovations in specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, offering this sector the deep versatility and all the high-quality adhesive possibilities of its Adestor, Metalvac, Creaset, Termax and Eurokote ranges.

Lecta extended its offer of materials for labels with the recent launch of the new rubber-based Adestor Hot-Melt adhesive product line that will be on display at the trade fair: Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300, developed for labeling under chilled or frozen conditions for the food sector, and Adestor HM200L, developed for labelling the most frequently used surfaces in logistics and retail applications.

Lecta will also be highlighting its Adestor BC500 acrylic permanent adhesive, developed specifically for non-recyclable wine, spirits, sparkling wine and other glass containers. The product’s high moisture resistance ensures perfect adhesion on bottles being submerged in ice and water.

Metalvac, Lecta’s high-vacuum recyclable metallized paper with a high gloss finish and excellent printing results, will be exhibited as the ideal solution for all personal care and high-end beverage products.

Creaset, Lecta’s range of one-side coated paper for labels and flexible packaging, will also be on display in Brussels with its countless number of possible applications.
The product line includes Creaset HWS for labels on returnable bottles and Creaset GP greaseproof paper for labels on olive oil bottles.

Lecta will also be showing its Termax range of thermal papers for direct thermal printing that guarantee optimum bar code definition on self-adhesive applications widely used in the food, logistics and distribution sectors and in industry in general.

With Eurokote, Lecta’s cast-coated high gloss paper with high whiteness and
smoothness, the extraordinary possibilities of this range for cosmetics, perfume, food and beverage labels will also be featured.

Without a doubt, Lecta’s extensive offer of high-quality specialty papers adds another dimension to labels, an essential and attrractive component in all adhesive application sectors.

We invite you to come and discover all this and much more at Hall 5 – Lecta Stand D15 from September 24 to 27.

Durst brings Software Ecosystem to FachPack 2019

Durst brings Software Ecosystem to FachPack 2019  (Company news)

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will be in Hall 8, Stand 300, at FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, from 24 to 26 September. The Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing segment in conjunction with Durst Professional Services (DPS) will present the comprehensive Software Ecosystem with the Workflow and Smart Shop Solutions. At the Durst booth, visitors have opportunities to learn about the integrated "Pixel to Output" concept, from data input to the final product, and to have demonstrations of the processes. Durst will also be offering in-depth discussions on the topics at a workshop on 24 September from 13.00 where customer and integration projects will be presented in addition to a detailed product launch. Workshop participation numbers are limited, so email to reserve a place.

Durst will deliver all large format printing systems with the new production software solution Durst Workflow Print and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. This turns the printer into a production unit from day one. For the integration of e-commerce, Durst also offers a scalable solution with the Durst Smart Shop. All Durst software can be extended modularly and managed via a web-based user interface.

-Durst Workflow Print: An intelligent and lean solution for managing print production.
-Durst Workflow Plus: Expanded version with extensive prepress functionalities for fast and flexible data preparation.
-Durst Analytics: Web-based monitoring tool for recording job statistics and relevant production data.
-Durst Analytics Plus: Server-based monitoring software for networking multiple printing systems and integration into production planning or ERP systems.
-Durst Smart Shop: Webshop software with calculation tools, realistic 3D preview and print-specific product configuration.
-Durst Smart Shop Plus: Expanded version with innovative graphical online editor. With the Durst Smart Editor, customers can create print layouts directly in the browser.

Durst Professional Services GmbH offers its customers comprehensive consulting, training and integration services for the new Durst software solutions in order to fully exploit the potential of process automation and digitization.
(Durst Phototechnik AG)

UPM Raflatac showcases sustainable labeling solutions that help reduce, recycle and renew at ...

UPM Raflatac showcases sustainable labeling solutions that help reduce, recycle and renew at ...  (Company news)

...Labelexpo Europe 2019

UPM Raflatac will be showcasing its sustainable labeling solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels from September 24-27. UPM Raflatac’s innovative solutions can help printers and brand owners reach beyond their sustainability goals by offering solutions to reduce, recycle and renew.

The company’s thinner and lighter film materials reduce the use of raw materials. The UPM Raflatac PP Lite range combines a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive and a lighter backing which makes them incredibly lightweight and optimizes the use of raw materials and resources. Ultrathin UPM Raflatac Vanish™ PCR labels are another good example, featuring 90 percent recycled content face and liners.

The company optimizes the recycling process of plastic packages by ensuring that labels can be easily removed. UPM Raflatac wash-off adhesive is an excellent way to enable the recyclability of PET containers. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM Raflatac’s approach to sustainability. The RafCycle® by UPM Raflatac recycling programme supports this by offering a new life for label waste.

In addition, UPM Raflatac helps to reduce the use of fossil raw materials by offering renewable options, such as certified materials and other bio-based alternatives. UPM Raflatac’s revolutionary new Forest Film™ is the industry’s first wood-based polypropylene film material. Another innovative labeling material that will be showcased at the exhibition is UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive – a renewable multipurpose solution, which together with other responsibly sourced label materials like the forest positive UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+, forms a comprehensive solution making each layer of labeling even more sustainable.

Visit stand 5D41 in Hall 5 to find out more about UPM Raflatac’s sustainable labeling solutions.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Paper Receipts

California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Paper Receipts  (Company news)

California lawmakers recently rejected a bill meant to ban paper receipts. The proposal would have required businesses to ask customers if they wanted a paper receipt before printing one, and businesses would have been forbidden to print coupons or advertisements on receipts unless requested by the customer.

Assembly Bill 161 by Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco stalled in the state’s Senate Appropriations Committee as the legislature pared bills before the final two weeks of the session. Advocates of the California bill to ban paper receipts, dubbed Skip the Slip, suggested it would reduce paper waste in the state.

The bill initially would have required businesses to provide customers electronic receipts unless a paper printout was requested. After an outcry about privacy concerns related to digital receipts and what it would cost small businesses to use new payment software, that provision was dropped. The move to ban paper receipts also faced strong opposition from the California Restaurant Association and the California Retailers Association.

The bill also sought to ban the use of certain chemicals on paper receipts by promoting myths about the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) in lightweight thermal paper, the health risks associated with handling thermal paper and claims that BPA and BPS make paper receipts unrecyclable.

“The defeat of this legislation to ban paper receipts is an important victory for Domtar,” says Tom Howard, Domtar’s vice president for government relations. “California represents almost 10 percent of the receipt paper market, and other states, including Illinois and New York, have watched developments with the bill closely. California legislators took a hard look at the value receipts bring to consumers and decided consumers’ interests are paramount.”

Jessica Mause of the Keep the Receipt opposition group told the Los Angeles Times, “Public policy should be based on facts and sound science, not misinformation and unsubstantiated claims. We’re pleased that legislators recognized paper receipts are not only preferred by the majority of consumers but are also safe for consumers and employees.”
Paper Receipts Are Safe and Recyclable

Lawmakers in Illinois and Connecticut have approved measures to ban paper receipts and other documents that are printed on thermal paper that contains BPA. New York has a similar bill under consideration.

But such bills promote myths about this type of paper. Lightweight thermal receipt paper manufactured in the United States is BPA-free. We know because we make it at our Marlboro Mill and send it to Appvion in Appleton, Wisconsin, which applies the BPA-free thermal coating. At the time of this writing, Appvion is the largest North American producer of thermal point-of-sale receipt paper, and the company hasn’t used BPA since 2006.

While BPA can still be found in lightweight thermal receipt paper produced in Asia and Europe (the EU is phasing it out), the amounts are well within the acceptable levels monitored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Paper receipts made from imported thermal paper don’t pose the significant health risk mentioned in the Skip the Slip bill to ban paper receipts. The same is true for all lightweight thermal receipt paper that contains BPS.

Similarly, claims that paper receipts can’t be recycled are overstated. Lightweight thermal receipt paper is just as recyclable as any other paper and doesn’t pose any more of a threat to the recycling stream than other materials containing phenols, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles. In fact, as BPA levels in imported lightweight thermal receipt paper continue to fall, this will become even less of a concern.

Howard says the disruptions caused by attempts to ban paper receipts will negatively impact businesses models that are predicated on paper.

“Not all areas have sufficient internet connectivity to sustain this [type of] bill,” he says. “And not everyone carries a smartphone all the time. That would be problematic for businesses like dry cleaners and wholesale superstores where paper is an essential part of business operations.”
Skip the Myths

When it comes to legislation to ban paper receipts, skip the myths before you skip the slips.

“We are committed to not only protecting our industry’s interests but also advocating for people’s right to choose paper,” Howard says.
(Domtar Paper Operation Center)

Sitma Machinery and Bizerba, synergy of excellence at the Birmingham IMHX for the world of Logistics

Sitma Machinery and Bizerba, synergy of excellence at the Birmingham IMHX for the world of Logistics  (Company news)

Sitma Machinery, specializing in the design and construction of machines and complete lines for the Packaging, e-Logistics, Post Press and DM/ Transpromo sectors, has partnered with Bizerba, a leading company in the weighing sector, to present the new e- Wrap 2.0 (photo): an exemplary case of collaboration for the integration of complementary technologies. The machine will be shown to the public during the next edition of IMHX, in Birmingham, from 24 to 27 September.

Logistics as an ecosystem for partnership development
The skills offered by Bizerba result in perfect synergy with Sitma's know-how. The latter has made the logistics sector one of its "pillars," boasting the installation of complete systems and lines at important logistics hubs. Both companies are characterized by versatility, including for example supplying machines that allow customers to use different types of materials, such as plastic film, bio-film and paper, all with minimal modifications. Versatility is an important driver in a world that increasingly looks at environmental sustainability and the use of green materials.

e-Wrap 2.0: one machine, multiple functions
The e-Wrap 2.0 is the solution around which the technological partnership between the two companies has developed.
Logistics is well known as a sector that features strong growth but that still relies on many processes to occur manually. It boasts a high level of evolution and is therefore accompanied by frequent requests for automation. The e-Wrap 2.0 fits perfectly within this context, as it combines multiple activities with a single compact and modular system.
The system developed by Sitma is in fact based on the automation and integration of different processes: order fulfillment; online printing of promotional and/or transactional materials; specific packaging of variable-size products; weighing, printing and application of labels; and finally product sorting, which can be placed upstream or downstream of the line, depending on customer needs. Moreover, thanks to the most modern NFC/RFID technologies, the package, from the object to contents of the shipment, can be transformed into an intelligent product.
In fact, using the concept of “digital twin identity,” a digital identity can be created for each package through which characteristics and information are recorded during the shipping process. The set of data collected in the cloud is then processed in dashboards to optimize logistics-center operations.
Bizerba, Sitma's consolidated partner for the supply of printing and labeling systems, is a company that is already active and strongly oriented toward logistics development, making it the ideal partner to support Sitma in presenting the e-Wrap 2.0.

Sitma Machinery, with the participation of Bizerba, will be present at IMHX in Birmingham, from 24 to 27 September, at stand 19K47
(Sitma Machinery S.p.A.)

Inkcups Introduces Two Digital Inks: T2 and BB Series

Inkcups Introduces Two Digital Inks: T2 and BB Series  (Company news)

Eliminates pre-treatment for Tritan™ and advances print durability on flexible applications

Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of two new digital inks, the T2 and BB Series.

The T2 digital ink is specially designed for Tritan™ plastic and is the only digital ink for this substrate that does not require pre-treatment. After a rigorous testing process, Inkcups has formulated the ideal ink for drinkware manufacturers who want to speed up their operations while ensuring exceptional adhesion to Tritan™ products.

Tritan™, a BPA-free durable plastic, is becoming increasingly popular as a result of the growing movement to help the environment and reduce waste. The T2 digital ink provides highly durable and long-lasting image reproduction on Tritan™ that will not crack or chip.

The new BB digital ink produces high-quality graphics with superior adhesion on ultra-flexible products, surpassing the industry’s “squeeze” and “ice bucket” testing measures. With the invention of BB digital ink, Inkcups has resolved the long-standing industry challenge of achieving full-color graphics on flexible bottles without chipping, cracking or distorting after only a short period of time or following the “squeeze test.”

Ideally suited for soft and flexible plastics, common BB digital ink applications include bicycle water bottles, stadium cups, sports bottles, shakers and infuser bottles. The ink is compatible with Inkcups’ suit of digital printers. Pre-treatment is necessary before decorating plastic bottles with the BB ink. This formulation is a combination of a flame-treatment followed by a primer.

T2 and BB Series digital inks are engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and available for order now.

LEDcure SCR for retrofitting label printing machines

LEDcure SCR for retrofitting label printing machines  (Company news)

At Labelexpo Europe, which takes place from 24 to 27 September in Brussels, UV system manufacturer IST Metz will present its new LEDcure SCR LED system for retrofitting label printing presses at Stand D21 in Hall 5. The LEDcure SCR meets the requirements of label production and can be easily integrated into existing printing presses.

The basic design of the LEDcure SCR is intelligent and modular as well as robust and compact, giving users the utmost flexibility and versatility. The system is available in lengths from 270 to 540 mm and can be adapted to all requirements of offset and flexo printing machines. The LEDcure SCR is part of the LED product range that IST offers in cooperation with its subsidiary Integration Technology Ltd.

Synergy between the two companies is having an increasing effect on the product range; the XT8-Booster is just one example. Thanks to booster technology, the LEDcure SCR has up to 30% more power than other LED systems currently available on the market. IST Metz supplies the LEDcure SCR as a fully configured package including cables, power supply, control and chiller, full light shielding and interlocking for absolute safety. The system will be installed at the customer’s location by experienced IST technicians.

Matting with Excimer technology
This year IST Metz is also presenting an Excimer lamp for the first time at Labelexpo Europe. Due to its short-wave emission, an Excimer lamp has a low penetration depth and can be used for matting varnishes, for example. A thin layer of coating cures very quickly on the surface above the liquid substrate and contracts without affecting deeper layers of coating. The micro-folds of the surface can then be preserved by the immediate subsequent final curing with UV or LED. The result of matting with Excimers are surfaces with an extremely high scratch and abrasion resistance as well as a high chemical resistance.

WestRock to Reconfigure North Charleston, SC, Paper Mill

WestRock to Reconfigure North Charleston, SC, Paper Mill  (Company news)

-Shut down of one paper machine will reduce linerboard capacity by approximately 288,000 tons
-Focuses mill on manufacture of differentiated DuraSorb® and KraftPak® products
-Enables approximately $40 million EBITDA improvement

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) announced that it is reconfiguring its North Charleston, SC, paper mill to improve the mill’s operating efficiency and long-term competitiveness.

As part of the reconfiguration, WestRock will permanently shut down one of the mill’s three paper machines and related physical infrastructure, eliminating approximately 288,000 tons of linerboard capacity. The reconfigured mill’s production capacity will total approximately 605,000 tons per year, consisting of three grades: kraft linerboard; KraftPak, an unbleached folding carton kraft paper; and DuraSorb, a saturating kraft paper used for decorative laminate and industrial end uses.

“The actions that we are taking at our North Charleston mill will substantially improve the long-term competitiveness of the mill by reducing our on-going operating costs and capital needs, and focusing more than half of the mill’s production on the high-value, differentiated DuraSorb and KraftPak products,” said Steve Voorhees (photo), chief executive officer of WestRock. “Reducing the production of linerboard at this mill will help balance our supply with customer demand across our system.”

The company anticipates that the reconfiguration will increase WestRock’s annual EBITDA by approximately $40 million, primarily due to the reduction in operating costs from the shutdown of the paper machine and its associated infrastructure. This reconfiguration includes an anticipated workforce reduction of approximately 260 positions at this mill over a five-month period, starting in January 2020.

“We understand that this reconfiguration will impact our employees, their families and the community,” continued Voorhees. “Our teams are working to provide support and resources to our employees and their families as we move forward.”
(WestRock Companies)

Grupo Gondi orders Voith's OnCare.Asset system for its paper mill located in Guadalupe, ...

Grupo Gondi orders Voith's OnCare.Asset system for its paper mill located in Guadalupe, ...  (Company news)

...Nuevo León, Mexico

-Customer relies on Voith’s full-line experience, domain knowledge in papermaking, controls systems, maintenance and operations management
-Through user-friendly software, OnCare.Asset allows users to reliably monitor assets and workforce data to establish appropriate maintenance plans

Photo: Grupo Gondi orders Voith’s OnCare.Asset system for its paper mill located in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Grupo Gondi has ordered Voith’s OnCare.Asset workforce management software for its new PM 7 paper machine, which is currently being built in its paper packaging mill in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Work on the system is already under way, and it is scheduled to be in operation in early 2020 (Q1). Once OnCare.Asset is installed, the level of data collection at the site will be the highest possible, and the mill operators will be able to understand their operation far better. OnCare.Asset will analyze the collection of new information and offer suggestions to optimize maintenance activities on a component-by-component basis.

"It allows us to easily monitor the performance levels of a variety of our paper machine components and provides us with information which we will use to develop appropriate maintenance plans," said Oscar Hernández, COO, Grupo Gondi.

For Grupo Gondi, ease of use was highly important to gather, organize and analyze performance information to understand the mill’s maintenance needs. In particular, Grupo Gondi found that OnCare.Asset’s intuitive controls and user-friendly database management interface meant that even employees with limited database expertise could also utilize the system.

"We’re pleased to partner with Grupo Gondi on this installation. OnCare.Asset will easily facilitate the maintenance management of this paper mill – from planning, servicing and documentation through cost control, to spare parts management," said Jeff Gorges, Vice President Service Business.
(Voith Paper Inc.)

Metsä Board to Showcase Paperboard and Packaging Design Innovations at PackExpo Las Vegas,...

Metsä Board to Showcase Paperboard and Packaging Design Innovations at PackExpo Las Vegas,...   (Company news)

...September 23–25

Metsä Board
, the leading European producer of premium, fresh fiber paperboards, will be featuring its latest advancements and sustainable solutions at PackExpo, September 23–25, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

On the exhibit floor, Metsä Board will highlight its range of packaging analysis and design services that encompass material and structural evaluation as well as modification of existing packaging. Together with its lightweight paperboards, Metsä Board's packaging analysis and design service enables better, safer and more sustainable packaging solutions.

The exhibit will also feature:
• An improved and sustainable folding boxboard portfolio
• Eco-barrier boards developed for food and food service packaging
• The Better with Less – Design Challenge Submission Info
• New Excellence Center combining package design and R&D
• PackageLab that provides inspiration and ideas for materials innovation

Visit Metsä Board at booth #6638.
(Metsä Board Corporation)

New Prinect version 2020 from Heidelberg forms the backbone of digitization in print shops

New Prinect version 2020 from Heidelberg forms the backbone of digitization in print shops  (Company news)

-Push-to-Stop – greater automation, lower costs
-Gang form creation with automatic optimization
-Plate Pilot supplies plates right on time as printing commences
-Prinect supports hardcover book production
-SmartBi provides key lever for improving overall efficiency
-Case-based online support
-New functions for the packaging sector

Photo: Prinect is the backbone of digitization in print shops.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is making it even easier for Prinect users to run their print shop with the new and partially cloud-based functions in the Prinect production workflow.

“A growing number of Prinect functions are gradually migrating to the cloud. By taking out a subscription contract, customers can gain access to them as and when required and based on the benefits they offer,” says Jürgen Grimm, head of software solutions at Heidelberg. “The Prinect workflow thus forms the backbone of digitization in print shops.”
(Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper Limited in India

Valmet to supply a board machine to JK Paper Limited in India  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a board machine with an extensive automation and Industrial Internet package for JK Paper Limited’s Fort Songadh Mill in India. By investing in the latest coated board technology, JK Paper targets to increase its market share on a growing Indian market and to serve the market with more local supply. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for the end of 2020.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order is not disclosed.

“To increase our market share on the growing Indian market, we wanted to invest in coated board technology we could really rely on. For this reason, we tested the technology concepts at Valmet’s pilot facilities. We are also planning to use the piloting services to further develop our paper board products later in the project. Valmet’s know-how on coated board making with a long list of good references further strengthened our decision,” says S.K. Jain, Head of Packaging Board Project, JK Paper Limited.

“I’m really pleased that Valmet was chosen as the main supplier in this project. In addition to board machine technologies, we will deliver a large scope of chemical systems – our first chemical system delivery in India. Our strong know-how on special coating and excellent wet end technology references in India and other countries in Asia further contributed to reaching the agreement,” says Varun Jain, Director, India Region, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery will include a new coated board machine from the headboxes to reel with air dryers, chemical systems, heat recovery and other boardmaking systems. The coating is applied in multiple coating stations including a technologically advanced Opti Coat Layer coating station, which applies two coating layers simultaneously. A disc filter by Valmet’s new Mill Process Solutions Business Unit (former GL&V) and a vast automation system package with Valmet Performance Center (VPC) services with on-demand expert support will also be included in the delivery.

The 4,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce folding boxboard, solid bleached board (SBS) as well as cup and barrier board grades.
(Valmet Corporation)



The decision regards its Italian companies as of 1st July and will be extended over the coming months to all Group companies across Europe and the US.
A few weeks ago, the company also announced it will halve the use of conventional plastic in its production by 2030.

Sofidel, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, particularly well-known for its Regina brand, has decided to abandon use of disposable plastic items in its workplaces.

In Italian offices and production sites, all disposable plastic bottles, glasses, plates and cutlery have been eliminated, replaced with more sustainable materials or ones with a more consolidated recycling system such as, for example, returnable glass bottles, aluminium cans, wood pulp plates and glasses, and wooden cutlery. This protocol will be extended over the coming months to all Group companies in the 13 countries across which Sofidel operates in Europe and the US.

The decision to eliminate disposable plastic in the work environments comes just a few weeks after the company announced that it will halve use of conventional plastic in its production by 2030. This will be achieved with the introduction of new paper packaging, already present or due to arrive on European distribution shelves, the progressive use, on some markets, of recycled plastics or bioplastics, and a general reduction in the thickness of the plastic film used in the production process (launched some years ago).
The commitment begins with the Sofidel brands (including Regina, Cosynel, Nalys, Le Trèfle, Sopalin and KittenSoft), many of which are leaders on their reference markets.

The Sofidel Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use and has its headquarters in Porcari, Italy. Founded in 1966, the Group is present in 13 countries and currently counts more than 6,000 employees. With an annual production capacity of 1,308,000 tonnes, the Group is second in Europe and sixth in the world in its sector.

Sofidel has always placed strategic importance on sustainability as a strategic lever for development and growth, setting itself the goal of reducing its environmental impact to a minimum and maximising benefits for society. Sofidel has been the first Italian manufacturer, and the world’s first in the tissue sector, to have joined WWF’s flagship climate leadership programme – WWF Climate Savers – that seeks to transform businesses into leaders of the low-carbon economy by setting particularly ambitious objectives.

To date, Sofidel has reduced direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 18.3% (reduction in carbon intensity, 2009-2018). To achieve this result, the company invested in ten years (2009 – 2018) about 100 million euros in cogeneration plants and energy production from renewable sources (photovoltaic and hydroelectric), biomass power plants and energy efficiency. Furthermore, Sofidel limits its use of water within production processes (7.1 l/kg against a sector benchmark of 15–25 l/kg) and sources 100% of pulp certified by independent third parties with forest certification schemes (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™).
(Sofidel Group)

Sonoco Introduces EnviroSense™ Sustainable Packaging Development Initiative

Sonoco Introduces EnviroSense™ Sustainable Packaging Development Initiative  (Company news)

New product innovations focus on meeting demand for environmentally-conscious packaging

Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest sustainable, diversified global packaging companies, today announced the creation of its new EnviroSense™ sustainable packaging initiative. Crossing a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100-percent recycled paperboard, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fibers, EnviroSense products are designed to incorporate a number of elements associated with more sustainable packaging. These attributes include: reduced environmental impact, optimized package-to-product ratio and shipping optimization, increased use of recycled content, recyclability, fiber sourcing, compostability, and the use of bio-based materials.

“At Sonoco, we recognize the critical importance of developing sustainable packaging solutions that will protect and preserve our planet for future generations. We also recognize holistic solutions of any kind require genuine curiosity, focused thought and an exploration of new ideas, materials and processes that can help answer the challenge before us. That’s what led us to the creation of EnviroSense, which carries with it the goal statement, Packaging with tomorrow in mind™. EnviroSense goes beyond just a portfolio of packaging, it’s a way of thinking, a sensibility and a philosophy, that guides our development of innovative, sustainable packaging,” said Sonoco President and CEO Rob Tiede.

Several members of the new EnviroSense family of sustainable packaging will be on display at Sonoco Booth #6106 at this year’s Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 23-25, 2019.

While Sonoco remains committed to reducing its environmental impact and improving the use of recycled materials in its packaging, the Company is also focused on developing initiatives to reduce the nearly $1 trillion global food waste issue, according to Tiede. “We believe sustainable packaging provides a key resource in helping achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which is targeting to halve food waste by 2030.”

Sonoco is one of the largest recyclers in the U.S., annually collecting nearly 3 million tons of materials, much of which it uses as raw materials to make new sustainable packaging. As an example, the Company uses recovered fiber to produce more than 2 million tons annually of uncoated recycled paperboard, much of which is converted into industrial and consumer packaging. In 2018, Sonoco utilized 26 percent recycled content in its plastics supply chain of which 23 percent was post-consumer material. As a further example of its commitment to increase recycled content in its plastic packaging, one in five PET bottles recycled in California are used by Sonoco to manufacture packaging for fresh produce.
(Sonoco Products Co)

Semi-transparent Lumafin now also available for labels

Semi-transparent Lumafin now also available for labels  (Company news)

Packaging designers and finishers involved in sheet-fed printing are already familiar with the semi-transparent Lumafin transfer product from Kurz, which allows the printing underneath to shine through in a mysterious manner. Lumafin was developed by Kurz to give designers new design possibilities for creating a unique product presentation. This finishing element adds unusual accents to packaging and can be used to produce designs that are surprisingly different and distinctive. At Labelexpo Europe, Kurz will be presenting a new Lumafin grade for narrow web printing. The special light and color effects of this transfer product are now also available for roll-fed labels.

Lively color changes a real eye-catcher
Lumafin is available in grades for hot stamping, cold transfer as well as digital transfer. The product can be used like a dry varnish as a large-area or spot coating. It produces a semi-transparent color transfer and allows the printed motifs underneath to shine through in a deeper or modified color. It overlays the print image like a glossy shimmering veil and makes it appear as if at a depth. As the viewing angle is changed an eye-catching effect occurs: the semi-transparent varnish transforms into a high-gloss, metallic-like reflective color.

Process advantages of dry transfer
Lumafin is available in a wide variety of standard colors and can also be produced in customer-specific shades. Kurz also offers a special product line with a bronze appearance for vintage effects. Furthermore, a fully transparent variant of Lumafin also exists. In this case the transparent high gloss finish transforms into an iridescent white as the incident light changes. But this is not the only difference compared to spot varnishing. Lumafin produces an ultra-thin, flat layer when applied. This makes the transfer product highly suitable for the finishing of roll-fed labels as no distortion occurs as the labels are wound up. Furthermore, when Lumafin is applied by hot stamping no print unit is required. This eliminates the time-consuming cleaning of the print unit otherwise normally required before spot coating.

The new design possibilities and optical effects of Lumafin will be illustrated by means of numerous labels and packaging designs at the Kurz booth 3D40.
(Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)

Best Practices for Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer Maintenance

Best Practices for Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer Maintenance  (Company news)

Maintenance managers and supervisors in tissue mills are required to work to budget and cut the costs of maintenance wherever possible. An efficient management of your TT SYD (Steel Yankee Dryer) helps reduce maintenance costs and avoiding the risk of emergency stops.

What to do to reduce the maintenance cost of your TT SYD:

Within 2 years after start-up and every 5 years after the first inspection, you should perform structural checks and NDE of the structural welds and connecting bolts of your Yankee, according the following Non Destructive Examination (NDE) methods: Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI), single beam Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and automated ultrasonic testing (Phased Array - PA and Time Of Flight Diffraction - TOFD).

This will ensure compliance with the requirements of your local pressure vessel regulations and insurance.

Once a year, plan an internal inspection of your TT SYD and its condensate removal system.

Make sure you thoroughly clean the soda straws - one by one, from the bottom of the grooves - and their blocking clips. Check inside the straws if there is any magnetite: its build-up may be a sign of corrosion. This clean up will also ensure a uniform moisture profile on the paper. You should also check the sealing of the condensate removal pipes, to ensure maximum heat transfer efficiency.

The chemical parameters of the boiler’s water circuit and of the Yankee’s condensate must remain within the recommended ranges. This will ensure the smooth operation of the boiler, of the steam and condensate system and of the equipment and machinery integrated in this circuit, including your TT SYD and the instrumentation.

You should continuously monitor the key chemical parameters and make periodical tests, to ensure that the water quality is under control. Increase the frequency of the tests if you suspect there is a contamination in the steam and condensate system.

If the water quality is under control, you should see a thin and uniform layer of magnetite (black oxide, Fe3O4) that adheres tightly on the internal surfaces of your TT SYD. This layer creates a barrier to possible corrosion.

Perform a visual inspection of the metalized surface on each shutdown of the paper machine. A scratch or localized damage on the metalized coating may significantly affect the runnability of your SYD. In this case, you should consider making a spot repair of the damage. If you see chatter marks, consider checking the doctor blades for vibration, the machine frame for vibration resonance, the chemical coating application and the process parameters in general for large variances from centerlines.

Once a year, measure the roughness of the metalized coated surface. This will allow you to better understand the status of the metallization, in terms of chemical coating, blades, etc. If you find an increasing porosity of the metalized coating, consider planning a polishing/grinding job, before it starts affecting paper quality.

The insulating sleeves protect the bearings, especially during warm-up of the Yankee. Once a year, check if the insulation sleeves are working properly by using a contact thermometer to measure the temperature of the Yankee journals during production. Once every 5 years, perform a pressure test or dismantle the insulating sleeve pipes (depending on your type of sleeve), in order to verify the conditions and good functioning of the sleeves. Repair or replace any damaged part. It is good practice to replace the gaskets and insulation packing/wrap after 5 years of operation.

At least once a year, during ordinary maintenance, check the tightening of the SYD deckle insulation screws. This is important to avoid any possible damage due to their fall and passage between the press and the Yankee, and it ensures a safe working area for the operators.

At least once a year, you should also thoroughly clean the deckle insulating panels. If the TT SYD is at room temperature, you may use high-pressure water to do so. This clean up eliminates the risk of possible damage to the panels and to the components adjacent to the Yankee, due to build-up of fibers and chemicals.

The doctor blades should be of the right length and mounted cantered in the middle, to make sure that they cover the Yankee’s surface completely during the oscillation of their support. Usually, the rule is LBLADE = LYD – LOSCILLATION.

If you use oscillating doctor blade holders, make sure that their movement is smooth and steady. Jerky movements may cause grooves or streaks on the metallization. This will eliminate the risk of damaging the surface of the metalized coating and will increase its lifetime.

Check the wear level of the sealing graphite according to the indications of the supplier. If it exceeds the max allowable wear, replace the sealing graphite during machine stop and with the steam rotary joints at room temperature.

Once a year, measure the TIR (Total Indicated Runout) of your TT SYD. Measure the TIR at grinding pressure and with the paper sheet off. You may also do this measurement in cold conditions, to get a rough indication of roundness status of your SYD. A TIR test helps you identifying possible problems and creating a database of reference records.

In case of long-term shutdown, remove all the condensate inside the Yankee dryer, clean the heads/deckle insulation panels and remember to rotate the Yankee by 90° once every two days.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security

Paper Ballots Key to Election Security   (Company news)

Our lives’ most precious documents are memorialized on paper. Marriage and birth certificates, deeds, diplomas, family photos and letters from loved ones are all safeguarded on the printed page. Although there are exceptions in this increasingly paperless world, there is an undeniable link between the permanence and tangibility of physical documents and our attachment to them.

Important information belongs on paper and should be shielded from broken hard drives, data breaches and foreign hackers. Paper is personal, permanent, safe and confidential.

The hallmark of our democratic system — the ballot — is rushing into an uncertain digital future. As Americans are becoming aware of the constant threat of election interference from foreign actors, the lack of paper ballots is a clear weakness.

According to a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing the extent of America’s electoral vulnerability, “[p]aper ballots and optical scanners are the least vulnerable to cyber attack; at minimum, any machine purchased going forward should have a voter-verified paper trail and remove (or render inert) any wireless networking capability.”

According to a POLITICO survey, voters in 14 states participated in the 2018 elections using machines that failed to produce an auditable, verifiable paper ballot. These states included key swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania. Citing a lack of funding, procedural issues or necessity, many election administrators have noted that they have no intentions to depart from paperless voting. To fully secure our elections, these administrators must recognize the threat facing our nation.

The education gap regarding this issue is one of the most significant roadblocks facing positive action to protect the ballots of thousands of American citizens. The decentralization of our electoral system provides a high level of security, yet it is imperative that critical information is disseminated to decision makers that can make a difference.

However, there is a bright side. States, counties and municipalities are transitioning to either exclusive use of paper ballots or encouraging the use of a physical paper trail. Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina all plan to be paper-protected by the 2020 elections with hundreds of counties in other states following suit. POLITICO’s analysis (as noted above) provides a helpful guide to the status of each of these jurisdictions’ efforts.

In fact, the value of paper ballots appears to be one of the few issues both Republicans and Democrats agree on in principle — albeit not in implementation. In a 2018 response to a question regarding election security, POLITICO reports President Donald Trump stated, “[o]ne of the things we're learning is, it's always good — It's old-fashioned — but it's always good to have a paper back-up system of voting…It's called paper. Not highly complex computers, paper. A lot of states are doing that. They’re going to a paper back-up. And I think that's a great idea.” Meanwhile, a majority of the Democratic presidential primary candidates have integrated paper ballots into their policy platforms.

Americans’ ability to vote in free and fair elections has been protected by thousands of men and women in our nation’s armed forces. It is our job to ensure that ballots are protected and safe from tampering in a physical paper form.
(By Michael Blume - Manager, Government and Industry Affairs)
(AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)

Make the right choice with Domino at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Make the right choice with Domino at Labelexpo Europe 2019  (Company news)

With over 40 years' printing industry experience Domino offers a multitude of trendsetting digital ink jet solutions that can be tailored precisely to your application requirements.

From Digital Colour Label Printing, Traceability and Digital White through to Versioning & Digital Foiling, Domino's Digital Printing Solutions printers are designed to meet the high speed, high quality demands of commercial printing environments, bringing new capabilities to a number of sectors including labelling, packaging converting and security Printing.

Labelexpo Europe is the world's largest event for the label and package printing industry - with more products, more launches and more live demonstrations!
(Domino Deutschland GmbH)

Balluff at FachPack 2019

Balluff at FachPack 2019  (Company news)

Balluff is once again at FachPack, the international trade show for packaging solutions (Sept. 24-26, 2019) in Nuremberg. With its portfolio for the packaging industry the global sensor specialist and supplier of automation solutions has the answers for the rapidly increasing demands on production with respect to productivity, flexibility and quality.

Balluff at Fachpack: Booth 4A / 4A-429

Photo: Smart vision solutions for tasks in the packaging industry

Balluff sensors made of stainless steel with ECOLAB certification for example offer everything you need to make packaging processes secure, stable and hygienic. Their food grade stainless steel housing material and tested resistance to aggressive cleaning agents makes them the first choice for wet and hygienic processes in the foods industry. Various sensing principles are available for specific requirements and conditions. IP 67, IP 68 and IP 69K protection as well as temperature ratings up to 120 °C guarantee long service life and high process reliability.

Intelligent sensors for the demands of the smart factory
How modern production concepts and Industry 4.0 solutions can profit from intelligent sensors in many different ways is something Balluff will also be showing in the form of two new photoelectric sensors. These versatile units combine different measuring principles in one device and provide the switching signal via IO-Link as well as information about the sensor status and current ambient conditions. Since the sensor operating modes can also be changed on-the-fly through IO-Link, production is made flexible and adaptable to differing requirements.

Automatic identification and tracking with RFID
Anyone interested in how format change parts can be automatically detected on a packaging machine should take a look at the RFID solutions from Balluff. These are yet another important component for implementing Industry 4.0. In addition to the proven range of rugged LF and HF systems, UHF systems (865-868 and 902-928 MHz) are available for long range requirements. These are also a proven solution for track-and-trace applications in production and logistics.

Smart vision solutions for tasks in the packaging industry
In the packaging area Balluff BVS vision solutions cover a diverse range of tasks in the fields of object detection, identification and quality assurance. The range of applications for industrial cameras, SmartCameras and vision sensors extends from comparatively easy tasks, such as reading barcodes and data matrix codes, to position-independent testing of complex characteristics as part of a 100% quality inspection in a production process.
(Balluff GmbH)

Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement

Valmet introduces new inline optical total consistency and ash measurement  (Company news)

Valmet has launched a new Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R), which has been developed for recycled pulp manufacturing applications, as well as general stock preparation applications in paper, tissue, and board.

Valmet OC2R shares the total consistency measurement method utilized in the original Valmet Optical Consistency transmitter with the added capability of ash content available as a second measured value. Particularly in low-consistency measurements, Valmet’s optical transmitters are frequently the only possible measurement technique to provide reliable results. Valmet OC2R offers easy and low-cost installation with a measuring probe that makes insertion and removal possible without requiring special tools or a process stop.

For mechanical and chemical pulp, as well as for recycled fiber furnishes, Valmet OC2R is an ideal choice for control applications, from re-pulping and screening all the way to the machine chest.

“The addition of the ash measurement to total consistency opens new possibilities for recipe management in pulp blending, better broke handling, and reducing machine chest furnish variability. In recycled fiber processing, the benefits of the two measurements include better end product quality with improved strength and optical properties,” says Heikki Föhr, Product Manager, Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical information about Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC2R)
Valmet OC2R joins the Valmet Optical Consistency Measurement (Valmet OC) family of transmitters, each optimized for use with eucalyptus pulp, recycled fiber and chemical pulps in addition to mechanical furnishes. Installed in an area of turbulent flow, the temperature and vibration resistant probes are self-cleaning even in the demanding environment of recycled fiber processing. Sharing the same basic components and modules optimized for each application, they have gained a deserved reputation for accuracy, reliability, and ease of installation.
(Valmet Corporation)




Picture: A Sustainable World. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR431)

Global materials science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison will feature new and recently launched sustainable solutions at Labelexpo Europe, September 24-27, 2019. “A Sustainable World”, one of the four world of discovery areas, will spotlight portfolios that offer a comprehensive range of materials designed to meet new labeling challenges.

“Converters will find a number of materials designed to help them reduce, reuse and recycle for more sustainable label and packaging solutions. They’ll also see how we’re reducing our own environmental footprint and helping our industry do the same,” said Burak Sahbaz, senior marketing director, Films and Paper for Label and Packaging Materials Europe.

A number of new-to-market product lines will be featured in the Sustainable World exhibit, including:

- Recycled Content Liners - Avery Dennison’s rPET and rBG liners cost the same as conventional liners and deliver the same ease of conversion and smooth dispensing, but are made with recycled material, 30% and 15% post-consumer waste, respectively.

- Recycled Content Facestock - Designed for a more natural look, Avery Dennison rPE is made with 30% recycled PE resin. It naturally offers a slightly varied look from batch to batch, signaling authenticity, simplicity, and a commitment to the earth.

- Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ Adhesive Technology - Enables ink, label and adhesive to fully separate from PET during the recycling process, without sacrificing adhesion or aesthetics of the package during its use. The newest addition to the product line CleanFlake™ Flex -- to be launched at Labelexpo -- is specially designed for use with freshly blown PET bottles, helping ensure the containers are easier to recycle.

- Wine Crush Range - For wine and spirits brands aiming to boost shelf appeal while signaling environmental integrity, Avery Dennison is excited to introduce a new line of paper facestocks made of recycled paper and organic waste. To support a transition to a circular economy, converters can choose from facestock made with 15% grape, citrus, or barley waste, along with 40% FSC-certified recycled paper.

- Sustainable Wine Range - A new range of paper facestocks for wine, with 30% to 100% recycled content, unique finishes ready to inspire creativity, and low minimum orders to enable small production runs.

“Until now, brands had a choice to make when choosing label materials: recycled content or an artfully designed facestock with a premium look and feel. With our new recycled content liners, facestocks and wine ranges, there’s no sacrifice needed. Converters can consume fewer resources, help keep plastic out of the waste stream, and get the packaging look they want - all while continuing to lay the foundation for a closed-loop plastics economy,” said Jan ‘t Hart, senior director Innovation, Sustainability and Compliance for Label and Packaging Materials Europe.

Avery Dennison experts will be available to engage with visitors about sustainability challenges and related solutions that are designed to help them meet consumer demand, stay ahead of regulations, and improve the environment. “Guests will have the chance to collaborate directly with the innovators developing the material solutions that are solving today’s big challenges and creating opportunities for the future,” said Sahbaz.

Visit Avery Dennison at Booth #A31 in Exhibition Hall 5. Join Avery Dennison for daily seminars, held in the M-Use Live Theater, for interactive conversations on essential industry topics, led by innovators working to solve the label and packaging challenges that matter most.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Lecta Launches New Range of Adestor Hot-Melt Adhesives

Lecta Launches New Range of Adestor Hot-Melt Adhesives   (Company news)

Lecta is expanding its Adestor self-adhesive product portfolio with the launch of a new range of rubber-based Adestor Hot-Melt adhesives for excellent performance in these applications.

Initially, the new range comprises three adhesives: Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300 ​for the food sector, ​specifically for labelling under chilled or frozen conditions, and Adestor HM200L, developed for labelling the most frequently used surfaces in logistics and retail applications.

Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300 adhesives comply with food safety regulations and with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 of the European Union on materials and articles intended to come into food contact.

The three products are available with a wide variety of Adestor facestooks suitable for conventional, direct thermal and thermal transfer printing systems.

With this launch, resulting from significant investment in the latest Hot-Melt adhesive production technology at its Almazán mill, Lecta has taken another step forward in its specialized multi-product offer in response to current market demands in these three sectors.

The entire Adestor range is manufactured under ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management system standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available upon request with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification.

Xeikon adds valuable features to its Panther technology

Xeikon adds valuable features to its Panther technology  (Company news)

Increase application range with creative and enhanced designs

Xeikon has developed a specific solution for printers looking to enhance and increase their range of labels. It is the unique combination of the Xeikon X-800 workflow and the PantherCure UV ink that can generate a tactile layer, responsible for a so called “haptic effect” in print. Printers can easily create designer labels with enhanced tactility, textures and a luxury feel. Xeikon’s new haptic printing process not only boosts and expands the range of possible applications for high-end label markets, it helps make significant time savings by avoiding any modifications to the prepress files. Tactile effects on labels are greatly appreciated by the beer, beverage, food, and Health & Beauty markets.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management, says, “The technology generating the tactile and textured layer is embedded in the Panther’s X-800 workflow. It is the brand owners and designers who define the structure, shape and form of the design. When the file is received, the workflow automatically recognizes the elements of the design and generates the information required to drive the print head – that’s what creates the haptic effect in print on the end product.”

Increasing uptime
In order to further optimize the workflow on the Panther, Xeikon has developed a specific solution, embedded in the X-800 workflow: an automated optimization of the white ink layer.

The production of labels on clear facestocks (e.g. premium beer or Health & Beauty labels) comes with unique challenges. An opaque white is required to make the design standout, this may result however in varying ink layer thicknesses across the web. The uneven thickness of the ink layer will generate a telescoping effect on the printed rolls. In the past, press operators have overcome this by printing smaller rolls, resulting in more frequent roll changes and extra waste in material and time. Some printers found a solution in spending extra time in prepress to reduce the amount of white. This time-consuming prepress work can now be handled in a fully automated way by the X-800 digital front-end without intervention at any stage in the production process. The X-800 automatically reduces the white layer. The extent of reduction will depend on the colors that come on top of it. The result is an increase in uptime during the manufacturing process – both in printing and converting – as printers can run larger rolls. In addition, PSP’s save on cost, not only because of the reduced amount of white ink, but also because of the reduction of waste.

Van Bauwel concludes, “Xeikon continues to work towards excellence to enhance every facet of its portfolio. We continue to look for opportunities to make savings on costs and time. By improving each small step of the process, we can make a big difference to the overall production process and reduce manufacturing costs. Achieving haptic effects in print through the unique capabilities of our X-800 workflow and ink optimization not only boosts and increases the range of possible applications but allows printers to streamline their operations.”
(Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)

BillerudKorsnäs invests in recycling

BillerudKorsnäs invests in recycling  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs invests in the area of recycling as it acquires a minority holding in the innovative company Recycl3R. The company has developed a digital solution to increase recycling rates of single use packaging. A product that can be used globally.

The investment is made by BillerudKorsnäs’ wholly owned subsidiary BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which invests in young and innovative companies with solutions that will influence the future for packaging.

- Waste production is one of the largest environmental problems that society faces today, and solving it is a big challenge. In Europe alone we produce 240 million tons of waste, and only 44% is recycled. BillerudKorsnäs shares our vision of solving this global challenge and is an excellent partner and investor for Recycl3R, says Ivan Gonzalez, environmental lawyer and Co-founder of Recycl3R.

Recycl3R builds a database with information about what packaging material different consumer products consist of. They also understand the different recycling regulations and requirements around the world. This knowledge is used to guide consumers to the nearest recycling station and help them recycle correctly. The solution also makes it possible for producers and distributors to give consumers incentive to recycle more with gamification and by connecting value such as deposits or loyalty points to the different packaging materials.

The team behind Recycl3R has a background in environmental consulting, and the system was developed partly within the European “TagitSmart” project. It has caught the interest of international retailers and brands with a mission to get more material back into recycling streams. Carrefour Spain has successfully implemented the solution and more customers and markets are in the pipeline.

- Packaging recycling is an area that we believe will be increasingly important in order to solve the environmental challenges ahead. Sustainability and digitalization connected to packaging are strategic focus-areas for BillerudKorsnäs Venture, and Recyc3R presents a very interesting opportunity based on their combined expertise in both areas, says Martin Neselius, Venture Manager at BillerudKorsnäs Venture.

- There are already steps taken towards more legislation and restrictions regarding single use products, and we believe this development will continue. There is still a lot of work to do in order to ensure that more packaging enters the recycling stream and is recycled into new products. Recycl3R’s product supports increased and cleaner recycling streams for this purpose”, says Martin Neselius.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Milestone in the construction of the new PM 2 papermachine completed

Milestone in the construction of the new PM 2 papermachine completed  (Company news)

On August 30th, the completion of the structural work at the building site of Hamburger Containerboard’s paper machine 2 in Spremberg was celebrated.

Participating guests included, among others, Dr. Klaus-Peter Schulze, member of the German Bundestag, deputy mayor of the administrative district of Spree-Neiße Olaf Lalk as well as the mayors of Spremberg and Spreetal Christine Herntier and Manfred Heine, respectively.

Dr. Klaus-Peter Schulze said: “To this day, the Hamburger Group has honoured all its commitments, has created jobs with great promise for the future, and has proved to be a reliable partner for the region.”

Managing director of the Hamburger Containerboard, Harald Ganster, thanked the construction workers for their high-quality labour: “With this investment, we are pleased to have set a milestone not only for our group strategy, but also for the region of Lausitz as a whole. This investment confirms our trust in the locally responsible players, as well as in our employees, who for the large part have accompanied us throughout 15 years in the region. With this step, the number of direct employees of all Prinzhorn companies active in this area will thus increase to 700.”

Since September 2018, the working group of the construction companies Implenia and Habau has been collaborating with numerous subcontractors on the building site. For the construction of the 400 metre-long complex formed by the paper machine hall, as the key component of the investment, 5,500 tonnes of structural steel were integrated on site, and 2,700 precast concrete elements were incorporated for the reinforced concrete frame. With an investment volume of 370 million euros, Hamburger Containerboard is expanding its production site at the Schwarze Pumpe industrial estate to become one of the most modern and efficient paper factories in Europe. At full capacity utilisation of the plant, 500,000 tonnes of high-quality white and brown packaging paper are manufactured each year.
(Hamburger Rieger GmbH)

GPHC Announces $600 Million Investment in New Coated Recycled Board Machine

GPHC Announces $600 Million Investment in New Coated Recycled Board Machine  (Company news)

-Graphic Packaging’s Board of Directors has approved a $600 million highly strategic investment into its coated recycled board (CRB) platform
-Investment fully supports Graphic Packaging’s commitment to sustainable packaging, exceptional product quality and an unmatched cost position for producing CRB
-Capability to produce 500,000 tons of CRB is expected to be capacity neutral by eliminating higher cost production at other facilities
-Investment is expected to deliver $100 million in incremental annualized EBITDA upon full ramp up in 2022, delivering returns well above the cost of capital
-The Company has scheduled an Investor Day for September 26, 2019 in New York City at the NYSE where it will discuss the strategic and financial rationale for the investment in more detail, as well as other key strategic and financial priorities

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), (the "Company"), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies, announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $600 million investment in a new coated recycled board (CRB) machine in the Midwest with annual capacity of approximately 500,000 tons. The Company is planning to make the investment in either Ohio or Michigan, subject to a number of conditions, including environmental permitting and negotiations currently underway relative to government incentives and labor relations.

The CRB machine is designed to be the largest and lowest cost producer of CRB in North America. Upon completion of the project, the Company believes the CRB machine will produce the highest quality coated recycled board product in North America with the lowest-caliper capabilities in the industry. The Company expects the investment will be capacity neutral by eliminating higher cost production at other facilities and will deliver an incremental $100 million in annualized EBITDA upon full ramp up in 2022. The increase in EBITDA will be driven by cost savings from significantly increased scale production, reduced raw material consumption, and lower fixed costs. The investment will be funded from cash flow and existing credit facilities with most of the spending occurring in 2020 and 2021.

"We are very pleased to announce our intent to proceed with this significant investment into our integrated CRB platform. This is a unique opportunity to make a highly strategic investment in sustainable packaging, exceptional product quality and an unmatched cost position for producing CRB," said President and CEO Michael Doss. "Importantly, the investment will be capacity neutral as we expect to reduce production at other higher cost CRB facilities after we ramp up production of this highly productive CRB machine starting in early 2022. Increasing consumer preference for sustainable packaging is expected to drive steady, long-term demand for packaging solutions manufactured from 100% recycled fiber. We are confident the investment will deliver returns well above our cost of capital, and remain fully committed to executing our balanced approach to capital allocation as we continue to build a growing, highly integrated, low cost paperboard packaging platform."

The Company expects to complete final negotiations and provide an update on the status of the investment, including the location, in late September. The Company has also scheduled an Investor Day for September 26, 2019 in New York City at the NYSE where it will discuss the strategic and financial rationale for the investment in more detail, as well as other key strategic and financial priorities.
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

Paper One Show Dubai 2020 - Connecting people to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa!

Paper One Show Dubai 2020 - Connecting people to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa!  (Company news)

Are you ready for Paper One Show Dubai 2020?

The 6th edition of the premier International paper exhibition in the MENA region is taking place at the Intercontinental Festival Arena in Dubai, 13-15 January 2020.

Paper One Show is an exhibition solely dedicated to all kinds of paper and paper manufacturing, it is focused on paper jumbo rolls, finished products, raw materials, writing, printing, packaging, tissue and hygienic paper, converters, carton, corrugating, machinery and paperboard.

Leading companies in the sector have a platform to showcase their products, and suppliers and consumers can benefit from an exchange of ideas.
• Provides the perfect opportunity for you to promote your company to a captive audience of paper industry representatives and stakeholders.
• Provides excellent networking opportunities, giving you the chance to make contact with potential partners and potential customers and form strategic alliances.
• Ensure that your company is at the heart of the paper industry in the MENA region.
(Al Furat Fairs Organizers)

New shoe-blade gap former DuoFormer CBh with excellent first results at Smurfit Kappa

New shoe-blade gap former DuoFormer CBh with excellent first results at Smurfit Kappa  (Company news)

-Compact design is ideally suited for rebuilds and new machines alike
-Features a unique, smart combination of well-known, reliable components from Voith’s DuoFormer product Family
-Lower operating costs compared to other former concepts at reasonable investment

Voith expands its portfolio in the forming section with the DuoFormer CBh (photo) – a cost- and space-efficient shoe-blade gap former solution for the fabrication of packaging papers at high production rates, providing paper producers with the utmost flexibility and a fast return on investment.

Papermakers who are either looking for a new former with a very good quality-performance ratio or are faced with the challenge of having to replace their existing former to gain productivity benefit from the DuoFormer CBh. Due to its compact design, it is ideal for rebuilds where space is at a premium.

Its dewatering elements are designed to achieve the best possible combination of dewatering capacity and paper strength with minimum effort. Using a full ceramic slotted impingement shoe cover design and a high vacuum suction box (HiVac) instead of a suction couch roll, the DuoFormer CBh ensures the highest dry content and lower maintenance costs compared to market standard solutions.

Voith’s DuoFormer CBh can be applied in a wide operation window, allowing for sustainable and reliable papermaking. It operates up to a maximum speed of 1,600 m/min. The drainage section’s capacity is exactly designed for desired production rates.

Well-devised design enables a steep ramp-up curve
After undergoing extensive testing at Voith pilot facilities in Heidenheim, the new former concept has already proven itself in actual use. “We chose Voith to supply this shoe-blade gap former for Roermond PM 1 because of the high quality and technology level of their equipment and their people. Based on our past experiences with Voith delivering successful projects, we felt good about investing in their technology, because it pays off in the long term,” says Wouter Lap, Managing Director of Netherlands-based manufacturer Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier.

“Once again, the decision for Voith proved to be the right one. We had a great ramp-up curve from stock on wire to saleable quality within only one day after the rebuild that changed the entire forming section into an innovative DuoFormer CBh concept. We have seen a significant increase in the quality of our packaging papers and a production boost up 20% since the startup. Overall, we are very pleased with the results,” Lap concludes.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)




Cost-competitive Allen Coding technology also features reduced maintenance and enhanced flexibility

Allen Coding GmbH announces the launch of the MLi, a unique-in-the-industry multi-head thermal transfer printer providing cost-effective, high-speed multi-lane, multi-line printing of graphics, alphanumerics and barcodes on thermoformed packages.
chines including horizontal flow-wrappers, sachet machines, blister pack machines, four side seal machines and thermoform fill and seal machines. The MLi can be positioned either parallel with or perpendicular to the flow of the packaging film in the host equipment. This positioning versatility helps minimize printer changeover when the host machine changes from one pattern to another.

Ease of Use
The intuitive color touch screen interface of the MLi provides simple, centralized message editing for individual and batch messages across all lanes of print. All settings (printing formats, print speeds, contrast, ribbon saving commands, and print position) can be programmed and saved in the printer's memory for quick and easy recall in seconds. If a lane configuration change requires print heads be repositioned, this can be accomplished easily in less than two minutes by sliding the heads along the T-slot to their new positions.

The MLi is available with anywhere from two to twelve individual print heads. To accommodate various web widths, 620, 820 and 1020 mm frame options are available. Print areas are up to 56mm wide and 40 or 90 mm in length.
(Allen Coding GmbH)

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