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represents a leap forward in printing
performance," he said.
Epson intends to retain control
of the heads, using them in its own
products rather than making them
available to rival developers.
The 6034VW offers white and
picks up on another key trend from
the show, using LED UV diodes for
curing. The digital nature of these
heads is put to use in curing Epson's
clear varnish. By varying the droplet
size of the varnish and adjusting
the power of the cure, the press
can deliver matt or gloss varnish
from the same consumable. The low
temperature of the LEDs extends
the scope of UV label printing to
temperature sensitive flms.
Craig Heckenberg, business unit
manager with Epson Australia, says,
"This development is important for
the company and the whole industry.
It will be available in winter next
year. We recognise there is a fair bit
to do between now and then.
"Feedback from the Australian
converters that have seen it has
been exceptional. They love the new
press, its speed and technology and
especially the inline varnish."
Speed is 15 m/min regardless
of what is being printed, unlike
machines that slow down to print
white, or like the Indigo's need to
build colours as layers on the image
belt before printing.
Currently it is conceived as a four
colour press with white and varnish,
while those needing more colours
are directed to the older SurePress
3034 which uses water based inks,
offers six or seven colour printing,
and prints with a moving head on
This will be the press for printing
on paper materials while the new
machine can print on heat sensitive
UV LED cropped up everywhere,
partly as an environmental move
because the diodes consume less
energy than conventional lamps,
and partly to extend the range
of materials that can be printed.
Suitable inks for LED letterpress
and fexo are now widely available
as they are in inkjet formulations.
However, the LED route can be
expensive and there remains
uncertainty about which way to go.
UV curing specialist IST, which
a few years ago was decrying the
impact of LED, showed a head
which can be updated from mercury
vapour lamps to diodes when the
customer wishes to switch.
Environmental impact featured
throughout. Materials supplied by
the likes of Avery Dennison have
become thinner and easier to recycle
along with the container.
IT introduced ClearCut, an
adhesive technology that enables
thinner materials to be used,
reducing environmental impact and
improving the label's functional
Its CleanFlake materials are
designed for use on PET bottles,
separating easily during recycling
to cut contamination so the PET can
be reused in higher value flms and
Nor were the digital presses the
only game in town. Italian producer
Gidue which introduced pressure
control systems along with register
control two years ago, came up with
a fying cylinder change system so a
fexo press can print non-stop. At the
appointed time the printing cylinder
is off impression and sw ung away
while the new plate is brought into
impression. Wastage is minimal and
fexo can take on the short runs that
digital specialises in.
Gidue was a participant in the
package printing workshop where
organisers sought to show visitors
that a label press has greater
versatility than merely printing
labels. The Gidue was used to print
fexible packaging while alongside
a Xeikon was printing cartons.
A similar feature two years ago
attracted an audience of six or seven
at a time. This time presentations
were packed out.
It was symptomatic of a show
where the message was clearly
that the label industry is moving
on because the technology allows
them to and because customers are
driving them to do so.
Grish Rewal says, "Brands
have multi product lines and more
variations of the same product for
different markets, so run lengths are
dropping from where they used to
be. Digital printing makes it easier
to cope, which is why companies are
“We do not have a fexo house
that has switched entirely to digital
in Australia, but we do have at least
three start ups that are all digital
and it gives them a great story.
"Ten years ago you would speak
to offset printers who said never
to digital printing, then three or
four years later were buying digital
presses. That is going to happen in
Major players: Japanese giants into digital labels
Aussie distributor shows o new tech
AUSTRALIAN equipment manufacturer
and distributor Aldus Engineering reports
a stellar year at Labelexpo, showing o
some new equipment to the show's record-
At the Mark Andy exo press stand QCDC
(quick change die cassette) technology stole
the show. Ian Guanaria, general manager of
Aldus, tells Australian Printer, "This is the rst
time QCDC has been shown at a trade show
in Europe, it was only released in the US at
the Chicago show 12 months ago. It created a
tremendous amount of interest."
Mark Andy also exhibited its ProLED
UV drying system, which was released in
February this year and won the 2013 Label
Industry Global Award for Innovation (the
company's fourth win). Guanaria says he
believes UV curing will likely be the way of
the future over traditional mercury lamp
J M Heaford, mounting and proo ng
solutions provider, showcased its new
atbed printing plate mounting system.
Guanaria says, "It created quite a bit of
interest because it is quick and e cient. We
exhibited that at PacPrint in May, and had a
lot of interest from Australian printers.
"I don't think there was a lot of strikingly
new equipment in Brussels this year, but
more improvements and re nements of
existing technology. But it was a good show.
"I think from an Australia and New
Zealand point of view it was probably the
biggest turnout we have had for several
years. Everybody in the label industry
should visit the show. It is the biggest for the
industry; all of our principals exhibit there."
The team from Mildura Printing Services with their latest
acquisition, a Roto ex VSI-330 label inspection machine, at
Labelexpo in Brussels. From left, Lindsay Stephens, Chris
Bodger (Aldus Engineering) Theresa Lang and Kevin Lang
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