Packaging

Easy-scoop-lock-tight pitcher bag for multinational food brands!

What flashes past your mind when you hear the word ‘Pitcher’- perhaps a glass jar full of your favorite cola drink! Imagine an aesthetically enhanced flexible pitcher that can pour out and can thereafter be locked tightly with equal ease, to keep the product safe for deferred use.

Uflex Limited has engineered an Easy-Scoop-Lock-Tight Pitcher Bag that effortlessly dispenses controlled portions of the product packed inside. The 4 panel bag comes with a reinforced handle on the side gusset spelling tremendous ease of carrying. Additionally the block bottom allows the bag to stand up without taking any support, thereby, enhancing the brand visibility. The pitcher bag has become a rage in the industry with more and more multinational food brands opting for it both in India as well as overseas. This bag is much in demand for packaging granular products like rice, sugar, pulses and pet foods.

Speaking about the Easy-Scoop-Lock-Tight Pitcher Bag, Jeevaraj Pillai, joint president, packaging and new product development, Uflex Limited said, “These are medium to large sized bags capable of accommodating 3; 5 and 10 kilograms of the product. We have provided a laser perforated easy to tear opening on the side at the top of the bag which peels open to form a perfectly versatile pitcher mouth-opening that is re-closable by a special press to close (PTC) zipper. The end user can easily pour/scoop out desired quantity of the product by holding the bag with the reinforced side gusset handle without actually inserting hands inside the pack. This makes the handling more convenient and hygienic. Further owing to the dispensing mouth that forms in the pouch there is no apprehension of any spillage while pouring out unlike other pillow and conventional pouches. The side opening can be tightly closed by pressing the PTC zipper keeping the product safe for deferred use throughout the prescribed shelf life of the product.”

It is particularly important to note that the reinforced handle on the side gusset is an integral and contiguous part of the pouch itself unlike other bags where the side handle is assembled/ pasted offline on a separate machine.

The Easy-Scoop-Lock-Tight Pitcher Bag is made of multi-layered laminate depending upon the barrier properties required by the product to be packed inside.

Talking about the new product, Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman & managing director, Uflex Limited said, “It is a classic example of process improvement and incrementally progressive efficient converting. We have invested in sophisticated pouch making machinery getting a clear edge above others in manufacturing the Easy-Scoop-Lock-Tight Pitcher Bag. Further value engineering is also underway to add more ergonomically enhanced functionalities and brand protection solutions in the bags to make them yet more versatile.”

Omet iFlex installed in Sikkim

Omet iFlex was showcased for the first time in India by Italian press manufacturer Omet Srl at Labelexpo-India 2016. This press has recently been installed at the Sikkim unit of Huhtamaki PPL-Webtech Labels. On installation of Omet iFlex, Amar Chhajed of Huhtamaki PPL-Webtech Labels said, “We are satisfied with the overall installation and support provided by Omet and Weldon team in India. We are looking forward to running the machine at its optimum capacity and are sure it will live up fully to the confidence and trust we have placed in it.”

The iFLEX label press is simple to use and quick at set-up! Several innovations characterize this press, all aiming at simplifying the printer’s work in reaching the highest quality, effortless. These include laser-assisted pre-register and register setting devices that speed up the machine set-up and rebooting after job change. iFLEX has shortest web path in narrow web printing for incredible savings in the start-up phase (waste measured is below the transition paper between two prints!). iFLEX is the only machine to have all the impression rollers Direct Drive with obvious benefits on the print quality and in waste savings. The machine handles a wide range of sizes, from 5.5 to 18'' for small spending in printing plates production. iFLEX is designed to work continuously, without maintenance stops. It is a robust, silent press, meant for intensive work cycles and performance, and consistent result.

The sale of this Omet iFlex has been handled by Omet’s exclusive agent in India Weldon Celloplast Limited New Delhi. Pawandeep Sahni, director, Weldon Celloplast says, “Webtech is a prestigious customer. A lot of evaluation has gone into selection of the iFlex by Webtech. It is only when they were convinced that the equipment is value for money, that they acquired the iFlex.”

Webtech Labels, headed by Amar Chhajed, is a division of Huhtamaki PPL which is headquartered at Mumbai, having plants in all geographical zones of India.

MK Printpack Pvt Ltd sets up their fourth unit

The 36-year-old printed cartons & corrugated boxes manufacturers based in Mumbai, MK Printpack Pvt Ltd, started their fourth unit in our country near Sriperumbudur industrial belt, 40 km away from Chennai on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritya on April 29, 2017. The amalgamation of colors were seen cascading their hues, the cut, the layers, the plys in all its variants were seen adding vibrancy to the décor, the ambience was frilled with familiarity of inks and hum of machines and amidst much fervor and feast, Mumbai based Packaging and Printing conglomerate MK Printpack held grand inauguration of its fourth state-of-the-art facility in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

The inauguration of the brand new factory was done by Mohini Kumar, wife of the founder Late Shri Prithviraj Kumar. A slew of personalities from packaging field attended the gorgeous function.

The new unit is housed in 30,000 sq. ft. in ground floor + Mezzanine construction, avoiding high rise trend. Sriperumbudur area was selected because it hosts various industries like FMCG, liquor, shoe, pharmaceuticals and electronics manufacturers. MK Printpack would cater to their packaging needs.

The workhorses…

Already entrenched in packaging field for more than three decades, MK ventured into new areas like Rigid Box manufacturing. They went in for state-of-the-art printing facilities like Komori Six Colour Lithrone 40 + coater, Brusse Auto Die Cutter, Meiguang Sheet Laminator, Perfect Cutting Machine, Violet CtP, various QC equipments ranging from GSM tester to spectrometer, prepress softwares, sample making machine, finishing machines, etc.

Why South India?

Anil Kumar, managing director, who unveiled the operations, stated that new unit in Sriperumbudur gives enforcement to Pan India presence. Moreover, South India is fast emerging as hub of manufacturing units with the presence of SIDCO, SIPCOT in and around Tamil Nadu with industries from various domains such as FMCG, liquor, shoe boxes, pharma, electronic as well as electric goods giving ample opportunities for the growing market needs.

Nizam Appas who has been looking after the South operations since more than a year from Chennai office also moved into factory with full fledged staff. Marking the occasion as landmark feat in the history of MK Printpack, Nizam commented, “We are already serving the existing clients in South India and opening up state-of-the-art facility in South India satisfy our focus to reach the customer at their doorstep with the full fledged service, maintaining the same quality with the same zeal with which we have been giving impression to every expression of our customers for more than three decades. With our unit in Sriperumbudur, we are going to be one among the few in South India, providing end-to-end solution under one roof.”

The credentials…

MK Printpack Pvt Ltd has its other existing units in Daman, Vapi and Haridwar and head office in Mumbai. The company boasts of more than 1000 adept staff strength across India units. They have a lot of certifications like ISO, FSC, etc. Winning awards is their routine. Their client list includes who's who in F&B, pharmaceuticals, food and agro industries.

–D Ramalingam

Packaging and Printing 4.0 @ Pack Print International 2017

6th international packaging and printing exhibition for Asia returns from September 20 – 23, 2017 with a renewed focus on packaging

Pack Print International 2017, Southeast Asia’s premier exhibition for the packaging and printing industries, returns to Bangkok, Thailand from September20-23, 2017. The show is jointly organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia, The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association.

Pack Print International is driven by the global expertise of the No.1 global trade fairs in their respective sectors – drupa and interpack, organised by the Messe Düsseldorf group. Following the implementation of “Thailand 4.0” an economic model that will enable Thailand to transform the country into a value-based and innovation-driven economy, moving from producing commodities to innovative products; emphasising on promoting technology, creativity, and innovation in focused industries and changing from a production-based to a service-based economy, it has also prompted nation- and industrywide movements across the packaging and printing sectors – through Packaging and Printing 4.0 – in keeping towards the end goal of increasing the capabilities of Thai industries through technology and innovation.

One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion

A highlight at this year’s PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL, is the One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion. Brought together by the exhibition’s co-organisers, the Pavilion will showcase 25 award-winning, creative and innovative packaging from Thailand covering the food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, electronics, cosmetics and personal care sectors and more.

The One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion will serve as a targeted platform where innovative packaging designs, packaging end users, packaging producers, material suppliers and machine manufacturers, can all come together to source and share best practices in navigating the dynamic packaging and printing ecosystem. Framing this setting would be a focus on Packaging and Printing 4.0 – where innovation and technological advancements bring new synergies and perspectives to packaging and print – as conveyed through the 3 pillars of packaging 4.0 comprising of package, packaging process for manufacturing and packaging production.

“I am positive that the insights exchanged at the exhibition and the Pavilion would be a step forward in strengthening and upping the competitiveness of Thailand’s packaging and printing industries, and foremostly in contribution towards the Thai economy”, said Noppadol Krairiksh, president, The Thai Packaging Association.

“We are pleased to have received the support of key government and industry organisations,” said Pimnara Jiranithitnon, president, The Thai Printing Association.

The stats…

Some 15,000 trade visitors from around the world are expected at Pack Print International 2017, where they will have the opportunity to discover and source for new, cost-effective machinery from 300 participating international exhibitors and suppliers from 20 countries. Exhibiting companies include: Hewlett-Packard, Kurz, Konica Minolta, HP, Ferrostaal, Riso, Koenig & Bauer Group (Kba), Wah Ho Packaging, Harn Engineering, Nakayama Corporaion, Pmc Label Material, Rotometrics, Keywell Industrial, Bps United, Ueno Corporation, Zund Asia, and more.

“As we progress together with Thailand 4.0, there is a greater need for trade organisers like us, to align our exhibition line-up with present industry shifts and future trends. With a renewed focus on packaging, Pack Print International 2017 – as in the launch of the One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion – will present the entire value chain that is, from ideation to creation bringing to the forefront the full spectrum of the packaging and printing sectors; from developing new products and technology to creating packaging that protects food for a longer shelf life to digital printing’s economic and speed-to-market advantages for mainstream package decoration,” said Gernot Ringling, managing director, Messe Düsseldorf Asia.

What’s more?

Augmenting PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 show floor’s line-up is a series of concurrent conferences, seminars and technical presentations led by industry organisations. This will include an event on Food Loss and Waste in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the packaging industry in encouraging a move towards solution for the reduction of food loss and waste and look forward to this exciting event” said A. Bennett FAO Senior Food Systems Officer for the Asia Pacific Region. A free business matching service will also make networking easier as it connects industry professionals from the packaging, printing and related industries prior to visit, so as to engage in meaningful discussions during the exhibition.

MGI’s JET Varnish 3D with iFoil: a success story

In a short span of time, Konica Minolta’s MGI JET Varnish 3D with iFoil has surpassed the company’s expectations, with an unprecedented positive response from printing businesses.

When Varun B Corporation decided to set up a printing business in Surat, Gujarat offering packaging boxes to traders and manufacturers, the company gradually witnessed a soar in demand from customers which pushed it to deploy more automated solutions for increased efficiency and outputs. “In due course of time as the trade flourished we ventured into the automation of the setup and started the process of upgradation and by the year of 2008 had a complete revamp of the setup,’’ said Varun Aggarwal of Varun B Corporation.

After reviewing a host of digital industrial printing solutions in the market, the company finally deployed MGI’s Jet Varnish 3D with iFoil from Konica Minolta India, offering exceptionally precise spot coating handling digital or offset originals with inline Digital Foiling system.

“While finalising the machine we already had a sample folder printed on the MGI which assisted in developing the market even before the machine was installed and by the time the machine arrived we already had a handful of orders waiting for the process and value addition on the MGI,” said Aggarwal

Congratulating Konica Minolta for its unprecedented service assistant as well as cutting edge features of MGI Jet Varnish 3D with iFoil, he further adds, “By the addition of this machine, the customers are surely experiencing a better result and a different view of the designing layouts which previously were not usable, but this machine gave an addition dimension and vision to the traditional designing concepts.”

The JETvarnish 3D with iFoil also comes equipped with ARC registration technology (Automated Registration Camera) designed to calibrate (on-the-fly) coating registration from sheet to sheet. The ARC system ensures accurate spot UV coating, even on jobs with inconsistent print registration, a traditional obstacle for those wishing to spot UV coat jobs printed on some digital presses. The JetVarnish is equipped with AIS SmartScanner, an artificial intelligence registration technology. The only print registration solution in the world that individually makes adjustments and corrections for each printed sheet. It requires no registration marks and treats each sheet like a separate, unique job. The cost-savings are dramatic. It significantly reduces time-consuming, expensive setup processes and job monitoring work tasks. Increased operational productivity and improved quality on every piece produced are the result of MGI’s major innovation in print registration technology

The industry leading JET Varnish 3D with iFoil takes digital spot UV coating to an entirely new level with increased throughput for flat spot UV jobs and astounding 3D raised effects.

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