Packaging

Uflex launches HP Indigo certified digitally printable polyester film

The converting industry for long has been grappling with restricted availability of the right type of substrate supporting direct digital printing without prior priming /coating or surface treatment for that matter. Uflex Limited has launched a special polyester film, F-PDP with modified surface on one side while the other side remaining untreated. This film is digitally printable without any need for priming/coating.

This film can be directly printed without requiring printing plates/ cylinders as in the case of conventional printing process. Additionally, the film demonstrates good transparency; optical clarity; excellent machinability and dimensional stability besides offering excellent flatness and agile handling properties.

The polyester (PET) film F-PDP has been certified by Rochester Institute of Technology for digital printing by Indigo commercial and sheet fed presses.

5 Reasons to transform your finishing services

There’s no denying the impact the digital revolution has had on the printing industry. Shorter turn times, shorter print runs, the rise of big data and personalized communications. Have your print finishing services kept up with this shift in demand? Digital enhancement equipment is an excellent way to provide an economical solution for these shorter runs that trade finishers and commercial printers are faced with today. Here are 5 ways a digital enhancement press could change print finishing business for the better.

1. We live in a sensory-driven world

Researchers everywhere are releasing studies on how sensory marketing impacts the experience consumers have with brands. In fact, Sappi’s The Neuroscience of Touch takes a fascinating dive into how and why we respond so well to haptic brands.

The USPs even created a special promotion rewarding marketers who leverage the tactile aspect of print to engage with their audience. Digital enhancement technologies allow you to provide this sensory appeal to so much more than just your customers’ direct mail projects. Packaging, magazine covers, collateral – the sky is the limit. Consumers will be dying to get their hands on your work.

2. Short-Run? No problem.

As requests for smaller and smaller production runs comes in – the conversation can shift from “You can do that, but it’s going to cost this cringe-worthy number” to “Short-run? No problem! Check out the dimension we can also bring to your design.” Suddenly, customers are less focused on price, and more focused on how they can best utilize the technology to their advantage.

3. Relevance is driving the way brands communicate

Everywhere you turn, personalization and relevance is being talked about. For the longest time, personalization could only be added via digital printing production or a pass through the inkjet machine. Now you can add a touch of personalization to any project – from direct mail and packaging, to presentation folders and personalized magazines.

4. Offset, digital, & beyond compatibility

With Scodix digital enhancement presses, one can run offset and digitally printed sheets. One can take laminated sheets to new heights, or even projects using synthetic leather and polypropylene (PVC) substrates. One can maintain the flexibility to work on a project, no matter how its produced.

5. Decrease make-readies. No dies needed.

One can even extend the PDF workflow into production by eliminating the need for die creations. By running computer-to-press, one can achieve the variable flexibility of digital printing while maintaining the superb quality of UV coatings.

All this is possible through Scodix, which can change the way one thinks about print finishing services. Scodix systems are available in India through Monotech Systems Ltd.

Packaging 4.0 @ Pack Print International

Asia-Pacific will grow at highest CAGR through 2020, to become the fastest-growing market for packaging printing. Demand for packaged goods will keep corrugated print in control of the global print market, whereas flexible packaging, labels and tags will be in greater demand due to growing diversification in print products.

In this backdrop, Pack Print International will be held from September 20-23, 2017 at BITEC, Bangkok. The fair will focus on Packaging 4.0 for Thailand 4.0.

Thailand 4.0 economic model will transform Thailand into a value-based economy. The aim is to create creativity and innovation through the application of technology, in creating a smart nation. Top 5 target groups are: Food, agriculture and bio-tech; Health, wellness and bio-medical; Smart devices, robotics and mechatronics, digital, Internet of Things; Artificial intelligence and embedded technology, as well as Creative, cultural and high-value services.

Packaging 4.0 features the latest applications of the packaging industry in 3 aspects: Pillar 1: Package (smart packaging, intelligent packaging, food protection packaging, RFID, universal design and green packaging); Pillar 2: Packaging process for manufacturing (robotic palletizer, packing automation, filling system, warehouse automation, traceability, bottling automation, quality control system and system integration); and Pillar 3: Packaging production (digital printing for label, UV large format inkjet for package, press automation, warehouse automation, printing approval process, package converting, prepress solution, quality control system and 3D software for package simulation).

Lombardi Synchroline 330 & VINSAK LSR 330 installed at Print Square, Delhi

VINSAK has recently installed Lombardi Synchroline UV Flexo Press with VINSAK LSR- Slitter and Rewinder at Print Square, Libaspur, Delhi. The company caters to major clients from the pharma segment and the Synchroline 330 eight-colour UV flexo press, will help them to provide quality labels. The machine is equipped with a pre-registered system, a Corona treatment unit; a Lombardi patented Air Blade System (ABS), and servo motors on each of the printing as well as die-cutting units of the press.

The Synchroline with Vinsak LSR 330 will act as a complete flexo solution for both label printing and finishing.

Direct UV offset printable polyester film from Uflex

UV offset printing on non-absorptive surfaces is getting popular by the days. It gives an ultimate packaging solution for board lamination and decorative printing. The daunting challenge in this segment however remains the availability of right kind of substrate where direct printing can be done without any primer/ treatment.

Uflex Limited has engineered a speciality polyester film F-UVC film which is suitable for direct UV offset printing without requiring any primer/ treatment. The film is available in both bare transparent and metallized variants, where the un-metallized side is used for UV offset printing and UV curing. The metallized polyester film i.e. Flexmetprotect (F-UVC-M) is available in optical density ranging from 1.4 to 2.2. The wide range of optical densities gives choice to customer to use the product for diverse range of applications. The metal bond between the metal and the film is 130-180 gms/25mm.

This film is suitable for direct surface printing without primer/ corona treatment; the lead time is minimum at convertors’ end; and yields excellent print results, high gloss and clarity with high quality resolution for pictures and half tone jobs with good scuffing resistance. It is suitable for high speed machines and is versatile, tear proof and crack resistant and offers excellent smoothness, flatness and ink adhesion.

JK Sharma, AGM, Technical Service and New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited, said, “Primer coating for rendering the films printable is a cumbersome and time consuming exercise at the convertors’ end. The coating machine is a big capital investment in itself. Therefore with this new innovation by Uflex, the convertors can heave a sigh of relief. Not only does the film increase operational efficiencies of convertors but also restricts their capital expenditure.”

While, Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director, Uflex Limited, added, “I am happy that the team at Uflex addressed the pain point of convertors by engineering the UV Offset Printable PET Film, which now permits surface printing without any treatment.”

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