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continue to use water based inks, while
the label press is the frst Epson to use
The importance of the introduction
was underlined by the presence of
Epson global president Minoru Usui to
announce the launch. "PrecisionCore
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
The 6034VW offers white and picks
up on another 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
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 static material.
This will be the press for printing on
paper materials while the new machine
can print on heat sensitive PE materials.
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.
Environmental impact featured
throughout. Materials supplied by the
likes of Avery Dennison have become
thinner and easier to recycle along with
IT introduced ClearCut, an
adhesive technology that enables
thinner materials to be used, reducing
environmental impact and improving
the label’s functional performance.
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 shells.
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 swung 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 printed cartons. A
similar feature two years ago attracted
an audience of six or seven at a time.
This time presentations were packed.
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 going digital.
“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 labels.”
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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 and
Major players: Japanese giants into digital labels
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