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Boletín Semanal Diciembre 3, 2017

Flint Group lanza nuevo proceso tecnológico para procesar plancha termal

Flint Group Flexographic Products has debuted the new nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processing System for flexographic printing plates in Europe, Middle East and Africa at the Xeikon Café in Lier, Belgium. The nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processing System is presently available in North America, and will be offered globally in the second half of 2017.

The nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor incorporates the speed of thermal platemaking with excellent plate and print quality, and offers a smart design with an enhanced user interface. The distinctive characteristics of the processor provide unprecedented control and allow for more consistent and stable plate production, encompassing “Thermal like you’ve never seen before.” Friedrich von Rechteren, vice president sales EMEA & Global Marketing of Flint Group Flexographic Products, says, “We believe our new, integrated solution is in a class of its own. We achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically. By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering a system that leads to reduced costs, improved quality and improved sustainability.”

Intelligent configuration of the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor allows for fewer components, so there is less maintenance, less downtime and lower operating costs associated with its operation. The processor’s zoned heating system is built around a highly efficient IR assembly, which provides precise monitoring of the heat distribution across the drum width and into the plate. The perfectly controlled heat imparts better dimensional stability to the plate backing, affording increased stability and consistency to plate processing. The accurate regulation of the heat eliminates the need for a chiller. Additionally, the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor is packed with clever, user-friendly features for an enhanced user experience.

At the heart of the processing system lies the nyloflex Thermal Printing Plates specifically formulated to perform exceptionally well in the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processor. The first of these plates – nyloflex XPH and nyloflex XPM Digital Printing Plates – offer extraordinary detail. Specially developed to print on paper at high line screens of 200+ lpi, the company says nyloflex Thermal Plates are capable of printing the finest highlight dots up to 50% smaller in size than the minimum printed dot of the market leading thermal plate. The nyloflex XFH Digital flat-top plate, soon-to-be-released, will be a suitable choice for printing brilliant solids on film substrates. The thermal plates are suitable for use with virtually any ink system – solvent based, water based, or UV.

Further benefits can be realized in the engineered fabric of the nyloflex Developer Rolls, designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. Its fibre shape provides optimal surface area to retain molten polymer, resulting in a material that is 30% less dense, requires 33% less material to manufacture and produces 33% less waste after use in plate processing than standard developer rolls. nyloflex Developer Rolls are offered in three widths to maximize the efficiency of use with various plate sizes. The special fabric design and variable width options result in a material that is noticeably lighter and easier for operators to handle.

Kodak inaugura nuevo Flexo HUB en Bélgica

El nuevo centro de demostración de soluciones flexográficas de Kodak representa una plataforma interactiva para impulsar la integración y el desarrollo de la industria Bruselas, Bélgica, 25 de septiembre de 2017 – Kodak celebró la inauguración de un nuevo Flexo HUB, dedicado a la exhibición de los sistemas de impresión y soluciones tecnológicas que Kodak ofrece a la industria de empaques y etiquetas, incrementando su compromiso global con las tecnologías flexográficas. El nuevo Flexo HUB es un espacio único, creado para mostrar la visión de progreso tecnológico y la expansión continua de los procesos flexográficos en el dinámico entorno de la producción de empaques.

Este punto de interacción promoverá la cooperación entre Kodak, impresores flexográficos, proveedores de servicios, marcas, fabricantes de tecnologías y asociaciones industriales.

Además de presentar las innovadoras soluciones de Kodak, una de las principales funciones del nuevo centro será destacar proyectos de empaques de la vida real en los que las tecnologías de Kodak hayan marcado la diferencia. La disposición del Flexo HUB, que recuerda a una planta industrial, crea un ambiente inspirador para las actividades creativas, y comunica la identidad de Kodak como una marca rica en tradición y al mismo tiempo enfocada en el futuro.

El concepto de diseño de este nuevo espacio, también reflejado en la estética del stand de Kodak en Labelexpo, fue desarrollado por Francesco Lucchese (Lucchesedesign), arquitecto y diseñador de Milán. “Al abrir el Flexo HUB, estamos completando una importante inversión que demuestra la importancia de las tecnologías de impresión flexográfica para Kodak.

Este innovador establecimiento ayudará a fortalecer el posicionamiento de la flexografía en el sector de empaques, y a alcanzar el máximo potencial de este proceso de impresión”, dijo Chris Payne, Presidente de la División de Impresión Flexográfica y Vicepresidente de Kodak. “Nuestros clientes, prospectos y colegas en Europa, África y Medio Oriente ahora cuentan con un punto neurálgico al que asistir para reunirse con Kodak, y que todos juntos elevemos los límites de la impresión flexográfica.” “Me complace que Kodak esté enviando una señal tan clara sobre la trascendencia del futuro de la flexografía.

Agradecemos que Kodak haya creado un foro en el que no sólo presente sus propias tecnologías, sino que también estimule el diálogo entre todos los expertos involucrados en la cadena de valor de los empaques, con el objetivo de promover la impresión flexográfica”, celebró Bernhard Stradner, Presidente de la DFTA FlexodruckFachverband (Asociación Técnica Alemana de Flexografía) y Director Mundial de Ventas para el fabricante de prensas flexográficas Allstein GmbH. Junto a Chris Payne y Grant Blewett, Director Mundial de Ventas de Empaques en Kodak, el Sr. Stradner participó en la ceremonia de corte de cinta en la apertura del Flexo HUB. Desde ahora, el nuevo Flexo HUB de Kodak ofrece a los visitantes una oportunidad para experimentar el sistema KODAK FLEXCEL NX en demostraciones extensivas, participar en seminarios de entrenamiento técnico, o producir placas KODAK FLEXCEL NX de acuerdo a requerimientos técnicos, para que puedan realizar sus propias pruebas de impresión.

Además, Kodak planea utilizar el Flexo HUB para desarrollar eventos especiales y seminarios de empaques en el futuro. Acerca de Kodak Kodak es una empresa de tecnología enfocada en imágenes para el negocio.

Proporcionamos innovación (directamente o a través de asociaciones con otras empresas innovadoras) en hardware, software, consumibles y servicios a nuestros clientes en comunicaciones gráficas, impresores comerciales, publicaciones, empaque, impresión funcional, entretenimiento y películas comerciales, y para mercados de productos de consumo. Con una organización de primera clase mundial en I&D, un portafolio de soluciones innovadoras y una marca de gran reputación, Kodak ayuda a clientes alrededor de todo el mundo a hacer crecer sus propios negocios de una manera sostenible, y a disfrutar de sus vidas.

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Koenig and Bauer en WPE 2017 con nuevo diseño corporativo y portafolio de servicios extendidos

Just a few days after its 200-year anniversary celebrations, which Koenig & Bauer AG took as a worthy occasion on which to relaunch the Koenig & Bauer brand, the business unit KBA-Digital & Web Solutions will be making its first market appearance under the new corporate design at the forthcoming IFRA World Publishing Expo (WPE) in Berlin. The market leader in newspaper web presses for the mid- to high-performance classes has booked a 100 m² booth in Hall 21a (booth E10) to present its broad product portfolio for offset and digital printers. In the so-called “Active Corner”, subsidiary PHS will at the same time be showcasing a further extended range of technical and customer services, which will also be available to users of third-party presses. Given the market's reluctance to invest in new presses over the past years, and consequently the ever older installed base, the demand for service is increasing. Alongside classic services such as retrofits, upgrades and press relocations, more and more users are interested in new Internet-based offers such as AR data glasses or predictive maintenance, as well as options serving cost reduction. One good example of this is energy saving with ViSuEnergy.   

La exhibición de KBA en PRINT 17 atrae compradores de prensas y genera entusiasmo en la industria

Positive response to its wide array of press products, service, and quality

  • Steadfast support for the North American industry
  • Commercial and packaging sectors were well represented
  • On eve of historic 200th anniversary

The graphic arts community convened at McCormick Place in Chicago from September 10-14 where KBA North America welcomed enthusiastic crowds to its innovative and exciting display. Over the four day event in the Windy City, KBA’s booth at the main entrance to the show floor attracted qualified press buyers from across the country, eager to learn more about the firm’s technological advancements and strategic solutions on its offset commercial, packaging, converting, digital, flexo, newspaper, and specialty press products including its new KBA-Iberica die cutting line.

“PRINT 17 has been excellent,” says Eric Frank, senior vice president of marketing and product development at KBA North America. “We have met new customers and engaged with existing customers, throughout the show. I see customers from all sectors, commercial as well as folding carton. KBA is happy to be supporting PRINT 17.”

The KBA booth was consistently booked for one-on-one client discussions where customers learned how its technology can solve specific challenges in their pressrooms. KBA sales managers were kept busy meeting with a diverse crowd of attendees, some of whom are expanding both their traditional print applications, while others are looking to increase capacity or expand into new areas. Everyone was pleased with the success and enthusiasm of the attendees and their positive response to KBA’s product line-up. Customers overwhelming enjoyed the homemade German brats and refreshing cold beer served throughout the day at the KBA bar.

While KBA representatives held discussions with current and potential customers in Chicago, there was a noticeable buzz throughout the KBA booth as the entire firm awaits the gigantic celebration this week in Germany marking the firm’s 200th anniversary.

During the show, KBA was honored to receive the Printing News 2017 Readers’ Choice Top Products award for its Flexotechnica CI Flexo NEO XD LR HYBRID press. Jeff Dietz accepted the award as the new North American vice president overseeing its fast-growing flexible, digital, newspaper, metal, and corrugated markets. The Printing News Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards feature the breakthrough products that have caused the most excitement in the industry and have been a valuable asset to businesses over the last year. Voting was done entirely by Printing News readers and is an important statement on the quality of the Flexotechnica CI Flexo press and recognition of its importance to KBA’s customers’ businesses.

Fujifilm enseña innovador Sistema Inkjet en  SGIA Expo 2017

North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division  invites you to experience new innovations in booth 1529 at the upcoming SGIA Expo 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Experience live demonstrations in the ‘See it. Believe it.’ themed booth, including the all-new Inca SpyderX, a UV wide format press, making its North American debut, designed and manufactured by Inca Digital. The robust 126” (3.2 m) wide, six-color + white SpyderX is available as either flatbed or a combination flatbed/roll-to-roll system model for handling rigid and flexible substrates. This powerful and versatile printer is capable of producing a wide variety of output at high speeds up to 2,476 ft2/hr (230 m²/hr).

“We are very excited to showcase the flexibility of the SpyderX for attendees at SGIA this year,” said Becky McConnell, product marketing manager, Onset Series, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Whether print providers are looking to increase their production capabilities or produce near-photographic specialized work, SpyderX has to be seen to believe all that it can do to help win more work. The SpyderX is going to wow the crowds at Expo this year.”

Also making its first appearance at the SGIA Expo, the new B1 (27.8” x 39.4”) format inkjet printer from Fujifilm and Inca, the OnsetM, specifically developed to offer a high quality, short run solution for sign and display, commercial and industrial print applications. With print speeds that enable production of 200 boards per hour and remarkable quality achieved with a 7pL drop, this printer delivers short run jobs, cost effectively, in this very popular format size.

The new Acuity LED 3200R is a superwide 126” (3.2 m) roll printer that produces high quality displays with cost-effective LED UV curing technology. It offers maximum productivity in its CMYK configuration at speeds of 1,184 ft2/hr. PSPs can achieve maximum production efficiency by utilizing simultaneous dual roll printing with two 60” (1.52 m) media rolls. The Acuity LED 3200R has a built-in LED panel which allows backlit prints to be checked on the fly. This enables any errors to be quickly spotted and corrective steps to be taken, saving time, ink and media waste.

Also on the Fujifilm booth will be the Inca Onset X3, the acknowledged market leader in high productivity UV flatbed printing. With a maximum throughput of nearly 10,000 ft²/hr, equating to 180 beds per hour (126.8” x 63”) the Onset X3 is ideal for PSPs producing fast-turnaround retail graphics. Paired with a robotic off load handling system that is making its global debut, the Onset X3’s throughput capability is maximized, while still allowing for an expansive range of substrates and applications, including white printing which will be demonstrated at the Expo.

FUJIFILM Dimatix Samba™ printheads will also be featured, with representative’s on-hand to discuss how they can be customized into imprinting bars to achieve up to 1200 dpi output quality at output speeds up to 1000 feet per minute, in virtually limitless applications.

Attendees will also experience the ever-popular Acuity LED 1600 II, an entry level roll to roll printer, with rigid capability designed to give exceptional print results in the most environmentally friendly way. Fujifilm technology breakthroughs in LED UV curing, ink chemistry, and printheads work in perfect harmony to give smooth, near-photographic results at an impressive print speed of 355 ft2/hr. Print to roll for banners, window displays or backlit applications, and then seamlessly switch to directly print to rigid boards (including PET, acrylic and polycarbonate substrates) for high-quality POP or sign applications.

The Acuity Select 20 Series, featuring up to eight color channels, will also be presented, including options to run white, varnish and now light inks making it an affordable solution for a number of creative print applications. The versatility of printing high quality, 1200 dpi or greater graphics on rigid, flexible and even roll media gives printers new, additional opportunities to expand their print capabilities and ultimately their business. In addition to the standard CMYK ink set, the Acuity Select offers unprecedented color control.

Stop by Fujifilm’s nearly 5,000 square foot booth, number 1529, for hourly, live presentations to learn more about these and other innovations, and take time to talk with the Fujifilm representatives about improving the quality and efficiency of your printing operation.

Baldwin adquiere PC Industries para ampliar las posibilidades en Soluciones de Inspección de Impresos

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a world leader in providing process automation solutions, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the assets of PC Industries in a transaction that closed on September 13, 2017. 

Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, PC Industries (PCI) is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art vision inspection systems for the printing, converting, packaging, pharmaceutical and security printing industries.  Founded by Jack Woolley in 1975, PC Industries’ highly regarded brand of products is complementary to Baldwin’s offerings. PCI’s talented team members, consistent history of superior product development, and service and support make the company a natural add-on acquisition for Baldwin.

“We are very excited to be joining the Baldwin team and the broader BW Forsyth Partners family, and we look forward to continuing our progress of becoming the global market leader for high-speed print quality inspection,” commented Jack Woolley, CEO of PC Industries.

“The integration of PC Industries’ will add scale to our broader vision business by opening up new customer opportunities and enhancing our ability to provide further capabilities to our existing customers,” said Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin.  “Baldwin’s global sales and service platform will allow PC Industries to tap into new markets and serve customers who may have been beyond its scope.  The combination of their expertise in print quality data gathering and our expertise in process control will enhance our opportunities to provide the next level of fully automated closed loop process control.”

PC Industries is Baldwin’s fourth acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners’ family of companies in 2012. In 2014, Baldwin acquired Web Printing Controls and, in January 2017, Air Motion Systems. Earlier this month, they completed the acquisition of Ahlbrandt Systems GmbH. Baldwin will continue to seek add-on acquisitions, with a focus on companies that manufacture process-automation equipment, components and consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments around the world.