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Boletín Semanal julio 7, 2020

Baldwin Technology rediseña totalmente su website

Baldwin Technology has fully redeveloped its website to help customers better learn about its automation and enhancement technologies for multiple industries, including printing, packaging production and converting. The new site, which is mobile friendly, offers key improvements such as a live-chat feature and simplified contact options.

The revamped Baldwintech.com site is highlighted by up-to-date content and specifications for Baldwin’s diverse product portfolio, which consists of precision spray application technologies; surface cleaning solutions; curing and drying equipment; fluid management systems; corona surface treatment technology; color & inspection products; web enhancement solutions; consumables; and parts. It also features the latest news and event participation details, to help customers keep in touch with Baldwin more readily.

Baldwin Technology Company is a leading provider of process automation and enhancement equipment for in-line and web-fed/roll-based manufacturing processes, such as printing and textile manufacturing. Its solutions help save time, money and resources, often automating difficult production tasks, improving existing processes like drying and curing, and revolutionizing and shortening production times while using fewer resources, as is possible with its precision-spray-application and surface-cleaning technologies.

With more than 100 years of experience manufacturing solutions for printing and industrial applications, Baldwin has in recent years better organized its operational structure and product offerings, growing through a number of key acquisitions, to better serve ever-changing markets with evolving goals. Backed by global business leader Barry-Wehmiller since 2012, Baldwin’s current product developments include Industry 4.0 and IoT solutions, which aim to revolutionize data management of production processes, offering key automation and downtime prevention solutions, among other benefits.

To view the new Baldwin Technology website site, visit www.baldwintech.com

Koenig and Bauer conquista impresores en China

Over 800 print professionals attend roadshow in the Middle Kingdom

  • 12th Koenig & Bauer roadshow since 2007
  • Five stops in different parts of the country
  • Presentation of modern technologies from half to large formats

The roadshow which took place in mid-November was already the 12th in a series of tours visiting print professionals all over China. More than 800 experts took the opportunity to attend events in Xian, Kunming, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang and Fuzhou, where they were able to pick up the latest information on all aspects of modern print production, with a focus on sheetfed offset technologies and full-process solutions for packaging production, as well as innovative special applications and digitalisation. The five venues were chosen to cover as much of the country as possible.

The print demonstrations attracted great interest among the Chinese print professionals, as to be seen here at the Fuzhou Xinkai print centre in Fuzhou.

Rapidas for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cigarette packaging

Alongside practice-oriented lectures and presentations, enthusiastic discussion and intensive exchanges of experience, live print demonstrations at users in the individual regions are traditionally highlights of the events. At Shanxi Yusheng, for example, the roadshow participants were able to watch the production of pharmaceuticals packaging on medium-format presses of the Rapida 105 series. The company operates a six-colour version and a brand-new seven-colour model – both with inline coating facilities.

Yunnan Qiaotong is the most important supplier of packaging for cosmetics, cigarettes and many other products in Kunming. Since its investment in a Rapida 106 with seven printing units, perfecting and a coater, the company has attracted several new customers from the cigarette industry. General manager Yin Kunxiong: “The press has helped us to move up to a new technological level. At the same time, we have achieved significant enhancement of our efficiency and print quality.”

The centre of attraction in Shanghai was the first Rapida 75 PRO supplied to a user in China. This eight-colour coater press was installed by Shanghai Zhilin, one of the most important packaging providers in the country. Alongside a Rapida 106 with nine printing units and coating facilities, the company operates also a brand-new Rapida 106 with eight printing units, twin coaters and an additional printing unit ahead of the extended delivery. DriveTronic SPC is just one option on a long list of automation features.

From medium to large formats

Hebei Xindong is the leading packaging printer in its region, and is especially active in the fields of pharmaceuticals, foods, alcoholic beverages and high-quality board packaging. The declared goal of president Kong Jiandong is to become the number-one provider for pharmaceuticals packaging in Northern China. The recently installed Rapida 105, a seven-colour press with UV coating capabilities, is the company’s second investment after the purchase of a Rapida 164 for six colours and coating in 2014. The visitors were treated to a show of high-quality print production on both presses – including changeovers to special applications using gold. silver and film substrates.

Fuzhou Xingkai has also invested in a seven-colour Rapida 105, in this case with inline coating and an extended delivery, in order to keep pace with the growing demand for high-quality packaging. This press, too, could be witnessed in live action during the roadshow. It boasts the largest number of printing units, the highest level of automation (for example FAPC plate changers) and the most modern technology of any press in the metropolitan area of Fuzhou.

This year’s Koenig & Bauer roadshow demonstrated once more how print companies in China are operating successfully on the world market thanks to modern equipment and technologies. The companies can point to numerous unique selling points and a correspondingly high product diversity. In this way, they distinguish themselves from competitors and are ideally prepared to handle whatever market changes the future may bring.

Las planchas KODAK SONORA X Process Free proporcionan beneficios inmediatos a planta impresora de insertos 

Inserts East, located in New Jersey, is a family-owned and operated commercial printing company specializing in printing newspaper and direct mail advertising inserts. The company works with some of the largest retail corporations, both regionally and nationally, that serve the grocery and food industry, furniture and bedding markets, sporting goods, drug stores, arts and crafts, auto, consumer electronics, and more. One of its largest customers, a regional grocery store chain out of the Northeast, requires high volumes that can run up to six million impressions for its weekly flyers with multiple versions on tight deadlines.

Besides accommodating the need for both short and long run lengths, Inserts East provides customers with a range of paper stocks, from the lightest newsprint to heavy coated sheets, while providing around-the-clock production coverage powered by nine heatset press lines, which print copy ranging from 9” to a 50” web size.

For many years, Inserts East was using traditional, processed, and post baked plates that were extremely reliable. These ‘bulletproof plates’ were ideal for the company’s large volumes of print, providing Inserts East with the dependability and assurance that they needed to deliver on their customers’ deadlines. However, over time, the company became frustrated with the time it took to get plates ready for the press, which was seven to eight minutes in some cases. 

“Time is huge around here. We have nine presses sitting out on our floor, waiting for plates. The sooner we can get plates out to the presses, the better it is for our whole operation,” said Cathy Hamilton, Pre-Production Manager, Inserts East.

The need to solve this issue led Inserts East to a conversation with Kodak about the capabilities of SONORA X Process Free Plates. A key consideration in this discussion focused on the plate's ability to perform in the company's demanding print environment. Inserts East was aware of the cost-saving benefits that come from the elimination of chemistry and processing equipment but were less familiar with the SONORA X Plate’s track record in a print operation like their own.

"Kodak achieved a significant breakthrough when we introduced SONORA X Plates in 2018,” said Jeff Zellmer, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Eastman Kodak Company. “The new plates build on all the advantages of Kodak’s process free technology, by removing the barriers that previously existed for printers. With SONORA X Plates, up to 80% of printers can switch to process free plates, including large printers and those printing challenging applications that need a high-performance plate.”

For Inserts East, the decision to move away from traditional plate processing followed a short period of testing to evaluate the plate's performance within its demanding print environment. Testing the plates provided the company time to kick the tires on SONORA X Plates and compare them to their proven, and long-standing post baked plates. The results impressed the Inserts East team, as they recognized the immediate cost savings, speed to press, and quality of the plates imaging. The decision was then made to move all their plate making to SONORA X Plates, which now deliver several benefits that have dropped to their bottom line.

Cathy Hamilton added: “SONORA X Plates have brought a number of game-changing benefits to our print production process while improving our overall sustainability. The time savings are tremendous. Because we no longer need to post bake plates, we are saving energy, and we are now completely free of any chemicals, which is awesome. Most importantly, we’re realizing all these benefits, while enjoying print quality from SONORA X Plates that is equal to, if not better than, our previous post baked plates.”

The ability to get plates to press faster at Inserts East is also enhanced by the company’s decision to invest in Kodak’s CTP technology, which includes two KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetters and two KODAK MAGNUS VLF Platesetters. Because Inserts East was able to remove all its plate processors by using SONORA X Plates, it was easy to fit all the CTP’s in their prepress department. The combination of these CTPs with SONORA X Plates has created a pre-press environment that has increased the company’s productivity, sustainability, and service to its customers.