Labelcraft Products develops 100% recyclable release liner

* Labelcraft Products Ltd., of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, has announced the debut of its new eco-friendly release liner, the Recyclable EnviroLiner. The Recyclable EnviroLiner is the first liner of its kind, the company says, and the release design is made of 100% recycled material, which can be recycled in local facilities. The Recyclable EnviroLiner can be used in a variety of face-stocks, including films, gloss, thermal transfer, EDP and direct thermal. Labelcraft is currently in discussions with global labelstock manufacturers to produce this new product.

Traditionally, release liners have been unrecyclable because they are coated in large amounts of silicone. However, after many years of research and development, Labelcraft has overcome this issue. The Recyclable EnviroLiner is made of 100% recycled paper and allows converters to use standard presses, and customers to use their standard printers.

The Recyclable EnviroLiner is a testament to Labelcraft's total commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation. The company says, "While the label industry has traditionally not been a leader in sustainability, the Recyclable EnviroLiner is a critical turning point. In North America it is estimated that nearly 1,200,000 tons of liners are dumped into landfills annually. The Recyclable EnviroLiner is the first product that will allow suppliers and customers to work towards 100% landfill free facilities."


* Epson has announced that Sohn Manufacturing has purchased the Epson SurePress L-4033AW digital label press. With over 60 years of experience in the manufacturing of flexographic printing equipment, rotary converting and diecutting, Sohn Manufacturing is a rapidly growing, reliable source for competitively priced label products, rotary cutting dies, printing, and converting machines. Sohn Quality Custom Labels, a division of Sohn Manufacturing, will be using the SurePress to expand its short-run label printing offerings to customers, helping them produce custom diecut labels and decrease production time.

"We have known about the SurePress and its amazing capabilities for years from discussions we've had with Epson representatives at trade shows, as well as from our customers who have come to us for diecut finishers to use as a combined solution with their SurePress," says Harvey Beaudry, sales representative, Sohn Manufacturing. "Seeing the combined solution in action has helped us make the decision to purchase our own SurePress, which will allow us to create high-quality short-run labels, while reducing costs and decreasing production time."

Designed for prime label converters and commercial printers, the Epson SurePress L-4033AW is an easy-to-operate, 7-color inkjet digital label press with white ink that makes high-quality, short-run label printing easier and more efficient, even on clear and metallic substrates. Delivering excellent print quality and accurate color reproduction, as well as improved features, the L-4033AW is a cost-effective and reliable solution that allows printers to expand their service offerings and improve profitability.

Driving the SurePress L-4033AW is the included Wasatch RIP and Print Management Software. The Wasatch SoftRIP is a sophisticated RIP solution designed to save time and money by including enhanced color management options, efficient layout features, powerful workflow tools, variable data printing, and contour cutting, all while producing excellent quality color.

"We are pleased to provide family-owned businesses, such as Sohn Manufacturing, with the digital printing technology they need to help complete their label printing solution," comments Victor Gomez, group product manager Americas, Labels, Epson America, Inc. "The SurePress L-4033AW was designed to print short-run, high-quality labels, which gives Sohn Manufacturing an ideal, cost-effective solution for creating short-run labels for their customers."


* The recently opened Global Innovation Center in Malmo, Sweden, is an initiative by Flint Group to provide an unrivaled test facility for the printing industry. Set up as an academic environment 111 which every day commercial practices can be trialed and analyzed, the Center in Malmo, in Southern Sweden, is home to a state-of-the-art water based research and development lab, which is run by Flint Group's R&D director, Rune Sjolin. Flint Group's printing center, with a fully equipped Soma CI printing press, is managed by Printshop and OEM manager Lars Keldebak.

"With printing, especially in the packaging sector, becoming more globalized, converters are demanding a standard ink solution for their production plants, wherever in the world they are located. This is far from easy to solve because of the high number of variables involved, from the technology used, to working practices employed, to the range of climate conditions at the different plants. These are the reasons we have established this unique facility," he explains.

Having taken reference from one of the world's leading packaging printers, the decision was made to install a Soma CI flexo press to run the print tests in a controlled environment. To ensure peak performance from the press, Keldebak sought recommendations for his ancillary equipment, and Flexo Wash came out on top for anilox cleaning technology. "We figured that if the equipment was the preferred choice for hard-working commercial environments, then it would be part of our program of standardization here," he explains.

The Flexo Wash machine installed is a 991 XL Anilox Cleaner, which managing director Lars Kongstad was pleased to supply on an OEM basis to Flint Croup.With good local support from nearby Denmark, Flexo Wash is keen to establish a two-way communication on how the washer performs under test conditions. Commenting for Flexo Wash, international sales manager Mette Laursen says, "We think the establishment of the new GIC in Malmo is an inspired move by Flint Group and are delighted to be involved with their pioneering work."

"We opened in April 2017 and are still establishing our facilities and building our knowledge base, but I expect the facility to be fully booked by a mix of manufacturers, converters, R&D departments and brand owners, all looking to see how they can improve performance and quality," says Keldebak. The Global Innovation Center in Malmo is part of a group of technical development facilities run by Flint Group--having a center in Trelleborg, Sweden and Rogers, MN, USA for narrow web, and in Stuttgart, Germany tor sheet fed. Flint Group says it is proud to offer these testing and training facilities to its customers around the world.


* UPM Raflatac has launched a new solution for brand promotion, protection and logistics applications. Developed in cooperation with cloud-based data and content management experts Magic Add, RafMore combines pressure sensitive labels and unique machine-readable codes to open up completely new possibilities for product verification and tracking, marketing analytics and consumer engagement.

RafMore is a smart solution that provides the possibility to give each and every labeled product its own digital identity.The codes embedded into the label designs are stored in a cloud database and act as an information channel at every point on the product's journey, from creation to consumption.

Brands can use this unique digital identity to add value in a variety of ways. For brand promotion, RafMore can be used to boost consumer engagement by providing new ways to tell a brand's story. For example, the code embedded in a label can be linked to digital content that evolves as the consumer journey progresses. RafMore also allows brands to create new service models, accurately track and trace products, improve inventory accuracy, verify authenticity and protect against counterfeiting attempts.

"RafMore allows brands to unlock the largely untapped potential of the labels attached to their products in a variety of different ways," says Jan Hasselblatt, director, global business development, UPM Raflatac. "RafMore connects each and every labeled product to the web and helps brands gather valuable information that can be used to increase consumer engagement, optimize logistics processes and protect brand integrity."


* Geo Labels, a family-run label converter in Southern California, has recently purchased its first 6-color Edale FL3 press through Edale's American distributor, Matik Inc. Geo Labels was first opened in 2003 by its current owners, George and Elena Contreras. The company specializes in the manufacturing of scale labels, as well as industrial and prime labels for a wide range of markets, from food packaging to cosmetics.

George Contreras, Geo Labels' owner, comments, "Compared to the current market of press manufacturers, Edale is ahead of the game with technology, combined with a personal approach, years of experience and a sound knowledge base. Edale was the obvious choice for us."

James Boughton, managing director of Edale, says, "The US market had always been something Edale had been wary of due to the strength of the local manufacturers. However, since our old philosophy of manufacturing simple flexo presses changed to now manufacturing the most automated equipment within the industry, our success has really opened our eyes to the potential within this market."

The Edale FL range of presses prints on a range of substrates, from unsupported film to carton board, based around Uniprint technology and automation packages, including AiiR (Autonomous Inking, Impression and Registration).


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