Labelexpo Americas 2018 takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, September 25-27. On display at the show are the latest innovations from hundreds of label industry suppliers. Over the next several pages we present a selection of some of the equipment and consumables being presented at the show.
AB Graphic International
ABG is exhibiting 13 machines over four booths at Labelexpo, covering a wide range of finishing applications. On the ABG stand, a Digicon Series 3 is showing the new fast flatbed screen printing module, a Big Foot 50-ton flatbed hot foil unit, and its little sister, the 25-ton flatbed hot foil unit with a new swivel head that allows foil to be fed both along and across the web just like the Big Foot. The machinery is running two beverage labels highlighting the quality and extensive embellishment capabilities of the machine. Launching at the show is the Jetfx digital embellishment module--an offline, fully digital system creating excellent varnish and foil effects. The Digicon Lite is being shown with a sheeter and conveyor option, as well.
acpo, ltd. has been manufacturing pressure sensitive adhesive coated films to the narrow web printing and converting market for over 30 years, acpo films can be found on labels and flexible packaging products from the health and beauty industry to pharmaceuticals and pet foods. Recognizing the industry's desire for innovative solutions, acpo has developed several new products, including: O2xBloc high oxygen barrier print webs and sealant webs for flexible packaging; Auth-N-Tech brand films with multiple levels of anti-counterfeit technologies. Sofsens films with a matte finish that are soft to the touch. Adhering to the tagline of "Films with Technology. Products with Purpose," the company is exhibiting these products at Labelexpo Americas.
ACTEGA North America
Inks and Coatings
ACTEGA is introducing two Aquaprint water-based, injection in-mold coating products that yield good appearance, proven value in molding equipment and excellent scuff resistance. ACTEGA is also highlighting its ACTDigi digital primers that work with inline and near-line priming units for narrow web digital presses. Also showcased is the next generation UV flexo ink system, ACTExact. This system offers a wider color gamut, improved press speeds and allows for crisper print details as compared to traditional UV ink systems. ACTEGA is featuring its special effect coating line, designed to give label printers and brand owners eye-catching shelf presence and tactile effects to enhance the consumer experience.
Allen Datagraph Systems, Inc.
Allen Datagraph is showing a number of products at Labelexpo. The iTech Centra HS is a high-speed roll-to-roll digital converting system that laminates, diecuts, strips and slits labels in one pass. The iTech Axxis XL Plus is a digital finishing solution that laminates, cuts without dies, strips, slits, and re-winds customers' labels. The iTech Talon is a digital label finishing solution for converters and end users who have short run finishing requirements. The roll-to-roll iTech Spectrum features an LED toner print engine, printing up to 25 fpm. The iTech Cypher with HP Pagewide technology uses pigmented inks that are water, abrasion and fade resistant. Allen Datagraph experts are on-hand to discuss these newest offerings.
Digital Printers and Presses
Afinia Label is unveiling three label printers and a digital label press at this year's Labelexpo. The L501 is a dual ink label printer for low/mid-volume printing with interchangeable dye and pigment inks. The L701 is a mid-volume printer designed for the production line, featuring the benefits of Memjet in a smaller footprint. The Memjet-based L901, made for high-volume continuous and inline applications, boasts high speed and quality with high-capacity, economical ink tanks. The DLP-2100 is a full-rotary, die-based digital label press with the L901 printer in line. Print, laminate, diecut, slit, remove waste, and rewind labels to finished rolls.
Anderson & Vreeland
Flexo & Digital Imaging
Anderson & Vreeland, a distributor and manufacturer of flexographic and digital technology for labels and packaging, is highlighting key technologies backed by its team of technical experts thoroughly versed in the fine points of flexo and digital imaging. Two centerpieces at the Anderson & Vreeland booth are the Flint Xpress Thermal Plate Processor and the Xeikon ThermoflexX platemaker. Anderson & Vreeland provides one-stop shopping for nearly all flexo and digital printing needs. Experts are on-hand to answer questions in order to provide a deeper knowledge of the processes you rely on every day.
Applied Laser Engineering
Laser engraved functional topography describes a surface that has functionality provided to the surface by the laser. This functionality could be to hold ink, for flexo, gravure or anilox rollers, or to create a surface used for embossing or imprinting a substrate. Printed electronics, optical films, anti-microbial and low-friction surfaces are further examples of functional topography. Applied Laser Engineering will have experts at Labelexpo Americas to discuss these solutions.
ARC International is displaying its new US-made NickelBack Sleeve System, which is more durable and safer to use than ordinary fiberglass sleeves. The company is also showcasing its latest laser-engraved ceramic anilox surface technologies and its complete line of narrow web press rollers. In addition, doctor blades and carbon composite ink chamber systems are being discussed at the booth. As a full-service supplier, ARC International offers impression cylinders, rubber rollers, peristaltic ink pumps, and cleaning supplies. The company has facilities in North Carolina and Nevada.
Asahi Photoproducts is showing its AWP family of water-washable flexographic plate solutions featuring Clean Transfer Technology, including its new AWP -DEW plate with washout speeds 2.5 times faster than previous plates, making it ideal for on-demand platemaking and a more efficient flexographic operation. Asahi's AWP Clean Transfer technology provides a viable alternative to conventional flexo printing plates. Its water washable printing plate technology does not require high temperatures or VOC-based solvents. It provides high register accuracy, making it particularly suitable for printing with a fixed color palette and enabling odorless production.
AstroNova has introduced a powerful digital color desktop printer, the QuickLabel Kiaro! QL-120 high-quality label printer, and it is on display at Labelexpo Americas at the Trojan Label booth. The product marks the company's expansion into the area of product identification. The Kiaro! QL-120 is built on the company's color label printer, the Kiaro! The versatile QL-120 surpasses the Kiaro! with a faster print speed, new features and ease of use. Fast printing speed of up to 300 mm/s makes the QL-120 the fastest desktop color label printer in the QuickLabel series by AstroNova Product Identification. Its 1200 dpi resolution ensures that even the smallest font sizes and images are printed sharply.
Label and Packaging Materials
Avery Dennison is showcasing its "Pioneering Change" booth. This is a comfortable space designed for networking, collaborating and reflecting on the innovation and evolution happening right now in the industry. The company is showcasing new heat-sealable film for reclosure, expanded intelligent label portfolio, and its growing Clearlntent portfolio of sustainability-oriented products. Being showcased are: Additions to the Avery Dennison Clearlntent portfolio, including the company's first ever linerless product, its new ThinkThin product range, and expanded CleanFlake adhesive offerings for increasing the recyclability of PET plastic packages. Avery Dennison's heat-sealable film for reclosure, features R1490--the only adhesive that complies with FDA regulations for direct contact with food--as well as a heat-sealable film liner. Intelligent labels on display will include solutions enabled with UHF, HF and NFC radio frequency identification (RFID).
AzTech Converting Systems
AzTech Converting Systems is featuring the newly engineered Sigma Series precision label finisher. The Sigma Series is a modular semi-rotary/full-rotary label finishing solution designed to efficiently convert digital label print applications. Also exhibited is the freshly re-designed servo-driven BSR High-Speed Slitter Rewind System. The 25-year evolution of the BSR continues, as a host of functionality upgrades and improvements have been added to help improve ergonomics, increase productivity and rev up speed by 25%. The Roll-90 Invertible Tabletop Rewinder is being displayed, along with a sampling of AzTech's Material Handling Equipment, including RollRunner Series mobile roll handling equipment. All AzTech equipment is proudly manufactured in the USA.
Digital Flexo Technology
The Bobst booth at Labelexpo Americas is once again one of the largest at the show. Bobst aims to provide solutions to challenging applications, including the production of multi-layered coupons for a variety of food, non-food or pharma products, lamitube, shrink sleeves, security products and more. The following presses are on display: The M6 inline Digital Flexo line spotlights the advantages...