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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
Industry Indicators www.flexography.org august 2010 FLEXO 29 plate. Pamarco recently announced that, in the six months following the launch, EFlo sales have exceeded $1 million. Xeikon innovative Dry toner no. 6135 Xeikon, a division of Punch Graphix, has been a pioneer in digital color printing and dry toner technology since its incep- tion more than 20 years ago. With the launch of the Xeikon 3500 digital label production press and QA-I toner at IPEX 2010, the company has taken the suitability of its technology for food packaging applications to an entirely new level. In the United States, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets guidelines that must be followed with regard to food, whether packaged or not. Some of these guidelines are with respect to the actual materials being used to produce the labels, such as inks, toners and substrates. In addition, FDA also sets guidelines with respect to the printed materials in contact with food. The two types of food contact are direct and indirect. With direct food contact, the printed material comes into contact with the food. Indirect food contact refers to printed materials that are located on the outside packaging of the food. The Xeikon QA-I toner meets all the applicable FDA guidelines for indirect food contact under room temperature and less severe conditions as well as direct food contact for dry food substances containing no surface oil or fat under the same conditions. Food safety is of the highest priority for label converters, as nearly 40 percent of the digitally produced labels are used for food packaging applications. By utilizing Xeikon’s latest tech- nology, label converters can gain a unique competitive edge in the markets they serve. Other printing technologies that in- volve UV-inks or solvent-based liquid inks do not always meet the FDA guidelines as they contain low molecular weight components. For example, most UV-inks are unsuitable for indirect food contact as non-cross linked molecules or photo- initiators present in the cured ink could migrate through the packaging and contaminate the food being packaged. Xeikon is now taking sales orders for the 3500 and QA-I toner. They will also be available for demonstrations at its Labelexpo booth (No. 6135) in Chicago. n Make Fta your FirSt Stop at LabeLeXpo aMericaS no. 6112 Be sure to stop by your favorite Association ’s booth during Labelexpo (Sept. 14-16) and find out what we’ve got in store for 2010 and beyond. Staff will be on hand to discuss the FIRST Operator Certification program, the Technical Education Services Team (TEST) initia- tives, its co-sponsored seminar programs, the Fall Con- ference, and FTA’s 2011 Awards Competitions. While you’re there grab the latest copy of FLEXO Magazine, known as “The Flexographic Technology Source.” And don’t forget, FTA will be hosting its “FIRST 4.0 On the Go!” Regional Workshop on Sept. 16 in Room No. 2 (FTA Members: $95.00 .) Over 40 years of experience in the flexographic industry, design and production of the highest quality systems. innovation is the key to our success. COMPUTER CONTROLLED VISCOSITY CONTROL SYSTEM IN THE ROUND SLEEVEMAKING SYSTEMS IN THE ROUND SLEEVEMAKING Head Office AV Flexologic B.V. H. K . Onnesweg 2 P.O. Box 252 NL-2400 AG Alphen aan den Rijn The Netherlands Tel +31 (0)172 434221 Fax +31 (0)172 437919 Mail email@example.com Toll Free number from the UK 0800-3892121 (only accessible in the UK) PHOTOPOLYMER PLATEMAKING EQUIPMENT FULLY AUTOMATIC MOUNTING MACHINE for flexo printing plates (for the flexible packaging and corrugated industry) Advanced MOUNTING & PROOFING EQUIPMENT (for the flexible packaging, corrugated and label industry) www.flexologic.nl PRE-PRESS EQUIPMENT FROM MODEST SYSTEMS TO THE MOST ADVANCED HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS August2010_mech.indd 29 8/13/10 1:23 PM
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