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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators a Wi-Fi camera that is integrated in the machine network. This allows transmis- sion of images from the production line. Using OMETChannel, the company ’s technicians receive data fast and securely through the TCP/IP protocol, and can then interact with the person in charge at the customer ’s plant. A laser pointer improves the detail shot and lets the converter work as if an Omet techni- cian was at his side. OMETChannel not only covers the electronic working of the machine, but also its electric and mechanical operation too. Sun ChemiCal, eSkoartwork and GmG: inteGrated Spot Color workflow At Labelexpo Americas, Sun Chemi- cal announced that its partnership with EskoArtwork was extended to further integrate access to the Sun Chemical SmartColourTM database in a workflow where EskoArtwork pre-production tools and GMG proofing solutions are com- bined. This collaboration among three industry leaders offers a deeper, more integrated end-to-end color workflow in the label and packaging industries. SmartColour, a database of real ink-on-substrate color results, includ- ing leading brand-owner color speci- fications, saves time and money by eliminating the need to fingerprint spot colors on production presses in order to obtain accurate color results in the proof. The EskoArtwork Color Engine connects to the SmartColour database and manages SmartColour ink informa- tion, using the full spectral ink profile data to calculate spot color overprints. Under the new partnership, GMG will integrate the EskoArtwork technology to connect its ColorProof proofing solution to the SmartColour Engine. At any stage of the packaging pre- production process, from design to print, SmartColour ink profiles can be used to communicate color informa- tion more efficiently: preview spot inks on screen and produce color-accurate inkjet proofs. Brand color accuracy is achieved without the expense of spot color press trials, and without erroneous color expectations. During the show, SmartColour technology integrated with the recently launched EskoArtwork Suite 10. The EskoArtwork and GMG integration for the SmartColour database will become available toward the end of 2010. Squid ink: in-line Variable data printinG Squid Ink promoted the advantages of its VDP in-line printing system. The system is designed to cost-effectively print variable information in-line on an existing narrow web flexo press. The machine mounts on the web press or re- wind station, thus the job does not have to be taken off line for a second pass. With the VDP In-Line, users have the ability to print on non-porous surfaces, such as uncoated paper, or on porous surfaces, such as films, foils, or coated stocks with Squid Ink’s library of com- patible inks. The machine’s print head uses piezo technology to print up to 2.1in. of sharp text, bar codes, logos or small characters. It uses a single print engine, so no stitching is required. The VDP mounts above the press using Squid Ink’s platform unit that locks into the pre-existing hole patterns between each printing station. This al- lows users to maximize all the printing stations. The system can be moved between ink stations or from press to press depending on compatibility. Xeikon: entry-leVel diGital preSSeS Earlier this year, Xeikon, manufac- turer of dry toner-based digital label presses, added a 20in. wide model, the 3500, to complement its 13in. model 3300. It also unveiled two new presses aimed at attracting entry-level custom- ers. The Xeikon 3050 and 3030, are slower versions of the 3500 and 3300, respectively. The flexible print width on the Xeikon 3050 allows customers to print accord- ing to the job requirements. Depending on their size, labels can be imposed more efficiently, which results in higher throughput. The press speed of 31.5fpm can be maintained regardless of whether four or five colors are printed. Like other Xeikon presses, the 3050 is an LED-array-based digital press, printing at 1,200 dpi imaging resolution. It can run on a wide range of substrates, including such films as BOPP, PVC and PET. n www.flexography.org october 2010 FLEXO 67 HARPERSCIENTIFIC DIVISION ©2010 We’re talking fast. To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 866.588.8686 Or order on our website. Nothing beats the accuracy and consistency of the Phantom QDTM Proofing System. Snap the handle into the carriage and the phantom takes control, keeping pressure even and constant. Changing Anilox Rollers is quick and easy. The QDTM is utility free, llightweight, and can be taken press side. HARPERIMAGE.COM Americas • Europe • Asia • Constant proofer loading • Portable: No utilities needed • Magnetic loaded doctor blade • Hard coating on all surfaces • Quick change anilox rollers • Stacked anilox to rubber roller • Solid handle without spring • Snap-in blade holder FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 67 10/15/10 9:28 AM
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