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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
PRINTING Extrusion ConVErtinG WINNING MADE EASY – WELCOME TO THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAM We look forward to seeing you at drupa, Hall 15 Booth A41-1 EASY automation modules from W&H for your package printing. EASY provides even more efficiency, sustainability and safety. EASY to be presented at drupa on our EASY-TOUR. EASY access to information at four stations. Windmöller & Hölscher KG | Phone: +49 5481 14-0 | Fax: +49 5481 14-2649 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.wuh-group.com PASSION FOR INNOVATION Color in the Cloud X-Rite and Pantone have unveiled PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards. PantoneLIVE digitizes the process, taking it from visu- al and subjective to consistent and repeatable--significantly reducing production timelines and improving the bottom line. The system makes its debut to the printing, packaging and converting marketplace in Hall 12, Stand B-28. “PantoneLIVE represents a transformational change in color management for brand owners across their entire supply chain,” explained Tom Vacchiano, president and CEO of X-Rite. It delivers consistent color across the entire packaging workflow--from design concept to retail store shelves. Brand color standards are the principal component of PantoneLIVE and are derived from real ink on real substrates using real printing processes. This al- lows brand owners to predict how corporate spot colors will reproduce on a wide variety of substrates including brown corrugated, clear film and white polypropylene. “ T he benefits of using PantoneLIVE are clear,” says Ni- gel Dickie, director of corporate and government affairs for Heinz. “ T he digital tools gave us unprecedented con- trol and consistency from different print processes and materials. Across all of our packaging formats we saw a reduction in color variance of 50 percent and saved time by establishing one color target that can be applied to all our Heinz Beanz designs. ” PantoneLIVE is connected to a large portfolio of soft- ware, containing real-world color data for hundreds of thousands of colors, and is supported by the latest color measurement technology. This is combined with profes- sional services including workflow and color rationaliza- tion audits, and customized operating procedures from Pantone and X-Rite. While users of any manufacturer’s ink will be able to take advantage of PantoneLIVE, Sun Chemical is the preferred ink partner. Esko, the global supplier of integrated solutions for pack- aging, sign and display fin- ishing, commercial printing and professional publishing, is also a preferred partner supporting PantoneLIVE. Both companies worked closely with Pantone and X-Rite to develop PantoneLIVE. Customer-Driven Innovations Xeikon will demonstrate the company ’s latest range of customer-driven innovations that deliver best-in-class image quality, offer new levels of flexibility and deliver sig- nificant improvements in shop floor productivity. Visitors to Hall 8A, Stand B-44, will see the new line-up of reliable, high quality imagers for flexographic and letterpress mar- kets and experience the new range of application-focused Suites for the label and packaging markets. drupa 2012 brings a full array of new product introductions: • Three application-specific suites for the label & pack- aging markets (self-adhesive labels, heat transfer labels and folding carton packaging) with the Xeikon 3000 Series of digital label presses at the core, integrated with application-specific toners, workflow software, substrate and equipment components. • ThermoFlexX, the launch of a new product line of reliable, high quality Imagers for the flexographic and letterpress markets. • Innovative approaches for parallel RIP-ping, profes- sional color management support, and excellent Adobe PDF/VT integration. With the launch of ThermoFlexX, Xeikon now offers its customers solutions for conventional flexo printing as well as digital printing (through the Xeikon 3000 Series of label & packaging presses). Comprising leading-edge hardware and workflow software, the ThermoFlexX prod- uct line of imagers is based on mature technology and proven digital workflow solutions. It enables customers to consistently produce high-quality digital flexographic and letterpress plates at resolutions of 2,540 or 5,080 dpi. With this resolution, the product is technology-ready to raise the quality level of output to the newest industry standards. The ThermoFlexX solution comes with a range of unique benefits. Advanced clamping design allows plates to be mounted directly on to the drum, while uniquely designed vacuum sliders offer the flexibility to use plates of any width. This is highly beneficial to opera- tors as there is no need to cut the plates to fit a dedicat- ed vacuum zone thus allowing the use of cut-off scraps. The ThermoFlexX solution also features ergonomic plate mounting and its hybrid drum offers flexibility of holding plates in place either by vacuum or by magnetics. 56 FLEXO april 2012 www.flexography.org