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FLEXO Magazine : July 2008
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES ROHM AND HAAS A new narrow-web flexible packaging film laminating system was displayed using water-based Robond L acrylic adhe- sive. Robond L adhesive adheres tightly to a wide variety of substrates, including OPP, PE and metallized films. It can be immediately slit, which streamlines the laminating process. The two-component acrylic adhesive has no solvents, eliminat- ing the expense and energy used to recov- er or incinerate them while also protecting air quality through lower VOCs. SIEGWERK Siegwerk touted a new company phi- losophy: "Ink, Heart 8( Soul." The concept is meant to convey the idea of people de- veloping individual printing ink solutions with heart and soul. "Because we are a fam- ily-owned business, our people feel a real connection with the company, and we have built up long-term relationships with our customers over many years," said Siegwerk CEO Herbert Forker. "Our approach consciously differentiates us from other players in the market, and it enables us to offer genuine added value to our partners. Global customer surveys tell us that we are seen as being highly professional, passion- ate about what we do, always close to the customer and extremely reliable." SUN CHEMICAL Sun Chemical officially launched several new partnerships. Three companies signed agreements with Sun's new consulting division: ENVIRON, Radius Solutions and SBTI. The SmartColour group at Sun Chemical and EskoArtwork have al- ready been working together for several months, integrating their solutions with each other and testing the value proposi- tion with selected mutual customers. This partnership will involve producing color- accurate proofs by integrating access to the Sun Chemical SmartColour database of ink readings inside the EskoArtwork Kaleidoscope color management software. Also showcased was a new electron-beam cured flexo ink system (see page 36 for more details). UTECO GROUP The Diamond HP 808 features state-of- the-art technologies allowing it to print at speeds up to 500 m/min. Deck makeready can be performed while the machine is running. It also features pneumatically suspended chamber doctor blades. IDP ("Ink-Deck Presetting) automatically sets register and impression. Uteco also show- cased its 3S Converting service division. X-RITE A new generation of Color Exchange Format (CxF) file format was unveiled, de- signed to communicate all commercially relevant aspects of color across devices, applications and geographies. The new CxF is applicable to any industry where faithful communication of color and total appear- ance data is mission critical, including de- sign, print production, architecture, manu- facturing, fashion, and film and video. CxF acts as a universal container for transporting complete color information from concept to final production. It car- - J U L Y 2008 www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg FLEXO ries the entire set of total appearance color reference data supplied by the content creator throughout the production and supply chain, maintaining the integrity of the original design. It can include spectral color values, named colors such as Pantone, color spaces and appearance effects (specific lighting conditions, type of substrate, type of ink, density, opacity, transparency of the color, gloss, texture, position and shape of color patches), as well as commercial aspects, mathematical, optical conditions, etc. CxF also takes advantage of the openness and universal acceptance of XML (Extensible Markup Language) and therefore can be in- tegrated into any Internet-based workflow. XANTÉ Freshly announced was the ability to support Adobe PDF Print Engine 2. Adobe debuted the latest version of its Adobe PDF Print Engine at the show. Xanté gave early technology demonstrations of OpenRIP PDF workflow supporting Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 at drupa. OpenRIP Symphony and OpenRIP Flexo are turn- key PDF workflows featuring support for Adobe PDF Print Engine with JDF and Adobe PostScript 3. OpenRIP Flexo drives a wide array of output devices including platesetters, images etters, laser printers, digital color presses, copiers, inkjet print- ers and plotters, all from a single, state- of-the-art RIP. This centralized control maintains file consistency from preview, to proof, to plate. . The dates for the next drupa have already been set: May 3 - 16,2012 in Düsseldorf. For further informa- tion on visiting or exhibiting at drupa 2012, contact Messe DüsseldorfNorth America at 312-781-5180, info@mdna. com, or visit www.mdna.com.
Flexo Sustainable Fall 2008