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Xeikon 9600 Replaces 8600


Xeikon announced the launch of the Xeikon 9600. It replaces the Xeikon 8600 as its all-around production solution.

Offering high performance quality and productivity, the Xeikon 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing and other applications. It delivers a broad array of standard and non-standard formats combined with virtually unlimited image lengths.

Monika Olbricht, Sales Director Document Printing, said, “The press can handle a broader range of substrates at more favorable cost levels compared to the Xeikon 8600 but with the same quality and productivity. This is increasingly a requirement for high-end variable data printing applications. It is an ideal solution for our customers that are growing volumes and moving to newer applications.”

The one-pass-duplex web-fed system is capable of speeds of up to 14.5mpm (47.5 fpm) at a resolution of 1200 dpi with variable dot density. It integrates the variable data capabilities of the Xeikon X-800 front-end and incorporates a 5th color station for spot color reproduction and security applications. Its QA-CD dry toner enables the use of substrates without specific pre-treatment, offers a wide color gamut and has no VOC emissions. It includes spot colors, security toners, special and technical toners.

Feature benefits include perfect color consistency and professional color management, variable printing across both width and length, the ability to handle media weights from 40 to 350 gsm (27 lb text to 130 lb cover) and flexible integration with graphic arts (PDF) and IPDS workflows. Xeikon’s expert services are on hand too to support fast, efficient and profitable operation.

The Xeikon 9600 can be field-upgraded to the Xeikon 9800 to grow with the customer’s application and productivity needs.

Olbricht continued, “From newsprint paper to paperboard, synthetic substrates, just pick whatever media you need for your unbridled creativity in producing value-added applications. From graphic arts quality direct marketing pieces to the most sophisticated web-to-print applications, the Xeikon 9600 enables customers to discover just how profitable a business in high quality color printing can be.”

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Konica Minolta Enters Industrial Printing Market at drupa

konicaKonica Minolta made its debut as  a commercially available product at drupa. AccurioJet KM-1 drew crowds of visitors, keen to see how this breakthrough technology can help them diversify into new markets such as books and packaging, or serve their existing markets better.

Postcard Mania and Cohber Press, U.S. companies confirmed  first two orders for the AccurioJet KM-1. These contracts, together with several orders for the bizhub C71cf label printer that were also placed at drupa, represent Konica Minolta’s first successes in the industrial printing segment.

Konica Minolta is celebrating major advances made into new industrial printing markets such as labels and packaging.

Konica Minolta’s partnership with MGI Digital Technology was another highlight of the stand at drupa, with the French company’s JETvarnish technology being shown working in conjunction with several Konica Minolta systems like the AccurioJet KM-1 as well as the bizhub PRESS C71cf label printer.

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PackPlus 2016 set to grow 30% over the last edition!

After the huge commercial success of last edition, PackPlus returns with a bigger profile this year! The total packaging, processing & supply chain event will happen from 27-30 July 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The Indian packaging industry, growing at a fast pace, bring in a lot of opportunities for the beginner as well as the veteran players. In the heady light of possibilities, PackPlus has positioned itself as one of the most sought for exhibitions for the display of latest innovations & developments from the industry. The last edition of the Show had witnessed a record footfall, and this year, with the increased number of exhibitors, there is certainly more for the visitors to see and explore.

Presenting more than 350 exhibitors from the packaging, printing, converting, processing & supply chain industry, the Show will feature 50+ product launches, 100+ running machines and several other attractions. Leading companies like AKR Machinery, Any Graphics (P) Ltd., Clearpack India (P) Ltd., Domino Printech India (P) Ltd., EATON, Global Link Impex, Hilda Automation, Intralox India (P) Ltd., Ishida India (P) Ltd., Janatics India (P) Ltd., K B Associates, Kalpvrux Converting Products (P) Ltd., Kody Equipments (P) Ltd., MGM-VARVEL Power Transmission (P) Ltd., Multi Fill Impex, Multilayer Industries, Nichrome India Ltd., Packraft Container India (P) Ltd., Shrink Packaging Systems (P) Ltd., Suddha Converting Machineries (P) Ltd., Superpack Packaging Machines (P) Ltd., Uflex Limited – Engineering Division, Uflex Limited – Holography Division, V S International and Zhongke India (P) Ltd. have chosen the PackPlus platform to present and promote their latest products and solutions.

PackPlus will be complemented by the concurrently running SupplyPlus and CartonTech 2016.

SupplyPlus 2016 will feature distribution, warehousing, bulk pack, logistics & AIDC and will be visited by supply chain, logistics and distribution professionals from the processed food, agro-produce, pharmaceuticals, personal care, FMCG, household durables, modern retail and other industries. Companies like Star Flex International, Shiv Engineering, Ferreterro India (P) Ltd., Nilkamal Bito Storage Systems (P) Ltd., Nilkamal Ltd. and Flexituff International Ltd. will present their products at the Show. 

CartonTech 2016 will provide a complete business & networking platform to the folding carton, converting & package printing industry. The Show will feature suppliers of equipment and materials required from the stage of pre-press through printing, converting and finishing of the carton. The Show will also cover rigid box converting & paper bag making equipment. Companies like Ample Graphics (P) Ltd., Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers (P) Ltd., Mainpack Industrial Co. Ltd. – Taiwan, MLM India Ltd. and Linux Machine Incorporation will demonstrate new products and solutions under the Show.

The Packaging Products Pavilion has been the Key Attraction for Brand Owners from the Food, Pharma, Personal Care, FMCG, Beverage and Dairy Industry segments.  From individual stalls, to a pavilion this segment has now further grown into an exclusive hall at PackPlus this year. Leading Finished Packaging manufacturers including companies like Ajanta Print Arts, Any Graphics (P) Ltd., Decorative Sleeves (P) Ltd., Ecobliss India (P) Ltd, Pragati Pack India (P) Ltd., Packraft Containers, Regant Plast (P) Ltd. and many more will be presenting innovative solutions in product segments like Labels, Mono Cartons, Dome Stickers, Shrink Sleeves, Plastic and Tin Containers, Cosmetic Closures, Blister Packaging, Corrugated Packaging etc.

International Packaging Conclave is back this year with a defined focus on Print Optimisation & Colour Management for Flexible Packaging. The conclave aims to explore the ability of converted package in preserving brand equity and delivering a consistent brand experience across printing processes, substrates, inks, colour rotation and myriad other outputs. 25+ experts from the industry will unite for a daylong session on 29 July at Pragati Maidan Conference Centre. More than 200 delegates including Brand Owners, Package Converters, Packaging Technologists, Procurement Professionals, Print Specialists, QA, Managers, Pre‐Press & Pre MediaProfessionals, Designers, Material &Equipment Suppliers and Consultants will attend the programme.

“The record breaking visitor numbers at the last PackPlus made it a huge success. This year the Show is 30% larger in terms of the number of exhibitors and the net area occupied and the portents are for a still bigger turnout.  PackPlus is coming together with SupplyPlus and CartonTech in this edition. The profile of the exhibition is bound to be beneficial for everyone related to the packaging, converting, processing & supply chain industry,” said Neetu Arora, President, (P) Ltd., the organisers of the Show.

The visitor registration for the Show is in full swing and the team is soon to send out the exhibition invitations to a huge database of prospective visitors. For any further details, you can visit or write to Zarna Savla on

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KBA and Xerox Target Folding Carton Market With Digital Sheet-Fed Press

KBA varietiesKBA Sheetfed Solutions and Xerox announced a partnership to develop an industrial digital sheetfed press for the folding carton market. 

The KBA Varijet 106 Powered by Xerox integrates Xerox Impika inkjet technology into the KBA Rapida 106 press platform. The press, in the final stages of development, will print 4,500 B1 750 x 1060 millimeters (29.5 x 41.7 inches) sheets per hour. Its modular concept enables the combination of digital inkjet printing with optional in-line capabilities such as coating, cold foil application, rotary die-cutting, creasing and perforating.

“As a leader in package printing our customers are confirming that this is exactly the product they need for the market opportunity that exists,” said Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions. “Xerox’s inkjet technology coupled with our packaging expertise combines proven technologies to bring the right product to market at the right time.”

“By combining digital capabilities like cross media marketing, digital storefronts, and automated workflows with those of classic offset printing, our customers will be able to offer new products not seen in the traditional packaging market to their customers,” said Robert Stabler, general manager, Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox. “The KBA Varijet 106 Powered by Xerox will have the flexibility, format and speed to help print providers capture this growing market opportunity.”

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Domino Launches its K630i & K600i at Drupa 2016

Domino Digital Printing Solutions launched its new solutions for digital booklet production, Domino K630i monochrome digital press and  for B2 sheet-fed printing, Domino K600i monochrome printer and demonstrated its latest ‘Textures by Domino’ label printing solution at drupa ’16.

Philip Easton, Director of Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions Division, commented,  ”Domino is committed to delivering solutions that provide real added value and that meet different customer requirements. These latest innovations start with job creation and workflow, through to printing and final product finishing.”

Booklet Production
Domino is to announced a new key partnership with the digital finishing specialist, IBIS Bindery Systems. From white paper rolls in, the Domino K630i monochrome digital press can be seen printing in-line with the IBIS digital saddle-stitcher at web speeds of up to 150 metres/min producing up to 7,000 book blocks or booklets per hour, with constantly varying number of pages. Kern AG provides the unwinder, buffer and the rotary cutter for this line. This integrated solution is designed to minimise manning requirements and material waste, in addition to facilitating both high production output and being geared for rapid job change. “We are delighted to be working with both the IBIS and Kern teams at drupa,” says Easton. “This is Domino’s first of two planned product offerings for the book printing market.”

Sheet-Fed Printing
dominoDomino is also showed for the first time a B2 digital printing sheet-fed solution including the newly launched 782mm print width Domino K600i monochrome printer. This system operates at up to 120m/min printing on sheets from 60g/m² to 250g/m². Applications range from variable data printing for security printing and game cards to 2D code printing onto carton sheets of folded cartons. Bryan Palphreyman, Domino Product Manager adds, “We have partnered with Gremser, who provide a range of high performance sheet-fed handling solutions that complement our modular width K600i printer. With over two hundred K600i installations, this newly launched wider B2 version enables our customers to more cost effectively produce variable data solutions in conjunction with their current off-set presses.”

Label Printing
Domino’s N610i seven colour ink jet digital label press is also on display, operating at up to 75m/min using high impact UV-curable inks. This is the highest productivity digital label press operating either reel-to-reel, reel to finished label or in a hybrid configuration. Besides Domino’s screen-like opaque white, the seven colour solution including orange and violet allows 90% of the pantone range to be printed. Easton adds, “Our latest ‘Textures by Domino’ label print solution highlights what can be achieved with the digital creation of three dimensional textured images. It is no longer just about efficiently producing short and medium length production runs, but also about enabling our customers to offer innovative added-value design capability.”

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Smurfit Kappa and HP to Revolutionalise Corrugated Post-Print Production

160606hpHP at Drupa announced its strategic collaboration agreement with  Smurfit Kappa, a world leader in paper-based packaging solutions to further develop the recently announced digital corrugated post-print solution, the HP PageWide C500 Press.

HP Page Wide C500 Press will enable Smurfit Kappa to print direct-to-board with quality to substitute lithography, deliver faster turnarounds with just-in-time production and acquire new customers by leveraging on-demand services and unmatched production flexibility.

The company will work closely with HP to develop the new press, providing unique production insights into the specific requirements for corrugated post-printing, and plans to roll out the new solution in its European plants.

“Smurfit Kappa is dedicated to delivering customer growth through innovation. While our current digital printing solutions enable us to offer our customers fast time to market and shorter runs, we required a more robust and economical solution to scale our digital printing capabilities,” said Roberto Villaquiran, Chief Executive, Smurfit Kappa Europe.

“After a thorough analysis, we determined the HP PageWide C500 Press is the most compelling digital end-to-end solution for corrugated post-print, and HP is the right vendor with the right commitment to innovation in this space to help us reinforce our leadership. This partnership will help us continue innovating and grow together.”

Mike Salfity, General Manager and Global Head, HP Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc, added, “Smurfit Kappa was looking for a proven technology provider with an economical solution and a long-term vision to address traditional production challenges and limitations,”

“The company placed its confidence in HP, securing an early-adopter advantage and HP has now gained a mentor to perfect the HP PageWide C500 Press and continue the digital transformation in the corrugated packaging market.”

Leveraging 30 years of HP Thermal Inkjet innovation and powered by proven HP PageWide Printing Technology, the HP PageWide C500 Press offers a flexible and robust industrial post-print corrugated solution that delivers high-impact, offset-quality graphics direct-to-board, enabling customers to affordably adopt digital technology and reinvent a segment ripe with opportunity.

The new press is designed to seamlessly integrate into any production environment, from large integrated converters with centralised and distributed printing, to small, independent converters. The press also features the proven HP Corrugated Grip Technology, helping customers expand media versatility and enhance production flexibility with the ability to handle a wider range of media from the lightest micro-flute to the heaviest double wall board.

Additionally, new water-based HP inks are designed for printing on the non-contact surface of paperboard packaging, complying with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines, enabling customers to achieve food-compliant packaging required to support packaging campaigns for leading food brands.

The HP PageWide C500 Press joins HP’s growing portfolio of digital packaging solutions from thin films to cartons and corrugated, all providing converters with new opportunities to increase productivity and profitability while satisfying dynamic brand requirements.

HP is planning to start testing the HP PageWide C500 Press at customer sites in 2017, and the press is expected to be commercially available in 2018.hp blog

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Dulari Digital, First Indian Company to Order Impremia IS29 from Komori

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Dulari Digital specialises in wedding, photo, and commercial print in the India’s State of Punjab.

Aman Goel, Director at Dulari, said, ”After seeing the prints, I am confident that that the IS29 will deliver the kind of colour consistency with a wide range of colour gamuts, that we need.”

The litho quality IS 29 is a UV-based digital press and is capable of running at a speed of 3,000sph simplex and 1,500 duplex. It can print at a resolution of 1,200×1,200dpi on a maximum sheet size of 585x750mm.

”We believe Komori’s long experience in colour management, and in commercial packaging and currency printing will help us deliver the desired prints for applications we seek perfections in,” said Goel.

The India sales  was coordinated by Komori’s India partner, Insight Communication & Print Solutions India. Sangam Khanna, Director at Insight, said, “Offset is here to stay, but the IS29 and NS40 is the new way to go in the mid-term. We expect to deliver the IS29 sometime in ealy 2018.

Yashiharu Komori, Chairman and CEO of Komori, said, ”India is a big market for Komori. Our foray into digital makes us a total solutions provider. With the IS29 finding its way into India through Dulari, we hope we have made a beginning in the realm of becoming a full solution service provider.”

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Prakash Launches SG50 Automatic Splicing Machine Globally

The Indian web offset press manufacturer, Prakash Web Offset​ launched  SG50 automatic splicing machine a globally at Drupa.

The SG50, of which there are 12 units installed, is a shaftless reel changer with a maximum splicing speed of 460 metres per minute.
The SG50, which Prakash Web Offset director Saurabh Gupta calls it world’s most economical flying splicer, is priced at USD 40,000 (€ 35,192). The USP is a very small footprint of 1016x1300mm
“Though this machine is aimed to go along with newspaper presses, it also finds application with flexo and gravure presses. We are also seeing webfed digital users showing interest in this machine,” added Gupta.
It is designed by the firm in collaboration with a design team from the US.
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Pune’s Kadam Digital Buys DigiBook 450 PUR

DigiBook_450Morgana Digibook 450 - the perfect binding machine for digital or litho printers was on display at drupa 2016 and has been bought by  Pune’s Kadam Digital. The sales was facilitated by Malhotra Graphics, Morgana’s India representative.

PUR is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available and offers several additional advantages over other binding adhesives.

When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area these can compromise the strength of typical hotmelt perfect binding. PUR is resistant to this and will form a super-strong bond with all weights and finishes of paper stocks. In addition PUR works well with synthetic and recycled-content stock.

The DigiBook 450 Perfect Binding Machine is ideally suited to litho and digital printers who require medium to long runs of PUR perfect bound books to a professional standard.

This innovative machine is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is applied by a slot applicator for bringing the utmost quality and accuracy.

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Collaborative Robots in Action at PackPlus 2016

Most industry veterans would find this image rather ironic –they’re used to seeing robots as giant machines behind safety cages, not in close proximity to human beings.

That is all about to change.

Collaborative robots, or “Cobots” as they’ve been nicknamed, are now in India. These force-sensitive smart robots are capable of working next to humans in a collaborative manner – without endangering the safety of the humans. This groundbreaking innovation suddenly opens up numerous possibilities – allowing you to automate many areas of your factory processes where automation was simply impossible before now.

Universal Robots’ range of cobots is lightweight, portable and easy to integrate into existing production lines. They are also extremely flexible – with all joints offering an industry leading 720 degrees of rotation, and the UR3′s wrist joint capable of infinite rotation. Thus, these cobots have no blind spots and are able to achieve all angles with precision.

A Whole New World of Possibilities

The UR cobots’ level of flexibility, combined with their in-built force feedback system allows them to address a huge variety of applications – pick and place, packaging, assembly, cartoning, carton filling, case filling, taping, sealing, loading/unloading, injection molding, CNC, polishing, machine tending, gluing, dispensing, welding and many more!

In fact, Encon Systems, UR’s authorized distributor and solution partner in the region, has deployed UR cobots for their clients in application where automation with traditional robots was simply impossible. Their motto is: “if you can imagine it, we can automate it!”

Minimal Training and Record Setup Time

Unlike traditional robots which require complex programming and need a long time to set up and commission, a UR cobot can be set up and deployed in less than 30 mins. What’s more – they are so easy to configure that even the most inexperienced users can quickly learn to program it in less than a day. Unbelievable? Come and try it yourself at our stall at Pack Plus 2016.

Their short setup time, light weight and easy programming also means that these cobots can be re-deployed to a different application/station as per production demand requirements – that too in minimal time. Unlike traditional robots which are dedicated to one application only, a UR cobot is mobile asset – allowing to leverage it again and again wherever the need be.

Human Safe and ISO/TS 15066 Compliant

Image2UR’s entire range complies with ISO’s TS 15066 specification for collaborative robots. This means that these cobots are certified to be operated without safety caging/guarding*. This allows cobots and humans to work side-by-side so that humans can do the tasks that require human ingenuity and let cobots do the mundane, difficult, tiring, repetitive tasks. Cobots and humans can even work on the same part simultaneously.

(*subject to a risk assessment and appropriate safety configuration and programming in the system)

Win a Cobot!

Is there a process or task in your factory that needs a helping hand to get the job done? Now you can win one! Is there a manual process that you think can be automated? Then tell Encon Systems about it for a chance to win one of three UR robots. Simply contact Encon Systems with your application needs.

Visit Encon Systems at Pack Plus 2016 – Hall No. 12, Stall No.12F.05 to see various live applications in action!

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