Labelexpo 2023 preview: UPM Raflatac - Xeikon

The expo from 11-14 September in Brussels (Belgium) will showcase a host of technologies for the rapidly evolving labels and packaging segment. PrintWeek highlights the top 150 exhibitors from the boutique show. Here is the seventh lot.

11 Sep 2023 | By PrintWeek Team

UPM Raflatac Stand: 5E37 & 5D41
UPM Raflatac will showcase its solutions for labelling. This includes labelling material products and services to enable - reduce, recycle, renew and reuse. Highlights within the recycle category are the Ocean Action Labels, made from ocean-bound plastic waste, and the PureCycle paper wash-off labels, which separate from primary packaging in PET and HDPE recycling streams.The RafNxt+ paper label material range, which is verified by the Carbon Trust and certified as CarbonNeutral, represents the renew category. UPM Raflatac’s linerless label materials are an example of a reduce solution.

Unilux Stand: 4C74
Unilux will showcase its UniPRINT web inspection system. The UniPRINT vision systems set new quality standards in web inspection with user-friendly, intuitive operation with best-in-class quality and value for money. Offering a crystal-clear image, touch-screen operation, and robust industrial build quality, exceeds the specifications of other systems in its price range. Unilux is also promoting the wide range of stroboscopes for surface inspection, with over 45 models of stroboscopic lights.

Uteco Stand: 6E09
Uteco is a manufacturer of printing and converting equipment. In October 2022, it launched the OnyxGO, a compact 8/10-colour centre drum flexo machine. Uteco also launched the revolutionary SleeveBOT, the new anthropomorphic robotic arm for changing - fully automatic - sleeves during the setup of a new print job. Its main features are high productivity, thanks to the possibility of performing a complete sleeve change in less than 10 minutes; strong flexibility, and safety and robustness.

UV One Stand: 3A62
UV One will present the UV One EvoLED, which has been conceived to meet the needs of the most demanding industrial printers requiring high UV power with minimal energy consumption. This system is characterised by modularity and compactness and can be adapted to flexo and offset presses. It also guarantees high printing performance on any type of support, thanks to the compatibility with the widest range of substrates. The whole system is composed of the EvoCure cassette, which is available in full LED or hybrid version.

UV Ray Stand: 6E54
UV Ray will unveil its new PowerMaxx suite of power supplies, engineered in-house to offer printers energy efficiency and environmental compatibility in a compact design. PowerMaxx will be available in three versions: Pure (Hybrid or LED only version), Hybrid (UV/LED + fan drive) and LED (up to 3xLED in an independent unit). The LED integrated control reduces up to 70% space requirement with a weight reduction that translates into less shipping costs and occupied footprint in the factory.

Valco Melton Stand: 6C24
Valco Melton will present the Akura coating solution. The company offers converters a reliable hotmelt system for uniform coatings across the entire web width, without the need for manual intervention. The Akura hotmelt coating solution not only ensures better product quality but also reduces the risk of production errors and waste, thus resulting in significant cost savings. Akura Solution combines the Akura hotmelt coating applicators with its Inspekt range of quality assurance tools. Akura applicators feature independent hydraulic zones, each fed by a gear pump

Valloy Stand: 8C38
Valloy will release a white colour kit for its digital label press, Bizpress13R, with professional rip software for colour management and white conversion. Sustainable eco substrate using limestone, Zio-Faper label will be printed during the show. New roll and sheet cutting devices will be also unveiled. QR triggers intelligent job changing with Duoblade WX II and DuoBlade WS. Mumbai’s Nippon Color represents Valloy in India.

VIPColor Technologies Stand: 8A11
VIPColor will introduce the VP500 and VP600 series of desktop colour label printers. The VP500 series delivers outstanding results with six times more efficiency than similar printers in its price range. The VP600 series offers all the features of the VP500 series with supercharged print speeds. It prints up to 1,800 6 4-inches labels within 10 minutes.

X-Rite Pantone  |  Stand: 3C60
X-Rite Pantone, co-located with its partners, Esko and AVT, will showcase an integrated ecosystem of colour measurement hardware and software solutions to ensure colour accuracy and precision from concept through colour production, including the EXact 2 handheld spectrophotometer. The EXact 2 is the first colour measurement instrument to leverage X-Rite’s patented video targeting technology, consisting of a high-resolution camera and imaging technology to show the operator what is being measured. With up to 10x zoom capabilities and an intuitive touch-screen interface, the EXact 2 enables operators to measure and seamlessly verify customer requirements two times faster and with higher accuracy.


Xeikon  |  Stand: 5C28 & 5C29
The company will breakthrough solutions aimed at helping converters succeed by making label and packaging production easier and highly sustainable. Xeikon will also use Labelexpo Europe 2023 as the European premiere for its new Titon toner technology, which has been developed to meet market demands for paper-based flexible packaging applications, such as stand-up pouches and sachets.At the show, Xeikon will introduce Cheetah 3.0. This latest iteration represents another significant leap forward in sustainable production by leveraging the success of the Cheetah Series of toner presses. The new Xeikon ECO toner is a food-safe toner, which Xeikon claims is uniquely formulated with over 60% high-grade recycled PET, making it the ideal solution for environmentally conscious packaging applications. The Xeikon stand will show a new Quality Measurement Module (QMM), which can be fitted on all Cheetah 3.0 CX Series presses as an option. The QMM will be responsible for the quality assurance of the printed output, closely monitoring the density and registration throughout the print run. Besides, Xeikon has devised a new sustainability scorecard, which offers a more transparent means of proving compliance with various regulations and helps brand owners with their sustainability goals.

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