Labelexpo showstoppers: Five highlights from the show

WhatPackaging’s Abhay Avadhani and Kalpak Shah, spot five showstoppers - HP-TechNova, Monotech, Esko, HB Fuller plus the new launches - at Labelexpo who are making waves.

11 Nov 2022 | By Abhay Avadhani

First things first.

HP-TechNova announced the first sale of its kit at the LabelExpo India 2022 to Sonipat-based Wonderpac. Established in 2000, Wonderpac began by producing hologram labels. In 2003, it invested in a Mark Andy flexo press. It invested in one more Mark Andy in 2010. The company replaced the first Mark Andy press with a Mark Andy M5 flexo press in 2012. In 2019, the company installed a Jetsci Colornovo full-colour UV inkjet label production press.

Monotech Systems JetSCI Global sold a ColorAqua Hybrid to Wonderpac. As per the company press release, "The ColorAqua hybrid is a mid-level label printing production press that enables label printers to adopt digital workflow in label printing at a reasonable cost." Had a look at the press. It looks good for pharma jobs as well as food-grade applications. With a print quality of 1600 dpi, customers can print micro text.

Meanwhile Esko announced the installation of a CDI Spark 4260 and a Crystal XPS 4260 at Delhi-based pre-press company, Alpha Flex. Established in 2015, Alpha Flex is a company that deals with high quality flexo plates. Along with the CDI Spark 4260, the company invested in Esko’s CDI Crystal XPS 4260.

It is for the first time that both the systems are being installed together in Delhi-NCR. There are 12 such machines.

HB Fuller launched an adhesive for precise die-cutting. This is a hotmelt pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) that is best suited for the tape and label die-cutting challenges. The Swiftmelt 1401-I is expected to cater to various types of label stocks and baggage tags while ensuring that "the bonds will not fail during production, transport, or storage, even during high temperatures."

Quite liked the look of the ArrowJet Hybrid Pro. The team at the stall said it's "a revolutionary, groundbreaking technology for premium labels and flexible packaging."

Also loved the robustness of the RK FMS 320. Saw demos of the eight-colour press with two die-cutting stations. Later we went to the NBG stall and saw the eight-colour 430 mm label press. Very slick.

Today, we are planning to check out Vinsak's Usar 430 machine with VDP, online inspection, die cutting, slitting and rewinding.

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