labelsplus : Labels Plus November 2017
72 Labels Plus Solutions, now have two or three machines. The +LM model on the stand created a great deal of interest and I’m delighted to say that Springfield bought the first one and will soon have four Screen L350UV digital labels presses in operation at its Hull factory.” Not every converter needs the low-migration ink version and standard L350UV models sold in Australia are undertaking a wide range of labelling and packaging to suit their customers, including food labels. ”We don’t want to give the wrong message, that only the +LM model is suited to food labelling,” said Peter. Existing L350UV presses are producing excellent and safe labels where there is a ‘barrier’ such as glass, PET plastic or board, between the label and the inside product. In fact, the same principle applies to flexo inks. The +LM version extends the versatility where there are more critical food applications, where thinner materials might be used and the proximity of the label might be closer to the inside product. . “Ink migration isn’t a growing problem, but more of a growing awareness,” he said. “New opportunities such as thinner materials for pouches, have become achievable.” The nitrogen injection burst over the printed moving substrate is a Screen innovation that speeds up the UV curing, arresting the liquid state of the ink and allowing solidification (polymerisation) at a much faster rate. New Orange ink At Labelexpo, Screen also introduced a new colour option, an orange ink channel. “Obviously, this increases the colour gamut. We will also add a chill roller option, allowing the printing of thinner, more heat sensitive materials down to 30 microns in thickness. We have also introduced higher speed, at sixty linear metres per minute; a 20% improvement over previous models.” At Labelexpo, the first sale of an L350UV+ press with orange ink was made to one of Northern Ireland’s largest printers, the James Hamilton Group. “We have effectively extended the range of the existing L350UV label presses already in the market, to a level where we can now offer standard 50 or 60 metres per minute CMYK+ white; the VPlus option with orange ink added and the +LM low-migration version.” With growth assured in the Australian label market, Peter Scott outlined the types of customers who have invested in ››› SCREEN powers up Aussie label industry with new presses and low migration inks SCREEN’s highlight at Labelexpo Europe was an exciting new inkjet press - the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM with new low-migration inks, unveiled in Brussels to an expectant crowd. The ‘+LM’ suffix indicates low-migration, which attracted the attention of visitors who produce food-packaging labels. This is achieved by a combination of ink technology, nitrogen burst and chill rollers. “The Truepress Jet L350UV+LM responds to the growing trend toward labels designed for a variety of food packaging substrates, and corresponding converter demand for capitalising on the sustained growth in small to medium run work in the food label printing market,” explained Peter Scott, Managing Director of Screen GP Australia. “The demand for digital label printing machines capable of coping with various substrates and securing food safety is increasing. We have three units of the current series in the Australian market; two in Melbourne and one in Sydney and these are already servicing food and beverage labelling needs on bottles, cans, boxes, plastics and so forth. Development over the past few years, saw white added to the wide-gamut CMYK inks. Front and back registration sensors to ensure tight registration as good as or better than a flexo press. ” Over 100 installed and counting “We now have over one hundred L350UV presses delivered throughout the world, with forty in Europe. The most telling thing is that some initial customers, such as the UK’s Springfield Screen GP Australia MD, Peter Scott with the company’s new Truepress L350UV+LM unveiled at Labelexpo, which extends the versatility for food applications and thinner materials.
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