CMM International offers all the various converting segments in one event. The exhibition and conference runs April 18-21, at Chicago's McCormick Place South
Among the exhibits, Accuweb (booth 1661) is showcasing its web guide technology: WideArray edge detectors, AccuBeam II line guides, Micro1000 and Micro4000 NET controllers, and custom guide assemblies. The company will stage demonstrations of web width monitoring and electronic adjustment of the guide point within 36.8in of WideArray detection range. Electro-mechanical actuators will also be displayed.
The 400mm diameter S-Tec roll slitter is being introduced by ALS. This precision automatic roll slitter includes an automatic blade grinder with options for automatic pivoting blade angle and powered mandrel support. According to ALS, the machine has been designed to maximize yields and minimize waste. Special care has been taken to protect key components from the corrosive water based blade lubricants to extend its working life and reduce maintenance costs. This model is suitable for slitting standard adhesive products, sign vinyl, and a wide range of technical materials. It is available with 1, 2 and 3in mandrels, and in widths from 1,600-2,100mm. The machine is totally guarded to protect the operator from any eventuality. Booth 3001.
Ashe Converting Equipment is to display the Sapphire S2 duplex slitter rewinder, which was launched at drupa. The company claims it is now out-selling main competitors’ duplex centre winders because of its technical advantages such as a 700m/min speed, a shaftless shear slitting section, an all-electric shaftless unwind stand, and a vacuum hug drum for the main pull roller. Other features include a full colour PC touchscreen with an easy set-up menu. Booth 1274.
AVT (booth 2876) will demonstrate the PrintVision/Jupiter process control and press control solution; the PrintVision/Argus, with new colour LCCD camera, “providing the highest level of combined process control and automatic 100 per cent quality assurance inspection”; and the PrintVision/Helios platform for label printing applications. All of these are designed as ‘open systems’ to accommodate a wide range of optional modules. The Prestige press control package provides solutions said to automatically handle all makeready tasks and control associated press parameters during the run. Three modules offer automatic register pre-setting and control; automatic plate and anilox pressure pre-setting and control; and in-line colour measurement.
In booth 3564, new products from Bobst will include the Rotomec RS 4004 gravure press for short and medium run production of a wide range of flexible materials, and Schiavi’s EF 4040 press with Universal Deck application and CL 660 Unica multifunction coater-laminator. The latest from Titan are the CT610 automatic turret slitter rewinder and the SR8 cantilever slitter rewinder. General will feature the Holosec vacuum web coater for small batch sizes and high value production.
New from BST International is the Premius digital 3 Chip – “the world’s first web inspection and print process management system to use a digital three-chip camera”. The new system is also said to be the first to integrate digital camera technology, a digital interface, three-chip resolution and an extra large field-of-view. This combination of state-of-the-art technologies is said to allow the Premius Chip “to harness the full power of process management as never before, while making huge strides in operator functionality and ease of use”. For example: defect detection on the entire repeat can now be performed four times faster than before. The amount of material inspected is also improved by a factor of four. Defects are found and corrected far more quickly, resulting in less waste and greater productivity from the press. Also new is the PROScan 3000 video web inspection system, with a number of innovations to save time and make on-press quality control easier and more efficient. The booth number is 3231.
Comexi (booth 1555) supplier of CI presses for the flexible packaging industry, will be introducing to North America its new 8 and 10 colour presses — the FW 1508 and the FI 2510/2910. On display also will be a new Eikon slitter from Comexi Group member Proslit.
Davis-Standard will exhibit in booth 1618. The company’s team of flexible packaging experts will be available to discuss a range of cast film, blown film and extrusion coating technology. Displayed in photographs will be new systems for cast coextrusion for widths of 5.3m; high barrier nine-layer films and extrusion; and flexible, high barrier packaging laminating systems capable of 760m/min. Also featured will be versatile paper and board coating to 600m/min, woven and non woven fabric technology, and scrapless winding for hygienic films. In addition, the company will introduce its development and demonstration line for cast coating and laminating, including in-line compounding and orientation.
Tension equipment manufacturer Dover Flexo Electronics is introducing several products, including the T115 Left-Right-Total tension indicator. In addition to displaying total tension across a web, the T115 shows actual tension at either edge of the web. The WebHandler3 tension controller version 3.2 offers “customer-driven enhancements” such as an optional Profibus serial interface. The DC2 is said to be a low cost, easy-to-install dancer controller. Booth 1876.
EDI, exhibiting in booth 1621, will highlight new tungsten carbide and chromium nitride surface technologies said to make the lips of its Ultracoat proximity coating dies smoother, flatter, sharper, and more wear resistant. They are claimed to enable converters to enhance product quality, save on raw material, and reduce downtime for die cleaning or repair. According to Jeff Seckora, product manager: “Because worn lip edges lead to build-up that causes coating defects, the converter must periodically take the die off-line to clean and sharpen the lips, a process that takes at least a day and may cost thousands of dollars in lost output. By comparison, the working life of a tungsten carbide lip edge is measured in years. The material is simply the hardest we’ve ever used. The smoother, flatter, and sharper the lips of the die, the greater the converter’s control over the thickness and consistency of the coating being applied,” he says.
Elsner, exhibiting in booth 2309, will be introducing several machines. The AFR-18 is an automatic high speed rewinder for converting household kitchen rolls of foil, food (cling) film, and baking, waxed and silicone coated papers – all on the same machine – at 48 rolls/min. The EWR-760 high speed automatic rewinder will convert sidewall rolls at 30/min. The ENR-760 non wovens rewinder can produce consumer-sized perforated rolls and large rolls up to 25cm in diameter. The CWF-2-400 cosmetic cross-wipe folder offers variable stack counts and cross-folding without the use of vacuum. The F-800 wipe folder with servo-driven modular tucking stations and interchangeable length fold ploughs can achieve a multitude of fold styles for larger products such as non woven table covers. The ERI-50 canister loader provides automatic insertion of rolled wipes into plastics canisters to complete a turnkey wipes operation.
Enercon’s exhibit (booth 1421) is to offer visitors a first hand look at “revolutionary” atmospheric plasma technology, new powerful corona treatment electrodes, developments with PowerFlame surface treaters, and the introduction of a tension tuner “that allows converters to scientifically predict desired web tensions”. The company will be exhibiting a new concept for trialling atmospheric plasma and corona applications. In conjunction with Sigma Technologies, it has developed systems for applications requiring stringent surface specifications, improved hydrophilicity and precise surface coating performance. The booth will also feature the new Elite Series electrode with 40 per cent greater treatment capacity.
Fischer & Krecke (booth 1859) will demonstrate the latest technology available with its gearless, sleeve based Flexpresses, including the “money saving” Flexpress View web based service and maintenance system.
In booth 3516 the Graymills Corp is displaying splash resistant peristaltic pumps said to have advanced features. Included is a new bearing housing for quick demountable centrifugal ink pumps, claimed to offer longer bearing life, cooler running and easy wash-up. An ink tank dolly permits hand or machine wash-up without damaging castors. Peristaltic, centrifugal, diaphragm ink pumps, filter, mixers and Brookfield viscosity controls for narrow to wide web, envelope, corrugated and gravure applications can also be found in this exhibit.
Harper Corp of America will share booth 1612 with Harper GraphicSolutions, the company’s technical problem solving team, and its German partner, carbon fibre roll producer Inometa. The two companies announced a new venture last April, named Harper Graphics, which currently markets Harper’s exclusive anilox roll technology in Europe, as well as HarperScientific flexo supply products, and offers Harper GraphicSolutions’ technical consulting expertise. Harper Graphics will begin manufacturing anilox rolls in Herford, Germany, in late 2005. HarperScientific will display directly across from Harper Corp in booth 1610.
INX International will be highlighting its INXFlex 2000 UV flexo and SpH stable inks in booth 575. The UV inks are said to be formulated to provide exceptional flow, colour consistency and transfer properties on a wide range of substrates in narrow web tag and label, folding carton, single serve and special applications. They are also said to be ideal for combination printing. The SpH inks offer a new technology in pH stability designed to “drastically reduce the need to constantly monitor and adjust pH levels in water based inks while continuing to deliver top line-performance for corrugated packaging applications”. Labour savings, reduced downtime, improved output quality and eased environmental concerns are promised across applications including corrugated, envelope, tag and label, folding cartons, napkins and paper plates.
Jennerjahn Machine (booth 1020) is featuring its ‘next generation’ of fully automated slittter rewinders for the film and flexible packaging industry – the JPX model. In the same exhibit P&S, of Germany, will also exhibit its new packaging system for plotter and inkjet rolls. This system can be easily integrated with Jennerjahn’s JLS slitter rewinders, or the new JPX model. POS rolls can be packaged with the P&S sleeve wrapper and roll handling systems, at up to 200 rolls/min for a maximum roll diameter of 8in.
Sheets to packs
The Körber PaperLink booth (1634) is focusing on SHM sheeting and Wrapmatic packaging systems. The SHM 1450 and 1650 models offer the latest developments in single and dual-rotary folio sheeting technology to deliver quality sheeting to within 0.015in, running paper, board, plastics, film, laminates or corrugated. Both machines can be coupled with the Wrapmatic GREC to deliver economical, compact folio-size ream wrapping or cartoning for small to medium production environments. Being presented to US converters for the first time, the ECH Will FS Pro folio-size sheeter features a 30 per cent smaller footprint than systems currently offered for mid-range performance. An “innovative” paper overlapping system for mark-free handling of paper and board, and waste-free non stop pallet changes, are said to combine to promote continuous production and increase sheeting productivity by more than 10 per cent.
Visitors to booth 1648 are promised sight of “the most compact, easy-to-use tension control product available” – Magpowr’s Cygnus will, it is claimed, reduce set-up time dramatically and improve consistency with powerful features like loadcell calibration and out-of-round roll compensation. The company is also displaying examples of its wide range of tension controls, loadcells, brakes and clutches.
A precision sheeter will be working in Maxson’s booth (1655). Designed to operate at speeds up to 1,000ft/min, the sheeter will be equipped with a shaftless roll stand, automatic tension control, dual
motor technology and “continuous run” capability that allows the machine to continue to run even during skid changes. The sheeter is capable of cutting material from 0.025-0.061mm thick. The sheet length can be infinitely varied from 279-1,524mm with claimed sheet-to-sheet accuracy of within 0.381mm. The compact unit requires a single operator.
PCMC (booth 2644) is demonstrating a wide range of flexo presses including the 26in Evolution in-line converting system, new 41in Vision G gearless CI press, and 50in Infiniti gearless CI machine. The Evolution features the “revolutionary” Deck x 2 print unit. The new gearless Vision-G press is a further development of the Vision series, and features a smaller footprint and modular design. All the presses are available with the company’s eXtreme drying system.
As part of the Bobst Group exhibit, Titan is launching the CT610 fully automatic turret slitter rewinder, with a maximum running speed of 760m/min, automatic core and knife positioning and more rapid set-up procedures. A linear tracking system is said to give perfect web geometry for handling a wide range of flexible materials at high speeds. It can also be supplied with automatic tape-down, core loading and unloading of finished slit reels, and automatic reel handling. Change-over times of less than 20s are claimed. Booth 3564.
A Q-Press rotogravure unit will be among the exhibits to be displayed by Uteco. Billed as “the new frontier for short runs in gravure printing”, the Q-Press features on-press quick change (no tools) of sleeves; automatic wash-up on the entire inking group; fully automatic positioning of the doctor blade; and a fully enclosed printing unit. Also to be displayed is a complete Emerald 10C-CI print group with a 61in web width, 59in print width, and speed of 1,200ft/min. A Mistral compact multi process laminator is also being featured. A modular system, it offers easy change of trolleys for water based, solvent based and solvent-less coating and laminating, dry or wet lamination – all on one machine. In-register application of a primer/lacquer, coldseal, hotmelt or heatseal is complemented by a high efficiency 6m drying tunnel. Booth 1034.
Danish company Vetaphone has expanded its activities in North America by establishing a close co-operation with Kroenert Corp, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Matik North America, West Hartford, Connecticut. Vetaphone’s corona discharge surface treating equipment can be used for both narrow web and wide web applications. This equipment will be represented on both Kroenert’s booth 3862 and Matik’s booth 1309.
Industry bodies offering solutions
Seventeen trade associations from around the world are endorsing CMM International 2005 – developing conference sessions and actively promoting it to their members. Four new associations supporting the event are the Packaging and Label Gravure Association, National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers, Waterless Printing Association, and Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association. Special Pavilions and Solutions Theatres are being sponsored: the Flexographic Technical Association’s ‘World of Label and Carton Flexo Solutions’, PLGA’s ‘World of Gravure Print Quality Solutions’, RadTech’s ‘World of UV & EB Solutions’, and NAPIM’s ‘World of Inks’. In addition, AIMCAL has increased the size of its pavilion, the ‘World of Metallizing, Coating & Laminating Solutions’.
Coating and slitting seminars during show
CEMA, the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association, will stage two seminars during CMM International, on April 17 – 18, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Chicago. Slitting Rewinding Fundamentals will be a two-day event offering greater knowledge and valuable tips to improve productivity. The Coating and Laminating Seminar, also two days, will cover all aspects of the coating/laminating process, “from unwind to rewind and everything in between”. The seminars will run concurrently – registration must be for either Slitting or Coating, not both.
Conference to confront challenges
The CMM 2005 conference programme – Converting Solutions Into Profits: Confronting the Challenges in a Competitive Environment – will present a variety of topics in two main educational tracks: Technical and Management/Marketing. Eight daily concurrent educational sessions and 90 presentations will cover current issues of importance to the converting and package printing industry. The Consumer Packaging & Converting Connection will focus on management strategies that help end users capitalize on packaging value chain initiatives.
For more information visit www.cmmshow.com/Conference_program/
Link-up with Europe
CMM International and ICE, the International Converting Exhibition, are to market each other’s events to their respective audiences. ICE will promote CMM 2005 to converters and suppliers throughout the EU. It will also host a booth and have a major presence in Chicago, in April. CMM will promote ICE and exhibit at the show in Munich (November 22-24). A discount package for ICE attendees wishing to visit CMM includes free entry to the exhibition, a 25 per cent off a full conference pass, discounted hotel rates and a chance to win special prizes. A new link on the CMM website facilitates registration for ICE. Packages for ICE exhibitors interested in making a debut at CMM include special booth rates. “We believe this new alliance will attract many European converters who are looking to take advantage of the increased buying power of the Euro,” says CMM president Ian Johnston. Michael Boyle, ICE event director adds: “This transatlantic partnership ensures both CMM and ICE remain the world’s two leading converting exclusive events.” To contact ICE: Tel: +49 (0) 8033 91231 www.ice-x.com
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