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This month’s issue of Converting Today includes a special report on German suppliers. Always a fount of technological excellence and ingenuity, Germany continues to be at the forefront in many fields, as witnessed by the examples we have highlighted in this feature. They range from “cutting edge” RFID and smart label developments by the likes of Atlantic Zeiser, bielomatik and Muehlbauer, to continuing improvements on established printing press technology from major players KBA and MAN Roland.
While on the subject of technology ranges, our lead news story this month spotlights a development that actually, literally combines that cutting edge of RFID with the “traditional” packaging format of corrugated board. The appropriately named HIDE-Pack system enables RFID inlays to be incorporated within fibre based packaging substrates during manufacture.
Developer Domino ISG has not forgotten the all important environmental aspect, as its “environmentally sustainable approach to RFID” included testing to ensure that boxes containing the RFID inlay could be recycled with contaminant removal equipment commonly used in paper mills.
Last month’s K show is the subject of another report in this issue. There were plenty of new products and technological innovations to be seen in Düsseldorf, and a varied selection of these is presented in our summary of the show.
Also we learn that British industry is perplexing InfoServe365 director Michael Hill. In his article this month he asks why “many companies operate with manufacturing efficiency levels well short of their capacity, but don’t try to remedy the situation”. He questions “why do they consider it acceptable to perform at these low efficiency levels whilst watching business haemorrhaging to Eastern Europe and the Far East?” and goes on to suggest how achieving a 10 per cent improvement in productivity could have a “massive positive effect on their profitability”.