Super trays for supermarkets super fast
Southern Cross Packaging is a customer of Stora Enso and the leading dedicated manufacturer of high-quality dual ovenable paperboard trays in the UK. What’s very unique is that the company manufactures all its equipment and tools for pressing trays in-house, which enables rapid and cost effective development of new tray profiles.

“We are constantly developing new tools and adding at least five new tray profiles to our range every year. Our customers, who are major supermarket chains in the UK and worldwide, are always eager to introduce new shapes and designs to differentiate their products,” says the company owner Stuart Smith.

Another reason for the continuous growth of Southern Cross Packaging is the brand owners’ desire to switch from non-renewable materials such as plastic and aluminium to the renewable paperboard. The UK promoter of circular economy, WRAP, classifies the paperboard trays as Widely Recycled, on the understanding that the products are clearly labelled ‘rinse before recycling’. This means that any of our trays can be recycled with paper waste, providing there is no food residue remaining in the container.

The majority of board used by Southern Cross Packaging comes from Stora Enso; it is the TrayformaTM by Stora Enso with a black or white PET coating that works in microwave or conventional oven. The trays are typically used in packaging chilled and frozen ready-meals but also in other applications. Unlike metal and plastic, the Trayforma board provides great opportunities for attractive graphic design and printing, and of course formability into various shapes and sizes.

The new year looks promising for Southern Cross Packaging, which has investments in new tray capacity ongoing and is currently working on a number of new product introductions by its major customers. “Recently we also tested the new Trayforma from BM4. It is very good. It is a stronger board that gives rigidity for the finished product, and provides nice print quality,” Stuart Smith confirms.

TrayformaTM by Stora Enso, the board for folded and pressed food trays, has recently been upgraded to provide the best performance in converting to trays in various shapes and sizes. The recipe of the board has been optimized and especially its improved tear strength, burst strength and stretch allow for better formability.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

April 26, 2017 at 11:58AM


TRESU demonstrates iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses for cartons and…
… synthetics applications at Interpack 2017

At Interpack 2017 on the HP stand, TRESU Group will demonstrate the productivity of its iCoat flexo coater for applying added-value varnishes to digitally printed folding cartons and synthetic materials, seamlessly inline with an HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press (Hall 13 Stand C77 Messe Düsseldorf, Germany, 4 – 10 May, 2017). In addition to coating machines, TRESU offers a complete supply of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow.

TRESU iCoat applies TRESU’s private label iVarnish range of UV-curable or aqueous varnishes, optimised to offer excellent adhesion properties on both plastic as well as board substrates. Like the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, TRESU iCoat has a maximum speed of up to 4600 sheets per hour (3450sph in four colours), handling substrates of maximum format 750mm x 550mm in paperboard and metallised boards between 250µm and 600µm. It also accommodates PVC and polypropylene substrates up to 630µm, and PET substrates up to 400µm.

The coater also comes with quick-change sleeve technology and automatic chamber cleaning, enabling varnish change-overs within minutes. Its sleeves assure smooth production without mis-registration at maximum speeds equivalent to that of the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press.

Kim Krintel, vice-president, TRESU DigitalSolutions, comments: “Coating is a vital post-print stage in the digital packaging printing process, ensuring the finished product is both resistant and aesthetically appealing. The TRESU iCoat coater integrates perfectly with the HP Indigo digital press, applying full and spot varnishes in perfect register with minimal makeready time, and the result is a high-speed single-pass line with minimised waste or logistics. Its efficiency means converters can efficiently offer a host of added-value short-run or variable-data solutions that reduce supply chain costs, including targeted promotions, multi-versioning, unique package designs, serialised data, and samples on-demand.”

Live daily demonstrations of the HP Indigo – TRESU digital printing line, plus an abundance of samples, will give visitors a real-time impression of the quality and efficiency achievable for applications including food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, personal care and industrial products.

Besides the TRESU iCoat coater, TRESU provides a complete workflow of consumable products and equipment including coating media and tapes, coating circulators and sleeve cutters. There are also twin-unit and inkjet coating machines.

A TRESU innovation for the digital workflow to be used with TRESU iCoat demonstrations at Interpack 2017 is TRESU iTape, a double-sided adhesive, developed in partnership with Lohmann Bonding Engineers, of Neuwied, Germany. Benefits are superior dot gain control and varnish transfer, and fast frictionless demounting, eliminating the possibility of causing sleeve damage.

The TRESU iCut plate cutter provides a fast, straightforward means of imaging flexo plates for the post-print spot coating of digitally printed folding cartons. The plate, mounted on a sleeve, is cut directly from the file by a rotating knife, with 100% cross-directional register precision, without the need for shrinkage compensation. TRESU iCut is designed to process the same software as the digital printer, as well as the accompanying analogue coater. Processing times are less than ten minutes. Once imaged, the plate, together with the sleeve, are ready to be mounted on the coater for production.

TRESU’s iCoat 30000 TWIN, featuring two flexo coating units, applies a combination of aesthetically appealing spot, line, matte and gloss varnishes in a single pass. Also available is an inkjet coater called the TRESU iJet, for variable positioning of spot coatings, integrated into the TRESU iCoat.
(Tresu A/S)

April 26, 2017 at 11:58AM


KPA Unicon to deliver biomass-fired steam boiler plant to Cartulinas CMPC carton board mill in …
… Valdivia, Chile

Cartulinas CMPC S.A. and KPA Unicon Oy have signed a contract for the delivery of Unicon Biograte 30 t/h steam boiler plant to Cartulinas Valdivia Mill in Valdivia, Chile. In addition to wood chips, bark and sawdust, the plant operates on bio sludge and it produces steam for the mills carton board production process. The plant will be started up for operation in December 2018.

The contract covers all process equipment, buildings, installation supervision, commissioning and training of operating personnel. The heart of the plant is Unicon Biograte combustion technology, which is specifically designed to utilize challenging biofuels for energy production with high efficiency and low emissions.

The plant is also equipped with KPA Unicon’s PlantSys system for local and remote control. PlantSys collects data from the process equipment and makes operation of the plant easy and reliable. It also visualizes the data in easily understandable format. PlantSys also enables a secure remote access to the plant to optimize the parameters and predict the future service and maintenance needs.

KPA Unicon will also take care of the maintenance of the plant as the parties have agreed on a 5 years maintenance contract. In addition to spare parts and local maintenance activities, the contract includes remote support service from KPA Unicon control room.

“After a comprehensive project survey Cartulinas CMPC decided, that KPA Unicon is the right choice to supply the boiler plant. The most important technological factors are efficiency and low emissions. The plant can use various kinds of biomass even with high moisture contents. Our expectation is to achieve a plant with the best standards of the market, complemented with an efficient layout and a modern building. In summary, this must be a project of excellence. Therefore, I look forward to cooperating with KPA Unicon and getting the boiler plant started up in December 2018,” says Jorge Aldana, Industrial Development and Projects Director of CMPC.

“This contract opens the Latin American market for us. We are extremely proud to take this important step together with a world class company such as CMPC. We are confident that this boiler plant will fulfill all the client’s requirements and exceeds them. This project is a good example of how challenging biofuel can be used to achieve high efficiency and low emission levels. These values are very important for CMPC and also work as guidelines for us during the project execution”, says Pentti Savolainen, Project Development Director, KPA Unicon.
(KPA Unicon Group Oy)

April 26, 2017 at 11:58AM


New Avinci DX3200 printer from Agfa Graphics for high-quality, vibrant soft signage printing …
…to be launched

At ISA International Sign Expo 2017 (Las Vegas, US, April 20-22), Agfa Graphics introduced a new dye sublimation printer – the Avinci DX3200. This dedicated, highly productive soft signage engine was designed to bring remarkable print quality on polyester-based fabrics.

High-quality soft signage
The Avinci DX3200 engine allows users to create large-format soft signage prints of up to 3.2 m wide, at a resolution of up to 1440 x 540 dpi. Thanks to the dye sublimation process, this robust engine produces high-quality, vivid prints for countless in- and outdoor applications.

Reinhilde Alaert, Product Manager at Agfa Graphics, explains: “Pilot users of Avinci DX3200 are impressed by its speed and print quality. The engine features 6 colors (CMYKLcLm) at a droplet size of 14pl. This guarantees a vibrant color gamut, outstanding tonal rendering and fine detail reproduction. Next to its state-of-the-art imaging performance, the Avinci DX3200 draws attention with its advantageous price/productivity position.”

Flexible in speed and outstanding in low ink consumption
The Avinci DX3200 offers different quality modes, with a speed of up to 173m2/h depending on the application.

Alaert: “Avinci can handle a wide variety of polyester-based applications, such as banners, point-of-sale displays, indoor wall graphics, outdoor advertising, trade show displays and flags. On top of that, the Avinci DX3200 has smart algorithms on board that enable very low ink consumption – another important benefit for our customers.”

Powerful software for established soft signage producers
Avinci DX3200 comes with Agfa Graphics’ Asanti, which optimizes and automates all preparation, production and finishing steps of signage products. The core includes automation, color management, job pre-flighting, and templates.

With Asanti comes a series of essential features for soft signage printers such as Integration with Storefront – Agfa’s solution for the automated management of web-to-print and web shops, automated positioning of grommets on banners and the easy design of canvas extensions (like air pockets) for flags.

Asanti also recently introduced integrated tiling so that oversized banners or billboards that extend beyond the maximum printing width can be produced on Avinci DX3200. Asanti creates mounting instructions and adds the necessary marks to the tiled prints to help the operator mount them swiftly and in the correct way, thus avoiding unnecessary costs for reprints.

Calendering and wind-up processes
Thanks to its textile-dedicated media transport system, Avinci ensures a perfect wind-up process of the printed substrate. The Avinci DX3200 is also compatible with most off-line calendering solutions on the market, which fix the colors deeply into the structure of polyester-based fabrics.

Alaert concludes: “Soft signage applications are widely appreciated in the market. Printed textiles are perceived differently and we love their look. Moreover, textile substrates offer a number of advantages: they are lightweight, resistant to wrinkles and folding, and can easily be reused. Avinci DX3200 offers a perfect fit for this and is a great addition to Agfa Graphics’ portfolio.”

Avinci DX3200 will also be demonstrated at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg, Germany (May 8-12).
(Agfa Graphics NV)

April 26, 2017 at 11:58AM


Low-migration and low-swelling: hubergroup launches new UV ink systems at UV DAYS 2017
hubergroup possesses great expertise when it comes to manufacturing safe food packaging. For decades, the printing-ink manufacturer has been a true trailblazer in the development of ink systems that are suitable for a number of printing processes and substrates and feature a very low potential to migrate. And hubergroup products have long been viewed in the UV offset segment as reliable consumables for the legally compliant manufacture of food packages made of paper or board. The company is now expanding its UV product portfolio by adding an ink system specially formulated for use on non-absorbent substrates.

Like all of the hubergroup’s other low-migration systems, the new ink system being launched under the brand name “NewV poly MGA” at this year’s UV DAYS event complies with the “EuPIA Guideline on Printing Inks applied to the Non-Food-Contact Surface of Food Packaging Materials and Articles”. The cured ink film contains only components that do not migrate or migration-capable constituents that have been evaluated for contact with foodstuffs.

“More and more printing houses and packers are now taking advantage of the benefits offered by the UV process”, says Roland Schröder, Product Manager UV Offset at hubergroup. “Rapid curing, rub resistance and excellent gloss are characteristics that are also valued highly by manufacturers of branded food products sold in primary packaging. However, until now it has been difficult to obtain top-quality print results on non-absorbent substrates that also comply with the stringent rules regarding food safety. Our new ink series fills this gap.”

Another innovation being launched at UV DAYS: all UV inks, both for the non-food and the food segments, will from now on be formulated as systems completely independent of the roller material and consequently suitable for use with all blankets and ink rollers. As a result, printers won’t be forced to spend as much time and effort on cleaning or replacing blankets – which in turn will also bring economic and ecological benefits. “Printers who have previously preferred to use ink rollers and blankets designed for working with a variety of different ink series instead of ones specifically for UV inks and who have experienced problems as a result can now breathe easy”, Schröder announces. “That’s because our new UV inks feature low-swelling properties and are no longer tied to a specific roller or blanket system.”

Visitors whose main aim at this year’s UV DAYS is to catch up on the latest trends in LED-UV printing should visit the hubergroup stand to find out more about the company’s newest update to its UV ink series – a series that has been adapted to meet the requirements of the next generation of UV curing systems.

UV DAYS 2017 is being hosted by the UV curing systems manufacturer IST METZ in Nürtingen, south of Stuttgart/Germany, between 15 and 18 May.
(Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH)

April 26, 2017 at 11:58AM


‘We’ve become good friends’: carpooling eases drudgery of commuting


Ride-sharing websites could play a big role in alleviating the UK’s transport pressures if more Brits can be persuaded to share their car with strangers

Louise Stephen used to be one of the millions of commuters in the UK spending hours every day bored and alone in the car. For the past few years the biologist has driven daily from Edinburgh to the outskirts of Glasgow, where she works at a cancer research institute.

“I was stuck in traffic on the motorway one day, looking at all the other drivers sitting without passengers,” says the 31-year-old. “And I thought, ‘This is ridiculous – there must be a better way of doing this’.

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April 26, 2017 at 10:42AM

from Adam Forrest

Rabbit In Running To Be World’s Largest Dies On United Flight

All eyes are on United Airlines again after a giant bunny died while “flying the friendly skies.”

Annette Edwards, a giant-rabbit breeder, told TMZ that her 3-foot bunny, Simon, was found dead in the plane’s cargo after a United flight from London to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday night. Edwards said the 10-month-old, 50-pound rabbit was healthy before getting on the flight, according to The Sun.

Simon was expected to grow enough to be considered the world’s biggest rabbit, Edwards said.

EXCLUSIVE: Valuable giant rabbit dies on United Airlines plane

— The Sun (@TheSun) April 25, 2017

“Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” Edwards told The Sun. “Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.”

Simon’s father, Darius, a continental giant, is over 4 feet long and held the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest rabbit in 2010. Edwards is also a minor celebrity in her own right. She once spent an estimated $16,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like the sultry cartoon character Jessica Rabbit.

Simon was on his way to a new celebrity owner, according to TMZ. It is unclear who the celebrity is, but Edwards told The Sun that the famous individual is upset.

United Airlines landed in the media hot seat earlier this month after security personnel violently dragged 69-year-old passenger David Dao from a flight to make room for crew members. The incident triggered a monthlong public relations nightmare, with trending Twitter hashtags aimed at disparaging the airline. The company even had to pull an ad from the Tribeca Film Festival because people couldn’t stop laughing at it.

A spokeswoman for United Airlines told HuffPost that the company was in contact with the customer. She sent HuffPost the following statement:

We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and wellbeing of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team. We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.

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April 26, 2017 at 09:28AM

from Carla Herreria