BOBST And Partners Showcase New Flexo Innovations

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BOBST is showcasing two new solutions, which according to the company will change the established flexo process. These include the new Ink-on-Demand (IoD) and DigiColor systems.

The new Ink-on-Demand (IoD) system, which eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades, only requires 30 grams of ink in the print unit to operate. Full wash-out and ink change are performed in minutes with only a few grams of ink and washing liquid wasted. This will establish a new benchmark in the market, reducing costs and environmental burdens.

The new DigiColor system performs ‘on-the-fly’ job changes of colour Delta E. Each of the seven Extended Color Gamut (ECG) inks is split into a darker and a lighter ink, which are mixed in-line to match the targeted Delta E. Closed-Loop colour control of DigiColor achieves ‘digital’ colour-matching, colour consistency at any speed, on any substrate, with any operator worldwide. Converters and brand-owners will now be able to rely on a new ‘digital’ technology to protect their brand identities. Converters will benefit from major time savings and quality improvement benefits.

BOBST is also presenting a world premiere for a solution that enables the full traceability of every piece of packaging. In collaboration with ESKO, AVT, Pantone and X-Rite, the new solution allows the ‘digital’ traceability from the original file, to the press, to the job validation and final storage of digital data generated from the final printed job. It is built on the BOBST Digital Flexo technology and combines WebCenter, ColorCert, SpectraLab and PantoneLive assets. This enables a fully digitalised and connected workflow, transforming the way labels and flexible packaging can be done – timely, with the right quality control and the proper costs.

The traceability project is based in the REVO Academy in BOBST Firenze. The REVO Academy is open to converters worldwide to test and get training on turnkey ECG solutions, delivered by the 12 REVO Members and Partners.

BOBST, along with Mouvent and 12 REVO partners, is unveiling these new innovations at the BOBST Labels & Packaging Innovation event in Florence from 1-4 April. Mouvent, the digital printing competence centre of the Bobst Group, is showcasing the recently announced LB702-UV digital press. There will be live demos of the machine at 100m/min with six colours and 1200dpi resolution on multiple jobs and various substrates. The LB702-UV will set a new benchmark for digital label printing, combining, quality, speed and affordability, without any trade-off. 

During the event, BOBST Flexo and Mouvent Digital presses will also showcase how different print technologies on different substrates can achieve the same Delta E, maintaining accurate colour consistency. This is very important as brand owners have various requirements, which can’t always be met by one technology only.

Finally, BOBST is providing brand owners and converters with new opportunities to increase the safety of food packaging. In collaboration with Flint, GEW and the UVFoodSafe Alliance, BOBST is announcing the digital control of UV energy. This allows for the unique safety traceability of each printed metre of substrate, opening new opportunities for UV printed food packaging production with new food safety certifications. Compared to solvent and water-based inks, UV inks achieve higher print quality and colour consistency combined with the absence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), improving ink stability and sustainability. 

‘The label and packaging industry is clearly going digital, in terms of processes, value creation, and new business models,’ said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of BOBST, ‘The collaboration between partners is essential to the success of our industry and the packaging industry as a whole. BOBST is helping to drive the industry transformation with meaningful innovation and real collaboration, which will result in solutions that fulfill the requirements of converters and brand owners alike.’

BOBST GROUP http://www.bobst.com

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