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Heidelberg launches first rotary die-cutter

Heidelberg has launched its Speedmaster XL 106-DD rotary die-cutter for the in-mould label (IML) market.
The new machine, which can die-cut IMLs for processing in a single pass, got its commercial launch at Heidelberg’s Wiesloch Walldorf site at the end of September.
The machine, which was first discussed at LabelExpo Europe but on show at Heidelberg’s Label Day event, can process foils and papers at up to 10,000sph, which Heidelberg says is double the speed of a flatbed die-cutter, and takes materials ranging in thickness from between 0.05mm and 0.3mm.
Heidelberg product manager Philipp Doley said pricing was dependent on the market and configuration, but would definitely be over the €1m mark, with Heidelberg adding that for production runs

HP unveils integrated luxury label line

HP has launched a new single-pass digital embellishment line for labels. Priced at around €400,000 dependent on configuration, the Gem embellishment unit was launched at this week’s LabelExpo Europe in Brussels and can work both inline with an Indigo WS6800, which would cost around €800,000 for both, or as a standalone machine. The line is running live on HP's stand at LabelExpo.
HP head of marketing Graphics Solutions Business EMEA Michael Smetana described the machine as “the first digital

FLEXcon expands its THERMLfilm HT product line

Coated and laminated films manufacturer FLEXcon has expanded its THERMLfilm HT product line with the introduction of four new high-temperature polyimide constructions.
The new THERMLfilm HT 9000 Series products have been tested and approved for leaded and lead-free reflow in the wave solder environment.
FLEXcon product identification business team market development specialist Ron Ducharme said: “Manufacturers understand that printability, chemical and heat resistance are the most critical

Sun Chemical releases 5th edition of Designing Packaging guide

Sun Chemical has launched the fifth edition of Designing Packaging with Certainty, its best practice guide to printing food and sensitive goods packaging with conventional offset and UV/EB curing inks and coatings.
The 32 page guide, which is updated every three years, reflects the changing packaging market and legislation to support the development workflow in the production of safe packaging for food and other sensitive applications, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The fifth edition of

MGI unveils digital ‘all-in-one’ roll-to-roll label printer

MGI Digital Technology has unveiled its new roll-to-roll digital combination label press which integrates high-definition four-colour dry toner printing and embellishment.
The French digital printing and finishing equipment manufacturer claims the Jetvarnish 3D Web Color+ is the first roll-to-roll digital press on the label market to offer a complete inline system without any makeready or tools.
“Tools and dies are very expensive so the cost is reduced without the need for these,” said MGI