Introduced by Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) as a trade show within within-a-trade-show, PackPrint is designed to cover multiple aspects of package printing. Both PRINT 09 and PackPrint are currently taking place at McCormick Place, Chicago, and will continue until September 16, 2009.
“Package printing is one of the fastest growing segments of graphic communications, so it only makes sense for PRINT 09 to feature the latest in package printing technologies and demonstrate for graphic communications professionals the business opportunities that exist in this area,” explained Ralph Nappi, President of the Graphic Arts Show Company. “By showcasing this diverse segment into one specialty trade show, we help attendees target their trade show strategy, maximize their time on the show floor and allow them ‘one-badge’ access to not just one, but two world-class events.”
PackPrint will feature products and processes from the top vendors in the package printing market, in all areas of package printing, including flexible package printing; label printing; package converting; packaging substrates; digital printing and coding; RFID and printed electronics; and package printing supplies.
Highlights at PackPrint include a demonstration of a range of finishing equipment from Bobst (booth #3605), including Expertcut 106-LER, a 41-in, 9,000 sheet/hour diecutter, featuring print-to-cut side register capability, quick-lock tooling and a chase changer for fast makeready; and the Expertfold 110 A-2 CS, a flexible folder/gluer able to run a variety of different carton styles. Expertfold includes an Accubraille module, which reportedly allows for the embossing of Braille characters or regular letters.
In a 2,400-sq-ft booth, Korber PaperLink (#3600) is offering multiple live equipment demonstrations: The Kugler-Womako ProBind W wire-binding machine boasts up to 35 binding cycles and 105 punching cycles a minute, while the Pemco SHM 1650 DR dual rotary high-precision folio-size sheeter is equipped with a new automatic splice and high-speed automatic pallet change system during PackPrint.
The 106CE Tornado next-generation, 29 x 41-in auto-diecutter is showcased in the Brausse (#3622) booth. Capable of running at a maximum true production speed of 9,000 sheets/hour, the 106CE Tornado allows for the precise sheet feeding of a wide range of stock, from thin paper to B flute corrugated board.
Those entering the RFID market can check out the SmartOne T250 wet inlay and label assembly machine from bielomatik jagenberg, Inc. (#4411), which reportedly converts pressure-sensitive diecut inlays and conventional labels into RFID smart labels at a speed of up to 60,000 inlay insertions/ hour. Also in the bielomatik booth is the P32-49, for quick-turnaround, short-run binding.
Garrido Printing Equipment (#S-5114) is displaying more than 20 models of a new line of equipment that it recently introduced under its own trademark. Advantage Machinery models at PackPrint includes an automatic case-making system, double-wire forming and closing machine, high-speed puncher and more.
The new Premier 36 folder/gluer system from B & R Moll (#4025) is reportedly one of the highest-performing, and most versatile, systems of its type on the market today. B & R Moll also is showing its Vantage 720 folder/gluer system, for producing straight-line boxes, table tents, sleeves, CD wallets and auto-lock bottom boxes.
Diversified Graphic Machinery (DGM) (#3613) offers the Majestic series of die-cutting, hot embossing and stripping presses. DGM also supplies high-speed stamping, embossing and diecutting machinery, pile turners and aerator joggers.
At PackPrint, Best Osako (#3626) is demonstrating a complete job changeover of two different book sizes, each in less than 5 minutes, on its fully automated Tener Alpha saddle stitching system, part of the new Osako “Alpha” series of saddlestitchers.
Young Shin USA (#4806) is showing its Revotec 106SB, a blanker that can reach speeds of 7,500 sheets/hour. The Revotec reportedly offers sheet sizes of up to 41.7 x 29.3 inches, precise registration of +/- .004 inch, operator friendly controls and quick makeready.