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While there is plenty of news at NPE this year in pad, screen, dry-offset, flexo, and inkjet printing, as well as laser marking, hot stamping, heat-transfer decorating, and some less familiar technologies--the real star of the show is summed up in two words: "in-mold." Responding to excitement in automotive, appliance, and electronics industries, at least 19 companies are showing materials or equipment for in-mold film-insert decorating or labeling (IMD, IML) for injection molding and thermoforming. And one firm--Ube Machinery--is finally commercializing in-mold painting for injection molding--a technology first exhibited in prototype form at NPE 1988.

Print it

Six companies are introducing a variety of pad printing equipment at the show. Among them, ITW Trans Tech is showcasing the Gemini 130, which has two printing heads in a unique "V" configuration that allows two-color printing applications using a single part fixture. It also allows ink pickup, printing, and pad cleaning to proceed simultaneously. Pad Print Machinery of Vermont is unveiling a new high-speed, digital on-demand pad printer as well as its new XE series with a Windows-based operating system driving a servo-controlled print head and conveyor unit with 20GB hard drive that allows for vast storage of jobs.

Tampoprint is showing off its new two- or three-lane Rotoprint rotary pad printer for cap closures. It can mark up to 150,000 caps/hr in one to three colors. Teca-Print is introducing its fastest pad printer to date, the TPS 111, with a cycle time of 0.7 sec. When it comes to speed, Apex Machine claims a breakthrough for its new C-506 cylindrical part printer, which allows a 6-color ink and plate change in 5 min.

In screen printing, Proell is showing Nori-Cure UV-L3, a scratch-resistant, uv-cure screen printing lacquer and special effects such as rainbow metallic and mirror-like chrome.

At least six companies will be discussing laser marking. One of them, LPKF, will present its technology for using a laser to "draw" electrical circuitry onto the surface of parts containing a suitable metal additive. Tampoprint is featuring the Alfalas Promo-MOF (Mark-on-the-Fly) laser system for marking the underside of up to 60,000 caps/hr.

Hot stamp it

Heat-transfer decorating is going high-tech at the show. Cassco Machines is featuring its new Command Center, a control platform that runs all the company's hot-stamping, heat-transfer, and assembly systems.

Kurz Transfer Products is showcasing the LS 102 LK, a new hot stamping machine with up to five heads for applying foil to extruded profiles. Kurz is also introducing the Hastings Model ES 1000 electronic heat-transfer press with servo control of X-Y registration of the stamping head. Registration is assisted by a laser sensor on the stamping head, resulting in placing a heat transfer within [+ or -] 0.004 in.

Coat it

Something unusual to look for is Vergason Technology's new Press-Side Rapid Cycle Metalizer. It vacuum metalizes parts in 3 to 6 rain. Its coating chamber measures 28 in. diam. x 48 in. high.

Another out-of-the-ordinary decorating exhibit is Water Transfer Printing at a company of the same name. It applies decorative patterns to flat or 3D parts without leaving voids or seams. A film with the printed pattern is floated on the surface of a water bath. Then the part, which has been spray-coated with a chemical activator is placed in the tank to receive the transfer. Finally, after washing and drying, the decorated part is sprayed with a protective acrylic finish.

Exhibitor Listing

Includes equipment, materials, and services for hot stamping, heat-transfer decorating, printing, roll engraving, mold texturing, painting and coating, surface treating, and static elimination. New developments appear in boldface type.

ABB INC., ROBOTICS

Booth 9962

Unveiling IRM 58 model electric paint robot, featuring a hollow wrist, compact design and integrated process control.

ACROMARK INDUSTRIES, INC.

Booth 214

Will demonstrate silk screening and hot stamping on the same product with automatic loading and transfer between machines. Also showing a standard heat-transfer/hot-stamp press.

AELLORA DIGITAL

Booth 4387

Introducing SureFire TKMP1000 small-format digital inkjet printer. Can print a true 600x600 dpi mono- or multicolor image on rigid or flexible substrates up to 1 meter square at speeds up to 250 [ft.sup.2]/hr. Also showing hybrid, uv-curable inkjet inks and demonstrating them on flat and 3D objects.

AMERICAN JET STREAM INC.

Booth 1180

Distributes Plastiflex flexographic printers from Plastimac in Italy.

APEX MACHINE CO.

Booth 2612

Introducing C-506 printer for flexible cylindrical parts from eyedroppers to medium-sized buckets. Allows 6-color ink and plate change in 5 min. Production speed is up to 150-200 parts/min. Accommodates dry-offset or flexographic print stations. Also showing the C-400 rigid tube printing system, with speeds of up to 400 parts/min.

ARCOTEC GMBH

Booth 4295

German manufacturer of corona treaters and flame treaters.

AUTOMATED INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS

Booth 4168

Supplies PadMark pad printers with modular design, automatic pad cleaning and optional stand-alone ink viscosity controller.

BELL MARK SALES CO., INC.

Booth 8324

Supplies flexographic printing equipment, including high-speed heads for 1000 fpm, single-color flexo heads for blown film, and free-standing flexo printing systems for wide-web/narrow-print applications.

BONMART ENTERPRISE CORP.

Booth 264 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Makes computerized 4- to 6-color printing, coating, and drying equipment for decorating plastic tubes for cosmetics and healthcare products.

CASSCO MACHINES

Booth 911

New Cassco Command Center controller can run all of the company's automation, hot-stamping, heat-transfer, and assembly systems. Can-Bus system allows it to interface with upstream and downstream equipment.

CER

Booth 978 (Exhibiting with Teca-Print)

French firm displaying latest hot-foil stamping machinery and accessories.

CHICAGO DECAL CO.

Booth 7142

Introducing custom labels and decals for in-mold decoration of molded plastic products and components. Displaying IMD parts and a full range of screen and digitally printed labels and decals.

CONTAINER PRINTING SUPPLY

Booth 5701

Supplies dry-offset printing inks and blankets.

CORONA DESIGNS INC.

Booth 4635

Supplies corona-treating equipment and rolls.

COROTEC CORP.

Booth 10104

Featuring Plasma-Jet corona 3D systems for surface treatment. Also showing Uni-Dyne sheet-fed and Uni-Dyne narrow-web corona-treatment systems.

CPS RESOURCES, INC.

Booth 10755

Custom-decorator provides computer-generated artwork, pad printing, hot stamping, and heat-transfer decorating.

DALTEK LLC

Booth 5385

Custom industrial finisher specializes in paint and three-dimensional graphics application to a variety of substrates for automotive, consumer electronics, recreational sporting goods, telecom, and medical products. Processes include robotic 2K painting, uv hardcoating, paint, laser marking, hydrographic decoration, pad printing, silk screening, and hot stamping.

DECO TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.

Booth 9630

Supplies RucoPrint screen printers, pad printers, and supplies, including pads and screen inks.

DEPENDABLE MACHINE CO., INC.

Booth 3015

Supplies screen-printing, pad-printing, dry-offset, uv-curing, and flame-treatment systems. Also offers MOSS high-speed screen-planting, dry-offset, and hot-stamping equipment.

DESCO EQUIPMENT CORP.

Booth 5161

Produces dry-offset printers, including multi-color container systems.

DIVERSIFIED PRINTING TECHNIQUES INC.

Booth 1215

Supplies pad and screen printers and hot stampers.

DPI IN-MOLD APPLICATIONS

Booth 5099

Supplies precision-trimmed, decorative film inserts for injection molding.

DUBUIT OF AMERICA

Booth 978 (Exhibiting with Teca-Print)

Displaying screen-printing machinery and accessories.

ENERCON INDUSTRIES CORP.

Booth 1344

Introducing Dyne-A-Mite VCP plasma surface treater, whose variable-chemistry plasma is said to allow for easier application and improved adhesion of coatings, adhesives, inks, and labels.

ENGINEERED GRAFX, DIV. OF CENTRAL DECAL

Booth 7026

Introducing in-mold decorating division, which offers flat or formed film graphics for IMD. Also showing customized pressure-sensitive labels.

ENSIGN RIBBON BURNERS LLC

Booth 834

Makes flame treating equipment.

EXPRESS LABEL & GRAPHICS Booth 1380 (Exhibiting with Fortune International)

Supplies in-mold labels.

EXXENE CORP.

Booth 818

Supplies a variety of coatings including low-haze and abrasion-resistant electrostatic-dissipative (ESD) coatings, ESD hardcoatings, anti-fog coatings, and uv-curable and anti-static coatings.

F&L MACHINERY DESIGN INC.

Booth 9240

Manufactures offset-printing machines.

FANUC ROBOTICS AMERICA, INC.

Booth 9620

Offering a new painting robot.

FLYNN BURNER CORP.

Booth 4318

Supplies flame-treating equipment.

FOBA, A VIRTEK CO.

Booth 8318

Introducing G5 laser engraving systems, said to provide precision accuracy without fixturing by using "IMP" (Intelligent Mark Positioning) vision system.

FUTURE DESIGN INC.

Booth 5933 Distributes corona surface-treating equipment for film from Martignoni in Italy.

GAIOTTO AUTOMATION

Booth 1870 (Exhibiting with SACMI Group)

Italian firm supplies articulating-arm robots for painting and coating.

GENERAL PRESS

Booth 11140

Commercial offset printer of OPP films for labels and wrappings.

HAUG NORTH AMERICA

Booth 10945

Supplies air-ionizing systems for static elimination at film winders, as well as electrostatic charging systems for in-mold labeling and web cleaning.

HEKUMA GMBH

Booth 577

Introducing TF-IML in-mold labeling for thermoforming integrated with RFID tagging.

HOLJERON

See Matthews Marking Products.

IEEC-PBJ INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PVT. LTD.

Booth 7631

Indian maker of CE Mark corona treaters for conductive and non-conductive substrates.

IMDECOL

Booth 4975 (Exhibiting with Top Grade Molds)

Israeli supplier of automation systems for in-mold labeling in injection molding.

IMG PLASTEC

Booth 8228

German/Polish company supplies uv screen printing and flexographic equipment.

IN-MOLD GRAPHIC SOLUTIONS, DIV. OF ROMO, INC.

Booth 4492

Specializing in-mold decorating, it develops decorative graphics to produce permanent labels. Also produces pressure-sensitive decals, asset tracking (RFID) and specialty products.

INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL LLC

Booth 1380 (Exhibiting With Fortune International)

Showing its fully-automatic in-mold labeling (IML) system placing labels into both mold halves.

ION INDUSTRIAL

Booth 7306

Introducing electrostatic charging equipment for in-mold labeling and decorating (IMI/IMD). Includes small, lightweight charge applicators and charging generators. Also showing Virtual AC Intelligent Static Neutralizers for long-range neutralization.

ISIMAT GMBH SIEBDRUCKMASCHINEN

Booth 10834

Introducing 1000 P-UV semi-automatic screen printer with integrated uv curing for printing on sample tubes. Optical system keeps color-to-color registration accurate to (+ or -) 0.1 ram. Also showing information on its range of screen printers.

ITW FOILS

Booth 1223

Supplies heat-transfer foils.

ITW IMTRAN

Booth 1221

Introducing Model 65-570 pad printer with up to 5 colors and 7-in. cup for large images. Also introducing VS-35 two-color, low-cost pad printer for quick set-up in small-area decoration. Also showing information on full line of pad printing equipment and supplies, as well as hot-stamping supplies.

ITW PRO/MARK

Booth 1225

Supplies hot-stamp and heat-transfer foils and decals.

ITW TRANS TECH

Booth 1126

Introducing Gemini 130 two-color pad printer with two reciprocating, gear-driven printing heads in a unique "V" configuration for simultaneous ink pickup, printing, and pad cleaning. Allows two-color printing with a single part fixture. Also demonstrating robot interface with three pad printers.

KAMMANN MACHINES, INC.

Booth 1362

Manufacturer of custom printing and finishing equipment for packaging, containers, CDs, and labels. Offers screen, dry-offset, and roll-to-roll printing.

KAMPF KKA

Booth 4106

German supplier of hot-stamping, heat-transfer, marking, and coating equipment.

EQUIPMENT CORP.

Booth 5701

Showing dry-offset printers for plastic caps, cups, pails, lids, and closures.

KENSOL-FRANKLIN

Booth 807

Manufactures full range of vertical hot-stamp presses from 0.5 to 20 tons plus roll-on and peripheral decorating equipment. Also offers hot-stamp foils and heat-transfer decals.

KURZ TRANSFER PRODUCTS, LP

Booth 5516

Introducing and demonstrating Kurz IMD Machine, a fully-automated in-mold decorating work cell. Also demonstrating new Kurz LS 102 LK hot stamper with up to five heads for decorating extruded profiles. Introducing Hastings ES1000 servo-controlled heat-transfer press, built by Hastings Manufacturing Inc., St. Louis. Stamping cycle on this press can be set for distance or pressure from the operator touchscreen. At the show, it will place a heat transfer within (+ or -) 0.004 in. using a laser sensor at the stamping head.

Also demonstrating Hastings HRO 6 x 15 RL roll-on heat-transfer press and HRO 6 x 15 HT machine.

LECTRO TREAT (Exhibiting with Lectro Engineering Co.)

Manufactures surface-treating equipment for 3D plastic parts, including corona treaters, plasma treaters, and LD Cold Flamer, said to be the first true replacement for flame treaters. Its indirect electrode technology is less expensive than corona or plasma treatment.

LPKF LASER & ELECTRONICS

Booth 10919

Licenses materials suppliers with a laser-sensitive metal-complex additive that allows you to "draw" platable circuitry.

MATTHEWS MARKING PRODUCTS

Booth 4349

Supplies high-speed laser-marking systems and ink-jet printers.

MEECH STATIC ELIMINATORS USA, INC.

Booth 3138

Introducing Model 992v2 redesigned static generator featuring variable output voltage between 0 and 30 kV, new digital display, and new remote on/off switching for in-mold labeling. Also showing full line of static elimination equipment, including shockless long-range pulsed-DC bars.

MOSS

See Dependable Machine.

MPC PLATING

Booth 4342

Provides chrome, brass and other decorative plating on ABS and ABS/PC.

NEILSON HOT STAMPER MACHINERY CO. Booth 467 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Makes over 50 models of hot-stamping machines and heat-transfer machines, including manual, pneumatic, hydraulic, and roller types, as well as fully automatic machines. Its Sunny Transfer Foil Co. produces decorative films.

NEWMAN EQUIPMENT

Booth 10246

Supplies screen printers and uv dryers.

NORTH PACIFIC CONSULTING

Booth 4684

Imports silver, gold, and multi-colored hot-stamping foils.

NRD, LLC

Booth 3109

Showing static-elimination ionizers.

Otto SPA

Booth 5183

Manufactures screen printers for containers.

PAD PRINT MACHINERY OF VERMONT

Booth 4109

Unveiling high-speed, digital on-demand pad printer. Also demonstrating at least six pad printers decorating wine corks, ping-pong balls, five-color hard hats, and frisbees. New XE series has Windows-based operating system, 20GB hard drive, servo-controlled print head and conveyor.

PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES, AN ITW CO.

Booth 935

Featuring P6000 power supply for corona treaters, which incorporates Total Function Control (TFC) panel into the station design. Also showing a square box-style Sherman Corona Treater, which Pillar now manufactures.

PLASMATREAT NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Booth 9625

Makes atmospheric plasma-treatment systems based on its patented Openair plasma technology.

PLASTIMAC

Booth 1180 (Exhibiting with Jet Stream)

Italian firm manufactures Plastiflex flexographic printers.

POLYTYPE AMERICA CORP.

Booth 5539

Makes dry-offset printers.

PRINTEX

Booth 6023

Showing complete fine of G2 modular pad printers. Also offers inks, pads, and plates.

PROELL, INC.

Booth 4468

Introducing Nori-Cure UV-L3, a scratch-resistant, uv-curing screen printing lacquer for printing on PC films and coated PET films. Good adhesion to uv, solvent, and aqueous screen-printing inks and well as offset inks. Also introducing Rainbow Ink, a solvent-based metallic ink for iridescent rainbow-like effects on clear plastics. Also showing Noriphan HTR screen-printing ink for PC films used in second-surface IMD technology, and Mirror Ink M1 metallic ink for creating mirror-like or chrome effects.

PROTECHNIC SA

Booth 5890

French company makes films for in-mold decorating.

PVA TEPLA AMERICA, INC.

Booth 10407

Showing full line of RF, microwave and atmospheric gas-plasma systems for surface modification.

SCHWERDTLE, INC.

Booth 114

Supplies hot-stamping equipment and silicone dies.

SERICO INC.

Booth 7822

Supplies custom screen-printed labels, including in-mold labels.

SERIGRAPH INC.

Booth 5775

Introducing Seriglaze protective coating that can make plastic as hard as glass. It contributes to elegant rich color with brilliant shine. Also featuring IMD 1 specialty in-mold labeling technologies such as metallic or glasslike looks, soft-touch and 3D surfaces, high-quality 4-color graphics, scratch and chemical resistance, and soft fabric feel.

SIMCO INDUSTRIAL STATIC CONTROL

Booth 1135

Introducing ChargeMaster electrostatic charging systems, said to feature many performance enhancements for plastics applications, particularly in-mold decorating, as well as for roll-to-roll applications and bag making. Displaying complete line of static-control systems, including static bars, ionizing nozzles, blowers and guns, curtain transvectors, in-line pneumatic-conveying static neutralizers, as well as web cleaners.

SPRIMAG INC.

Booth 9929

Offers paint spray guns, spray booths, painting robots, conveyor systems, and drying ovens.

SPRINTER MARKING

Booth 8418

Supplies automatic ink code marking systems.

SURFX TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 9365

Showing atmospheric low-temperature plasma treaters for molded parts.

TAKK INDUSTRIES INC.

Booth 5482

Introducing IonStorm XR2 series of long-range static eliminators, effective at more than 36 in., even at high machine speeds.

TAMPOPRINT INTERNATIONAL CORP. Booth 5149

Demonstrating new Rotoprint 2- or 3-lane rotary pad printer for caps at up to 150,000/hr in up to 3 colors. Also demonstrating new high-efficiency Alfalas Promo-MOF (Mark-on-the-Fly) laser marking system for the underside of caps at up to 60,000/hr. Also showing EP 60/90 pad printer with exchangeable closed cups and a four-color printer with rotary table printing four color presses.

TANTEC INC.--CORONA TREATMENT

Booth 8413

Showing line of coronal treaters.

TANTEC INC.--STATIC CONTROL

BOOTH 7306

Showing static-elimination and charge-generating equipment.

TECA-PRINT CORP.

Booth 978

Introducing Series X5, the largest of its new all-servo-driven pad printers. Up to 7 colors standard, plus touch-screen control panels, quick-change cliches, and programmable multiple ink pickup and drop-off points. Also introducing TPS 111, the company's fastest pad printer, with 0.7-sec cycle.

3DT LLC

Booth 6149

Supplies corona treaters, including BottleDyne for cylindrical, rounded, oval, rectangular, and square containers.

TREKK EQUIPMENT GROUP

Booth 3224

Supplies hot-stamping and heat-transfer machinery, including vertical, peripheral, and roll-on types, plus dies.

TRUMPF INC.

Booth 10961

Showing VectorMark diode-pumped laser-marking systems.

UBE MACHINERY INC.

Booth 2175

Will have video presentations of its Imprest in-mold painting technology for injection molding.

UNITED SILICONE, AN ITW DECORATING CO.

Booth 1132

Supplies hot stampers, heat-transfer presses, and pad printers, as well as the Uni-Ring Multi-Print, which combines hot stamping and pad printing.

VAN DAM MACHINE CORP.

Booth 1114

Manufactures dry-offset printers.

TECHNOLOGY, INC.

Booth 11227

Showing information on its latest vacuum-coating system, the Press-Side Rapid Cycle Metalizer PS 4000SL.

W&M MANUFACTURING/PIER-MAC PRODUCTS/ACCELERATED) CURING

Booth 11425

Plastics molder and specialty finisher offers vacuum metallizing, painting, and hardcoating.

WATER TRANSFER PRINTING, DIV. OF T.W.N. INDUSTRIES INC.

Booth 10721

Showing Water Transfer Printing process as alternative to in-mold decorating. Prints patterns on either flat objects or complex contours without leaving voids or seams.

WEBTECH, INC.

Booth 6130

Introducing hot-stamping foils, heat-transfer labels, woodgrains and pattern foils. Several hot-stamp machines will be operating.

WORLDLY INDUSTRIAL CO.

Booth 165 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Showing a rotogravure printer.
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I am a pad printer. I used to purchase my silicone for making pads from a company in California. The company was called " Circle K ", I have lost contact with this company as I was not active in my business for a while. I have started up again and need a supplier for silicone that is suitable for making pads. Can you direct me to a supplier? I appreciate any help that you can give me. Thanks,
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Title Annotation:What to See at NPE 2006
Author:Sherman, Lilli Manolis
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Date:Jun 1, 2006
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