Decorating printing & finishing.
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.
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.
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
Unveiling IRM 58 model electric paint robot, featuring a hollow wrist, compact design and integrated process control.
ACROMARK INDUSTRIES, INC.
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.
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.
Distributes Plastiflex flexographic printers from Plastimac in Italy.
APEX MACHINE CO.
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.
German manufacturer of corona treaters and flame treaters.
AUTOMATED INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS
Supplies PadMark pad printers with modular design, automatic pad cleaning and optional stand-alone ink viscosity controller.
BELL MARK SALES CO., INC.
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.
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.
Booth 978 (Exhibiting with Teca-Print)
French firm displaying latest hot-foil stamping machinery and accessories.
CHICAGO DECAL CO.
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
Supplies dry-offset printing inks and blankets.
CORONA DESIGNS INC.
Supplies corona-treating equipment and rolls.
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.
Custom-decorator provides computer-generated artwork, pad printing, hot stamping, and heat-transfer decorating.
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.
Supplies RucoPrint screen printers, pad printers, and supplies, including pads and screen inks.
DEPENDABLE MACHINE CO., INC.
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.
Produces dry-offset printers, including multi-color container systems.
DIVERSIFIED PRINTING TECHNIQUES INC.
Supplies pad and screen printers and hot stampers.
DPI IN-MOLD APPLICATIONS
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.
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
Introducing in-mold decorating division, which offers flat or formed film graphics for IMD. Also showing customized pressure-sensitive labels.
ENSIGN RIBBON BURNERS LLC
Makes flame treating equipment.
EXPRESS LABEL & GRAPHICS Booth 1380 (Exhibiting with Fortune International)
Supplies in-mold labels.
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.
Manufactures offset-printing machines.
FANUC ROBOTICS AMERICA, INC.
Offering a new painting robot.
FLYNN BURNER CORP.
Supplies flame-treating equipment.
FOBA, A VIRTEK CO.
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.
Booth 1870 (Exhibiting with SACMI Group)
Italian firm supplies articulating-arm robots for painting and coating.
Commercial offset printer of OPP films for labels and wrappings.
HAUG NORTH AMERICA
Supplies air-ionizing systems for static elimination at film winders, as well as electrostatic charging systems for in-mold labeling and web cleaning.
Introducing TF-IML in-mold labeling for thermoforming integrated with RFID tagging.
See Matthews Marking Products.
IEEC-PBJ INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PVT. LTD.
Indian maker of CE Mark corona treaters for conductive and non-conductive substrates.
Booth 4975 (Exhibiting with Top Grade Molds)
Israeli supplier of automation systems for in-mold labeling in injection molding.
German/Polish company supplies uv screen printing and flexographic equipment.
IN-MOLD GRAPHIC SOLUTIONS, DIV. OF ROMO, INC.
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.
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
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.
Supplies heat-transfer foils.
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.
Supplies hot-stamp and heat-transfer foils and decals.
ITW TRANS TECH
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.
Manufacturer of custom printing and finishing equipment for packaging, containers, CDs, and labels. Offers screen, dry-offset, and roll-to-roll printing.
German supplier of hot-stamping, heat-transfer, marking, and coating equipment.
Showing dry-offset printers for plastic caps, cups, pails, lids, and closures.
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
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
Licenses materials suppliers with a laser-sensitive metal-complex additive that allows you to "draw" platable circuitry.
MATTHEWS MARKING PRODUCTS
Supplies high-speed laser-marking systems and ink-jet printers.
MEECH STATIC ELIMINATORS USA, INC.
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.
See Dependable Machine.
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.
Supplies screen printers and uv dryers.
NORTH PACIFIC CONSULTING
Imports silver, gold, and multi-colored hot-stamping foils.
Showing static-elimination ionizers.
Manufactures screen printers for containers.
PAD PRINT MACHINERY OF VERMONT
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.
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.
Makes atmospheric plasma-treatment systems based on its patented Openair plasma technology.
Booth 1180 (Exhibiting with Jet Stream)
Italian firm manufactures Plastiflex flexographic printers.
POLYTYPE AMERICA CORP.
Makes dry-offset printers.
Showing complete fine of G2 modular pad printers. Also offers inks, pads, and plates.
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.
French company makes films for in-mold decorating.
PVA TEPLA AMERICA, INC.
Showing full line of RF, microwave and atmospheric gas-plasma systems for surface modification.
Supplies hot-stamping equipment and silicone dies.
Supplies custom screen-printed labels, including in-mold labels.
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
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.
Offers paint spray guns, spray booths, painting robots, conveyor systems, and drying ovens.
Supplies automatic ink code marking systems.
Showing atmospheric low-temperature plasma treaters for molded parts.
TAKK INDUSTRIES INC.
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
Showing line of coronal treaters.
TANTEC INC.--STATIC CONTROL
Showing static-elimination and charge-generating equipment.
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.
Supplies corona treaters, including BottleDyne for cylindrical, rounded, oval, rectangular, and square containers.
TREKK EQUIPMENT GROUP
Supplies hot-stamping and heat-transfer machinery, including vertical, peripheral, and roll-on types, plus dies.
Showing VectorMark diode-pumped laser-marking systems.
UBE MACHINERY INC.
Will have video presentations of its Imprest in-mold painting technology for injection molding.
UNITED SILICONE, AN ITW DECORATING CO.
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.
Manufactures dry-offset printers.
Showing information on its latest vacuum-coating system, the Press-Side Rapid Cycle Metalizer PS 4000SL.
W&M MANUFACTURING/PIER-MAC PRODUCTS/ACCELERATED) CURING
Plastics molder and specialty finisher offers vacuum metallizing, painting, and hardcoating.
WATER TRANSFER PRINTING, DIV. OF T.W.N. INDUSTRIES INC.
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.
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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|Author:||Sherman, Lilli Manolis|
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