Narrow Web & Label Reporter

An Honor for GSI


GSI Technologies recently was honored with the Best Commercialization Award from IDTechEX Printed Electronics Europe.

The awards, presented in Dresden, Germany, celebrate achievement, innovation, and success in companies selling printed electronic products. GSI manufactures functional printed products, including medical devices, smart card inlays, printed displays, EL lamps, and antennae.

Making “Green” Labels


Overnight Labels is now an associate member of the Organic Trade Assn. (OTA). The membership was granted, in part, because of the converter's alliance with companies in the organic trade, as well as its ability to provide environmentally friendly printing substrates and processes, including water-based inks and aqueous coatings. Overnight Labels was the recipient of the 2007 Environmental Excellence Award for Process Improvement from the Flexographic Technical Assn.

OTA associate members include businesses, organizations, and individuals that support the principles consistent with those of organic agriculture.

RFID Support Announced


Sirit, a provider of RFID technology, has announced interoperability support for the custom commands in the newest UCODE G2X chips from NXP Semiconductors, headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The latest firmware version of Sirit's best-in-class Infinity 510 reader will take advantage of the extended functionality built into NXP's chips. These functions have been implemented in NXP's silicon and Sirit's IN510 to support the demands of customers needing RFID solutions that go beyond simple compliance tagging.

Coater on Board


Technicote has added a proprietary wide web adhesive and specialty coater at its Terre Haute, IN, manufacturing plant to support its “long-range commitment for outstanding service to label converters.”

The state-of-the-art, computer-driven, high-speed coater is capable of coating a wide variety of paper and film facestocks with a broad range of acrylic and rubber-based adhesives on many paper and film release liners.

Splicer Adds Benefits to Flexo Process


Seriharta Grafik Sdn Bhd prints cigarette packs for the tobacco group of which it is a part. Managing director Mr. Foo recently purchased a Gallus EM410 press to move the company from sheet-fed offset to narrow web flexo, and Gallus recommended a Martin MBS splicer for the new press.

Foo says the splicer delivers flawless automatic roll changes while maintaining constant web tension. In addition, Foo reports reduced material waste and consistent quality, noting that the splicer has exceeded his original expectations.

The Gallus press, also equipped with in-line rotary die-cutting, reportedly allows Seriharta Grafik to complete jobs on time with one-quarter the manpower required for the sheet-fed process.

Martin Automatic |

Gallus |

Vacuum Table a Digital Aid

Vacuum holddown tables for digital flatbed printers are manufactured with a proprietary Stay-Flat process. All-aluminum honeycomb core allows for maximum airflow, and unit is covered with thick top and bottom plates for extra strength. Vacuum motors are said to be maintenance-free and quiet.

Graphic Parts Intl. | 800-444-7278 |

Slitter Controls Upgraded

The VSR line of slitter/rewinders has been updated with a Rockwell Automation control system featuring a menu-driven, full-color touchscreen operator interface terminal. Servo mode main drive and rewind tension inside the control system reportedly make perfect web control attainable, and the system includes remote diagnostics. Other upgrades include enhancements to available options.

Mark Andy | 800-700-MARK |

Set Up Gravure Press Easily

The Supra Series rotogravure-based print system for labels, cartons, and flexible packaging is said to offer fast and easy setup without a prepress department, with lightweight sleeve tooling, and with minimum crewing. Available in six to ten colors standard, press has a maximum web width of 16 in. (Model 1600) or 20 and 25 in. (Model 1900). Roll size is 40 in. and production speed is 750 fpm.

W.R. Chesnut Engineering | 973-227-6995 |

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