Every four years, drupa is typically the industry event that sets the tone for the future. But Labelexpo and Graph Expo provided a strong glimpse for the North American market.
Expanded gamut printing has offered package printers and converters efficiency improvements and strong graphic quality. Gamse Lithographic Co., is one example of a label converter that has benefitted from expanded gamut.
Hammer Packaging, a converter based in Rochester, N.Y., recently added a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8+L, increasing productivity and capacity. The new press will run alongside two existing Speedmaster CD 102 presses and a CX 102.
Colbert Packaging has completed a substantial equipment investment and installation, adding an RMGT 1050 LX printing press, a BOBST EXPERTCUT 106 PER diecutter and a BOBST ACCUCHECK in-line inspection system to its Lake Forest, Ill., facility.
Throughout drupa 2016, digital and conventional press suppliers demonstrated how by working together, they can provide the best solutions for their customers' needs.
Goss's Embedded Color Bar Control Technology enables packaging converters to embed the color bar, used for controlling color, registration and ink on the printed substrate, into the image on a label or packaging design.
In recent months, several conventional and digital press manufacturing companies have partnered to bring the best of both worlds together. KBA and Xerox are the latest combination, announcing the upcoming release of the KBA VariJET 106 Powered by Xerox.