BOBST and its partners introduced new innovations at its Labels & Packaging Innovation event in Florence from 1 to 4 April 2019.
"The label and packaging industry is clearly going digital, in terms of processes, value creation, and new business models,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of BOBST. “The collaboration between partners is essential to the success of our industry and the packaging industry as a whole. BOBST is helping to drive the industry transformation with meaningful innovation and real collaboration, which will result in solutions that fulfil the requirements of converters and brand owners alike.”
BOBST unveiled a new Ink-on-Demand (IoD) system eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades. The system only requires 30 grams of ink in the print unit to operate. Full wash-out and ink change are performed in minutes with only a few grams of ink and washing liquid wasted. This system is expected reduce costs and environmental burdens.
DigiColor System for “on-the-fly” job changes
In addition, BOBST introduced a new DigiColor system performs "on-the-fly" job changes of colour Delta E. Each of the seven Extended Color Gamut (ECG) inks is split into a darker and a lighter ink, which are mixed in-line to match the targeted Delta E. Closed-Loop colour control of DigiColor achieves "digital" colour-matching, colour consistency at any speed, on any substrate, with any operator worldwide. Converters and brand-owners will now be able to rely on a new "digital" technology to protect their brand identities. The system will allow converters to benefit from major time savings and quality improvement benefits.
Digital Traceability for Packaging
BOBST also presented a world premiere for a solution that enables the full traceability of every piece of packaging. In collaboration with ESKO, AVT, Pantone and X-Rite, the new solution allows the “digital” traceability from the original file, to the press, to the job validation and final storage of digital data generated from the final printed job. It is built on the BOBST Digital Flexo technology and combines WebCenter, ColorCert, SpectraLab and PantoneLive assets. This enables a fully digitalized and connected workflow, transforming the way labels and flexible packaging can be done - timely, with the right quality control and the proper costs.
Digital Control of UV Energy to increase safety of food packaging
In collaboration with Flint, GEW and the UVFoodSafe Alliance, BOBST is announcing the digital control of UV energy. This allows for the unique safety traceability of each printed meter of substrate, opening new opportunities for UV printed food packaging production with new food safety certifications. Compared to solvent and water-based inks, UV inks achieve higher print quality and colour consistency combined with the absence of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), improving ink stability and sustainability.
Mouvent LB702-UV Digital Press
Mouvent, Bobst Group’s digital printing arm, showcased the recently announced LB702-UV digital press. The LB702-UV sets a new benchmark for digital label printing, combining, quality, speed and affordability, without any trade-off.