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200 Million m² of Self-Adhesive Tape
In Frastanz alone, in the company’s 25,000 m² production and storage facilities, nearly 200 million m² of self-adhesive tape are produced using polypropylene (BOPP / MOPP), PVC, and paper substrates. At this, the parent plant, the first 570 mm web width Nilpeter FA-Line for water-based inks has now been installed.
At the start, the machine was designed for the production of paper materials, which are used for adhesive roll cores, tickets, and other paper products. However, in order to expand the possible product portfolio in advance, the machine is also equipped with a rotary die-cutter, a cross-over unit, and expansion options for UV- and LED-drying. This alternative drying technology can subsequently also be used in combination with the existing hot air drying system. Due to the high degree of automation, the short web path, and the significantly reduced waste, even very small jobs can be produced with maximum efficiency.
Maintaining Competitiveness at the Highest Level
Kurt Pichler, Managing Director of Müroll GmbH, comments, "In our industry, we see continuing reduction of job sizes, shorter product life cycles for our customers, and strong international competition. As a producer in a relatively high-wage environment, you have to maintain your own competitiveness at the highest level using state-of-the-art machine technology and efficiency. Our new Nilpeter FA-22 provides massive support in this effort."
Furthermore, through Müroll GmbH’s subsidiary Logett GmbH, which specializes in the production of self-adhesive labels, there is also access to further market segments, which opens up additional synergy effects with the new FA-22.
Märkische Etiketten GmbH, a leading German label and packaging converter, has expanded the fleet of machines at its Müncheberg site near Berlin, adding another press from Danish manufacturer Nilpeter. The company was in need of a new system after experiencing steadily rising demand in multiple segments. Add to that high, sometimes very specific, customer requirements, calling for consistent quality and quick turnarounds. “To continue to meet these demands in a cost-efficient way, we decided once more to go with Nilpeter from Denmark, our long-standing technology partner”, says General Manager Henning Schwenke.
Expanding capacities with innovative technology
Having compared different options, Märkische Etiketten opted for a Nilpeter FA printing press for its label printing needs. “Our decision was based mainly on two factors: Our need to significantly expand capacities and our mission to select only the most innovative technologies around in order to further strengthen our market position”, explains Ivo Lambrecht, Head of Marketing and Sales. “The Nilpeter FA is a versatile and highly cost-efficient flexo press that fits in perfectly with our existing fleet. Operators can run the system with ease thanks to its leading-edge user interface and mobile print controls. And the FA is highly scalable: Upgrades can be implemented at any time without much cost or effort. Now we can meet the demands of the market and our customers are faster and better than ever before.”
The Nilpeter FA flexo press installed at Märkische Etiketten represents an entirely new machine generation launched in 2017. In designing the new model, Nilpeter kept its focus on streamlining machine operation to the greatest possible extent. The result is what the company calls its “Clean Hand” technology. By minimising hands-on machine interaction, the operator’s hands are literally kept “clean”, ensuring safe work practices and enabling intuitive production control.
Automated features and mobile control
The FA user interface is state-of-the-art, eliminating traditional controls and quick-lock handles from the entire machine. All features can be easily controlled using touch buttons or a mobile tablet. This technology, of particular appeal to the latest operator generation, taps the full potential of streamlined, efficient production processes. The wireless tablet is HTML-based, ensuring instant press reactions to print settings entered. Using multiple tablets, several operators can control different parameters of a job simultaneously.
Numerous press features have been automated. For instance, the anilox roller comes with an automatic cleaning routine that is run before the roller is released. All printing unit covers can be opened individually or simultaneously. Data for each job are automatically stored and kept available for repeat orders. When the next job comes up, the machine configures itself based on this data pool (e.g. auto register) – simple, streamlined operation at its best, thanks to smart technology.
Web stability and sleeve auto-lock
Web handling is a major part of print quality. That is why the new Nilpeter FA incorporates web-driven impression rollers fitted with a special anti-slip surface. Separated from the chill rollers, these cylinders help ensure optimum web control for all substrates. Driven chill rollers further stabilise the web and minimise the risk of bar marking.
Last but not least, the printing cylinder sleeves are held in place by an automatic, motor-driven locking mechanism. This vertical auto-lock system further enhances precision and stability in the printing process, minimising unwanted effects such as bouncing and bar marking.
Demanding Parameters and Procedures
“When we at Grupo Lappí make a decision to acquire new equipment, it is usually done with quite demanding parameters and procedures created internally, by our experienced team of professionals. We subject the different brands and their teams to maximum stress, in order to uncover the highest performance in print quality, speed, stability, online adjustments, and other KPIs of interest,” says Mr. Antonio Lappi, President & CEO of Grupo Lappí Etiquetas.
“When we decide on a manufacturer and their technology, in this case NILPETER, we also like to know what other possibilities the equipment can provide, in case of new challenges that we can undertake in other markets or business areas. Currently in Grupo Lappí we print several products reel-to-reel, pressure-sensitive labels, sleeves, and wrap-arounds, with different substrates and qualities. We are sure that our new Nilpeter FA-17 will bring us competitive improvements and great performance in our production center,” Mr. Antonio Lappi continues.
“In Grupo Lappí we are already very clear about the partner we want for the future in narrow-web flexo technology. Nilpeter have met all the demands we put on the table, and we expect a lot from this partnership,” Mr. Antonio Lappi concludes.
Ideal Printing Partners
“At Maquinaria Esagraf, we are very happy to continue our relationship with Lappí, one that started in the 1980's when they bought a B-200, one of the first rotary letterpresses in our country. Today, Lappí is a growing company with a young and professional management team, and we are sure that Nilpeter and Maquinaria Esagraf will be the ideal printing partners for them,” says Enric Vela, Sales Director at Maquinaria Esagraf SLU.
Huge Capacity for Growth
“The new machine from Nilpeter joins our impressive line-up of equipment, and allows us to produce the very highest quality for our customers. Now, because of this installation, we have more flexibility and a huge capacity for growth, as we make the most of the move to the new site. I am very happy with the support that Nilpeter continue to give us, and they are really our printing partner,” says Paul Clayton, Managing Director, Royston Labels.
A Leading UK Supplier of Self-Adhesive Labels
Royston Labels are a leading UK supplier of self-adhesive labels, with over 30 years in the industry. Combining knowledge of traditional printing technologies with the latest in digital innovations, Royston Labels ensure that customers always receive the most cost-effective, high quality packaging solutions available. Royston offers a full range of label production services, and carry out a number of pre-press services, including artwork updates, and colour retouching from their in-house studio.
The new Nilpeter FA-Line is the latest addition in line with a company strategy and investment plan that allows Royston Labels to update technology as frequently as possible. A strategy that in recent years has brought many accolades at the FINAT Awards, UK Packaging Awards, World Label Awards, and more.
The Leanest Performance in Today’s Competitive Market
The Nilpeter FA-Line is designed to ensure optimum efficiency combined with the highest level of quality. The innovative clean-hand design features the shortest possible web path, easy-loading of tooling, and Nilpeter’s CLEANINKING system. Combined with the Nilpeter PowerLink control system, this enables the label and flexible packaging printer to achieve the leanest performance in today’s competitive market.
Moreover, the press is prepared to meet the increasing, global trend towards short run jobs and small repeat lengths. The FA-Line tolerance standard and dot gain coverage are impeccable, making it the best choice for any quality conscious printer seeking to gain or maintain a competitive advantage.
The addition of two new presses, installed at the company’s production plant in The Hague, Holland, marks another big step for Geostick, adding standardization across group locations, as well as more flexibility and opportunities for the company's label, flexible packaging, and tag customers.
The Business is Still Growing
“With these modern printing presses we are more ready to cope with the increasing demand for short delivery times and high printing quality in mid-length runs. The business is still growing, and with the added efficiency provided by our two new FA presses, we have won even more food production customers,” says Cees Shouten, Operations Director, Geostick Group.
“On the two presses in Den Haag (ed. The Hague, Holland) we produce mid and long run jobs for the food industry - mostly labels with direct food contact, for instance on avocados, and mango fruits. The labels are highly decorated with a minimum of 4 colours in print,” he adds.
“We have greatly benefited from the high printing quality, short track transit, easy loading of tooling, not to mention production efficiency of the FA press,” Cees Shouten concludes.
Automation, Capacity, and Quality
“With this new investment, Geostick has taken their automation, production capacity, and quality to an even higher level. This will give them the perfect tool to help reach their target of €100 million turnover in 2024, when Geostick will celebrate their 100 years in existence,” says Bert van Kooy, Sales Manager Benelux, Nilpeter B.V.
Improvements and Adaptations
The relationship between the two companies dates back to 1994, a handful of years before Nilpeter’s acquisition of Rotopress, that established the Danish machine manufacturer’s platform in the Pan-American markets, Nilpeter USA.
“We bought our first Nilpeter press in 1994, which was coined “Rotopress” at the time. It was a 6-colour 10” press, and it quickly became a workhorse given its capabilities, speeds, and ease of use. We have since bought several more presses from Nilpeter, all based off the experience with that first machine. Nilpeter has been a valued partner with General Data and has been willing to take our recommendations of improvements to their engineering teams, adding our adaptations to their future models. Given that partnership, and their willingness to work with their customers, we have continued to purchase Nilpeter presses for our shop floor and integrated them with other equipment (butt splicers, turrets, digital units, coaters, etc.). Having ran that first press myself for a number of years, I can personally say that I have found Nilpeter machines to be one of the easiest presses for operators to learn and use to their full potential,” says Thomas E. Gornall Jr., Plant Superintendent, General Data Company, Inc.
The Mark of a Great Relationship
At Nilpeter USA, the shared history, not to mention willingness to grow, is greatly appreciated. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with General Data for the past 25 years. You know the relationship is good when you can walk through the back door unannounced, and head straight to the pressroom. I actually installed their first machine in 1994, and a few more, before moving into sales. The new FB-3300S installed last month will add new opportunities to their already long list of specialized medical products. With UV/hot air and auto registration, this servo-driven machine can run thin films one minute and 14 pt tags the next. We look forward to working with General Data as we both grow during these next 25 years,” adds Tom Strunk, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA, Inc.
“We have upgraded to a new Nilpeter FB-Line, a 13’’ flexo press. The press itself is great, very operator friendly, and you can easily run high-quality labels off these presses. We have transitioned all of our medical labels to the new FB press. The automatic registration is easy to work with and you can run just about any high-quality flexo job out there. I would recommend one of Nilpeter’s FB-Lines to any print company out there,” says Roy Ratliff, Production Supervisor, General Data Company, Inc.
Exceeding Estimated ROI
“I have over 30 years experience travelling around the USA and overseas in the converting industry. I have worked with, operated, and serviced just about every flexographic press or support equipment in our past and current markets. With this knowledge and hands-on experience, Nilpeter is my “go-to” for converting equipment. A visit to their Cincinnati, Ohio, site reaffirms my confidence in their leadership and comfort level in the equipment. They have risen to the top of our industry. Our estimated ROI on the new FB-Line has been blown away by the actual numbers. I wish to congratulate the engineers and assembly team - and sales, too - with a job well done,” David Clark, Vice President of Manufacturing, General Data Company, Inc., concludes.
The following is an excerpt from a story written by PrintWeek Middle East & Africa. The link to the full story can be found below the excerpt.
Regarding expansion, Shah informed that their latest purchase was Nilpeter FA-6*, a mid-web flexo press. “It is the quality and a highly cooperative team of Nilpeter that lures Raqam’s press needs. The key highlight of Nilpeter machines is that they are very stable and have almost no downtime,” Shah said. Raqam owns all the Nilpeter press models including FB (mid-range flexo), MO (offset), high-end FA-4 and now the FA-6. The machine will be installed at Raqam’s customer facility, that is built exclusively for running flexible packaging and tube laminates, this December. “Our goal is to become a premium player in the narrow and mid-web industry offering an entire spectrum of products including paper, labels, films, tube laminates etc. With the new Nilpeter press, we could become one of the strongest one-stop solution providers in the entire region,” he added.
Read the full story here: PrintWeek MEA
August 2019: Albéa, the world's largest manufacturer of laminate tubes for cosmetics and oral care packaging, has further invested in Nilpeter technology with the acquisition of new FA-presses for company sites in India, Brazil, and Poland. Most have already been installed, with installation on going in Brazil.
The collaboration between the two market leading companies dates back to 2008 when Albéa, through their former UK division, Betts Group, acquired two original FA-4 flexo presses for locations in India and Indonesia.
A Comprehensive Vetting Process
Interested in adding new technology, the Albéa head office in France reached out to Nilpeter once again, and after a comprehensive vetting process with testing, trials, and visits with competing suppliers, chose Nilpeter’s All New FA to be installed in India, Poland, and Brazil. In addition to the advanced technology of the new FA, the high ease of use, and impressive press performance with tough laminate tube materials, Albéa emphasized Nilpeter’s global support setup, worldwide reach, and 24/7 hotline for troubleshooting and live technical assistance. The new FA-presses will be put to good use in the fields of laminate tubes for oral care packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other various personal care applications.
Learning and Growing Together
“In short, we are delighted to continue the close working relationship we have developed with Albéa over the years. It is truly mutually beneficial – working together, learning from each other – gaining and improving in laminate tubes, and growing together through the process. And the potential for more is evident. We cherish the collaboration and look forward to many years of mutual success,” says John Hammond, Sales, Nilpeter UK Ltd.
Built Around the Modern Print Operator
The new FA is the most versatile flexo press on the market – designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, and built around the modern print operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls. A benchmark of flexibility and modularity, the FA allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget. Future customisations are often done with a simple press of a button. All main components are produced in-house, meaning higher production quality and control. Nilpeter’s LEAN production flow and uniform facilities in Denmark and the US assure delivery worldwide. Albéa’s new FA-presses are prepared for the addition of digital printing stations, which will allow them to print variable data in the future. Furthermore, Nilpeter has developed a zero waste/defects solution to ensure Albéa meets market quality requirements.
Albéa, the world's #1 cosmetics packaging wholesaler, manufactures the packaging and beauty solutions you use every day: Tubes, lipsticks, mascara, perfume, and lotion pumps, applicators, as well as packs filled with formula, comfort kits, and much more. As a beauty packaging supplier, Albéa serves prestigious and emerging brands, those who are independent and those steeped in history, small and large, local and international.
Final tests are conducted on one of Albéa’s new Nilpeter FA-Line press, before packing and shipping to Albéa Levice in Slovakia.
Pierre Thillement, Albéa France, running the numbers at the recent Factory Acceptance Test with Nilpeter in Slagelse, Denmark.
The Albéa Team learning the ropes with their new FA-Line press alongside Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Nilpeter Ltd.
July: 2019: Last March, Reflex Label Plus acquired a 14-colour FA flexo press from Nilpeter, for its Keighley site in England, to meet customer demands for unique designs, high quality and embellishments, and to achieve ambitious business expansion goals. We checked back a year on from installation to see if their initial goals have been met, hear what feedback they have received, and learn about their plans and expectations for the near future, in this Q&A with Shaun Hanson, Operations Manager, Reflex Label Plus.
Q: Let’s start from the beginning – what were your thoughts and ambitions prior to acquiring the FA?
A: “Well, as you know, we deal in wine and spirits, beers, cosmetics – label jobs that require high-end printing capabilities, lots of embellishments, textured varnishes, foiling etc. With that in mind, and in order to meet our expansion goals, we came to the conclusion that we needed to invest in new, state-of-the-art equipment. After a full evaluation process including our own in-house experiences, we decided that Nilpeter’s new FA was the way to go.”
Q: How was the process leading up to installation, and did you feel confident going into it?
A: “During the build-up, the Nilpeter team invited us on many, very helpful training sessions – myself, and three members of my team, were invited to Italy to see and work with the press in a live environment, to ensure that no stone was left unturned. And in Denmark, during the press pass/acceptance test, we were just filled with confidence that we were going to hit the ground running as soon as the press was installed.”
Q: You and Group CEO, Ian Kendall, spoke of anticipating future market requirements in advance, and a more effective use of materials. Has the FA helped in that regard, and can you give any specific examples?
A: “For starters, the installation took about two weeks, and by week three we were in full production. Myself and group ownership are over the moon with direction this press has allowed us to go in – production numbers are absolutely fantastic, and we have been able to progress into different fields, in large part thanks to this press. From a numbers standpoint, we are now running 100% more efficiently on around 50% of our jobs.”
Q: Has the FA helped you seize the opportunity and capacity for rapid growth in high-end label production, you mentioned the last time we spoke?
A: “Prior to acquiring the FA, we were primarily printing wine labels, but since its arrival, we’ve been able to attack different avenues in the spirits market, labels that require higher embellishments, the use of more expensive materials, while demanding full job control with zero spoils. The FA, our partnership with Nilpeter, and cooperation with their Customer Care unit, has given us the confidence as a business, and the opportunity, to succeed with this expansion.”
Q: Overall, would you say that you are happy with your Nilpeter press?
A: “To summarize, and I think the best way to answer your question would be to say, that our next investment at this site will most definitely be another FA from Nilpeter, with more features and added embellishment options. I like the “your printing partner” slogan, and the partnership has indeed been key - the collaboration on both sides of the table, from start to finish. We are extremely excited for the next step in this journey!”
The Reflex Group was formed in 2002 with the goal of being “the world’s most sustainable packaging company” – a goal still entrenched at the heart of operations. Reflex seeks to be on the forefront of innovation, investing in technology and people for continuous improvement. Today, Reflex is one of the largest companies of its kind in the UK, and with an international customer-base, Reflex serves a broad range of customer sectors. Products include self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves including R.O.S.O., liner-less labels, flexible packaging, in-mould labels, artwork, and design. The company prints high-end labels in combination for many bespoke brand owners through their Reflex Label Plus division.
Under the 100-year anniversary banner, Nilpeter will exhibit two of its FA-Line flagship flexo presses at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The FA-Line presses, which have already exceeded 100 installations worldwide since launching at Labelexpo Europe two years ago, will feature a number of new, groundbreaking technologies.
The first FA-Line press on display is 17’’ wide, features cold foil and lamination, as well as Nilpeter’s new high-speed Semi-Rotary Die-Cutting unit. Introduced to the market for the first time, this press will run in combination with two new technologies: the High-Build InkJet Varnish and High Opacity White InkJet units. Nilpeter will demonstrate the press’ versatility and value-adding capabilities within Wine & Beverage applications.
Effective Flexible Packaging
The second press on the show floor is the all-new multi-substrate 22’’ FA-Line. It features a new 22’’ Quick-Change Die station, UV-lamination, and UV-LED drying. With this press, Nilpeter will demonstrate how to effectively print various Food & Beverage flexible packaging applications throughout the show.
Join Nilpeter as they raise a glass to mark the company’s 100-year milestone, and display exciting new developments at Labelexpo Europe 2019 – as always in Hall 7, stand 7B35 & 7B41, Brussels Expo.