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Rotolabel specialises in self-adhesive labels, mostly for the FMCG market segment, including wine. For almost 20 years the presses have produced labels for the South African market. However, a replacement of components is part of the life cycle of any press, and from a sustainability point of view, it makes perfectly good sense to exchange only some of the key components instead of building an entirely new press.
The initial phase of the project began during the challenging COVID-19 times. For that reason, much of the initial work and trouble-shooting were carried out at online meetings, and a complete overview of the project was laid out before the exchange began.
Erik Pedersen, Global Customer Care Manager at Nilpeter,
“With a press that has been in operation for almost 20 years, it is natural that the PC components will need to be exchanged at some point. If we don’t change the hardware, we would also face the challenge, that we can’t support the software platforms, they use anymore. Therefore, it was a necessary change if we wanted to add lives to the press“.
The existing main computer was replaced with a new powerful PC, B&R IPC910, i3 Dual-core processor. A new large PMC-monitor 15” upgraded to 19” touch screen monitor with SDL interface was also installed. The new hardware was updated with new software as well, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. The replacement on both presses on-site took just over a week of work, as much of the configuration of the new components and software was done in Denmark prior to the installations on site.
The partnership with Nilpeter has been ongoing for many years and the upgrade went smoothly, Wicus Maritz, Managing Executive at Rotolabel says,
“We knew that it was time to change part of the hardware and we have had a very good dialogue with Nilpeter during the process. The upgrade itself went well and we are very pleased with the outcome. Our machines are much more stable, and the overall performance of our presses has increased significantly, as we have almost no downtime due to computer- and software-related issues and can run jobs much more effectively than before”.
Rotolabel and Nilpeter have been partners for many years, and the upgraded hardware secures the performance on the presses for the future.
Rotolabel, South Africa, was founded in 1982 and specialises in the supply of world-class self-adhesive labels for many of South Africa’s most reputable FMCG producers. Their offering includes labels to the wine, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial segments.
Rotolabel was acquired by the Bidvest Group in 2008 and today forms part of the Bidvest Data, Print & Packaging division of Bidvest Branded Products. Bidvest Data, Print & Packaging is a leading supplier of printing, communications, packaging, and labeling solutions in southern Africa
Photo caption: From the left, Andries Dippenaar, Rotolabel & Thomas Andreasen, Service Technician, Nilpeter.
Last week we exhibited at Propak West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, together with our agent Optics Engineering. The exhibition is an event to showcase new innovations in the Printing and Packaging industry in the region. Nilpeter is at the forefront in developing the market and customers. Both for new, and larger solutions but also for refurbished and smaller solutions.
The West Africa region is an area where Nilpeter in recent years has seen stable growth and has increased its market shares. Over the last couple of years, we have sold a number of FA presses to our customers in the region, in Nigeria, Senegal and the Ivory Coast with the latest being to Tripple Gee in Nigeria.
Emmanuel Olanihun, Nilpeter’s representative in Nigeria says,
“We see a lot of positive tendencies in the West Africa Region these years. The label industry is developing and companies are asking for more advanced and high-quality solutions. Our local presence is key to winning the trust and confidence of the label companies in the market. This was also what we saw at last week’s exhibition where we had lots of the big players in the industry visiting and discussing future projects. We are very optimistic about the future in the region”.
With more than 200 exhibitors Propak West Africa is the biggest exhibition and conference for professionals working across the packaging, plastics, printing, and food-processing industry.
Having worked with Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Healthcare labeling solutions for more than 30 years, CV labels is very well aware of the high standards they need to meet in order to deliver the best solutions to their customers. Investing in state-of-the-art technology is a key component of the company’s strategy. This rimes well to world-class engineering with Danish roots and Nilpeter.
The FB-350 is an ideal choice for CV Labels and is specialized in printing pressure-sensitive labels for pharmaceutical and medical products. The new press is a 7-color flexo press with a number of value-added features customized for CV Labels. One of the features is an inserter making it possible to create multi-page peel and read labels using different substrates. The FB-350 with this exact configuration, is the first of its kind on an FB-press in the UK.
Bob Veitch, Owner and Managing Director at CV Labels adds,
“We have always been very pleased with the Nilpeter presses we have had so for us it was an obvious choice to add another one to our production line. Our business is growing, and we needed more volume and more colors. We got that with our new FB-350. The new press gives us a number of new opportunities, and especially making it possible to create multi-page peel and read labels has been a valuable contribution”.
Some of the value-added features of the FB-350 for CV Labels are UV-curing, the latest version, rail system and rail-based auxiliaries, de/re-lamination, a turnbar, re-register unit for preprinted webs, video inspection, and standard die stations.
Nick Hughes, Managing Director at Nilpeter Ltd,
“I have known Bob for ages, and we have always had a great partnership. It’s always nice to see that our customer’s business is growing, and we are very happy to help them find the right solution in order for them to meet the constantly increasing demands of their customers. We managed to do it this time, and I am confident we will continue to do it in the future as well”.
A customer journey that started in 1983
The partnership between CV Labels and Nilpeter dates all the way back to 1983 when Bob visited Copenhagen, Denmark, to test a Nilpeter B-200 letterpress. Bob, who at this time worked at another company, was stunned by what he saw in Copenhagen,
“Honestly, I was blown away by what I saw in Denmark. The advanced technology was revolutionary compared to everything else. I consider Nilpeter as one of the top manufacturers in the world, and it matches the ambitions of CV Labels – we only want to deal with the best”.
About CV Labels:
CV Labels, based in Irvine, Scotland, was founded in 1989 and has 20+ employees. They recently expanded the production area to 2,000 sq/meters (21,000 sq/feet). They are specialized in labels for the pharmaceutical industry and hold a PS9000:2016 accreditation developed by the Pharmaceutical Quality Group (PQG). CV Labels is one of the UK’s leading pharmaceutical specialists.
Innovation, automation, and close partnership with our customers have always been key in the development of Nilpeter's products and solutions. To further strengthen this in the future a new CTO has been appointed.
Carsten Clemensen comes from a position as Managing Director at B&R Denmark and has a strong background in automation and digitalization. B&R has in the last decade developed a strong strategic partnership with Nilpeter supplying a number of key components to the Nilpeter machine program.
"Automation and digitalisation are already a cornerstone in Nilpeter's global product strategy. We know that our customers are asking for further automation features and innovations in our products. I look forward to developing our solutions with our customers and partners in the years to come" Carsten Clemensen, CTO, Nilpeter A/S.
Color Label, located in Aarhus, Denmark, was established in 1980 by Erik Grønning, who is still at the helm, and a key to success for the company has always been highly reliable equipment that ensures on-time delivery. Color Label has an impressive line-up of 10 Nilpeter flexo presses, most recently adding a fully refurbished FA-2500, and will now replace two older FA-4200 with a new 8-colour FA-17, complete with advanced equipment for extended content label production.
Color Label digitalises flexo – a step into the future
“The installation of our new Nilpeter FA-17 is a great step forward for Color Label, and it is definitely a milestone for us towards digitalising flexo. It gives us a wide range of new possibilities when it comes to automation of our in-house processes, and it optimizes our operation, quality, and effectivity significantly”, says Owner and CEO of Color Label A/S, Erik Grønning.
Always in the market for the best solutions
“Since Color Label was founded in 1980, and kicked off with a Nilpeter Rotolabel F200, a steady fleet of Nilpeter presses has been added to Color Labels production floor over the years, always seeking new boundaries with the highest standards in quality and technology. The latest installation of the FA-17 with full Automation package cements this path forward. We are proud of our long-term cooperation with Color Label”, says Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
The Most Versatile Flexo Press on the Market
The FA-Line 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 at Nilpeter, meaning higher production quality and control.
A Leading Label Supplier
Established in 1980, Color Label is one of the leading Danish suppliers of self-adhesive labels to the food industry, the chemical industry, and for retail trade. Color Label is a service-oriented and innovative company that strives to solve any label challenge regardless of the printing and delivery requirements. Over the years, capacity has multiplied through investments in new and more efficient machinery, strong IT management, and the optimum physical facilities. After the latest expansion Color Label has now more than 3,600 sq. m. at their disposal.
Built around the modern printing operator, with an intuitive user-interface and fully mobile print controls, the Nilpeter FA-17 provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates: All normal self-adhesive materials, including flexible packaging films, polymer films, metallic films, and paper.
Pushing The Limits
“We had an excellent factory acceptance test with Nilpeter’s demo team. The press held register very accurately, and we were able to push the limits on speed. This is transferring well to the production floor,” says Chad Nellis, Process & Technology Manager, Inland Packaging.
“We appreciate the partnership and Nilpeter’s ability to continue to make their equipment more operator-friendly in today’s tight market,” Mike Skroch, Vice President Operations, adds.
Looking Forward To A Bright Future
"When Inland Packaging started investigating new equipment to optimize their production demands, the focus was to achieve maximum efficiency and machine uptime. The automation and quick-change features built into every Nilpeter FA-Line provided the foundation to meet all the Inland Packaging objectives. We look forward to a bright future with Inland Packaging as our printing partner,” says Walt Mesik, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA.
About Inland Packaging
Inland Packaging is a leading label manufacturer with an impressive track record. Over 75 years, and through three generations of family ownership, the company has sustained its focus on creating value for a variety of markets including household, food, beverage, beer, health and wellness, and others. A combination of high customer satisfaction, a vision of growth with investments in new equipment and facilities, not to mention great employees have expanded Inland Packaging’s capabilities as a label manufacturer and allowed the family-owned company to become the global partner it is today.
The FB-Line, which is scheduled for installation at Scanvaegt early 2023, is based on modular flexo technology for easy configuration and includes screen and hot foil Drop-In features to increase printing options at a very affordable price. The FB-Line is exceptionally straightforward to make-ready and operate, and with a maximum web speed of 750 feet per minute, the ideal choice for high-quality, cost-effective printing.
Investments on Several Fronts
"Since 1965, Scanvaegt Labels has used Nilpeter flexo printing presses. For many years the production was based on the FA-200 and B-200 models, but later the FB-Line in a wider version. After 10 years with the first version of the FB-3300, which is a well-functioning flexo press, we have now chosen to invest again in the FB-Line, this time the new FB-Line model FB-350, which is based on the latest flexo technology. In recent years, Scanvaegt Labels has invested in our printing company on several fronts and is geared to the ongoing development in a competitive market," says Klaus Kokholm Pedersen, Director Retail and Label Production, Scanvaegt Systems.
Close to Home
“Obviously it’s always a treat doing business close to home, with Scanvaegt just a quick trip across the Storebælt Bridge, but more importantly, we’re proud that they’ve chosen Nilpeter once again. We have a great working relationship, both on a managerial and a technical level, and we look forward to continuing this in the future,” says Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
About Scanvaegt Labels
Scanvaegt Labels is a versatile printing house based in Odense, Denmark. Highly-skilful employees, high-tech printing machinery, and a close cooperation with the parent company, Scanvaegt Systems, suppliers of labeling equipment, enables Scanvaegt Labels to deliver unique, dashing, and functional high-quality labels. Scanvaegt Labels prints up to 8 colours at a time, including cold foil, silver/gold, and can deliver multi-coloured, self-adhesive labels, linerless labels, labels for thermo- and thermo-transfer print, labels with backside-print, bottle labels, RFID-labels, tickets, tags and neutral/white labels. Scanvaegt supplies labels for the food industry, the retail sector, the pharmeceutical industry, and many others.
Your Starting Line for High Performance
The FB-Line represents the latest generation of highly efficient label printing. Nilpeter has added a large number of new features, such as Automated Plate Positioning System (APPS), pre-register and re-register functionalities, and packaged the machine in an attractive, new design. This latest FB-Line is an answer to market requests for added automation, higher ease of use, and increased operator friendliness.
“This new machine, coupled with our increasingly knowledgeable and skilful local workforce, will allow us to further support and enhance our growing network of distributors across the globe. Additionally, these new production capabilities will enable us to be even more responsive to customer needs, as well as open up the opportunity to develop new and innovative label types, for use with our Fox-in-a-Box® labelling kit,” says Nicholas Michaelson, Managing Director, Silver Fox Ltd.
On the 24th of June, The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, unveiled Silver Fox’s new specialist printing press. Made by Nilpeter, the bespoke press is over 10 meters long. It has allowed Silver Fox to achieve 100% in-house production and meet the growing needs of their customers. As a proud UK-made, UK-owned company, Silver Fox is delighted to showcase their expanding production facilities.
“It was a very interesting project selling a press to Silver Fox. It was great finding a new customer away from our traditional marketplace - finding such a bespoke product of cable making systems, which has never been on our radar. However, the FB-350 was up to the challenge and gives Silver Fox not only additional capacity but opens their marketplace to some special constructions. We wish the team even more success in the future,” says Nick Hughes, Nilpeter Ltd.
About Silver Fox
Silver Fox develops, manufactures, and supplies cable, wire, and equipment labelling solutions for use in a range of demanding industrial sectors around the world including, among others, Rail, Data, Power, Construction, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas.
Founded in 1977, Silver Fox manufactures all its products in the UK and ships them globally, either directly or via an ever-growing network of distributors. Silver Fox tests its labels at recognized independent UKAS certified test laboratories in compliance with MIL and other standards.
Additionally, Silver Fox is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Silver Fox’s commitment to global business was recognized in 2005 by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.
By Walt Mesik, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA, Inc.
June 2022: The Nilpeter FA-26 is the result of merging new technology with a user-friendly design, creating an effective machine center that yields minimal downtime and scrap, while offering maximum performance. A clear sustainable solution.
As technology advances, machine manufacturers are obligated to integrate the latest and greatest offerings into their products to remain competitive in the world of inline web printing. As a general direction as to what technology our customers desired, Nilpeter listened. We learned our customers largest challenges were increased SKU’s and reduced run lengths, as well as challenges to shift from pressure sensitive and paper substrates to unsupported films.
Already aware of the fact that the fastest growing market segment was flexible packaging, Nilpeter went to work creating the ultimate inline flexible packaging solution while addressing the customer needs. The Nilpeter FA-26 is the result of merging new technology with a user-friendly design, creating an effective machine center that yields minimal downtime and scrap, while offering maximum performance. A clear sustainable solution.
The FA-26 offers something for everyone – flexible packaging and value-added labels. All inline, sleeve-based anilox and plate roll. The robust unit construction, compact footprint, landscape design guarantee optimum register and consistent high print quality at all speeds. Designed to print with water-based and solvent inks, with UV, LED, and E-beam processes, the FA-26 is a winning combination for short and long run flexible package printing.
At a glance
A successful build relies on a solid foundation. The rigid one-piece steel frame guarantees our customers investment is long-term. The landscape style printhead offers superb printing quality & fast changeovers.
Temperature controlled ink chambers maintain ink temperatures throughout long runs at high speed – resulting in constant print density. Furthermore, the FA-26 features proven drying solutions for water base, solvent, UV, LED and E-beam inks, coatings & adhesives.
The ergonomics of the FA-26 offer a safe environment with every feature of the press designed to be accessed with “waist high” movements, and inline lamination utilizes floor level loading of heavy laminate rolls. Double-sided web printing (front/back) is exclusively accomplished with reversing printing stations eliminating the need for turn-bars. Multiple die-cutting solutions are available. Continuous operation-friendly design allows automatic unwind & rewind solutions as well as the standard Nilpeter roll-to-roll features.
Since the introduction, the FA-26 has exceeded customer expectations. With fast run speeds, industry leading Quick-Change features & job save/recall technology, the press uptime is maximized, and scrap amounts are minimized. Nilpeter customers have discovered In-The-Round sleeve technology (ITR) that allows them to run at speeds of 820 fpm (250 m/min), eliminating plate lift on smaller repeat sizes. ITR sleeves also reduce scrap significantly - when changing between jobs waste is regularly limited to 1 - 1-1/2 web lengths of the press regardless of the substrate webbed throughout the machine.
One of the tools Nilpeter has been using to help overcome the global labor shortage is using 100% inspection systems – every FA-26 to date has been delivered with such a quality control system.
Nilpeter understands your finished product needs will change to grow into new markets. As long as you have the floor space, the FA-26 can easily grow into whatever configuration is required to meet your needs. The modular construction allows for expanding the equipment’s abilities as new opportunities surface.
Nilpeter’s inline print finishing supports a wide range of substrates such as PP, PE, PET, and aluminum foil.
“Speaking as a Nilpeter representative, the most rewarding comment I have heard from an FA-26 customer is that “the FA-26 has proven itself to overproduce daily based on our ROI calculations. This has allowed us to investigate purchasing the next FA-26 for similar products in different locations that are currently struggling with competitor’s equipment,”” says Walt Mesik, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA.
Working the press
For the FA-26, Nilpeter has taken into consideration that the operator can work the printing press without unnecessary handles. All functions on the press can be controlled via a touch panel on each printing unit. Nilpeter calls this intuitive concept "Clean-Hand” operation. Jobs can be saved logically and repeat jobs can be called up quickly. The entire operating concept is connected to Nilpeter's Power Link System. It meets the industry standard 4.0 and can be integrated into all common MIS-systems.
Simply stated, the Nilpeter FA-26 has only begun to impress with its amazing performance results. Nilpeter delivered a press built with advanced automation, state-of-the-art quick-change features, industry leading ergonomics & user-friendly operator controls. Stepping into the future has never looked this promising…
A Special Year for Codemark
Codemark Colombia SAS was founded in 2005 by Mr. Camilo Mateus. At first, the flexographic company operating out of Bogotá, Colombia, mainly provided promotional pressure-sensitive labels (PSA), ribbons, and codification machines to the local market. In 2019, Codemark started producing shrink sleeves, a market which has grown substantially in the region, a trend which predicts to continue.
2022 will be a special year for Codemark, with growth projections above 30%, in large part due to the installation of the new FB-350, which will allow them to offer applications, such as cold foil on pressure-sensitive labels and shrink sleeves, embossing, and de- and re-lamination.
Higher Speeds and Lower Waste
"The new FB-350 has doubled our average production speeds, giving us the chance to print more jobs per day, and thanks to the servo-technology and register settings, to reduce waste by up to 40%, depending on the job,” says Camilo Mateus, General Manager, Codemark Colombia SAS.
“The shrink sleeves market in Colombia has been in a constant growth for the latest 5 years - special applications such as cold foil are now widely demanded by end-users, and with this new installation, we will be able to cover that demand," he continues.
Support and Success
“When we started the new press project, we considered several suppliers, as this was going to be our first modular press with high-end applications. We finally decided to invest with Nilpeter, due to their sales support, the number and success of their recent installations in Colombia, and the technical support they offer in the Latin American market," Camilo Mateus concludes.
A Milestone for Codemark
“This project will be a milestone in the history of Codemark, as it’s the first modular press installed that is configured to run shrink sleeves and equipped with value-added applications. The FB-350 enables Codemark to increase the pre-press printing definition from 150 LPI (lines per inch) to 170 LPI on standard jobs, and up to 200 LPI for high-definition printing jobs. We are delighted to welcome Codemark to the Nilpeter family," says Juan Pablo Patino, Nilpeter Commercial Manager for the Andean Region.
The FB-Line is a sophisticated workhorse offering high ease of operation and superior printing quality. Available in 13” and 16” widths, the FB-Line is the perfect choice for the flexible label printer. Innovative automation features can be added according to requirements and combined with value-added features, such as lamination, cold foil, hot foil, gravure, and screen printing. The FB-350 installed at Codemark has been equipped with a movable, rail-based Cold Foil System, which includes a separate UV-lamp, allowing them to run the application on different units in the press.