• Markem-Imaje introduces the SmartLase F250: compact, industry 4.0-ready fiber laser printer


    With customers increasingly adopting laser marking solutions for more of their product identification and packaging applications, the SmartLase F250 is the ideal solution for modern fast pace production lines. The SLF250 is the first new product launched as a result of Markem-Imaje’s acquisition of laser coding and marking solutions specialist Solaris Laser.

    Highly-reliable, the SmartLase F250 reduces operational expenses through fewer line stoppages and by eliminating the requirement for ink. The SmartLase F250 delivers chemical-free production that is truly environmentally friendly and helps businesses meet sustainability compliance goals.

    Compact and intelligent, the SmartLase F250 is ideal for businesses seeking best-in-class code quality at high-speed where space is at a premium. Built for even the most challenging environments, the SmartLase F250’s controller, printhead and touchscreen user interface come with at least IP55 ingress protection level which provides long and reliable operation in harsh, dusty and humid conditions. 

    Packed with features, the SmartLase F250 comes industry 4.0-ready with an array of industrial interfaces that enable its safe and seamless integration with even the most complex plant automation and manufacturing execution systems. Once integrated, the intuitive user interface delivers an increase of up to 20% in operating efficiency.

    “The SmartLase F250 combines speed and efficiency with simplicity, safety and sustainability.” said Alex Koudriashov, Laser Product Marketing Manager at Markem-Imaje “The F250 is a printer designed with the future in mind. Fewer line stoppages and the fact it uses no ink can radically reduce OPEX, while the elimination of chemical components makes it ideal for companies who are looking to reduce their impact on the planet.  

    Virtually maintenance free, the SmartLase F250 provides additional peace of mind with the help of MIVA (Markem-Imaje Virtual Assistant) which provides customers with remote troubleshooting, while 24 or 48 hour on-site service level agreements (SLA) are available in most markets.

  • Printing in New Age Packaging


    Printing in packaging is always like the Associate of Packaging, different Packaging required different style and different pattern of printing. In the evolution of printing new age when the Internet of things (IoT) grabbing the Packaging sector as well. Many big players introducing this technology in their Packaging and in Products. Printed electronics are seen in the form of near-field communication (NFC); radio-frequency identification (RFID); ambient intelligence; smart LEDs/OLEDs; and compact power sources, screens, sensors, and data storage offering consumers a level of interaction never seen before.

    Advanced materials and printed electronics with smart LEDs/OLEDs will bring a new level of product interaction, infotainment, digital sales aids, and online connection.

    In simple terms – sensor-activated screens are part of the packaging design and huge part of the customer experience.

    Recently, Karl Knauer and INURU GmbH partnered to create an illuminated Coca-Cola label using printed OLEDs, receiving the German Design Award for their innovative work.

    As we get closer to 2028, augmented reality technology will find its way to packaging, offering a compliment of visual, tactile, and auditory elements to vastly enhance the quality of prototyping and production for producers and experience for customers.



    Decorative stamping is an age-old practice used to imprint gold leaves onto surfaces, primarily to create gilded book covers. It is believed that the preliminary concept is rooted in ancient Egypt. Aa literacy increased in medieval Europe and the demand for books increased, mechanizing the process became a necessity.

    Around the 1440, German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg invented the first movable-type printing press. This creation saved artisans hours in beating gold foil into quarter-millionth of an inch in thickness.


    24 February 2022 marked the beginning of huge fluctuation in the global market. From oil to wheat, the demand and supply chain was greatly disrupted. With Russia being one of the largest exporters of oil, both sanctions against its international trade activities along with its own reluctance to supply to its adversaries have caused a huge hike in gas prices around the world.

  • Digital Edible Inks for Industrial Food Decoration Applications


    Each range of edible inks offers high production reliability, making them ideal for industrial food decoration and smaller scale applications alike. With short set-up times and low set-up costs, digital printing makes short runs possible, allowing full flexibility in production without compromising on cost or performance.

    Whether you’re looking to personalize cookies, fondant sheets, chips or even finished cakes, these compliant digital inks allow for the print-on-demand bespoke solutions that today’s consumers demand.


    Inks for Direct Food Printing
    With a wealth of experience in the food industry supported by Sun Chemical’s Food & Nutrition business and backed by DIC, Sun Chemical uses the best materials and practices to ensure product safety and brand reputation. Sun Chemical has optimized a solution to offer outstanding print performance across a range of printing systems. Focusing on color and print quality over a range of substrates means our range of edible inks are versatile and reliable in all production environments.


    Regulatory Excellence in Food Colors
    Consumer safety and brand reputation are at the forefront of our thinking when developing and delivering a solution for printing onto food. Use of edible inks requires compliance to country legislation and the Sun Chemical team can provide support in any registration or compliance need.

    All colorants used in the production of Sun Chemical edible inks are carefully selected to be safe and compliant for use in food printing. Each application and country requirement should be checked before implementation.


    SensiJet FSE
    Synthetic edible ink for low viscosity printheads
    Sun Chemical’s SensiJet FSE inks, formulated with synthetic colorants are compatible with piezo and thermal inkjet systems using printheads such as Epson, Funai, HP and Canon. Compatible with a range of substrates including fondant sheets, cookies and baked goods, SensiJet FSE inks produce prints with high color strength and definition to set your product apart.

    Key performance benefits:

    Outstanding print performance on a range of systems
    Multi-substrate printing
    Easy installation and start-up
    Consistent color sharpness and vibrancy
    Fully compliant with required regulations

    Sun Chemical FSR-8
    Synthetic edible inks for Ricoh GH2220 heads
    FSR-8 inks from Sun Chemical are designed to work in mid-viscosity printheads at 8cP.  Developed using high purity synthetic dyes, FSR-8 inks have excellent color vibrancy and stability, thus delivering reliable printing over production shifts.

    Compatible with a full range of foodstuffs, FSR-8 inks print with unrivalled sharpness to enable brands and bakeries to offer customized printing of the highest quality. FSR-8 inks are carefully controlled to ensure compliance with all required standards and registrations.

    Key performance benefits:

    Excellent color vibrancy
    Trusted product safety
    Multi-substrate compatibility
    Excellent image sharpness
    Industrial print performance over long runs
    Backed by regulatory expertise

    Sun Chemical FGNS
    Natural edible inks for food decoration
    Sun Chemical FGNS are a range of digital edible inks based on fully natural colorants for direct printing of food, enabling high-level customization of a variety of substrates. FGNS inks are formulated to maximize color strength from natural materials enabling stand out natural prints.

    FGNS inks can be used to print onto foods as diverse as cookies, macarons and cereals, giving brands and businesses the opportunity to personalize products and add value in a safe and compliant way. Paying close attention to regulatory and compliance needs of customers and countries, Sun Chemical can work with you on a solution to meet your needs for food decoration.

    Key performance benefits:

    Fully based on natural colorants
    Trusted product safety
    Multi-substrate compatibility
    Excellent image sharpness
    Industrial print performance over long runs
    Backed by regulatory expertise

  • Monotech Systems installs Jetsci YUV in South Africa


    “We were looking for a solution for printing variable data for personalisation of labels at high speeds with high quality. After thorough research, we found that the Jetsci inkjet imprinting system was a good match. It is productive and delivers great quality of printing,” says Devlin/Wade Brodowicz, directors, Blueprint Labelling.

    Blueprint was established in 2012 by Devlin and Wade Brodowicz, initially trading as Label Mart, before specialising in variable data printing. It still forms an integral part of the business, among other specialised and full-colour printing.

    Jetsci YUV delivers the premium solution for printing variable data at high speeds with very high quality. It can be adapted to any existing setup and upgrade conventional printing web press, sheetfed, converting lines with digital (imprinting) production systems. Due to its modular design, flexibility and cost-effectiveness, a wide range of applications can be targeted with these systems. A fully integrated inkjet system and customised standalone printing solution can also be designed and offered for bespoke applications.

    “With this first installation, we’ve opened the doors for personalisation and other VDP opportunities on pre-printed labels for the converters in South Africa market using high speed, high-resolution industrial inkjet printers for our partners Jetsci Global,” Uwe Bögl, director, Packwise-Africa, said.

    “Blueprint Labelling’s inkjet printing partner, the Jetsci YUV is our proven system for variable data printing that can be retrofitted to existing web offset and flexo machines,” said Neeraj Thappa, vice-president, Jetsci Global.  


    Xaar has completed the acquisition of Megnajet, one of the market leaders in the design and manufacture of industrial ink management and supply systems for digital inkjet.

    The deal accelerates Xaar’s growth strategy of offering its customers, particularly User Developer Integrators (UDIs), greater integration across inkjet solutions through access to more of the printing ecosystem, such as ink supply systems and electronics.

  • A Sustainable View of Packaging in 2022 and Beyond

    There are many aspects of what we used to think of as normal life that have been irreversibly changed by two factors: the pandemic and the climate crisis. And the packaging industry is not immune to these changing dynamics.

  • Burgopak Packaging Designers Awarded a Triple Win at the GDUSA 58th Annual Awards

    The GDUSA Annual Awards showcase the best in show of Marketing, Packaging and Graphic design from around the world. Despite these trying times we’ve witnessed great design and continual innovation in this field with strong drive to promote meaningful customer engagement and a call for inclusivity and wider social representation through packaging design.

     Packaging designers at Burgopak are leading the way, taking home three awards at this years GDUSA 58th Annual awards in partnership with Stephen Gould and clients Knab and Moon Ultra.


    Xaar has launched Sure Flow, its new ultrasonic self-cleaning mode, designed to help users keep their print at its very best – and without the need to remove the printhead at any stage during the process. 
    With Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, a regularly maintained printhead is extremely unlikely to block. However, external factors and challenging applications can create exceptionally harsh operational environments for inkjet printing. 

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