• KLA launches new advanced semiconductor packaging techniques

    KLA launches new advanced semiconductor packaging techniques


    US-based capital equipment company KLA has enhanced its systems portfolio for advanced packaging with the launch of new tools.   

    The new tools include the Kronos 1190 wafer-level packaging inspection system, the ICOS F160XP and the ICOS T3/T7 Series.

    The systems will allow the customers to advance semiconductor device fabrication at the packaging stage. They will support the customers to overcome a broad range of integrated circuit (IC) challenges.

    Kronos 1190 is designed to offer inline process control for advanced wafer-level packaging process steps and the ICOS F160XP performs inspection and die sorting after wafer-level packages are tested and diced.

    The ICOS T3/T7 Series are designed to address varying inspection needs throughout the packaging assembly process.

    KLA Electronics, Packaging and Components (EPC) group executive vice-president Oreste Donzella said: “Process control across all stages of packaging manufacturing, from wafer- to component-level process steps, becomes more critical as innovations continue to advance packaging technology.

    “Our newly launched products help device manufacturers, foundries and outsourced semiconductor and test (OSAT) providers meet expectations for quality and reliability in an increasingly diverse and complex packaging segment.

    “At KLA, we see a unique opportunity to leverage our 40+ year history of innovating semiconductor front-end fabrication technologies to further accelerate packaging yield through advanced process control solutions.”

  • Amcor’s innovative finishing technologies offer stand-out shelf impact

    Amcor’s innovative finishing technologies offer stand-out shelf impact


    Bottom line, the look and feel of packaging are primary drivers that influence a customer’s purchasing decision in the aisle. It’s a powerful enabler that meets consumers’ need for a personalized brand experience. One of the key ways to create that experience is the use of finishing technologies. Amcor’s AmPlify™ finishing technologies for packaging is a portfolio of solutions designed to create engagement opportunities through more intense experiences with packaging elements that embody a product’s flavor, texture and scent. “We have developed a platform of inking techniques that builds brand impressions and empowers shoppers to interact with your products,” said Amcor Flexibles North America Marketing Director John Kearny. “By utilizing our market insights, research and development strength, and design capabilities, AmPlify finishing technologies for packaging can deliver more consumer engagement and greater sales in the aisle.” From a technical perspective, AmPlify finishing technologies for packaging offer the ability to control the coefficient of friction of materials resulting in improved operational efficiency and machinability while offering a wide range of finishes that can be applied to a broad portfolio of packaging materials and specifications: o Antiglare delivers clarity and improved contrast, elevating brands on the shelf with glare-free and reduced-reflection designs o Digital print closes the distance between store shelf and shopping cart by delivering improved speed to market and lower costs for small volume items o Holographic films – with three-dimensional imaging revealed by changes in light – bring interest and brightness to packaging o Kromasilk™ satin finish lends a refined pearlescent print surface and a three-dimensional, rich, silky surface o Gloss and matte inks create a premium appearance for gourmet and upscale products through highlighted graphics that pop or decrease light reflection o Metallics create an eye-catching package using highly reflective inks to really stand out o Uniquely produced soft-touch films offer a more cost-effective way to achieve a smooth feel that resonates with consumers and also may be applied only in specific areas of the package that you choose to complement graphics o Tactile inks enhance consumer engagement and interest by supplementing a product’s natural flavor and quality with a tactile experience that creates a standout package consumers can see and feel

  • DataLase coding & marking technology helps increase supply chain efficiencies

    DataLase coding & marking technology helps increase supply chain efficiencies

    In helping brands, manufacturers and logistics businesses keep pace with this uplift in intensity, global coding and marking specialists, DataLase, has responded to the situation with its highly acclaimed Case Coding Solution. Enabling hard pressed supply chains to be responsive and flexible to consumer demand, the solution uses laser to provide a fast and highly efficient method of applying variable information, such as barcodes, date & lot codes, QR codes, graphics and sequential batch numbers, onto corrugated boxes and shelf ready packaging (SRP).

  • Huhtamaki integrates APK’s LDPE- recyclate into laminated tubes

    Huhtamaki integrates APK’s LDPE- recyclate into laminated tubes


    The polyethylene (PE) recyclate that facilitated this innovation is Mersalen®, produced by APK AG, Merseburg (Germany). APK’s solvent-based Newcycling® technology generates Mersalen® from complex polyethylene / polyamide multilayer film waste that is difficult for most conventional recycling processes to recycle. ‘The quality and purity of our LDPE recyclate shows properties close to virgin plastics and is suitable for a wide range of packaging applications’, says Florian Riedl, APK AG’s Director of Business Development. The tube produced with Huhtamaki’s laminate contains 19% Mersalen® recyclates and its performance is nearly identical with the standard referenced PBL structure produced with virgin LDPE. The ambitious R&D unit at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe plans to further increase the percentage of recycled content in their products and will test recyclates based on different feedstock streams. With regard to the different input streams for plastics, recycling post-consumer waste streams stands at the centre of the circular economy discussion. Still, significant volumes of post-industrial waste need to be taken into account when implementing a truly circular plastics economy. In addition, if the plastics and the packaging industry aspire to reaching the goals of the European Plastics Strategy by 2030, post-industrial waste must become circular. ‘ When it comes to our waste feedstock streams, APK is looking into all options. We are producing recyclates from post-industrial material, we research compounds of post-industrial and post-consumer streams and, of course, we ultimately aim to provide excellent quality from post-consumer mixed plastic waste’, says Riedl. Currently, LDPE-recyclates based purely on post-consumer waste and suitable for food and cosmetic packaging, which requires food contact compliance, are not yet available on the European market. Huhtamaki and APK are cooperating closely to solve this challenge.

  • AIPIA Virtual Congress Update: Sustainability and Smart Packaging

    AIPIA Virtual Congress Update: Sustainability and Smart Packaging


    Many brand owners and companies along the supply chain invest heavily to bring sustainable packaging solutions to the shelf. However, deciding on suitable sustainable solutions is often not easy, says Syntegon. What appears like a simple choice of material, at first glance, often turns out to be a more complex task requiring information along the entire value chain. Capturing and storing data such as material production parameters, product properties and packaging processes as well as logistics and disposal can contribute to optimizing sustainable packaging. Matthias Klauser, expert in sustainable packaging solutions at Syntegon Technology, will explain how this can be achieved. In another presentation Dr Nathalie Muller, program manager at Inspectron will showcase MagID - a completely new way to overtly or covertly mark items or packaging. As part of the verification-as-a-service platform it can be used to identify and authenticate, as well as for secure track & trace in the supply chain. MagID, a magnetic barcode, has been referred to as a "chip-less NFC", making it environmentally friendly Inspectron and its partners say. Two other sessions will feature smart packaging’s contribution to the recycling and circularity issues facing the packaging sector: Ivan Gonzalez, CEO Recycl3R Solutions, will discuss How smart packaging can increase the recycling rates and increase consumer engagement with easy to implement solutions; and a whole panel session is devoted to Recycling and circularity… how digital fits in. So if sustainability is high on your agenda, but Smart Packaging is too, come and listen to how they can work together.

  • Macchi VR application: the new solution for remote servicing

    Macchi VR application: the new solution for remote servicing


    Macchi Service Team erases any distance and restriction! Need a way to monitor, help and support remote technical interventions? The Macchi VR application is your solution! We ensure maximum support so each technician can solve any unforeseen issue by having access to centralized, live, visual expert assistance on demand. With Macchi VR application you can increase the productivity of your field service organization and reduce critical outage times. The Macchi VR application allows : - connection with Macchi Service directly onsite - dedicated internet call - dedicated chat via internet - real-time view through operator's "eyes" using VR glasses - highlight in real time with arrows, drawings with virtual reality on real images - sending electrical and mechanical drawings directly to our device. Wiring diagrams can be SENT or SEEN directly online. Wearing Macchi VR glasses, puts you in direct contact with Macchi Service. Because there’s nothing like “seeing” the job done. Remotely we are everywhere!

  • Electronics Assembly and Packaging Equipment

    Electronics Assembly and Packaging Equipment


    Electronics assembly and packaging requires precise dispensing of materials. At Nordson, we understand the needs of those in electronics manufacturing and have years of experience providing bondtesters, dual dispensers with valves that cut time in half, fluid regulators, pelletizers and more that help you create a more accurate and efficient process. Browse through our electronics assembly and packaging equipment or search for the exact parts you need. Then contact us to learn how we can enhance your electronics manufacturing. Nordson highlighted products and solutions for electronics manufacturing include: • Nordson ASYMTEK: Automated precision fluid dispensers and selective conformal coating systems in PCB and related electronics assembly processes. • Nordson MARCH: Plasma treatment systems for surface preparation in PCB and related electronics manufacturing processes. • Nordson DAGE and Nordson YESTECH: X-ray inspection, bondtesting, and automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment. • Nordson EFD: Operator-controlled, microprocessor-based dispensers for benchtop assembly processes and solder paste formulations for the most stringent application requirements. • Nordson hot melt and related adhesive systems: Solutions for plastic bonding, electronics assembly, gasketing, hot melt molding, encapsulating and shielding applications.

  • Cosmo Films launches Transparent Antifog Film for large packs for fresh fruits & vegetables

    Cosmo Films launches Transparent Antifog Film for large packs for fresh fruits & vegetables

    New Delhi, 10th August, 2020– Cosmo Films Ltd., a global leader in specialty films for flexible packaging, lamination & labeling applications and synthetic paper, recently introduced a Bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) based transparent film aptly suited for large packs and pouches used in the fresh food packaging Industry.
  • Paper cup printers can now add thermochromic/photochromic effects

    Paper cup printers can now add thermochromic/photochromic effects


    CTI has invented a new suite of colour-change technologies using solvent inks, including thermochromic (temperature-activated), photochromic (sunlight-activated), glow-in-the-dark and reveal technology (which reveals a message after product consumption). Previously, solvent-ink printers were forced to use water-based inks that slowed down manufacturing operations. The new solvent-specialty inks eliminate the operational hurdles of water-based inks. The company’s consumer research has found that the colour-change technology is an effective tool for brands to drive content on their social media platforms. When brands do a great job of creating ‘wow’ experiences on their packaging, consumers turn and share that story with their friends on social media, it discovered, resulting in increased sales as friends try the new technology and share their own experiences. “Consumers have their phone in their right hand and a Starbucks, Coke or Coors Light in their left hand,” explained Patrick Edson, former vice-president of consumer insights for Coors Brewing Company and, since 2012, the chief marketing officer for CTI. “In brand mapping exercises, we call this challenge ‘getting the right hand to talk to the left hand.’ If you can create an experience or start a story with your product in the consumer’s left hand they, in turn, will share that experience on their phone in the right hand. “Brands realize that the colour-change technology is more than just creating an experience on a cup, it’s a new form of content for digital marketing,” Edson added. Lyle Small, founder of CTI, continued, “Colour-change technology is now affordable for cup printers and they offer a tremendous innovation tool for them to help drive new margins for their customers in quick-serve restaurants and convenience stores.” For over a decade, brands such as Coors Light have used thermochromic inks to turn their mountains blue to deliver on the promise of Rocky Mountain Cold Refreshment. Coca-Cola ensured a cold promise for 7-Eleven consumers with its “Ice Cube” 16-oz. can. Cheetos used photochromic technology in Mexico for their “Where’s Chester?” promotion on chip bags. Oreo supported the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Glow-in-the-Dark packaging. CTI can now offer in-house design services to help cup printers and brand owners develop concepts that can be quickly tested with consumers.



    As members of the packaging industry, the largest contributor of both plastic generation and plastic waste globally, we must constantly engage ourselves to find alternatives to this very gradual yet potent destruction of the environment.

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