Heidelberg Hosts Successful LPIA Spring Technical ConferenceMarch 15, 2012
KENNESAW, GA—March 14, 2012—Heidelberg USA rolled out the red carpet for participants in the 2012 LPIA (Label Printing Industries of America) Technical Institute on March 7 at its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center here. Printers and converters in attendance left with a clear understanding of where the industry is headed, as well as with fresh ideas and strategies to help their businesses raise efficiency, resolve problems and drive profitability. A companion event took place at Hewlett-Packard’s Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta, GA on March 6.
The conference drew label printers and representatives from manufacturers of specialty substrates across the United States for a series of presentations on topics ranging from digital and sheetfed packaging technologies to label finishing, and from prepress workflow solutions to strategies for improving performance and productivity.
“The conference afforded participants an outstanding opportunity to see how two highly innovative manufacturers are supporting the packaging industry,” said LPIA Chairman Lou Iovoli (Hammer Packaging). “Packaging printing is evolving at a rapid pace. The convergence of digital, inkjet, and conventional printing technologies is re-shaping our production workflows, giving companies an opportunity to lower their costs and expand the range of products and services they offer.”
“LPIA members are in the vanguard of companies that are steadily advancing the state-of-the-art in label and packaging printing,” said Andy Rae, Senior Vice President, Equipment, Heidelberg USA. “As in years past, this year’s Technical Institute gave attendees a fresh opportunity to view the latest innovations in package printing and label converting, with an emphasis on end-to-end production, workflow solutions, and business consulting expertise intended to make practitioners as efficient and profitable as possible, well into the future.“
During the course of the day, attendees saw the latest end-to-end production and workflow solutions designed to reduce lead times, inventory and waste; execute a seamless workflow from online design to final printing; and achieve optimal image quality, consistency, and reliability.
Among the highlights was a chance to see Heidelberg’s latest addition to its Tech Center pressroom: a six-color Speedmaster XL 105 with dual coating unit for aqueous and UV and full interdeck UV drying. The new press is the beneficiary of no fewer than four InterTech Technology Award-winning innovations from Heidelberg, including the Peak Performance, 18,000 sph XL platform (2007); the Prinect Press Center with integrated Wallscreen and advanced Intellistart software (2009); Prinect Inpress Control in-line color measurement and registration (2008); Prinect Inspection Control for print and material defect detection (2010); and new DryStar LE (low-energy) UV. Heidelberg’s small-format Speedmaster SM 52 with Anicolor Inking Unit also garnered considerable attention for its shorter makereadies and the efficiencies it brings to bear on short-run sheetfed printing projects, including labels.