The most recent drupa has been christened the "Inkjet Drupa." "Digital Packaging Drupa" or more specifically "Inkjet Corrugated Drupa." The maturing of toner and inkjet technology is opening new applications and packaging is firmly on the agenda.
This introduction to digital in packaging will focus on:
Packaging - what it is, why it is important. Primary, secondary & tertiary.
Applications - food, pharma, cosmetics, tobacco, household, general, electronics. Specific requirements for different sectors. Packaging supply chains, pain points and pressures. Changing drivers for packaging.
Market data - penetration of digital into corrugated, cartons, flexible, direct-to-rigids, metal decorating as well as labels. It is much more than prototyping.
Key technology developments
HP Indigo products and eco-system - e.g. PackReady
Xeikon packaging suites - impact of Flint ownership
Inkjet Heads (piezo vs thermal vs continuous)
Inks (water-based v UV [& EB],water based UV and 2-part systems)
Substrate - surface characteristics and treatments. Strategies to solve issues!
Front end and workflow
Key equipment manufacturers, narrow web, webfed, sheetfed, print-in-the-round, custom systems. Inkjet integrated into conversion systems.
Key issue - how does digital fit into the packaging infrastructure, what is needed to make a useful system.