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FINAT Technical Seminar 2018 – Get label smart!

At the FINAT Technical Seminar 2017 Andy Hobsbawm from EVRYTHNG will explore how labels and packaging are the digital bridge between the physical product and a universe of data and software applications (Source: FINAT)

SPAIN • The age of smart products is happening now. That is one of the main messages being shared by Andy Hobsbawm at next month’s FINAT technical seminar.  The programme covers again the whole range of topics relevant for the production of narrow web products: A workflow opimisation session, Industry 4.0 / automation session, trouble shooting workshop as well as an inks & decoration session and  a facestock and finishing session are part of FINAT’s biennal technical seminar. Visitors are still able to register for the two-day event for the label industry, which takes place from 7 to 9 March in Barcelona.

Further topics include:

  • Internet of Things (IoT): How Smart Products Transform
  • Impact of end-to-end connectivity on optimising the production chain
  • Gains possible with workflow automation
  • Ways of tackling issues in digital automation
  • Importance of real-time data collection and communication

The founder and Chief Marketing Officer of IoT smart products platform EVRYTHNG will give his insight into the technical side of the way smart products can transform brand relationships, business operations, and service experiences. He will also explore how labels and packaging are the digital bridge between the physical product and a cloud-powered universe of real-time data and software applications.

What are the challenges in the label market?

FINAT President Chris Ellison, who will give a presentation on the logical, fool proof way to target processes, print needs and timescales, states: “The seminar has been curated to help companies understand the technical challenges and improve their organisational efficiency, service and profitability by implementing new techniques, methodologies and by employing the workers’ skills and knowledge to the fullest.”

“The papers being presented will show, from a technical standpoint, new features and requirements in printing, converting, and processing that keep the labelling industry moving forward and help to add value in the supply chain. There will also be an update on the latest status with regards to materials science, converting technology as well as application requirements, and the seminar is targeted at all levels of the technical community from research and development or production to technical directors and executives.”

Day two will start with in depth overviews of inks, varnishes, facestocks and finishing, plus recent advances in PSA label films. It will also look more closely at value-added options for labels through the use of hot and cold foiling, embossing, and adding texture. Günther Dieroff, Sales and Marketing Manager for Beneli will close the event by demystifying IoT technologies.

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Full details of the FINAT Technical Seminar 2018 can be found on the FINAT website,, where it is also possible to register online.


Rosina Obermayer

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