Labelexpo Europe – New automation area for demonstrating Industry 4.0

BELGIUM • For the first time the so-called “Automation Arena” will take place at Labelexpo Europe 2017 (25 to 28 September, Brussels). Located in hall 11, conventional as well digital printing technologies will be demonstrated within the new automation area which is being held in collaboration with Cerm, Esko, Xeikon, MPS, Kocher + Beck, AVT, Rotocontrol, Matho and Wasberger.

Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Demonstrating this shift towards combining industry with the Internet of Things, the Automation Arena will feature two automated press lines for digital and conventional label production. It will demonstrate how information management can integrate workflow and automate production, for the aim to improve performance, reliability and profitability for printer.


The print jobs run will be produced using digital and conventional printing technology. Job creation, artwork uploading and MIS order processing steps will take place in Cerm’s system before the pre-flighting, quality checks, proofing and customer approval are progressed using Esko’s software platform and automation engine. This will be followed by Cerm scheduling, ink and substrate checking, tool ordering and the sending of JDF files, ready for printing. Both presses will utilise AT740 film from Avery Dennison, with inks supplied by Flint Group.

The conventional print runs will be produced on an MPS EF 430. This eight-colour printing press will be fitted with a Kocher + Beck UR precision 440 U non-stop splicer unwind and AVT’s Helios product line inspection. Moreover, a Rotocontrol RSC 340 WFL slitter and turret rewinding unit will also feature with Wasberger’s fully automatic core cutter S and Matho’s EM180 Cuttopipe waste removal system.

Job files, differing from the conventional print runs, will be sent to a Xeikon X-800 digital front end for batching, step and repeat and preparation of job identification, die-cut, inspection and turret rewinder barcodes for printing on a Xeikon 3300 press with an inline laser die-cutting unit. When the Xeikon press starts its run, the audience will be able to see the different identification barcodes in operation, AVT defect detection, laser die-cutting set-up and rewinder automation.

The final stages in the job automation process will return to the Cerm operator and the audience will be taken through steps including warehousing, job picking, shipping carrier allocation, customer notification and invoicing.

In hall 11, three half-hour long presentations will run daily at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 over the show’s first three days and once at 11.00 on the final day. Labelexpo Europe 2017 takes place from 25 to 28 September in Brussels, Belgium.

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