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March, 2008

Aeroform’s Impex Tobacco Expansion Process

The Aeroform Impex tobacco expansion process is often regarded as one of the best in the world. The process is widely used in the industry, where the processed tobacco leaves are expanded to up to twice their original size using Isopentane as the expansion agent inside a specialist autoclave.

Unlike competitive processes, Aeroform’s expansion system is able to expand the tobacco without affecting its qualities and character, and without extracting any of the properties of the leaf that give it its value.

The system is largely contained within a stainless steel cage of the same dimensions as a 40-foot container, making transportation simpler and very cost effective. The modular aspect of the system’s design allow for a relatively simple retro fit into legacy manufacturing plants, and is completely scaleable.

The system is designed with a small footprint and comes pre-wired and piped for fast installation and integration with existing machinery with no need for reengineering. Over 99% of the expansion agent used is recovered for use at a later time, and all by-products of the process are non-pollutant. The tobacco is not subjected to extreme temperatures or rough handling so it retains all of its original elements, suffering no change in moisture, color, nicotine, sugar, character, strand length, or texture.

Aeroform Impex Ltd. | 15 Factory Rd, Upton Industrial Estate, Poole, BH16 5SN | Toby Mankertz, Product Manager | tel: +44 1202 627671 | Email: toby@aeroform.co.uk | Web: www.aeroform.co.uk

Bobst’s new Lemanic Delta system

Bobst’s new Lemanic Delta printing system separates itself from other offset printers in the market by selling gravure quality, not offset. The result is increased quality, constant repeatability, and a flexible value-added platform combined with a decreased cost of finished cartons. Using the inline process, the Lemanic enables reels of board to be printed in multiple processes, converted with a sheeter or rotary die-cutter, and delivered in finished stacks, all at very high speeds and with automatic defect detection.

“Delta” stands for differentiation and the ethos behind the Lemanic Delta is to offer a complement to offset printing that provides users with an extremely flexible, value-added platform and the opportunity for immediate differentiation from offset print providers in their markets.

The Lemanic Delta printing line consists of a rotogravure press which can be installed with either in-line rotary die-cutting or a sheeter unit. Using the Delta in a conventional configuration of printing, embossing, and rotary die-cutting, gives the user a single in-line process ideal for cartons with long run lengths. Alternatively, using the sheeter option, the user can take the printed sheets produced by the Lemanic Delta and feed them into a value added process chain, such as adding further overprint on a sheet-fed offset press or adding foil effects with a hot-foil stamp.

Bobst also claims cost-efficiency as a selling point for their new Delta system. A Lemanic Riviera, for reference, turns out up to 2.5 bn cartons a year. By contrast, a Lemanic Delta can produce around 1.2 bn cigarette cartons a year - the difference in throughput comes with an opportunity for savings.

The Lemanic Delta (LD) comes in three configurations:

  • LD with a rotary die-cutter: For the production of cartons having very long run lengths

  • LD with a sheeter: For the production of cartons requiring high value-added

  • LD with a slitter-rewinder: For the reel-reel printing of paper or board. This can be also installed behind the converting sections in the above two solutions resulting in a very flexible value-added platform.


  • Max production speed: up to 200m/min (equivalent to 15,000 sheets/h using 80 cm sheets). Optional: 250 m/min

  • Standard number of printing unit: 8 (up to 12 units optional), solvent or water-based inks

  • Web path is printed-side up to ensure continuous visibility of the job as well as a straight flow to the inline converting section

  • Fast and easy job changes with gearless printing cylinders and printing carts for off-press job make-readies

  • Printing repeat: max 810 mm

  • For board: rotary die-cutting 670mm web width. Possibility of using existing tools and cassettes from Bobst or third-party suppliers for optimized tooling life

  • For paper and board: sheeting or slitting & rewinding 820 mm web width

  • Bobst S5100 Register control for print-print and print-cut register control

    Bobst SA | CH-1001 Lausanne, Switzerland | tel: +41 21 621 21 11 | fax: +41 21 621 20 70 | Web: www.bobstgroup.com

  • hubergroup’s MGA inks make for safer packaging

    More than 90% of all foodstuffs (including 100% of tobacco products) sold on the Western European market are packaged. Basic consumer safety warrants that packages do not in any way contaminate the food packaged inside them. The sheet-fed offset inks commonly used today to print food packaging made of folding boxboard fulfill this demand only to a limited degree.

    In addition to a high migration potential on paper and board, the inks used for most packaging materials also demonstrate a strong propensity to migrate through polyolefin coatings and bags. This means that PE and PP coatings or inner bags made of paper, OPP or PE film do not act as a barrier to these substances.

    It is therefore not possible to rule out substances from ink constituents transferring from folding boxboard printed on an offset press to package contents even if the contents are additionally packaged in a paper, OPP or PE bag. Situations like these are what the MGA series has been designed to alleviate, in part by complying with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards.

    The MGA series is classified under GMP as “a management tool designed to prevent migration, organoleptic changes and contamination and to ensure compliance with the most important requirements laid down with regard to packaging.” These standards are emplyed to prevent the visible and invisible “migration” of ink from packaging substances to the contained product.

    The inks themselves are made such that no transfer of toxicologically non-evaluated or organoleptically problematical substances from the ink, varnish or film to the contents occurs, as all inks are low-migration, low-odor, and low-swelling inks.

    The plant in which it is manufactured complies with these standards as well. The hubergroup has built two future-oriented production plants for MGA, and both are targeted 100% at meeting GMP requirements. All inks are available as a PANTONE® and CRS mixing system.

    hubergroup | Postfach 12 62, D-29202 Celle, Germany | Ms. Nicole Happ, Key Account Manager, Packaging Inks | tel: +49 89 9003-208 | Email: nicole.happ@hsc.de | Web: www.hsc.de

    Sicpa offers an Oasis in brand security

    SlCPA OASIS is a multi-level, cost-efficient system based on unambiguous, simple authentication. The system comes equipped with three levels of security features: the first overt level security feature utilizing a color-shift visible to the consumer-in-the-street, which can be difficult for a brand pirate to reproduce. A second, semi-covert level of security utilizes a light polarization phenomenon for controllers, agents, or cashiers. A special valuator with two filters is needed to see the effect. Through one side of the filter, the color appears intense and bright while through the other, it disappears or turns into another color A third covert level of security utilizes is for machine readability polarization is measured by dedicated detectors embedded in machines for industrial integration

    SlCPA OASIS is engineered from sophisticated technology and supplied to certified security printers only. Digital equipment such as photocopiers and scanners cannot reproduce the color-shift nor the polarizing effect.

    Technical information
    SlCPA OASIS is available in various colors and with various polarization combinations. It belongs to the range of color-shifting inks based on liquid crystal technology. The color-shift is visible when viewed at different angles

    It shows good chemical resistance and excellent mechanical and light resistance (IWS 6).

    Printing information
    Silkscreen is recommended for OASIS, however applications in gravure and flexography are possible under certain conditions. It can be printed on all grades of paper and other substrates, however the topography of the substrate influences the gloss and optical effect; lamination possibilities are limited. It must be applied on a dark-colored background. Background inks can be supplied by SlCPA to ensure perfect adhesion with OASIS. Best results are obtained by printing large solid surfaces or designs with high ink-coverage. It is transparent, therefore, does not need to be perfectly registered during printing. Printing a slightly larger surface than the background area is recommended.

    SICPA | 29 Star Road, Partridge Green, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 8RA, United Kingdom | Jean-François de Saussure, Global Sales Director | tel: +41 21 627 59 70 | Email: jean-francois.desaussure@sicpa.com | Web: www.sicpa.com

    SPI’s PSA13SYSM Packet Spray System

    SPI Fluid Control & Automation Systems have developed the PSA13SYSM Packet Spray System, specifically designed to apply dots of adhesive to hinge lid blanks on the indexing blank bed of a Molins HLP Packing machine.

    The system incorporates the unique S.P.I. non-contact spray valves, giving consistent application of adhesive to the blank irrespective of machine speed, and with the new dynamic nozzle and air cap design “overspray” is virtually eliminated. The spray valves are mounted on a hinged beam for easy access to the blank bed and positional adjustment of the sprayed dot on the blank.

    The system comes complete with solenoids, air regulators, pipes, fittings and all screws for simple fitment to the machine in addition to its “no blank, no glue” control facility capable of handling almost every type of adhesive.

    Its compact design incorporates a fast response spray valve with self-cleaning facilities, self-contained control modules with automatic timing functions and is easily capable of connecting to automatic pressure tank level platforms.

    SPI Developments Ltd. | Unit 8A, Braithwell Way, Hellaby Industrial Estate, Rotherham, S66 8QY, United Kingdom | tel: +44 1709 541143 | fax: +44 1709 730779 | Web: www.spidevelopments.com

    Wolke’s m600 basic

    Wolke’s new m600 basic fulfills all the basic functions required by the tobacco industry. A simple menu structure enables intuitive operation by the user. Three versions are available for the creation of labels. Previously saved sampled labels can be used and simply overwritten. Labels can be created freely. Moreover, the m600 Label Designer Software can be used to create labels on your PC and then transferred with the use of a USB stick.

    The system comprises the m600 basic controller unit with the well-known and proven m600 print heads. This ensures 100% compatibility of the m600 family. A maximum of two print heads can be connected to the system. A particularly attractive feature of the robust, powder- coated housing is its compact design.

    Thanks to its favorable entry level pricing, the m600 basic system is exactly the right system for all companies favoring maximum operating convenience without sacrificing reliability or quality.

    Wolke Inks & Printers GmbH | Ostbahnstraße 116 | D-91217 Hersbruck, Germany | tel: +49 911 8161 0 | Web: www.m600.com

    Siegwerk develops new ink technology

    Siegwerk’s new Tempo Nutripack range of conventional offset sheet-fed inks has been specifically designed to fully meet the printers and converters expectations in terms of printability, low odor, light fastness, and rub resistance.

    This new ink range, exclusively formulated with renewable raw materials, is based on an innovative combination of natural oils and vegetable oil derivative compounds. The outstanding performance of this ink series is to succeed in combining both a 100% vegetable formulation and excellent low odor and low migration properties. The inks have been specially developed for food packaging applications.

    Recognized as a long-standing, reliable and premium provider of water-based systems, Siegwerk has achieved results with the design of new water-based inks. Through an advanced resin technology, they are able to propose performing solutions, which have already been approved by major tobacco companies in Asia for many printing needs, recently including printing on metallized and paper-board substrates.

    Siegwerk Druckfarben AG | Alfred-Keller-Str. 55 3721 Siegburg Germany | tel: +49 2241-3040 | fax: +49 2241-304777

    Tobacco International - March, 2008

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