The revolutionary offset platform, once named “The Winemaker’s Choice”, was introduced at LabelExpo Europe in 2007, and offers premium quality combination printing based on lightweight sleeve technology.
To better understand the success and popularity of Nilpeter’s offset flagship, we asked a series of questions to Nilpeter International Product Manager, Wine & Spirits, Angelo Tribocco.
Why has the MO-4 been such a success?
“The whole idea behind the MO-4, for Nilpeter and the R&D team, was to develop something ten times better than any other solution available on the market, in our product range of course. We were not interested in making small improvements or aiming for a press only “two times better” that current market solutions. And that is why the MO-4 became an instant game-changer at that time, and a benchmark, even today, in combination offset printing.”
“Of course it was not an easy exercise - we were already leading the offset market with our previous model, the MO-3300, so we basically had to improve on ourselves. The key, and the challenge for our team, was to focus on every detail, not falling into old patterns, but generating a printing system able to match the modern philosophy of “lean converting”. This happened by analysing and measuring the time spent on every single operation carried out during a changeover, and then introducing solutions to eliminate, reduce or convert these operations to automated features. With this development, and the flexibility in reconfiguration, we ensured that the MO-4 was able to adapt to any market segment.”
The MO-4 was once named “The Winemaker’s Choice” - why do you think it is such a good fit for the wine and spirits market?
“The good fit for wine and spirits comes from the ability to create complex labels, matching the sophistication required by end-users, in a superior way in terms of efficiency and lean converting. High quality is of course a must, but this is also available from other products on the market. The success of the MO-4 is a direct by-product of being able to deliver high quality with advantages in costs for the converter.
Are the recent MO-4 presses being installed with existing MO-Line customers or is it a good mix of new and old?
“The interest is more frequent with new, emerging companies – and personally, these projects are more fascinating and rewarding, because you are part of a virtuous process of evolution. Our strategy is very simple; we approach labels shops in need of equipment that can handle higher volumes and more complex converting jobs – that is where the MO-4 shines, increases efficiency, and enhances the overall performance of all existing equipment, and the label shop in general. We are highly focused on meeting customer needs and helping them solve their challenges.”
How do you find offset technology in terms of quality compared to other printing methods?
“There is no doubt that offset represents the highest level of quality in analogue printing, in the label market. For a while, it looked like the first digital technology, “electrophotography”, was challenging offset for the crown, but to this day it cannot meet the efficiency and up-time of offset printing, and has become obsolete with the rise of UV-digital inkjet and other developments.”
“I believe offset is still a dominant printing technology in modern times, especially in markets like wine and spirits, and health and beauty, where high quality from minimal technical effort is crucial. The investment needed to acquire an offset press is much higher than that of flexo, which is part of the reason why we, at Nilpeter, produce more than 100 flexo presses every year, and only around 10 offset combination presses. However, label shops invest a fortune in order to replicate offset quality in flexo, and that is why there is still great interest in the long-term savings from presses like the MO-4.”
Is the MO-4 popular in one specific geographic market, or is it spread evenly across the world?
“I would say the presses are spread across the most innovative and competitive markets around the world – following first the trend of standardization, which is a rule in big corporate companies with multiple plant locations: USA, United Kingdom, Australia etc. Secondly, the distribution also follows creative ambitions, emerging labels shops and companies that wish to differentiate themselves from basic offers and quality, in countries such as Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. Finally, the MO-4 is also popular with market leaders and trend setting companies in Turkey, Croatia, Ukraine, Thailand, and all of Latin America.”
“I guess what will continue to support the success of the MO-4, beside our restless innovation, will be the continued need for modern label shops that create unique value for their clients and generate solid barriers with outstanding quality and cost advantages.”
Continuing on the path of your last thought – how do you see the MO-4 going forward, and do you have any predictions for the future?
“As I mentioned earlier, the MO-4 is still the benchmark in combination offset printing – and it can be quite challenging to improve on a benchmark, especially in analogue printing. However, innovation also includes going back to the existing portfolio and re-engineering with the latest technology and automation. A perfect example of this is our flatbed embossing and foiling unit - the well-known FP-4, which was introduced in 2012, and has already been installed in more than 120 units around the world. That is in my mind a good path for us to follow – keep adding lean, improved solutions, unique embellishments, and sophisticated features – adapting our technology to the ever-changing market, and ensuring that the MO-4 remains a competitive solution in terms of price and performance.”
Lars Eriksen, President & CEO, and Angelo Tribocco, International Product Manager, Wine & Spirits, with the 100th Nilpeter MO-4 offset press.
The very first customer installation of the new FA took place at Cograf Etichette just outside of Torino, Italy, in the last week of June, 2017.
As of the second week of July, the press has been running impeccably, producing in three shifts every day.
“It is quite unusual to print a several-colour label at 100 m/min., while only using an iPad to operate the press”, said Riccardo Giordana, who was the first Cograf operator to work on the new FA.
Other features highlighted by Cograf is the perfect register, total absence of mechanical handling, and an incredible quietness during production. After two FA-2500 presses and one classic FA-4, the new FA is the perfect evolution for Cograf.
About Cograf Etichette
Cograf Etichette produces all types of adhesive labels using mixed-technique printing - including flexo, offset, screen-printing, typography, and hot and cold lamination. See more at http://www.cograf.it/2/.
Given a sneak preview of Nilpeter’s new state-of-the-art flexo press, the Aarhus-based printer Green-Label was quick to pull the trigger, and the new FA was installed at its production facilities in mid-August 2017, just in time for its first real assignment: A crisp-bag collaboration between specialists in pre-press, material, press, inks, and curing.
The outcome of this collaboration, six different crisp-bag designs printed by Green-Label on the new FA, was on display at the DuPont, Synthogra, Nilpeter, Flint, and GEW stands at LabelExpo Europe 2017. You can also read much more about it in Labels & Labeling, in a great piece by Deputy Editor David Pittman, who was on hand for the printing event.
“The new FA-Line has taken our business to a whole new level. We run the machine at full capacity, and both quality and efficiency performance have been extraordinary”, says co-owner of Green-Label Claus Grønning. “While being used to more traditional label presses, our printers are really excited about the new FA-technology. The operation of the FA works in a very modern and intuitive way, which turns label printing into a more playful activity.”
Green-Label offers self-adhesive labels in all shapes and sizes for food, chemical, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. See more at http://www.green-label.dk/.
Ellerhold Group succeeded with expansion of adhesive label capacity through the acquisition of two Nilpeter MO-4 offset presses. Excerpt from Klemens Ehrlitzer’s Press Release, “Identische Maschinentechnik für zwei Standorte”
With the acquisition of two Nilpeter MO-4 offset presses, installed in two locations in Glücksburg and Zirndorf, the Ellerhold Group has expanded its capacity within adhesive labels production.
The beginning of the Ellerhold success story dates back 30 years. In 1987, in Zirndorf near Nuremberg, Germany, Frank Ellerhold founded a printing company, which produced silkscreen printed posters. Today, Ellerhold is a pan-European Group achieving a turnover of 84 million euros in 2016 with more than 630 employees.
As Maximilian Ellerhold explains, son of Frank Ellerhold, the history of the company, which has been operating as a public limited company since 2005, is strongly influenced by the experimentation of his father. New technology has always been an incentive for him to gain advantages and use them profitably for the benefit of the customer. One example was digital printing, which was already introduced in the company in 1993.
Labels Secure the Future
In 2006, label printing became a part of the company portfolio, and since then this market segment has been further expanded. One of the main reasons for this expansion was the impact of digitization on poster printing. In large cities, new technologies such as large-format LED screens are sometimes used instead of billboards today. In contrast, packaging and labels are not replaceable by digital media because they also have physical functions to fulfil.
Three years later, with the acquisition of Berlin-based Goetz + Müller GmbH, the label product area was expanded to include high quality finished labels, e.g. for spirits. Finally, in 2014, a third label printing company came along, when Frank Ellerhold bought the company Offset Ketels, near Glücksburg, out of insolvency.
Investment in Offset
Ellerhold Group made the next major leap in development in 2016 by commissioning two identical Nilpeter MO-4 combination presses for the two locations in Glücksburg and Zirndorf. The focus is on the use of offset in combination with other printing processes and extensive finishing options. The presses have eight printing units, five of which are offset. All printing units may optionally be equipped with flexo or screen-printing. For high quality finishing, two FP-4 flatbed hot foil and embossing units are integrated. All common finishing techniques such as hot and cold foil, embossing, and lamination are possible.
Maximilian Ellerhold (left), Director of Production and Technology, and Christoph Kugler, Sales at Nilpeter GmbH, with the Nilpeter MO-4 in Zirndorf.
A special feature is the equipment of an inline measuring and control system from Lithec. This is the first time the system has been used on a Nilpeter press. The system ensures low waste rates, an important factor with regards to high material costs of some adhesive materials, and also supports employees during machine operations.
Lightweight print sleeves enable quick job changes on Ellerhold Group’s two Nilpeter MO-4 offset presses.
The two brothers, Stephan and Maximilian Ellerhold, who form the management board of Ellerhold AG, consider label production to be an important part of the company future. Their focus is on high quality, value-added labels, e.g. for the beverage market, especially for wine and spirits.
The significance of the project to the Ellerhold Group was seen in the decision-making process. Both business and production managers at the two locations, Zirndorf and Glücksburg, were involved in scrutinising the advantages and disadvantages of the three shortlisted press suppliers. The election of Nilpeter’s MO-4 was unanimous. The MO-Line offered the right overall concept for the special requirements at both locations.
The focus was mainly on important benefits such as setup and job run times. In addition, Ellerhold presented the press manufacturers with extremely complicated designs to test the printing quality. Nilpeter was able to meet all expectations. Ultimately, however, the many options within value-added inline printing made the difference for Nilpeter.
Zebra Technologies Europe has installed an FA-4 * in the UK as it seeks to grow its supplies business. James Quirk reports
Zebra Technologies Europe is well-known for its thermal label printers - it boasts some 7,000 resellers for these machines, whose main markets are manufacturing, transport/logistics, retail, and healthcare, and estimates to have a 40 percent market share in the EMEA region. But at its facility in Preston, UK, the company also prints its own labels - sold to users of its printers - as well as an array of products such as wristbands and tags, on a fleet of flexo presses designed and built in-house.
Zebra hosted a partner event in December to mark the installation of the FA-4*
“We want to attach more label sales to our printer sales in order to increase market share,” says Elaine Wilkinson, senior manager, supplies product marketing, at Zebra Technologies Europe. “We are growing quickly and need to produce more complex products locally, such as wristbands, rather than import them from our sites in the US. We want to be flexible in our production. Our business is growing too quickly for us to continue manufacturing presses internally, hence the installation of the Nilpeter FA-4*.”
The water-based, 8-colour UV-press features a Tamarack insertion unit, rail system, turnbar, reverse printing units, relam./delam., and lamination. It has three die stations, including a Quick-Change die-cutting unit developed by Nilpeter in cooperation with Kocher+Beck, which allows a die to be changed in just 10 seconds. A 100 percent inspection system will shortly be added.
Read full story in L&L, issue 5, 2017
Label Systems, Inc., located in the Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas, has earned a solid reputation for providing high quality label products with innovative solutions and good old-fashioned customer service, through nearly 45 years of business.
The addition of The All New FA from Nilpeter will jump start their journey into the next 45 years of business.
Label Systems, Inc. started from humble beginnings in a family garage, with the vision of providing customers with custom branded solutions for their label needs. Today, they are proud to have successfully served over 5,000 satisfied customers worldwide across more than 25 industries.
“We work with some very large brand owners that require the highest quality packaging delivered on time and on budget. When we discussed the new market trends and opportunities, the team at Nilpeter shared a wealth of information and knowledge. The level of innovation and automation in their equipment, along with their skilled team, will provide us with the tools to be a leader in this industry. Those are the types of qualities we look for in a partner and the new FA press will be a powerful addition to our line-up,” says Amy Van Brunt, President & Owner of Label Systems, Inc.
Amy Van Brunt, President & Owner of Label Systems, Inc., is embracing new market trends with The All New FA from Nilpeter
John Van Brunt, Founder & VP of Operations, explains the decision process on the new press, “Your next press purchase is always a challenging decision. We researched many press manufacturers but in the end our previous success with Nilpeter, and the partnership we have built, solidified this decision. The level of automation providing improved make-ready times and operator efficiency make this press the perfect choice. This press will engage with our current operations and allow us to easily enter into new markets and offerings.”.
The All New FA provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates. Based on Nilpeter’s Clean-Hand design approach and wireless operation, the FA ensures clean hands during press operation, with a minimum of hands-on press interaction; all data is saved, jobs are easily recalled, and the press will auto-register.
“We are proud to continue our relationship with Label Systems, Inc. – the new FA is ideally suited for industry 4.0 operations and performance, marking a new journey and a bright future for Amy, John, and their team,” says Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA.
“We were looking to continue our growth pattern which required us to increase our capacity and efficiency, and provide more flexibility in our product offerings".
Phipps Label Company was founded by Greg Phipps in the spring of 1990. A long-time veteran of the label printing industry and a hands-on guy, Greg wanted more control of the quality of the labels he was delivering. Hard-working employees and loyal customers have been the key to growing the business into its current 35,000-square-foot facility that houses six high-performance presses, versatile finishing equipment and the latest in digital printing technology. The new FA will be a welcome addition.
Greg Phipps of Phipps Label Co, and Bob Loescher of Nilpeter, standing by the all new FA on the assembly line at Nilpeter USA in Cincinnati, OH.
“We were looking to continue our growth pattern which required us to increase our capacity and efficiency, and provide more flexibility in our product offerings. After we saw the new FA perform for the first time, we knew exactly what we needed to do,” says Greg Phipps, Owner and President, Phipps Label Co. ”Right from the start of the Nilpeter factory tour, we could see how this press was different. With the automated machining centres producing one-piece steel modules all at once, this press is just built different, and it shows. The level of performance and efficiency is exactly what we were looking for. The FA’s make-ready times are reduced so much through the job save and recall functions and the one piece inking system provides the absolute fastest setup times. This press will change the way we can deliver to our customers and keep us one step ahead of their needs,” Greg Phipps concludes.
The All New FA is Nilpeter’s latest offering from the FA-Line. Providing clean-hand operations through wireless controls and the most sophisticated Industry 4.0 automated setup. The new FA is a next generation platform meeting the ever-growing needs of the modern press operator – offered in multiple levels of automation and production requirements. The FA is tailored to meet the printer’s exact needs for today and can be enhanced later on with add-on Application and Automation Packages.
As digital printing continues to expand its presence in the packaging industry, printers and converters are finding ways to creatively implement the benefits of digital along with the advantages of conventional technologies.
In the label segment, hybrid printing, which often combines inkjet and flexographic technologies, has emerged as a solution to provide the best of both worlds into a single-pass process.
During the third annual Digital Packaging Summit, hosted by Printing Impressions sister publication, packagePRINTING, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a panel of suppliers that have launched products and solutions in the hybrid print space discussed the impact the technology will have in packaging.
Panel member Keith Nagle, Digital Product Manager for Nilpeter USA, explained the importance of suppliers being proactive in educating customers on how to extract the most value from a hybrid press.
“We bring the customers in and show them the platform and all of the tools that we’re going to build for them and for them to offer to the marketplace,” he said. “Everything from how the workflow works, how to make it simpler for them and how to take it out and market it regionally. Then, they can branch out from there.”
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Nilpeter is proud to announce that Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA Inc., has been named TLMI’s 2017 Supplier of the Year at The TLMI Annual Meeting held October 8 – October 11, at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Gainey Ranch Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.
Presentation Speech – Lisa Milburn
Lisa Milburn, Managing Director Labels Division, Tarsus Group gave the presentation speech, and emphasized Paul’s tireless work with TLMI and other industry organisations, as well as his efforts in workforce development, sharing his knowledge with the next generation of label and packaging printers.
”The recipient of this year’s Supplier of the Year Award has over 35 years of industry leadership experience... (He) has been active with many educational activities and is sat on several committees, including the TLMI Awards Committee since 1998...the Technical and Marketing Committees, and is a frequent speaker at converter meetings, including Print Think, and the annual awards.”
”He is regarded as a thought leader in the industry, having authored numerous technical papers and whitepapers for many publications. He is frequently called upon by other suppliers to offer industry insight.”
”A passion of his has been supporting continuous efforts to drive workforce developments, and for the past 10 years he has worked with high school and college students through the Phoenix Challenge Foundation - High School Competition. The recipient also sits on the advisory board of the Central Piedmont Community College’s Harper Campus where his son is currently studying Graphic Communications. He was a key driver behind the (Nilpeter) donation of a new press at Clemson University, and was awarded the Clemson University Top Cat Award in 2017 for years of support to the Graphics Communications Program.”
Acceptance Speech – Paul Teachout
Paul Teachout was thrilled to accept the award, offering thanks to his many colleagues and friends in the industry he so loves.
”Thank you very very much. A few weeks ago when Craig (Moreland, TLMI Chairman) called me and left me a message, I said ”Oh boy, I’m going to sell a press today” and then when I called him back the first thing he said was ”I don’t want to buy a press, this is a TLMI thing”. I thought I had him there for a second.”
”Thank you, Lisa. There’s no better people than you and Tasha (Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Event Director) to give this to me. Thank you to Craig and Dan (Muenzer, TLMI President) for the opportunity to continue to participate and engage in this wonderful organization. It’s a privilege. Thank you to all the suppliers and converter members, it’s been a privilege to do this since 1998. I’ve met so many wonderful people, including Steve Lee, Frank Sablone, Pat Hague, Robert Smithson, and so many others. I think I’ve had an opportunity to work with so many of you in this room, and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have the privilege and the opportunity to do so. So thank you to everybody in this room for allowing me to contribute and participate and engage with your activities as well.”
”As (Lisa) mentioned my father got me started in this a long time ago, and I remember – perhaps the most important thing that ever happened to me, was back when I was an apprentice on an offset press. I’m running a job, he came and looked at it, and he looked at the register and asked, ”What is that?” - I said, ”it’s good enough”, and the look that he gave me that day changed my life. He said son, ”if you think good enough is good enough, you’re never going to overachieve,” and from that day forward I’ve done everything I can to be better than just good enough.”
”I have three beautiful children and a beautiful wife. I’m a proud husband and father for the last 25 years, and I couldn’t have done it without “Ms. America”. Thank you so much. In closing, this organisation has been the best thing that’s ever happened in my career, the people and the organisation itself, just outstanding. Continue to contribute, and engage, and volunteer, and participate – you will not be disappointed. So thank you very much, enjoy the rest of the evening.”
Congratulations Paul, from everyone at Nilpeter. We are proud to have you as a member of our family.
About The TLMI Annual Meeting
The TLMI Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for converter and supplier members to interact in a relaxed environment, conducive to establishing new partnerships and to strengthening existing relationships. The two-day event helps members stay up to date and inspired with informative educational programming and enlightening guest speakers, all addressing pillars of the TLMI strategic plan, including workforce development, external affairs, sustainability, and communication. TLMI members also enjoy tours, sports outings, and the Awards Dinner and Reception honoring the TLMI Label Awards Competition winners, Environmental Awards recipients, the Supplier of the Year, and the Converter of the Year. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held October 14 – October 17, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, in Florida, USA.
This year, we took advantage of the opportunity to present our visions for modernised flexo printing alongside digital hybrid InkJet with the All New FA and PANORAMA Hybrid presses, and the response was great.
“LabelExpo Europe was great. We especially enjoyed the first three days –the Nilpeter stand was packed, we saw a lot of interest in our new product offerings, closed some big deals, and picked up a lot of interesting leads. Our main takeaway is that the industry is in full ”investment mode”, which provides us with a lot of opportunities, and we are very excited for the future. Going forward, we think the usual Tuesday - Friday event is more beneficial with regards to logistics,” says Jakob Landberg, Sales & Marketing Director, Nilpeter A/S.”
Paul Teachout, VP of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA, presented the Nilpeter presses to the visitors five times per day.
The Nilpeter stand was packed with visitors from all around the world.