Registration is Open for Label Congress 2021 in Chicago Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Registration is now open for Label Congress 2021, the first in-person networking and educational event for the US label industry since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organized by Labelexpo Global Series, Label Congress 2021 will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Chicago, IL. Early bird discounts are available at www.labelexpo.com/congress/

Label Congress Logo

Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Tarsus Labels, Packaging and Brand Print Group, said: ‘Label Congress is a smaller, carefully curated event, different from Labelexpo Americas. This is to adhere to the strict guidelines of COVID-19 protocols, which will include wider aisles, reduced visitor traffic and a strict deep cleaning regime. We are working in partnership with local Illinois authorities, event partners and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center to meet and exceed local safety standards.’

Label Congress 2021 will be built around two days of conference sessions featuring leading-edge presentations and discussion panel sessions. A Label Academy master class on self-adhesive materials will be held on the third day.

Running alongside the congress sessions and masterclass will be an exhibition hall packed with the latest technologies from leading industry suppliers including Xeikon, Accraply, Mactac, Durst, Fujifilm, Colordyne, Labeltraxx and Cartes.

The Congress conference sessions are broadly divided into Technology and Global Market overviews on day 1 (Wednesday, Sept. 29) and Future Proofing Your Business streams on day 2 (Thursday, Sept. 30).

Day 1 features an overview of the global label market, followed by a session on exciting new developments in digital embellishment technology. Panel discussions will look at how to optimize hybrid printing and strategies for diversifying into flexible packaging. The first day concludes with a session on how the Internet of Things will impact the future of smart labels and packaging.

Day 2 (Sept. 30) starts with Lifetime Achievement winner Federico d’Annunzio examining how converters should respond to brands’ increasing demands for data transparency. This is followed by panel discussions on practical sustainability strategies and how to recruit and retain talent, concluding with a session from regular L&L contributor Paul Brauss on lean manufacturing strategies.

Day 3 Masterclass (Oct 1). This optional half-day Label Academy Masterclass will be led by Tarsus Labels & Packaging group Strategic Director Andy Thomas-Emans. It is targeted at brand owners and designers who specify pressure-sensitive materials, as well as label converters and industry suppliers.

Deep-dive sessions will cover the nature, construction, and manufacturing of self-adhesive laminates, the importance of materials, and the need for different adhesives. Attendees will also learn how to use, identify, and test different laminate constructions and correct methods for handling and storage of unprinted and printed laminates,

Post-Conference Broadcast. The machine demonstrations and conference sessions will be made available to the rest of the global industry the day following the event itself, broadcast on Labelexpo’s secure online platform. This will allow a global audience to benefit from the technology demonstrations and expert-led sessions available to Congress visitors during the week Labelexpo Europe would usually be running.

‘Label Congress 2021 has been specifically tailored to the current climate and will give a much-needed chance for the industry to meet in person,’ said Label Congress 2021 Event Director Tasha Ventimiglia. ‘Label Congress 2021 is situated at the heart of the US print industry, within driving distance of most of the key converting states. The Congress will include a VIP program engaging directly with the key converters from the Midwest.’

From a leading converter’s perspective, Mark Glendenning, CEO & Owner of Inland Printing, said he is looking forward to Label Congress 2021 : ‘I want to be one of those first people reconnecting to the industry because I think we’ll get leverage like we’ve never gotten before. I encourage you to go to Label Congress. It’s a one-time opportunity that will never happen again. You’re going to want to be there.’

Commenting on the benefits of the Label Congress conference sessions, Glendenning added, ‘Education is so much more valuable when it co-exists with networking. Live conferences far exceed going it alone watching a Youtube video. Further down the road, if you come across a challenge, you’ve got people you can call to run it by. That’s the power of connecting education with networking. It’s invaluable.’

The next edition of Labelexpo Americas will take place on September 13-15, 2022, also at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Durst Brings New Capabilities for Tau 330 Label Press to Labelexpo America

At Labelexpo Americas 2016, Durst will introduce the increased capabilities of its portfolio of inkjet label presses. Durst’s market-leading Tau 330 inkjet label press will be integrated with near-line pre- and post-press finishing solutions in cooperation with OMET, the world’s leader in flexographic printing presses.

For the first time in the U.S., Durst will show the new, economical single-pass Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press. It features high-pigmented UV inks for reduced ink consumption and is especially designed for small and medium-sized label converters.

Durst also will demonstrate its own production workflow software designed specifically for label print production providers.

Durst Tau 330

Durst’s Tau 330 platform is a UV inkjet label press with more than 100 installations worldwide.  It features a 330 mm (13 in.) print width, up to seven colors (CMYKOVW), and printing speeds of up to 48 linear meters/min. (169 ft./min.) with up to 1,260-dpi print resolutions.  Thanks to the seven color stations, the Tau 300 achieves close to 90 percent coverage of the Pantone™ color gamut.

In cooperation with OMET, the Tau 330 series presents unlimited material flexibility for a vast range of applications.  Its new near-line primer station provides increased material flexibility and cost-saving potential, and its flexible post-press finishing options complete near-line label production needs.

Durst Tau 330 label press with in-line Omet pre-print and finishing equipment.
Durst Tau 330 UV Inkjet Label Press with near-line Omet pre-print and finishing equipment.
Durst Tau 330 E

The Tau 330 E is a UV inkjet label press featuring print widths of 200 mm or 330 mm, four or five colors, a printing speed of up to 48 linear meters/min. (157 ft./min.), and a printing resolution of up to 1,260 dpi.

This system has been engineered with particular attention to equipment cost while maintaining the proven speed and printing quality of the flagship Tau 330 printing press.  Its newly designed, high-pigment UV inkjet inks provide a noticeable cost reduction. The result is a system with an unmatched Total Cost of Ownership for the print provider.

Durst Tau 330 E label press
Durst Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press
Durst Workflow Label

Together with the Tau 330 platforms, Durst will introduce its completely new Durst Workflow-Label. This modular, expandable prepress software can handle a variety of processes, including: order entry; prepress; print-file management (RIP); color management; ink costing; and production data management.

Durst Workflow Label offers an optimized workflow with specialized functions such as:

  • automated knock-out of non-print areas for lower ink consumption;
  • high-access, browser-based interface for immediate job costing; and
  • easy-to-use high-speed variable data functionality.

 

About Labelexpo

Labelexpo Americas 2016 takes place Sept. 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It attracts: printers and converters of labels, flexible packaging, and folding cartons; brand owners; and label and packaging designers.

Durst will be showing the products in Hall F, Booth 5901.

About Durst Phototechnik AG

Durst Phototechnik AG manufactures professional digital imaging systems for graphic communications, signage, retail display, labels and packaging, textiles, and industrial applications.  Durst Phototechnik AG as headquarters in Brixen Italty and operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen and Lienz, Austria.

Durst also has major offices in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and Mexico, and partners with exclusive agents in 120 countries. Durst’s solid reputation for quality, precision, innovation and reliability spans more than 80 years. www.durst-online.com