BOBST and Mouvent to unveil enhanced product portfolio at Labelexpo Europe 2019


BOBST and Mouvent will exhibit together at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (photo: BOBST)
BOBST and Mouvent will exhibit together at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (photo: BOBST)

BOBST (Lausanne, Switzerland), along with its digital printing competence centre Mouvent, are set to reveal a portfolio of leading innovations at the world’s largest label event, Labelexpo Europe. Visitors at the event, which takes place 24 to 27 September 2019 in Brussels, will be able to see four complete digitalised production processes across a digital native press, equipped with water-based inks, a new world premiere UV/Flexo hybrid printing machine and a DigiFlexo press.

“We have recently revealed several truly ground-breaking innovations that will set new standards helping converters and brand owners improve time-to-market, guarantee colour consistency and food packaging safety,” said Federico D’Annunzio, BOBST programme manager hybrid printing.  “It’s really exciting to bring these latest innovations together in one place, so attendees will be able to see for themselves the difference these innovations make, and the impact they could have on their own businesses.”

The latest innovations include Ink-on-Demand (IoD), Highly Automated Liquid (HAL) and DigiColor –solutions that are expected to set a new course for the industry’s future. The IoD inking system replaces conventional inking reservoirs with a single rubber pipe that dispenses 30 grams of ink to the print unit. The system eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades and performs fully automated washing of the print unit in less than one minute.

To complement the IoD system, HAL is an off-line ink mixing station for producing Pantone colours from 14 basic inks, and contains only one pump performing a pipette-style action to measure out the very small amounts of colour needed.

DigiColor is the first ever inline “closed loop” colour system that enables digital colour adjustment to the target Delta E values during printing, at any speed, on any substrate, with any operator. It is a major step towards full colour digitisation.

These innovations have paved the way for a new hybrid Flexo with “Mouvent Digital Technology Inside”, which is said to be the best combination of digital and DigiFlexo printing, and will be unveiled for the first time at Labelexpo.  The hybrid is associated with total flexibility in high added value labels, with extremely short job setup and fast return on investment. According to BOBST, it will be the most digitally automated press in the labels market, with the highest print quality and productivity. It opens a new era in the production of self-adhesive labels with totally new standards of productivity and profitability.