Not many people in labelling have heard of the Hunkeler Innovation Days exhibition in Lucern, Switzerland, that I’ve been to today, so this post may be of interest to some. Its a very unusual show format as its run by and significantly funded solely by its main exhibitor, Hunkeler, who are heavily involved as market leaders in clever paper engineering. Using modular kit, they can do all sorts of clever things to produce variable data mailers, direct mail, integrated cards and the like.
There are various comments on twitter about the show using the hashtag #HID11
Exhibitors were heavily involved in variable data print in both inkjet and toner technologies (see the show website for exhibitor list). Highlights for me, looking at it from a labelling background were:
- The Oce Phantom Code – a clever covert 2D barcode software solution that is almost invisible, printable by any printing process at 600dpi or above
- The Xerox Production Inkjet System was on demo, after an earlier version was seen at IPEX last year. Its very clever, 600dpi, 150m/min, 520mm wide, flat colours so no shiny UV inkjet, fully deinkable and 100% solids with no water or solvent carrier, very high inkjet head durability, realtime blocked nozel compensation and a host of other features
- The variety of variable data print engines on show, and associated software platforms to do clever variable print things.
- The unusual substrates that you can use to digitally print on – some weird and wonderful ideas were on show
- The lunch – FOC lunch for 1000 people was VERY popular and you could argue that a lot of people travelled to Switzerland for the networking and meal!
Apart from variable data printing platforms we use for complex barcode labels at our AC Labels subsidiary, there was not a lot of relevance to mainstream labelling, but its given me some great ideas for new labelling products – watch this space!
If you have a question or want an opinion on something at the event, please post a comment below.