RR Donnelley Awarded a Five Year Contract by Janney Montgomery Scott for Post-Sale Fulfillment

R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced today that they have been awarded a five year contract by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (Janney) to provide post-sale fulfillment and regulatory communications services to investors. Janney is a leading full-service wealth management, financial services and investment banking firm headquartered inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania.

RR Donnelley will draw on a broad set of capabilities and technologies that will leverage a strategic relationship with Mediant Communications, a provider of investor communications technology and services. The solution will enhance compliance document distribution by enabling advisors to send and track the delivery of regulatory documents, both electronic and mail, from the initial sale through to the required delivery of a prospectus and confirmation following an investment, all in the same user interface.

“We send our clients thousands of communications each year, an operational challenge made more complex by the regulatory demand for the timely delivery of post-sale documents,” stated Anthony Miller, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of Janney. “Through a combination of technology and proven expertise, RR Donnelley offers us an innovative solution and a more efficient way for us to manage and deliver prospectuses, confirmation statements and other disclosure documents critical to our client communications.”

Eric Johnson, RR Donnelley’s Sr. Vice President Global Investment Markets Financial Services, commented, “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to serve the needs of Janney. Our solution leverages integrated services from across RR Donnelley’s extensive, end-to-end communications platform, including prospectus hosting, delivery-tracking technology, and sophisticated data analysis tools.”

Innové Global Solutions ScuffProof Laminate Is Now Scodix Approved

Innové Global Solutions is pleased to announce that ScuffProof film has been added to the Scodix recommended laminate list. “The ScuffProof film results were outstanding,” said Shay Mann, the Scodix application specialist at the company’s headquarters in Israel. “The Scodix layer built up nicely, and consolidated into a smooth area. The film also did very well in our adhesion and scratch tests with better than average results,” Mann continued.ScuffProof exclusive film is different from other types of anti-scuff film on the market. While all other anti-scuff or scuff-free films rely on a top coating for surface protection, ScuffProof’s surface hardness is the result of a molecular restructure, achieving unprecedented surface hardness without any coating.

Unlike other anti-scuff films, ScuffProof will not burnish—meaning it will preserve incredible surface integrity on any printed product in every consumer, retail, and business environment. The film, which features a true flat matte finish that gives a striking visual effect, may be varnished, is glueable-stampable, and also works very well with a broad range of spot UV coatings like Scodix.

Perfect for use on soft and hard-bound book covers, point-of-sale (POS) materials, business cards, or any other print or published project that will be frequently touched or handled, ScuffProof provides sharp clarity, scuff resistance, and color retention.
Potential uses include soft and hard book covers, binders and slipcases, high-use folders or promotional pieces, and luxury product packaging.
“Coatings can scratch off,” noted Sean Bowyer, Innové spokesperson. “But by physically changing the film at the molecular level, ScuffProof does away with any worries about durability.”
ScuffProof film is backed by Innove’s Gold Seal Guarantee—if it doesn’t perform, it will be replaced or refunded with no ifs, ands or buts. The GS Guarantee is by far the strongest in the industry.

Friedheim to launch Kama FlexFold 52 folder-gluer in the UK

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Friday 23 January 2015

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Finishing equipment supplier Friedheim will launch the Kama FlexFold 52 folder-gluer into the UK market later this year.The device, which has an automated set-up, was first shown at Kama’s joint open house with HP Indigo earlier this month.

The machine has been designed for short and medium-length runs as well as dealing with frequent and very fast job changes. It can also be set up quickly for different products and formats.

It features the newly developed ‘APA System’ (automated plough-length adjustment), which makes it possible to adjust the folding belts automatically in both transverse and longitudinal direction.

As a result changeovers, which often take hours on conventional equipment, can now be performed in minutes, according to Friedheim.

The device is capable of handling straight-line boxes, crash-lock boxes and telescope boxes, as well as operating at a speed of 200m/min. It is also capable of processing cardboard from 180-600gsm and micro-flute from 0.4-0.9mm.

Friedheim sales manager for converting products John Harrison said: “Because of its ability to change over so quickly, this machine is going to be of particular interest to companies running ultra-short runs, whether they’re printing them on offset or digital presses.

“This machine is currently being exhibited at shows in the US and China and from July it will be available as a production machine with a price competitive to typical machines of that format.”

Meanwhile, the company will use next month’s Sign & Digital UK exhibition to demonstrate the Lasercomb ProDigi NEO 2517 large-format multi-functional digital cutting system for the first time at a UK event.

The model is one in a range of larger format machines specifically developed by Lasercomb for the signage, packaging and display industries.

A modular tool concept is a key feature of the device and the machine being demonstrated on the stand will incorporate a 1kW milling spindle with tooling for handling several different types of materials, as well as an oscillating cutting unit.

The firm will also offer information on a wide variety of alternative finishing processes at the show from other companies within its converting division; Kohmann, Vega Group and Stock, as well as from its other divisions.

Harrison said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the Sign & Digital event again this year as it is the perfect environment in which to show visitors to our stand what a versatile and highly cost-effective solution the Lasercomb ProDigi NEO digital cutting system can be for their business activities.”
Sign & Digital UK 2015 will take place in Halls 17 and 18 at Birmingham’s NEC from 24 to 26 March.

Mercian Labels to install world’s first Xeikon Cheetah

Label printer Mercian Labels will next month become the first printer in the world to install the Xeikon Cheetah digital label press. We’ll effectively have 156% of current digital capacity available once the machine is installed

The Burntwood, Staffordshire-based firm has bought the five-colour press, which will be installed in mid-February, to boost its capacity. It will run alongside the company’s existing Xeikon 3300 digital press as well as its range of hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet systems.

The 1200x3600dpi Xeikon Cheetah has a top speed of 30m/min. It is dedicated solely to the production of self-adhesive/pressure-sensitive labels and includes the use of dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass.

It also enables printing on a variety of heat-sensitive substrates due to the incorporation of Xeikon’s ICE toner technology. The fifth station on the machine can be used to print gamut expansion colours or security toner and media weights range from 40-350gsm.

Mercian Labels managing director Adrian Steele said: “The technological announcement that Xeikon made in September to take speed up to 30m/min was something that we and many other Xeikon users have been pushing for for a long time so it was too good an opportunity to miss.

“We’ve been running our existing Xeikon press either 16/5 or sometimes even 24/5 and we’ve just run out of production capacity. We have a significant growth plan over the next three years which this will support so we’ll effectively have 156% of current digital capacity available once the machine is installed in February.

“Xeikon has taken a strategic decision to lower the consumables costs for the new Cheetah platform which means it becomes far more competitive against medium-run flexo work. And along with the increased speed, which gives a cost advantage, we can see ourselves eating more into that middle range market that’s been previously dominated by flexo.”

The business looked at a range of other technologies, from liquid toner to UV inkjet, as well as machinery from HP.

“Whilst we have inkjet technology in other parts of the business, and it works very well for that, in the prime labelLing sector, where superb quality is taken by default, for our market we didn’t think that UV inkjet was at a sufficiently high quality yet,” said Steele.

“Our customers are always looking for the very highest quality at the very highest speed so our lead times are very short. For us, I think we’d see a significant market kick-back if we imposed the current quality of UV inkjet as a replacement.”

Mercian Labels and Xeikon will be holding a preview event at Mercian’s Burntwood premises for brand owners and potential Cheetah users on the afternoon of 24 February, one day before the Packaging Innovations show at Birmingham’s NEC, and on the afternoon of 25 February.

Mercian Labels, which has 50 staff and a turnover of £3.4m, serves customers in a wide range of industries both in the UK and internationally. It has a customer base of approximately 9,000 and is acquiring around 40 new customers a month.