Afinia Label and Sihl are working together to fill a growing need for short run, digitally-printed flexible packaging that can go from print to fully-formed and filled packaging in just a few minutes.
Chanhassen, MN — Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color label printing and finishing equipment, is working closely with Sihl, a global leader in digital print media, to introduce digital flexible packaging solutions to the short-run narrow web market.
As shown at Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels, the Afinia L901 Industrial Color Label Printer not only produces professional-quality, full-color labels at high speeds, but also creates equally impressive prints for flexible packaging applications. Afinia’s solution takes up to a 230mm wide roll of Sihl ARTYSIO Packaging film, prints at 9m per minute and 1600dpi, and laminates it inline. The printed roll is then ready to use in vertical or horizontal form/fill/seal (VFFS or HFFS) systems, to create packaging formats like flow packs, sachets, bags, stand-up pouches and lidding films.
Joe Collins, Technical Sales at Afinia Label, talked about why small-scale solutions like this are needed. “As companies have focused on things like reducing waste, smaller production runs, and personalization; the need for an on-demand flexible packaging solution has grown significantly in the past few years.
“Our solution is low-investment and empowers the user to have full control of their own production, putting an end to minimum order restrictions and long lead times. Users can take a roll of blank ARTYSIO Packaging film and go from print to pack in minutes, opening the door to endless opportunities.”
The Afinia L901 has been optimized to run harmoniously with Sihl’s ARTYSIO line of packaging films, which have been created with the goal of simplifying the question of film choice. All ARTYSIO films come with outstanding printability as well as great barrier and sealing properties, there’s even a certified “Made for Recycling” film that answers the question of sustainability. The end result is a high-quality pack that’s suitable for a wide range of products and markets.
About Afinia Label
Afinia Label was founded in 2009 to offer specialty printing solutions with best-in-class support at accessible prices. With a rock-solid foundation, including decades of technical expertise, the company offers a wide range of products, including industrial high-speed label printing and label finishing solutions. The equipment is designed to generate a return on investment faster than competing solutions and is currently available in over 70 countries. For more information about Afinia Label, visit http://afinialabel.com, call 888-215-3966, or email [email protected].
More information, including a video of this solution from Labelexpo ’19, can be found at afinialabel.com/flexpack