Beijing, China, 29 Sept, 2022. Inkmaker Shanghai, the Chinese subsidiary of IM GROUP, has completed an installation of its latest automatic ink-transferring system for a leading packaging multinational in Beijing.
Branded as ‘Inktrasyst®’, the new system, is the top of the range of Inkmaker’s ink-transferring technology and was installed with pre-blending, storage, transfer, and inline automatic-viscosity adjustment for process colour; CMYK + White in 3 different series. The system is powered by, ‘IMPRIMO’, the latest of Inkmaker’s legendary software; for managing ink stock, formulation blending, real-time storage monitoring, instant-accurate transferring and automatic inline ink-viscosity adjusting, as well as consumption and traceability by work order—a result of IM GROUP’s increased investment in Industry 4.0 technology and IIoT R&D.
As part of several key objectives related to sustainability, Inkmaker’s new system had to abide by the concept of environmental protection. Inkmaker achieved this by maximising current operations towards automation thus reducing human intervention; as well as reducing carbon emissions and wastage; achieving absolute ink-supply consistency; activating automatic ink traceability; implementing an always-fresh-ink-blend-to-demand facility and applying bridging-to-printing machinery. Manpower was also reduced for the moving of ink—between ink room and presses—thus further reducing operational costs.
“Traditionally operators would manually refill the ink tray and adjust the viscosity. However, with the Inktrasyst, the ink always arrives at the press in its optimum condition,” explained Lau Kar Seng, General Manager of Inkmaker Shanghai and board member of IM GROUP, “Additionally, the viscosity is automatically consistent throughout the printing process; this not only increases confidence in achieving a perfect final print out, but also the leftover ink is reduced to practically zero, which is an incredible saving for the environment.”
“We are proud to be part of this environmental-upgrade project,” concluded Roberto Guerra, CEO Asia Pacific of IM GROUP, “with this major installation, we are able to contribute Inkmaker’s technology to the green-environment target of Beijing—one of the largest economic and technological development areas in China—and with this our commitment, of achieving a greener and more sustainable world, is gaining momentum.”
Silvio Cimenti – Global Director of Branding and Marcom, IM GROUP
About IM GROUP
Formed in Italy in 2021, IM GROUP is the holding brand of: Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-tech, Swesa, Teko, Tecnopails and IEC+. With its combined strength the group offers total process-engineering solutions within the industries of paint, coatings, ink, speciality-chemicals, adhesives, corrugated packaging, pharma, food, cosmetic, textiles and more. IM GROUP, with its brands, operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.
About Inkmaker Worldwide
Inkmaker, is the founding member of IM GROUP. It was formed in Italy in 1987 and is a global manufacturer of integrated dispensing systems that improve efficiency by automating the process of ink, paint and chemical dispensing and mixing. Inkmaker’s proprietary software and systems, manufactured in three continents, guarantee highly accurate colours consistently, precisely and instantly. Inkmaker operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.
About Rexson Systems
Established in 1984, Rexson is a privately-owned British brand of automated dispensers that are widely used in the paint and coatings and liquid ink industry, as well as the industries of cosmetics, food, oils, pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals. Materials can be liquid, gels or paste, hazardous, caustic, flammable or have thixotropic rheology. Rexson has offices in Europe, North America, Latin America and The Netherlands and a global network of regional sales and support partners
Established in 1985 Vale-Tech, previously a subsidiary of Rexon, is a British brand of ink dispensing systems for the worldwide printing industry. Vale- Tech employs a team of engineers dedicated to the design and build of innovative products incorporating the latest technology focused on narrow web and paste-ink dispensing systems. Vale-Tech has created a network of loyal customers via global offices and support partners.
Formed in Germany in 1994, Swesa, is a privately owned and independent German manufacturer specialised in customised automated dosing-systems for the food packaging, office furniture, tissues and heavy-duty corrugated packaging industries. Swesa machines are customisable and explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Eltville am Rhein, Germany and has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.
Established in 2013, Teko is a privately-owned solutions partner specialised in; Point-of-Sale systems and integrated solutions combining engineering with chemistry. Based in Malaysia and Indonesia, Teko supports all the Inkmaker Group brands through its network of regional sales and support partners.
Established as LAVELLI e C in 1974, Tecnopails, is a privately owned and independent Italian manufacturer of customised modular automated filling, sealing, labelling and palletising machinery—for pails, buckets and cans—that is widely used in the ink, paint and coatings industry, as well as the industries of food and speciality chemicals. Tecnopails’ machines are explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy with a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.
Established in 2013, IEC+ srl is a mechanical engineering company, specialised in the design and manufacturing of dispersing, grinding and mixing equipment as well as complete engineering studies and turnkey solutions. Its headquarters are located in Travesetolo, in Parma, Northern Italy with a global network of regional and international clients and support partners. iecplus.com