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ccDotmeter at China Print 2013: Go East and Prosper!

In Pre-Press on July 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

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UK technology company ccDotmeter has detailed a highly successful debut appearance at the China Print exhibition, which saw the company sell all ten pieces of equipment that they had on the stand, as well as taking a number of significant orders for the company’s unique measuring equipment. The show took place from May 14 to 18, at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. The post-show exhibition summary indicates that the exhibition enjoyed over 183,000 visits, who were able to see more than 1,300 exhibitors.

ccDotmeter used the show to release easyDot, the latest in its Centurfax line of dotmeter products. easyDot utilises popular off-the-shelf tablet technology to interface to a standard microDot microscope reader. The easy-to-read statistical data fed back from the tablet provides a highly accurate measure for checking a printable image on a litho plate.

Feedback via the easyDot Android tablet interface provides fast, accurate details of the dot percentage which in-turn enables efficient calibration of the output engine, whether that be a computer-to-plate device or a computer-to-film solution.

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Click the image above to see the EasyDot in video form

Commenting on the success of China Print 2013, Bob Leslie, managing director of ccDotmeter, said: “We were more than delighted with the way that the show went for us. I can honestly say that Paul Foster and I never stopped, and the vast majority of dems and discussions were with real prospects. It sometimes felt like “Open all Hours” – the till never stopped ringing! It is fair to stay that I have not been to a show as busy as that for a long-time.

“It was interesting to note that good old fashioned networking still works even in these distant territories. Paul and I were eating in a local, quiet bar one evening when we struck up a conversation with the next table. They turned out to be Ex-Crosfield engineers and ex-Centurfax scanner interface dealers. They visited us at the show the next day and purchased a unit. They also want to be a dealer.”

With regard to the reception of the products, Paul Foster, Sales Director for ccDotmeter, said: “It was fantastic to have so many visitors interested in seeing our dotmeter products in action, and understanding the benefits of the unit. We were run off our feet, and actually didn’t have time to visit as many other companies at the show as we had hoped for. It was certainly well worth the cost and the effort involved in getting to China, and we must thank Picon for their efforts in helping to make the whole thing happen for us.

“Perhaps the only disappointment: not as many UK companies exhibiting as we would have expected. Go East and prosper – that’s our message. We now have plenty of work to keep us busy in the next few months. The true success of the event will be known in 12 months time, but everything is looking extremely positive.”

Viewing your Print in Detail: microDot / easyDot

microDot is a combination of software developed by Centurfax – the originators of the dotmeter with the CCDot product – and a powerful, standard, digital microscope. This latest software – easyDot – creates an easy-to-use tablet interface for a microDot microscope.

The microDot device can connect to a PC via a USB connection for instant analysis of the percentage dot and image. The easy to install PC software can calculate screen ruling, percentage dot values and screen angles. The device and software are suitable for measuring dots on film, plate or printed paper.

The measuring unit is highly portable and lightweight. Users simply link to their PC when they want to download the images that they have gathered. Image dots of less than 10 micron are perfectly readable by microDot meaning that the unit is ideal for all types of screening, including FM, hybrid and AM. The device can be set up to read multiple colour plates.

Once an image has been downloaded to a PC it can be measured for percentage dot size, screen ruling and screen angle. Images can, of course, be stored on the PC for future reference, or for e-mailing to support personnel and suppliers.

The original Centurfax CCDot dotmeter product sold over 16,000 devices worldwide.

For full product range details see the ccDotmeter web site.

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Helene Roberts Set to Join Benson Group

In Packaging on July 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced the appointment of Dr Helene Roberts as Group Marketing Director.

In her new role Helene will be responsible for developing and delivering the strategic marketing, communications and innovation offering of the Group across both food and healthcare packaging sectors.

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Helene takes up this newly created role at the end of July following two years as Executive Director Retail, Europe, at Sealed Air Corporation, where she developed a retail strategy for the business, including the establishment of a global centre of excellence.

Prior to this she held a number of roles at Marks & Spencer from 1997 to 2011.  As Head of Packaging, Helene had commercial and technical responsibility for the development of all food and drink packaging at Marks & Spencer.  She led the “Responsible Packaging Strategy” as part of the retail operations eco-plan, which was formulated as “Plan A”.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, said: “As we continue to grow as a business it becomes essential to adopt a more detailed group marketing strategy. Helene’s experience in sales and marketing roles, plus her time spent with a major UK retail business made her the ideal candidate for this position. We firmly believe that Helene will be able to help us take Benson Group to the next level of packaging excellence.”

Speaking about her new role, Dr Helene Roberts added: “Benson Group has grown phenomenally over the past decade. As the business continues to expand, I am looking forward to being involved with the creation of a more detailed marketing and communications strategy, and further developing the innovative offerings from the company for a market that is highly receptive to new and exciting packaging solutions.”

Helene Roberts has a PhD in Polymer Engineering, gained at the Department of Materials Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.

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Bio-Health Expands: Medica Provides the Packaging

In Packaging on July 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

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Licensed herbal medicine provider Bio-Health, Rochester, Kent, has worked closely with Medica Packaging, Crewe, the specialist healthcare packaging supplier within Benson Group, as the company dramatically expands its herbal medicinal product business.

The Kent-based producer of herbal medicinal products, as well as vitamin and mineral food supplements, now has four of its products on the shelves of some 90 Tesco stores across the UK: Periagna, Salvian, Valdrian, and Goodnight [full product details can be found at http://www.bio-health.co.uk]. Strong colour coding on each Bio-Health product range is ably supported by Medica Packaging as the packaging specialist produces three key items from one plant. The Benson Group colour management system helped fulfil the clients requirements for colour consistency across the range. All packaging at Medica is produced under one roof, meaning that project management of cartons, patient information leaflets (PILs) and labels is highly efficient.

Bio-Health as a business was firmly behind the 2011 introduction of stringent government legislation introduced for traditional herbal remedies (THRs). “It was most definitely in our interest,” said Vic Perfitt, Managing Director of Bio-Health. “The market was being dragged down with too many cowboys coming into the sector. They were using cheap ingredients to undercut our prices, but providing products that did not live up to customers’ expectations. It gave the whole herbal medicines industry a bad name. We fought hard to get the government to introduce legislation into the sector. Products now have to be licensed.”

Part of the process means inspections for all key suppliers to the company. “In the same way as standard pharmaceutical product suppliers, we have to audit our major suppliers, such as Medica Packaging, and write a report detailing how they adhere to the correct procedures in their business. I am delighted to say that Medica passed all of the tests for good pharmaceutical manufacturing practice. They are able to tick all of the right boxes as far as quality control procedures and quality assurance is concerned.”

Because Medica Packaging is able to produce cartons, leaflets and labels from one production facility, customers such as Bio-Health only need to conduct one site audit for all three packaging elements. “We also incorporate a colour ID system for our products. These distinctive colours are used on the box, the PIL, and the label. The aim is to make it simple for our end user to recognise the right information leaflet for the right product,” added Vic Perfitt. “Because all three elements are printed by one company they are able to ensure with 100% accuracy that the correct Pantone colour is used – even though the printing processes for each element of the packaging are different.”

As per regular pharmaceutical products, Braille information has to be included on the carton, but Bio-Health has gone one step further by adding Braille to the printed label. “In our opinion it is likely that this will become a legal requirement in the near future, but it just makes sense anyway. Blind and partially sighted customers need this information – why would we not want to include it?” said Vic Perfitt.

Commenting on behalf of Medica Packaging, Mark Bradley, Sales Director, said: “Bio-Health are at the forefront of the traditional herbal remedies market. It is a pleasure to work with such a professional company in this fast-growing market. Medica Packaging is at hand to guide THR suppliers through the new packaging legislation so they too can enjoy a share of this emerging sector. The legislation that Bio-Health was very keen to see introduced ensures that both product and packaging has to be of the highest quality.”

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.

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