The Converter February digital issue is out now!

Editor’s comment: “Kicking off this year’s line-up of exhibitions, at the beginning of March the Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack event returns to the NEC Birmingham, bringing a host of novel packaging solutions, while also addressing the growing concern of waste recycling and energy consumption. In this issue we have our bumper event preview that highlights the various product ideas that companies will be bringing to life, including some interesting on-the-go snacking solutions!

“Elsewhere, it seems that print inspection is a major talking point across the industry at the moment, but more importantly, what the future holds for this technology. A company’s inspection systems need to be interconnected in order to share information and therefore work more efficiently.

“On top of this is the greater need for automated solutions. Operators’ capabilities can only stretch so far and when it comes to colour variations, for example, the original data input into an automated system will help to ensure a match rather than relying solely on the operator’s eye.

“Another trend is the move towards shorter print runs, quicker make-ready times, and the ability to use camera feedback information on press to control the printing process and prevent future defects.

“Also this month, I spoke exclusively with Rondo-Pak about its range of clever pharmaceutical packaging solutions that offer the end consumer easy access as well as piece of mind through the company’s detailed security features.

“As well as this, Clondalkin Flexible Packaging talks about how it is responding to changes across this sector, with stand up pouches leading the way.”

You can view this month’s digital issue here.

Jack Cheeseman Editor / Twitter: @convertermag