Labelexpo Americas 2014 got off to a great start yesterday, with exhibitors and visitors alike reporting an excellent experience on the show floor, in the feature areas and across the conference sessions.

Then there was last night’s Label Industry Global Awards event, where Suzanna Zaccone picked up her R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award. There was barely a dry eye in the house as Suzanne delivered a touching, heartfelt, positive and life-affirming acceptance speech. Congratulations to Suzanne on the well-deserved recognition from the industry, and also to the other winners on the night – Avery Dennison, Nuova Gidue, Stephanos Karydakis and Bio4Life.

The Package Printing Workshop was a busy area on the show floor yesterday, and again today, as Xeikon and Delta Industrial showcased ‘non-label work’, i.e. digitally printed and finished cartons, personalized using data collected on the show floor, plus converting and finishing technology.

Xeikon showed digitally printed cartons, as well as security printing and brand protection as part of the carton production process. Security features are enabled by the use and combination of various components, including software, consumables and print technology.

Delta Industrial’s Mod-Tech showed the tools and opportunities for using existing label technology to expand into new areas using modules designed for other applications.

A key part of the Delta Industrial demonstration was the control offered by the machine, important when handling expensive materials in the drug and pharmaceutical market, and also the opportunities to add other features, such as laser die-cutting and RFID placement, to use the system in other applications.

Mike Fairley hosted a demonstration of the new Label Academy education platform, launched on the first day of the show. Attended by a mix of suppliers an converters from across the industry, Fairley detailed the need for education, particularly in the self-adhesive label industry, to allow the next generation and beyond to understand, manage and grow their business and the industry as a whole.

Since its launch yesterday, more than 100 registrations have taken place on the website www.label-academy.com , with three modules currently available and up to 20 within the next few years.

Read more about Label Academy here.

Day three of the show will also feature the presentation of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle competition winner at 2pm in the main lobby.

After yesterday’s successful opening and today’s continued positivity, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has to bring. It is the third and final day of the show and we all look forward to seeing and welcoming you to the final day of Labelexpo Americas 2014.

Written for: Labels and Labeling Magazine

Author: David Pittman

September 2014

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