Future Links March 9th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature HP’s new business printers, flexible packaging and the need for increased food safety, origami-inspired 3D printed surgical tools, an EU initiative for bioplastics, Roland DG’s smartphone-operated printers, Dulpo’s plans for drupa 2016 and new on the drupa blog: Invisible inks to guard against counterfeits.

HP unveils new business printing portfolio
The newly formed HP Inc. introduced more than 15 additional printers, as well as launching a new range of secure managed print services. HP says that Secure MPS will be launched immediately and includes secure printers with self-healing capabilities, security software, data encryption, reporting, and access to security expertise. The range of printers includes HP PageWide printers, OfficeJet Pro printers, and LaserJet printers.
More at PC Advisors

Flexible packaging to improve food safety
Innovations such as flexible packaging have led to a remarkable shift in the food packaging industry. It is durable, lightweight – hence, reduces transportation costs – and occupies less space as compared to the other packaging products. Today’s consumers place a premium on the freshness, nutritional value and safety of packaged food. In India, the food packaging industry is asked to ensure that all the components used fulfill the requirements of the relevant regulation, for example FDA and EU framework regulations.
More at Business Standard

Origami inspired tiny 3D printed surgical tools
We have seen origami-inspired biobatteries and other kinds of printed electronics. Now, the ancient Japanese paper cutting art has led to another invention: tiny 3D printed surgical tools. Researchers from Brigham Young University created devices so small that the incisions they cause can heal by themselves, without stitches. In order to create such tiny tools, the BYU team had to get rid of the clunky pin joints and other parts that allow surgical devices to move.  Instead, they’re using the deflection seen in origami to cause the instruments to move.
More at 3D Printing Industry

EU packaging initiative develops bioplastics for circular economy
The EU DIBBIOPACK project has developed a series of multifunctional packaging products that are bio-based, compostable and biodegradable, and will contribute to the growth of a truly circular economy. The project has created its innovative packaging from polymers with three sectors in mind – pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and the food industry. These polymers are labeled as ’smart‘ due to bioplastic materials presenting new characteristics that turn them into real actors for product preservation.
More at Phys.org

Roland DG launches smartphone-operated printers
Smartphones are no longer just used when traveling; they do have a place in the everyday operations of many companies. Roland DG, the manufacturer of wide-format printers, is taking the new reality into consideration. The company launched two new eco solvent inkjet printer/cutters, the VG-640 and VG-540, under its new TrueVIS series. Both machines come with a built-in Roland DG Mobile Panel, which allows users to control the panel function from their existing smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating systems, via a Bluetooth connection.
More at i-Grafix

Finishing specialist Duplo is ready for drupa 2016
Duplo International is to use this year’s drupa to appeal to a global audience and to display a wide range of equipment. Duplo will be showcasing technology such as binders, bookletmakers, saddle-stitchers, folders and duplicators. According to Duplo, the company’s stand will closely reflect Duplo’s brand image of sustainable highly productive systems and automated precision.
More at Print Monthly

New on the drupa blog: Invisible inks to guard against counterfeits
Forged products are a cause for concern across all sectors. They are especially nefarious in the pharmaceutical industry where counterfeit products, due to sub-standard quality, may pose severe health risk to consumers. No wonder that the search for solutions is intensifying. Two groups of researchers from China and Spain now made important contributions to the arsenal of anti-counterfeit measures with new inks.
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