L&L previews exhibitors and their products on show at the latest installment of the leading label

L&L previews exhibitors and their products on show at the latest installment of the leading label and package printing trade show, Labelexpo Europe 2017. Labelexpo Europe 2017 takes place September 25-28 in Brussels, Belgium, and is set to be the biggest edition in the show’s history. As well as the below exhibitor-by-exhibitor preview, read Andy Thomas’ opinion article on how Labelexpo Europe is broadening its horizons in 2017, and L&L editor James Qurk’s leader from issue 4 on how boundaries are shifting and the term ‘label’ is being redefined. There’s also a look at the new Automation Arena feature area debuting at Labelexpo Europe this year, and a lowdown on the Label Industry Global Awards 2017 finalists, also reported here, plus more on the new FoodSaveUV industry group that proposes food safe UV certification. And if you missed the pre-show webinar, catch up with it here. Further, see the image gallery below for visual highlights of what will be presented on the show floor at Labelexpo Europe 2017. AB Graphic | ACE | acpo | Actega | adphos Digital Printing | Ahlstrom-Munksjö | Shanghai Ako Printing Technology | Albertin | Alphas...

Ever wanted to create your own eye-searing laser capable of burning through plastic or igniting matches?

Ever wanted to create your own eye-searing laser capable of burning through plastic or igniting matches? Now you can simply by using parts from your old, unused PC. As seen in the video below, only three components are needed from the PC: the rig’s power supply, a DVD Burner and the available heatsinks (the example had two). However additional items are needed to complete the project including an Aixiz module, a LM317 constant current driver with a 3 ohm resistor and more After removing the three items from the PC, the instructions start with disassembling the DVD burner and removing the laser sled. If the optical drive writes slower than 16X (or the PC doesn’t have a DVD burner, but rather just a reader), the LPC-815 sled is suggested, costing $15 including tax. Either way, the actual laser diode is the only component needed, crammed into the Aixiz module and connected to a DIY LM317 driver using long leads. Once the actual laser is assembled, the modder then drills a 1/2-inch hole through the side of the CPU heatsink and shoves the laser module through, making sure it doesn’t stick out and sits flush against the side. The next step involves cutting the power ...