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AVantage TechTip #4 From Anderson and Vreeland

Liquid polymer resins and chemicals carry certain safety hazards that can be problematic to those that come in contact with them. However, there are specific safety precautions, such as the usage of personal protective equipment and adhering to safety data sheet guidelines, that can minimize the risk of skin and eye irritation, inhalation, and ingestion. In this month's TechTip from Anderson & Vreeland, some easy-to-follow best practices are outlined that can help keep employees safe from these potentially hazardous materials. Click here to find out more about staying safe when working with liquid polymer resins and chemicals.

Nilpeter Sets Focus on Canada

Nilpeter’s comprehensive line of printing and packaging solutions will now be represented in the region by two long time industry and Nilpeter veterans, Fran Mayo and Robert Wray. The eastern region of Canada from Ontario east will now be represented by Mayo, while the west will be supported by Wray.

“Having the most experienced and knowledgeable team of sales people will only bring direct value to our customers”, says Paul Teachout, vice president of sales and marketing for Nilpeter North America.

“Fran and Rob have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to share with our customers, so our partners will see an immediate impact in their representation."

CTI Expands Metal Can Decoration with Thermochromic Colors

Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI), the specialty inks company whose ideas are "powered by chemistry," has broadened the gamut of colors used in the thermochromic (heat-sensitive) applications for metal can decorating. The achievement follows the company’s announcement of a similar expansion of colors for the plastics industry.

The new, advanced color pallet will use CTI's proprietary High Velocity Ink (HVI) delivery system to ensure all inks can be applied efficiently at high speed and are durable against heat and sunlight. HVI was developed through three years of research and development at CTI. The key advantages of HVI are (1) much smaller particle inks, thus enabling them to be run at higher speeds, and (2) less waste while producing higher yields, meaning one pound of ink prints more cans). All of CTI’s thermochromic inks ascend to the high velocity capability.

"Every brand can now create its own unique fingerprint in thermochromic color and design," explained Patrick Edson, chief marketing officer for CTI. "We seek to help every brand create differentiation and 'theater-in-the-hand' experience every time the consumer touches the product. CTI is 'not just an inks company' but an innovator who helps grow and differentiate brands.”

Call for Entries: The 29th Annual packagePRINTING Excellence Awards

Excellence is an elusive quarry, but it is at the core of the work done by every label and package printer and converter. This marks the 29th year of the packagePRINTING Excellence Awards, in which a panel of judges, all industry experts in packaging, will examine a host of entries from around the world to determine the best of the best.

It’s not a trivial task! Every year the entries raise the bar on every aspect of quality in labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated containers. Product decoration ranges from the deceptively simple—but subtly complex—to finely crafted works of packaging art.

“The work we see at this competition exemplifies the dedication and craftsmanship of package printers and converters,” said Brian Ludwick, executive vice president and publisher of packagePRINTING magazine. “Every year we think it can’t possibly get any better, and yet the following year we are always surprised at what is being done.”

The competition includes labels, wine and beer labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated, with specialty categories for technical achievement and sustainability. Each of these is divided into sub-categories for different types of printing, including flexography, offset, screen, gravure, digital, and combinations of technologies.

“Package printers and converters are pushing the envelope of every printing technology at their disposal,” said Noel Ward, editor-in-chief of packagePRINTING. “It’s exciting to see not only what they submit, but to hear how they worked their magic to produce some spectacular packaging.”

Entries for the competition must be submitted by June 5. Click here for more information and to start preparing your entry.

Kocher + Beck Break Ground in Kansas

Kocher + Beck USA, has broken ground on a state-of-the-art extension to its Lenexa, KS manufacturing facility.

The 24,000 square-foot extension will help the company meet the growing demand for its high quality flexible dies. The facility will be fully operational in December 2015. Lars Beck, the managing director of Kocher + Beck, welcomed the mayor of Lenexa, city officials and about 50 guests. He expressed his excitement about the positive impact this new development will have on the company, the local community and Kocher + Beck customers.

“After evaluating our current production facility and the requirement to increase capacity and efficiencies, the best way forward was to expand our facility and we are excited to be able to continue to service our customers in the best possible way,” he said.

GMG Releases OpenColor 2.0

To make packaging proofing simpler, OpenColor 2.0 from GMG has new features and a powerful new interface optimized to make profiling easier. In this new version, OpenColor 2.0 teams up with GMG ColorProof to calculate high-precision profiles and automatically transfer them to GMG ColorProof for printing.

A completely redesigned user-centered interface features a project-based view to provide more flexibility in handling measurement data and creating profiles, while providing greater data control and transparency. Each packaging product can be managed via a project folder containing all related information in one easily accessible place.

The centralized data management ensures accurate, consistent results across multiple sites. Responding to the needs of production safety, OpenColor 2.0 offers more control in terms of publishing functionality so that only approved data and profiles proceed into production.

OpenColor 2.0 includes extensive correction tools for determining potential sources of error, optimizing measurement data and editing profiles. All corrections are visualized in a live preview. A multichannel test chart generator can create individual test charts for all packaging applications. Virtually any number of patches can be defined in various overprinting combinations and with full control of the separations. Finally, test charts created with GMG OpenColor can be measured within the application.

GMG OpenColor 2.0 is immediately available from GMG and GMG resellers. 

Phototype Receives World's First Installation of DuPont Cyrel 3000 Modular InLiner

DuPont Packaging Graphics (DuPont) has installed the world’s first DuPont Cyrel 3000 Modular InLiner flexographic platemaking system at Phototype, a brand building company in Cincinnati. Capable of processing more than 120 high-quality photopolymer plates per day, this new Cyrel InLiner system combines processor, dryer, light finisher and stacker into one unit that delivers quality results at high speed.

“Plate production productivity has increased by more than 25 percent since the installation,” said Bill Hounshell, vice president printing services, Phototype. “The service and response time from DuPont is exceptional, so it was an easy decision to have this new Cyrel InLiner installed. Installation was completed quickly and we were processing plates within one week. Since then we have been virtually error-free for more than six months.”

The Cyrel 3000 Modular InLiner allows Phototype’s operators to make high-quality plates with reduced errors, provide better-quality plate washout, and improve plate production efficiencies while reducing their workload and stress.

“Phototype, like DuPont, has a long history of building its business and we take the trust they place in us very seriously,” said Wendy Andrushko, regional leader, Americas, DuPont Packaging Graphics. “We want to support them as they continue to grow their business and the adoption of new integrated systems, such as the Cyrel 3000 InLiner with its high-production capabilities, will help put them in an excellent position for future success.”

Maxcess Wins Technical Excellence Award

Tidland, a global leader in slitting and winding solutions for the web handling industry, was recently awarded the 2015 AIMCAL Technical Excellence Award for its 360 Degree Blade Guard.

Praised as a simple solution to operator safety, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) awarded the blade guard for its automatic action, eliminating the possibility of guard placement being overlooked when the knifeholder is off the machine.

“When we designed our e-Knifeholder and 360 Degree Blade Guard, we stepped back and asked ourselves how we could make it safer for operators and minimize their risk of being cut,” said Sean Craig, general manager for Tidland. “Our solution was a 360 Degree Blade Guard that completely covers the blade when it’s retracted away from the anvil so there’s no risking an operator cutting themselves on a very sharp knife blade.” 
Standard on all e-Knifeholders and available as a retrofit for Tidland Performance Series Knifeholders, the award-wining 360 Degree Blade Guard protects operators from sharp blades during setup and changeover.

Clear and Black from UPM Raflatac

Two kinds of labels stand out on a shelf: those with the pop that comes from smart use of the color black, and those where the label itself is virtually invisible. Going for just those looks, and designed specifically for wine and spirits labeling, are the Vanish and Eclipse Black lines from UPM Raflatac.

Eclipse Black has a midnight hue that appeals to renowned vintners who decide to go with a black label for some of their award-winning wines. It uses a premium ultra-black paper that provides a stark, yet compelling visual palette that opens up imaginative and colorful branding opportunities. According to UPM Raflatac, the face stock is comprised of 30 percent post-consumer waste and uses a recyclable PET liner.

In an entirely opposite direction is Vanish, an ultra-thin stock—about .92 mil—that provides a no-label look. UPM Raflatac believes creative designers will view this all-but-invisible label stock as a canvas, where they can create shapes and imagery previously considered unattainable. Invisible, the company says, never looked so good.

Zip-Pak Rolls Out Resealable Pet Food Options

Zip-Pak introduced four resealable solutions for pet foods that enhance consumers’ handling of pet food containers.

Sensus—Sensory Feedback Fasteners—feature performance characteristics that appeal to a consumer’s sense of sound, sight, smell or touch. The re-closure profile is specifically designed to create a tactile bumping sensation and audible clicking noise when the zipper is opened or resealed, providing assurance that their flexible package has firmly been sealed. And pets, with a heightened sense of sound, will “hear” that it’s time to eat.

Vector, a self-mating resealable closure, is said to be an ideal closure for a wide range of pet products thanks to a resealable matrix pattern that is easier to align and has superior air-seal capabilities. Vector also delivers a more vivid tactile response, assuring consumers of a tight seal upon opening, closing, and storage. 

Pour & Lok is a resealable packaging solution that combines easy opening with pour spout functionality. A press-to-close, foldable zipper is pre-applied to film in the side gusset, creating a partial opening that forms the package’s easy-to-use resealable pour spout.

The DoubleZip, a popular and proven solution in the Zip-Pak Press-to-Close family of resealable closures, provides consumers with an easy way to achieve a complete seal with every use of a pet food product. Extensive research indicates that consumers prefer DoubleZip over packages with standard single track zippers.

Source: ZipPak.

Curtis Packaging Earns G7 Certification

Curtis Packaging, a full service luxury packaging designer and manufacturer, has achieved certification as a G7 Master Printer from IDEAlliance, a not-for-profit industry organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing for 45 years.

The elite G7 certification assures clients that Curtis Packaging can meet international benchmarks for proof-to-press and press-to-press color reproduction quality and consistency. In addition, it denotes the company’s use of advanced technology, techniques and process controls required to produce high-quality printing. From a customer perspective, these elements combine to provide a level of confidence to virtually eliminate costly travel and time commitments associated with traditional press checks.

“In the past year, Curtis has worked with our key vendor Flint Inks to accomplish G7 certification," said Kerry Brown, vice president of operations. "We invested in prepress hardware and software to enhance our production workflows. On our press floor we have invested in the Ink Zone Color Management System to control press conditions to our G7 fingerprinting. This technology, combined with the printing expertise at Curtis Packaging, brings us to the highest level of print quality. Implementing the standards associated with G7 Master Printer will add another level of process control and quality control that will result in a better predictability and an overall enhanced product.”

MWV and Penn State Study Shows Consumer Dissatisfaction with Takeout Packaging

MeadWestvaco has released research findings from a study conducted jointly with Pennsylvania State University via a webinar hosted by QSR Magazine. The study reveals key insights into consumer preference and behavior regarding takeout packaging.

The findings suggest that brands can increase consumer satisfaction by offering their customers better protection against oil and grease. Research shows that 67 percent of consumers report they have had their clothes and/or cars stained by greasy takeout containers—and 32 percent of those affected say they would not return to the establishment where they received greasy containers. This presents an opportunity for brands to take their takeout packaging to the next level and drive deeper consumer loyalty.

“Food service packaging is falling behind in meeting consumers’ expectations,” said Bill Kuecker, global strategic marketing director, materials, MWV. “Our global consumer satisfaction survey Packaging Matters finds that fewer than 1 in 15 consumers – only 7 percent – are completely satisfied with to-go packaging today. MWV developed EnShield kit 5, an innovative paperboard solution that is significantly more resistant to oil and grease, to tackle just that. We offer brand owners an opportunity to improve consumer satisfaction with their food service packaging, leading to a better consumer experience and, ultimately, increased loyalty.”

MWV teamed up with Penn State to conduct the study. Researchers surveyed more than 250 consumers in the university’s sensory analysis facility. The respondents represented a broad range of ages and qualified for the study based on their purchase behavior, including buying takeout or to-go food at least once a month and at least occasionally eating food in their car while on the go.

INX International’s Jim Bailen Recognized as NAPIM Printing Ink Pioneer

Acknowledging more than 30 years of achievements in the ink industry, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers bestowed a Printing Ink Pioneer Award to INX International Ink Co. executive Jim Bailen at its Centennial Convention’s awards and black tie dinner, March 23 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Vice President of Engineering since 1999, Jim has served as lead project engineer for every major facility expansion and equipment installation INX International has instituted in the last 20 years. His team has completed the design and managed construction of three recent multi-million production facility projects in the U.S. and overseas.  

In 1984, Jim joined CPS, the in-house ink division of Sullivan Graphics in Dunkirk, NY as an electrical supervisor in the maintenance department. Sakata INX acquired CPS from Sullivan in 1990, and it later became part of the INX International family.

In 2004, he oversaw completion of the new modern metal decorating facility in Charlotte, NC that produces ink for customers around the world. Four years later, he did the same for the new liquid ink plant in Homewood, IL that produces water-based technologies.

Since 2004, Bailen has served on the NAPIM/ANSI B65 Equipment Safety Committees that has developed several safety standards, including 3-roll mills, to help guide equipment manufacturers to construct safer machines.

Bailen established the development of the INX TPM elements for planned maintenance and early equipment planning within the company, which included training of maintenance personnel. He also developed an engineering design and installation program for new equipment at INX International.

“Jim has an extremely observant eye to find safety situations and engineer safer ways to make ink,” commented Rick Clendenning, INX president and CEO. “Jim has pioneered many developments over the years and truly deserves recognition for his contributions to the industry. Without him in this role, we would not be where we are today as a company.”

PPC Calls For Folding Carton Entries

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) is currently accepting submissions to its 72nd annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition, a competition that recognizes masterful carton converting from concept and design, to printing, shipping, distributing, on-shelf appeal, and beyond.

PPC will accept submissions through June 1, 2015, after which a panel of packaging experts will convene in Springfield, MA in July to judge the entries. The winning cartons will be revealed in October, during PPC’s Fall Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

A uniquely rigorous contest, PPC’s carton competition recognizes excellence throughout the entire converting process. Not only do the judges examine carton blanks as well as finished cartons loaded with product, they also review detailed write-ups that provide insights into each carton’s design, board type, distribution, and more.

Cartons may be awarded prizes in the General Category, Innovation (for new and game-changing solutions), and Eco (for cartons that replaced a less sustainable substrate, decreased waste, etc.). Top awards include Paperboard Package of the Year, Folding Carton of the Year, Rigid Box of the Year, the Innovation Award, and the Eco Award.

To enter the 2015 competition, PPC members can submit their work at

Bingham Flexo Services and Pamarco Reaffirm Joint Commitment

As an exclusive agent of Pamarco for more than 17 years, Bingham Flexo Services has again signed a multiyear agency agreement to represent Pamarco’s full line of flexo and coating products. Headquartered in Pamarco’s Batavia, IL manufacturing facility, BFS services the central United States with a team of highly skilled technical representatives.

BFS and Pamarco take pride in delivering not only industry leading products but the application knowledge and troubleshooting skills needed to ensure their clients succeed at the highest levels.

John Bingham, president of BFS commented, “This commitment to Pamarco is also a commitment to our loyal client base, assuring them that they will continue to receive the best possible products and the service they have come to rely on. Pamarco has again and again demonstrated their commitment to lead the industry with products that improve our customers' process."

Primeflex Labels Invests in First Nilpeter

Since Primeflex Labels’ foundation in 1997, the Colorado-based converter has experienced steady growth every year. To meet the increasing demand, the company has invested in an eight-color Nilpeter FB-3 servo flexo press.

Primeflex focuses on labels for food and beverages, cosmetics, consumer products, meat products, as well as flexible packaging such as pouches, and wrap-arounds. The new press is a multi-substrate, servo-driven flexo press with UV-curing, which runs up to 560 FPM. The press, which was installed in March, features Nilpeter’s innovative CLEANINKING chambers. The high level of automation and ease of use to minimize waste and increase efficiency, were key factors in the decision.

“When we compared the total package that Nilpeter offered, our decision was easy”, says President and original founder of Primeflex Labels, Tom Cummings. ”The overall technology, capabilities, support, and value package offered by Nilpeter really set the standard."