Hundreds Take Part in Packaging Webinar for Commercial PrintersBy Cory Francer
FTA Forum Addresses Print Challenges Across Multiple Markets to Meet Customer Expectations
- “Digital Printing for Flexible Packaging: A Partner to Flexography or A Replacement?” Kevin Kelly, Emerald Packaging Inc.
- “Managing A Cross Platform Approach to Meet the Needs of A Complex Marketplace,” Bob Feldman, Constantia Label
- “Decorating in 3D,” Kirk Birchler, Berry Plastics Corporation
- “Putting the ‘Flex’ in Flexographic – Color Matching For Different Substrates & Print Technologies,” Chuck Buscaglia, Berry Plastics Corporation
It’s Back! Hungry Jack’s Microwavable Bottle ReturnsBy Noel Ward
Heading South: Graph Expo Shifts to OrlandoBy Noel Ward
Toray Introduces Torayfan PWX5 Film for Extended Shelf Life
Toray Plastics (America) is now offering CPG's and converters Torayfan PWX5, a metallized BOPP film that is designed for use as a high-performance inner moisture- and oxygen-barrier web in gas-flushed applications. One side of PWX5 film is vacuum-deposited aluminum on Toray's proprietary ultra-barrier layer, which produces a packaging film that has superior metal adhesion and a shiny appearance. The other side of the film has a stable coefficient of friction (COF) and is heat-sealable. Overall, PWX5 offers superior moisture-, aroma-, and flavor-barrier protection. In addition, its excellent barrier durability makes it the preferred choice for applications requiring an extended shelf life. New Torayfan PWX5 is ideally suited for the packaging of salty, flavorful snacks, cookies, crackers, biscuits, and confectionery items.
Phoseon Doubles Power Output of 365nm Air Cooled LED Sources
Videojet Launches High Adhesion Inks for Returnable Bottles
TLMI Announces Eugene Singer Award Winners
- Centennial, CO-based Columbine Label Company won in the small company category for the fourth time. Greg Jackson, the company’s president, commented, “Winning this award again just doesn’t get old! Competing and coming out on top, given the level of the other companies involved, is difficult to even adequately describe. Needless to say, we’re excited and proud to have won the Singer award again. Achieving these results is largely due to having such a great group of employees at Columbine that really work hard to do a great job for our customers. And we have a great group of customers as well, that makes putting forth the extra effort easy and rewarding. I’m proud to be part of that, and I’m honored to accept this award on their behalf.”
- Yorba Linda, CA-based Digital Label Solutions won for the mid-range company category. This is the company’s second time winning the Eugene Singer Award and company co-owner, Sandy Petersen, commented, “We consider ourselves very lucky that TLMI membership includes management tools as thorough and valuable as the Ratio Study, and of course offering a platform like the Eugene Singer Award that acknowledges all of our hard work and dedication to our company. We wouldn’t be here without these tools, as well as great customers, vendors, and most of all, simply incredible employees who go above and beyond each and every day!.”
- Aurora, IL-based The Label Printers won for the medium company category. This is the Label Printers’ sixth Eugene Singer Award. The company’s COO, Lori Campbell, commented, “This award is a testimony to the dedication of our employees, the loyalty of our customers, and the support of our suppliers and we are grateful to them all.”
- Sanford, FL-based Consolidated Label won for the large company category. This is Consolidated Label’s 13th Eugene Singer Award. Company President, Joel Carmany commented, “Consolidated label is very excited about winning the Singer award again. Our employees work hard to achieve this honor and we thank them along with our loyal customers and vendors for making it possible.”
Online with FTA and IDEAlliance: G7 and Flexography in Production
The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and IDEAlliance are launching a new, interactive online course, “G7, Flexography and the Production Environment.” Designed for both production and non-production personnel within the flexographic printing industry, the course delivers a comprehensive overview of G7 methodology and outlines its proper implementation to enhance any flexographic workflow.
The eight-module course explores the following topics:
- Overview of G7 and FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances)
- Calibration techniques to achieve repeatable results
- Optimization practices to identify the best possible combination of print variables
- Fingerprinting procedures to successfully match a contract proof
- Process control techniques to maintain stable press conditions, and reduce set-up time and waste
- Global standards that reference G7 or Near Neutral Calibration
- Procedures for matching standard proofs, versus custom datasets
- How G7 provides efficiencies for both brand owner and printer
- Next steps for G7 and FIRST certification
This self-paced course, narrated by Steve Smiley, SmileyColor & Associates, LLC. and Joe Tuccitto, FTA, is $450 for FTA and IDEAlliance members and $900 for non-members. For complete details and to register visit www.flexography.org/g7.
First “Gallus Digital Label Forum”
Transilwrap Expands Extrusion Capabilities
Consolidated Label Rolls Out Textured Finishes for Shrink Sleeves
- Raised ink deposits
- Finely detailed lines and shapes
- Tactile raised images
- Hologram imitations
- 3D effects
- Security features
Esko Adds Digital Asset Management Provider MediaBeacon
Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions, has announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. MediaBeacon, based in Minneapolis, brings an award-winning suite of DAM tools to market, primarily in the United States, through direct distribution and strategic OEM partnerships in various industries ranging from retail and consumer packaged goods to media, print and the public sector.
“It is Esko’s strategy to digitize and integrate the entire packaging production workflow from design all the way to finished packs and displays in the store. With this acquisition, we further our transformation from a prepress solution provider to an end-to-end supplier in the packaging world,” explains Udo Panenka, Esko president. “Increasing pressure on error-free and timely production of brand expressions across a diverse media range like packaging, in-store displays and online and printed advertising, turns an integrated DAM solution into a cornerstone for both print service providers and brand owners. Adding MediaBeacon tools and expertise expands the Esko Software Suite and brings to market a production workflow solution that keeps pace with the challenges of organizations around the globe.”
To facilitate a smooth integration process, Jason Bright, CEO and founder of MediaBeacon, will assume the role of chief technology officer. Bright, a highly respected thought leader and industry visionary, will work closely with the Esko R&D teams to drive software integration efforts and to ensure ongoing development of the MediaBeacon DAM software. Brett Robertson will assume responsibilities over daily operations as the general manager of MediaBeacon. Robertson was previously the director global product marketing, Servo Motors with Kollmorgen.
“The prospect of adding MediaBeacon’s development and go-to-market efforts into Esko’s global operations in packaging workflow is very exciting and provides us with a solid platform for growth,” comments Robertson. “Esko’s expertise with packaging assets, including structural design and 3D virtual mockup technology, broadens the scope, depth and breadth of the integrated solution dramatically and will surely also excite our customers.”
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.