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Delta What? - An Introduction to Delta E
March 27, 2018 at 11:21 am

Brands and their associated colors are often so closely connected that consumers can quickly recognize a brand based solely off color - think Coca-Cola and red. In packaging, color differentiation is often measured in terms of "Delta E," with the goal to keep that number as low as possible. But what exactly is Delta E, and how can printers better understand this essential measurement?

Five Packaging Trends to Follow in 2018
February 12, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Each year, market intelligence agency Mintel releases a collection of Global Packaging Trends. David Luttenberger of Mintel shared his thoughts behind this year’s five trends.

A Litte Care Goes a Long Way in Flexo Plate Maintenance
October 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Flexo plates have a tough job, whirring around on a print cylinder, covered in ink and repeatedly transferring an image to a substrate. But to make sure these plates can withstand the high-impact nature of printing, they require delicate care and maintenance.

Best Practices: The Importance of Ink Systems
June 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm

It’s easy to take for granted that in any type of printing, ink will meet the substrate as it passes through the press and a printed product will come out on the other side. But, what often gets overlooked is the path the ink takes on its journey to and through the press and eventually, onto its intended surface. Ink systems, whether pumps, dispensers, tanks or formulations, are crucial elements that play a major role in print quality, efficiency, color accuracy and plant and product safety.

Best Practices: Embossing is More Than a Visual Enhancement
May 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Embossing elements on labels and packages can — literally and figuratively — add a new dimension to a substrate. A raised surface, especially when combined with foil or varnish, does provide visual enhancements, but can also enhance the chances a consumer will touch the package, greatly increasing the likelihood of a purchase.

Best Practices: Care and Maintenance of Doctor Blades and Chambers
April 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Though they are often overlooked in the flexographic and gravure printing processes, doctor blades are essential to high-quality print results. Experts in doctor blades and chambers shared their insights on how to care for and maintain these important tools in flexo and gravure printing.