February 1998 Issue


1997 TLMI Award Honorable Mentions

International Honorable Mentions LETTERPRESS, Rotary line—prime Walsall Labelling Systems—Clan MacGregor LETTERPRESS, Rotary line and screen/tone—prime Walsall Labelling Systems—Glenfiddich Special Reserve OFFSET, Color process—prime Tapp Technologies—Horton Vineyards—Malbec MULTI-PROCESS, Line—prime Germark S.A.—Mont-Marcal MULTI-PROCESS, Line and screen/tone—prime Arca Etichette Spa—Osmose Shampooing Vitamin Color MULTI-PROCESS, Color process Tapp Technologies—Fess Parker Winery MULTI-PROCESS, Color process Guy & Co.—Merrys Face TAGS, Unique—nonpressure sensitive Label Converters Ltd—Smith & Nephew Intasite Gel North American Honorable Mentions FLEXO, Line-prime Custom Tape & Label—Indego Pale Ale H.C. Berger Beer Label FLEXO, Line-prime Advanced Web Technologies—3M Tape Flag FLEXO, Line-nonprime MPI Label Systems of IL—Fury FLEXO, Line and screen/tone-prime Label Art—Atlantic Brass Dart Box

1997 TLMI Award Winners

packagePRINTING presents the tag and label industry's exclusive first look at the winners of the 1997 TLMI Awards competition. By taking Best of Show honors in the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute's Awards competition, a combination offset-printed/foil-stamped front and back label solidified multi-process printing's reputation for adding value and elegance to printed packaging. Converted by Impressive Labels, Safford, AZ, the "Frescolina" wine label was tagged by the panel of judges as being superior to all 290 entries in this 20th annual competition. Overall, 49 TLMI and 18 FINAT member companies participated. Cited for its extremely exacting registration of two foils put down one

1997 TLMI Int'l 1st Place Awards

LETTERPRESS, Rotary line/prime Assta Labels Pty.—Seagrams Spirit Sam Cougar Black To advertise products at point of sale. Sets of quality labels made up of small quantities for point of sale promotion in bars and liquor outlets. LPM-300 letterpress. Photopolymer plates. Bright silver Mylar and laminated with clear Mylar. LETTERPRESS, Rotary line/nonprime Guy & Co.--AST Computer Label is for AST laptop computer. Printed on metallized polyester material with gray reversed through black. Difficult to hold small fonts from filling in. Casco Nobel inks. Holfeld Graphics plates. Lazerform dies. Gallus R200 press. Flexmark material with L23 adhesive. Printed at 40m/min. LETTERPRESS, Rotary line and screen/tone—prime

Blade Trade-offs

Plastic and composite doctor blades come up sharp in safety and wear, but steel's metering edge may be tough to beat. By Susan Friedman "Plastics make it possible," a recent American Plastics Council ad campaign trumpets. In the doctor blade arena, plastic and composite blades have offered an alternative to steel for over 20 years. Here's a review of what these materials make possible on-press, most notably, safety perks and wear resistance. Meter credos Supplier perspectives on blade metering capability leave plastics, in particular, a bit behind. Mark Hahn, director of sales and marketing for AAA Press International, Arlington Heights, IL, states in customer

Bringing Flexo Into the Fold

Will offset-loyal folding carton printers buy into flexo's quality gains and process efficiencies? By Susan Friedman A $4 billion dollar carrot could be dangling in front of folding carton printers interested in pursuing flexo, according to The Future of Flexo Printing for Packaging and Specialty Markets 1996, released by Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS). All but 20 percent of the $5 billion folding carton printing market could potentially be done flexo, the report states, with the exception being high-end packages for cosmetics and other industries. Flexo is more likely, however, to jump from 20 percent to 40 percent penetration within five years, mostly

Converting Information Into Success

Information management and a customer service focus have pushed Converting Technology, Inc., past more seasoned competitors. by David Luttenberger Industry veterans John Norgard, Bill Crutchfield, Ken Roberts and Rick Storey knew that creating and running a successful diemaking business in the information age depended on more than just having megabytes of data at their fingertips. Before they ever shipped a die out of Converting Technology, Inc. (CTI), they developed their own software program that would enable CTI to manage information regarding every aspect of the business. From computerized order entry, to real-time scheduling, to on-time delivery and profitability reports by department, Norgard and his