July 2002 Issue


2002 TLMI Products and Services Guide

The 13th annual edition of the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) Products and Services Guide offers a compilation of TLMI converter and supplier member contact information and product and service profiles. Use the listings to locate companies and key personnel geographically, via phone or on-line. Or, consult the product charts to reference member capabilities at a glance. Product charts are available as Adobe PDF files and require Acrobat Reader. Label Converter Products (A-Gi) Approvals and Materials Final Products, Sell Application Equipment and Process Capabilities Primary Markets and Industrial Printing Process and In-House Capabilities Label Converter Products (Go-NCR) Approvals and Materials Final Products, Sell

Finer Things in Folding Cartons

Paperboard raises its value-added appeal with new and underused printing techniques. By Jessica Millward, Associate Editor THERE WERE NO easy winners in pP's Excellence Awards competition, but the "Folding Carton" categories have been the toughest races to call in the last few judgings. With a growing pool of high-end products demanding value-added packaging, a new breed of paperboard materials has emerged to support expanding printing techniques. White noise Today's paperboard materials have a dual mission: to enable the best possible aesthetic appearance, and to be durable throughout the post-press process. "As a result, packaging professionals are … specifying higher-quality paperboards

Inking Outside the CMYK Realm

A look at two ink systems for HiFi printing. By Terri McConnell, Prepress Editor "IN 1903, THE Wright brothers made their first engine-powered flight. Sixty-six years later, we put men on the moon. If you compare the evolution of flight to the evolution of color in print, we're still in the dark ages. Four printing plates and four cans of ink." So begins Matthew Bernasconi's call for a revolution in ink. Bernasconi, founder of the Australian company Opaltone Graphic Solutions, is a passionate evangelist for what is known as HiFi printing—the use of a six- or seven-color ink system to replace the four-color (cyan,

It's a Wide, Wide World

Wide-web press manufacturers are adding features to make these big guys more nimble and easier to operate. By Tom Polischuk, Editor WIDE-WEB PRESSES offer many scale advantages for package printers that can provide great returns for their businesses. The downside, however, is that this scale also translates to higher costs for downtime, waste, and job changeovers. Press manufacturers know well the issues faced by their customers. In addition to print quality and material usage, Jim Coddington, vice president for BHS Printing Machinery, sites productivity for short and long runs, and flexibility of the process as important issues for operators of wide-web presses. Features incorporated

The Best of Both Worlds

By combining flexo and gravure, Sonoco is able to maintain its competitive edge. By Kate Tomlinson, Associate Editor IN 1993, SONOCO'S Flexible Packaging division realized that it could offer customers the value-added products many were looking for, by expanding its strictly gravure process base. Today, with nine plants worldwide, Sonoco achieves its range of graphics by running flexo and gravure both separately and in combination. Sonoco's extensive equipment roster includes: wide- and narrow-web rotogravure presses, up to 11 stations with in-line lamination and cold/heat seal coatings; wide- and narrow-web flexographic presses, up to 10 stations with in-line lamination and cold/heat seal coatings; gravure/flexo