May 2008 Issue


Air Motion Systems To Launch ‘Bullet-Proof’ P3 UV at drupa

ARVADA, Colo.—Air Motion Systems (AMS) will introduce its third-generation P3 UV system to the global market at drupa 2008. At Graph Expo 2007, the P3 system was the only technology in the UV Coating and Curing category to earn a coveted “Worth-A-Look” award in the independent “Must See ‘Ems” recognition program sponsored by the North American Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). “With P3 we are solving the long-term durability and energy questions associated with UV in order to further the adoption of this fantastic, environmentally friendly printing technology,” notes Steve Metcalf, President and CEO, AMS. “Our goal is to increase the ease and availability

FTA Inducts Vreeland into Hall of Fame

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.—The Flexographic Technical Association has named Howard B. Vreeland Jr., chief operating officer of Anderson & Vreeland Inc., the 46th inductee to its Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Sunday, April 27, at Foundation of FTA’s Annual Forum in Dallas, Texas. Vreeland knew from a very early age that printing plants and pressrooms would become focal points in his life’s work, as well as the center of his uncompromising efforts to identify, develop, and introduce new products that contribute to the advancement of flexographic print quality and consistency. His career in flexography was launched in summer 1967, while still in high school,

Harper To Hit the Road

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Harper GraphicSolutions will be heading out on the road for its 2008 Flexo Solutions Tour. The theme of this tour will focus on troubleshooting all aspects of the printing process. Anilox, prepress, and flexographic printing experts from Harper will hold the sessions with the help of other industry experts. COST: No charge—Send as many people as you’d like, but register quickly because seating is limited. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Print managers, print supervisors, prepress managers and graphic designers, your ink, purchasing and/or general managers. SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE : • Presentations and discussions on substrate, ink, plate mounting tape, diecutting, prepress, color proofing, preparation, optimization

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2008 Awards Announced

More than 600 delegates from 28 countries were in attendance at the recent IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe event held in Dresden. The event featured the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Awards in recognition of outstanding achievement, which were given at the gala dinner on April 7. The categories and winners were: • Technical Development Device Award Winner: LG Displays • Technical Development Manufacturing Award Winner: Hewlett Packard and PowerFilm Solar • Technical Development Materials Award Winner: Ciba • Best New Product Development Award Winner: PolyIC • Best Commercialization Award Winner: GSI Technologies • Printed Electronics Europe Champion: Wolfgang Mildner, CEO, PolyIC An independent panel of judges

Seriharta Grafik Switches to Narrow Web Flexo

IPOH, Malaysia—In Ipoh, the capital of the state of Perak, Malaysia, Seriharta Grafik Sdn Bhd successfully transferred its cigarette hard pack printing production from sheet-fed offset to narrow web flexography in March 2007. To improve print quality and productivity, the company purchased a Gallus EM410 flexo press equipped with rotary diecutting and a Martin MBS automatic splicer. Gallus recommended the Martin MBS splicer to help Seriharta Grafik get the highest productivity possible from its new press. Originally the company simply thought an automatic splicer would help print continuously by eliminating stops for roll changing. The Martin MBS performed extremely well, delivering flawless automatic roll

SPECIAL ISSUE: Equipment & Materials Specifier

The May issue of packagePRINTING presents the 2008 Equipment & Materials Specifier. This issue can be used as a valuable resource to identify the products and companies that you are looking for to improve the operating performance of your business. A wide range of equipment and materials needed by package printers is highlighted in this issue.

The Deadline is Approaching...

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Have you entered packagePRINTING’s 22nd annual Excellence Awards competition? If you haven’t, you still have time to ensure your place in the competition. We will be accepting entries until May 16, 2008. The packagePRINTING Excellence Awards features the best of the best in the tag-and-label, flexible-packaging, folding-carton, and corrugated segments of the package-printing industry. Award winners will enjoy national exposure in the magazine’s August 2008 special awards issue, with extended coverage given to the Best of Show winner. First, Second, and Third place winners are recognized in segments of broader categories, which include Labels, Wine Labels, Flexible Packaging, Folding Cartons, Corrugated (Preprint), Corrugated

Xanté and Pantone Form Partnership

MOBILE, Ala. & DUIVEN, Netherlands—As a result of a recent partnership between the two companies, Xanté has integrated the PANTONE Color Libraries into the next major releases of OpenRIP Symphony and OpenRIP Flexo, premiering at drupa May 27-June 11, 2008. The built-in color libraries include: PANTONE Goe coated and PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM solid coated, solid uncoated, and solid matte. Xanté is among the first to integrate the new PANTONE Goe system of 2,058 spot colors into OpenRIP workflow applications, making spot color matching easier and more accurate. The OpenRIP “Scan for Colors” feature examines incoming files to detect spot colors and automatically matches them