packagePRINTING – April 2011


Anilox Impact

Today’s anilox roller technology has grown to be much more than a transfer roller for colorants. It is a versatile tool in many decorative and coating applications. Anilox rollers are now being used to create high opacity whites and base coats for flexible packaging, tactile coatings for raised-imaged varnishes, as well as applying coatings and adhesives for cold foil and multiple other decorative applications.

Color by the Numbers

A large printable surface area combined with a wide range of sizes, shapes, and decorating options make beverage cans the ideal packaging format to create brand presence on the shelf and in consumers’ hands. While creatively enticing, however, the proliferation of options for can decoration give rise to a tremendous number of opportunities for unwanted variation and distortion in the printing process, where consistent, repeatable color measurement is the key to color quality control.

Design Innovations April 2011

Innovations in packaging design, including examples from Zip-Pak, Spear, Ultimat, and Africa and the Caribbean.

Editor's Note

The State of Wisconsin is in the news a lot these days as Governor Walker is at the forefront of a battle that is, or will have to take place, in many other states in the coming years. He is taking aim at the realization that public-sector benefits and pension liabilities are on a path to bankrupt his state.

Featured Products April 2011

Featured Products for the the flexographic, narrow-web and package printing industries, including web tension, web guides, guiding devices, splicers, nip/pull roll stations and more.

Printer News April 2011

News about package printers, including Cascades Inc., International Paper, TLMI, Columbine Label Company, Kopco Graphics, Inc. and more...

Supplier News April 2011

News on suppliers to the package printing industry, including Ashland Performance Materials, Flint Group, Eastman Kodak Company, Avery Dennison and more...

Sustainability Watch April 2011

Sustainability in package printing news, featuring Toray Plastics, Innovia Films, Rayoface NB films, Cartondruck and more.

The Power of Proliferation

Flexible packaging provider Exopack Holding Corp., the latest news is in the SKUs. This paper and plastic packaging converter, headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., boasts 19 production facilities across North America and the United Kingdom, and supplies approximately 25,000 SKUs to 1,300 diverse customers.