packagePRINTING November 2014 Edition


A Clean Sweep

To win multiple first place awards at the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters Student Packaging Design Competition, the team from Dunwoody College of Technology had to think beyond designing and printing.

Calibrating the Printing Plant

The Printing Plant is a privately-held narrow-web flexographic printer in Cincinnati that has been in operation since 1979. The company has grown considerably over the years, adding experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment. Yet as with most every part of printing these days, there is always room for improvement. Especially with color.

Industry News - November 2014

Industry news on the package printing industry including Constantia Flexibles, Winston Packaging, Esko, the Flexographic Technical Association, AccuWeb, C&M Conveyor, IML Labels, Color-Logic, Mark Andy, Anderson & Vreeland, Harper Corporation of America, Xitron, and Ampac

Industry Perspective: Flexible Packaging Continues to Expand

Even a casual cruise of supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, auto parts retailers, and club stores shows some of the changes that are afoot in flexible packaging. And it is not simply that more products are showing up in flexible containers, but that those containers are replacing glass, rigid plastic bottles and folding cartons. This is driven by cost factors, ease of use by consumers, pressure from large retailers, and brand owners' desires to deliver shelf appeal and drive the moment of truth. And it's a trend that's likely to continue.

Join the Club

A shopping trip to a club store is a much different experience than popping into a typical supermarket or big-box retailer. The carts are bigger, the aisles wider, and you have to flash a membership card at the door to prove you belong.

Making the Inkjet Decision

Tennessee-based Graphic Label Solutions (GLS) was seeking an alternative to its existing label production process. The company was using screen printing as well as a wide-format printer to produce labels. But as run lengths shortened, the screen printing process became cost-prohibitive, and digital wide-format printing lacked the throughput needed to meet demand. In addition, GLS was seeking new business, a more efficient way to finish its work, and sought an environmentally sustainable solution to match the company's desire to have as small an environmental footprint as possible.

Product Showcase - November 2014

Featured Products for the flexographic, narrow-web and package printing industries including TAKK Industries, Polymag Tek, Meech, NRD Advanced Static Control, Jemmco, Simco-Ion, R.G. Egan, and Doyle Systems

Shelf Space: Spraying Ink on the Future

The product planners and engineers behind inkjet presses believe that spraying tiny droplets of colored ink onto a substrate is a key part of the future of label printing—and perhaps even more of packaging. And they are right. Inkjet has been gobbling up share in some segments of commercial printing, proving to be a reliable, flexible and reasonably economical technology.