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  • Continuous Improvement

    Continuous Improvement

    Jack Kenny || April 26, 2007
    Lean Manufacturing and other continuous improvement methods have been in place at many converting plants for up to a few years. Here's a progress report.

  • Label Inspection

    Label Inspection

    Michelle Sartor || April 26, 2007
    The tools that help improve color, shape, type and overall precision come in many variations, and the technology continually improves.

  • UPM to invest €90 million in Polish PS materials plant

    April 24, 2007
    UPM, a manufacturer of pressure sensitive materials based in Helsinki, Finland, will build a €90 million factory in Poland to produce self-adhesive labelstock. Construction is expected to start in the third quarter of this year, and start-up is…

  • Phoenix Challenge launches Katherine Harper Teachers Fund

    April 24, 2007
    The Katherine Harper Teachers Education Fund, named in honor of the former Harper Corporation of America president and long-time champion of flexo education, has been established within the Phoenix Challenge Foundation. The purpose of the fund is…

  • McGee and Nard form industry partnership

    April 24, 2007
    Two FTA Hall of Fame personalities, Wally Nard and Denny McGee, are now partners in Novaflex and MPS America. Both are based in Carol Stream, IL, USA. Nard has more than 42 years in the industry and Denny has more than 30 years. Their experience c…

  • FINAT leadership spearheads major membership drive

    April 24, 2007
    FINAT, the European label association, is eager to boost its global membership by at least 100 in the two years up to its 50th anniversary. To that end the association has made a “splendid” start, says GIDUE’s Federico d’Annun…

  • Beau Label adds new Nilpeter press

    April 24, 2007
    Beau Label Corporation, of New York City, has purchased a Nilpeter FB-3300-S servo-driven press in response to the increasing demand for high quality flexographic printing, says President V. J. Melapioni. The new press is expected to improve produ…

  • GEW appoints agent for Thailand sales

    April 24, 2007
    GEW (EC) Ltd., a manufacturer of UV curing systems headquartered in Redhill, England, has announced the appointment of Techno Global Graphics Co. Ltd. as its representative in Thailand. Techno Global Graphics is part of the Techno Global Corporati…

  • Mark Andy Europe launches seminar series

    April 17, 2007
    Mark Andy has planned a series of Educator Seminars at its new Advanced Technology Centre in Switzerland. The seminar series continues a program launched in the United States by the company’s Comco brand in the 1990s, a program that continued i…

  • CMM offers discounts to qualified converters

    April 17, 2007
    Recognizing that education is a part of professional development, CMM management has designed the “Converter Program”, which enables converting companies to send an unlimited number of attendees to the CMM show and full conference for one…

  • New consulting firm specializes in ‘Lean printing’

    April 17, 2007
    Southworth Consulting LLC, of Niantic, CT, USA, has recently launched and specializes in assisting printers and other graphic arts firms in the elimination of waste and inefficiency using the principles commonly known as “Lean Manufacturing&rdq…

  • International conference focuses on specialty papers

    April 17, 2007
    A conference on specialty papers is planned for May 15-16 in Finland, sponsored by AWA Conferences. The event is designed for all involved in the specialty papers market: pulp and paper producers, chemical and equipment suppliers, converters, distrib…

  • UV Days 2007 planned by IST METZ

    April 17, 2007
    IST METZ is holding its third UV Days event June 18 at its headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany. The event will feature specialist technical presentations and the opportunity to exchange information with leading service providers. The event is fre…

  • German coater plans

    April 11, 2007
    German coater plans to triple PSA production Herma is well under way with a new self-adhesive coating plant under construction in Filderstadt Bonlanden, Germany. The project, which costs some €30 million (US$39.95 million), is scheduled for co…

  • New European showcase

    April 11, 2007
    New European showcase for Mark Andy presses Mark Andy has a new European showroom and demonstration facility located in Basel, Switzerland. Named as the Advanced Technology Centre, it has 10,763 square feet of space, which includes a spare parts de…

  • Further boosts for Finnish RFID technology

    April 11, 2007
    Further boosts for Finnish RFID technology Two further signs of the industrial and retail penetration of HF and UHF RFID tags, tickets and smart labels, have come from Finland (which for a small country has the enviable knack of pushing boundaries i…

  • Edale mum on landmark converting concept

    April 11, 2007
    Edale mum on landmark converting concept Companies like to spread the word about their latest equipment, especially when it opens up new opportunities. Problem is, if it is really that great the customers would often prefer that everyone buttoned th…

  • Raflatac’s chief reinforces

    April 11, 2007
    Manufacturers of paper products, plastics films and labeling materials have good reasons to take a positive attitude toward reducing pollution, encouraging sustainability and making processes more energy efficient. The Finnish conglomerate UPM Raflat…

  • TORA ENSO, Stevens Point, WI, USA The Speciality Papers business area of Stora Enso

    April 11, 2007
    STORA ENSO, Stevens Point, WI, USA — The Speciality Papers business area of Stora Enso announced the appointment of David Diekelman to the position of vice president, business and product development. He has been with Stora Enso since 1988 and…

  • RADTECH, Chevy Chase, MD, USA — The company welcomes a new president and board members.

    April 11, 2007
    RADTECH, Chevy Chase, MD, USA — The company welcomes a new president and board members. Petra L’Abbe, PPG Industries, assumes the presidency for a two year term. New board members include Don Smith, Alcoa; Mike Kelly, Allied Photochemical…

  • PRISYMID, Charlotte, NC, USA — The company

    April 11, 2007
    PRISYMID, Charlotte, NC, USA — The company has further expanded its US office in Charlotte, NC. As part of its program of global sales growth, the company has appointed Martyn Kerluk as US manager along with Christine Partridge as strategic acc…

  • PRECISION AIRCONVEY, Newark, DE, USA — Jeffrey Kane

    April 11, 2007
    PRECISION AIRCONVEY, Newark, DE, USA — Jeffrey Kane has been named global sales manager for the company. Formerly vice president for a national industrial supply company, he will be responsible for driving the company’s worldwide business…

  • PHOENIX CHALLENGE FOUNDATION, Charlotte, NC, USA Stephen Gerhardt,

    April 11, 2007
    PHOENIX CHALLENGE FOUNDATION, Charlotte, NC, USA — Stephen Gerhardt, Harper National Flexographic Center Coordinator at the Harper Campus of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC, USA, has joined the Phoenix Challenge Found…

  • PAMARCO GLOBAL GRAPHICS, Dallas, TX, USA The company has appointed Arnold Cooper

    April 11, 2007
    PAMARCO GLOBAL GRAPHICS, Dallas, TX, USA — The company has appointed Arnold Cooper sales manager, small offset products. He will be responsible for directing the sales and service operation of the complete line of pressroom products through the…

  • MATIK NORTH AMERICA, West Hartford, CT, USA — The company has appointed an Edelmann specialist, Chris Davis,

    April 11, 2007
    MATIK NORTH AMERICA, West Hartford, CT, USA — The company has appointed an Edelmann specialist, Chris Davis, who has moved from the UK, to raise the profile of the Edelmann press line in the North American market. His official title is sales ma…

  • FLEXO CONCEPTS, Plymouth, MA, USA — The company has hired Scott Abber

    April 11, 2007
    FLEXO CONCEPTS, Plymouth, MA, USA — The company has hired Scott Abber in technical sales. He will be responsible for growing the company’s two primary brands, MicroClean and TruPoint, for both the flexographic and sheetfed offset industri…

  • EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES (EDI), Chippewa Falls, WI, USA — The company has appointed Ronald J. Allbritton

    April 11, 2007
    EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES (EDI), Chippewa Falls, WI, USA — The company has appointed Ronald J. Allbritton technical service and sales specialist. He will work with customers on technical matters relating to orders and on specifications for opti…

  • ESKO, Gent, Belgium — The company has appointed Dieter Janout

    April 11, 2007
    ESKO, Gent, Belgium — The company has appointed Dieter Janout director of the brand owners and major accounts group for EMEALA (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America). He is responsible for expanding and developing the company’s…

  • DYNAMIC DIES, Holland, OH, USA — Craig Myers

    April 11, 2007
    DYNAMIC DIES, Holland, OH, USA — Craig Myers has been promoted to corporate sales manager. In his new role, he will be coordinating the sales efforts of the corporate wide sales team. He previously held the position of national accounts manager…

  • BASF, Florham Park, NJ, USA — Nancy M. Hoblack

    April 11, 2007
    BASF, Florham Park, NJ, USA — Nancy M. Hoblack has been appointed distributor manager for the Functional polymers Regional Business Unit in North America. In her new role, she is responsible for managing relationships with all distributors that…

  • Corona treating system

    April 11, 2007
    Corona treating system Corotec Farmington CT USA Corotec Corporation has introduced a new combination roll-to-roll and sheetfed corona treating system with integral HFT-Series Power Supply, power density control and adjustable speed control, all p…

  • Dairy labelstock

    April 11, 2007
    Dairy labelstock MACtac Stow OH USA MACtac says it has made significant improvements to its dairy labelstock, DL7172. The redesign includes an upgraded facestock, adhesive and liner. The patented rubber-based hot melt adhesive on the labelstock, 7…

  • Leaf shaft

    April 11, 2007
    Leaf shaft Goldenrod Beacon Falls CT USA Goldenrod Corporation has introduced its new 1260-LF Ultralight Aluminum Multiple Bladder 3" Leaf Shaft. The company says the model was designed under critical ergonomic guidelines, and at less than 0.…

  • Technology ideas

    April 11, 2007
    Technology ideas BST Pro Mark Elmhurst IL USA BST Pro Mark now has available a free CD entitled “Using Technology To Gain Competitive Advantage”. Topics include closed loop web guiding, register control for flexo CI, strategies f…

  • Lightweight strip shafts

    April 11, 2007
    Lightweight strip shafts Double E West Bridgewater MA USA Double E offers the 6" lightweight model SR shaft (SRL-2000), which minimizes shaft weight in both light and heavy-duty applications. The product is 20 percent lighter than the standar…

  • Anilox roll cleaner

    April 11, 2007
    Anilox roll cleaner Stork Cellramic Milwaukee WI USA Anilox roll manufacturer Stork Cellramic, a division of Stork Materials Technology, has announced an agreement with Coleman Labs to offer Flexo Pro D3 Cream anilox roll cleaner. Flexo Pro D3 Cre…

  • Vacuum load cell

    April 11, 2007
    Vacuum load cell Cleveland Motion Controls Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Motion Controls has launched its new ULTRA Line Vacuum Duty UPB Load Cell for use in vacuum environments. The new UPB features a 40:1 tension range and noise immunity for precis…

  • Wine labelstock

    April 11, 2007
    Wine labelstock Green Bay Packaging Green Bay WI USA The Coated Products Operations of Green Bay Packaging offers a wide range of pressure sensitive wine labelstocks, including the Estate Label and CLASSIC CREST label lines, specifically designed…

  • Dyne pens

    April 11, 2007
    Dyne pens Vetaphone Kolding Denmark Using a felt-tipped dyne test pen, it is easy and inexpensive to check if a substrate is ready for printing, according to Vetaphone. The test itself is carried out by drawing a line of blue test ink across the s…

  • Atmospheric plasma system

    April 11, 2007
    Atmospheric plasma system Enercon Industries Menomonee Falls WI USA Enercon Industries introduces the new Plasma3 atmospheric plasma system. Because web handling is a fluid dynamic process, some films will be subject to backside treatment despite…

  • Enclosed chamber test machine

    April 11, 2007
    Enclosed chamber test machine Max Daetwyler Huntersville NC USA The Max Daetwyler Corporation (MDC) has developed an enclosed chamber test machine used for the research, development and testing of steel and plastic doctor blades, end seals, cleani…

  • Stain remover

    April 11, 2007
    Stain remover HarperScientific Charlotte NC USA HarperScientific’s CeramClean II, the on-press anilox roll cleaner, is also a stain remover that the company says can supplement cleaning with machine cleaning systems. CeramClean II removes wa…

  • Facestock

    April 11, 2007
    Facestock MACtac Stow OH USA White Gold facestock from MACtac Roll Label has a new whiter, brighter appearance that the company says adds extra pop to finished labels. MACtac says White Gold is easy to use and has premium gloss, making it ideal fo…

  • Adhesive

    April 11, 2007
    Adhesive Technicote Miamisburg OH USA The TM-55 adhesive is Technicote’s latest solution for the pressure sensitive roll label industry. This repositionable acrylic microsphere adhesive is ideal for temporary or multiple repositioning label…

  • Omet and Asahi seek plate standardization

    April 11, 2007
    Omet and Asahi seek plate standardization Press manufacturer Omet has joined forces with Asahi Photoproducts, a photopolymer plate supplier, to develop a new standard for flexo printing techniques. Asahi will provide its prepress and plate expertis…

  • Edale showcases RFID

    April 11, 2007
    Edale showcases RFID at open house Edale, a press manufacturer based in Romsey, England, recently sponsored an open house to showcase its Lambda press, which was configured for offline RFID inlay affixing, incorporating a Tamarack P500 RFID unit.…

  • NELMA to sponsor conference and expo

    April 11, 2007
    NELMA to sponsor conference and expo The North East Label Manufacturers Association (NELMA) will hold its 5th Expo and Networking Conference on May 10 at the Bridgewater Marriott in Bridgewater, NJ, USA. The event will run from 1 to 7 p.m. and will…

  • Williamson to distribute DuPont flexo products

    April 11, 2007
    Williamson to distribute DuPont flexo products DuPont Packaging Graphics, of Wilmington, DE, USA, has chosen Williamson Printing Materials Limited, of Grimsby, ON, Canada, to distribute its line of flexographic products in Canada. “We put a l…

  • DiTrolio Institute certifies

    April 11, 2007
    DiTrolio Institute certifies US military veterans In an ongoing effort to do its part in assisting military personnel returning home from active duty, DiTrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI) has undergone an application process to become approved by…

  • Edelmann presses introduced by Matik

    April 11, 2007
    Edelmann presses introduced by Matik Matik North America, of West Hartford, CT, USA, the exclusive distributor for Edelmann Graphics GmbH of Germany, has launched the latest generation of narrow web presses from Edelmann in North America. Edelmann…