Digital Magazine


Downsizing reversal?

This month I'd like to share with you some correspondence I received in response to my March editorial that discussed survival in a shrinking business

Dutch converter retakes his company

Daan Bolding has history on his side as the head of Bolding Verpakkingen, a converting operation started by his grandfather almost 100 years ago.Just

Web-inspection system supports label operation

A TruColor Video web-inspection system is bringing multiple benefits, including higher quality, to Label America.According to one of the cornerstones

FDA proposes to reduce environmental filing burdens.

Converters, suppliers, and food companies commonly seek "clearances" from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by filing food additive petitions, "generally

Foil and potatoes - Aluminum Assn. presents a response.

Note: My February column on the safety of baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil elicited a response from the Aluminum Assn., Washington, DC. In the

Tetra Pak plant in Spain is environmentally certified.

Tetra Pak's converting facility for aseptic paper/poly/foil liquid food packaging materials in Arganda, near Madrid, Spain, has become the first factory

Aqueous adhesive systems: giving credit where it is due.

The Div. of the History of Chemistry and the Office of Public Outreach of the American Chemical Society recently designated Kem-Tone wall paint as a National

Bagmaking machines adapt to conquer new markets.

In 1962, when Herbert Baier, president of Peco, Fairfield, NJ, entered the converting business, the state-of-the-art blown film line was making extruded

On-line gauging brings big benefits to coating operation

A beta gauge measurement system from NDC Systems means efficiency and consistency on Adchem Corp.'s coating line.1Since its founding with a single coating

A directory of custom slitting

If you're in the market for a custom slitter, read on. We'll tell you who they are, where they are, and what they do.It can be among the most basic of

Gravure winners go for gold

Gravure printing continues to say "quality." Just check out the winners of the Gravure Assn. of America's Golden Cylinders.The Gravure Assn. of America,

Making Lemonade in the Converting Industry

No one, least of all me, likes to be known as Chicken Little, who ran through the barnyard screaming that the sky was falling. Lately, however, I'm wondering

A look at the status of UV/EB curing

An expert in the field assesses the current state of ultraviolet and electron beam curing.RadTech '96 North America, the fifth biennial UV/EB Processing

FTA winners show off strides in Flexo

The Flexographic Technical Assn. competition finds 106 entries worthy of honors, proving that flexo has come a long way.The Flexographic Technical Assn.

Supreme Court decisions will restrict certain lawsuits

Recently, the US Supreme Court issued two important rulings that will restrict the right of plaintiffs to bring lawsuits. In Seminole Tribe of Florida

Canadian show highlights packaging industry up north

More than 2,000 attendees visited Montreal's Palais des Congres April 23-25 to view the latest in packaging equipment and materials at Packaging-Forum-D'Emballage.

Modified Atmosphere Packaging shows potential for growth

The detailed report, "Modified Atmosphere Packaging: U.K.," issued by Marketing Strategies for Industry (U.K.) Ltd., Chester, U.K., shows that U.K. retail

In-mold labels: film is today's hot development.

As recently as 15 years ago, in-mold labeling was not a common technology. A desire to reduce costs was the motive for its development. A successful combination

UV/EB technology moves ahead with the times

Converters have been fueling the growth of the ultraviolet-curing industry at a rate of 20% per year for the past ten years. George Pasternack, manager

Pressure-sensitive line utilizes all-vector drive system

A new MagneTek AC drive gives Kanzaki Specialty Papers the chance to evaluate it against DC units, and the results make AC look good.Kanzaki Specialty

Something new under the sun

Chamelacolors are long-lasting, light-activated inks that can be applied in-line by conventional printing presses onto any substrate.The decades-long

Coextrusion: making the equipment fit the need

Suppliers of coextrusion equipment keep moving forward to meet the needs of converters who are facing their own tough customers.As with their counterparts

Congress is considering FDA reform bills

The approval process for food packaging may be changing as the House and Senate debate a number of measures.Packaging that directly contacts food must,

PET supplies increasing as markets expand

"There's nothing in the world as powerful as an idea whose time has come." Dr. Samuel Johnson.Suppliers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which was

International Converting Industry News

News from: Bataan Polyethylene Corp., BP Chemicals, Courtaulds PLC, Dusenbery, Hoechst, Hyundai Petrochemical Co., Philippines National Oil Co., Simon-Carves Ltd., and Sumitomo.

Handling hazardous materials: are you up to date?

All the Material Safety Data Sheets in the world and all the training programs offered by employers are futile if people elects to avoid them for the

Web-guiding systems are tailored to your applications

There are four proven web-guiding systems available to the converter. The common denominator in each is that the web edge is monitored by a sensor that

A rather narrow-minded view of wide web printing.

Duralam lowers costs and adds efficiencies to its short runs with a narrow version of a wide web press from PCMC.In business for nearly 30 years, Duralam

MSC Specialty Films reaches success down to the core

In order to provide customers with just what its name promises, MSC Specialty Films needed the right core supplier. Star Paper Tube's new StarTech Div.

Advances in prepress are making heads spin.

The technology of prepress is changing at such a dizzying pace, that converters keep up or quickly get left behind.Speaking recently at the 12th Digital

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