What to Watch For at Graph Expo

Here's an exclusive, pre-show preview of some of the new products exhibitors will be displaying next month at Graph Expo in Chicago.

Digital and Offset Presses

Fujifilm will showcase its inkjet and workflow technology, featuring the J Press 720 inkjet sheeted press, INCA S40i inkjet flatbed press, Acuity HS and LED 1600 wide-format presses. With the launch of XMF Workflow v5.0, Fujifilm will also highlight its latest workflow featuring XMF ColorPath and XMF Remote.

Only one year since announcing its partnership with Ricoh, Heidelberg will present the new Prinect Digital Workflow Integration together with the Heidelberg-branded Linoprint C901 professional-class digital printing solution that takes full advantage of Heidelberg’s color management applications and services.

Hewlett-Packard will debut several products in North America, including the HP Indigo 5600, 7600 and 10000 presses. The HP Indigo 10000 is the first B2-size digital press suitable for printing nearly all commercial jobs. It maintains multiple paper sources and duplexing capabilities to offer greater efficiencies and productivity.

Several new products will be unveiled by Kodak. New printing features for the Kodak NexPress platform will be shown, along with a demonstration of the Kodak Prosper S-Series imprinting system for hybrid applications. Also highlighted will be Kodak’s Prinergy workflow, Kodak Sonora XP plates, new Kodak Flexcel systems, Kodak Service and Support options, customer success stories and more.

The new ValueJet 1638, a 64˝, dual head, eco-solvent printer will be on display by Mutoh America. The ValueJet 1638 can print at speeds of more than1,000 sq.ft./hr.

The new OKI pro511 digital web press is a commercial-grade printer that can affordably produce thousands of production-quality, color labels per day. Enhanced features and functionality include a Proactive server, Harlequin RIP, Hybrid front-end software, heavy-duty rewinder and pre-assembled slitter.

The Ricoh Pro L4000 series printers, which debuted at drupa 2012, feature the next generation of Ricoh’s piezo-electric print heads with durable and eco-friendly aqueous latex ink in seven colors—CMYK, light cyan, light magenta and white. This platform offers extensive media support (including PVC, paper and textiles), high productivity, and its durable ink makes the Pro L4000 ideal for both outdoor and indoor applications.

Roland DGA will introduce UV and eco-solvent inkjet printers and printer/cutters for labels, packaging prototypes, specialty graphics and personalization, including VersaUV, VersaCAMM VS and VersaStudio models. Choose from metallic, white and clear ink options for premium effects and finishes.

Xanté will show the Excelagraphix 4200 high-speed, wide-format inkjet printing system featuring Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology. It delivers print speeds up to 12˝ per second. Also at the Xanté booth will be demos of new iQueue 7 Ultimate multi-user workflow designed for professional digital printing systems.

A new cut-sheet digital color press will be introduced by Xerox. The iGen 150 offers easy job setup and fast production times, achieving 3,000, 26˝ oversized sheets/hr. with print speeds up to 150 ppm. Each page is created with patented image-on-image technology and matte dry ink to produce vivid color digital prints.

Launched at drupa 2012, a 57˝ KBA Rapida 145 sheetfed press will be highlighted by KBA North America. The press can print at a maximum production speed of 17,000 sph in straight printing, and 15,000 sph in perfecting mode with a new perfecting unit. Other features include a new coater concept; automated pile logistics; SIS sidelay-free infeed and DriveTronic SPC direct drives for fast, simultaneous plate changing; and QualiTronic ICR in-line register control.

The Presstek 52DI four-color digital offset press is a highly automated machine that can produce oversized, two-page, landscape formats. The 52DI features support for 300 lpi and FM screening, 10-minute job-to-job turnover (including on-press plate imaging) and a small environmental footprint. The press prints up to 10,000 full-size sheets/hr. on any offset stock up to 0.020˝ (0.5mm) thick.

Chromolux high-gloss paper and board, now available from Mohawk Fine Papers, features a cast-coated, one-side, high-gloss surface and excellent print performance. With Label, Cover and Digital for HP Indigo presses, in a range of calipers, colors and metallic finishes, Chromolux is suitable for a wide range of applications from high-end brochures, business cards, pocket folders, greeting cards, calendars and labels, to distinctive luxe packaging for cosmetics, cigarettes and confections.

Finishing and Mail

Baum has added a new smaller-format, fully hydraulic paper cutter to its BaumCut line. The BaumCut 22.0 guillotine paper cutter is available in two models: 22.0-E features programming of 198 separate jobs, fully hydraulic clamp and knife, and very low maintenance all standard; Model 22.0-N also has the new CompuCut software and a large touchscreen control panel to make job setup much easier using barcode job-matching.

Duplo USA will showcase its DBMi saddle system, the DSF-2200 sheet feeder and the high-production DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser. Duplo offers a full range of products including slitter/cutter/creasers, sheet feeders, saddlestitchers, bookletmakers, perfect binders, folders and UV coaters.

The MBM Aerocut digital finishing system “revolutionized” on-demand finishing by consolidating slitting, cuttting and creasing into a single operation. The next generation Aerocut—the G2—offers increased speed and enhanced functionality, including cross-perfing and an improved digital interface.

Also at the show will be the MBM Triumph 4860 ET automatic programmable cutter with an 18 7/8″ cutting width and a 3″ cutting height. Features include an IR light beam safety curtain on front table; transparent, electronically controlled safety cover on rear table; main switch and safety lock with key; electronically controlled, true two-hand operation; automatic blade/clamp return from every position; disc brake for instant blade stop; blade depth adjustment from outside of machine; 10-button touch pad for presetting measurements; 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each; and much more.

manroland web systems will be introducing its digital postpress technology to the North American market. The VFF folder and VBC collator are designed for the digital printing market and are available in-line on Océ digital rollfed presses and off-line to the market at large.

The JETvarnish 3D inkjet spot UV coater with new 3D raised effects will be presented by MGI USA. The new unit offers increased speed for traditional flat spot UV coating (up to 3,500 B2 sheets/hr.), while the new 3D effects produce brilliant, tactile features designed to take projects to the next level.

Morgana Systems will demonstrate its new DocuMaster MFC that is designed to eliminate tedious and time-consuming operations by creasing the sheets as part of the feeding and bookletmaking operation. With multiple feed stations, the design allows for the feeding of specialized covers and booklets inside pages from separate feed bins.

Muller Martini will feature live demonstrations of its SigmaTrimming Center—part of its scalable SigmaLine modular digital book manufacturing system. Visitors will be invited to “trim-and-keep” a best-selling title. They will also learn how to get more from existing equipment via a legacy 335 saddlestitcher that’s equipped with numerous upgrades such as ASIR3 Signature Recognition, 449 three-knife trimmer, front-feeding stream feeder and rebuilt pockets.

Pitney Bowes will feature its latest solutions and services to help organizations enhance customer communications, lower operational costs, and increase production efficiency, including: the Mailstream Wrapper Productivity Series, the IntelliJet Printing Systems, the Connect+ Customer Communications Series, trackmymail.com solutions, the Volly secure digital delivery service and a range of mail services solutions.

Rollem International will display its 2D Finisher models for full-bleed slitting, scoring and perforating. These systems eliminate guillotine cutting and additional manpower, while delivering accurately cut cards with crisp, clean scores. This is an economical model with a smaller footprint and high output.

The Sterling Digipunch, from Spiel Associates, punches for comb-,
coil- and double-loop wire at up to 60,000 sheets/hr. The Digipunch utilizes a touchscreen computer, which provides complete, automatic setup and automatic changeovers. The touchscreen also prompts operators when it’s time to lubricate or sharpen the dies.

Spiral James Burn will present several new document finishing solutions, which include the Foliant line of single-sided laminating solutions; the new PDI Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx series of heavy-duty, tabletop punching and binding machines; and the complete line of James Burn International (JBI) punching and binding solutions.

Standard Finishing Systems will launch the Standard Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer, capable of one-to-one variable trimming, in-line or off-line. Setup and variable trimming is achieved by reading a barcode printed on a cover sheet. The HT-1000V can trim up to 1,000 variable thickness and format size books/hour. It will accept a range of input sizes and deliver trimmed books from 5.7×4.05˝ up to 13.38×11.69˝.

A new desktop creasing and perforating machine for short-run, low-volume print and copy shops has been introduced by Technifold USA. The CreaseStream Mini Desktop creasing and perforating machine eliminates fiber cracking and features the patented Tri-Creaser and Technifold Micro Perforator. An option for perfect-bound book covers is also available.


Agfa Graphics will introduce its next-generation prepress workflow, :Apogee Suite 8.0, which is designed to optimize production processes in offset, digital printing or hybrid printing environments. It features new tools created to facilitate interaction with customers, including :Apogee StoreFront, a cloud-based, Web-to-print solution that helps set up online stores for printed and non-printed products.

Bell and Howell’s Accurant address cleansing software auto-corrects addresses to USPS standards anywhere customer address data is entered, edited or needs to be enhanced. With Accurant, customer data is kept complete, correct and current on numerous operating systems, and batch processed at speeds exceeding millions of records per hour.

EFI will showcase its portfolio of products, including print production workflow and business automation software (PrintSmith, Pace, Monarch, Radius, Digital StoreFront and others), Fiery digital print servers and solutions, VUTEk super-wide printers, EFI wide-format printers, Jetrion industrial inkjet systems, proofing and large-format production offerings.

MindFire Inc. will debut its cloud-based marketing automation software, MindFire Studio. This drag-and-drop application allows print providers to visually create personalized marketing workflows; orchestrate media, like direct mail, e-mail and social media; leverage triggers to automate drip-and-nurture sequences; and analyze performance using visual reporting and analytics.

Rochester Software Associates’ automated Web-to-print solution, WebCRD 9.2, offers new and enhanced functionality, including book assembly; black-and-white color detection; Print MIS invoicing to bill external customers; user-defined, drag-and-drop configuration reporting; font preflighting; approval capabilities for department and multiple approvals; and integration with the latest versions of VDP software.

XMPie, a Xerox Co., will introduce XMPie Circle, an interactive, digital storyboard used to help visualize and plan individualized communication campaigns. Designed to foster teamwork and collaboration, the cloud-based service enables all stakeholders in one-to-one, multichannel campaigns to share concepts, agree on a blueprint, review and approve goals and creative work, and monitor analytics.

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  • http://LarryCooper Larry Cooper
  • http://PercyAgboat Percy Agboat

    I am Sun Chemical’s Marketing Manager supplying inks and coatings for the narrow-web market in Canada. As such, I would welcome the opportunity to learn more about the technologies within your companies.

  • http://HelenSawyer Helen Sawyer

    I would like to know if Johannes Stickling is from Gutersloh and went to Paderborn University Germany? If so please would you forward my email address to him
    Thank you 20.12.2006

  • http://ChristineJones Christine Jones

    I would like more information on your competition for 2007.


    Having met Bob Zaccone back in the mid 70’s when they moved to their present location in Burr Ridge,IL,it has been exciting to watch the growth and innovation of this fine company.

    Al Fitzpatrick, President
    Eagle Converting, Inc.

  • http://JMDixon JM Dixon

    How exciting! Do you need a printing press operator who focuses on detail and excellence? I would like to apply with your organization…tell me how.

  • http://SamphanSomboon Samphan Somboon

    Hi I’m from Thailand. I want go to your distributor product in Thailand.

    My company is http://www.kanoksin.com.

  • http://MartaGringsly Marta Gringsly

    How does this compare with the Seamex sleeve system?

  • http://JaneMcKay Jane McKay

    Hi, I am interested in PLA packaging for a new natural line of skin care products. Any information you have on PLA, or companies that distribute would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your time.

    Jane McKay

  • http://RogerRambeau Roger Rambeau

    Dear Sirs/Madam,
    How do I go about obtaining a sample (12″x12″) for testing.
    Roger Rambeau

  • http://vinodrnavwab vinod r navwab

    This arrangement will solve regular energy level problems being faced by all decorative quality laminated carton printers as well as those printing LDPE foam sheets for Banner,Posters,Labels,Bags, Books etc. on this non tearable substracts.

  • http://MarleneKaper Marlene Kaper

    In Illinois, what brand names can I buy with this type of shrink wrap?

  • http://vinodrnavwab vinod r navwab

    Taking care of ENVIRONMENTAL sustainability should be FIRST criteria of concern.Congratulations and Thanks for thinking of mother earth.

  • http://settiesafa settie safa

    I think this is a great merger, both companies are strategically headed in the same direction.


  • http://RonaldTam Ronald Tam

    I have a question rather than a comment….What coating best prevents cracking at the score lines? and which least prevents?

  • http://BrianYoung Brian Young

    I’m printing on a 330 MPs, We’ve hit a point where we are suffering high down time units with colour inconsistence, please I’ll explain,
    We will start running a print run, which has a family of label sizes, the anilox’s are clean before start, the first label will run ,but into the print run the colour will start to go light, pale, We take out the anilox and clean,
    At this point the anilox looks clean no signs of pluging, yet we clean and the colour is back to where it was when signed off .
    Could this be, and I’m sorry if this sounds off the mark but we’ve tried everything,
    The ceramic sells breaking down and like a frying pan the fat or oil flows when cold, but when it heats up the fat sticks to the pan, (ink remains in the cell )because the ceramic has broken down, I’m at a loss can you advise

    Best RGDs

  • http://alanbowen alan bowen

    I’d like to be informed of the next seminar.

  • http://josevelasco josevelasco

    I would like to contact MPS to learn more specifics about their hibrid presses.

  • http://maramrajuvikram maramraju vikram

    hi this is vikram i am in rotogravuer printing and packaging kindly give me complete details of seminars and events

  • http://RickGloeckler Rick Gloeckler

    who could we contact at kodak regarding this program. thanks,

  • http://SteveHall Steve Hall

    Rippedsheets.com today announced a line of pre die cut labels 12” X 18” and 13” X 19” in the HP Indigo digital printing solutions portfolio that help increase the productivity, profit potential and use of digital technology for HP Indigo customers worldwide. Rippedsheets.com can uniquely die-cut label sheets in any size and in any shape with no die charge in as little as ten sheets made in 24 hours for fast turnaround jobs.

  • http://JeffReese Jeff Reese

    Is this cost effective in wide web flexo?

  • http://RichardMoskowitz Richard Moskowitz

    Would this work on wide web we have a 72" wide web?

  • http://JimWyman Jim Wyman

    Hi Jeff:<br />
    <br />
    The product was designed to address the Narrow Web segment, web widths up to 25".<br />
    <br />
    We have coated quite a few cylinders in the mid web range, and up to 44".<br />
    <br />
    Most of our customers comment that the coating pays for itself the first time they run the cylinders in reduced make-ready times, increased press speeds, and decreased down time due to plate cleaning and registration issues.<br />
    <br />
    We do have some limitation with our equipment on size, but I will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and explore the possibility of supplying you with one of our coated cylinders.<br />
    <br />
    Best regards, <br />
    <br />
    Jim Wyman<br />
    Nu Tech Coatings<br />
    678-355-9045 Office<br />

  • http://Heather Heather

    I am so very proud and happy for you Mike Wilhoit.

  • http://PeterBelanger Peter Belanger

    The High school awards are not mentioned and it is important to these students to be able to access information on their acheivements as well. Please edit the awards announcement to give some recognition to the student work.<br />
    Thank you<br />

  • http://ronnysimon ronny simon

    As a security solutions provider we have encountered many times the fact that companies are reluctant to spend money on protecting their brands because of the simple fact that they have no idea of the enormous loss they are experiencing. They know there is a problem but they have not got the faintest idea how to quantify it! One of the ways to do it is to make a trial-protecting one item or one district and see the differences in sales results (if any).From experience we found that most companies (over 80%) discovered an increase in sales sometimes in unbelievable proportions to the amounts invested in brand protection.Do it with our technologies or with one of the other that exist in the marketplace-but just do it. You are most probably in for a big surprise.<br />

  • http://JackMcGrath Jack McGrath

    We are a packaging convertor,<br />
    can your equipment print on .021ot, SBS board? What caliper board can be used on your equipment and what inking system is used.

  • http://JamieBrumbelow Jamie Brumbelow

    I have pressmen make comments about the class today after attending it several months ago. The general knowledge is helpful coming from the experts.

  • http://Mike Mike

    A Expansion is always good for any business! Nice move!<br />
    <br />
    Mike<br />

  • http://BobManzella Bob Manzella

    I have a question about the info. on Table 1. You have calculated the cycle time for one piece thru the printing, cutting, and gluing activities, but it appears that packaging is not broken down to the piece. I can’t imagine it taking 10 minutes to package one piece. Is this correct? Or should the 600 seconds be divided by the pieces per job?

  • http://Ramiro Ramiro

    Who represents your Degrava printers in Portugal?

  • http://carolineparry caroline parry

    For the record, stretch film and shrink wrap are two completely different products. Although commonly called shrink wrap, stretch film is a linear low density polyelthylene and shrink wrap is generally polyolefin or pvc. They are used for entirely different purposes and applications. Stretch film stretchs and is usually used to wrap a pallet to unitize it for shipment. Shrink film is generally used as an exterior high gloss packaging method for retail items. It forms a "bag" around a product and is shrunk down around that product using heat. It shrinks.

  • http://Bill Bill

    Can you give me the name of 1 or 2 iml label printing companies in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. I need to print some quality 4 color labels and cannot find a qualified printer.

  • http://melvinspicer melvin spicer

    We engrave rotary screens and manufacture galvano screens is there any place for our products?

  • http://Shilpa Shilpa

    Is this award limited for American printers only or open to printres around the world.

  • http://ProuctionArtWinnipegTechnical Prouction Art Winnipeg Technical

    On behalf of the Staff and students of Winnipeg Technical we would like to thank the sponsors of the PC Foundation for their great support. Winnipeg highschool students Justin Kushner and Kaitlyn Roth placed Bronze in North America in the 2008 Phoenix Challenge. <br />
    <br />
    Again, thank you all!<br />
    <br />
    Jan Hamilton <br />
    Production Art Teacher<br />
    Winnipeg Technical College<br />
    http://www.wtc.mb.ca<br />

  • http://J.Posusney J. Posusney

    The raw food movement needed packaging that was more earth friendly. I’m glad to see this innovation.

  • http://HearttoHeart Heart to Heart

    Sounds like you are a great company.We are looking for a printer for a new project.Please give us a call. Linda will be over this project.<br />

  • http://Adam Adam

    Mark Davenport was NOT the fouder of Mid South Graphics. Don Davenprt, a well respected , and very business savy gentleman founded the company in approximately 1992. I am sure "Mr. D" is rolling over in his grave over what Mark has done to his life’s work. Mark is a coward and a sell-out who ruined many lives with his cowardess.

  • http://ChuckPullich Chuck Pullich

    Congrats to all the 2008 Award Winners. However, please consider putting Wine Labels in their own separate catagories to compete only against other Wine Labels. Excellent submissions of types of product labels are being overwhelmed by Wine Labels. This is causing the contest to not represent other types of product labels in proper portion to their use in the marketplace over the last couple years of the Packaging Printing Excellence Awards.<br />
    Best Regards,<br />
    Chuck Pullich<br />
    Weber Marking Systems<br />
    1-800-843-4242 Ext. 211<br />

  • http://PatBarrett Pat Barrett

    Regis has always been on top of his game. He is (and has always been) a great commun icator — able to lead, market, influence, and adapt to changing environments. He appears to be working very hard – even in retirement. He is a great ambassador to Global Print / Equipment marketing.

  • http://rayhafenecker ray hafenecker

    Great job Frank. Congrats.

  • http://john john

    thanks why we have no more business in the us

  • http://JeffHarris Jeff Harris

    Tristan and his group at Trisoft are great! With his help we have remained at the forefront of flexo printing. One of the best partnerships we have ever made. Thank you Tristan!

  • http://BlakeWright Blake Wright

    I agree with the need for healthcare reform and feel that the new administration deserves a fair chance. The stance of the Obama regime that worries me, is the effect of the plan for a tax increase for households which have income in excess of 250K. What about company’s that are Sub Chapter S corporations? The tax paid for company profit is paid as income in the owner’s name. I am not an accountant, but if this is true, it won’t be a tax on the rich. It will be an enormous burden on the middle class business owner. As the owner of a small label company, I have spent 20 years building a business that started with 1 employee and myself. Having little credit and no financial freebies from the government I have battled very hard to grow the company to the place it is today. I hope that I am wrong, but I feel if my company is taxed heavier than it already is, our future growth will not only stall, but I will likely have to downsize to satisfy our debt and pay the additional burden of higher taxes. Is there going to be an exclusion for the Chapter S companies income? If not, I have to wonder if I am alone in the thought that the amount of 250K is too low? <br />

  • http://Gene Gene

    My understanding of this bill differs from your. This bill would give the employees the option to use a secret ballot or the card check system. If so, then it is a good bill.

  • http://Keith Keith

    It would never be a "good" bill. WHY would you EVER need to replace a secret ballot? The secrect ballot is the most honest, private and democratic way of voting.

  • http://GusWesche Gus Wesche

    Very good! If it wasn’t for tax payer money the .000009% that went to bonuses would not make a drop in the bucket…

  • http://KevinKarstedt Kevin Karstedt

    Good points Tom. Not be lost in this mess is that we, the citizens of America, are now the major stockholders of AIG. With that in mind should we not be mad as hell at our "board of directors" aka, our elected officials, who are doing everything they can to drive the value of AIG (our company) into the dirt….what are they doing to our investment?<br />
    <br />
    Another who should be mad as hell is Mayor Bloomberg of NYC. Where, thanks again to our elected "board members", much of the millions of dollars in AIG bonus money will not be spent…no new cars, new furniture, restaurants…<br />
    <br />
    And don’t even get me started on the precedent of a 90% tax on the bonuses….where will that practice show it’s head again and how long will it take?

  • http://ScottHamilton Scott Hamilton

    How can the PIA support this fraudulent stimulus bill? Most of the money is shoveled in to grow the size of Government, and will ultimately choke off new business growth with the ensuing tax increases that will be required to pay for this "stimulus" money. i am sure Uncle sam will also be happy to slap more regulations onto any business who taps into this program. Just look st the result of the other recepients of the TARP and bailout funds?

  • http://HenryRalton Henry Ralton

    Dear Mr. Charles Mace, Fascinated by your short run gravure operation. Interested if other things could help. Question: to what degree could following help: 1 – ability to easily run up to 3 different same repeat length jobs across width? 2 – get job with 4 or more print cylinder within 3 hours running on press with greatly reduced cylinder inventory.<br />
    Thanks ahead for your opinion.<br />
    <br />

  • http://ArtRosbottom Art Rosbottom

    Very well written piece. <br />
    <br />
    I agree that all of the reproduction processes required for producing the final printed color need to be quantified and tracked continually.<br />
    <br />
    LithoTel has software that seamlessly interfaces to all of the major measurement hardware on the market today. <br />
    <br />
    They can supply an easy to understand common database for collecting and reviewing all data from the various processes.

  • http://vytenisbichnevicius vytenis bichnevicius

    If the LED UV system does not emit UVA or UVB, what is it emitting?<br />
    <br />

  • http://softwaredevelopmentcompany software development company

    Quite inspiring,<br />
    <br />
    please explain more on the benefits of the investments for the long haul<br />
    <br />

  • http://ThomasWelby Thomas Welby

    The PIA should provide a petition that all of us interested parts could sign. <br />
    <br />

  • http://andy andy

    It is not obvious by what has been passed what benefits there are other than on an individual basis.<br />
    What needs to be done in the Senate is not to reject Nancy Pelosi’s version, but rather to stop hom0genizing legislation to make everyone happy and see how in law the small business and corporate sectors can be inspired (incentivized) to give their employees a fair share that protects the health and well being of every employee and their companies as a right to life. This means some significant changes in both the insurance and healthcare industries to become more efficient, effective and move from a position of how much less I can do and develop a business model based on the needs of the client (individual and corporate). <br />
    Than we can move away from adversarial relationships between business, government and individuals to a productive framework for all. This is what America is struggling with and is reflected very directly in Healthcare debate.<br />
    Find solutions Michael Makin, not problems.<br />

  • http://Art Art

    A good illustration of why I don’t belong to PIA. I keep my politics separate from my business and PIA, like many other so-called business associations, is becoming a political organization.

  • http://Customessays Custom essays

    We all know that it is not only the "glow" og the sales. Good point on that.<br />
    <br />
    Thanks for bringing it up!

  • http://Andy Andy

    Mitsubishi has to lower their parts costs first. i just spent $9300 on a feeder control board with no core replacement. Even Heidelberg does not charge that much.

  • http://JoséCarlosOliveira José Carlos Oliveira

    ColepCCL is a packaging company and we print in metal (tinplate).

    We are looking to buy a color proofer for metal so would like to know if the quality of this solution is good when comparing to the Kodak Approval solution.

    José Carlos Oliveira

  • http://BrettKilhenny Brett Kilhenny

    Is this the same Berry Plastics we know and love???

  • http://StephenWurtzel Stephen Wurtzel

    Another segment of American ingenuity sent overseas. No wonder so many well trained American workers cannot find employment. Eastman Kodak is another prime example of why our country is going to hell in a handbasket. We send all of the manufacturing overseas and as a result our government ends up having to support our out of work Americans by dolling out unemployment dollars. I am not impressed one iota. I have been president of my printing company for almost 38 years. I have seen the demise of the American print supplies first starting with ink, then paper, then machinery and now plates. What has happened to the blue collar American job? It is for sure that your publication is not enhancing the situation. I would think you would want to encourage hard equipment production and ingenuity in this country and not just write about another Kodak plant opening in China. In another generation to come, Americans will be pulling the rickshaws, and the Chinese will be riding in them.

  • http://Chase Chase

    This was a very interesting article to read. It’s interesting to learn that the machine is efficient and doesn’t emit UVA, UVB, or ozone. Great read!

  • http://DaveMoga Dave Moga

    Congratulations Colbert Packaging on this latest development. Best Wishes for continued success!

  • http://Daniel Daniel

    Just glad to see the success of the Mark Andy Company. I really do like their machines. I’m using a MarkAndy 830 3 color. It’s just so easy to use and extremely durable.
    Go Mark Andy!!

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  • http://LeafletPrinting Leaflet Printing

    Ok so these look really bad for printers like me, where are these figures taken from?

  • http://GregImhoff Greg Imhoff

    I agree with Tom’s conclusions except for one thing summed up by I think Henry Ford who said: “print anything you like about FORD, as long as you spell it F-O-R-D”.

    I think Henry meant there is no such thing as bad PR or as long as you making news, you are one step ahead of others.

  • http://GaryGatesSr Gary Gates Sr

    It woulkd seem that the company would want the Continental Brand to emmerge as the strong one as Continental is way up in customer satisfaction while this 1,000,000 plus Untied flyer [award issued in the 1960’s] avoids United because they have slid so far down the line in Customer Service.
    I think the smart thig would be to go to thye Proud Bird with the Golden Tail theme while down playing UNITED.

  • http://GeoffBush Geoff Bush

    Our Telstar Engineering booth was one of the busiest in the show due our new equipment offerings including a digital press retrofit done in conjunction with Digital Printing Solutions Technologies and our first showing of the re-engineered Hot Stamp unit formerly manufactured by I-KELA. The oil or electrontic Hot Stamp has been comletely upgraded and features a new control unit for constant job management. We can put our retrofits on all the presses, old or new, mentioned in this article.

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  • http://BettyBorchers Betty Borchers

    I wish they would find some other source of packaging Lisinopril. This packaging they have now really sucks for senior citizens. Why can’t they just put the pills in a regular container with a lid???

  • http://TerryJames Terry James

    Are there any flexographic pressman schools in the St.Louis Metro east area?
    My name is Terry James, my e-mail address is misterterry1@yahoo.com. Thank you

  • http://TravisPak Travis Pak

    Nice read. It is nice to see an article recognizing the packaging industry, as well as organizations that have been recognized for their hard work.


  • http://Kevin Kevin

    Can someone please put me in touch with someone who can give me pricing on double sided thermal printers. I have tried contacting NCR, Toshiba and many other suppliers without any feedback. I am looking at becoming a distributor in South Africa. Please help if you can.

  • http://JoeSuffoletto Joe Suffoletto

    Congratulations and Well Deserved!

  • http://Mr.Porter Mr. Porter

    Is there any overview for all companies working with HD-Flexo already?

  • http://KevinKarstedt Kevin Karstedt

    Glad to see that Heidelberg is continuing its efforts in packaging and digital printing….both of which are growth sectors. We wish them luck and look forward to hearing more from these efforts.

    Kevin Karstedt
    Karstedt Partners LLC
    Consulting in Packaging and Digital Printing

  • http://Ben Ben

    This is awesome! I going to look into getting some posters printed there soon.

  • http://GregImhoff Greg Imhoff

    With A&V’s commitment to the flexo market this may be a positive for all. Well done and good luck A&V.

  • http://RonWoodward Ron Woodward

    Interesting press release. If you research the Idealliance website, there are quite a few printers in the country that are already G7 Certified Master Printers. Our company, Carolina Graphic Services, is a G7 Master Printer and has been since July 2010. We print packaging, POS and POP materials in large format primarily. Not sure where the statement stating that “they are one of the few packaging printers to be so certified”, comes from…..did anybody research how many there are?

    Ron Woodward
    Sales & Marketing Manager
    Carolina Graphic Services

  • http://HenryKafeman Henry Kafeman


    An interesting article to raise the profile of this much neglected operational area.

    From my experience of the printing industry any evaluation, maintenance or optimisation of Ink Presetting performance is almost always neglected.

    So the original ROI from Ink Presetting is not maintaned over the long term!

    Henry Kafeman

  • http://HDFlexo HD Flexo

    Is there any overview about all the companies producing photopolymer-thin-slleves with HD Flexo?

  • http://KevinKarstedt Kevin Karstedt

    I have seen the new press and the new plant that surrounds it…very impressive. I congratulate the entire Zumbiel team for putting together an extremely impressive operation. The new Manroland press is just part of the state of the art operations.

  • http://alen alen

    impatiently looking forward for year 2014, time of recovery and good times

  • http://GaryNeal Gary Neal

    Thanks for the info about thermoformed plastics. My boss asked me to do some research and I had no idea where to start because I had honestly never heard of this technology before yesterday. I found this article to be the most thorough and informative. That sounds spammy. Sorry, but I really did like your article.

  • cindy

    U.S. Demand for converted flexible packaging predicted to exceed $18 billion by 2015

  • Kostlin

    Is there any overview about all the companies producing with HD Flexoyet?

  • Kostlin

    Is there any overview about all the companies producing photopolymer-sleeveswith HD Flexoyet?

  • Dave Harris

    It is time that someone finally held a boot camp on carton folding. A boot camp can be an effective option to help people concentrate their attention on a particular topic for a short period of time. Boot camps are effective in other areas also. Here is a link to boot camps. http://www.bootcampsforteens.com for people that are interested in other types of boot camps.

  • MTG

    Is there any overview about all the printing oder prepress companies working with HD Flexo yet?

  • CK Playground Apparel

    I love seeing new technology coming out in these types of genres. I primarily concern myself with screen prints and screen printing because I spent a lot of time making custom t-shirts for people. But stuff like this excites me and peaks my interest. feel free to check out my business at http://www.ckplaygroundapparel.com if youre interested, thanks.

  • jordan mcvickers

    This story is missing a lot of true facts.Sitting next to my Mother, I learn her Mother was actually the REAL founder with her then husband Don. My Mom re-calls at the time she remembered the company all they had was one die cutter and that was it. I believe this company deserves the recognition and truth behind it all!

    My name is Jordan Christopher (Edge) McVickers and you can reach me at patriotheat06@gmail.com for questions regarding my post.

  • emdad majid

    Interesting post & thanks for sharing with such a nice , decorative & cool blog.

  • kevin

    I would like to learn more about this program and whether we could find a similar means of disposing of our matrix waste at my plant here in North Carolina?
    Kevin McKenna, Owner, Tarason Packaging

  • dsibbett

    Same 10 color Press I operate here at home….The F&K is an amazing piece of machinery

  • Tommy

    I like this web blog very much so much excellent information. I’ve in no way imagined that it’ll end up my addiction to read articles since it is so much mind-boggling.. Happy important info I received out of your web-site.


  • OTEC

    How can you expect different results with the same people being a part of the problem for the past 20 year.

  • Billy

    Great idea! Not only is this an efficient way to pack food, but also a huge step in reducing the carbon footprint. The population of the world continues to grow; therefore, the amount of food consumed will be steadily increasing. Food Packaging Design will be crucial in slowing down the amount of carbon emitted in the atmosphere and this product shows a perfect example of how we can start doing that. Great work guys!

  • Sahil Cisin

    Congratulation for the completion of the 40 years anniversary, It been pleasure to wish a person who word hard 40 year to come on the tyvek brand across the world.

  • Sahil Cisin

    Congratulation for the completion of the 40 years anniversary in creating protective garments, It been pleasure to wish a person who word hard 40 year to come on the tyvek brand across the world.

  • MTG

    Is there any overview about all the printing oder prepress companies working with HD Flexo yet?

  • Renee Fleischmann

    That’s awesome! Congrats!

  • Kalpana Ganesan

    Informatics Outsourcing is an Offshore Market Research service company for Clinical Research,Bio Chemistry, Bio Technologies. Market Research services includes both Quantitative and Qualitative Market Research services Worldwide with affordable price.

  • Jess

    It looks like it was quite the competition! I am anxiously waiting for the August issue to find out who wins!

  • Steve Greene
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  • Mark

    Can you please tell me what this is in image? I want to see this.

  • Moe Anderson

    I remember printing some product labels using a printer that was just like this. I always appreciate a label that it neat and easy to read. Nowadays, companies just throw all of the information on there without even thinking about what a customer might think when they see it.

  • Angel Munoz

    The "All Around BEST " quality printing and packaging company Gauranteed
    Ive been in the industry for a little over twenty years and this is the best operation ive experienced
    Angel Munoz

  • Dena Dooney

    Way to go Scott! Great article about a great guy!

  • Andy Drage

    go to http://www.pharmaceuticalprinters.co.uk to see how we can prioduce your minature informative leaflets to go with your products

  • polo

    For large format lenticular poster, using the lenticular lens is the nomal way by most of lenticular printing company,and the technology is matured. You can visit http://www.3d-leader.com, they can produce high quality products at affordable price.

  • Color_Passion

    We salute you Mr.Schreier. Thanks for everything that you have done to this printing industry.

  • Ardash DERDERIAN

    I do congratulate both gentleman

  • Long Nguyen
  • http://MarkLongnecker Mark Longnecker

    I’ve heard Ann speak twice now and her content and delivery are outstanding, thought-provoking, and very insightful on the subject of generational change. You won’t want to miss her workshop at the Spring PPC meeting in Nashville.

  • Jhonn Lk

    Packaging Industry plays a crucial role, adding value to the various manufacturing sectors including agriculture and FMCG segments. Uflex Ltd., is gearing up with innovative packaging ideas and a host of value added packaging materials and sophisticated products for the market

  • Jose

    "We now have a clear path forward for Kodak, and we are positioning the company for a profitable and sustainable future". Same song that Perez has been singing since 2005. How this leader of "Worse CEO" lists has managed to keep his job is a mystery. Yet alone the board of directors, who still tolerate leadership incompetence. They cap a long line of clowns who have run this company (to the ground) since the late 70’s. But even now though, sweeping changes at the top and this company could still be a powerhouse.

  • Michael Ferrari

    Coca Cola see the opportunity to engage and grow share through packaging and they take action. This share a coke campaign is a model and likely other CPC’s will take note. No doubt customization through packaging will continue to proliferate.

  • Vik SolRep

    Is it possible to redo this article to have more up to date companies represented? Obviously I would want Viki Solutions mentioned as we came from Creo/Kodak and have color accurate proofing and creative workflow that we offer to top printers and brand managers around the world.

  • Vik SolRep

    Contact for Viki Solutions is http://www.vikisolutions.com or info@vikisolutions.com.

  • Packaging

    The sustainable packaging drive which has become the new buzzword in the flexible packaging market is catering to an increasingly environment conscious consumer. Uflex has in place an environmental policy aimed at improving the company’s performance in terms of the effects of their actions on the environment, pollution control and how they can make beneficial contributions to the maintenance of the environment.


  • VikSolRep

    Can we see an updated version of this article that focuses on online proofing and integration? We would like to participate as a vendor that offers similar products and partners with large organizations.

    Viki Solutions

  • Larry Nadeau


    I am Larry Nadeau at Domtar. Domtar makes heavy weight uncoated freesheet products and would like to discuss with Kevin Carey about troubleshooting complaints for crack at fold. How best do I contact him?
    My email address

  • VikSolRep

    An alternative is Viki Solutions Vera product which offers color accurate proofing for packaging with major brands and pharma using it every day. The team came from Creo/Kodak and it would be great to see an updated article that explains how Viki Solutions development team have build the next evolution in proofing products with packaging, video and 3D as a focus for growth.

  • Timothy Spangle

    I possess 35 years carton experience, I know most companies are full of crap, there is more carton work than any body can take, I interviewed at Boxit, they do not need any new customers, I was told that point blank

  • Jhonn Lk

    Modern marketing tactics focus on getting seen by its target consumers and in this regard packaging of the product becomes paramount. Hence, packaging Companies in India need to provide value and earning customer loyalty instead of simply conveying message to the consumers and hoping it will stick. Uflex Ltd. makes sure to keep its customers updated on its latest products and services.


  • DigitalKevin

    Jack, nice article, it should be an interesting LabelExpo this year. We see the number of inkjet press suppliers to the label market growing rather than shrinking which is a sign the market has yet to reach maturity.

    Having been in the digital arena from the beginning, we are seeing some of the same market and development trends playing out in the Folding Carton sector for the use of digital printing. This will be an interesting market to watch over the next few years. Welcome a talk if you are interested.

    Keep up the good work,
    Karstedt Partners

  • Khosrow Mokori

    Hello, Sir
    My name is Khosrow Mokori and I am a steel rule die maker (flat dies) with fourteen years of work experience
    in Vancouver BC, looking for work anywhere in Canada. I am really good at bending all types of steel rules accurately.
    Thank you.

  • Chris Lynn

    There are 3 ways to address the concern re "finishing line for a color digital press":
    1. Invest in digital finishing technology, like Highcon for folding carton converters
    2. For label printers, print digitally, rewind, and run through current finishing technology – inefficient
    3. Add inline digital printing, like the DICE (digital inkjet color engine) to an existing narrow web press – making use of existing investments in converting equipment.

  • Supriya Singh

    Flexible packaging has redefined the way packaging of products can be done. With an array of innovative techniques in terms of designing, looks and convenience the industry has been up to date with consumer needs and satisfaction. Uflex Ltd through cutting edge innovation and expertise has been manufacturing attractive packages for various products.

  • Janssen Mary

    gooday my name is mary and i find this article very interesting. can someone enlighten me more on the type of printing machines suitable or that will be needed in printing this no label look labels. I currently own a primera lx 400 printer

  • Ted

    It is a pleasure to have Quad Tech equipment on the presses that I have worked on since 1985. It has been a tremendous help to make the industry of printing totally automatic. Thank You , Maintenance Tech. Ted

  • Pat Berger

    When and only when the nano ink can pass flotation deinking should this be considered. With all of the other inkjet printers reducing the available recycled fiber for same grade paper we sure don’t need another source of fiber that will contribute to the accumulating tonnage to be be down-cycled.

  • Barry

    How exactly do you enhance a press that heretofore does not exist?

    This is all marketing bs to cover for the fact they are still figuring this monster out! I bet 20% of the early adopters lose their business over this investment.

  • Greg Imhoff

    Sharing digital libraries and applications such as this with clients is simply good business. Well done Pantone, X-Rite, and Sun.

  • Ias Iso

    Great Information! While developing software or building a company that works with technology or engineering-related projects, it might be worthwhile for you to apply for ISO Certification.

  • Scott Pillsbury

    CONGRATULATIONS JEFF! Great choice for a very prestigious award in our industry. Well done

  • ravi

    Thanks for the very useful information
    David Manager
    Safire Printing & packaging Pvt Ltd

  • HSE

    It’s interesting to note that you condone cutting pvc (vinyl) on a laser system, given that when burned it forms dioxins, which cause cancer, build up in the food chain, harm the immune system, it also gives off chlorine gas which is VERY TOXIC, can cause death.
    Even with good exhaust systems these fumes could escape !!

  • Priya Pant

    Design is an integral part of the flexible packaging. It is the designing which will actually help the product stand out amongst its competitors. Uflex Ltd caters to various FMCG companies and is committed to quality and excellence and improved designs. http://uflexltd-packaging.com/

  • Greg Imhoff

    The EIU Global Print & Packaging estimates of $579 BN USD (2012) growing to $669 BN (2017) fits other forecasts I have read. Other than BRIC nations emerging and ramping up all over, the positive growth in NA areas will be in Packaging, most notably in Flexible Convertors but across all packaging including Offset as seen in the stellar growth of the Ed Garvey Group.

    The NPES Graph clearly shows the nexus points of 2015 / 2016 where the US and China reverse leadership positions globally. With the US curve flattening and China curve conjoining up, this may be due to general print demand of China and not reflect on the US demand of growth forecasted here in packaging by Freedonia, Smithers PIRA and others. All packaging segments in NA will I believe remain strong and continue to grow.

    PRIMIR studies hold an accurate crystal ball quality for me and so in PRIMIR calling out UV/EB, specialty markets, standardization and more above means to me that serious business in packaging will continue for printers convertors and suppliers who continue to organize accordingly.

  • Webwood Guy

    hello dear manager,we would be thank full if you send us the price of your Automatic printing slotting Machines
    and more information s about buying and warranty and machines info.we are looking forward to receiving your emails.our email:manager@oghab-carton.com

  • Leona
  • Leona
  • James Lang

    employing children now

  • James Lang

    Ling industries, sponsored by Avon

  • James Lang

    my sushi brings all the japs to the yard

  • Haiko Seeling

    Ok – so it’s time to burst everyones bubble here. Velcro – meaning more waste for the packaging. It’s bad enough that all of these products are sold in plastic – which is horrible for our environment – but now they’re trying to make these Earth destroying bags "user-friendly"? The rest of the world, and most grocery stores, are leaving plastic bags behind, yet this company is touting them, and pushing them onto consumers. 5280 All Natural Cleaning Products – http://www.5280Soap.com – unless you’re buying in bulk – this company sells their product on store shelves in glass mason jars – which are reusable and much more Earth friendly! They also donate and give back to the community regularly (including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) – they’re made in Colorado – and they truly care about their customer, not their bottom dollar. http://www.facebook.com/mountainlaundry

  • Priya Pant

    Flexible packaging adds value and marketability to its packaged items both in food and non-food category. Features like barrier protection, longer shelf life, ease of use, resealability, designabilitiy, eco-friendliness etc have been desirable in making flexible packaging a favorite amongst food manufacturers. Leading the way in packaging innovation is Uflex Ltd. Top of the line designs and recyclable plastics have been our bastion for last many years.

  • Julio González

    Design and 3D printing was a cinch…the hardest part will be to get smell of coffee to the potion you make from "Noescafé" (stands for " It´s not coffee" )… lol

  • Adam Lewis

    Great blog..


    Colorific ink

  • Tony Morgan

    Nowadays the digital printer plays a vital role in the industries it’s not help the business in the cost cutting but also helps to increase the efficiency to complete the work on time. Recently I have purchased the digital printer from this website: http://www.sublimationinks.com where the vast ranges of printers are available.

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  • Russel Woods

    Awesome news!

  • Russel Woods

    Awesome news!

  • Specialty Sodas

    Love this campaign and the video ads they’ve created. Brilliant advertising. — http://www.SpecialtySodas.com

  • Autoprint Press

    Great technology in printing industry. Wish you all success.

  • Pro Label

    Miami, FL— November 20, 2014 — ProLabel Inc., a manufacturer of digital labels and folding carton, announced today that they have purchased a building in the City of Hialeah, Florida that doubles the amount of space needed to house the new Digital Presses to meet its customers’ growing demand for high quality digital labels and folding cartons. Established in 1995, ProLabel specializes in Digital Color Labels for the Cosmetics, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Nutriceutical, Private Label and other Industries. The company is based in South Florida and serves customers across the United States, Canada, and throughout the Caribbean. http://www.ProLabelInc.com
    ProLabel Inc.
    621 West 20th Street
    Hialeah, Florida 33010
    (305) 620-2202

  • Brian Ludwick

    great story

  • Randy Radosevich

    Is RRD more like KMart or Walmart: Are they leveraging their network as the basic unit of management, or not?

  • Jay

    For avg main steet investor, here is the question which was not answered in article. RRD yields appx. 6 % dividend for value investor now. With three new company, which company will pay dividiend, how much or it will disappear alltogether in the name of growth? Based on the current share price of $16, the value of each comapny will be 16/3=$5.33? Can someone calrify?

  • Kevin Karstedt


    Nice job with the video I am looking forward to many more.

    I was pleased and proud to be part of this new event and format. I have been to many conferences and shows over the years and I think NAPCO has really hit on a way to bring quality information to the marketplace. I am already looking for ways to bring even better content to the 2016 Summit.

    Here is looking at 2016…