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8 Reasons Sustainable Packaging Will Continue To Grow

Posted by James Dulong

Jul 25, 2017 8:32:00 AM

Over the years, it has become clear that sustainability in packaging is a concern that’s here to stay. In fact, the market for sustainable packaging is expected to be worth $244 billion within the next few years, and some sources estimate that it will supersede costs and other factors to become the number one challenge for companies over the next decade. So with that in mind, here are eight reasons why the sustainable packaging industry is only going to keep growing.

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Topics: sustainability

10 Troubleshooting Tips for Gravure Printing

Posted by James Dulong

Jul 18, 2017 1:32:00 PM

We know you love your gravure printing, but let’s face it: sometimes you encounter issues, and you just don’t know how to fix them. And that’s why today we’re going to go over 10 of the most common problems people experience with gravure, and what you can do to fix them.

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Minimize Color Variations in Your Print Process

Posted by James Dulong

Jun 29, 2017 8:26:00 AM

Print, despite the widespread proliferation of the internet, is still an essential form of communication for just about every activity in modern society.

People need printing to create descriptive packaging for products on shelves. People need printing for the signs they read, the pamphlets and brochures they reference to make purchasing decisions, even the business cards handed out to make new business contacts.

Print, in other words, is still vital, and, thanks to new advances in printing technology, more vibrant and expressive than ever before. This new versatility in printing comes to us courtesy of two major advances; better printing technology, and a better understanding of managing ink.

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Topics: Printing

The Next Wave of Flexographic Printing: Printed Electronics

Posted by James Dulong

Jun 20, 2017 8:02:00 AM

The cries of “print is dead” have proven to be a bit premature as even the mighty company Amazon is now in the process of opening old-fashioned, brick and mortar stores that sell actual, physical books!

But beyond the traditional realm of printing, which is ink to paper, printing as a whole is undergoing many new developments that secure its value in our modern, technology-centric society.

“3D printing” as it is called, is a new technique that allows the creation of actual physical objects, relying on polymers rather than ink as the medium of creation. And now, thanks to new advances in materials and printing research, another new frontier is quickly opening up to the benefit of both businesses and society: printed electronics.

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Meeting Customer Expectations in Corrugated Cardboard Printing

Posted by James Dulong

May 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The shopping experience has changed a lot in the 21st century.

In some ways, it has placed a new focus on things that people have previously taken for granted. Corrugated cardboard is one of those things.

While most people usually think of it as simply something used for making plain brown boxes, the versatility of corrugated cardboard has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to innovative marketing concepts, advances in printing, and online shopping.

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Topics: Printing

Take a Deep Breath: Stabilizing Ink to Reduce Solvent Evaporation

Posted by James Dulong

May 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

People that claim print is dead are exaggerating the demise of the industry. Sure, newspapers and magazines have struggled to maintain readerships, but they are many areas where the print industry continues to thrive.

Look around you. Chances are, you see something that required some form of precise commercial printing. Whether it is a mailed advertisement, a potato chip package, a book, or a billboard, the color and clarity of that printed product relied on carefully managed formulations and viscosity control.

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Topics: Printing

Start a Culture of Improvement in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by James Dulong

Nov 10, 2016 10:38:00 AM

Everybody seems to understand the basic theory behind continuous improvement as it relates to free market enterprises. Essentially, you have to get better because you have competitors and they are not standing still. Falling behind the competition can mean reduced margins, smaller market share, or outright business failure. If we can all agree that it’s important, why are so many of us struggling to maintain a culture that supports continuous improvement?

I’m sure those reasons are different for every organization but here are a few common themes that we see:

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Topics: sustainability

4 Reasons Managers Fail While Executing Capital Improvement Projects

Posted by James Dulong

Nov 1, 2016 10:18:00 AM

To start, let me define what I mean by Capital Improvement Project. It is similar to a Capital Equipment Project in that it requires some investment, installation and training but it is typically on a smaller scale.

Most projects we do are considered Capital Improvement Projects. We make improvements to existing Capital Equipment for a variety of reasons including improving productivity, reducing material waste, reducing VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds), and minimizing quality defects.

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Topics: sustainability

A Lesson and Model to Inspire Progress

Posted by James Dulong

Oct 27, 2016 9:47:00 AM

I suppose there are many ways to inspire progress in your business. Born and raised in Michigan, I had a front row seat to changes in the American automotive industry. I want to share a little history as a kind of warning about destruction caused by comfort and complacency. In case you think this is an automotive blog, understand that I will tie this into the printing industry.

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Topics: Viscosity

5 Questions to Refocus Your Improvement Efforts

Posted by James Dulong

Oct 21, 2016 10:02:00 AM

Continuous improvement is the foundation of many successful companies and the basis for increasing our productivity and ultimately our standard of living. Unfortunately, continuous improvement efforts often get brushed aside by the day-to-day grind of just getting things done.

It’s hard to work on something new when you already have a full-time job. We went through a lean manufacturing transformation during 2008 & 2009 and the results were measurable and outstanding. However, even with our culture and focus, our improvement efforts plateaued for nearly three years. If you are dissatisfied with the status quo, you’re in the majority. Fortunately for us, we were able to get our efforts back on track and continue making improvements again.

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Topics: Viscosity