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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

4 Things You Need to Pay Attention to in Your Corrugated Print Process

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Feb 1, 2017 9:06:00 AM

There was a time not too long ago when corrugated printing meant adding blue or black logos and text to the plain cardboard box a product was shipped in. Or adding to the front of a pizza box the two-colored cartoon imagery of a chef tossing dough as he sported the stereotypical mustache and goofy hat.

That’s not the case anymore.

Like many other technologies over the past decade, corrugated printing has evolved to become much more advanced, incorporating high-definition imagery, a wider range of colors, and more intricate shapes and designs.

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Topics: Printing

Meet Sustainable Packaging Goals: 4 Steps to Becoming a Green Printer

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Jan 25, 2017 9:16:00 AM

Sustainable packaging is quickly becoming a feature that consumers expect to see associated with their favorite brands.

In its article, “Booming Boards, Big Growth,” the July 2016 issue of FLEXO Magazine addressed this trend in packaging, stating: “Sustainability is no longer a just nice to have, but is now seen as a necessity for attracting consumers and protecting market share – i.e. it is now an expectation, not a differentiator.”

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Topics: Printing

How Your Print and Packaging Operations Affect Your Client’s Brand

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Jan 17, 2017 9:05:00 AM

You may already know this, but the packaging and other materials you produce for your clients all play a central role in establishing their brand identity and helping to drive sales.

Think about how important packaging is to a brand like Coca-Cola. Since the 1890s, the brand’s famous “Coke Red” color has adorned bottles (glass and plastic), aluminum cans, wooden crates, cardboard boxes, corrugated store displays, paper signs, and countless other materials.

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Topics: Printing

Automating Your Print and Packaging Processes: Reliable Results with Lower Costs, Less Labor

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Jan 11, 2017 4:15:13 PM

Every industry is looking for ways to maximize production and reduce costs without impacting quality. Packaging manufacturers and printers are no different.

Achieving these goals in packaging and printing can be difficult, though. Clients expect quicker turnaround on projects in order to get more products into the marketplace at a faster rate. Inks, materials, and specifications can vary greatly from job to job, leaving many projects vulnerable to human error. And the growing popularity of specialty packaging and print jobs introduces even more variables into the printing process.

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Topics: Printing

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