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    The Sustainable Future: How Flexographic Printers Can Go Green

    Posted by Mark Portelli

    Mar 1, 2018 3:03:00 PM

    From recycling, to solar roofs, to electric cars, environmental sustainability has become a trend that means big business.

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    Topics: sustainability, flexographic printing

    5 Ways to Improve Your Packaging Recovery Rate

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Aug 3, 2017 8:33:00 AM

    As the cost of virgin materials continues to increase, packaging recovery has never been as important as it is today. But recovery is also vital from a sustainability and environmental standpoint as well because more and more end consumers are looking for eco-friendly packaging that’s made from recycled materials, that is itself recyclable. For any packaging company looking to cut costs and improve sustainability practices, here are five ways you can improve packaging recovery rates.

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    Topics: sustainability

    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

    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

    Reduce Cost of Paint and Coating Disposal by 10% or More

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Aug 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM


    Disposal of drums of waste paint and coating is a necessary evil for anyone in the industrial coating or finishing business, but is especially true for coil coaters.

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    Topics: sustainability, PCM

    The 7 Traits of Highly Successful Coil Coating Systems

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Aug 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM


    Please excuse the trite reference to Stephen Covey! But in this case, there really are seven traits that we see that signify that we are working with a world-class coater. Truly world class coil coaters are identified by their ability to:

    1. Provide a high quality surface finish batch-after-batch
    2. Deliver on time, every time

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    Topics: coil coating, sustainability, Coating Technology, PCM

    Temperature Control Where It Counts - At The Point of Application

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 19, 2013 10:00:00 AM

    If your business depends on processes where fluids are dispensed, whether they be adhesives, sealants, potting compounds, coatings, lubricants, or even just water, you know the importance of control.  Control of volume, control of flow rate, control of placement – all have a significant impact on the cost and quality of your output.

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, Point of Application, coil coating, sustainability

    Turning A Manufacturing Problem Into A Competitive Advantage

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 15, 2013 10:45:00 AM

    Whether consumer direct or B2B, every market has its own unique trends that define the requirements for success.  In response to these trends, you enact processes specifically designed to effectively serve your customers, gain a competitive advantage, and remain profitable.  But trends shift over time as customers react to the changing world around them.  You may perceive this as negative, as your customer’s needs conflict with the operational and profitability goals of your business.  But what if this can BE your competitive advantage?

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    Topics: cost of temperature, Temperature control, coil coating, sustainability

    How Sustainability and Innovation Cut Your Fluid Process Control Costs

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jul 30, 2013 11:21:00 AM

    Whether or not you believe that humans have a significant impact on climate change one thing is certain; climate change is moving our industry toward sustainability. In the May 2013 edition of Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine, the article Sustainability Drives ECS sums it up,

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    Topics: Temperature control, Point of Application, sustainability

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