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Signs Say Economy Slowing Down, Recession Unlikely

It looks as if crude oil, interest rates, and the high-tech sector will combine to make 2001 an interesting year, according to DuPont economist Robert Fry.

Printer Helps Customers Manage Printing Needs

Wallace Computer Services prints business forms, labels, and promotional materials for its customers and offers them a way to save money through print management.

Graphics of the Americas 2001 Will Offer a Hot Time

Florida may have faded from the election spotlight, but it will be center stage for the graphics arts/converting industries February 2-4, 2001, when Graphics of the Americas returns.

Controlling Your Web from Beginning to End, Part II

In Part II of this two-part series, Bill Hawkins continues his analysis of the devices and designs that serve to keep your web under control.

On the Move...

In the news: ABNH, AzCoat, Battenfeld Gloucester, BCM Inks, Bobst, Chris-Craft, Chromas, Clariant, Clemson, David Hulme Machinery, Diversified, DPC, Dunsirn, EDI, Edward Graphics, Eurotherm, FTC, Ft. Dearborn, Geon Co., Hanna Co., Huntsman Packaging, llinois Tool Works, Maxson Automatic, Mead, Northwest Coatings, OFEM, PaperExchange, Paperloop, PCL Plastics, PGI, Pinto, Pliant, Proma, Roosevelt Paper, Uniplast, Water Ink Technologies, and Weyerhaeuser.

Flexible Packaging Committee News

The Flexible Packaging Committee met at the 2000 Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Division under the leadership of the new chairperson, Dante F. Ferrari.

The Influence of Aluminum Gauge on the Adhesion of Extruded Polyester to Foil Using Adheisve Primers

Application: Adhesion primers are effective when the thickness of polyester resin extrudate to aluminum substrate thickness exceeds a ratio of 0.7.

Extrusion Coating Committee News

The Extrusion Coating committee is the largest committee in the Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Division. It is concerned with the process, equipment

Air Gap Dynamics: Effect on Molecular Properties and Heat Seal

Application: Because the molecular structure of a polyethylene coating changes during extrusion, an extrusion coating operation should expect variations in final performance.

Think the Ink You're Using Is A No-Brainer? Think Again.

Well, here we are inside the new millennium and things certainly are complicated, aren't they? Though we entered Y2K without the many catastrophes predicted

What's New in Narrow Web

New from: A.B. Dick, ADI Intl., Conversource, Flexo Concepts, Labelmate LLC, Mark Andy/Comco Intl., Matik North America, Northwest Coatings Corp., Propheteer Intl., Sato America Inc., Sony Chemicals Corp. of America, and Web Techniques.

Appealing to the Nexters and Beyond

My 18- and 14-year-old daughters keep me in constant awe of life and the accelerating passage of time. When they were born, George Orwell's 1984 was no

Election 2000: An Outcome in Doubt Raises More Questions

The narrow margins, the lack of a clear mandate, and the exigencies of re-election demands for all the elected representatives will make it more difficult for any one interest group to achieve sweeping legislative change in the next few years.

Impression Rolls: Their Jobs and Their Maintenance

Impression rolls play a very important part at various points in many different converting operations. They are usually small rolls that are perhaps 3-4

Looking for Good Technical Talent? So Is Everyone Else

It's an old cliche that "good help is hard to find," but certainly it is applicable to the current technical job market. Extremely low unemployment rates,

A Glossary of Descriptive TermsThird Installment

This column is a continuation of the glossary of terms that I began in the September 2000 issue for the purpose of improving communications in the converting

Materials

New materials from: ADMTronics, Akzo Nobel Inks, Cognis Coatings & Inks, Equistar Chemicals, Flint Ink, Nordson Corp, Rayven Inc., and Sun Chemical Ink.

Products

New Products from: ADI , Ashe, Burling Instruments, Cleveland Motion Controls, Custom Design and Development, Davies Industrial Supplies, Dienes, Flxon, Goldenrod, GN Packaging Equipment, ICE/Horauf, Karlville Development, LMI, MagneTek, Maxson Automatic Machinery, Norcross, Proven Designs, Simco Industrial Static Control, Valmet, and Wintriss Engineering.

Converting Industry News

News from: AIMCAL, BPI, Centrexpo, Graph Expo/Converting Expo (GASC), Korber PaperLink North America, Mead Corp., Paperboard Packaging Council, Sealed Air Corp., Selecterra, and Sun Chemical, USCC.

Reporter Clips

News from: Acorn Labels, Ashe Converting Equipment, FTA, Harper Corp., Imprimerie Ste-Julie Inc., Indigo, Russell-Field Paper Co., and Scapa Tapes.

What's New in Narrow Web

New products from: Adhesives Research Inc., Dalemark Industries Inc., FLEXcon Co. Inc., Independent Machine Co., and JMD Mfg. Inc.

Coating Operation Starts a Tradition of Growth

Venture Coating Technologies, located in what once was a Wisconsin cornfield, is striving to be much more than a budding converting plant. Moving the process along is a slot-die coater assembled by Dri-Tec.

Controlling Your Web from Beginning to End

In Part 1 of a two-part series, Bill Hawkins looks at the devices and designs that can help you keep your web under control.

Polyester Film Sourcing: Tips to Improve the Bottom Line

Sourcing polyester film for the specific combination of properties you need in the finished product can put your mind at ease and raise profitability.

Living in Technologically Interesting Times

I am very excited to lead the Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Division during these interesting times. Everyone will probably agree that the world

The Case Against Oxidation as a Primary Factor for Bonding Acid Copolymers to Foil

Application: Acid copolymers will generally adhere more strongly to foil than low density polyethylene even when processing the acid copolymer at lower temperatures. This reduces the potential for taste, odor, processing, and other problems associated with high temperature processing.

Creative Problem Solving

Application: Creative approaches for solving problems in the converting industry can yield quick solutions.

Contract Converter Finds Midwestern Niche

Midwest Converting saw a need in its geographic area for an operation that concentrates on contract converting solely. Helping the company fill that need successfully are two high-speed drum slitters from Ausquip.

On the Move

News from: Accord Carton, Arc Intl., Beckett Papers, Boise Cascade, CMD, Comco, Dienes, Dri-Tec, Epoch, Flxon, GAA, GC Dies, Grafix NA, Hazen Paper, Heidelberg, IST America, Kapco, Lamart, MacDermid, Magnat Rolls, Maxson Automatic, Mead, Meredith, Monadnock, NPES, Packaging Education Forum, Pillar Technologies, SIG Combibloc, Sonoco, UCB, UV Technology, W& H, Wausau, and York.

Pouchmaking Equipment Adapts as Materials Advance

The materials used to make pouches are changing. We are seeing specialty films that are thinner, stretchier, multilayered. While multiple thin layers

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