Converting Industry News

News from: Air Products and Chemicals, APC, Ashland Specialty Chemical, BASF, CHA Industries, Chromas, Cham Paper, Coast Controls, Daetwyler, Dienes, Harper Corp., HDFC, MagneTek, Mebane Pkg., National Starch, Newark Group, NPA, NPES, Plystar, Scholle, SFA, Smurfit-Stone, Socopac, Top Tier, UCB, Westvaco, W.R. Grace, and Yasui Seiki USA.

Protecting Your Company with Restrictive Covenants

Losing a valued employee to a competitor, along with proprietary and confidential information and possibly other employees that person may recruit, is a problem that many employers face in today's robust job market.

Battle of the Materials Is on for Blister Packaging Market

Long dominated by PVC, the bottom web market for pharmaceutical blister packs now is facing increased competition from a variety of new materials. Although

Estimating the Drying Rate of Flexo Ink in the Laboratory

One reason the drying rate of flexo inks has become an important subject is the general trend toward the use of thinner ink films. In the narrow web sector,

A Glossary of Descriptive TermsSecond Installment

Bill Hawkins continues his glossary of web handling terms for readers who are new to the industry and for those who are not new but have questions about different versions of these terms.


New materials from: API Foils, Chris Craft Industrial Products, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Cognis Coatings & Inks, Eastman Chemical, Klockner Capital Corp., Kraton Polymers, and Menges Roller Co.

Reporter Clips

News from: Automatan, AWA Alexander Watson Assoc., Buckley Graphics, Comco Intl., Custom Tape & Label, De La Rue Holographics, Fusion UV Systems, Harper Corp., Kraton Polymers, LG Intl., Scapa Tapes North America, Seal-It, and Web Label Ltd.

Presses and People Make a Powerful Combination

Doing what it says "no one else can do" is the stock in trade of Los Angeles Label Co. Helping the cause are Webtron presses and some well-trained employees.

What's New in Narrow Web

New products from: Akzo Nobel, Dover Flexo Electronics, Doyen Medipharm, Enercon Industries, GSE Dispensing, Halm Industries, Raflatac, Sonic Solutions, Tantec, Water Ink Technologies, and Weber Marking Systems.

Takin' Care of Business: How the Industry Does It

Success, we know, requires good equipment and good employees, but finding and keeping the latter is a challenge for employers today. The industry and

Customer Satisfaction Begins and Ends with Quality

Corrugated Paper Products invests in new equipment and additives from National Starch and Chemical Co. in order to assure quick delivery as well as top quality products.

New Packaging Technology Will Star at Pack Expo

Packaging and processing innovations will coexist harmoniously at Pack Expo 2000 and its companion event, the International Exposition for Food Processors.

Technology Puts Converter "In-Line" for More Success

Phoenix Packaging, which made its name with in-line technology for producing popcorn bags, is taking its innovative ways into other areas.

Common Causes of Blocking in Heat Seal CoatingsPart I

Heat seal coatings are formulated materials that are applied to a substrate on a coater and then wound into a roll. In a subsequent operation, the coated

Hot Melt Symposium Covers Many Topics

The Hot Melt Symposium on June 25-28, 2000, at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort in Bal Harbour, Florida, offered presentations covering many current

Division Award Winners

A highlight of each Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Conference is the presentation of Division Awards. For 2000, the Division Technical Award and Sam

Synthetic Paper from Plastics

Application: A mixture of linear low density polyethylene and polystyrene with 40% filler consisting of 80% dolomite and 20% talc is very promising for synthetic paper uses.

A Basic Understanding of Chill Rolls

Application: The fundamental knowledge from a basic understanding of roll design, function, and construction can help when purchasing a new roll, evaluating a new product or process, and troubleshooting.

Assessing Real-Life Sealant Performance in Flexible Packaging

Application: Polyolefin plastomers exhibit excellent caulkability to deliver the sealing characteristics necessary for total package performance.

Nitrocellulose, Solvents, Recycling, and Safety

Without proper precautions, the combination of nitrocellulose-containing inks, solvent-based press cleaners, and on-site recycling can be a deadly one.

Polyester Film Supplier Helps Converter Grow

Needing better service and more attention from its polyester supplier (along with good quality, of course), Custom Tapes turned to Filmquest and found its wish list fulfilled.

Bringing Together the Many Benefits of Film and Paper

Harrier Packaging is targeting the food industry as it converts PaperFeel, a coex PE film that reportedly combines the best of paper and film.

A Q&A on Remanufactured Equipment: Is It for You?

Today's consumers pay as much attention to the package as they do to what's in it. So brand managers and print buyers demand higher quality graphics,

Solving the Problem of Press Part Replacements

Clear Lam Inc., an Elk Grove Village, IL, converter of films, foils, and poly laminates, prides itself on delivering "a good quality product, excellent

Canadian Banknote Installs Brookfield Viscometers

MISSISSAUGA, ONT., CANADACanadian Bank Note Intl. (CBN), a 50-employee printing operation specializing in lottery and gaming tickets for governments,

The Vacumet Story Is a 30-Year History of Growth

With three decades of expansion and acquisition, Vacumet has come a long way from its beginnings, but strong company values remain the same. Newspapers

Printing/Converting Show Bursting at the Seams

Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2000, which will take place September 24-27 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, is now a "two-hall" show. The event's producer,

Reporter Clips

News from: Crane & Co., Dow Corning, Flexographic Trade School, Indigo, MACtac, Polyweave, Proma Technologies, Raflatac, Scapa Tapes, and Tokyo Lithmatic Corp.

Flexography Comes of Age and Keeps on Growing

What do flexography and lemonade have in common? Let's see. From humble beginnings 100 years ago as aniline printing, flexo is now the fastest-growing

How to Make Anilox Roll Improvements Work for You

There are some exciting new developments in anilox roll technology, but they won't bring the results you want until you fine-tune your print process by

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