Materials

Without Boundaries

When custom coater/laminator Lamart Corp. was chosen by NASA to develop a material for use as the “envelope” of an unmanned space vehicle, Philip Faria, manager of process engineering, and Lee Smith, project manager, recalled the philosophy of company founder Walter Hirsh: “To be truly successful, a company has to challenge itself to find the limits of its capabilities and then create processes and equipment to exceed the old boundaries.”

Sun Chemical to Introduce Inks, Print Consumables at Print 05

At Print 05, Sun Chemicla will demonstrate its capacity to provide total solutions through inks, coatings, and other new products.

Brand Security & Authentication, Part 2

Secure and cost-effective anti-counterfeiting solutions are being developed to foil the fakers.

Narrow Web What's New

Narrow web new products from: Schober USA, Lüscher Flexo, Matan USA, and Sato Corp.

Dow Raises Prices on Release Coatings

Dow Corning has raised prices on its global release coating product line by 5% to 7%.

INX Offers MetalFX Inks

INX Intl. has signed up as an official MetalFX ink maker. The company now offers inks compatible with the MetalFX process.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

Lidding applications for peelable seal roll applied coatings, the effect of chlorine dioxide sachets and modified atmosphere packaging on quality of fresh chicken breasts, evaluation of low voltage electron beam processors using thin film dosimetry techniques, and analysis of new flame treatment technology for surface modification and adhesion promotion.

COF in Printed Packaging

Automatic packaging operations require a specific range of lubricity to process packaging products. Printing inks contribute to the package lubricity and affect both the static as well as kinetic coefficient of friction (COF).

Materials

New products from: Brushfoil, Spinnaker Coating, Uvitec Printing Ink, Sun Chemical, Bayer Films Americas, Rayven, Kurz Transfer Products, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, and Toray Plastics (America).

BASF Increase Amines Prices

Effective July 1, 2005, or as contracts allow, BASF will increase prices in North America for its amines.

Reclying Plastic Materials

Research and Markets’ report, Recycling of Plastic Materials, combines topics discussing: the analysis of processes successfully implemented in industrial practice; ideas concerning production with recycling in mind; and the new research developments offering practical solutions for recycling industry and product manufacturers.

"Small Guy" Equipped for Mega Growth

Dave Clarke, VP and general manager of Mega Plastics, a Clinton, MS-based converter of plastic bags and film for industrial packaging, refers to the nine-year-old company as one of the "smaller guys" in its field. But it's not likely to stay that way for long.

One Stop Shop

India is booming and nowhere is this more evident than at Flex Industries Ltd., the nation’s largest flex-pack converter.

Odor & Exempt Solvents

Requirements for low odor in flexible packaging change as new materials are introduced in printing and laminating operations. Retained solvent is the primary odor concern of the printer and converter, and tight odor standards are maintained for printed and laminated structures.

Materials

New products from: VonSon Liquid Inks, Ashland, Scapa North America, ADM Tronics, Rock-Tenn, Day Intl., Environmental Inks and Coatings, FLEXcon, Toray Plastics (America), and Rogers.

A Cut Above

It’s taken more than "the luck of the Irish" to grow Connemara’s $40 million converting operation, which was founded in 1997.

Truth or Myth?

There are many proposed theories that might influence the slide angle. We tested extensively to determine if these postulations are true.

Sun Chemical Raises Prices, Produces MetalFX Inks

Sun Chemical will raise ink prices in the U.S. and Canada and has signed up as an official MetalFX ink maker.

Flint Ink Announces Price Increases

Flint Ink North America has announced price increases for a variety of ink products.

Celanese Increases Prices on Celvol

Celanese Chemicals has increased the price for all its Celvol polyvinyl alcohol grades as of May 1, 2005.

CPP Expo 2005 Hosts Meetings

CPP Expo 2005 will host seven trade associations’ annual meetings and events.

Bomar Appoints West Coast Sales Rep

Bomar Specialties Co. has announced an agreement with Dorsett & Jackson to represent Bomar’s UV/EB cure oligomers in the Western US.

Biodegradable Films Today

Most of us love our creature comforts, including the many items that use flexible packaging substrates. As a result, increasing amounts of plastic films and foil enter the waste stream, because no easy method is available to recycle, separate, or divert them from disposal in landfills.

Introduction to Roll Handling

Proper roll handling methods are required to ensure plant personnel safety and to minimize losses associated with roll damage.

Materials

New products from: Appleton, ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics Unlimited, Smart Papers, MPI Technologies, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., National Adhesives, Dow Corning Corp., and DuPont Teijin Films.

A Look at Laminating Inks

Packaging inks come in all shapes and sizes and usually must meet unique performance requirements.

US Specialty Film Demand Expected to Increase

Jim Casey Speaks at AWA Release Liner Conference

FLEXcon’s VP of technology, Jim Casey, will present "Film Release Liner Trends" on Tuesday, April 12, at the AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference 2005.

Ashland Increases Prices on P-S Adhesives

Ashland Specialty Polymers and Adhesives will increase prices by 5%-10% on all p-s adhesives on April 15, 2005.

Which Ink for Which Substrate?

Every new ink project begins with an analysis of the substrate to be printed. In just minutes, the complexity of the project can be estimated from the surface tension characteristics of the substrate.

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