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What's New in Narrow Web

New Products for the Narrow Web Converting Industry

Film Achieves “No-Label Look” on White Containers
FLEXcon Co. Inc.
, Spencer, MA; 508/885-8200; flexcon.com
OptiFLEX Conform White, available in four constructions, is a 2.5-mil, conformable, white PP film with high gloss, excellent opacity, and good surface smoothness characteristics, co. says. Product is designed for labeling semi-squeeze and rigid containers, reportedly offering excellent conformability to container surfaces with irregular shapes and compound curves. Co. adds it provides maximum label and graphic coverage for large panel graphics and is designed to withstand the squeeze and moisture rigors of the shower environment.

Matte Finished Boards Offer a Lot of POP
Avery Dennison Corp.
, Painesville, OH; 440/358-4943; averydennison.com
C1S & C2S GW are solid bleached matte finished boards designed for prominent packaging, tag, and point-of-sale applications. C1S boards are available in 8- and 9.3-pt calipers. The boards feature a triple-coated top side and surface-sized reverse side. This coating and sizing combination is said to provide a smooth surface with superior flex-crack resistance and embossing characteristics. Boards offer a brightness level of 90 for vibrant color reproduction. They are recommended for packaging perfumes, cosmetics, chocolates, pharmaceuticals, wines, and spirits, plus general merchandise. C2S board is 9.3 pt and is recommended for high quality bags and promotional items.

Label Adhesive Succeeds in Low Temperatures
National Adhesives, unit of National Starch and Chemical Co.
, Bridgewater, NJ, 800/797-4992; nationalstarch.com
Nacor 38-463A waterborne, tackified, acrylic PSA has been developed for paper or film labels in applications with temperatures down to -20 deg F. In addition to adhering securely to various substrates in low-temperature environments, specialty adhesive converts cleanly, dispenses well, and provides an ideal balance of peel, shear, and tack, mfr. reports. It becomes clear when cured and is suitable for frozen and refrigerated foods.

Hand Crank Mechanical Shafts Suited for Narrow Webs
Convertech Inc.
, Wharton, NJ; 973/328-1850; convertechinc.com
Hand crank mechanic shafts reportedly incorporate advanced technological capabilities and now are available in diameters of 70 mm and larger. Designed for narrow web setups, shafts are said to excel at light loads and provide moderate torque.

Turret Rewinder Made for Small Rolls
CTC International
, West Caldwell, NJ; 973/228-2300; ctcint.com
The “Small Wonder” turret rewinder has been designed to maximize production time and minimize waste for manufacturers of small label rolls. Machine operates directly in-line with a press, allowing single-pass, nonstop roll label production. The turret is adaptable to jobs requiring off-line finishing. Engineered for rapid job changeovers, machine features fast cycle operating times for small rolls; single-bolt spindle changeover; integral tool parts drawer; compact footprint; slide-out core glue pot; unique glue wheels that allow for clean removal of last label off-core; clutchless AC servo drive design; and more.

Conformable Film Offers Good Register, Stiffness
Raflatac Inc.
, Fletcher, NC, 828/651-4800; raflatac.com
Raflex Plus conformable, transparent film is said to deliver superior print register on press and in label application/dispensing systems for applications that require demanding registration tolerances. Polyolefin-based face material provides stiffness characteristics essential in applications that require the tightest print-to-print, print-to-die-cut, and label application/dispensing registration tolerances. Reportedly, product matches optimum stiffness with demanding conformability requirements, eliminating wrinkling tendencies when used on squeezable products. Suited for flexo (conventional and UV), screen, gravure, letterpress, and offset.

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