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Narrow Web & Label Reporter

Going with the Flow

CUMMING, GA — ”An integrated workflow was key in our decision-making process,” says Sean Carty, chief operating officer at ProLabel. “Our previous system pulled together equipment from a handful of different vendors.” That has been remedied.

ProLabel now boasts a Matchprint inkjet proofing solution, a Thermoflex narrow platesetter, and a Prinergy Powerpack workflow system, all from Kodak.

“With our trio of Kodak solutions, we now have a production process that allows us to handle a higher quality of work and more complex jobs with a faster turnaround…,” says Carty. “We've seen significant improvements in quality from a prepress and production standpoint. A proof on the new system matches up to the final printed piece. The new equipment allows us to expand beyond basic four-color, linear work and produce more sophisticated jobs with spot colors, vignettes, and other special effects.”

Supplier Information:
Kodak Graphic Communications Group — PFFC-ASAP 310.

European Tech Center Opens

ST. LOUIS, MO — Mark Andy officially opened its European Advanced Technology Center in Basel, Switzerland, on February 6 with a ceremony and dinner for more than 100 guests.

The 3,000-sq-ft facility, which includes a showroom/demonstration facility, a parts department, and administration offices, houses a number of Mark Andy presses, including the XP5000, the newly revised 2200 Series, and the Comco ProGlide MSP. A VSR3000D inspection rewind machine also will be available for demonstration May 7-11, when the facility opens its doors to customers with a program of machine demonstrations, education, and celebration.

Label Study for 2007 is Here

NAPERVILLE, IL — The 2007 edition of the North American Label Study (NALS) now is available from the Tag and Label Mfrs. Inst. (TLMI), providing both converters and their suppliers with an up-to-date overview of the p-s label and product decoration markets.

Included is qualitative and quantitative analysis of present and future demands for labels in North America, segmented by regional characteristics and end-use markets. Key data is offered on volume, current and projected growth rates; and label substrates and converting technologies.

Content covers p-s and glue-applied labels; all types of sleeving; in-mold labels; and more, including flexible packaging and direct-printed packages.

Prices are as follows:

  • TLMI Members: Hard copy or CD is $495 + $15 shipping for US and Canada; $50 for shipping outside US and Canada. Hard copy and CD are $595 + $15 shipping for US and Canada; $50 for shipping outside US and Canada.
  • FINAT and LATMA Members: Hard copy or CD is $495 + $50 S&H. Hard copy and CD are $595 + $50 S&H.
  • Non-Members: Hard copy or CD is $2,500 + $15 shipping for US and Canada; $50 for shipping outside US and Canada. Hard copy and CD are $2,600 + $15 shipping for US and Canada; $50 for shipping outside US and Canada.

For more information visit www.tlmi.com.

Gallus Adds BHS to the Fold

ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND — The Gallus Group has acquired BHS Druk- und Veredelungstechnik, Oberpfalz, Germany. The takeover will result in expansion of the folding carton range through mid- and wide web printing presses and flatbed die-cutters. Gallus reports it will apply its expertise developed in the narrow web printing press niche, specifically the linking of several printing and processing steps on the same platform, to the mid- and wide web BHS machines. This will allow printing, refinement, and die-cutting in one manufacturing process. Gallus will incorporate the folding carton business in a separate business unit based in Weiden, Germany.

Cutter Keeps Company Running

BUTLER, WI — When Western States Envelope & Label decided to replace an aging cutter, it did some comparison shopping before purchasing a Polar 155 XT (above) from Heidelberg USA. Department manager Matt Frittitta says, “When it came to the mechanical advantages, we were concerned with some of the other brands.”

Since the installation, Frittitta adds, downtime has been reduced and turnaround is faster, both very important benefits for a company that runs 24 hrs/day and produces more than 7 million envelopes each day. “The touchscreen is nice, and the 155 XT has a much faster back-gauge,” Frittitta notes.

The results have been so impressive that Western States' Ohio division has also added a Polar 155 XT.

Supplier Information:
Heidelberg USA — PFFC-ASAP 311.

Inlay Mfrs. Choose TI Silicon

DALLAS, TX — Texas Instruments (TI) reports ten inlay manufacturers have chosen its RFID silicon to power a range of new tags designed for retail supply chain, asset tracking, and authentication applications. The companies, based in North America, Europe, and Asia, are Checkpoint Systems, UPM Raflatac, Hana RFID, Mu-Gahat, RCD Technology, WaveZero, SAG, Tagstar Systems, Tatwah Smartech, and Tyco Electronics Corp.

All will use TI's EPC Generation 2 Ultra-High-Frequency silicon in strap and wafer forms, High-Frequency ISO/IEC 15693 silicon, and TI's silicon chips for direct die attach. RCD will use TI's silicon and strap for both direct die and strap attach methods.

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