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Members in the News – March/April 2021

By AICC Staff

March 22, 2021

width=393New Jersey-based boxmaker The Paige Co. installed a full complement of JB Machinery ColorDry® XL3000 IR dryers on its new 66 x 113 five-color, two-over-three, inside-out G-Graphix rotary die cutter.

Paige’s five-dryer system includes JB VisionMaster in-press dryer inspection and monitoring as well as JB Sentinel® sheet detection on each print station, allowing the company to deliver five-color double-sided printing and die cutting in a simple pass at speeds up to 12,000 sheets per hour.

“The popularity of inside-out [printing] is continuing to expand in virtually all markets,” said Warren Bird, president of JB Machinery. “More brand owners are recognizing the added value inside-out printing brings to their products and the unboxing experience. Converters in turn are realizing that inline drying, in addition to expanding their capabilities, allows them to maximize productivity by printing on both sides of the sheet and converting in a single pass. A process that in the past would have required at least two passes. The enhancements in efficiency and quality and the reduction in turnaround time provide a significant contribution to profitability and available machine time.”

SUN Automation Group entered into an exclusive strategic partnership agreement with Italian material-handling company PARA Srl. SUN will be the exclusive representative of all PARA equipment for the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as the service provider for all PARA equipment and the distributor of PARA parts in the U.S., Canada, and U.K.

“We are honored to work with the PARA team and look forward to promoting its technology solutions to the corrugated industry,” said Greg Jones, executive vice president at SUN. “PARA’s extensive product portfolio is an excellent addition to our customer offerings, and PARA’s commitment to innovation and customer service are perfectly in line with SUN’s own ethos and our customers’ needs”

Koenig & Bauer entered into a partnership with Techkon USA, a print measurement technology company, to offer a value-added solution for upgrading older Koenig & Bauer Rapida presses.

Key benefits to the partnership include automation, waste reduction, metrics capture, ISO and G7® compliance, and integration with third-party reporting software.

In other Koenig & Bauer news, the company, along with partner Harris & Bruno, introduced its new Quantum anilox engraving roller technology.

“When initially discussing with Harris & Bruno the need for such an engraving, they took on board the requests and came back with the Quantum open cell technology,” said Koenig & Bauer Director of Technology Chris Travis. “This takes it to new levels and can benefit all printers with the majority of coatings out there today. This is a low-cost method to add bite to current coating effects when using soft touch and matte. We have seen benefits just by changing the roller. Customers using UV gloss coatings will see a smoother laydown. It will be especially appealing to our high-volume packaging customers for pure consumption savings. Specialized folding carton converters will also see a more pronounced effect with their current coatings. Plus, it has been designed with an engraving angle and direction that allow for more coating release in relation to the chamber and from the anilox to the coating plate.”

Standard Printing Co. ordered a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 six-color plus coater, its second Rapida press for its Canton, Ohio, facility. The large-format offset press is set to arrive and be installed this summer.

“We pride ourselves on continuously staying current with the latest technological developments from all manufacturers in our industry,” said Bill Nolan, president of Standard Printing. “As a customer-centric company, we thoughtfully took action to ensure the ultimate in customer support by investing in another large-format offset press from Koenig & Bauer.”

H.B. Fuller launched a new generation of adhesives with Swift® tak 5730, with the goal of creating consumer-safe, liquid-resistant paper straws “designed for fast-moving machines and improved sustainability,” according to a company news release.

“We want to enable the production and use of alternatives in intelligent designs to help create a path toward a better sustainable economy,” said Michel Cordos, H.B. Fuller’s technical manager for paper straws. “We are very pleased to present Swift tak 5730, a more sustainable and safe formulation featuring strong performance, while at the same time contributing to the decrease of single-use plastics. Our experts provide on-demand technical support to guide paper straw and equipment manufacturers as well as paper suppliers on how to efficiently produce durable liquid resistant straws at the lowest manufacturer total cost possible to meet this growing market.”

width=370MacDermid Graphic Solutions joined HolyGrail 2.0, a digital watermarking pilot project facilitated by AIM that intends to prove the viability of digital watermarking technologies for accurate sorting and higher-quality recycling.

“We are thrilled to join this ambitious initiative along with renowned companies like Amcor, P&G, Sonoco, and Pepsico,” said Matt Bennett, vice president, EMEA, at MacDermid. “As a flexographic plate and platemaking supplier, we have a unique perspective of optimizing print solutions that integrate digital watermarks in package printing.”

MacDermid is one of over 100 organizations participating in the initiative.

Vanguard Durst Digital Printing established a national dealership agreement with Graphic Solutions Group (GSG), which is based in Dallas, Texas.

“The entire Vanguard Durst Digital team is very excited to have GSG as part of the Vanguard Durst family,” said Dave Cick, president and CEO of Vanguard Durst Digital Printing. “GSG’s outstanding leadership, consultative sales team, and first-class service group have led GSG to become the premier distributor of equipment and supplies within the wide-format industry.”

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s (MHIA) corrugating machinery division expanded its EVOL AR, the company’s remote assistance augmented reality program.

Existing EVOL AR customers will immediately gain access to FE front stop gap calibration, FE side guide limit calibration, feed roll gap calibration, back stop limit calibration, and back stop parallel adjustment.

“Our expanded EVOL AR is the latest investment we’re making to directly benefit our customers, another technology and service value-add that keeps box plants up, running, and profitable,” said Darrold Phillips, vice president, service, of MHIA’s corrugating machinery division.