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Members in the News — May/June 2018

By AICC Staff

June 1, 2018


Eric Ockerlund with his Packaging School certificate.

Eric Ockerlund, production manager at OxBox, became the first employee at an AICC member company to earn the Certificate of Packaging Science through AICC and The Packaging School.

“These courses are great for those new to the packaging industry that really want to get their foot in the door and jumpstart their career. … I really like how the courses provide the student with not only basic knowledge of the different parts of the packaging industry, but an in-depth look in the various operations and machines used,” said Ockerlund. “All in all, these courses are a fantastic way to gain years’ worth of knowledge in just a few weeks.”

The Certificate of Packaging Science is a 12-course online program that teaches the materials, processes, and influences shaping the advancement of the industry. The program was created by The Packaging School, with a curriculum developed at Clemson University.

All courses required for the certificate, plus more than 30 others, are available to all employees at AICC member companies free of charge.


AutoJet SC


AutoJet SP

Automatän, in partnership with Hanglory Group, introduced the AutoJet SP and the AutoJet SC Industrial Digital Inkjet press systems. The two companies will work together to sell, install, and service the press lines in the U.S. and Canada, with Automatän, to offer a turnkey solution, providing the downstacking, prefeeding, load-turning, and conveyor equipment.

The SP model is an aqueous ink single-pass digital press with four to six colors and option inline or offline varnish section. The SC model is an aqueous ink inline scanning digital inkjet press with a maximum sheet size of 98-inch width and 106-inch length. Both models use Kyocera print heads, allowing high resolution and print speeds.

Huston Patterson’s president, Tonya Kowa-Morelli, recently signed a contract to purchase a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164. The 64-inch eight-color press, with coating, will be installed at the company’s Decatur, Ill., location later this year.

“This will be our go-to press,” said Joseph Morelli, vice president of sales and marketing at Huston Patterson. “It will be handed the bulk of our work, but its three sister presses will remain important to boosting our capacity.”

The new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 is equipped with QualiTronic ColorControl, a technology that utilizes a camera system installed after the last printing or coating unit. The system permits automatic measurements of optical density in the freshly printed color bars—measurements that serve as a basis for fast dynamic inline control of ink key settings.


Shawn Spencer (left) presents Ralph Nunez with the 2017 Paul The Onion Zeese Sales Award.

Dicar’s Latin American sales manager, Ralph Nunez, has been selected as the recipient of the company’s 2017 Paul “The Onion” Zeese Sales Award. The annual award, named after Dicar’s first and long-time sales manager, recognizes a company technical sales and service representative who demonstrates excellence in customer service.

“Ironically, Paul was Ralph’s mentor in the early days of his career in sales,” said Shawn Spencer, Dicar’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Continuing Paul’s legacy, Ralph has not only been dedicated to providing outstanding sales and technical support for Dicar customers, but served as a mentor to many of the Dicar sales force, including myself.”

Nunez began his career at Dicar in 1980 as a quality control and shipping associate. Then, before becoming Latin American sales manager, serving customers in Mexico, Central America, and South America, Nunez served as Southeast sales representative from 1989 to 1992.

MacDermid Graphic Solutions joined the GMG Color/Hybrid Software 2018 Best-in-Class (BIC) Workshops as the premier, sole plate supplier. The 12-workshop series takes place in major cities throughout the North American flexographic industry, and includes BIC technology companies as sponsors.

“MacDermid is excited to be a member of the GMG Color/Hybrid Software Best in Class team,” said Mike Williams, director of sales for North America at MacDermid. “The 2018 BIC workshops will be a terrific opportunity for MacDermid to showcase our vision and technologies.”

In other news from MacDermid, the company introduced LUX® In-the-Plate (ITP™) EPIC® at INFOFLEX 2018. This adds to the award-winning LUX® platemaking process the convenience of flat-top dots right out of the box. ITP™ EPIC® offers a unique micro-rough surface for ink transfer in challenging flexographic printing applications or unique ink requirements.


The new AutoBOX sheet-fed corrugated boxmaker with inline digital print.

British Converting Solutions (BCS) AutoBOX launched the world’s first sheet-fed corrugated boxmaker with inline digital print. Offering one- or two-color printing, the new system is aimed at the short to medium run corrugated sector. The machine can handle board grades form E flute through triple wall.

“There will continue to be a place for flexo print within our market sector. Inline digital is not set to completely replace this technology,” said BCS Vice President of Sales Kevin Boyer. “We are continuing to explore the possibilities of inline digital print. It most certainly is the way the box business is heading, so we felt important that we offered our traditional short and medium run sector the same technology.”

Greif announced that it plans to expand its CorrChoice sheet feeder network with the addition of a new facility in the Mid-Atlantic region. The facility will operate a corrugator and a litho laminator line, and it will enhance transportation efficiencies with both of the company’s paper mills.

“This investment enables Greif to continue our growth with existing strategic customers, while providing more responsive service on a broader range of products,” said Tim Bergwall, Greif’s group president of paper packaging and services. “This latest CorrChoice expansion better positions us to provide comprehensive supply of containerboard, sheets, and specialty products to corrugated converters.”


Highcon Euclid IIIC

Highcon launched its new machine, the Highcon Euclid IIIC, earlier this year, extending the range of the third-generation cutting and creasing machine into the world of corrugated and fluted substrate (from 1 mm up to 3 mm/40–120 pt.). The machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since 2015, but it’s now commercially available.

“We realized the potential of the corrugated market in B1 and B2 (42” and 28”) formats and have been encouraged by the success that LxBxH have had in this market,” said Highcon CEO and Co-founder Aviv Ratzman. “Box compression tests that have … proven that boxes produced with the same substrate on the Euclid are stronger than those produced on conventional machines.”