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Members in the News — November/December 2019

By AICC Staff

November 22, 2019

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SUN Automation Group’s Electra-Flow electric ink pump

SUN Automation Group introduced its Electra-Flow electric ink pump at CorrExpo 2019.

“We pride ourselves on creating customer-centric innovations and the electric ink pump is further evidence of that,” said Greg Jones, vice president of global sales and aftermarket at SUN. “It’s an immediate and effective response to the high costs and inefficiencies associated with traditional air diaphragms.”

According to a company news release, the Electra-Flow pump offers a cleaner, safer, and more cost-effective operation.

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Frank Reynolds

In other SUN Automation Group news, the company promoted Frank Reynolds to be its new director of sales in North America. He will lead the direct external sales team and drive new products across the North American market.

“Promoting Frank to director of sales significantly strengthens our pivotal growth around the external direct domestic sales team,” said Jones, to whom Reynolds will report.“His accumulated industry knowledge and leadership skills will empower our sales team to continue to grow our business.”

Lastly, SUN Automation Group has entered into a partnership with Greene House Group, which will sell and represent SUN equipment and parts to its customers in California, Oregon, and Washington.


Xanté was honored with the 2019 Red Hot Technology Award by the Association for PRINT Technology for the company’s EnVite Multimedia Stationery Press.

“We appreciate this acknowledgment of our outstanding team’s efforts to bring innovative products like the EnVite to the stationery printers, allowing them to become full in-house print shops,” said Xanté President and CEO Robert Ross.

Powered by Xanté’s iQueue software, the EnVite press provides stationery stores with variable printing tools, over 1,000 design templates, and a selection of specialty fonts.


Greif President and CEO Pete Watson was a keynote speaker at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development dinner, which kicked off the four-week event.

Watson discussed topics surrounding servant leadership and sustainability and was excited about Greif’s sponsorship of the event. “It is our honor to support an event that gathers representatives from more than 200 global companies dedicated to working together to create a sustainable world,” Watson said. “Applying a servant leader approach to sustainability means finding ways to serve our colleagues, customers, shareholders, ecosystems and communities where we operate. It’s about taking care of and serving all of our stakeholders and our planet.”

In other Greif news, the company will be ceasing operations at its Number 1 paperboard machine at the Mobile Paperboard Mill in Mobile, Ala. According to a company news release, this will help to reduce the Mobile mill’s ongoing operating costs and capital needs.


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Signode’s Octopus™ Twin Series automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper

Signode introduced its Octopus™ Twin Series automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper at CorrExpo 2019. The product features the ring-type method of wrapping, combined with a unique dual film carriage design. Features such as this allow for film-usage reduction of up to 25% and reduces the need for film roll changes by 50%, according to a company release.


Connecticut-based Curtis Packaging recently invested in a 29 x 41 15-unit Koenig & Bauer UV press, the Rapida 106, and it’s improved Curtis’s productivity considerably, according to a Koenig & Bauer news release.

“The press is easily paying for itself,” said Curtis Vice President of Operations Kerry C. Brown.“With our new Rapida 106, we’ve seen a 30% increase in job production output on this press. We could not be more pleased.”

Beyond helping increase productivity for just Curtis Packaging, El Paso Paper Box has also seen a boost productivity—and sales—thanks to the Rapida 106.

According to a Koenig & Bauer news release, production speed has increased at El Paso Paper Box by 50%, and sales have increased 30%.

“This has increased our productivity and become a prime driver of new business for us,” said John Dowd, executive vice president of El Paso Paper Box. “We also have the confidence imparted by the Rapida’s excellent color controls to seek out new business that we are now handling with ease.”


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Operators put EFI’s Nozomi C18000 press to work.

EFI’s high-speed single-pass Nozomi C18000 LED inkjet corrugated printer was recognized by the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies for being the leading single-pass corrugated production devise for power consumption efficiency in accordance with the ISO 20690 energy standard.

“For the Nozomi C18000 printer, the use of our energy-efficient and highly stable LED curing technology brings some of this same important advantage to single-pass printing,” said José Luis Ramón Moreno, EFI Industrial Printing’s vice president and general manager. “The printer’s efficiency based on ISO 20690 is yet another distinct competitive advantage packaging converters and corrugated display businesses gain … .”

The ISO 20690 standard, which is based on a Fogra research project, offers guidance on measuring electricity usage in small- and wide-format digital presses printing in different modes of operation.


MacDermid Graphic Solutions recognized three employees for completing G7 training and certification, an industry-leading set of specifications for achieving gray balance and visual similarity across all print processes.

Those recognized include: Marcelo Bastida, technical sales representative; Martin Marks, senior applications specialist; and Alan Nielson, applications specialist. All three of these individuals are now official G7 Experts.

“Having three G7 Experts on our global team is a testament to MacDermid’s commitment to quality and consistency throughout all steps of the printing process,” said MacDermid Applications Development Manager Brian Cook.