As global brands increasingly adopt automated workflows across their supply chains, label and packaging converters must find ways to integrate

A recently announced tie-up between X-rite/Pantone and global packaging supplier L&E International demonstrates the direction of travel for brands as they look to automate and standardize workflows – in this case color management – across their supply chain. 

It clearly demonstrates...

The importance of share-worthy packaging
A key factor is for brands to understand the overlap between real life experiences and the virtual world – and that people want both. How can brands leverage that overlap? With
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Image examples of common flexible packaging types. Source: Esko

Flexible packaging can be defined as primary packaging without any fixed shape that is designed to hold products, goods, solids, liquids, creams, pastes or powders. 

A range of factors need to be taken into account when designing flexible packaging for a particular application. How will...

In the post-Covid world, employers must pay closer attention to staff well-being
There can be little doubt that the past 12 months or so have been a very different and challenging time for many in the label industry. Some end-user sectors have done better than others, but on/off lockdowns, furlough schemes, working from home initiatives, sudden changes to the way...
A typical web-fed hybrid label press construction. Diagram based on images originally developed by FFEI and Canon

More recently, the major conventional press manufacturers have moved to building new generation flexo printing and finishing machines, maybe incorporating screen as well, that have four, five or more inkjet units incorporated into one complete production line. Such machines are now classified...

Paul Brauss, former CEO of Mark Andy and a past board member of TLMI, is a consultant and executive coach

Business leaders often have a hard time grasping the concept of aligning the leadership function to the business processes of the company. When organizations are looking to continuously improve, it’s easy to get stuck in the silos of functions rather than processes. This roadblock to improvement...

Amid a host of thought-provoking revelations, it shows that – despite the pandemic – sales revenues increased for 72 percent of the surveyed TLMI converter members, with 19 percent reporting sales declines. For those whose business volumes increased, 23 percent reported 15 percent sales growth...

Higher line counts will provide a finer ink distribution

1. Select the right line count 
The screen specification of an anilox roll is an important consideration which will impact print quality. The objective is to use always the finest anilox screen count possible, providing we can achieve the required color densities.

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Synthetic labels stand up well to harsh shipping and environmental conditions

Do you have an application that requires a label that is waterproof, scuff-resistant and tough enough to withstand excessive handling? Or maybe you need it to be secure, or have some specific functionality? There are a number of factors and functional needs where the total range of benefits of...

To what extent are label converters looking to diversify their businesses?

But the core product manufactured on these machines – pressure-sensitive labels – remained remarkably constant for most of this time. 

The reason is not hard to find – there was little motivation to change. The two decades from the mid-1970s were a period of sustained growth for PS labels...

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