Cloud computing is set to revolutionize the label and packaging print industry across the entire supply chain from artwork design to delivery of a fully quality assured final product. Let’s go through a few of the key areas where this is already happening and how it might develop.

To start with color management – the most basic function of ensuring that the label design signed off by the brand manager is delivered with exactly those colors whatever the material and whatever the type of press the job is finally printed on.

The best way of achieving this is to place...

The label industry workflow of tomorrow will certainly be very different from today
The past twenty-odd years have seen the label industry undergo a number of significant developments and changes in the way that labels are produced, and in the way converters work with their brand owner customer specification and compliance guidelines covering print quality and performance,...
Like many roles in the business world, I do a lot of my ‘pen to paper’ work alone. At my desk. With two giant monitors displaying my designs-in-progress. Yes, I meet extensively with clients, conceptualize with creative teams, review research with marketing, collaborate with CEOs, CMOs,...
Editor's note - Calling time on Just-in-Time?

The effect of the strikes has been exacerbated by the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, cutting off alternative sources of wood pulp for paper processing.  

This comes at a time of tightening paper supply globally, with China for example having less export capacity due to strong growth as...

The FlexiProof UV incorporates a miniaturized UV curing system so that printing and curing is undertaken seamlessly
Up until comparatively modern times, packaging – and to some extent labeling – was regarded as an unavoidable cost center. In earlier times, when the superstore was little more than an ambitious concept, multi-national food and beverage organizations were few and consumer choice was limited...
M&A and equipment investment are now imperatives
Customers want partners that offer them confidence that they’re not getting elsewhere. Confidence that you can manage whatever they need in a timely (and budget-conscious) fashion. And confidence that you can manufacture the printed materials that can help them grow.
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Packaging in a pandemic paradigm

From a marketing and design perspective, packaging’s job in the customer’s journey remains the same: to encourage the shopper to touch a product, pick it up and put it in their cart – whether during an in-person experience (taking it off the shelf at a store) or during an e-commerce experience (...

No improvement project should start without a charter defining its focus

These leaders reported starting journeys of continuous improvement, but were troubled because their efforts stalled after a month or two. Their management teams hit a wall, grinding projected improvements to a stop and failing to achieve planned improvement due to the weight of changing...

Accidents in label printing plants might be rare, but care must be taken

With in excess of 20,000 self-adhesive label presses in use worldwide, together with increasing numbers of flexible packaging and shrink sleeve printing presses, that printing and converting machinery related accidents might be somewhere near the top of the list of reported industrial accidents...

Editor’s note. Challenges – and opportunities – ahead

After a year (and more) of lockdowns and travel restrictions, of supply chain disruption, raw material shortages and price increases, it is little surprise that many of the contributors to the article are concerned about how far into the new year these issues will continue. 

Ongoing...

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