Tecscan inspection system

To ensure that the print quality is not compromised by dust and dirt emanating from the reel of paper or film, it is important that the substrate is kept clean as it enters the press. Equally, the print quality must controlled throughout the press run and factors such as tension and web guidance...

Navigating buyer/seller objectives is what makes or breaks a deal, writes Bob Cronin

1. Does the company really want to buy or sell? The hype surrounding M&A draws in plenty of prospective participants – some who in no way can manage the venture. Whether selling or acquiring, consider the following. What is reason for purchase or sale? Is company leadership...

Climate change. Can we make a difference?

Hardly a day goes by without the media carrying some news or feature article about extreme weather conditions. Hurricanes, storms, floods, drought, heat, cold  ̶  often claimed to be the worst, highest, lowest, driest, wettest, etc, ever known  ̶  and all placed at the door of climate change and...

Packaging: The secret weapon in omnichannel marketing

But as a design strategist and consultant to hundreds of brands, I know for a fact that brands cannot – and do not – live by digital alone. The multiple touchpoints of an omnichannel marketing campaign must tap into our senses beyond the screen. They must include a secret weapon. That secret...

Digitization and automation – a very different future, writes Mike Fairley

From first steps in digital pre-press and origination to digital printing using the electrophotographic and inkjet processes, as well as ever-increasing levels of automated press set-up, the world of label printing has already undergone quite significant change in a relatively short period of...

Labelexpo Europe. Don’t be fooled by the name. Not only is the Labelexpo Global Series’ flagship event truly a global show – 140 countries were represented this year, up from 125 in 2017 – but the 2019 edition was a landmark moment in its evolution from a dedicated label exhibition to a...

Example of an automated workflow

In the last ten years great advances have been made in the quality of flexographic printing of flexible packaging and labels more due to pre-press developments than the design of better flexo presses. 

Specifically, variations of the ‘flat dot’ have revolutionized flexo printing and...

Accurate handling of spot colors is a challenging factor in color management for packaging printing

The label and packaging printing industry is moving with incredible speed. Customers are asking for more flexibility, high quality results and comparable prices all at once. 

Short-run production, constantly changing content, more variations and on-demand re-prints are nowadays the...

Orange peel effect

The productivity benefits are clear. But if you look at the figures quoted by Mark Andy for its Digital Series press you’ll have noted that they achieved 50 percent more RIPping speed by being able to screen variable images at speed directly on the press. 

While inkjet technology is...

There are many factors that can make your business more or less attractive, writes Bob Cronin

But the reality can be very different when you’re the one pursuing a sale. Your business is worth only what a buyer will pay for it – and only at that very specific point in time. There are many factors entering into today’s valuations. And not every company has the elements that make for the...

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