Bunting Magnetics Co. announced in February that its new, custom-built facility in Newton, Kan., is in full production of chemically hardened flexible dies. The new plant and equipment allows Bunting to produce all types of machine-sharpened flexible dies from simple designs to intricate die patterns in widths up to 30 inches.
At the forefront of the state-of-the-art manufacturing process is sophisticated computer-to-plate (CTP) technology that eliminates the photographic film typically used in flexible die manufacturing. The use of CTP technology removes one generation or “transfer” of the film image to the plate and increases the sharpness, accuracy and speed at which the plates are created. The company also points out that it’s one of a limited number of companies using a CNC (computer numerical controlled) mill designed solely for sharpening flexible dies, further ensuring die accuracy.
All dies are proofed with a precision die cutting module for accuracy and performance. Proof sheets are checked under a high power magnifier for cleanliness of cut and a special malachite stain test to examine the liner for evidence of unwanted liner penetration which may cause a die to wear prematurely.
Kodak Approval suite for packaging colors expands color gamut, enhances quality
Kodak has announced three new packaging “color donors” for its Approval line, enabling users to achieve more accurate spot, corporate and brand colors in a range of packaging applications. Developed to expand the color gamut of the company’s Approval Digital Color Imaging Systems, the new donors-digital magenta (DM05), digital yellow (DY05) and digital blue (DB02)-deliver the results packaging professionals demand. (Donors, in Kodak parlance, are dynamically combined to accurately simulate true, specific colors.)
The Approval Digital Color Imaging System is a true digital halftone color proofing system, achieving color through successive laser imaging of cyan, magenta, yellow, black, orange, green and blue color donor materials. Used to create package design proofs and three-dimensional mockups with appearance identical to the final product on store shelves, the new donors can enhance productivity by reducing the number of color donor imaging passes or roll changes. Users can then produce proofs and package design comps on the actual packaging substrates with the vivid colors employed in modern packaging.
“Brand colors are extremely critical in the packaging arena,” explained John Cross, general manager, Packaging Products, Prepress Solutions at Kodak. “Designers, package printers and converters must be able to accurately proof these colors before committing a job to press, and we are always working to make that process more seamless and predictable.”
Earth Day demonstrations emphasize sustainable packaging
Rohm and Haas and Nordmeccanica will team up at an Earth Day 2009 celebration on April 22 at Nordmeccanica’s Edgewood, N.Y., plant to demonstrate the latest efforts in sustainable packaging for food and consumer products. Considered the first time that a group of companies has come together to demonstrate products and technologies to customers with actual production runs, the event will showcase production solutions that can be implemented today. Representatives from Innovia, EarthFirst, Sun Chemical, Siegwerk and Environmental Inks and Coatings Corp. will also be on hand to explain the latest sustainable materials and their suitability for various packaging applications.
Flint Group announces market-oriented reorganization
Flint Group announced on March 3 a customer-oriented organization structure that grants customers full access to the company’s product portfolio through a single sales contact, supported by in-depth technical support. Under the new alignment, Flint Group has formed a global Packaging and Narrow Web Division, comprising the Packaging Inks business activities of Flint Group in Europe and North America and the global Flint Group Narrow Web business. The division is headed by Dirk Aulbert, Ph.D., who formerly held the position President Inks Europe in Flint Group.
GEW delivers UV curing system for nanotechnology coatings
GEW (EC) Ltd. announced in March the delivery of an IsoCure nitrogen-inerted ultraviolet (UV) curing system to Germany-based Suncoat, a company specializing in the development and production of refined film surfaces. A new design from GEW, IsoCure is aimed at wide format UV curing of inks, coatings and adhesives and marks a new point of growth at GEW as the company can diversifies from its key market in labels.
Consistent with GEW’s advancements in UV power supply, the latest IsoCure unit features a 32 kilowatt electronic power supply responsible for a reduction in power consumption of up to 30% in comparison with the transformer driven power supplies typically used with this type of lamp head. The electronic system also increases UV output and reduces the impact of carbon emissions on the environment.
New food-grade rPET resin developed for films
Phoenix Technologies has announced the construction of its first commercial recycled polyethylene terephthalate line (rPET) for the production of food grade resin named LNOc. The new pellet product (formed from the compaction of a fine grind powder) offers unique benefits in color and intrinsic viscosity (IV) properties. The line is being built at the company’s headquarters near Bowling Green, Ohio, and will be operational in second quarter 2009. The line, being built as a response to increased demand for post-consumer, food grade rPET for a variety of blow molding, thermoforming and film applications, will produce up to 10 million pounds of resin annually.