Driving excellence in business performance in today’s printing and converting sector is the key to remaining competitive and profitable. Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software for the flexible packaging sector, has recently released a Digital Maturity Model designed for packaging suppliers.
At the heart of every web converting process lie precision rollers. Designed to carry the web, laminate or coat it, cool it, heat it, or treat it, these cylindrical objects must be engineered and constructed with an exact eye for detail in order to meet the unique demands of any given application and system.
In the busy world of converting, industry professionals can be hard-pressed to stay on top of the most recent developments in the industry. That is why so many return each year to the Converters Expo for a concentrated show that allows them to see the latest converting technology and services.
Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, officially has opened its first U.S. facility in Wilson, NC. Focusing on small-diameter tubes, the plant boasts a high-speed tube line as well as space for several additional packaging lines.
The second Converters Expo South took place at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 5. With more than 80 exhibitors and about 420 on-site attendees, the event marked 50 percent and 10 percent increases in both categories, respectively, from the inaugural show in 2018.
Thirty years ago, Soltvadkert, Hungary-based Material Plastik opened its doors with nothing more than a plastic extruder and four employees. Today, more than 120 workers operate its converting equipment to provide packaging for CPGs such as Nestlé and Coca-Cola, among others.
Hurricane Maria went down as the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years, and considering the fact that another powerful storm – Hurricane Irma – made landfall just weeks earlier, Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents were in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.
We recently caught up with Tim Roddy, Erhardt + Leimer’s technical sales manager, who discussed the most problematic of the three tension zones, the value proposition of tension control equipment and future industry trends.
The presence of static can result in a number of issues – such as poor print quality, tiny holes that appear in extruded film or blockages in machinery equipment – but dust attraction remains arguably the biggest challenge in a sector concerned with quality control
Narrow- and mid-web converters able to manage short- to medium-run sizes are seeking new and innovative technologies to make them more competitive. The materials and equipment suppliers are responding, introducing new technologies and techniques.
This issue of Flexible Packaging spotlights today’s flexible films; packaging line automation along with a case study; coverage on COVID-19 medical mask material, hand sanitizer packaged in single-use sachets; and sanitizing wipes, along with a brand renew of a popular jerky snack brand.