FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
NSF International receives both NSF Bottled Water Certification
and SQF Certification NSF International today announced that Premium Waters, Inc. is the first company to receive both NSF Bottled Water Certification and Level 3 Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification, says the company. With safety top of mind throughout the food and water industries, Premium Waters, Inc., a leader in the bottled water industry, has made it a priority as well. In addition to obtaining NSF Bottled Water Certification, Premium Waters also received the highest level of SQF certification – Level 3. Recognized under the Global Food Safety Initiative1 (GFSI)-benchmarked standards, SQF is designed to verify a supplier’s food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. NSF International is recognized by the SQF Institute as an approved certification body and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to provide SQF certifications.
HIFLEX to display full line up of solutions for Print ’09 HIFLEX will have a Major Presence at Print 09, Displaying Software Integration Solutions between it’s Partner Companies KBA, Muller Martini, Fuji, Kodak, Agfa, Screen, Komori, Standard-Horizon and Metrix Solutions that will be featured in the HIFLEX exhibit booth include HIFLEX MIS which precisely models and supports all business processes in printing plants and media companies; HIFLEX AutoPilot, an advanced JDF automation tool that helps automate a large portion of a printer’s workflow; the HIFLEX Super CSR, a new work type which can perform the tasks of an estimator, CSR, production planner and prepress operator; and HIFLEX Webshop, a completely turn-key Web2Print storefront that allows consumers to order their printed products dynamically online.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009EskoArtwork partners with wide range of companies for Print 09 EskoArtwork will be showing how its customers can Connect More with its products, services and people during this year's Print '09, September 11-16 in Chicago at McCormick Place, thanks to EskoArtwork's unique partnering approach with a range of business associates -- creating the company's largest presence ever at a show. "We decided to forgo the traditional trade show approach of having one booth in a specified spot, and spread our industry knowledge over a greater area on the McCormick show floor," explains Mark Quinlan, President, EskoArtwork North America. "This year, for example, visitors can stop at the Pitman booth and see a fully functioning Kongsberg i-XL24 dieless cutting table, or go to the Presstek booth and look at EskoArtwork's latest software enhancements. Whether a company's needs are finishing tables or software, they're sure to locate EskoArtwork's superior products at Print '09."
CPC Haferkamp invests in integrated PrintVision/Helios II
and Microcolor NW solutions The CPC Group is installing the new generation PrintVision/Helios II Automatic Inspection solution and Microcolor NW automated digital remote ink control solution on a new Nilpeter press, at its CPC Haferkamp facility in northern Germany, as part of an expansion of the company's labels operation. CPC Haferkamp has recently ordered a new Nilpeter MO 4 modular offset press for labels and packaging applications. In order to ensure high print quality, production cost reduction and complete quality assurance, the press will be equipped with Microcolor NW, GMI’s latest generation remote digital ink control solution; PrintVision/Helios II, AVT’s latest generation of 100% automatic inspection and quality assurance solution; and AVT’s WorkFlow Link solution, providing press-to-rewinder digital workflow support ensuring efficient removal of defective material. The AVT / GMI solution package offers an unparalleled level of print quality, ensuring color consistency, optimal ink use, a high level of automation and ease of use while dramatically reducing production costs.
Iconoculture Adds Global Packaging Advisory Service
to Offer “Concept-to-Consumer” Perspective Iconoculture, a global consumer research and advisory services company, has launched its newest product, the Global Packaging Advisory Service. Additionally, two well-known industry veterans with a combined total of nearly 50 years packaging expertise join the Consumer Strategist team. The company’s new Global Packaging Advisory Service delivers packaging-specific knowledge in context with consumer insights, providing a holistic “concept-to-consumer” perspective. Access to a combination of unique packaging-centric consumer research and ongoing advisory support from a specialized team of experts offer up a comprehensive view of packaging trends, innovations and market opportunities. David Luttenberger, CPP, VP, Packaging Strategist and Lisa McTigue Pierce, Sr. Editor, Packaging, will lead the effort behind this new offering.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009
ARC Advisory Group Ranks Rockwell Automation
first in global safety In a recent ARC Advisory Group report, Rockwell Automation ranked first as the global leader in machine and process safety solutions. The report, “Machine Safeguarding Solutions Worldwide Outlook,” and top ranking coincides with the company’s 10-year anniversary of providing comprehensive safety solutions to manufacturers around the world. Rockwell Automation takes a holistic approach to safety, providing innovative safety solutions to improve the functional operation of a machine – simultaneously helping to increase safety, efficiency and productivity while reducing waste.
A. Schulman appoints Dennis Smith
Director of New Business Applications Schulman, Inc. announced that Dennis Smith has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of New Business Applications. In his new role, reporting to Paul Boulier, A. Schulman’s Chief Marketing Officer, Smith will continue to lead the development of A. Schulman’s Invision sheet resins business and will coordinate its activities with the leaders of the Company’s sales, marketing, production and development efforts in North America and Europe. In addition, Smith will evaluate growth opportunities in new businesses and applications such as Rotomolding, which the Company has identified as one of its global growth priorities. Working for Paul Boulier and under the direction of Gary Miller, Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer, Smith will work with the entire Rotomolding team to identify and evaluate new materials, compounds, applications, markets and other opportunities for this business.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
Sonoco-Alcore to Increase European Paperboard Prices Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l. announced it will raise prices by 40 Euro or £30 per metric ton on all recycled paperboard grades in Europe. The price change is effective with shipments on or after September 14, 2009. According to Eddie L. Smith, vice president—Sonoco Europe, the price increase is necessary to manage higher costs associated with recovered paper and energy, as well as significantly reduced inventories of coreboard across Europe.
BWAY Corporation acquires Central Can Company BWAY Corporation, the principal operating subsidiary of BWAY Holding Company, has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Central Can Company, a U.S. producer of rigid general line metal and plastic containers. Central Can Company, located in Chicago, IL, operates one plant producing metal paint and specialty cans, steel pails, and hybrid and all plastic paint cans. Annual sales for Central Can Company are approximately $68 million.
Envirotainer uses Apport and Memnon network applications
to optimize logistics processes
Envirotainer has entered a multiyear cooperation agreement with Memnon Network Applications to use the Apport platform as its container booking and transport management solution. The platform will initially be launched to a small group of customers in September 2009.
MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009
FTA announces 2010 Excellence in Flexography
awards competition call for entries
Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) is now accepting entries for its 2010 Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition. The entry submission deadline is January 8, 2010.
Judging is set to take place in January 2010, with all winners announced at the Awards Banquet, held during the Foundation of FTA’s Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition, May 2-5, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judging is based on the degree of difficulty pertaining to: substrate printability/ink compatibility; registration tolerance; fineness of print and/or screen; tonal range; defect detectability; added difficulty; and the accuracy to fully assess the difficulty and execution of the entry. Additional elements judged are: image sharpness; ink coverage; registration; dot/screen/vignette quality; and consistency.
The deadline to submit entries is Jan. 8, 2010. Entries must have been created between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. For more information contact Shelley Rubin, FTA's awards program coordinator, at 631-737-6020 ext. 36 or visit the 2010 Excellence in Flexography Awards webpage on FTA’s website (www.flexography.org)
BASF to increase prices for Styrolux® and Styroclear®
SBC copolymers in North America BASF will increase prices of its Styrolux and Styroclear SBC resins by $0.07 per pound in North America, effective Sept. 1, 2009. This measure is due to continually increasing raw materials costs. Styrolux is BASF’s trademark for a portfolio of clear styrene-butadiene copolymers used in injection molding and extrusion thermoplastic applications that offer outstanding clarity, exceptional toughness and low density. Styrolux is used for medical applications, food service products, such as thermoformed clear drinking cups and plates, shrink labels, film wrap, toys and household appliances. Styroclear is a line of injection-molding resins for premium-quality, clear garment hangers.
BinMaster® Appoints Cape Instruments as Distributor for
SmartBob and Point Level Controls in South Africa BinMaster® Level Controls of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA has appointed Cape Instrument Services CC of Cape Town, South Africa as distributor for the company’s SmartBob continuous level management system and point level controls throughout the country of South Africa. Cape Instruments will sell, install and service the BinMaster SmartBob cable-based inventory management system plus its rotary level indicators, capacitance probes, vibrating rods, diaphragm switches, and flow and dust detection products.
Eriez® announces partnership with the foremost expert
on low energy x-ray technology Eriez® announces a new partnership with renowned physicist Richard Parmee, founder of Cheyney Design and Development (CDD) and the Sapphire Alliance. Parmee is recognized as the global authority on low energy x-ray technology. Parmee has perfected the adaptive algorithms that are employed in Eriez E-Z Tec® XR brand of x-ray machines. Eriez’ skilled engineers will design the cabinet and conveyor that will house Parmee’s components. According to Terri Koebe, Eriez-North America Purchasing Manager, Eriez will source all electronic and mechanical parts domestically to ensure that customers’ needs for spare parts are met quickly and reliably.
Ball Names Gary Woeste Vice President, Sales & Marketing,
Metal Food & Household Products Packaging, Americas Ball Corporation announced today that Gary E. Woeste has been named to the position of vice president, sales & marketing, for the company’s metal food & household products packaging division, Americas. Woeste, 50, has 29 years of sales experience in the metal food packaging industry, most recently as director, national accounts, for Ball’s metal food & household products packaging division, Americas. He joined Ball in 1993 through its acquisition of Heekin Can.