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2020 Technology Outlook - Labels & Packaging

Labels & Packaging Outlook Webinar

Listen to David Zwang discuss the latest developments in Labels and Packaging. This 30-minute LunchNLearn webinar highlights the latest technology and product announcements from developers of labels and packaging solutions. Get the lowdown on new features, capabilities, and applications that can give your business a competitive edge.
What you'll learn:
- New developments and trends in labels and packaging
- New labels and packaging products from major industry vendors
- New features, capabilities, and applications

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Featured Articles

    4 Ways To Increase Profitability In 2020

    Whether you’re looking to improve your press operations or your production capabilities, as converters, we need to constantly adapt to changing markets. And 2020 has been one of the biggest curveballs for every business. But one thing remains the same: we need to evolve to maintain relevance. So this year, make the most of what you have and consider what you can do to spend smart and build profits through efficiency. Here are the top 4 ways you can increase your business profitability in 2020.

    Labels Are Hot: Embellishments Are Hotter

    Pat McGrew looks at some recent examples of label embellishments and explores how you can expand your business with these technology advancements.

    Corrugated Re-Envisioned—Part 3: Preprint (Print and Laminate) Even More Choices!

    High color corrugated packaging is growing and will continue to grow. The run sizes are getting smaller to adapt to the new market requirements, and the opportunities for print service providers to jump on this moving train abound. In Part 3 of this series, I focus on the available preprint solutions with some limited product mentions. Selecting which method is better is really based on a lot of factors, including your market opportunities, capital investment, production costs, and internal skills. Although making that determination also involves board and run size as well. Both analog and digital presses are and will continue to be in the mix and grow. It’s a pretty exciting time with some great opportunities.

    Digital Color Print for Labels & Packaging: Aqueous Inkjet Is Rising

    Although UV technology currently dominates the inkjet printing market, aqueous printing is gradually rising. This article provides a brief overview of the inkjet printing market and considers what the future may hold for UV and aqueous technologies.

    Corrugated Re-Envisioned Part 2—Direct Print (Post-Print) Lots of Choices!

    In Part 2 of this series, I focus on the available digital post-print solutions with some limited product mentions. Leading up to drupa, I will cover some of the offerings in greater depth. All of the solutions discussed here are “single pass” printers, where the printheads are stationary and only the media moves. They include complete corrugating equipment with built in printing, to a tabletop printer with lots of other options in between. Equipment pricing ranges from in excess of $4MM to as low as $19K. In summary: Lots of Choices!

    Packaging Preview: Corrugated Post-Print Re-Envisioned—Part 1

    There are “two primary” corrugated print manufacturing processes for high graphics: a multi-process method of printing on a top sheet (liner) which is then laminated to the corrugated material, or, alternatively, a single process method of printing directly on the corrugated material, sometimes called “post-print.” In this article, we will look at the award-winning Bobst THQ (Très Haute Qualité) FlexoCloud technology focused on corrugated post-print production, and perhaps some alternative methods.

    Actega EcoLeaf (aka Nano Metallography) Digital Metallization Ready for Prime Time

    At drupa 2016, Landa Labs introduced Nano Metallography, a new metallization technology to replace foils for embellishments. This process is designed to produce zero waste at less than half the cost of foil. In February of 2017, Actega Metal Print, a division of Altana AG, acquired the technology and rebranded it EcoLeaf. The solution is now going into beta and will be fully commercialized in time for drupa 2020.

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