“Converting and packaging are natural markets for commercial printers,” print industry analyst and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Professor Emeritus Frank Romano said back in 2005.
In the six years since Romano uttered those prophetic words, commercial printers across the industry have steadily added package printing to the services they already offer. In an effort to supplement revenues in an economically volatile time, Romano still encourages printers to diversify, especially as the need for physical packaging grows.
While digital mediums continue to take market share away from some sectors of the print industry, pizza will continue to be delivered in the boxes package printers make.
Commercial printers looking to check out the latest in packaging technology should visit Thiele Technologies (Booth 3632) in the PackPrint Pavilion. The company is onsite to showcase its Streamfeeder line of products, which offers automation solutions to the commercial printing and contract packaging industries. Thiele’s QuickWrap polybag wrapping systems were designed to be low cost, portable, and able to produce up to 50 center-sealed packages per minute.
ILF Technologies (Booth 4041), in addition to offering UV coatings, batching equipment, and diecutters, is highlighting its finishing solutions for the commercial print, converting, labeling, and packaging segments of the industry. ILF’s ConverPro sheeter systems can be customized. The system can handle widths from 26" (508mm) up to 60" (1520mm), and offers quick changeover times for cut size changes and from ream-to-skid delivery.
Additionally, while not within the PackPrint Pavilion, companies such as Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division (Booth 627), Goss International (Booth 1636), and Heidelberg (Booth 1200) are all offering package printing solutions. Fujifilm offers solutions for workflow, flexographic printing, and wide-format printing.
For flexible packaging, label, and folding carton applications, Goss, located directly north of the PackPrint pavilion, is presenting its Sunday Press, available in narrow and wide web widths from 20" (510 mm) to 75" (1905 mm).
From prepress to postpress and cutting to gluing, Heidelberg offers the hardware and logistics for every step of the packaging process. The Speedmaster series can handle everything from small- to wide-format jobs.
Throughout GRAPH EXPO, AIMCAL (The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) is holding free daily “Ask the Experts” sessions in Booth 5238 in the PackPrint Pavilion. Experts are on hand today from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, and then again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, to answer attendee questions on flexography and gravure, anilox-roll selection, flexography troubleshooting, and other questions relating to packaging printing.