TLMI: L.I.F.E. certification for Syracuse Label & Surround Printing

    by Narrow Web Tech

    LIFE Registered

    USA New York-based Syracuse Label & Surround Printing has recently become L.I.F.E. certified and that the company is the 52nd facility to achieve this certification. The program was developed in order to assist TLMI members in finding cost effective ways to reduce their companies’ environmental footprint. It is designed specifically for the narrow web marketplace and addresses four key elements of the narrow web printing and converting industry: clean production, energy and greenhouse gases, product and environmentally preferable materials, and management practices. The TLMI L.I.F.E. program is the only certification platform tailored to the specific requirements of the narrow web printing and packaging industry.

    Syracuse Label President, Kathy Alaimo, commented on her company’s goals in pursuing the certification, “We have made the decision to pursue L.I.F.E. Certification because it validates our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and has also resulted in financial savings associated with environmentally friendly practices. This is also a an important mean to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.”

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    Coming Soon.. 2014 FLEX PACK TECH TOUR

      In just a few short weeks, leaders from the narrow web flexible packaging supply chain will hold the first in a series of free seminars across the country, addressing the challenges, direction and solutions with Flexible Packaging. These companies have joined forces to share their knowledge and provide content specifically relevant to the narrow web converter. Whether you have been active in this segment for some time or just started looking into it, this is one seminar you don’t want to miss!

      The first seminar will be held – MARCH 13 – at Fullerton College, in Fullerton CA, from 10 AM to 3 PM.


      If you are thinking about the opportunities available, the technical & mechanical challenges involved, the market direction and scope, typical applications and end use requirements, regulatory requirements and a myriad of other questions concerning this exciting and growing market segment, this seminar is for you and your team.
      Through attending you will be provided an opportunity to meet experts from the industry who will be there to talk about the latest technology:

      • Low migration UV inks and coatings
      • Nitrogen inert UV curing systems
      • Newest printing plate technology i.e. in-the-round plates
      • Market opportunities and Flexible Packaging laminations for the narrow Web converter
      • 4800 dpi imaging technology, digital narrow web inkjet press
      • Converting equipment such as shrink film finishing, pouch making and offline solvent less laminators
      • Latest printing press technology.

      The details such as a full agenda and participants are forthcoming as well as press releases. Due to the close proximity of the Fullerton event, we are reaching out to our customers as quickly as possible to ensure they get a chance to participate in this unique training opportunity.

      Space is limited to 150 people. Please register early!

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      Labels and Labeling- Karlville Focuses on Flexible Finishing

        As the number of mid-web presses dedicated to flexible packaging grows, Karlville is launching new finishing systems targeting flexibles and pouch packaging markets. Danielle Jerschefske reports

        Karlville Development Group is probably best known in the labeling industry for its shrink sleeve label seaming and application machinery and its slitting and rewinding equipment. But as label converters look to move into package printing markets with new mid-web inline presses, Karlville has developed narrower machines for the laminated flexible packaging and pouch converting sectors.

        The global flexible packaging market is estimated to be worth around 76 billion US dollars with a five percent anticipated growth rate, while the global label market is 55 billion US dollars with growth slowing to one and two percent in mature markets. Fifty percent of flexible packaging in the US contains food, and 30 percent of this consists of pouch containers. Most of this flexible market is served by wide web converters with the narrow web industry currently contributing an insignificantly small percentage.

        Last year Karlville opened an R&D facility in Elgin, Illinois, dedicated to laminating and pouch conversion. Label converters looking to diversify their portfolios beyond pressure sensitive label production will likely find these facilities to be a useful resource. Raul Matos, vice president at Karlville, says, ‘There are many label converters that claim to be pouch producers, but in reality they are purchasing pre-made pouch structures to be top coated and printed. We would not consider this to be sophisticated pouch business and much of the margin can be achieved simply with in-house solventless lamination capabilities.’

        A move into flexible packaging is feasible for the label converter willing to research and invest accordingly, Matos believes. The market’s requirements differ from, and are more demanding than label manufacturing. In North and Latin America, some converters can be seen using shrink sleeve label conversion as a platform to move into flexible packaging production. A clear strategy is imperative. On a scale of difficulty from one to 10, Matos believes that shrink sleeve label production is about three, while flexible packaging is more like a seven.

        Stakeholders align

        The stars are coming into alignment to make mid-web packaging conversion an efficient and profitable move for a label print business. New machinery is here to manage multiple SKUs, faster turnaround and more efficient production to meet brand, retail and consumer preferences for variety and more frequent design changes.

        Many of the narrow-web industry’s leading press manufacturers offer machines engineered for thin material conversion: a list would include Muller Martini, Xeikon, Omet, MPS, PCMC and Nuova Gidue, all of whom offer presses at widths between 20-26 inches. At Labelexpo Europe 2013 more players introduced mid-web offset, flexographic and digital offset 20-30 inch presses: Nilpeter’s MO-5; the Mark Andy Versa Max; HP Indigo 20000.  These high-end machines are intended to capture a piece of existing consumer packaging orders coming down in run length.

        Converters will be looking for production benefits against wider web printing and converting machinery including improved uptime, rapid changeover and better profitability. This can be achieved using wider ‘label’ machinery with flexible packaging industry-specific design attributes.

        Says Matos, ‘The potential reward requires a change in mentality. First of all, this is production of primary packaging that comes into direct contact with food. Converters must be knowledgeable about the inks and adhesives involved and layering techniques. They must have a lab to test the complex laminations made and will need to acquire FDA and American Institute of Baking (AIB) Superior Certification compliance to service the food sector in the US.’ Separate but functionally similar certifications apply in Europe.

        At TLMI’s recent Technical Conference, chemical migration of inks and adhesives was a prominent discussion as North America’s leaders looked to educate themselves on what’s at stake. A panel including Tom Hammer of Flint Group and Catherine Nielsen, a packaging attorney, spoke frankly about the attention to detail that is required for properly producing packaging that comes into direct contact with food.


        Lamination equipment is a ‘must’ for entering these markets with an added value proposition, and Karlville has developed a series of offline solvent and solventless laminating machines in both wide and mid-web widths via its Webcontrol partnership.

        Offline solventless laminating offers a number of advantages including lower energy and raw materials costs and a better environmental profile. Solventless adhesive is generally applied at a lower weight and modern chemistries cure thoroughly at room temperature. Curing time too is typically shorter at around eight hours.

        While inline lamination is an option for some of the latest mid-web packaging presses, only solvent, water-based and UV adhesives can currently be applied inline. Solventless Inline is relatively new to the market and Nuova Gidue was seen launching this technology at Labelexpo Europe. While current application systems use a traditional flexo or gravure coating head, solventless lamination requires a multiple smooth roll system with precise and consistent tension.

        Karlville’s lamination head consists of three rollers: lamination back-up, nip and heat lamination to eliminate small dots. The entire coating head includes five rollers with three independent motor drives for the feeding roller, dosing and application. Already available in 1,000mm and 1,300mm wide options, Karlville showed its latest 800mm wide system at Labelexpo Europe. It can reach speeds up to 400m/min and can include a corona treater.

        Pouch systems

        Karlville’s KSG multiple format inline pouch converting machines are available in twin lane and single lane formats. For liquid packaging, machines come equipped with modules that allow for two pouch formats. Module I produces single and dual gusset shaped pouches with a front dispensing spout. Module II makes side gusset pouches with a front pour spout. Each comes with a vibratory bowl feeder and rotary spout application system.

        For the mid-web market Karlville now offers its KSP Standup Pouch machine with half the footprint of the company’s existing machines to convert material widths up to 800mm (31in). This machine is an ideal partner for offline finishing of materials produced on the new range of mid-web presses.

        The next step for the Karlville Group will be the introduction of pouch filling machines. The supplier specializes in catering to the needs of both packaging converters and CPG buyers or contract packagers, bridging the machinery gap between supply chain stakeholders. This strategy can be seen in its offerings for the shrink sleeve label market, and will be mimicked for flexible packaging.

        Paint in a Pouch

        The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) named Coldec Concepts its 2012 Package of the Year Award winner. Coldec won for its Paletto Paint Mix & Shake Bag, which has possible future applications in the dressing and sauce industry, as well as potential environmental benefits. Mondi produced the bags at its Steinfeld, Germany plant, and also has the capability to produce the top spout, or NorSpoutBag, at its recently acquired location in Jackson, Missouri.

        The Paletto Paint Mix & Shake Bag can hold up to 2.5 liters of liquid. Color is made by adding a tube of pigment to a pouch of either pastel or saturated paint. The consumer then mixes the pouch to produce the desired paint hue.

        Sustainability: Labels vs flexibles

        All supply chain stakeholders must closely review environmental claims surrounding flexible packaging. It is critical that Life Cycle Analysis used to support sustainability claims includes end of life recovery. While benefits can be found reducing carbon and energy emissions by shipping lighter materials, the recyclability and reuse opportunity for laminated flexible packaging is limited. On the other hand, the label industry is currently collaborating closely with value chain leaders to address label and rigid container recycling and contamination issues.

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          Karlville Development is pleased to announce that Miguel Angel Guadalajara has joined Karlville as Regional Sales Manager for Mexico and Central America. Miguel was formerly Sales and Marketing Director for Comexi Group Industries, offering capital goods and technical services since 2004 for the Mexican territory.   In this new position, Miguel will manage and supervise service, sales of Karlville’s flexible packaging line, Slitters, Laminators and Pouch equipment and customer service in Mexico and Central America.

          Miguel has 15 years of experience in Sales and Marketing of Capital Goods, Services and Supplies for industrial processes, mainly in manufacturing of food packaging, hygiene consumables packaging, and related supplies for the package converting and printing industry in Mexico and Central America. As well, as experience in Manufacturing, Process Control, and R&D of products related to paper and flexible packaging along with deep knowledge in supplies.

          Karlville is thrilled to have Miguel on board, and we wish him success in this new challenge.


          Miguel Guadalajara
          Regional Sales Manager- Mexico & Central America
          Ph :  52-155-51014303 / +1-786-389-9583
          Tel: 044-55-51014303
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          Karlville Solventless Laminator- LM-SF1000T & LM-SF1300T

            Karville Development and Webcontrol have introduced the new Solventless Laminator LM-SF1000T and LM-SF1300T (Turret Type) and LM-SF1000S and LM-SF1300S (Single Shaft). The machine features driven coating systems and automatic turret unwind and rewind for high efficiency, consistent tension, and minimum waste during roll changes. 

            The coating head consists of 5 rollers with 3 independent motor drives for feeding roller, dosing and for application. This driven concept permits consistent and accurate adhesive applications. Turret Type – Automatic Splice Unwind & Rewind reduces waste during roll changes. The machine comes available in two different material widths 1000 mm and 1300 mm. 


            • Machine Speed: 400 m/min
            • Max Coating Roller Width: 1200 mm/ 1400 mm
            • First Unwind Diameter: 800 mm
            • Coating Width Range: 1000 mm/ 1300 mm
            • Dimensions: 10940 (L) X 4095 (W) X 3465 (H) mm
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            Jones Packaging Acquires New Karlville Seaming Machine

              Ontario, Canada based, Jones Packaging, internationally recognized for their expertise in printed packaging, contract packaging and medication dispensing and delivery products recently acquired a Karlville K4 Seaming Machine as an addition to their secondary packaging division. The K4 Seaming Machine runs at speeds up to 300/400 meters per minute, has a driven unwind, an adjustable forming system, an unwind diameter of 700 mm and a rewind diameter of 600 mm. 

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              Want to see your finished product with a Shrink Sleeve?

                With 360º degrees messaging and high shelf impact. Shrink sleeve labels are one of the fastest growing segments in packaging. Are you interested in trying a shrink sleeve on any of your current products? Thinking of expanding the use of Shrink Sleeves on new products?  With Hammer’s new innovative Sleevemaker (RandR) and the STEAMBOX PRO (Karlville Development), they can quickly help you see your product with a shrink sleeve.

                Their Sleevemaker, allows them to create professional looking solvent seamed samples. This system, mimic their proprietary seaming process and can be done within a matter of minutes. Combined with their STEAMBOX PRO, you will have a perfect sample every time!

                The process, is simple. The containers with a fitted sleeve are places inside the STEAMBOX PRO shrink chamber, which simulates the shrinking process of a conventional STEAM TUNNEL. With this new program, customers will have the opportunity to evaluate new materials, test new containers, or simply get small quantities for prototyping.

                Hammer has always been on the leading edge of technology and innovation with high quality printing and propietary finishing processes. Visit


                Lou Iovoli, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Marketing, P: +1-585-424-3880

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                PLASTIMAGEN 2013

                  Karlville Development will be participating at Plastimagen 2013, show that will take place in Mexico City, from March 12- March 15 at the Centro de Convenciones Banamex.

                  During the exhibition, Karlville will be showcasing their new line of Roll to Roll Laminators. The Model LM-SF 1300, machine that will be exhibited at the show, runs at speeds upt to 400 meters per minute.

                  The LM-SF 1300 is compact, ergonomic, and designed for easy setup and cleaning. Its turret design reduces the amount of residue and precise and consistent lamination via three roller lamination system and tension transducer between lamination and coating system.

                  Machine Specifications

                  • Speed: 400 m/min
                  • Width: 1000 mm
                  • Max. Coating Width: 1400mm
                  • Coating Rang: 1300 mm
                  • 1st Unwind: 1000 mm
                  • 2nd Unwind: 1000 mm
                  • Rewind Diameter: 1000 mm
                  • Machine Dimensions
                  • Length: 10,940 mm
                  • Width: 6,095 mm
                  • Height: 3,465 mm


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                  Defective labels stay in the plant

                    The last step in the process of Label production is slitting and rewinding with integrated quality assurance.

                    Karlville Development successfully introduced to the market their slitting & inspection solution for narrow web label converters, the model KSI ProLabel and KSI ProCombi.

                    Karlville Development expanded in this market with two new models, the KSI 650 and the KSI-1000, to cover the mid-web market with its proven technology.


                    Karlville’ s new KSI ProCombi 650 mm wide and KSI 1000 wide slitter-rewinder, operate at speeds up to 400 m/min, using the newest drive technologies for advanced fully automatic closed loop tension control, and dual bi-directional rewinds.

                    The KSI slitting/rewinding/inspection machines, where inspection happens in vertical orientation in front of the operator, in combination with Karlville’s well-known slitting and rewind technologies, produces excellent roll quality at speeds up to 400 m/min.

                    A missing label, flag or splice detection system is capable of stopping the error occurrence in precise location at speeds up to 300 m/min.

                    Being sure that each Label will be verified, 100% inspection system are easy to be integrated to make sure that defective labels are identified and are not shipped to the customer.

                    Both KSI models are outfitted with programmable logic controller and a touch screen interface that corresponds with a smart controller. This controller includes proprietary software written for accurate label counting, multi-lane missing label detection, tag detection, and matrix waste calculations.

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                    Mack Color Invests in KSI-Prolabel for PET Line

                      Mack Color, leading manufacturer of labels in Brasil, installed a Slitter-Inspection KSI-Prolabel 350 for pressure sensitive rolls with Liner PET, a new trend in the market for the food and beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical segments.

                      “The KSI-PROLABEL 350 is a very productive and high performance equipment, developed with a Servomotro system that allows for an easier operation. The slitter-inspection works with multiple types of substrates”, says Mack Color Team.

                      With this new inspection equipment, Mack Color labels will have greater accuracy as the quantities of labels for reels and review security of  self-adhesive labels.

                      For more information about Mack Color click here

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