Bema Grows With Flexo Wash Bema, Inc., Elmhurst, Illinois, has the trifecta of cleaning systems from Flexo Wash: an anilox cleaner, a parts washer and a plate wash- er. All were installed in succession

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Family Unity Propels Josh Packaging by Greg Kishbaugh E migrating from pre-revolution Iran, cousins Abe Gol- shirazian and Nejat Rahmani arrived in America deter- mined to unlock the rewards granted through hard work and determination.

after the company reportedly re- alized how much more time they could spend printing just by auto- mating their cleaning processes. From The Beginning Founded in 1957, the “Bema Transparent Bag Company” began with one bottom-seal bag machine. That one bag machine produced bags for clients such as Mars Candy and Jewel-Osco. In 1999, Glen Gal- loway purchased the company and changed the name to Bema, Inc.

The two men laid down roots in Boston, Massachusetts, juggling work and learning a new language as they pursued their engineering degrees. The two men understood that control of their own destiny Left to right (above): Elie Golshirazian, Josh Rahmani, Aharon Gol- shirazian. Left to right (inset, above right): Micah Golshirazian, Abe Golshirazian, Nejat Rahmani.

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The company, now nestled into a 38,000-square- foot building, works diligently to utilize its limited space to the very best advantage. “A great deal of thought has been put into workflow, creating a cir- cular flow, and we improve upon it every chance we get,” said Shlomo, Director of Sales and Strategy. “Instead of hampering us, the tight space actually benefits us by forcing us to be really creative and innovative with our approach. We have been smart about always looking for ways to improve the oper- ations and make it more efficient and time effective and look for new machinery that can save as much space as possible. Space is an incredibly important asset premium. It keeps people safe, it allows for operations to go smoothly, it minimizes mistakes, and it allows you to maintain the quality that obvi- ously our parents have instilled in us.” Josh Packaging is based on a foundation of im- provement and evolving to meet the increased needs of its customers. “The goal, really, is to get better every day, every week,” said Elie, Director of Operations. “It’s always been instilled in us from our fathers. The growth the company has experienced comes from contin- ually working hard to get better every single day, every single week, every single month, every single

meant starting their own business. Being their own bosses. When an opportunity presented itself, Gol- shirazian and Rahmani purchased a small Brook- lyn, New York-based company that manufactured and sold unprinted plastic bags. Operating in a cramped facility, barely 1,200 square feet, the two men were the sole operators of the fledgling com- pany’s one machine. Golshirazian and Rahmani immersed themselves in the business, studying, looking for ways to ex- pand and grow. After a decade in the Brooklyn fa- cility, the company relocated to a larger building in Oceanside and also moved into printed plastic packaging. When the company settled into its current facility in Hauppauge, New York, Golshirazian and Rahma- ni enjoyed their most important milestone as the two men’s sons became involved in the growing enterprise, ensuring their legacy. In 2015, Golshirazian’s two youngest sons, Elie and Aharon, joined the company, followed just more than two years ago when his two oldest sons, Shlomo and Micah, joined the business, along with Rahmani’s son Josh. With the addition of a new generation, the company welcomed a youthful and growth-oriented mentality.

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This new company has expanded its capabilities to include a fully-integrated manufacturing process from creation of the bags to printing them on its flexographic presses. Prior to its introduction to Flexo Wash cleaning systems, the company devoted more than six hours a day one day a week for a “big cleanup” where one to two employees would spend their shift manually cleaning the anilox rolls, press parts and plates. Continued cleaning lasted from Friday af- ternoon/evening and finished up Saturday morn- ing before the printing on Monday began. Previ- ously employees would clean parts manually in wash tanks with alcohol. They also used a media blasting cleaning unit. Making Connections Bema connected with Flexo Wash sales agent Bill Malm at various trade shows in the area and saw live demonstrations of the cleaning systems. Bema employees then traveled to the now- closed Fox Valley demo center with their own an- ilox rolls and press parts to clean them in Flexo Wash machines. The demo went well and cleaned their anilox rolls and press parts to their satisfaction. They purchased the anilox cleaner in January 2017 and the parts washer in April 2017. Their overall process improved with the introduc- tion of both of these cleaning systems. According to Production Manager Jason Galloway, there were “faster wash up times for the press, better cleaning and less damage on the aniloxes were immediate benefits.” Also automating the cleaning process cut the cleaning time in half. Galloway noticed a difference right away. ROI was about six months, but in reality, it was less than that in actual working days. After success with both of these cleaning systems, Bill Malm introduced the Flexo Wash Plate Washer to Bema in 2022. He brought it to Bema for the employees to clean their plates in their pressroom. They purchased a plate washer in January 2023. Now armed with a trifecta of Flexo Wash ma- chines, Bema press manager Jason Galloway stat- edthat they “allow us to run a clean press with less issues due to dirty ink pump parts, chambers, and drip trays. It allows us to spend more time printing and less time cleaning week to week.” When asked why Flexo Wash cleaning systems worked for them, the answer was: “Good reliable cleaners allow us to focus on printing with repeat- able results.”

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so. We have two Onyx presses in operation, having recently sold our oldest machine (which was only 11 years old) to make room for the Crystal press. “A converter’s relationship with a machinery ven- dor can make or break the company,” Elie contin- ued. “When our fathers purchased the company’s first press, it began a partnership with Uteco that has helped our company grow, prosper and ex- pand. Every machine we’ve installed from Uteco has been great, but more important to our success was the service the company provides and the re- lationship we have built. Uteco has the same type of relationship with us that we strive to have with our customers.” Before making the decision to move forward with the Crystal press after experiencing so much suc- cess with Onyx presses in the past, Elie travelled to Uteco’s headquarters in Verona, Italy, to see the Crystal in action. The Crystal press is said to reach printing speeds of 600 meters per minute, its full automation capa- ble of reducing job change times with less ink used and a reduction in waste. “One of the add-on options with the Crystal press is the Flying Deck Make Ready,” Elie said. “This al- (Cont’d on Page 7)

year. We are always looking for new solutions to the problems our customers may be experiencing.” Josh Packaging runs with a Lean Manufacturing philosophy and, as such, puts a great emphasis on its communications with its customers and its rela- tionships with OEMs. “We run very little waste, and we strive very hard to minimize our raw materials and finished inven- tory,” said Elie. “This requires that we communicate very closely with our customers and run accurate projections for the future. Our fathers have always emphasized the importance of relationships, with customers, vendors and peers. It is impossible to run a Lean facility otherwise. In terms of machinery, whenever we do purchase a new machine, we’re very conscious about its footprint , so we work very closely with OEMs on how to best utilize all the equipment in our factory.” The company’s relationships with OEMs led re- cently to the purchase and installation of a new Crystal press from Uteco. “We have a long-standing relationship with Uteco,” said Elie. “We have three Uteco presses. In order to stay modern and keep our efficiency at its peak, we typically install a new press every 10 years or


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Esko has revealed that registration for its 33rd an- nual technology showcase, EskoWorld, is now open. The supplier of integrated software and solutions hardware to global brands and their packaging sup- ply chains has announced that the 2024 event will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grape- vine, Texas, from June 25-27. EskoWorld 2024 will provide a platform for the company to showcase its latest innovations and new product development roadmaps. More than 150 sessions, demonstrations and workshops are currently being lined up with the full agenda set to be published early in 2024. Asahi Kasei Wins Award For AFP-R Plates Asahi Kasei, and its subsidiary Asahi Photoprod- ucts, a flexographic photopolymer plate development company, has been recognized with the CI Flexo Tech Technical Innovation Award for its AFPTM-R reduced solvent flexographic plates. These plates are part of Asahi Kasei Roadmap to Solvent ZERO, an initiative designed to help customers achieve greater sustainability in flexographic operations.

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lows an operator to ink up and prepare the next station while it’s not in use, making changeovers much quicker.” Especially designed to print on food packaging materials the Crystal is also suitable for various applications requiring a high level of automation. It features the Uteco Direct Drive Evo technology, which is said to ensure a perfect register accuracy between the colors for the entire press life. The new press features a new ejection system for plate and anilox sleeve; Chamber Doctor Blade ro- tation of 90° for tool-less and on-press blade/ end- seal replacement; programmable blade consump- tion / maintenance via the press HMI; between Color Dryer rotation of 180° for on-press air nozzle inspection; optimization of air nozzles geometry by means of a CFD fluid dynamics design; and auto- matic adjustment of the drying air flow with respect of the production speed with high efficiency mo- tors + inverters. Moreover, the Flexo Crystal press features: • CrystalShopWare: Production, Management, Con- trol and Monitoring Supervisor (e.g. Sleeve ejec- tion system). • Carbon fiber sleeve mandrels. • Touch & Go: automatic setting–up of the contact point at the start–up. • Kiss & Go: fully automatic impression setting at the start–up. • PCT: press control during transition • P2P: dynamic adjustment of printing pressures at cruise speed. • PTC: Predictable Torque Control • Integrated digital videocamera system. • SprintWash: automatic washing system. • Viscosity Controls: integrated in the machine HMI. The Crystal can also be equipped with: • Logipack. ReelBOT: automatic handling system of reels and shafts+cores. • SmartMatch: reliable and quick color matching. • Corona Treatment. • 100% inspection systems for defect detection. • In–line flexo or gravure units. • UVi or EB curing systems. With so much growth within the company, the question amongst the management team at Josh, naturally, has turned to the idea of a larger facility some time down the road. “The way we are operating now is sustainable,” said Shlomo. “And it pushes us to be better. We are

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Sinwa Renews, Expands Collaboration With XSYS Chinese platemaker Sinwa Printech, also known as Sinwa, has recently integrated a ThermoFlexX Catena-WDLS washer, dryer, light finisher, and stacker unit from XSYS into its operations. Sinwa was the first trade shop in China to intro- duce CDI plate imager technology, according to the company. And in 2015, it took another step with the installation of a nyloflex NExT Exposure from Flint Group. The ThermoFlexX Catena-WDLS reportedly streamlines the platemaking workflow by minimiz- ing the need for manual intervention. Dow, Circusil To Build Silicone Recycling Plant Dow and Circusil have partnered to construct their first commercial scale silicone recycling plant in North America. This facility will recycle silicone waste streams from Dow’s U.S. operations, as well as post-indus- trial waste streams from customers. Operations are targeted to begin in the fourth quarter of 2024. The strategic investment marks a substantial milestone in Dow’s silicone circu- larity journey and will allow the company to produce silicone polymers derived from silicone waste and end-of-life products originating from U.S. operations. The advanced recycling process that will be used at the new facility contributes to enhanced sustain- ability, according to the company. In addition to achieving silicone recycling by closing the loop and ultimately reintroducing the recycled silicone prod- uct into silicone production, it also aims to reduce the overall carbon footprint. Recycled silicones ex- hibit a lower carbon footprint, compared to silicone manufactured from virgin material. For Dow’s U.S. customers, this new facility in Par- is, Kentucky, once completed, will generate the op- portunity to: • Recycle silicone waste from their own opera- tions and therefore reduce their carbon footprint and Scope 1 or 3 emissions associated with waste treatment. • Ultimately have access to recycled based sili- cone polymers to address the growing demand for circular solutions. • Accelerate progress toward their own sustain- ability objectives.


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comfortable in our current space but if the oppor- tunity presents itself we are willing to entertain it. We feel there are still many things we can do from an improvement initiative perspective.” As for the future, Josh Packaging is a company built on continual improvement and so it will re- main focused on that philosophy moving forward. “We always have our eyes on new machinery,” said Shlomo. “Due to our relationship with Uteco, we also just installed a new Rainbow Laminator. It’s running extremely well for us.” “When we think improvement, we try to break it down to people, process and machinery,” said Elie. “In that order. There is nothing more important than the people we hire and the people who we work with on a day-to-day basis. It does not matter at all what kind of machinery you have if you don’t have

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the right people to run it, you don’t have the proper leadership in place and there is not an environment of teamwork. We are always looking for high-quali- ty people who can grow, learn and be an important part of our team. “In terms of process, our industry is really intri- cate,”Elie continued. “So we are always searching for more creative ways to operate. How can we get our changeover times down? How can we reduce waste? How can we get throughput higher? During (Cont’d on Page 11) 800-526-4569 The ARChitects of exo

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GEW will be represented for its Label and Narrow Web business across Brazil, by Maquinarium Repre-

sentação Industrial. The company, based in Sao Paolo, was founded in 2016 by Fernando Albuquerque, who had previously worked as an executive in large capital goods companies for many years.

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AGI manufactures, distributes and converts current technology flexo mounting tapes and backing sys - tems for corrugated plate mounting. Flexstik hard vinyl, FlexSoft, bi.esse brand, Gold Series. Thin tapes for sleeve and Narrow web plate mounting. Specialty tapes that cover the vast thick - ness range requirements and specific adhesion systems for all flexo mounting requirements. We provide technical service and problem solving ser - vices for unique customers & applications. A&V manufactures a complete line of photopolymer plate processing systems and is a leading distribu - tor of flexographic platemaking materials. A&V also sells digital imaging systems and software specifical - ly designed for flexography. Apex International Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Apex International is an award-winning global lead - er of anilox rolls, sleeves, glue sets, metering prod - ucts, and print maintenance solutions. With seven production facilities on four continents, a growing portfolio of clients in over 110 countries, and a high-performance continuous-improvement culture, Apex’s mission is the customer’s production suc - cess. Through technical innovation, service, and manufacturing precision, Apex delivers reliable, durable, and predictable metering solutions to its client’s presses every day. ARC International ARC International is a world leader in the manufac - turing of roller products for flexography. The latest nanotechnology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers. Eaglewood Technologies, LLC Eaglewood Technologies offers trusted cleaning technologies for the world’s best printers and convert - ers. Solutions include the award winning Sitexco+ Anilox Laser System, the Nanovis Parts Washing System, the Sitexco L10 Label System, the innovative Sanilox™ System or Alphasonics solutions. We also offer Xpress™ mobile cleaning service at your facility or ours.

Maquinarium is known for repre- senting machinery manufacturers in the flexible packaging, convert- ing and labeling sectors. OMNI Systems Purchases Honeywell Media OMNI Systems, Cleveland, Ohio, a thermal label printing company, has signed a definitive agree- ment to acquire Honeywell’s Media Business, a pro- vider of labels and tags. This acquisition is expected to close on December 15, 2023. Honeywell Media provides a broad range of media including barcode labels, media tags, receipt paper, thermal media, RFID labels and patient wristbands. As a part of OMNI Systems, this business will con- tinue to operate out of the same centralized facili- ty in Fairfield, Ohio. This will allow all Honeywell Media customers continued and uninterrupted ac- cess to the products and services they have come to expect. This marks OMNI’s second acquisition of 2023. OMNI had previously acquired ITW Labels in April. UPM Raflatac has announced the results of the new neuromarketing study on wines at the Pen- tawards Festival, taking place in London, England. Created in collaboration with partners in the label value chain, ARGEA, SenseCatch, Kurz, and Krämer Druck, the study examines the impact of the la- bel material and finishes on consumers’ purchasing behavior and their role in shaping perceptions of wine taste. As the headline sponsor of the Pentawards Festi- val, UPM Raflatac hosted a Flight Talk session to go over the key findings from the study and explain how companies can utilize neuromarketing when selecting the correct label material. UPM Raflatac Unveils Study On Wine Labels Fernando Albuquerque

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every manager meeting we discuss ways be a bit more efficient. “And, finally, for machinery,” said Elie, “We are al- ways open to hearing about how new technology can improve our company. As mentioned, we don’t like to hold onto machinery too long so our eyes our aways open for new advances and opportunities.” Hiring and retaining employees had been a strug- gle for much of the converting industry for years. The management team at Josh Packaging says that their dedication to their employees has led them to a much different experience. “There’s no doubt that hiring people has been a major challenge within the industry,” said Shlomo, “but that has not been our experience at all. The reason is that people want to work for our compa- ny. That’s a testament to the family atmosphere that our fathers founded the company upon. The rela- tionships built within the company, with Elie and Aharon overseeing the production floor, have been extraordinary. Everyone is very transparent when its comes to communication and everyone’s input is welcome and appreciated. This is an incredibly attractive place to work and that’s allowed us to bring many experienced people on board and re- tain the quality employees who have worked here for many years” Josh Packaging had an interest in earning its SQF certification for quite some time. Once the current management team was fully in place, the opportu- nity finally presented itself. “It’s been an amazing journey,” said Josh. “In the course of about fourteen months, we went from zero to certification, pretty much starting from scratch. All of this ties back into the idea of con- tinuous improvement, putting forward more pro- cesses and programs we’ve implemented to help us grow and get better. “Getting the SQF certification meant that we had to update our traceability system, improve the san- itation system and maintenance programs,” Josh continued. “The basis of the program is so well aligned with our philosophy: improving quality, reevaluating all your customer relationships and making sure you meet their needs and constantly striving to improve the products you are producing. This is another example of when having a strong employee culture at the company is paramount. We couldn’t do something as ambitious as the SQF certification without the buy-in of everyone in the company.” In addition to the new press, Josh Packaging has

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also just added an Atlas Titan slitter to accompany several slitters from Ashe. Josh credits the Titan’s

DuPont Packaging Graphics

DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and fin - ishing products. For more than 35 years, beginning with Cyrel®, the first photopolymer printing plate, through to to - day’s digital workflow revolution, DuPont has been driving innovation in the Flexo and package printing industries. The Digital Cyrel® FAST imaging system has been broadly recognized for its efficiency, productivity, print performance, and environmental benefits. Flint Group Flint Group Flexographic Products develops, man - ufacturers and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: nyloflex ® photopoly - mer printing plates and processing equipment, and dayCorr ® die-cutting blankets and anvil covers. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Harper Corporation of America We’ve made ceramic anilox rolls longer than any - one in the world and pride ourselves on being the best in the world. Whether wide web, narrow web, newspaper, or corrugated markets, Harper continu - ously strives to bring new flexographic products and services to the printing industry that will improve the quality of your graphics. Flexotecnica’s patented Safe Sleeve Change ® system and Speedy Clean ® auto washup system are designed to give converters a competitive edge through Flexotecnica’s commitment to research and development. Sales, service and support for Flexo - tecnica presses is provided by KBA North America, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with U.S. resident technicians, an extensive spare parts inventory and an experi - enced, dedicated service staff. KBA-Flexotecnica – Get the Edge

The Uteco Crystal Press at Josh Packaging.

double turret technology with adding tremendous capacity to its slitting operations. Josh has a Centu- ry Tech bag machine, and a pouch machine and In-

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nolok machine from Hudson Sharp. Another recent addition to its production floor was a new mount- ing machine from AV Flexologic. The company additionally just added a rack sys- tem from Flex Essentials, and solvent distiller from IFT was installed more than a year ago. The distill- er is a closed-loop systems that collects the plant’s contaminated solvents and returns them at a 90 percent yield so that they can be returned to the process of cleaning machinery. Being a family-owned and run company allows Josh Packaging the ability to make quick, decisive action. “Before joining Josh, I worked in the health- care sector and there was so much red tape,” Shlo- mo explained, “it was very difficult to get anything done. But, now with Josh, we have such speed and agility that we can bring improvements for our cus- tomers almost immediately when we see a need. In that regard we really must give praise to our fathers, Abe and Nejat. Change is difficult and without the buy-in from our fathers, none of our growth could be possible. It’s been a big change for the two of them to watch as the second generation comes on board and implement so much transformation. They have supported all our decisions, and the growth of the company would be impossible without them.” “With sustainability on the minds of everyone,” said Elie, “we’ve made a huge push in that direc- tion, developing compostable, recycled and post recycled packaging. We’ve been committing capi- tal and manpower to R&D the past several years, partnering with a number of suppliers. We’ve de- veloped recyclable pouch projects, compostable pouch projects and post-consumer resin projects. Every new challenge has hurdles but we’ll never say no. We’ll discuss it, brainstorm, create samples and talk it over with our suppliers. We know our customers are demanding sustainability and we will work as hard as possible to come up with solu- tions for them. “At the end of the day,” Elie concluded, “we just want to keep up with the trends and address all the needs of our customers.” Josh Packaging has continued to consistently make changes for improvement. The company recently installed another two Hudson Sharp ma- chines (Innolok and Pouch) to keep up with their growing market. Additionally, Josh Packaging has also successfully implemented and gone live on its ERP system (Netsuite). This project has been led by Micah Golshirazian and Josh Rahmani; the next stage will be to implement a connecting manufac- turing software (Tulip) for operators that will bring actionable data for the team.

Industry Events

Labelexpo Asia December 5-8, 2023 SNIEC Shanghai, China

Gulf Print & Pack January 9-11, 2024 World Trade Center Dubai, United Emirites

Labelexpo Summit March 12-13, 2024 Agora Bogota Convention Center, Bogota, Colombia

FTA Forum May 5-8, 2024 Lowes Kansas City Hotel Kansas City, MO

Labelexpo Americas September 10-12, 2024 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, Illinois

Labelexpo India November 14-17, 2024 India Expo Centre & Mart Greater Noida, Delhi NCR

FTA Annual Meeting May 4-7, 2025 David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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XSYS Oliver Dohn has been named the new Chief Exec- utive Officer of XSYS, an integrated solutions pro- vider to the flexographic, letterpress and pre-press printing markets

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Directors. Dohn most recently was the CEO of Felss Group, a private-equity backed global technology company and manufacturer of components for the entire mobility industry. Prior to this he held lead- ership roles at Oerlikon Drive Systems, Bombardier Transportation and General Motors. EyeC Markus Fietkau has been appointed as Sales Di-

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Ralph Beier

environment. Beier brings with him over 40 years of experience in the field of technology and many years of work in the printing industry Both Fietkau and Beier will report directly to the executive man- agement of EyeC GmbH.

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