Board Converting News, February 21, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years February 21, 2022 VOL. 38. NO. 8

Considerations When Laying Out New Equipment In Your Plant BY RICHARD J. ETRA Are you in the market for new equipment? As you will quickly discover, modern high-speed equipment, particularly when equipped with pe- ripherals such as prefeeders, stackers, and separators, requires consid- erably more space than older equipment. The first step in laying it out is verifying there is a suitable location in your plant that is large enough

Menasha To Acquire G-P’s Color-Box Unit

WHAT’S INSIDE 5 AICC Packaging Xperience Adds Speakers 8 Largest PACK EXPO East Joins Forces With Top Associations 14 AICC Releases Bonus Episode Of Breaking Down Boxes 24 Supplier Reports: Part 3 “Color-Box will expand our geographic footprint and provide additional packaging op- tions for our customers,” said Mike Riegseck- er, President, Menasha Packaging Company. “Menasha Packaging and Color-Box are a great fit. Color-Box will expand our geograph- ic footprint and provide additional graphics, design and structural packaging options for our customers. Color-Box’s business culture also strongly aligns with Menasha Packag- ing’s, with a priority on safety and employee wellbeing, excellence in serving customers, and a focus on innovative solutions.” Neenah, Wisconsin based Menasha Packag- ing Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Color-Box, a business unit of Georgia-Pacific, LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The ac- quisition is expected to close in early summer 2022. Like Menasha Packaging, Color-Box is a corrugated packaging manufacturer special- izing in high-graphic boxes. Founded in 2000, Color-Box employs 550 and operates plants in Richmond, Indiana; Pelahatchie, Mississip- pi; and Madera, California.

and properly configured to accommodate it. Don’t make the mistake of squeezing new equipment into existing spaces that are cramped. Doing so may be simpler and less disruptive in the short term, but you will pay for it many times over in lost productivity. Similarly, be sure that poor layout does not hinder material handling, specifically, the ability to supply material to the machine, and remove processed material at its full rated speed. As you evaluate options, analyze how the equipment will fit into your overall plant layout and its impact on the other equipment and material flow. Will it physically fit, and will its position be conducive to efficient operation of the entire facility? A machine that is too confined, or not configured properly, may not perform to design specifications. Furthermore, is its layout compatible with your long-term plans? The proposed layout may be fine today, but will it prevent you from effi- ciently installing state of the art equipment in the future? It is best to project what equipment you foresee retaining and/or purchasing in the future and developing a factory layout incorporating that equipment in the most efficient manner. Start by listing all equip- CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

West Coast U.S. Average

The Price is Right

SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

More box makers and brokers are relying on the containerboard pricing in Board Converting News to negotiate their contracts with end users.

CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.


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AICC Packaging Xperience Adds Speakers; Still Time To Register AICC announced that it is adding speakers to an already stellar list of experts and speakers that will inform and ed- ucate attendees at the AICC Packaging Xperience, which will take place March 1-3 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Xpe- rience will show attendees how to maximize the power of their machinery and to fine tune their processes to put their company at the head of the pack. Stephan Ango, Co-founder of Lumi, will present “Pro- moting Your Business to Digital Native Buyers.” In the last

two years, packaging transactions have rapidly moved online, both in response to the pandemic, and gen- erational shifts in the workforce. As we move into the 2020s, an increas- ing amount of packaging purchases will happen 100 percent remotely, without ever having a chance to

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meet in person, visit facilities, or see physical samples. How can manufacturers best adapt to selling their capa- bilities fully online? Learn from the founder of Lumi, the leading online packaging marketplace. Ryan Fox, Corrugated Market Analyst at Green Markets will present “Emerging Packaging Trends.” The pandemic has given rise to many new businesses, many of them on- line retailers. How has the pandemic affected business in the sheet plant world? What opportunities/challenges will producers face going forward? Ryan Fox will reveal the answers.

Blake Brown, VP of Brand & Cre- ative at Kizik, will present “Deliver an Experience Worth Talking About.” Packaging has never been more rel- evant in our always-on age. It’s our jobs as creators, suppliers, manufac- turers to provide our end users the

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best packaging experience that is just as important as the product they get delivered and live in. Learn how the little things we do can deliver an experience to the end con- sumer that gets people talking, sharing, and promoting a product. Brown will share how. Evelio Mattos, Founder/Host of Package Design Un- boxd, will present “Betting Big on the Little Guy.” You know that small start-up you said was too small to print at your company? Well, this year they’ve hit unicorn status. Stop making the same old box and learn how taking a chance on start-ups can lead to big wins. Get insight into how to take chances, learn from these risks, and grow your busi- ness with start-ups by making calculated risks part of your business model. Visit for more information on event speakers and topics and to register for the event. Contact Taryn Pyle at or Chelsea May at with questions.


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Jackson Paper Manufacturing Appoints Alan Clark CEO

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2021

Sylva, North Carolina based Jackson Paper Manufactur- ing and Sustainable Corrugated (JPM), a vertically inte-



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.195 34.916


8.549 8.729


Industry Total

grated manufacturer of 100 percent recycled corrugated packaging, announced that Alan Clark has as- sumed the role of Chief Executive Officer. Clark brings more than 30 years of manufacturing and corrugated packaging experience to JPM, previ-

Year-to Date

December 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

416.338 406.776


8.294 8.071


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)

ously serving as the Chief Executive Officer at HarperLove and having held various leadership positions with Interna- tional Paper and McKinsey & Company. Clark joins JPM’s vertically integrated platform, where he will focus on build- ing upon the company’s customer-centric, environmental- ly-focused approach and commitment to its employees. “I am both humbled and proud to become a part of the JPM family,” said Clark. “I’m extremely impressed by the company’s track record of success driven by the team’s vi- sion and customer centric focus. I look forward to partner- ing with JPM’s leadership team and its talented employees to seize new growth opportunities while building upon its extraordinary momentum in creating a leading, sustain- able corrugated packaging platform.” Alan Clark



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7372 2.7727


33.8477 33.0739


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.256 2.203


3.3 3.3


Shipping Days




2021 2020

20 20

251 252

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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The system’s main advantages are as follows:

• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire w orking width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

Thin-Wall Hot Plates

t by peripheral drilled hot plates. anufactured out of special wear and nt steel, through which a continuous is drilled, with one inlet and one outlet. ecured by a massive steel frame.

ance from steam to paper surface results in fast heat flow

Largest PACK EXPO East Joins Forces With Top Associations

• AIPIA, the Smart Packaging Association • CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Man- ufacturers • Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) • F4SS, The Foundation for Supply Chain Solutions • Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) • OMAC – The Organization for Machine Automation and Control • Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) PACK EXPO East’s Northeast location provides a con- venient and rewarding opportunity for consumer-pack- aged-goods (CPG) and life sciences companies to explore packaging and processing technologies for 40+ vertical markets, connect with suppliers and find the solutions needed to adapt and compete in a changing marketplace. Featuring 400 exhibitors, attendees get the best of both worlds—the ability to see a comprehensive range of packaging and processing technologies yet still have time for productive, in-depth discussions with vendors to solve pain points and address challenges. For more information and to register, visit packexpoe- . To learn about the PACK Ready plan, visit pack- . The Association for Packaging and Processing Technol- ogies is a trade association representing more than 900 manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry.

The Association Partner Program returns to PACK EXPO East, taking place March 21-23, 2022 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia, and offers a one-stop location to connect attendees with associations dedicated to advancing the packaging and processing industry. Now in its fifth edition, the three-day regional event has already surpassed net square footage of years past and stands proudly to be the biggest PACK EXPO East in its history. Endorsed by top industry associations, the Partner Program brings together a valuable mix of professionals, enriching the connections and encouraging industry-wide collaboration. “The breadth and depth of industry knowledge brought by these partners is an invaluable resource to attend- ees and exhibitors participating in the show,” says Laura Thompson, Vice President of trade shows, PMMI. “With so much change over the past two years, we are proud to host PACK EXPO East with the unwavering support of these prestigious associations. Together we aim to add value to our resilient industry.” Associations in the 2022 PACK EXPO East Partner Pro- gram include: • Adhesive and Sealant Council • AIM North America

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NAM: Consumer Prices Rise 7.5% In One Year, Highest Rate Since 1982 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has risen 7.5 percent over the past year, up from 7.1 percent in December and the fastest year-over-year pace since February 1982, accord- ing to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). At the same time, core inflation (which excludes food and energy) in- creased 6.0 percent year-over-year in January, up from 5.5 percent in the prior release and the biggest increase since August 1982. Consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in January. Food and energy prices both soared 0.9 percent in January, but with gasoline costs down 0.8 percent. Excluding food and en- ergy, core consumer prices increased 0.6 percent in Janu- ary, also matching the rate in December.

Overall, prices are predicted to continue growing by more than consumers have become accustomed to in re- cent years. Even with some deceleration over the course of this year, core consumer inflation should still be rising around 3.5 percent year-over-year by the end of 2022. For its part, these data will put continued pressure on the Federal Reserve to tackle inflation. The Federal Open Market Committee has already said that it will end all asset purchases by early March, and it will likely start reducing its balance sheet over the summer. In addition, the FOMC will almost certainly increase short-term rates at its March 15–16 meeting, perhaps by 50 basis points. The Index of Consumer Sentiment declined from 67.2 in January to 61.7 in February, the lowest reading since Oc- tober 2011, according to preliminary data. Americans felt more pessimistic about both current and future economic conditions, largely on inflation worries. The National Federation of Independent Business re-

ported that the Small Business Optimism In- dex declined to 97.1 in January, an 11-month low. Supply chain disruptions, workforce shortages, inflation and COVID-19 continue to challenge small business owners. Re- spondents cited difficulties in finding work- ers as the top “single most important prob- lem,” followed by inflation. In the NFIB survey, the net percentage of respondents reporting higher prices today than three months ago rose from 57 per- cent to 61 percent, the highest rate since the fourth quarter of 1974. At the same time, the net percentage of respondents saying they had increased compensation in the past three months rose from 48 percent to 50 percent, a new record. The U.S. trade deficit rose to $80.73 bil- lion in December, which was just shy of the all-time high of $80.81 billion recorded in September. The U.S. trade deficit reached an all-time high of $859.13 billion in 2021, up from $676.68 billion in 2020. The goods trade deficit increased to $101.43 billion in December, a record high, with goods imports jumping to $259.70 bil- lion, also an all-time high. Goods exports rose to $158.27 billion, which was not far from October’s record pace ($159.01 bil- lion). At the same time, the service-sector trade surplus improved to $20.70 billion, the strongest reading since May. U.S.-manufactured goods exports to- taled $1,133.25 billion in 2021, using non-seasonally adjusted data, soaring 18.91 percent from $953.02 billion in 2020. Like- wise, manufactured goods imports grew 19.08 percent from $2,068.29 billion in 2020 to $2,463.03 billion in 2021.

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Amtech Software Readies For Board Price Increases

For businesses facing recent changes in board costs, Am- tech Software is ready to help customers to quickly up- date their costs. Automated Performance Costing (APC) enables plants to evaluate their true business costs by combining General Ledger and Production data into a sin- gle, intuitive view that allows stakeholders to understand, not just material costs, but the true cost of doing business down to the order and then make appropriate decisions. “No longer do our customers need to bring in outside consultants to revise their cost models,” said Darren Artil- lio, President of Amtech Software. “Our tool, APC, puts the power of costing in our customers hands allowing them to revise their models in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks. Combine that with the ability to run ‘what if’ sce- narios for adding machinery, another shift, or more impor- tantly identifying areas of bad busines and it becomes a powerful business tool.” To learn more about how APC can help your business, contact Amtech is the backbone of more than 600 manufactur- ing plants and offers a business system that is both inno- vative and comprehensive. With a complete suite of mod- ules and enterprise solutions, Amtech has the technology that businesses need to remain competitive.

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AICC Releases Bonus Episode Of Breaking Down Boxes

Hosts Gene Marino, Executive Vice President, Akers Packaging Service Group and AICC Board Chair, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Huston Patterson Printers and AICC Associate Board Chair take listeners behind the podcast and into their personal journeys in the Break- ing Down Boxes bonus episode, 18 Years in the Making, brought to listen- ers by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association.

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During Breaking Down Boxes Marino and Morelli interview key individ- uals in the independent paper and board packaging space, but in this spe- cial bonus episode, listeners learn about the hosts, some of their lessons learned, and why they wanted to create Breaking Down Boxes. “It is incumbent upon entrepreneurs to make a sustainable business through developing talent through setting a clear strategy and communi- cating that strategy throughout the company,” said Marino. “That idea and my message as AICC Chairman, ‘Grip it and Rip It,’ evolved into this desire to find a platform where we could talk to interesting people, learn lessons and improve the way we lead, improve the way we run our businesses, and improve overall the success of the industry as a whole.” In addition to his ideas on leadership and professional development, Morelli speaks about marrying into a family business. While he had a suc- cessful career before joining the family business, Morelli discusses the ef- fort and energy required to grow and develop himself to be a successful, contributing member of the company. The bonus episode, 18 Years in the Making, was released Monday, Feb- ruary 14. New episodes will be released on the first Monday of every month. The first episode, which features an interview with Greg Tucker, Chairman and CEO, Bay Cities, will be available Monday, March 7. The second epi- sode, available Monday, April 4, will feature John Bird, Chairman and CEO, JB Machinery. Subscribe to Breaking Down Boxes on all major podcast platforms or visit . 14 February 21, 2022 Gene Marino, left, and Joe Morelli will take listeners behind the podcast and into their personal journeys in the Breaking Down Boxes bonus episode.

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ment, including peripherals and conveyors, that you can foresee retaining and purchasing in the foreseeable fu- ture. For example, perhaps you currently have no need for inside printing or three, four, or more colors, but can your layout accommodate them in the future if your mar- ket demands them? Once you have settled on the best practical solution, work toward that layout in reasonable phases. Certainly, any new machinery should be placed in accordance with that plan. It’s far better to install it once properly than to have to absorb the cost and disruption of relocating it in the foreseeable future. Initially, consider all options, and then select the most practical. Think out of the box; just because nobody has done something before does not mean it’s a bad idea. For example, will relocating a column, though expensive, solve your problem? Evaluate each idea and eliminate those that

are unworkable or impractical. The ideal layout may entail relocation of some machines or building modifications or additions. You may even conclude that your current facil- Be sure to review infrastructure requirements, including the possible need for additional floor space.

ity is incompatible with an efficient layout. The best from an operational perspective may be uneconomical, and you may need to compromise. If your preferred design does not fit within your budget or timeta- ble, is there a different approach which is still workable? If not, reconsider your equip- ment selection. Will your second choice fit better, or are you are willing to accept re- duced productivity, perhaps for a limited time, until conditions change? Evaluate the cost of alternatives. Don’t forget to include peripherals that you plan to install now or in the future. Be sure they are compatible with your equip- ment and won’t restrict its productivity. Pre- feeders, bundlers, etc. range from semi-au- tomatic to fully automatic robotic designs. Even if you can’t afford the high-end model required for top machine speed, can a less capable model be upgraded in the future? When laying out, keep this in mind when you plan facility modifications such as foun- dations, drains, load former pits, etc. It’s easier to build foundations and pits before equipment is in place, and cover unused portions until required for future upgrades. If you plan on installing tandem bundlers, but currently don’t have the budget for them, lay out your machine discharge for them and install a single bundler with a piece of filler conveyor. Be sure to review infrastructure require- ments, including the possible need for ad- ditional floor space. If your new equipment utilizes vacuum transfer, be sure to include a place for air filtration in your layout. Add- ing new equipment means additional con-

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sumption of compressed air, water, and electricity, as well as additional scrap handling and wastewater treatment. State-of-the-art equipment generally has higher demands on these utilities than older equipment. Can your plant in- frastructure support them, or will additional air compres- sors, water treatment, scrap separators, and balers need upgrades or additions requiring additional floor space – either near the converting machine or at a centralized lo- cation? Now that you have presumably come up with your best machinery layout, have you considered the upstream and downstream plant layouts and infrastructure? If you are a sheet plant, will you have enough truck docks and lift trucks to handle the increased flow of sheets? Do you have sufficient WIP storage and material handling capacity in order not to starve your new machine? Be sure to pro- vide an adequate infeed conveyor. One that can hold only a few stacks of sheets would be hard to supply without in- terruption. Certainly, this is a concern when adding equip- ment, but also consider the effect of replacing a machine with eighteen minute setups and a top speed of eighteen thousand feeds per hour with one capable of four minute setups and thirty thousand feeds per hour. Do you plan to place bottom sheets or pallets under the loads exiting your machine? If so, how do you plan to

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Laying Out Equipment (CONT’D FROM PAGE 18)

As part of your planning, be sure to lay out utilities: elec- tricity, data cabling, compressed air, warm and cold water, ink, and adhesive. As noted above, your infrastructure may need to be upgraded; however, even if it’s adequate, space will likely be required at your converting machine for, among other things, an electrical load center, isolation transformer, and workstations. Now that your design is complete, it’s time to start plan- ning the installation. Determine the phasing of the project based on budget and required sequence. Include reloca- tion of machinery if need be. Tools such as Microsoft Proj- ect are useful in this regard. Consider critical path tasks and allocate realistic, but not excessive, time for each. Try to plan for contingencies, but be ready to deal with the inevitable unexpected problems; even the best planning cannot foresee your ship being delayed by a hurricane or unexpected border closures.

do this without impacting your run speed or generating feed interrupts? If you intend to install automatic inserters now or in the future, be sure to provide additional space at the discharge. Be sure your machine discharge convey- or length is sufficient. Is your mainline conveyor adequate for the additional volume, or will it become a bottleneck? Sometimes congestion can be alleviated by adding paral- lel conveyors. If right angle transfer times become limiting factors, consider devices with shorter travel time such as flat belt or chain types, or even faster ball belts. Even with a long mainline, bottlenecks can occur at your unitizers. Can your unitizers keep up with the added production? Perhaps you need additional heads, a sec- ond stage, a faster machine, or even an additional unitizer, which will probably require more floor space. But even if unitizer capacity is adequate, consider the ability to load the strapped material or place it into finished goods inven- tory at the same rate as the unitizer. Are there sufficient lift trucks and truck docks? If you ship on pallets and insert them as material is loaded, do you have space for effi- cient handling of the pallets themselves? If you are adding production capacity and you store a significant amount of finished goods, do you have enough space? There is no point in running your equipment at design speeds, only to shut down when the main line backs up due to any of these factors.

Richard Etra is a 47-year veteran of the corrugated industry with exten- sive experience in all aspects of box plant operations. He was a principal of Star Corrugated Box Company, and subsequently Manager of Spe- cial Projects and Technology at Cas- cades Containerboard Packaging.

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ARC INTERNATIONAL Charlotte, North Carolina: Micheal Foran reports, “As ARC International continues its 38th year of operation and looks

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rollers that can easily rust or sprayed rollers that can easily chip, cladded stainless steel applicator rollers come with a 5-year guarantee against rust, corrosion or delamination. “ARC’s technical field personnel continue to provide in- plant roller/sleeve audits and training at integrated and in- dependent plants across the U.S., in Mexico and Canada. This critical analysis of anilox rollers and sleeves provides a perfect snapshot of surface and engraving condition and allows operators and managers to plan schedules for roll- er/sleeve changeouts and preventive maintenance. Anilox care and handling seminars and training provide valuable information which can lead to longer roller/sleeve life and enhanced printability.” Call (800) 526-4569. Visit . GEO. M. MARTIN Emeryville, California: Dan Dangelo reports, “From the operations point of view, 2021 wasn’t much different than 2020. We were still in the midst of the pandemic, deal- ing with the new government regulations and ways of do- ing business, but we adapted well to these changes. Like everyone else, we faced a few challenges, but even with supply chain interruptions and a few other obstacles, it was still basically business as usual. “While it may not be as easy to get face-to-face with

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Supplier Reports, Part 3 (CONT’D FROM PAGE 26)

In 2022 we look forward to some new and exciting product announcements that will focus on further enhanc- ing converting productivity, efficiency, and profitability. “Our Scrubber® Technology has continued to gain share in the global converting market. The LBX and SBX Rotary Die Cutter Stackers remain the preferred stacker of OEMs and high performance, quality minded converting operations around the world. Our LQC™ – Length Quali- ty Control System, SQC™ – Sheet Quality Control System and the SQX™ – Sheet Quality Control System, which in- cludes side ejection of samples or non-compliant blanks at full machine speed, have also continued to gain global acceptance. Integrated with our Quik-Break® III breaker and bundle line components, including the Martin/Arpac Shrink Wrap tunnel, the Scrubber Stackers have proven to double, triple and even quadruple single line throughput. “We have also introduced the Martin Pro Check Plan in answer to customers’ requirements to maintain their Geo Martin stackers in top performing condition. The Pro Check Plan includes periodic performance evaluations and operator training from Geo. Martin Service personnel. The program offers a range of incentivized subscription plans to meet the plant or corporate specific requirements. “I want to take a moment to thank all our loyal cus- tomers, new customers and industry partners that have helped contribute to a successful 2021. Everyone at Geo. M. Martin Company values these mutually beneficial rela-

customers as it was pre-pandemic, we have maintained very strong and consistent communications with our cus- tomers. In person when we can, and when it’s not possible

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