Board Converting News, June 29, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years June 29, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 26

Custom Packaging Conquers New Territory: Brown Box Printing BY JACKIE SCHULTZ Three years ago, the majority of Custom Packaging’s total production was graphics packaging and displays. Today, the larger percentage of business is brown box. “With the Amazons of the world and the reduc-

NAM: Manufacturing Seen Bouncing Back

Several recent economic reports reflect a bounce back in manufacturing activity, which is encouraging and another sign that the worst of the downturn might be behind us, ac- cording to Chad Moutray, Ph.D., Chief Econo- mist at the National Association of Manufac- turers (NAM). However, the data also suggest that there is still a long way to go to get back to pre-recessionary levels. For example, after declining 5.3 percent and 15.5 percent in March and April, respec- tively, manufacturing production rebounded somewhat, rising 3.8 percent in May. On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing produc- tion has declined 16.5 percent, with durable and nondurable goods output down 23.3 per- cent and 9.2 percent, respectively. Manufacturing capacity utilization was 60 percent in April, the lowest rate in the data’s history, which dates to January 1948, and in May, it edged up to 62.2 percent. It was 75.1 percent in February. Regional manufacturing surveys from the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks reflect some stabilization in new orders and shipments in the sector after plummeting


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 Dusobox, Idealliance Partner On G7 Certification, Training 8 AICC Releases 2020 Salary, Hourly Wage & Benefit Report 12 Cascades Launches New Range Of Fresh Packaging Solutions 16 Bay Cities Ships 1.5 Million Face Masks For Rags Of Honor

tion in brick and mortar stores, we’re now probably 60 percent brown box and 40 percent graphics,” Rick Darling, Director of Digital Sales, says. With facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Arden, North Carolina, the independent sheet plant has a full complement of manufacturing capabilities for flexo and digitally printed products and litho labels. Equipment includes five-, three- and two-color rotary diecutters, four flexo lines, an Automatän A+ label laminator and a new Barberán Jet- Custom Packaging’s Rick Darling, right, Director of Digital Sales, with Brian Tuggle, the company’s Vice President of Sales



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C u r r e n t O p e r a t o r E x p e r i e n c e

S T E P 1

M a c h i n e t y p e G o a l s / E x p e c t a t i o n s

I s s u e s


P l a n 2 d a y s w i t h i n y o u r s c h e d u l e

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1 d a y c l a s s r o o m a n d 1 d a y a t m a c h i n e


1 - B o x S e t u p C a l i b r a t i o n T o o l i n g

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T r o u b l e s h o o t i n g

NAM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

in the prior two months, even as hiring remained weak in both districts. Manufacturers feel optimistic for continued expansion over the next six months. Consumer spending at retailers jumped 17.7 percent in May, rebounding strongly after declining 8.2 percent and 14.7 percent in March and April, respectively. This suggests that Americans returned to stores to make purchases after stay-at-home orders sent sales plummeting. Even with sol- id growth in May, retail sales have fallen 6.1 percent over the past 12 months, with a decline of 3.9 percent year- over-year excluding automobiles and gasoline. The labor market has steadied somewhat, but the data continue to reflect significant economic hardships for many Americans, with historically elevated rates of unem- ployment nationally and in most states. Initial unemployment claims decelerated for the 11th straight week, but with 1,508,000 claims for the week end- ing June 13, the pace remains frustratingly high. For the week ending June 6, there were 20,544,000 Americans receiving unemployment insurance, or 14.1 percent of the workforce. With the motor vehicle sector coming back online, Michigan created the most net new manufacturing jobs in May, adding 33,700 workers. Yet, it was also among the states experiencing the greatest declines in manufactur- ing employment since the recession began in February.

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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 indi- cated 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 $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$820.00-850.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $865.00-875.00 $838.00-858.00

West Coast U.S. Average

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

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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





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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Dusobox, Idealliance Partner On G7 Certification, Training

Alexandria, Virginia based Idealliance and Dusobox part- nered to host G7 certification and training in Dusobox’s state-of-the-art production facility in Orlando, Florida, March 17-19, and certified 14 new G7 Experts.

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40 ft of paper travel from preheater to hot plates 3 seconds of heat, glue and bonding 1 chance to get it right! the ZONE

Design & Production

Chicago Electric offers 10 technology solutions to control ‘the Zone’ CORRUGATOR Sectoral preheating plate

Our sectoral preheating plates provide direct heat by means of a double steam circuit, allowing for efficient heating in hard-to-access locations, as well as to act as a steam shower to open the paper’s fibre, making it receptive to absorbing the heat and the glue.

This translates into increased speed and improved quality of the cardboard sheet finish.

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.


1. Wrap Arm - Position & Temperature 2. Preheater Direct Drive


3. Steam Plate 4. Contact Roll 5. Glue Machine Direct Drive Touch Productivity Issue—Glue Unit Many glue units run with a rider roll or a guiding bar system. The rider roll with paper gap allows a precise glue application, but requires frequent Contact Roll


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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




Roller Shoe


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 working 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

AICC Releases 2020 Salary, Hourly Wage & Benefit Report AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has released the 2020 Salary, Hourly Wage & Benefits Report for Independent Corrugated Converters. The report shows salaries and hourly wages of employees in U.S. independent corrugated converting operations rose an average of three percent in 2019. The biennial survey was conducted from March through May of this year and is the industry’s most comprehensive report of key employee salaries, wag- es, and benefits being paid by independent corruga- tor plants and sheet plants in the U.S. The data in the report is presented in easy-to-read tables and is segmented by type of plant and region. It gives detailed compensation and benefits information for more than 90 job positions, including production manager, customer service representative, graphic designer, and machine operator. The 2020 Salary, Hourly Wage & Benefit Report, electronic edition, is available for purchase at www. at $215 for members and $415 for non-members. Questions about the report can be directed to Ma- ria Frustaci, Director of Administration, at (703) 836- 2422 or

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month May 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

31.283 34.474


7.821 7.835


Industry Total

Year-to Date

May 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

162.228 162.018


7.725 7.642


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.4591 2.8461


13.3153 13.3401


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

May Apr.

2.3246 2.2914


3.8 3.6


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 22

105 106

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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JB Machinery Chooses GHG For West Coast Representation

ability to service the needs of our customers and existing JB customers as demand for high quality print continues to increase.” “We are equally as excited to welcome Frank and Hayden as part of our North American network,” says Dave Burgess, JB’s VP Sales, Americas. “Their business model meshes well with JB Machinery. They represent some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, are accessible, well known and respected by their customers.” GP Monticello Names New VP, General Manager Atlanta Georgia based Georgia-Pacific (GP) announced that is has named Jeff Joyce as the new Vice President and General Manager of its Monticello, Mississippi, mill. Joyce has worked for the company since 2000, twelve of those years as Vice President and General Manager at the company’s branch in Brewton, Alabama. Before working for GP, Joyce was employed by Sonoco Products for 14 years, nine of those years in a joint venture with GP. “The Monticello facility is a high capacity, strategic as- set that is vital to the success of GP containerboard and I want to be a part of moving this important asset forward,” said Joyce, who will be managing a workforce of 430 em- ployees at a mill that produces unbleached linerboard pa- per in various weights and grades.

Weston, Connecticut based JB Machinery has selected Frank and Hayden Greene of the Greene House Group (GHG) to represent JB products in the U.S. West Coast ter-

ritory that includes California, Ore- gon and Washington. GHG is replac- ing Ron McKinney of Nordic West, who is retiring. “Ron has provided outstanding service to JB customers on the West Coast for over 20 years,” says War- ren Bird, President of JB Machinery. “Our focus is to bring top of the line products to the corrugated con- tainer industry and JB’s line of high quality, productivity and quality en- hancing products are a perfect ad- dition to our offerings,” says Frank Greene, President of Greene House Group. “We are very excited to be

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Cascades Launches New Range Of Fresh Packaging Solutions Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cascades, has an- nounced the launch of its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for fruits and vegetables. Designed for producers, packers and retailers, Cascades Fresh packaging solutions meet the needs of this key industry while also addressing consumers’ concerns about the en- vironmental footprint of their foodstuffs. Through this new range of products, Cascades brings the circular economy to life by using different types of cardboard and recovered plastics to offer a full and multi-material range of eco-friendly, recycled and 100 percent recyclable products to reduce the environmental footprint of packaging used in the produce sector. The var- ious products include trays made from PETE, LDPETE and cardboard, baskets, carriers and corrugated cardboard boxes as well as a number of sturdy and leakproof options. These packaging solutions: • Preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables from harvest to the table; • Facilitate transportation across the supply chain; • Provide visual appeal, capturing the attention of con- sumers; • Comply with FDA and Health Canada’s food safety re- quirements.

“Cascades has been providing eco-friendly solutions for the food industry for decades, including trays, cup car- riers, boxes and a wide range of packaging for producers, wholesalers and retailers,” said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging. “With the launch of Cascades Fresh, we are re- fining our service offering and reaffirming our leading po- sition in the growing packaging solutions market, all while enabling consumers to eat fresh. As enjoying food is part of our daily lives, our aim with these solutions is to make it easier to get fresh food to the table while also minimizing the impact on the environment.” AF&PA Releases May 2020 Containerboard Report The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has re- leased its May 2020 Containerboard Monthly report. Total Containerboard production in May increased one percent compared to May 2019. It was up six percent when com- pared to the same five months of 2019. Also: • May 2020 production of containerboard for export in- creased 42 percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 41 percent year-to-date. • The containerboard operating rate was 90.3 percent, essentially flat (-0.2 pts.) from May 2019 and up 4.4 points year-to-date.

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Veritiv Begins Shipping Corrugated Partitions For Businesses, Schools

Atlanta, Georgia based Veritiv announced it will begin shipment of work safe partitions built from corrugated material. Cost-effective, easy-to-set- up and environmentally friendly, these partitions give business and aca- demic environments a safe and simple way to help protect employees, customers and students. During the COVID-19 pandemic, cardboard and

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Unfortunately, thanks to COVID-19, the concept of Box plants without walls has gone from a futuris- tic idea to being critical for survival.

COVID-19 has taught us many things. Including the need to be agile to meet the needs of an ex- panding supply chain and surging demand. In addition, it taught us that our office staff, customers, production, and sales teams need to collaborate online, be mobilized, untethered to on-premise computers, and have full access to real-time data stored in The Cloud. Delivering sophisticated packaging (whether digital or brown) while meeting clients’ needs requires systems that are fully INTEGRATED not just INTERFACED. For years the Packaging Industry has met the needs of the emerging e-Commerce industry while themselves escaping from the consumer online revolution. I have always questioned why we can order almost anything online 24/7 (while in our pajamas) without any intervention, but if we need packaging it takes a team of people to fol- low-up and multiple interfaced systems just to initiate the process. Instead of just being an observer, we went to work!

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Obviously, during the current viral scare companies are hesitant to initiate projects. However, most advances can be done incrementally. Forget years and months… great things can be implemented in weeks, days and hours. Examples are everywhere. Banks had 10 days to create their PPP SBA Portal, the Federal Government only had weeks to develop systems to distribute and track millions of stimulus checks. It can be done, plus the best time may be while your administrative workforce is remote and has availability.

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Bay Cities Ships (CONT’D FROM PAGE 16)

When Rags of Honor and Walmart discussed this ini- tiative, Walmart contributed with direct to store delivery. They partnered with Bay Cities to design, manufacture and assemble packaging for the masks and displays and

perform the packout. The masks are made in America by Art of Sportswear (AST) and put 300 Americans to work. “There are companies who talk about veterans, and then there are companies who put their money behind it and step in. Bay Cities underwrote several million dollars for this program, just because they thought it was the right thing to do,” continued Mark Doyle. “Masks of Honor is an initiative which we were hap- py to support,” said Sahar Mehrabzadeh, Executive Vice President, Sales of Bay Cities. “This mask could potentially save several lives: your own, the people around you and a veteran. It supports and provides funds for American vet- erans and is also providing necessary work for hundreds of American workers along the supply chain. Shoppers are getting an essential PPE they can feel great about.” American Inks Formulates Hand Sanitizer To Limit Spread Of COVID-19 Portage, Michigan based American Inks & Technology LTD has announced that in addition to normal operations, it has been working diligently to formulate and qualify a hand sanitizer to aid in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The company has converted part of its production facility specifically for the exclusive manufacture of the product.” “We would like to send one gallon of our hand sani- tizer at no cost to our valued partners,” said Brady Garri- son, Senior Account Executive at American Inks. “Due to the shortages in the supply chain, we anticipate an over- whelming demand for this product and for this reason, we will be accepting orders from customers only, through the end of June. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your essential supply chain during these challenging times.” Visit for more information.


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Colbert Packaging Brings TICCIT To Sheltered-At-Home Children Lake Forest, Illinois based Colbert Packaging, in partner- ship with the Paperboard Packaging Council’s “Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees” (TICCIT) program, present- ed a modified program for children learning from home in 2020. In years past, Colbert employees brought the hands-on program to area grade schools, teaching en- vironmental awareness. This year, colorful activity work- sheets were distributed to interested families, along with an educational PowerPoint presentation. The presentation teaches the life cycle of a paperboard folding carton, derived from a tree, and reborn as a new tree. As the tree grows and the paperboard ‘potting con- tainer’ decomposes, it feeds the sapling. Children also learn how paper is made and why trees and recycling are important. For example, according to the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), trees help us breathe by absorbing more than 10 pounds of CO2 each year, and two-thirds of the nation’s drinking water comes from for- ests ( ). For the hands-on portion, children followed simple steps to plant seeds, a starter plant or a sapling in a pa- perboard carton filled with soil. They could then choose to start the seedlings indoors or plant the specially prepared containers into the ground.

By reinforcing the importance of trees in our lives, and the sustainability of paperboard packaging, Colbert Pack- aging encourages parents to model and talk with their chil- dren about taking an active role in recycling. For more in- formation about the TICCIT program, visit the Paperboard Packaging Council’s TICCIT page. Visit PPC’s web site at or Colbert Pack- aging’s website at for more info. Paper And Packaging Statistics, Infographics Available For Download Paper and packaging products, so essential to daily life, are preferred by consumers and brands alike, according to research shown in a series of downloadable infograph- ics offered by the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB). Research data shows 64 percent of surveyed consum- ers agree that they think more highly of companies that package their products in paper-based packaging, and 79 percent agree that even as technology becomes more ad- vanced, paper continues to play an important role in daily life. This data, and many more statistics, are available as shareable infographics and found in the virtual sales tool- kit P+PB has made available industry-wide. Companies, large and small, trying to meet their busi- ness and sustainability goals can now find readily avail- CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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master digital press. The company was acquired by Hood Container Corp. in 2019. A request last year from a well-known name brand re- tailer provided a pivotal opportunity for expansion into a market segment that previously had never been consid- ered. The retailer was looking for a way to digitally print 15 digit sequential barcodes on its one-color kraft shipping containers. “The application to do sequential barcoding on a finished box had not been done before so it was brand new territory,” Darling says. “The challenge was how we implement it and solve this request to meet the customer’s needs. And as you know, in this industry we are all cus- tomer driven.” The initial thought was to print the barcodes on the Bar- berán Jetmaster, but that would have tied up a six-color machine for one-color printing. In looking for alternative solutions, Darling came across DPi (Digital Print Inc.), a Fort Worth, Texas, company that builds digital printers and ink- jet retrofits for industrial brown box. Retrofitting A Flexo DPi’s solution was to retrofit one of Custom Packaging’s flexo folder-gluers with a one-color black inkjet head. The machine is a three-color mini Martin 618 that had a fourth unused print station. That particular machine was chosen because it could run the customer’s four box sizes and the inkjet printer could be easily installed, accessed and main- tained and it was the only machine that the plant had time

on to run the order. “Our flexos are running 10 hours a day, most of them two shifts and occasionally on Saturdays. It’s the only machine that we were diverse enough on and had time to run it,” Brian Tuggle, Custom Packaging Vice Pres- ident of Sales, says. The inkjet head sits at the fourth print station. The DPi controller is built into a cart that contains the ink canister, keyboard and computer monitor and can be rolled in and DPi installed the inkjet head on a three-color mini Martin 618 that had a fourth unused print station.



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out of the machine. When the print head is not being used it can be removed and stored in a clean, secure area so it does not get damaged. The barcodes are


printed inline after the corrugated sheets come out of the print- ing stations and be- fore they are folded and glued. The area of print is four and a quar- ter inches. Operators can pro- gram the system to print anything, from barcodes to photos and text. “One of the challenges is we want to be sure we don’t du- plicate barcodes so the operators need to know where they left off and where

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The DPi controller is built into a cart that can be rolled in and out of the machine.


they started up again,” Darling says. Since this was a first of its kind application for DPi, Custom Packaging wanted assurances that the retrofit wouldn’t slow down the machine, which runs 15,000 to 20,000 sheets an hour. Also important was the ability to meet the customer’s cost requirements. “We knew that the high speed of digital inkjet that DPi

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offered could be done. It was just how do you implement it on a flexo folder-gluer. Where in the process of converting do you put your digital inkjet? That was the challenge,” Darling says. “To DPi’s credit their team came out and did a site study and assessment of where the best place would be to install a printer and if it could be done.” The customer uses the barcodes for internal tracking Printing the barcodes inline on a folder-gluer is more cost-ef- ficient and eliminates the concern that a label might fall off during shipping.



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of product shipment and returns. Previously, the barcodes were applied as white labels at the fulfillment centers. Printing the barcodes inline on a folder-gluer is more cost-efficient and eliminates the concern that a label might fall off during shipping. Another reason why the customer wanted an alterna- tive way to print the barcodes was because it couldn’t get 15 digits on a label. Unrealized Potential The ability to meet the customer’s needs has forged a strong alliance, Darling says. “We feel we’re in for lon- gevity now as a partner, and that’s hard to come by these days.” Custom Packaging signed a three-year agreement to print the barcodes. The company is also installing a DPi unit on a mini flexo at another Hood-owned company, Packaging Unlimited in Franklin, Kentucky. Tuggle says the agreement is to provide 4.5 to 5 million boxes a year. “We

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don’t have flexo capabilities in Lebanon to run that kind of quantity,” he says. The Lebanon facility ships about 60,000 boxes a week and the Franklin facility ships about 40,000 a week to the retailer’s distribution center. “There are three other distri- bution centers that will come on line once this gets going system wide for the customer. We envision that we will have other Hood facilities that will also get installations,” Darling says. This was DPi’s first installation on a mini flexo, accord- ing to Stu Brownell, DPi Director of Corrugated Applica- tions, but it was not DPi’s first retrofit. Other installations The barcodes are printed after the corrugated sheets come out of the printing stations and before they are folded and glued.


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