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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 40 years June 10, 2024 VOL. 40, NO. 24

Zumbiel Adapts, Diversifies Its Way To Success BY DAN BRUNTON

Welch Packaging Acquires Michcor Container Inc. Elkhart, Indiana based Welch Packaging, a custom manufacturer of corrugated products, announced the acquisition of Michcor Con- tainer Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michcor Container is a well-established box manufacturer known for reliability and customer service. Founded by John Petten- gill in 1981, the company sought a partner to continue a high level of service to customers and create a secure future for hard-working employees. “Welch Packaging has a long history of running successful sheet plants with excellent service,” said Pettengill. “I’m confident in their ability to sustain Michcor Container as a long-term family busi- ness, bringing the value of the Welch network to our customers.” Welch Packaging operates a network of corrugated sheet plants supported by its own sheet feeder system. The company has built a reputation for excellence in the packaging industry, driven by a commitment to the cus- tomer experience, safety, and its associate family. With 21 corrugated business units and a CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

As a large independent paperboard packaging company in the U.S., Zumbiel remains a family-owned business and provides a wide range of innovative packaging solutions to customers in the beverage, food, automotive, pharmaceutical, and general consumer product markets. With a focus on adaptability and diversification critical to another 180 years of success, Zumbiel boasts a full complement of printing and converting technology, including a brand-new HP PageWide T470S digital press. The PageWide technology will enhance Zumbiel’s production agility and allow faster speed-to-market while economically producing vari- able data content for high-volume folding carton customers.

Barbara Powell, Director of IT, Zumbiel, comments, “I am proud of our team and the work we do here. When I came on board seven years ago, I wanted to develop a robust, adaptable, scalable IT infrastructure to accommodate the growth and diversification of our products.” Powell explains that a significant amount of work went into optimis- ing Zumbiel’s existing infrastructure prior to engaging with a systems partner that could help it take the next step up. “We needed a system that was self-contained – and just by the way it was designed, would have the right information,” says Powell. “It needed to include that business intelligence we were looking for natively, and ePS provided us with exactly what we needed. Following CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 Zumbiel is one of the largest independent family-owned packaging compa- nies in the United States serving the food and beverage industries.


6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 5 AICC Breaking Down Boxes Features Mike D'Angelo 6 BradyPLUS Acquires Idaho Packaging Co. 10 PPC Next Leadership Summit Slated July 17-19 In Chicago 14 TPC Packaging Recognized On Centennial Anniversary


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Welch Packaging Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

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.

packaging distribution business, Welch Packaging offers a diverse portfolio of capabilities including bulk laminated products and graphic packaging.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $955.00-960.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $ 970.00-980.00 $1000.00-1010.00 $973.00-983.00

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

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$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29

“We are thrilled to welcome Michcor Container to the Welch Packaging family,” said Scott Welch, President and CEO of Welch Packaging. “This acquisition aligns with our commitment to provid- ing the ultimate corrugated experience to our customers and expanding our geographic footprint into dynamic mar- kets.” Specific terms of this agreement were not disclosed. Founded in 1985, Welch Packaging is a multi-genera- tional, family-owned and led business. Welch creates cus- tom corrugated products and packaging solutions for local customers. For more information about products and services, visit or .












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

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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New Episode Of Breaking Down Boxes Features Mike D’Angelo AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, an- nounced the release of the latest episode of its Breaking Down Boxes podcast, “A Practical Matter,” featuring an en- gaging and insightful interview with industry veteran and AICC President Mike D’Angelo. The conversation is hosted by Gene Marino, President D’Angelo shares his journey through the packaging industry, of- fering listeners a wealth of insights into his career progression, the im- portance of mentorship, and the balancing act between work and personal life. From his childhood experiences to his transition from college to the workforce, Mike’s story is a testament to the power of hard work, adaptability, and the enduring impor- tance of personal and professional relationships. “This was a fun podcast for us. Joe and I think very highly of Mike. In my opinion, Mike’s humor, demeanor, and upbringing come together to make him a great lead- er, evidenced by his staying power in this industry for so many years,” said Marino. Listeners will hear about Mike’s journey from gradua- tion to entering the workforce, providing practical advice for those embarking on their careers. He discusses the critical role of mentors in shaping career paths, empha- sizing how guidance and support can pave the way for professional growth. of Akers Packaging Service Group, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Huston Pat- terson and Lewisburg Printing Com- pany. The episode revisits Mike’s early days in sales, where he underscores the importance of face-to-face interac- tions and technical sales in the mid-80s. The conversation delves into the challenges and suc- cesses of managing a growing team while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Mike shares his insights on effective management, the importance of humility, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of team members. The episode provides a deep dive into his management experiences at Bobst and Goss, his transition to AICC, and Mike D'Angelo


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BradyPLUS Acquires Idaho Packaging Co.

geography and to expand our industrial packaging capa- bilities,” said Kenneth D. Sweder, CEO and Chairman of BradyPLUS. “This partnership also will bring us addition- al reach, product depth and support across an important and growing category. I look forward to working with the strong and dedicated team at iPAK.” “We are very excited to become part of the BradyPLUS organization," said Conn Hix, President and CEO of iPAK. “We are pleased to join a growing organization with similar values, a strong culture, and a focus on the customer.” Chicago TAPPI Golf Outing Set For Aug. 13 At Ruffled Feathers Golf Club The Chicago TAPPI Local Section’s 24th Annual Golf Out- ing and Dinner is taking place on Tuesday, August 13 at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. Enjoy lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. before the 4-person scramble’s 1:30 shotgun start, followed by cock- tails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. The fee is $200 per person/$900 per foursome. You can register individually or as a team. Dinner-only tickets are available for $125/person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Onsite registration will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. but advance online registration is highly encouraged. For more information, visit .

Las Vegas, Nevada based BradyPLUS, a distributor of jan- itorial/sanitation, foodservice, and industrial packaging products, announced the acquisition of Idaho Package Company (iPAK) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, an industrial and ag- ricultural custom packaging distributor serving the greater Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington regions.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. iPAK offers a wide array of industrial and agricultural packaging products including custom printed corrugated cartons of all types. Founded in 1983, iPAK has grown into a leading value-added distributor in the markets and ge- ographies they serve. “The acquisition of iPAK enables us to scale a priority

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Christopher Schiffenhaus Dies May 24 In Arizona

Christopher John Schiffenhaus passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 24. He was 59 years old. Chris grew up in Essex Fells, New Jersey with his seven brothers and sisters. He attended West Essex

High School and then worked for the family business, Schiff- enhaus Packaging, for 25 years before moving to Cape Cod where he worked in the restaurant business as well as the construction field building homes on the cape. In 2020, he moved to Ari- zona to help care for his par- ents. Chris loved his Yankees

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and Rangers and enjoyed texting his brothers during the games and playoffs. He was a huge fan of tennis and fol- lowed intensely his favorite player, Djokovic. He loved cars, golf, working out and music. There was a private service for family in Arizona on May 29. Information for a Celebration of Life will follow in New Jersey.

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2023



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

29.711 30.124


7.819 7.927


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2023



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

380.555 400.520


7.611 7.979


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2023 2022

2.4080 2.4260


30.9333 32.5461


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.1892 2.1071


3.5 3.5


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2023 2022

19 19

250 251

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PPC Next Leadership Summit Set For July 17-19 In Chicago

tion. Participants will dive into key issues affecting our industry while learning tactics and tools for navi- gating workplace dynamics. As part of the summit, partici- pants will take the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment (PI). Mea- suring four behavioral drives, PI provides a simple framework for understanding individuals’ work-

The Paperboard Packaging Council invites members to its inaugural PPC Next Leadership Summit on July 17-19 in the greater Chicago area. The exclusive, interactive meeting, taking place at RRD Corporate Offices at 4101 Winfield Rd. in Warrenville, prom- ises to unite, ignite, and build the most promising leaders in the paperboard packaging industry. Designed to help PPC member companies engage and retain their top talent, the summit fosters community sharpens management skills and addresses pressing is- sues facing young professionals in today’s workforce. PPC Next will deliver engaging discussions, collabora- tive sessions, and opportunities for deep-rooted connec-

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place behavioral styles. Employee behavior reflects the unique ways you and your co-workers contribute to the team and organization. By understanding how these be- haviors manifest day to day, you can take steps to accom- modate your people’s needs and improve your team. Teri Kinsella, Talent Optimization Advisor for PI Midlan- tic, will be the facilitator. With a career spanning 25+ years,

Teri brings broad experience to her clients, ranging from leadership of Fortune 500 global initiatives to entrepreneurship. Her select list of current clients includes Ora- cle, Corcentric, Daycon, Dymax, Envision Experience, HR Certification Institute, Info- Vista and SB One Bank. Leveraging the combined efforts of PI’s dynamic software, state-of-the-art science, and Teri’s rich experience, she will help de- velop leaders to drive results. PPC Next is designed to encourage professionals to build long-lasting careers within their companies. The summit pro- vides companies with an exclusive oppor- tunity to identify and invest in their current and future leaders. Attendees will leave the summit with tangible skills to make their organization better equipped to compete in the mar- ketplace and a strong network of peers for comradery, best practice sharing, and friendship. Current session topics include Leaders at Every Level, Self-Aware Leader Exercise, Elements Of Effective Communication, PPC Industry Panel Discussion, Preparing For And Executing Difficult Conversation, Mastering Time Management, and Pub- lic Speaking: Establishing Credibility, The Power Of Persuasion, Preparation Tips For Presenting. The Leadership Summit will be guided by pro-competitive and anti-trust guide- lines. It is intended for member companies to nurture tenure within their organiza- tions. To register and book rooms at the Ho- tel Arista, visit ershipsummit .


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The Packaging Trust Purchases Assets Of Parry Machine Company The Packaging Trust of Michigan City, Indiana announced the assets purchase of Parry Machine Company, Inc. and the creation of a three-company partnership between Samuel Parry, Jorson & Carlson Co., Inc., and Applied Solutions. Since 1899, Samuel R. Parry has provided the Rigid Box industry with the critical equipment and parts to produce high-quality rigid packaging for America’s favorite brands, including Russell Stover, Hasbro, Mercedes Benz, Ama- zon, Walmart, Target, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Tiffany & Co. Mike Coughlin and his team have continued to provide support for Parry Mitering Machines and Board Corner Cutters, as well as packaging equipment originally man- ufactured by Crathern and Smith, Stokes and Smith, New Jersey Packaging Equipment, and FMC. Samuel Parry will relocate the parts business to Michi- gan City. Aaron Judson will be the Director of Operations for the parts division, and along with Pam Ponder, Samuel Parry will continue to supply parts for Crathern and Smith, Stokes and Smith, FMC, and New Jersey packaging equip- ment. To continue to sharpen the knives used to prepare pa- per and board materials for the industry, Jorson & Carlson will assume this responsibility using the same proprietary

grinding fixtures utilized by Parry Machine. Jorson & Carlson is an industrial knife sharpening com- pany established in 1917 and centrally located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Bob Ferguson of Applied Solutions LLC, in Indianapolis, Indiana, will handle the sales and Research and Develop- ment efforts for the Robox automated box spotting equip- ment and glue viscosity systems. Parry Robox spotting equipment paired with Applied Solutions glue viscosity systems have allowed box compa- nies to produce 20,000 to 23,000 boxes per 10-hour shift with state-of-the-art spotting accuracy. Bob has been involved in the Box industry since 1995 and looks forward to further integrating automation into all of the box plants. The Packaging Trust said it will diligently work with its partners to ensure a smooth transition.


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PPC Honors TPC Packaging’s Century Of Innovation, Resilience, Family Values The Paperboard Packaging Council highlighted TPC Packaging recently in recognition of the company’s centennial. The following is in celebra- tion of their resilience, innovation and steadfast family values: Founded as the Textile Printing Company in April 1924, TPC Packag- ing has a rich history intertwined with the ever-expanding textile industry of the Southeast United States. From surviving the Great Depression to emerging as a leader in the packaging industry, we’re thrilled to share TPC Packaging’s story in celebration of their 100th birthday. Joseph A. Schmissrauter, Sr. launched the Textile Printing Company in a modest 1,000 square foot building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This venture was born to meet the needs of the booming local textile industry by providing essential tags and labels.

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A savvy and honest businessman, Mr. Schmissrauter guided his fledg- ling company through the harsh years of the Great Depression while raising a young family. His strong values and teachings left a lasting im- pact on his family, including his son, Joe Schmissrauter, Jr. Joe Jr., born with entrepreneurial spirit, joined the family business af- ter serving in the United States Military. Known for his sales prowess, Joe Jr. could “sell ice to Eskimos” and constantly sought new opportunities for growth. When hosiery giant Kayser Roth asked if they could produce a fold- ing carton, the company leapt into action despite lacking the necessary equipment. This bold move launched their entry into folding carton pro- duction, setting the stage for future success. As their offerings expand- ed, the Textile Printing Company rebranded to TPC Packaging in the 90s, reflecting its broader scope. Leadership transitioned to Joe Jr.’s daughter, Hilda S. Murray, who was well-prepared for the role after years of dedication to the family business and the folding carton industry. Under her leadership, TPC Packaging has thrived as an independent entity in an increasingly consolidated world. Ms. Murray emphasizes the importance of flexibility and nimbleness, stating, “The nimbleness and flexibility we have enjoyed as an independent folding carton company over the past century has sustained us.” She has remained true to her family’s core values, focusing on the well-being of their associates: “At our core are our associates; without them, we cannot care for our customers.” As an agile and innovative company, TPC Packaging has embraced digital technologies, transforming their business operations and manu- facturing processes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Ms. Murray notes, “The introduction of computers, e-mail, and digital workflows in the early to late 1990s transformed our business into working with speed and ef- ficiency that compared to no other time.” TPC continued production during the COVID-19 pan- demic with careful precautions, which Ms. Murray de- scribes as “the most significant challenge of our lifetimes from a personal and business perspective.” In addition to their business success, the Schmissrauter family has made significant contributions to their commu- nity. After losing their parents in 2000, they established the Schmissrauter Cancer Resource Center at CHI Memo- rial Hospital, providing support for patients recently diag- nosed with cancer. They also set up a family fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, enabling them to support local initiatives directly. Looking ahead, TPC Packaging continues to pursue ambitious growth. A recently completed 60,000-square- foot addition to their facility will house their rigid box divi- sion, digital enhancement fulfillment services, and special- ty packaging production. Reflecting on a century of achievements, Ms. Murray remains focused on the future: “We continue to grow, de- velop new technologies, and never stop thinking forward to the next opportunity.” For more information, visit .

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced plans to make their Annual Conference the biggest and best one yet. Set for November 13-15 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California, the 2024 edition of the AEM Annual Conference will focus on the Pulse of the Industry and celebrate the rhythms and beats of the cutting-edge advancements, trends, and innovations that form the heartbeat of equipment manufacturing. “We encourage AEM member executives to join their peers for the industry event of the year, in a dynamic at- mosphere of music and artistic expression of the Coach- ella Valley, where they can discover new opportunities for collaboration, networking, and growth,” said AEM Senior Director of Education Programs Helen Horner. “The AEM Annual Conference is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and we’re excited to once again bring togeth- er best-in-class content and education to help our mem- bers prepare for the new landscape our industry faces.” Arminda Ascano, Chief Futurist at Trend Hunter, will speak on microgeneration and artificial intelligence (AI). Visit to learn more about the upcom- ing conference and sign up for alerts to keep up-to-date on any new information.

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PaperWorks Industries Celebrates 150th Anniversary

leader in the packaging industry. The anniversary celebration will feature activities, a food truck, games, and live entertainment. It is designed to bring together current and retired employees and their families. This event commemorates the company’s past and bright and innovative future. New-Indy Class Action Pollution Case Settled For $103 Million A $103 million settlement has been reached in the New-In- dy Containerboard case brought by thousands of nearby residents who alleged the release of harmful pollutants at the company’s Catawba, South Carolina paper mill, media reports say. Parties in the case asked the US District Court of South Carolina to approve the settlement which will pay $18 mil- lion to about 6,000 residents for damages and attorney fees. Records show that the defendants also agreed to take remedial actions valued at $85 million that would in- clude the installation of a new steam stripper to remove 98 percent of “total reduced sulfur” from foul condensate. The class-action case has been litigated for more than three years after plaintiffs alleged New-Indy was negligent in the operation of the mill causing emissions of hydro- gen sulfide and other contaminants to be released from its wastewater treatment facility into the air.

Kitchener, Ontario based PaperWorks Industries Inc., for- merly Boehmer Box, announced the celebration of its 150th Anniversary from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 22 at 120 Trillium Drive. This milestone event will honor the company’s rich history and impact on the Kitchener-Wa- terloo region. “We’re proud to be an important part of the legacy of the Kitchener-Waterloo region,” said Jeff Sinko, General Manager of the Kitchener operation. “This milestone cele- bration is a testament to our commitment to our communi- ty and our employees, many of whom have been with us for decades.” Founded by brothers Charles and August Boehmer in 1874, the company originally began as a box manufac- turer to meet the packaging needs of the Shantz Button Company. The business first operated out of factory loca- tions on Duke Street before relocating to Belmont Boule- vard West. In 2002, the company relocated to the Huron Business Park, with locations on Trillium Drive and Battler Road, marking a new era of growth and modernization. In 2015, PaperWorks Industries acquired Boehmer Box from CanAmPac. Since the acquisition, PaperWorks has in- vested over $11 million in equipment upgrades to enhance carton design and production, solidifying its position as a

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Huston Patterson, Lewisburg Printing Launch Manager Trainee Program Decatur, Illinois based Huston Patterson and Lewisburg, Tennessee based Lewisburg Printing announced the launch of a Management Trainee Program aimed at fos- tering the next generation of leaders in the package-print sector. This comprehensive program will provide partici- pants with opportunities for professional development, hands-on experience, and mentorship from industry ex- perts. Designed to attract top talent and groom them for leadership roles within the organization, the Management Trainee Program is a testament to HP and LPC’s commit- ment to investing in the growth and success of its employ- ees. The Management Trainee Program will immerse par- ticipants in a dynamic learning environment, where they will rotate through various departments within the compa- ny, gaining exposure to different facets of the business. Through these rotations, trainees will develop a holistic understanding of Huston Patterson and Lewisburg Print- ing’s operations, culture, and values. “Our Management Trainee Program is designed to identify and nurture talented individuals who demonstrate exceptional potential for leadership,” said Joseph Morelli, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We are excited to welcome Brianna Barconi to our inaugural train-

ee class and to provide her with the tools, resources and mentorship she needs to thrive in her career.” Participants in the program will benefit from one-on-one mentorship from senior leaders, tailored training sessions, and challenging assignments that will stretch their abilities and help them reach their full potential. Additionally, train- ees will have the opportunity to work on cross-functional teams, collaborate on strategic projects, and contribute to the company’s growth initiatives. The Management Trainee Program is open to recent graduates as well as early-career professionals who pos- sess a strong academic background, leadership potential, and a passion for printing and packaging. Candidates will undergo a rigorous selection process, including interviews and assessments, to ensure that only the most qualified individuals are chosen for the program. For more information, contact Joseph Morelli at jmorel-

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The print and paper advocacy group, Two Sides, an- nounced its newest member and supporter, Baumer hhs, a worldwide partner for adhesive application and quality assurance. For more than 35 years, everything at Baum-


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er hhs has revolved around secure gluing and meeting the high demands imposed by their customers. No matter whether you process cold glue or hot melt, or whether you want to verify the quality of your products with the help of sensors or cameras, Baumer hhs aims to provide the right solution. “Sustainability is on everyone’s lips. We are only at the beginning of an exciting journey. But what does sus- tainability actually mean in a company like Baumer hhs? We asked ourselves three questions on how can we be economically sustainable for our customers in the market, socially sustainable for our employees and our environ- ment, and ecologically sustainable for our company and the environment? These questions have led us to the new Baumer hhs motto: Rethink. Renew. Recycle,” says Thom- as Walther, Corporate Strategy & Innovation for Baumer hhs GmbH. “By aligning our messages on the sustainable worth of our services and the industry as a whole, we can better inform our customers, and in turn their customers.” Said Ian Bates, Marketing & Partnership Director for Two Sides UK: “We’re pleased to welcome Baumer hhs on board as members of Two Sides. Our partnership with them will help to communicate the facts around sustain- able adhesive application in the paper and paper-based packaging sector, informing brands and consumers alike.” For more info, visit .

TAPPI announced a webinar now available, “Use AI to Give Junior Operators the Performance of Experienced Staff.” Paper, tissue, packaging, pulp, and related industries are facing labor and productivity challenges that are only get- ting worse with mass retirement. There’s an opportunity to enable the new front-line employees to be successful from day one through using new technology. Learn how AI can assist operators in identifying which process settings to change and how to optimize for a given outcome (lowest cost or highest throughput). AI can give operators foresight into how changes or current settings will impact quality (such as moisture, strength) to ensure they stay in spec. Current data and processes contain invaluable, but si- loed information for your operators. AI can be an acceler- ator for consolidating, sorting, and distributing knowledge throughout the front-line. To drive adoption of these advanced technologies, they need to be packaged and presented in a way that’s intuitive and simple to use. Understand how AI can aug- ment operators to increase productivity, regardless of their tenure. Analyze and prepare for adoption of AI centric technologies on the plant floor. Download the recording for free at .


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The Future of Large Format Digital Printing is Here A Fully Automated Production Environment

Packaging | Point-of-Purchase Displays | Signage Located in Chicagoland area, Digital Print Partners is the industry’s first fully digital automated production environment, serving the trade with the latest generation Barberan single-pass digital printer.

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the successful integration of ePS’ Radius ERP packaging software and support modules, we went live at the end of 2023.”


Advantzware provides a comprehensive system to address the business management needs of the independent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale pack- aging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inventory and account- ing, this scalable system supports companies that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase dis- plays, assembled partitions, and paperboard products. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION Air Conveying Corporation is a leader in the industry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than sim- ply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your pro- posed system. Our equipment is found in printing, folding carton and corrugated plants throughout the world. We've been designing, manufacturing and engineering pneumatic conveying systems since 1984. We partner with our customers to ensure they operate efficiently and guar- antee our systems meet or exceed their specifications. ASDI specializes in full pull-through systems trim separators, and NFPA compliant systems with full electronic controls. AMTECH SOFTWARE AIR SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC. Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and com- prehensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated scheduling software, and engineered automation technol- ogy. For over 30 years, Amtech has kept our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with customer digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and shipping, proactive roll stock and inventory management. APEX INTERNATIONAL World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.

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Right On The Mark Processing 100 jobs per week on average with annual sales over $160 million, Zumbiel has invested in the Radi- us Enterprise Resource Planning solution (ERP), with addi- tional industry-enabling point solutions including: • ePS PrintFlow intelligent rules-based scheduling op- timises production flow, reducing stoppages and in- creasing productivity. It achieves this by intelligently optimizing job sequencing and synchronizing produc- tion as it considers thousands of constraints that affect every step of the manufacturing workflow; • ePS’ Business Intelligence provides analytical report- ing and allows deep visibility into operations and em- powers decision makers to drive profitability and effi- ciency throughout the enterprise; • ePS Auto-Count 4D Shop-floor data collection enables real-time shop floor data collection, performance-mon- itoring of each machine, and a web-based, holistic view of production floor activity; • ePS eFlow Automator and new RESTful-API capabili- ties allow process automation to improve productivity while reducing errors and costs. Powell continues, “Coming in with fresh eyes, I could see there were lots and lots of opportunities for improve- ments, efficiency gains, and transparency in our produc- tion process. “But we would never achieve that on the platform we used for 25 years. It had a spiderweb of third-party systems attached, creating wasted time through manual tasks.” The ePS Radius solution was configured to address Zumbiel’s inefficiencies creating increased team cohesion while reducing duplication of effort and manual touch- points, which they expect will reduce lead times signifi- cantly. The technology also allows the executive leader- ship to have more transparency in data and information flow allowing them to make better informed decisions. “We were excited about it coming online and realiz- ing this ambition. We had two situations we were looking CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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to resolve with Radius,” says Powell. “One was with our third-party systems; we struggled to get comprehensive and accurate reporting across all systems. “We also spent a lot of time ensuring all the systems carry the same data, and if not – trying to figure out why and working out fixes for it. “This effort was unnecessary; we required an integrat- ed fit for purpose solution supporting our work in process, finished goods, and sales and production. ePS provided us with the best end to end system specifically for folding carton production and have our full confidence.” Conquering Complexity Zumbiel faced an additional challenge in achieving peak efficiency. Previously, the company had to manually schedule all the jobs for each machine centre daily. Ad- ditionally, the team believed that with the product com- plexity Zumbiel caters to, it would have been impossible to replicate this with an automated scheduling system.


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AES is a leading full-service provider of integrated convey- ance systems specializing in scrap, trim, and dust. AES en- gineers custom scrap systems and works as a partner in process improvement to help businesses achieve greater profitability, productivity, and sustainability. Products include balers, shredders/hoggers, core shredders, filters, fans, and specialized dust control and collection systems. AES is the ex- clusive distributor for the AirShark Rotary Material Separator. For a wide variety of new and used equipment on to- day’s market, visit our website at BAUMER HHS CORPORATION hhs is a global leader in advanced gluing, camera verifica- tion and quality assurance systems for the packaging indus- try. Zero-defect quality and elevated production speeds are key parameters in the manufacturing of corrugated boxes. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for quality as- surance in the production of boxes with flexo folder gluers. AMERICAN CORRUGATED MACHINE BLOWER APPLICATION COMPANY (BLOAPCO) BloApCo has served the corrugated industry since 1933 with a variety of scrap handling solutions, including Hori- zontal Floor Shredders, Trim Cutters, and Material Handling Fans and Conveying Systems. BloApCo Shredders allow for continuous shredding and pneumatic removal of sheet waste stacks of all sizes, roll slab, cores, and carton scrap.

“ePS Radius and its wider software module infrastruc- ture can handle that complexity, which is huge for us,” says Powell. She also offers specific praise for Auto-Count 4D, ex- plaining, “From a shop floor perspective, it will be the most impactful.” ePS’ Auto-Count 4D delivers electronic job tickets, art- work proofs, and CAD drawings directly to machine op- erators and drives data accuracy by using sensor-based direct machine monitoring. ePS’ Business Intelligence helps Zumbiel’s senior lead- ership team access and interact with the data that under- pins the reporting so they can identify trends and imple- ment more profitable strategies. Zumbiel identified ePS’ web-based User Interface, packaging industry-specific Roadmap, and integration and business workflow-enabling ePS Automator tool as ‘decid- ing factors’ in their investment decision. Powell continues, “We needed to integrate with our CAD system, and ePS had already developed those tools. Overall, the forecast return on investment was attractive –


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